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Can Fiber Prevent Constipation?

old message Fiber, Constipation, and colon health Darrell Miller 09/14/16


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Date: September 14, 2016 02:06 PM
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Subject: Fiber, Constipation, and colon health

Constipation occurs because of the lack of fluids in the stomach and  intestinal tract. Dietary fiber helps the digested food retain water and aid in the movement of waste though the intestinal tract. There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble fiber. Both of these are available in high fiber foods such as whole meal bread and in dietary supplement form.

How it works

Since constipation is a dry hard stool clog in the upper small or large intestines, adding fiber and water will eliminate constipation completely.

Insoluble fiber

This fiber does not dissolve even in the digestive juices. However, it is important in adding to the weight (bulk) of digestive waste. With this bulkiness, the fecal matter will retain more water and pass smoothly through the intestines.

Soluble fiber

Constipation is caused by inadequate fluids in the lumen. Both soluble  and insoluble fiber helps in retaining as much fluids as possible into the fecal matter. With this, movements are easy due to the lubrication aspect of the stool.

Fiber sources

  •  Whole grain products
  •  Leafy vegetables
  •  Fruits and nuts- citrus, and all types of nuts
  •  Leguminous plants
  • Psyllium husk fiber power and pills

If you suffer from constipation, add more fiber to your diet as well as drink an additional 6 x 12oz glasses of water each day.  This will eliminate constipation. 



Sources: www.everydayhealth.com, www.wemd.com







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