When the waste material or the stool moves very slowly via large intestine, constipation occurs. The feces become hard and dry when they remain in the bowel for prolonged period resulting in infrequent, painful and difficult bowel movements. More often, the problem of constipation does not cause any harm.
The principle of diet:
Normal carbohydrates, adequate proteins, low or restricted fat, high fiber, normal vitamins and minerals, an excess of fluids should be taken.
- Coarse bran can be taken as a breakfast cereal.
- High fiber diet should be given which should include whole cereals, fiber-rich vegetables, and fruits.
Foods to be included for Constipation diet:
Carrots, apple, oranges, guava, pomegranate, cabbage, ladies finger, brinjal, peas, beans, Kovai, bitter guard, whole grains, bread, rice, pulses, fruit juices, soups, etc.
Foods to be avoided for Constipation diet:
Very spicy foods, tea, coffee, an excess of alcohol, all this causes irritation to the colon so they should be avoided. Use of laxatives should be avoided as they may lead to excess loss of sodium and potassium.
Correction of faulty habits:
Worry, anxiety, fatigue, and change in lifestyle may cause stress which in turn leads to constipation. Hence stress should be avoided. They should take more exercises.
Sample Diet For Constipation:
|Early morning||tea||1 Cup|
|Breakfast||vegetable dosa||3 no's|
|Lemon juice||1 glass|
|Vegetable soup||1 bowl|
|Cluster beans curry||1 Katori|
|Tea time||coffee||1 Cup|
|Kovai curry||1 Katori|
|Vegetable salad||1 Serving|
|Bedtime||Skimmed milk||1 glass|
Advantages of fiber:
- Reduces the cholesterol.
- It controls blood sugar levels.
- Lowers the risk of heart diseases.
- Weight loss and management.
- Lowers risk of hemorrhoids.
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