We are going to be talking about choosing the best foods when you’re really constipated. So I’m talking about when you’ve got abdominal pain, you can’t empty your bowel, and you’re really wondering what to eat. So when going through the problem with having too much high fiber in your diet and how that it actually, when the fiber moves through your bowel, that it can actually clog up your bowel, particularly when the waste reaches the end of your bowel, and it becomes dry and really hard, just like in a pipe, when a pipe becomes blocked. The food to choose is actually the lower fiber. I’m going to be giving some tips on the correct food groups to choose, and then how to get your bowel moving and how then start back into your fiber intake when you’ve actually cleared your bowel. So let’s dive right in and start to look at some of the foods to choose. So we should start off with an assortment of fruit and vegetables. Now, remembering that we really should all have 25 to 35 grams of fiber a day, that’s really important for preventing you from becoming constipated. But when you are already constipated, the residue from the fiber you eat will actually backlog up, like a blocked pipe and actually make you feel even worse. So the idea is to reduce your fiber temporarily while you’re really constipated until you empty your bowel and then to resume your fiber intake after you’ve emptied. So let’s have a look at some of the foods now to choose when you really are constipated. We’re going to start with fruit and vegetables.
So we’re looking at some of your lower fiber, lower residue types of vegetables, so obviously here we’ve got things like mushrooms, we’ve got tomatoes; carrots, if you’re really constipated, you might even take the peels off those, and the same with the zucchini. Potatoes are another really good food, particularly white potatoes, you can also get some sweet potatoes too. Once again, you can peel those, if you’re really constipated, because the peels can then add to the residue in your bowel, which then sits there and actually makes gas and makes your meal feel more uncomfortable. So also we’ve got capsicum, asparagus is another really nice low residue food to choose, and garlic as well. So this is just a brief overview to give you some ideas. It’s by no means comprehensive, but just giving you some ideas of what you could actually choose in terms of vegetables. Now, fruits, similar, we’ve got bananas that you can eat, your papaya, and your pawpaw, lovely foods to eat. If you’re having apple, I’d probably take the peel off, particularly, if you’re quite constipated, but you could have the inside of the apple; and also too orange; and melon, all melons are great, they have low residue, so they’re a great food to choose when you’re really constipated. The other thing you might like to do if you’re really constipated is to use, if you’re having problems eating too much, is to actually juice these. So you can actually combine vegetable juices, the more colors you combine, the better. And you can have your melon juices, where you can combine your carrot and apple juices, to actually help you get your nutrients, but also not bulk up too much on your fiber.