Constipation can be a pain, pun fully intended. There is no worse feeling than the one that comes with being bloated wanting to go, but being unable to go. Not having enough fiber in your diet is often the culprit leading to constipation. If you are taking medication, not drinking enough fluids, and not getting enough exercise this can make your situation worse. Luckily, there are things you can eat and drink that will help you conquer constipation.
Here are nine foods you can immediately add to your diet to help you relieve – even help prevent – your constipation and get your digestive system back on track:
Prunes are a common home remedy used to aid and relieve constipation. My mother always gave these to me when I was constipated as a kid and the prunes always did their job and helped me to feel relief. Here’s the reason why. Prunes are rich in potassium, vitamin A and rich in fiber, each aiding your digestion. If you are not a fan of dried prunes, you can drink prune juice as an option.
You’ve heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and eating a high fiber breakfast can naturally help you ‘go.’ Dr. Gina Sam, director of the Gastrointestinal Motility Center at the Mount Sinai Hospital, told Health.com, “Your body’s contractions of the colon work at its highest level in the morning. That’s when your body is designed to poop!” High-fiber wheat and oat cereals (insoluble fibers) usually have the soluble fiber psyllium as a main ingredient, which together not only helps your bowels, but also your heart! If you’re not a cereal person, try a breakfast smoothie with a psyllium supplement, like Meta.