According to a Mayo Clinic review, about 12 to 19 percent of the population in North America, or up to 63 million people, suffer from constipation. There are all kinds of laxatives on the market, ranging from stimulants like Dulcolax to prescription medication. But just eating the right foods regularly is the safest way to cure constipation.
Eat the right foods
The American Gastroenterological Association reports that a poor diet is the main cause of constipation. Foods high in animal fats, such as meats, dairy products, and eggs, and the refined sugar found in desserts and other sweets, do not give a person enough fiber to move food through the intestines and prompt a normal bowel movement.
What foods will help? Try these:
- Whole grain fiber-rich foods - this includes whole wheat pasta, pearled barley, whole grain bran flakes and muffins, steel-cut oats, air-popped popcorn, brown rice, wild rice and 100 percent whole grain breads.
- Flaxseed - you can purchase ground flaxseed at the grocery store and put it on anything, like cereal, or add it to your yogurt and smoothies. Not only does it add fiber but it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
- Organic yogurt or kefir - some people have had relief from constipation by eating yogurt, or even better - kefir. Both contain friendly bacteria that keep your digestive system healthy, but kefir yields the best results (and even help with other digestive issues)
- Organic vegetables and fruits - eat plenty of these because they contain fiber, and organic fruits and veggies have even more healthier fiber.
- Water - drink lots of water
It also helps to exercise regularly!
Why you should not ignore it
According to the Mayo Clinic review, more than 50 percent of people with anal fissures (small splits or tears in the anal tissue) have constipation. Yes, constipation can cause damage over time. So don't ignore it. Try changing your diet, and if that doesn't work, see a doctor.
To read more, visit www.blackdoctor.org/455802/3-foods-to-stimulate-your-bowels/