Constipation is a condition where there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, in most cases, due to hardened feces. In most cases, constipation is related to diet. A diet that lacks fiber, eating lots of processed foods and not drinking enough water are the most common causes of constipation in people.
A diet that lacks fiber, eating lots of processed foods and not drinking enough water are the most common causes of constipation in people.
Fortunately, minor dietary changes can not only help to alleviate constipation but can also get rid of the uncomfortable bloating and cramps associated with it. In most cases increasing your fiber intake will help, the recommended daily intake of fiber is 25 to 30 grams. However, if your constipation is severe, and you are experiencing excruciating pain or bleeding, medication may be required and it is recommended that you consult your doctor to find the right course of action.
We know that it is not always possible to eat right, so we’ve compiled a list of foods that are common in most kitchens that can help with the occasional bout of constipation.
Coffee makes you poop. The caffeine in coffee not only stimulates your mind and body, it also stimulates the bowels. This is also true of other hot caffeinated drinks, such as tea. To stimulate the bowels, a cup of coffee or tea is an easy way to do the trick. It’s also important to hydrate when you have your coffee, since caffeine is a diuretic it can contribute to dehydration, so drink your water. If you are not a fan of coffee or tea, a cup of warm lemon water with some honey will also do the trick.
Although it isn’t a scientific fact, we have all felt this effect. Coffee stimulates the movement of the colonic muscles, which promotes faster peristalsis – the periodic contraction and relaxation of the muscles in the intestine – and causes bowel movements. It is also thought that decaffeinated coffee also helps the bowels. While it is true, however, it will not have results as effective as the caffeinated coffee.