Everyone suffers from constipation – some occasionally and others on an almost continuous basis. There are many reasons for this affliction but probably the most common is a poor diet. Other reasons can include medications, a change of routine or stress.
Long term constipation can lead to further health problems and there is now growing evidence that it is linked to weight gain as well.
Everyone knows that fibre is a critical factor in constipation and most of us are probably guilty of not having enough of our fruit and veg and other high fibre sources on a continuous basis but there are also other ways you can help yourself by avoiding or reducing certain foods.
White flour. This has little fibre and is known to be bad for your gut taken in moderate regular consumption. Try switching to brown flour or eating brown, wholemeal bread.
Processed and red meats. These can be difficult for the digestive system to process because they are low in fibre and contain certain proteins and fats known to cause constipation. Processed meat such as bacon, sausages etc should be eaten in moderation.
Fried foods. All fried food slows down the digestive system and will lead to constipation. Fried food takes longer to digest so intake should be minimal.
Dairy products. Again, because of the low fibre and high fat content these are difficult to process and are known to contribute to constipation. Lactose present in dairy products can also have an effect so lactose free dairy products should be considered as an option.
Alcohol. This will dehydrate your body and the high sugar levels will also affect your digestive system. Try to keep intake minimal and have a few days a week without alcohol.
Of course, like all conditions there are always many contributing factors but following the above advice and living a healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise will be a good start in getting rid of this condition.
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