Did you know the diet of the majority of people consists of meat and processed foods that contain little fiber? It's no wonder so many people suffer with constipation. Most are lucky if they consume half of the daily serving of the recommended dose of 30 grams of fiber. Without that regular bulk in our diet and in our diet, normal bowel movements may soon become difficult.
The human digestive tract is designed for unprocessed plant foods that are loaded with dietary fiber. These include beans, leafy greens, fresh and dried fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Daily consumption of dietary fiber increase both the frequency and quantity of bowel movements, decreasing the transit time of stools, as well as the absorption of toxins from the stool back into the body.
One of the best and simplest habits to form for a healthy body is to drink at least eight to twelve 8-oz. glasses of clean water per day. Hard, dry stools are a classic sign of dehydration. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass of water when you wake up and then every hour after that.
Try adding some wheat or barley grass to your daily routine. Mix two to three teaspoons of a nutrient-rich blend of dehydrated wheat and/or barley grass in water, and have another serving later in the day. These drinks have a restorative action on the intestinal tract and are especially good for constipation. You can also add them to oatmeal, yogurt or a morning smoothie.
As a supplement to a healthy, high-fiber diet, bran and prunes are particularly effective in relieving constipation. Whole prunes and prune juice possess good laxative effects. Eight ounces is usually an effective dose. A similar amount of aloe vera juice is also helpful.
Vitamin C rich foods can help as well, as they help with food and nutrient absorption. Try parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, berries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts, as they’re all great sources of vitamin C.
Mr. LaPointe is Director of Health and Fruit Education at Traverse Bay Farms. He is the author of several books including The Superfruit Handbook, Blueberry Health Report and How to Get a More Restful Night's Sleep Naturally. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows across the nation discussing the natural health benefits of superfoods and superfruits. You can contact Mr. LaPointe from www.TraverseBayFarms.com
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