Constipation is a condition that develops when bowel movements are less frequent and the stool gets tough to pass. Commonly, this condition can happen to anyone and is a result of a poor diet, including not eating enough fibre-rich foods. Other than this, certain health conditions can lead to constipation, for instance, diabetes and hypothyroidism. With the change in season, people's dietary and lifestyle habits often tend to change, which could complicate the bowel, leading to constipation. Constipation can also lead to severe pain and blood in the stool. Thus, taking care of what you consume is important to prevent constipation. Here are five foods to avoid in order to get rid of constipation during the winter season.
Fibre plays an important role in bowel movement and preventing constipation. In contrast, people prefer foods made from processed grains, like white bread and pasta. All these fibre-lacking foods make people prone to constipation. People can get rid of constipation by gradually reducing the intake of these foods made out of processed grains.
Junk & Fast Foods
Junk and fast foods like chips and chocolates are other food items that you should avoid to prevent constipation. These food items are rich in fats, and salts, while being very low in fibre, which slows down your digestion process and leads to constipation. The high salt content in these foods decreases the water content in stool, making it dry and harder to eliminate from the body.
Consuming dairy products is another important cause of constipation. This happens in people sensitive to a protein found in cow's milk. Additionally, dairy products are also low in fibre which increases the occurrence of constipation. Fermented dairy products like yoghurt and kefir are good for your gut and may aid in the process of digestion.
As winter arrives, many people tend to consume more meat, especially red meat. This is also another reason for constipation. Firstly, because it contains less fibre and secondly, if you consume more red meat, you are less likely to consume other food items rich in fibre. Another reason for you to avoid red meat is that due to its high-fat content, the stomach takes more time to digest it, increasing the likelihood of constipation.
Consuming unripe or raw bananas can cause constipation. This is because they contain a high level of starch that has a binding effect, causing constipation. On the other hand, ripe bananas are good for your gut, as they contain soluble fibre that can help relieve constipation.
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Avoiding these foods can help in staying away from constipation during the winter season. During winter, people tend to drink less water which is a critical factor in constipation. Thus, the bonus tip is to drink enough water and limit the intake of drinks that have a dehydrating effect, like coffee and alcohol. But if you have been suffering from constipation for a long time, it is time to visit a doctor, as it may be due to other health conditions.
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