Let’s talk about poop! We’re not kidding. Our digestive systems are constantly working to keep us healthy and alive, without it, well, it’d all go to sh*t. If you struggle with digestive issues or you're feeling a little backed up, there's one thing you need to introduce more of into your life: fibre!
Fibre is the indigestible parts of plant foods that keep our tummies happy and healthy. Without enough fibre, you may experience constipation or diarrhoea. These symptoms can be extremely frustrating and can impact your day-to-day life. You might avoid going places or doing things in anticipation of your bowel movements (or lack thereof). But don’t fret! There are many things you can incorporate into your diet to make things run smoother. There are also products that are specifically designed to have you feeling back to normal. Here are the best foods and the best supplements you can use to improve your digestion.
Psyllium is a natural form of fibre that derives from the husks of Plantago ovata plant’s seeds. Known for its laxative effects, psyllium husk is great for clearing out any backed-up channels (aka, making you poop). Not only does it make bowel movements much easier, but it can promote the regularity of them too. It can be used as a one-time solution to constipation, or you can add it into your regime to encourage digestive health. Just make sure the first time you take it, you have some time to spend at home. Your body might feel the effects more than usual as you’re introducing something new into your stomach.
Start your day off with a nutty flavoured cereal and an amazing source of fibre; wheat bran. This powerful layer of wheat kernel is the perfect meal to add to your diet if you’re wanting to promote digestive health. Per serving, wheat bran packs 12.5 grams of dietary fibre, which will help both relieve constipation and prevent it. As an insoluble fibre, wheat bran will add bulk to your stool and encourage smoother and quicker bowel movements.
Prune juice really is as good as they say it is. Prunes are super high in fibre and drinking the juice is an easy way to get in the nutrients these fruits have to offer. Prune juice acts as a laxative and can relieve constipation and help ease digestive discomfort. As well as this, constipation can actually result in an overactive bladder. Drinking liquid might seem counterintuitive, but adding extra fibre into your diet can both relieve constipation and stop this frustrating side effect.
As we already know, psyllium husk is amazing for digestive health and this blend by Lotus has a combination of four more amazing ingredients. With psyllium husk, linseed meal, oatmeal, slippery elm and carob powder, this blend is the perfect addition to your diet. Add this blend into your smoothies, your cereals or in your baked goods and you’ve easily added a generous amount of fibre into your diet. If you’re looking to improve your digestive health overall and do something every day to reach that goal, this blend ticks all the boxes!
Getting enough fibre is crucial in having healthy digestion and a happy gut. Amongst eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, these additional options will take your digestive health to the next level. If you’re sick and tired and feeling bloating, clogged up and sluggish, try out these alternatives and we’re sure your body will be thanking you. Although we don’t like to talk about toilet time, we should! Our stool is a huge indicator of our overall health and let’s face it, there’s nothing better than a good poop.