Worst Foods for Constipation
If you suffer from frequent constipated, take a look at your diet. Some foods that may block you include too much cheese and milk. You may not have to give up dairy — just eat less of it and change your choices.
Comment: Try yogurt with probiotics, live bacteria that’s good for your digestive system. It may help relieve constipation.
Fast and Prepared Foods
Today’s busy lifestyle may have you eating on the go. Those readymade meals may be convenient, but they could cause a backup. Most are low in fiber, which you need to help food move through your system.
Comment: By taking time to slow down, you may speed up your digestion.
For most people fried chicken is almost impossible to pass up, but consider opting for an entrée with more fiber if you’re having a tough time on the toilet. Fried foods are full of fat and are hard to digest. When food moves through your colon slowly, too much water can be taken out of it. That makes for a hard, dry stool.
They’re high in protein but low in fiber. Don’t take them off the menu; just add some high-fiber foods into the mix.
Comment: Try an omelet with fresh spinach and tomatoes.
Is full of protein and fat but lacks fiber. A juicy steak needs to be balanced with a side of broccoli. That’ll help herd it comfortably through your digestive system.
Cake, Cookies and Cupcakes
Add possible constipation to the multiple reasons a sweet dessert should be an occasional, not regular, thing. Pastries, cookies, and other treats with refined sugar are low in fiber and fluids, and high in fat.Comment: For a better choice to keep things moving and satisfy your sweet tooth try strawberries and yogurt. Your digestive system will thank you for it.
White Bread is made with low-fiber white flour. Too much will give you hard, dry stools. Go for whole-grain toast instead. It may help your next trip to the bathroom go more smoothly.
A couple cups of coffee make some people race to the bathroom, however it can have the opposite effect. The caffeine in coffee and soft drinks can keep your body from holding onto water, and you need water to stay regular.
Comment: If you’re constipated, skip that second cup until things pass
Like coffee, alcohol can make it hard for your body retain water. That can spell trouble for your bathroom visits until you get hydrated again.
Comment: If you’re going to have a cocktail, nurse a glass of water at the same time to keep things flowing.