What To Eat To Avoid Constipation

By Lisa Shanken | Blog

It’s like giving an award speech only to find yourself in your underwear. It’s like realizing your home looks like a frat house after beer night and your mother in law just rang the doorbell. It’s like a tedious party in your pants where the guests just won’t leave. It’s uncomfortable, embarrassing and internally painful: welcome to the world of constipation.

Oh No!

Constipation is something most people go through once or twice a year. Older people can be more prone to this difficult condition as their bodies change. If this happens to you often, then you need to make drastic changes to your diet and exercise routine, as the main causes of constipation are dehydration, lack of fiber and a sedentary lifestyle.

Quick, What Do I Eat?

In case you’re reading this article in a hurry, I’ve condensed the information into a quick scan-through list. All this food helps prevent and alleviate constipation:

  • Drink plenty of water.

    Bran: water and bran work well together. Incorporate bran cereal into your diet at least a few times a week.

  • Water: drink 6-8 glasses a day
  • Pear Nectar: found in the Goya section of the supermarket. 2 glasses a day (but go slowly because this is a strong remedy).
  • Psyllium Husk: extremely effective, so be careful! Add a teaspoonful to fruit and smoothies.
  • Prunes: don’t laugh, it works. Eat whole for best results, or drink the juice.
  • Whole grains: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, wild rice. Avoid refined food.

Don’t Stop Believin’

Keep adding roughage to your diet and you’ll be constipation-free. If you are getting constipated a lot, it’s a sign that your routines have to change.

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