TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Digestive problems including constipation are frequently caused by a poor healthy diet and lack of exercise, especially during fasting in the middle of prolonged quarantine. To address this issue, you have to first take a look at what you have been consuming while being stuck at home.
A nutrition expert Lavleen Kaur outlined five foods you should avoid to prevent constipation as quoted from Indian Express.
1. Refined foods
Refined flour-based products such as cookies and noodles lack fiber and are hard to digest. It also increases the body’s blood sugar which leads to insulin resistance and hunger pangs.
Instead, it is better to consume whole grains, vegetables, or high-fiber foods to help the digestion process and keep you full longer.
2. Foods with a high sugar content
Due to reduced physical activities during fasting and lockdown, you should also reduce your sugar intake. If you are craving sweets, opt for homemade foods or natural sweet ones so you can maintain healthy blood sugar levels.
3. Deep-fried foods
Fried foods such as chips and French fries are high in trans fat that raises bad cholesterol levels. Besides, it tends to lower the water content of stool because of excessive salt content.
4. Processed foods
Noodles and other instant foods contain large amounts of preservatives, salt, sugar, and trans fat, and tend to be low in vitamins and minerals that are necessary to support bowel movements. Eat fresh foods and snacks to increase your fiber intake.
5. Canned juice
Hidden sugars contained in canned juice may lead to insulin resistance leading to constipation. Consume fresh juice or fruits that are easier to digest including bananas and avocados to keep your energy levels up.
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