Constipation and diet: what are the best laxative foods?
In most cases of constipation, diet is one of the main factors you can influence. First of all because many foods contain water, and second because they are a potential source of dietary fibre. In short, they contain what you need to overcome constipation. But what are the best foods to choose?
Constipation: Why is diet paramount?
It’s important to manage your diet to ensure healthy intestinal transit. Specialists all agree! Sufficient hydration and a daily intake of dietary fibre is the perfect combination for regular bowel movements. Intestinal “laziness” is often caused by a diet lacking in soluble and insoluble fibre. Fibre retains water and transports it to the colon, which softens your stool and makes it easier to pass. OptiFibre® helps you supplement your daily fibre intake. Made up of 100% plant-based soluble guar gum, this FSMP (Food for Special Medical Purposes) has effective laxative properties.
What are the best foods for constipation?
The most renowned fruits that relieve constipation are, of course, prunes. Why? Simply because these small dried fruits have a high fibre content! But they are far from the only ones. Bananas, apples, dates, figs, raisins, kiwis and cherries also have powerful laxative properties. Apart from being consumed raw or cooked, they can also be drunk in the form of juice. As for vegetables, it is recommended to eat legumes (broad beans, white beans, etc.) and greens. Contrary to popular belief, carrots are also an indisputable ally when it comes to the relief of constipation because they are rich in fibre. All fibre plays a key role in regulating bowel movements, and particularly relieving constipation.
Constipation: Dietary solutions for constipation
It’s important to be aware that some people are at particular risk of suffering from occasional or chronic constipation. Women, for instance, are often more sensitive to this digestive disorder compared to men. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There are dietary solutions. To maintain healthy bowel movements, it is necessary to consume at least 25 to 30 g of fibre every day. OptiFibre® can help you much more easily reach these daily intakes because a single measure of this Food for Special Medical Purposes contains 5 g of soluble fibre, i.e. the equivalent in fibre of a portion of fruit or vegetables. If the constipation persists, however, you should consult a doctor, the only practitioner authorised to request additional examinations and prescribe medication.
Recipe idea: The laxative smoothie
If you regularly suffer from constipation, this smoothie made from pineapple, figs and prunes should not only improve your bowel movements but also delight your taste buds. To make one, place one cut-up pineapple slice, two figs and two prunes in your blender. Add 10 g of wheat bran and 10 g of flax seeds. Mix it all together. Ready! You can enjoy this smoothie approximately three times a week. To make it even more effective, you can easily add an OptiFibre® stick. This Food for Special Medical Purposes affects neither the taste nor consistency of dishes.