By definition, constipation is a condition in which a person may have less than three bowel movements per week; the stools are hard, dry or lumpy; passing stools is difficult or painful; or there remains a feeling that the evacuation was not complete.
According to a 2018 study published in the US National Library of Medicine, about 14% of people have or will have constipation at some point in their lives. Symptoms of this condition are less than three “toilet trips” per week, hard lumpy stools, feeling blocked, or inability to defecate.
Fortunately, certain foods can help relieve constipation. As nutritionist Elise Mandl explains, these foods that we are going to present to you below hydrate the body and at the same time soften the stool and reduce intestinal transit time.
What are the best foods for constipation?
According to the North American portal Healthline.com, these are the foods that, according to scientific studies, relieve constipation:
2. Dried plum.
3. Sweet potato.
8. Rolled oats.
15. Flax seeds.
17. Wholemeal rye bread.
According to the website, it’s not only important to introduce these foods gradually into your diet, but also to “drink plenty of water and exercise to improve regularity (of bathroom visits), consistency of saddles and general comfort”.
This text does not provide solutions to medical and/or psychological problems. If in doubt, consult a specialist before starting any treatment.