Constipation might seem like more of an annoyance than a medical problem, but the fact is that it is — or can be — a serious issue. Because while occasional slow bowels are unlikely to cause too much of a problem, if the issue becomes chronic it can lead to colon cancer and other serious digestive issues.
While there are supplements and herbs that can help constipation naturally, most people consider that the best way to help regularize the bowels is through dietary fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic, fiber is found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, but as you can see from the infographic above, choosing just fruits or just veggies would require you to eat an unreasonable number of servings each day just to get your full quota. And the quota is considered to be 30-38 grams of fiber for men and 21-25 grams of fiber for women. That’s a lot of fiber!
If you are serious about healthy eating, however, a balance of these three food groups is ideal. If you are not sure about how to do this, don’t worry! The Internet has some fantastic sites for high-fiber recipes that are both delicious and nutritious! Enjoy!