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5 Foods That May Prevent Regularity

Wouldn't it be great if our bodies really were like clockwork and our digestive systems stayed regular no matter what? Unfortunately, that's not how it works because stress, traveling, and diet changes can cause constipation. Eating enough fiber (25 to 30 grams a day), drinking plenty of water, and exercising can help keep you regular, but eating certain foods and drugs can get in the way. Everyone's body processes foods differently, so check out this list to see if what you're eating is clogging you up.

  1. Bananas: These do contain about three grams of fiber per piece of medium fruit, but they're also known for their binding properties. If you have diarrhea, bananas are recommended as a cure, and eating too many can cause constipation.
  2. Dairy products: For some, too much dairy such as cheese and ice cream can prevent regularity.

To find out what else can lead to constipation,


  1. Processed foods: When these flours are refined, the fiber is stripped away from the grain. Eating foods such as these that are low in fiber can bind you up. Opt for breads and other baked goods made from whole grain flour and not enriched flour.
  2. Rice: While it's a healthy whole grain, it falls in the same binding category as bananas. Certain varieties contain more fiber than others, so opt for brown rice, brown basmati, or Chinese black rice.
  3. Certain medications: Pain prescriptions (codeine and oxycodone), antidepressants, iron supplements, and antacids that contain aluminum such as Amphojel and Basaljel can cause major constipation. If this happens, ask your doctor about alternatives.


chatoyante chatoyante 8 years
For what it's worth, antidepressants can help "gastric motility" in some people who tend to be constipated, so ymmv. And mint is good for some digestive aches, but avoid it if you tend to have heartburn or acid reflux. Makes it worse in many people, go figure :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Too much dairy is a major no-no in my diet. I hardly like it anyway, so I use mostly soy based products. Never had issues with bananas though, it has the opposite effect, making my body feel very healthy. I try to achieve the daily amount of fiber. Also including healthy fats, such as raw/unsalted walnuts.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Or SKC, have some mint or ginger tea, no sugar with honey and cloves. Tastes better and works for tummy troubles
SKC-Sparkle SKC-Sparkle 8 years
The best advice I have is buying some mint from a natural health food store (available in liquid and tablet form). It really fixes all tummy related problems for me, but it tastes terrible.
girlbot girlbot 8 years
On the bananas: ridiculous. The article linked to even specifically says: * bananas cure constipation * bananas cause constipation * bananas regulate diarrhea and constipation Basically: use your best judgment. A banana a day with breakfast is not going to throw off your whole system, because it isn't specifically binding or otherwise.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
How are bananas "bad fatty"? I thought they were really good for you! Except, good to know that they can be binding. I eat a banana for breakfast almost every day, hopefully one a day isn't too many!
almostloli almostloli 8 years
'too much of something' is always not good.. all the foods listed above are actually healthy for us (except refined carbs one!)
Spectra Spectra 8 years
My grandma always said too much cheese would "stop you up". She was usually right, too. I feed rice and boiled lean beef to my dog when she's got the runs to help bind her up...the rice is really digestible. Fawness--Drink more water. In order for fiber to move effectively through your system, it needs a LOT of water or else it'll just ferment in your system and make you bloated.
Fawness Fawness 8 years
I have a question: I eat a lot of fiber-foods like whole fruit, vegetables, and whole grain cereals, and I drink a fair amount of water (but not the recommended) but I still feel really bloated and uncomfortable all the time. Should I be drinking more water, or am I getting too much fiber?
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I was trying to suss this out for myself! I restarted South Beachat the new year and went a little, um, digestively wonky. Must have been all the cheese.
jen1975 jen1975 8 years
"Eating too many" bananas maybe. Having a banana at breakfast, no way. There are always consequences to overindulging in any food, but I can't believe having a banana in the morning is going to wreck my innards.
greenhighlighter greenhighlighter 8 years
Apparently, my mother also heard about BRAT. I love bananas, but thanks to her, part of me will always associate them with the stomach flu... haha. I never would have suspected rice, though!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I remember hearing about the BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) diet that was meant to cure the runs in children, but I don't believe it's recommended anymore. I guess that's a bit of a tangent with this post, but I noticed a slight parallel between those two points.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
this is really good information. for myself - i've avoided bananas for the longest time because i thought that they were kind of bad fatty - but to know that they could cause irregularity - well that's not something that i'm looking forward to so i'll just stay away from them more.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh wow good to know, just in case. ;)
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