Foods to Eat to Help With Constipation
What Can I Take to Relieve Constipation?
We've all dealt with constipation at some point in our lives. Maybe you're even dealing with it right now, and that's why you've come across this article. There are many different foods that you can eat to help relieve constipation, but there are also foods you should be eating to prevent constipation. Before going out and buying laxatives, stool softeners, or enemas, try some natural and tasty home remedies. Sometimes, the natural way is much more healthy than the obvious way.
Drink Your Water
Water lubricates the stool moving through your colon. If there's no water for the stool to absorb while it's making its way through your colon (large intestine), then you will end up with a hardened stool that will get stuck.
Medical professionals recommend at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily, but this isn't realistic for everyone. If you really cannot stand the taste of water, add some crystal light or fusion powder to your water. Or, simply add a teaspoon of sugar and lemon to spruce it up.
Prunes for Fiber
Your mother used to make you drink prune juice, and now I'm going to tell you to add them to your weekly diet. Prunes will help get things moving along quite nicely. I used prunes just last week for constipation, and I had a successful bowel movement thereafter.
Prunes are extremely high in fiber, and fiber is essential for a healthy digestive tract. Fiber is bulk, and your digestive system needs bulk in order to move waste effectively. Don't like the way prunes taste? Try prune juice over ice, or mix it with other juices—get creative. You can't overdo prunes!
Other High-Fiber Fruits
Not a fan of prunes? Consider the following fruit alternatives:
- dried apricots
Dried fruit is high in fiber, just like prunes, and will help keep your bowels moving. Add it to your daily diet and prevent constipation from recurring. There are many other foods in the fruit group that are high in fiber, but dried fruit works tremendously and quickly from my experience.
Alfalfa Offers Beneficial Enzymes
Alfalfa sprouts are easy to find and fairly inexpensive to buy. You can find them in the produce section at pretty much every grocery store. Many people dislike the taste of alfalfa sprouts and claim they taste like grass. All that aside, they are EXTREMELY good for your digestive system.
Traditional Chinese practitioners have known about the cleansing benefits of alfalfa. The sprouts contain eight essential digestive enzymes. Not to mention, alfalfa is high in the vitamins and minerals that your body needs for other purposes. If you don't like the taste, sprinkle some over a sandwich between lettuce slices. You will barely notice that they're there! Slap them on a salad, or grind them up and put them in a stir-fry. The options are limitless.
Maybe you haven't heard about herbs and how healthy they can be for your body. You're going to hear it now. Here are some herbs that are easy to acquire and easy to add to meals to help with constipation.
Triphala is an old herbal remedy rooted in the traditional Ayurvedic medicine of India. It is an herb blend of three fruits, amalaki, bibhitaki, and haritaki. Triphala is said to be a rejuvenating and non-habit forming colon cleanser and tonifier. It can be found in pill form and also as a tea. Add it to your fruit shake or smoothie in the mornings!
Don't take triphala if you are pregnant and/or experiencing diarrhea.
Tumeric is said to be healthy for the digestive tract, and there are even studies investigating turmeric as a potential aid for curing bowel cancer. Who doesn't want this as a part of their diet? Add turmeric to rice and soups, or ingest it in Persian and Indian cuisine.
© 2012 Nicole Canfield