There could be any number of reasons why people find it hard to have regular, easy bowel movements. Stress, lack of fiber, insufficient water intake, low nutrient diets, and even laxatives themselves contribute to constipation.
While a balanced daily routine and regular exercise can help combat constipation, the best way to make bowel movements regular is simply through consumption of these ten foods. Some of them are common sense food items, but others are tried and true fiber rich foods for effectively loosening bowels.
Legumes and Beans—Split peas, black beans, and lentils have the highest amount of fiber per serving. One cup, which isn’t much if it’s in soup or a dip, has as much as 15-16 grams of fiber.
Seeds—A study shows that “33 percent of patients with constipation screened positive for depression.” Pumpkin seeds help fight against depression.
Coconut—Coconut is a natural laxative that is nontoxic, organic, and very versatile when adding to other foods. Instead of only eating the coconut or coconut flakes, its water and milk can be also be used. Nowadays, ice creams, desserts, and drinks all can contain some form of liquid coconut.
Healthy Fats—Avocado, sesame, and olive oils all are contain good, healthy fats. These fats aid in the digestive process, which in turn assists the body in nutrient and mineral absorption, and that helps rid the body of toxins, normally through bowel movements.
Grains—Increasing mineral and nutrient intake can prevent many diseases, but it can also help ease bowel movements. Because there are so many different types of grains, it should be a breeze incorporating it into meals.
Fruits—Majority of fruits have edible flesh, but it’s too often discarded. That’s unfortunate because they contain an abundance of minerals that help remove excess fats and toxins in the bowels, making them healthier and easier to move.
Vegetables—Over the counter laxatives contain magnesium. People who are health conscious and anti-chemical or pharmaceuticals can increase their intake by eating leafy, green vegetables like spinach, kale, and dandelions.
Water—It goes without saying that everyone should consume water everyday. Yes, other liquids will help deter dehydration, but there’s nothing like a tall glass of water. It will keep the body hydrated and bowels healthy.
Berries—Berries can be added to virtually anything and taste good, even water. Blueberries, cranberries, and strawberries are high in fibers and antioxidants that help fight inflammation in the digestive system.
Apple Cider Vinegar—It has been called a trend, but apple cider vinegar (better known as ACV) has been used for centuries now to heal. For regular bowel movements, raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized ACV containing the mother is a godsend. It promotes enzymes and probiotics that help break down fats and foods for easier digestion.
Constipation isn’t the most glamorous of topics—but having it sure isn’t fun. Next time you find yourself suffering from it, try these foods and find relief.
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