Top Foods For Constipation Relief (cont.)

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3. Kiwi

  • 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.

4. Berries

  • ?Berries are tasty, easy to eat, and you can take your pick: raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries - all are easy to snack on and full of fiber.
  • For example just ½ cup of raspberries contains 4 g fiber to help relieve constipation.
  • Eat them alone as a snack, try them on salads, or puree and freeze them for a cool summertime dessert.

5. Pears, plums, and apples

  • With the skin, an average pear provides 5 to 6 grams of dietary fiber that you need to regulate your digestive system.
  • Pears also are great for babies with constipation. Look for baby foods with pears as an ingredient, and pear juice can also aid constipation in infants.

6. Sweet potatoes

  • One medium baked sweet potato with skin has 3.8 grams of fiber, which can help get things moving along. This high fiber content in sweet potatoes helps prevent constipation. The skin contains most of the fiber so leave it on for the biggest benefits.
  • Regular baked potatoes are also a good source of fiber, with 3 grams in a small baked potato. Leave the skin on, and high-calorie toppings such as butter or sour cream off.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/25/2015

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