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Constipation & Dieting

With 2017 in its infancy, most of us still have our New Year’s resolutions in the forefront of our minds. Perhaps you want to spend more time with family this year, or have decided to dust of the old gym back into your routine – regardless of your intentions; chances are you have selected among the most popular of resolutions, and none is more common than a change in diet.

As healthy as you might be, for most part, just about everyone’s diet can be improved. However, what happens when you switch to healthier foods and yet find your body not reacting “healthily?” What happens if your new and nutrient-rich diet causes you to have constipation?

Fruits and vegetables have always been associated with loose stools and are even recommended as a cure for when constipation strikes. Nonetheless, a many a dieter will find themselves a little backed-up after switching to a more natural diet. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases defines constipation as fewer than three bowel movements a week.

And while there may be no actual bowel movements, the urge is still there, which makes constipation such a debilitating condition.

So why does dieting, especially a diet that involves fruits and vegetables, cause constipation?

Putting aside the fact that you might have a sensitive stomach or irritable bowel syndrome, sudden changes in both what we eat and how we eat can have an impact on how regular we are.

Changes to what you eat; when you eat; cutting calories by skipping meals; drinking too little water and even an increase in fibre can cause unwanted constipation (not that it’s ever wanted).

So while you might have the best intentions in mind, it would seem that your diet isn’t wanting to play along, which begs the question as to what you should do about it?

In order to avoid constipation, there are several best practices that you should incorporate into your diet to help ensure success.

Firstly, you should try eating slower so that the body recognizes that it is full before you find yourself eating too much. Setting up a eating schedule can also help as erratic meals can further complicate and induce constipation. Exercise is also an often overlooked remedy to constipation, as aerobic exercise accelerates breathing and heart rate, which in turn helps to naturally contract the intestinal muscles, aiding in digestion.

Dieting, exercises and just about any other New Years resolution requires a little bit of work and effort in order to accomplish; however, it is important not to get discouraged along the way. By following these tips, not only are you more likely to stick to your diet, it is also almost a guarantee that you will have a great and healthy 2017.