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Everyday Foods That Can Help with Constipation


There’s nothing comfortable about constipation, which can leave sufferers in pain and without the ability to move easily. It’s a frustrating feeling that can prevent us from functioning as we normally would.

Thankfully, there are a number of foods that can help prevent constipation or assist individuals in ending constipation. The trick is to maximize fiber intake. WebMD recommends healthy adults consume more than 25-grams of fiber each day (though this varies depending on gender). So, what foods can help you get to that important threshold?

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1. Prunes

Prunes and prune juice can help to overcome a bout of constipation. That’s because they’re rich in fiber, containing roughly seven percent of our daily fiber requirement.

Prunes are also an excellent source of vitamin A and potassium—which can help us feel more energetic and ready to take on the day. The most effective way to absorb the fiber in prunes may be to drink its juice, which is available in most grocery stores.

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