What to Eat to Relieve Constipation Naturally?
“What foods should I be eating to relieve constipation naturally? I’m reluctant to use laxatives. Peter”
I’m really glad you asked that question.
Proper diet is the basis for smooth elimination, and regular bowel movements are the basis of your health.
If you don’t have at least one bowel movement per day, you are already walking your way toward diseases.
If you are constipated, don’t wait – you need to act on it now!
Constipation can lead to:
- bleeding from the rectal area
- tears in the skin around the anus
- intestinal lining to be pushed out from the anal opening
- fecal impaction
So, first of all let’s answer this question: “Is there a special diet to relieve constipation?”
Well, yes and no.
A diet to relieve constipation or a colon cleansing diet is the same diet that you should be eating for optimum health.
So, in that sense, there is no “special” diet for “constipation” or “healthy colon”. This really is a good news for you, because this means that if you only follow the recommendations below, you will not only relieve your constipation permanently – without any need for spending money on laxatives, colon cleansing products, or other colon remedies.
You will also prevent more serious health problems that are the result of an unhealthy, Western diet, that is filled with processed foods, excessive fats and animal proteins.
What to Eat to Relieve Constipation Naturally? Healthy Colon Diet Tips
Adding fiber to your diet is essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, relatively free of constipation. However, if your idea of fiber means just eating more bran or psyllium powder, think again. I tried psyllium, and believe me it’s not only disgusting, it made me feel bloated – like a gas-filled baloon – and I really hated having to eat this stuff every day.
So, what’s the alternative?
The best ways to add fiber to your diet and relieve constipation naturally is via fruits (with the skin), green vegetables, nuts, grains and seeds.
Relieve Constipation: Colon Cleansing Diet Tip #1
Natural, plant-based diet is the optimum diet for human beings to remain healthy and disease free.
Fresh, raw fruits, vegetables and leafy greens should constitute the bulk of your daily caloric intake. Other foods to include are whole grains, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds.
This means most your daily calories should be coming from these natural sources.
Foods for healthy elimination – you should be eating a LOT of these:
- Fresh, raw fruits
- Fresh raw vegetables (in salads and as snacks), lightly cooked vegetables (as in soups, stews, or just steamed veggies),
- Fresh raw greens (eaten in salads, green smoothies)
- Beans and legumes
- Whole grains
- Nuts and seeds (limited quantities)
Most of these foods, especially when eaten raw (fruits, vegetables and greens) – you can eat as much of these as you like, as often as you like. If your weight is normal, then you can also eat as much as as you like of legumes and whole grains. If you are overweight, then legumes and whole grains should be eaten in moderation, limiting the amount to 4-6 cups.
Use nuts and seeds as condiment for salads, or eat small portions for snacks – don’t eat too much of them as they are very high in fat (even though these are healthy fats, it’s still not recommended to eat huge amounts of these foods).
Relieve Constipation: Colon Cleansing Diet Tip #2
Foods to avoid or eliminate completely:
Cut out completely or limit to minimum all processed foods: white flour products (breads, pastas, pastries, processed cereals), sugary foods, etc.
Cut out completely or limit to minimum all animal-based foods: meats, fish, dairy.
Many studies consistently demonstrate that for best health, including healthy colon, you need to eat a diet as close to vegetarian as possible. One reason is that animal products don’t contain any fiber. However, that’s only part of the story. Consuming large amounts of animal-based foods on a daily basis leads to all sorts of chronic health problems, and constipation is just the tip of an iceberg here.
I know that for most people it’ll be very hard to implement such drastic changes to your diet overnight.
Don’t worry – just start adding more fresh plant foods to your daily meals as salads, snacks, soups, stews, etc.
Now that you know what to eat for healthy colon and bowel movement, simply go to the grocery store and head straight for the Fresh Produce section. Pack your shopping cart with all kinds of fruits and vegetables that look appealing. Then go find some beans, legumes, and whole grains. Brown rice, barley, oats, quinoa or other.
Then find some recipes to prepare simple vegetarian dishes: salads, soups, stews, baked and steamed veggies.
Now, if you really must have some meat, don’t obsess over it – at least initially. Have a small piece, but try NOT to make it the central part of your meal, but more like a small side dish.
Do this for at least 2-3 weeks and see how you feel. When you start noticing positive results, you should find motivation to continue this way of eating indefinitely.
Killer tip for adding more fruits, vegetables, and greens to your diet
I know that for most people eating such large amounts of fruits and veggies may be difficult, if not impossible. Who has time to prepare all these healthy recipes, chop the salads, etc. Right?
Below is my secret weapon that I’m sharing with you for free, that will make consuming large amounts of fruits, veggies and greens a breeze.
Super Healthy Recipe For Healthy Colon #1
Green Smoothies. Green smoothies are simply blended drinks made from fruits and greens that are super-easy to prepare, super delicious and super-healthy.
Great Ingredients For Your Green Smoothies:
GREENS: spinach, lettuce, kale, parsley, arugula, Swiss chard, mint, basil, cilantro, or other.
FRUITS: bananas, pears, apples, mango, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, kiwi, pineapple, melon, papaya, watermelon, grapes, or other.
VEGGIES: celery, avocado, tomatoes, cucumbers.
Some fruit and green combinations you may want to try:
Spinach with bananas and strawberries
Spinach with apple, banana, and some lemon or lime juice
Spinach, banana, peach, mango
Romaine lettuce with bananas
Parsley and ripe pears
Parsley, celery, apple and pears
Tomatoes, celery, basil, parsley, cucumber, peppers, and pear
Drink a big glass of this green drink 2-4 times a day (or even more, if you wish), and I guarantee you that your bowel movements will become much more regular, and you will soon forget about your problems with constipation.
As you can see relieving your constipation naturally and getting your elimination back on schedule is not so complicated. So get started right as soon as possible with these easy simple steps.
Do not postpone action!
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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?
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Disclaimer: If you are having severe abdominal pain, have been constipated for a prolonged period of time or suffer from irregular or painful bowel movements, you should consult your doctor or other medical professional as they are best suited to diagnose your ailment. These types of symptoms can be a sign of a more serious medical condition and the sooner you seek help the more likely you will be to recover.