Our Top Tips for Reducing Constipation

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World Gastroenterology Organisation

The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation and the WGO are collaborating to help you improve your digestive health and overall wellbeing.

Top Tips for Reducing Constipation

  • Include foods rich in fibre: For optimal general health and function of the colon, you should aim to consume about 20 to 30 grams of fibre from a mixture of fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains and every day
  • Choose fruits rich in pectin, such as apples, strawberries, lychees or pears, to increase stool volume and ease passage
  • Consume products that contain pre and probiotics such as yogurt, kefir, bananas, whole grain breads and honey
  • Drink plenty of water each day while decreasing your intake of caffeinated, alcoholic, and sugar-rich or artificially sweetened beverages such as pop and fruit juice
  • Avoid foods that are greasy, high in animal fat, and fried
  • Limit intake of refined sugar (sweets and rich deserts)
  • Eat at regular times
  • Commit to a healthy lifestyle: exercise regularly, do not smoke, avoid stress, establish regular sleeping patterns and adopt good time management techniques
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