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10 Healthy Foods That Help You Poop

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10 Healthy Foods That Help You Poop

ALLISON YOUNG

No one likes traffic jams, especially when it comes to your colon. When things are backed up, everything from your mood to your energy level can suffer. Before you grab a “quick fix” fiber supplement, focus on food first, says Molly Morgan, RD, CDN, CSSD, author of Drink Your Way to Gut Health. Here, our top food picks to help you poop.

rasberry tea

1. Raspberries

Raspberries are fiber rock stars, with 8 g per cup—that’s double the fiber of strawberries! “Fiber increases the bulk of your stool to help food move smoothly through the digestive system; plus, it feeds good bacteria in the gut for optimal digestion,” says Erica Sonnenburg, PhD, a senior research scientist in the department of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine and coauthor of The Good Gut. Top your morning oatmeal or yogurt with raspberries or pop ’em plain as a snack.

orange

2. Oranges

The citrus powerhouse is a triple threat: Oranges have lots of stool-softening vitamin C, fiber to increase bulk in your stool, and naringenin, a flavonoid that researchers found can work like a laxative. Pack an orange as a portable snack or add orange segments to your salad.

water

3. Water

“Staying hydrated is essential to helping things move,” says Morgan. Without ample H2O, stool can’t soften and move smoothly through the digestive tract. No wonder dehydration is a common cause of constipation. Drink up: Sip straight H2O, add lemon or cucumber slices for extra flavor

4. Kefir

The fermented dairy drink is packed with probiotics, “good” bacteria vital to gut health. And kefir has 10 times more strains of bacteria than yogurt does, says Sonnenburg: “The greater diversity improves the chance that some of these microbes will be beneficial to your particular gut microbiota,” she adds. What’s more, British researchers found that probiotics can ease constipation, soften stools, and even increase No. 2 frequency. Drink kefir on its own or add it to smoothies.

Almond oil

5. Almonds

Almonds are loaded with heart-healthy fats, protein, and fiber, but it’s the high magnesium content that has our intestines excited. “Magnesium neutralizes stomach acid and moves stools through the intestines,” says Morgan. And just a small handful (1 ounce) contains 25% of your daily dose. Almonds make the perfect portable snack, or you can add almond flour to baked goods and smoothies.

6. Black beans

Just 1 cup of black beans has a whopping 15 g of fiber (women need 25 g a day), as well as magnesium and potassium for a smoother-running digestive system. Add to salads, salsas, and soups or sauté with greens.

7. Prunes

The age-old constipation cure is not only high in fiber (6 g per ½ cup), but prunes also contain dihydroxyphenyl isatin, a natural compound that stimulates the bowel, as well as sorbitol, a sugar that has a laxative effect. Plus, prunes have double the potassium of bananas. Not consuming enough potassium can cause constipation and fatigue. Chop ’em up and add to salads, oatmeal, and yogurt parfaits.

spinach

8. Leafy greens

Spinach, Swiss chard, and kale are packed with nutrients that have poop powers, including fiber (1 cup of Swiss chard has 4 g of fiber), magnesium to help the colon contract, and potassium, which helps regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions.

Wheat-Germ Oil

9. Wheat Bran

No surprise that studies show wheat bran can relieve constipation and improve digestion. The outer layer of the wheat kernel is a fiber force with a whopping 25 g per cup. Sprinkle it over your oatmeal, whip up a batch of bran muffins, or eat a bowl of All-Bran cereal.

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10. Coffee, tea, or decaf

Your morning cup of Joe can get your bowels moving, but it’s not just the caffeinated stuff. One study found that coffee—including decaf—means a bathroom visit for about 30% of people. Experts believe coffee’s acidity is key, notably its chlorogenic acid, a compound that gives java its bitter flavor.

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Stacey Chillemi

editor@thecompleteherbalguide.com

I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.