Why do I get constipation in spite of a regular diet that contains fibre?Gastroenterology Colorectal Surgery Diet & Nutrition
I've had constipation for about two weeks now. My daily meal:
- One cup of green tea
- Two slices of low G.I. bread
- Brown rice with mushrooms, broccoli, and spinach
- 200ml of aloe vera gel
- 125 grams of blueberries
Why do I still get constipated?
Constipation is a common condition many of us encounter from time to time. Although dietary fiber is known to encourage proper bowel movement, individuals may have very different response to fiber intake.
Dietary fiber is believed to help bowel movement by forming the bulk which encourages proper bowel muscle contraction. It may also help friendly gut bacteria to grow and to maintain good gut health.
However, this is provided that there is also sufficient water intake to maintain its soft texture. Too much fiber with insufficient water can sometimes result in hard stools which paradoxically aggravates your constipation.
Other reasons for constipation include a slower gut movement due to lack of exercises or IBS, side effects from medication and consumption of supplements containing high doses of calcium or iron.
Do pay attention to other associated symptoms such as significant weight loss, change of bowel caliber and having black stools or blood stained stools. Such symptoms may point towards a serious problem in your digestive tract which requires proper evaluation.
- Dr Quan
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