While foods are important in reducing constipation, the best remedy may be the laxative Polyethylene Glycol. Dietary fiber is crucial in dealing with constipation which is why foods rich in fiber like prunes, flaxseed, oatmeal, wheat bran, dried fruit, and brown rice help constipation. Magnesium is, also, beneficial which is why spinach can help constipation.
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), (Loening-Baucke and Pashankar, 2006
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Fiber and Fiber Rich Foods
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Other Important Information
Many of these foods, although constipation reducers, may not be good for frequent consumption. Several conflict with the Bulletproof diet which is important to consider.
Constipation can be a result of food sensitivities. Particularly for children, milk intolerance is often the cause of constipation. See Food Allergies, Sensitivites, Intolerances.
(Carroccio and Iacono, 2006), (Iacono et al., 1998), (Scaillon and Cadranel, 2006), (Stricker, 2000), (Vanderhoof et al., 2001).
Dehydration can contribute to constipation. Drink lots of water. Constipated individuals tend to eat fewer calories; keeping your food consumption steady and not eating less than normal may be a good idea during constipation
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