Constipation is a digestive problem where one is having difficulty to move bowels. All else being equal, constipation symptoms may be alleviated with proper hydration, regular exercise and increased fiber in one's diet.
Dietary fiber explained:
Dietary fiber may be soluble or insoluble fiber. Both are not digested into the body's bloodstream and both help in the movement of waste products towards the colon (ultimately to the anal canal). Soluble fibers absorb water during digestion. They help in the processing of foods into micro-nutrients that the body can absorb. Indigestible soluble fibers form part of the body’s waste. Insoluble fiber, on the other hand remains unprocessed or intact towards excretion along with the rest of the fecal waste. They help smooth the movement of the waste towards the anus.
When one does not have enough fiber in their system, excretion becomes hard work. This is where the signs of constipation arise. Aside from a possible low-fiber intake, a person may be eating foods that even help harden stools. There are certain foods one should AVOID or take caution in eating, especially when one is experiencing chronic constipation problems.
Such foods include:
-Fatty foods like hamburgers, pizza, eggs, and anything fried foods are more difficult to breakdown during digestion, thus causing a constipated bowel movement.
- Too much protein, whether processed, canned or otherwise may cause constipation. When eating pork, beef, chicken or fist, make sure to add some carbs, vegetables and fruits, to the plate.
- Processed foods like hotdogs, canned foods, soda, breads may also lead to constipation.
- Dairy products like milk, ice cream, cheese cause constipation to some. Add some fiber-enriched foods to these foods, if you feel like eating them.
How to Avoid Constipation?
Constipation treatments do not have to be costly nor improbable to do. The main idea in preventing constipation is to eat a well-balanced meal. Too much of the foods above are just as bad as eating too much fiber, as well. Remember to always eat in moderation and drink plenty of liquids - water, fresh juices and even soups.
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