Constipation is one of the most common health issues that people are facing these days. Unhealthy food, sedentary life, lack of physical activities, etc., are some causes of constipation. The bowel movement differs from person to person but if someone has at least three bowel movements in a week then he or she is not constipated. It is recommended to increase the amount of fiber in the diet to eliminate constipation.
But, is it true that constipation causes and symptoms are cured by eating fibrous food? We will get to know this in the write-up below.
What is fiber?
Dietary fibers are edible parts of plants that are not digested. All plant food such as grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, seeds, contains fibers. Chitin is a form of fiber that is found in the shells of crustaceans like lobster, shrimp, and crab.
Do all fibers work in the same manner?
No, all fibers do not work in the same manner. Fibers are of two types: soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber slows the process and helps in the absorption of nutrients from the food. Whereas, insoluble fibers add bulk to the stool that helps it to pass quickly from the intestines.
Fibers can provide relief in constipation
Fiber intake can relieve constipation for many people. Increasing fiber consumption increases the number of stools and helps in getting rid of constipation. But, for some people adding more fibrous food to the diet is not enough to treat constipation.
The latest review showed that 77% of people suffering from chronic constipation can get some relief by increasing the consumption fiber. However, two studies address that increasing the intake of fiber can be as effective as the laxative lactulose for treating constipation in children.
In some cases, consuming more fiber does not help in treating the constipation of everyone. As per a recent review, fiber helped increase the number of bowel movements, it was not effective on other symptoms of constipation like pain, gas, bloating, and stool consistency.
So, before increasing the intake of fiber it is important to determine the cause of constipation. There are numerous reasons for constipation, such as - inactivity, low dietary fiber intake, low fluid intake, and medications like antipsychotics, antidepressants, etc.
Mild symptoms of constipation are cured by taking ayurvedic medicine for constipation. If one is eating plenty of fiber and constipation is still persisting then, there must be some other medical conditions behind it. In that case, it is recommended to get in touch with the doctor as soon as possible.
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