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Chronic Constipation ?????

Constipation can be chronic in nature, especially in old people. In most cases, a few simple changes in diet and drinking enough water can help you to prevent constipation. Moreover, certain foods are known to add bulk to stools, increase bowel frequency, soften the stools and decrease the gut transit time (which is the time taken by food to move through the digestive tract).

Foods to relieve constipation

Low carb laxatives

1. Flax seeds

One of the commonly used traditional remedies to deal with constipation, flax seeds act as a natural laxative. Studies have claimed that the fiber in flax seeds acts as a sponge retaining water and softens the stools. It also increases motility and stimulates bowel movements. You can add flax seeds to cereals or use it in salads. Flax seeds powder can be added to wheat flour or milk

2. Psyllium Husk

Psyllium is a type of fiber commonly used as a gentle, bulk-forming laxative.

Being a soluble fiber, psyllium is able to pass through your digestive system without being completely broken down or absorbed.

Instead, it absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that benefits constipation.

3. Triphala

Triphala (the three fruits) is an Ayurvedic, polyherbal preparation comprising three ingredients. The ingredients are all fruits, and they’re all native to India:

haritaki, bibhitaki and amalaki.

It’s very important that triphala powder should have haritaki , bibhitaki & amalaki in 1:2:3 ratio respectively to be effective.

Triphala has been used since ancient times as a natural treatment for digestive issues like constipation. It is an alternative to over-the-counter laxatives. It should be taken ½ or 1 teaspoonful with hot water or milk at night.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera juice is a food product extracted from the leaves of aloe vera plants. It’s sometimes also called aloe vera water. It’s a very good laxative for constipation & digestive issues.

You can make aloe vera juice by grinding ½ cup aloe vera pulp extracted from leaf and blend it with water, luke-warm water would be beneficial in constipation.

Some more laxatives

1. Kiwi

Studies have reported that green kiwi fruit increases the frequency of stools, softens the stools and eases defecation. A 2007 study found that eating two kiwi fruits per day for around four weeks caused spontaneous bowel movements and reduced the use of laxatives. You can peel the fruit, cut it into thin slices and either eat it raw or add to salads or smoothies to fight constipation.

2. Bananas

A medium-size banana (which weighs around 100 gm) contains about 3 gm of fiber. The role of fiber in preventing and relieving constipation is tried and

tested. It not only absorbs water to soften the stools but also improves the movement of stool through the intestinal tract. Eat a banana every day for regular bowel

movements and prevent chronic constipation.

3. Prunes

Dried plums are known to be effective against constipation. Prunes are rich in fructose and contain a high amount of sorbitol (14.7 gm per 100 gm), a sugar compound that has laxative property. Eat prunes as a whole. Avoid drinking prune juice to deal with constipation because it has less sorbitol and fiber content.

4. Figs

Raw, as well as dried figs, are a great source of fiber, which not only relieves constipation but also promotes a healthy bowel. You can snack on figs by including them in your fruit salads, juices or smoothies. However, eating it in the whole form is regarded as the best way to up the intake of fiber

5. Oats

Oats are good for people suffering from constipation as it is rich in fiber. Oat bran is the outer covering of the grain, which is loaded with fiber. Studies have proven that oat bran improves the frequency and consistency of stools. Oat bran can be added to wheat flour, granola mixes or bakery items

6. Sweet potato

Unlike potatoes, sweet potatoes are rich in fiber. The fiber plays a key role in easing constipation by improving the bowel movement and adding weight to stools. You can eat sweet potatoes in the boiled or roasted form to increase your intake of fiber. Alternatively, you can steam it, mash it and add it to curries or salads.

Note: Please maintain daily exercise routine & adequate amount of water intake as well to fight constipation.

Note: Please maintain daily exercise routine & adequate amount of water intake as well to fight constipation.

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