Low-Fibre Foods and Constipation
Constipation caused by low-fibre foods is something that affects more than 100 million North Americans. It puts a major damper on all aspects of our everyday lives, from weight gain to fatigue to serious disease. Increasing our daily fibre intake is the key to combating constipation. We can do this by swapping foods we currently consume that contain low amount of nutrients (chips, pop, candy, confections, dairy, etc.) for foods that are very fibre-rich, including fruit, vegetables, beans, whole grains, flax and chia seeds.
The Key to Overcoming Chronic Constipation
Think of fibre as a broom, and its job is to sweep clean your intestinal tract (especially your colon). If you don’t get enough fibre (or enough water to assist the fibre), your intestinal tract will never be clean. This leads to a build-up of not only old food and waste, but also of unhealthy bacteria.
When you introduce high-fibre foods to your diet, you clean your body from the inside out, and allow friendly bacteria to grow and eventually be able to combat the ill effects of the built-up harmful bacteria in your gut, such as E. coli.
Here are two quick reference lists for you that show which foods are low-fibre foods, and which ones are high-fibre foods:
- Processed foods
- Fried foods
- Fast foods
- Commercial baking
- Soda and juice
- Vegetables (beets, carrots, leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, artichokes)
- Fruit (oranges, watermelon, apples, pears, figs, dates, prunes)
- Whole, sprouted grains (quinoa, steel-cut oats, etc.)
- Flax and chia seeds
- Omega 3 NutraCleanse®
Omega 3 NutraCleanse® is a great way to incorporate more fibre into your diet, because you can simply add 1/3 cup to any smoothie, soup, stew, oatmeal, or anything else you like. You don’t have to suffer from chronic constipation!
This article was published by O3NC in B.C, Canada.