7 Around-the-Kitchen Cures for Constipation

So, you’re feeling a little backed up. Hey, we’ve all been there. Traffic jams happen from time to time. But unlike the highway, you’re mostly in control of the roads in your body. In fact, curing your constipation might be as easy as walking to your refrigerator. Here are 7 around-the-kitchen cures for your dinged up digestive system. We hope you like the taste of fiber!

Bean Machine

“Beans, beans, the magical fruit. The more you eat, the more you toot!” Gotta love poetry! You also have to love the loads of fiber in beans, which keeps the digestive system moving like a conveyer belt.

Veg Out

Momma was right: veggies are important! Broccoli, spinach and cabbage are examples veggies that are really good for your digestive system. It’s best to eat these (and all) vegetables raw because cooking them can reduce their fiber content.

Berried Alive

In addition to being sweet, tangy and delicious, berries are packed with fiber. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries…it doesn’t matter! Toss them into a bowl of cereal or eat them right out of the container. Your mouth will thank you now; your stomach will thank you later.

Cereal (Constipation) Killers

Speaking of cereal, some of your favorite brands can help alleviate your constipation (sorry, we’re not talking about Captain Crunch or Fruity Pebbles). Raisin Brand, Frosted Mini Wheats or any Fiber One Cereal are examples of fiber-enriched cereals that can stimulate your digestive system.

Pop Goes the Poop

It might surprise some to learn that air-popped popcorn has legitimate nutritional value. A whole grain, popcorn is low in calories and high in fiber. That said, microwave popcorn is doused with oils, salts and other seasonings, and should not be considered a viable alternative to the air-popped variety.

Fruits of Labor

In terms of taste, dried fruit might not rank up there with the likes of popcorn. But prunes, figs, dates and apricots are all very good for your digestive system. Prunes are especially good because they contain sorbitol, which is a natural laxative. Laxative is French for “makes you poop a lot!” Seriously, look it up.

Mo’ Joe

We’ve all heard the saying, “a cup of joe makes you have to go.” Wait, that’s not a saying? Well it should be! That said, coffee accelerates your digestive system. Caffeinated tea is also a good remedy for constipation, but should be supplemented with other fiber-enriched foods.

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