Fruits are known to have soothing effect in treating constipation problem. Fruits are directly from nature and therefore are considered as perfect foods. Fruits contain the right balance of nutrients with distilled water. You gain enormous benefits from eating fruits especially if you eat the outer skin and eat them without cooking.
Fruits are easy to digest and can easily be absorbed into body. Importantly, they do not stress your colon. In addition, they will help you relieve or eliminate your constipation. Fruits contain fiber, which help to cleanse your colon and prevent constipation. Most fruits help provide the body with minerals that help the body reduce acid as it is created. And most important of all, fruits help cleanse the body of mucus slime that accumulates throughout the body. Fruits do not leave any slime residue in the body when eaten except when they have pesticides and preservatives in their outer skin. They do not ferment or putrefy in your colon, as do processed foods, dairy products and meats.
What fruits to take for constipation?
Eating any fruit is not a best strategy to treat constipation. Below are best picks when you need to take care of existing condition:
- Figs and dates
Apples - Best fruit to treat constipation
Eat apple a day and keep doctor away - adage summurizes everything good about apples. Eat 3-4 apples a day to relieve constipation. It does not matter what type of apple you eat, but I like gala or Fuji apples since they are small and crisp. It is best to use fresh organic apples when eating apples as a snack since you will not know what pesticides were used in growing the apples. If apples are not organic, it is better to peel the apple before eating.
Using baked apples also helps to clear constipation.
Eat one baked apple at night, right before bedtime, and one just upon rising. Do this until you constipation is cleared.
In his book, John Heinerman, Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs, describes how to bake apples:
“Cut apples in half and clear out the centers. Add chopped dates to the center. Pour some cranberry juice over the dates and apples. Then sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on the top. You can pour cranberry juice on some of the apples and see if you like the taste after they are cooked. Cook apples for 46-60 min at 375-400 C.”
Dried apple slices are also a good source of fiber. However, when the slices are dehydrated most nutrients are lost but fiber is retained. Sulfur dioxide is typically used to dry apple slices and this can cause allergic or asthmatic reactions in some people. I do not recommend using dried apple slices in place of fresh organic apples.
Just Apples and Mineral Water
Just after waking, eat two unpeeled apples, chew well, and then drink 8 oz of water that has two drops of Alkalife. Or, you can use any other mineral additive or supplement you use. This combination of apples and activated mineral water will stimulate your colon to become less sluggish and to move fecal matter out of the rectum.
Plums: This monsoon fruit also can help treat constipation.
Pears: Like apples, pear too has ample fibre especially in their skin. Eating this fruit will regulate your digestive system.
Berries: Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries have a good amount of fibre which can help ease out your constipation symptoms. These fruits are also low in calorie which makes them healthy anyway.
Banana: Bananas are also a good fruit to treat mild constipation but it is extremely important that you pick on ripe bananas only. Unripe bananas can worsen the situation.
Dried Figs: Figs have a high amount of calcium and fibre and they help to cleanse and sooth intestines and aid digestion. Soak 2-3 dried figs in water for at least 2 hours before eating them.
Closing note on fruits for constipatoin
Choose your fruits carefully. They should be eaten when they are fully ripe. Do not eat them if they are under ripe or overripe. In the under ripe condition they may be acidic and in the overripe condition the many contain more natural sugar.
Fruits, vegetables, and grains contain fructooligosaccharides, FOS. It is this compound that helps to feed the good bacteria in your colon. Without an adequate supply of FOS, good bacteria will dwindle and bad bacteria will flourish.
Just Plain Fruits
- Eat fruits throughout the day but especially in the evening. This will help to promote a bowel movement in the morning.
- Using fruits to relieve or clear constipation is a powerful natural remedy. Eat fruits every day and between meals and you will relieve your constipation.