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Can eating fiber help chronic constipation?

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If you're generally healthy, hundreds of foods and plant-based fiber products are available to naturally relieve constipation.

Go for whole-grain breads, cereals, and pastas. Cereal fibers generally have cell walls that resist digestion and retain water within the cellular structures. Wheat bran can be highly effective as a natural laxative.

Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans and lentils. The fiber found in citrus fruits and legumes stimulate the growth of colonic flora, which increases the stool weight and the amount of bacteria in the stool. Encouraging the growth of certain bacteria in the colon may help promote a healthy intestine.

From: Dietary Fiber for Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





A Diet for a Pain-Free Life

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SOURCES: American Academy of Family Physicians: "Fiber: How to increase the amount in your diet." American Dietetic Association (ADA): "Plum Good." Institute of Medicine. McIlwain H. , New York: Marlowe, 2007. Uptodate.com: “Patient information: High-fiber diet (Beyond the Basics),” Arnold Wald, MD. U.S. Department of Agriculture





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