John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Anand received MBBS degree from Medical College Amritsar, University of Punjab. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Postgraduate Institute of medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India. He was trained in the field of Gastroenterology and obtained the DPhil degree. Dr. Anand is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Constipation is a common problem where people find it difficult to have bowel
movements. Bowel movements may be too hard, difficult to pass, or infrequent.
There are numerous causes of constipation including diseases of the digestive
system and side effects of medications, but for most people, a diet low in fiber
may be the cause.
Fortunately, there are many foods a person can eat to help relieve
and foods to avoid that can make constipation worse. Here is a list of
12 foods to eat to help relieve constipation. When planning a healthy diet,
it helps to include plenty of high-fiber choices to help you stay regular.
Beans have more than 10 grams of fiber per cup serving that's more than
almost any other fiber source. Beans have a great mixture of soluble and
insoluble fiber, both of which helps the food keep moving through the
Take your pick:
pinto beans, or
Add any of these to salads, soups, casseroles, or pasta.
The luscious green flesh of the kiwi may be just what the doctor ordered. One
medium kiwi has about 2.5 grams of fiber and lots of
vitamins and nutrients that
are important for good health, including the intestines.
A kiwi is a berry. And like most berries, it has edible seeds. You can even
eat the peel, although most people prefer to eat just the flesh.
A 2013 study of adults reported in Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
found that eating kiwi promotes regular bowel movements. A previous study by
researchers in Taipei also found eating two kiwis a day increased the number of
bowel movements in adults with constipation.