Constipation is more common than you may think!
Bloating, gas, and less than 3 bowel movements a week are signs that you might be constipated. With age usually comes less physical activity and that can lead to constipation in addition to what we eat.
1. Poor hydration
Not drinking enough water or binge drinking alcohol usually leads to constipation.
2. Processed Grains
Nutrients such as bran & germ, which are packed with fiber, have been removed in processed grains. Fiber is beneficial to our bowel movements, as it aids in moving the stool along.
Though it is rare, some people can get constipated from an overload of fiber. If you are on a high fiber diet and notice yourself getting constipated try cutting back on the fiber a bit and see if that helps.
3. Dairy Products
Toddlers and young children tend to show more signs of sensitivity due to the proteins that are found in cow’s milk, but people of all ages can suffer from constipation due to this protein.
4. Fast Foods
Fast food tends to be full of salt! Sodium lowers the water content in your stool, making it harder to pass. Also, when foods are high in fat and low in fiber they slow down your digestion which can lead to constipation. Overall fast food is not good for our body so try your best to avoid!!
5. Unripe Bananas
Not to be confused with ripe banana’s because those will help prevent constipation! So why do unripe bananas have the opposite effect?? This is because unripe bananas have more resistant starch in them. Resistant starch is hard for the body to break down. They also contain large amounts of tannins – these dramatically reduce the rate that your food is passed through the body.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD