Why Food Matters
The UK National Health Services (NHS) lists inadequate fiber intake as a main reason for constipation. The importance of fluids is also mentioned. This is necessary for keeping bowel movements nice and regular. A third reason is a change in eating habits or diet. Of the six possible reasons for constipation, that’s already three that involve your food! Constipation can also be the result of medications, anxiety and depression, or simply ignoring the urge to poop, though these reasons aren’t as common. Changing your diet can ease the problem even if you also have these other underlying issues.1
Eat Lots Of Fiber-Rich Food
Getting fiber through your diet is vital for a healthy gut and regular bowel movements. So, if you want to poop right, eat smart by focusing on fiber. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 (released by the US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Health and Human Services), you need between 22 and 34 grams of fiber every single day. Unfortunately, many of us don’t meet this recommendation.2
Not sure where to start? Here are foods that are jam-packed with fiber.