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We’ve all been backed up and all know how uncomfortable it is. It can feel very sore and tender. You want to go but just can’t, so what can you do without taking medications?

We have 9 of the best foods to eat to avoid and relieve constipation.

Remember, if you have constipation more than once every few weeks or have severe pain or bleeding, it’s important to get this checked out by your doctor. With that said, in most cases constipation is just a sign that your diet needs more fibre.

1. Popcorn

It might be a food you only have at the cinema but popcorn is a great source of fibre – if done the right way. Pop some corn kernels at home with a dash of sea salt and you will feel the relief

2. Beans

We’ve all heard the rhymes about beans and their tendency to make you fart, but beans are truly a great laxative – they have twice as much fibre as most vegetables. A half-cup serving of any type of beans will make you feel better in no time, and can be added to plenty of dishes

3. Dried fruit

Dried fruit is really delicious and good for your digestive system. Prunes particularly are rich in fibre, vitamin A and potassium, and are a tried and test remedy for constipation.

4. Broccoli

Just like beans, broccoli are packed full of fibre, plus they’re low in calories. You’re going to want to eat your broccoli raw though, since cooking it can reduce its fibre content. Try steaming, broiling, or baking if you do want to cook it.

5. Pears

Pears are considered to be natural laxatives and have a way of moving the stool through the intestines.

6. Peaches

Whether dried or fresh, peaches are not only delicious and juicy but are also packed with fibre.

7. Pineapple Juice

Pineapple juice is a great way to regulate your digestive system and avoid constipation. Plus it tastes fantastic.

8. Figs

Soften that stool with figs – they have fibre and ease your digestion.

9. Whole Grains

Of a morning, try to incorporate multigrain or wholegrain bread, oats or bran into your breakfast.


What other foods or remedies work to relieve constipation for you?

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  1. Go vegeterian, never have that problem again, and no bowel cancer either

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    • I wish that were true. My vegetarian, non drinking, non smoking organic garden produce neighbour is consumed with bowel cancer right now. It’s familial sadly.

    • Sadly being a vegetarian is absolutely no guarantee of not getting bowel cancer.
      Just like non smokers can get lung cancer.

    • I would have thought the same actually. However eating more fruit & vegetables has to be better anyway. I am trying the green shakes to get my quota of fruit/vege

  2. Years ago I bought some sunfish (?) at a local vietnamese shop. Was very oily and affected us both like a massive dose of liquid parraffin.

  3. Kiwifruit are also an excellent source of fibre.

  4. Kefir. We make it daily and it keeps the gut flora in balance. Light and fluffy poo and my husband is finding it miraculously seems to take away his arthritic pain that he has been fighting with painkillers for years.

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    • Yes, please. What is Kefir? I have arthritis & if there is something out there to help with that pain, I am happy to try.

    • It’s a live probiotic. You put the ‘grains’ in milk and let it ferment then drink the fermented milk. The commercial equivalent would be yakult but very expensive and full of sugar. You can buy the live grains on eBay or perhaps if you can’t then I could send you some as they multiply. Google it then come back to me if you need help.

    • David Rivett, I am getting similar results from “MacLab Seatone” capsules, a natural anti-inflammatory I have begun taking for arthritis in my spine.

    • It’s just interesting that kefir is not something that is touted as helping arthritis but my husband started to notice the correllation. He tried experimenting with drinking a glass or three each day and he was suddenly spritly after years of anti inflams, hip replacement, knee replacements etc. When he missed a day or two, the pain came back and when he started up again it disappeared. Not sure if it’s documented anywhere else as working but it certainly seems to. I find if I have any kind of tummy upset that stepping up the kefir works wonders to settle it. Research seems to show that using a good probiotic allows you to absorb any vitamins and minerals you might be taking. I swear by it. And if you make it yourself it’s ultra cheap and more effective than the ones you might buy. Kefir has many many times more probiotics than you find in yoghurt or the pills you buy at health food stores.

  5. Eat one kewi fruit daily including the skin daily, never be constipated again

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    • Someone recommended this to me recently when I was on holiday (always get constipated when I’m travelling). It seemed to work and now I’m back I’ve just been out to buy some, and intend to have one every morning. I felt a bit funny eating it with the skin on, but once you get used to it it’s fine.

  6. I make Brocolli, Cauliflower,and spinach soup. Blend then add yoghurt when serving. Does the job and tastes lovely.

  7. Eat kiwi fruit every other day and you will never have a constipation problem ever.

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