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3 Things You Probably Didn’t Realise Were Making You Constipated

Plus, how to fix the situation fast.


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According to the , constipation qualifies as fewer than three bowel movements per week, and/or, small, hard bits of stool that are painful to pass. It’s a common problem that is apparently more female prone. Sound like you? Here are a few quick fixes…

Firstly, the most important thing you can do to avoid constipation is to eat a well-balanced and varied diet. Fibre is your #NBF, as it quite literally keeps things moving. It’s also important to eat plenty of carbohydrates. Carbs draw in water, which can soften your stool. However, you need to stay hydrated because if you’re eating a lot of high-fibre foods but drinking no water, it may worsen the situation.

If you’re prone to constipation, there are a few important foods to steer clear of:

Fried Foods

As a general rule, foods that are high in fat are low in fibre. Fats also take longer to digest and move through your stomach, whereas fruits and veggies typically take under 24 hours to move through your system. If you’re already feeling backed up, you should avoid any food that has been fried in either oil or butter.

Tea

Surprised? So were we. But we’re not talking herbal teas, they’re unlikely to have any negative effects. Bagged black teas tend to contain tannins, which are guilty of binding stool together. Tea often contains caffeine as well. Sometimes a little bit can be helpful to getting your digestive system moving, but too much can dehydrate your body and have the opposite effect.

Dairy

This is a tricky one… There’s no actual proof that it constipates you unless you are lactose intolerant. If your body is unable to process the sugar found in milk products then you might end up constipated. However, most dietitians will recommend staying away from dairy regardless as it does have the ability to make you feel bloated.

Too Late?

If you’re already feeling constipated, reach for an organic soluble powder like Forlax.

Forlax exerts its full osmotic effect but with fewer side effects than the non-absorbable sugar laxatives, as there is no fermentative production of intestinal gas – which means you can say goodbye to bloating and flatulence! You should feel relief fairly quickly too, as Forlax takes just 24 to 48 hours to work.

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References:

Forlax® Package Insert. October 2016. 2. Chassagne P, Ducrotte P, et al. Tolerance and long-term efficacy of polyethylene glycol 4000 (Forlax®) compared to lactulose in elderly patients with chronic constipation. J Nutr Health Aging 2017;21(4):429-439. 3. Katelaris P, Naganathan V, et al. Comparison of the effectiveness of polyethylene glycol with and without electrolytes in constipation: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Gastroenterology 2016;16(42):1-14.

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