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You Won’t Believe These 10 Foods Secretly Make You Poop More!

You Won’t Believe These 10 Foods Secretly Make You Poop More!

So yes, potty problems aren’t the best subject to talk about, but for people facing clogging aka constipation, a solution is more of a desperate need than just a want. Frankly, we all hate traffic jams and having one in our own body can really bring us down. The thing with constipation also sort of grows – the longer you have it, the harder it gets to resolve it and then the only way left to tackle it is via medications such as sugar solutions. To avoid that, and to have a healthy gut that digests and expels efficiently, you need to take a look at your diet and eat foods that make you poop.

Common Causes of Constipation

The common causes of a clogged up digestive system are pretty generic – dehydration, not going to the potty even when you have the urge, lack of exercise and a diet lacking in fiber are the common culprits. But what about the uncommon ones?

  1. Check Your Meds: If you take one too many painkillers – be it for that chronic backache or even for headaches, these medicines can cause your digestive system to come to a halt. The same can also happen when you start popping multivitamin or multi-mineral pills [1]. Even taking too many antacids or laxatives can up adding to your constipation problems.
  2. Stress: Stress is another big problem causer for it tends to jumble up your mind, emotions as well as your digestive tract. Low-level stress and anxiety causes the body to reduce or suppress its gastrocolic reflexes, causing a clog up! [2].
  3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A rather idiopathic condition – IBS sufferers also have abdominal pain along with constipation woes and frankly, this is better treated with diet, exercise and therapy rather than strong medications [3].
  4. Eating Disorders: It’s pretty simple, when your food intake is imbalanced, too little or at odd hours; your poop cannot be regular either [4].
  5. An imbalanced diet: Too much of diary as well as the intake of foods that have too little fiber, combined with dehydration is a major cause of constipation as well [5]. What you need to do is eat foods that make you poop.

What Should You Eat to Prevent or Ease Constipation?

While a balanced diet should take care of your one-off constipation, if you do have repeated episode, then these are the foods that make you poop [6].

  • High Fiber Foods: Fiber regulates the gut – much as following traffic rules ensure there are no traffic jams or tickets, a diet with 20-30gm of fiber daily will ensure no clog ups either. Foods that are over processed have taken all the fiber out – to get all the goodness of food, opt for the whole- or multi-grain variety and always choose organic.
  • Poop Softening Foods: Think of what babies are fed when they have problems pooping. Applesauce (rich in pectin, a fiber), barley, oatmeal as well as legumes soften the stool so that it can be passed without pain or injury.
  • Stock up on some vitamin C: Citrus foods make you poop so dig into them as well as fruits like kiwis and strawberries that are bursting with all the poop-softening goodness of vitamin C – also an antioxidant that helps in rejuvenation on a cellular level.
  • Think sorbitol: Sorbitol is a naturally occurring laxative and found richly in, you guessed it, prunes, plums and pears! So go for them, anytime your digestive system is a no go…
  • Drink up: When in doubt, go for water and healthy drinks such as green teas – the water and the teas help in flushing your system, so as to speak.
  • Get your dose of probiotics: Think fermented stuff – yogurt, kefir, kimchee all come loaded with healthy gut bacteria that do their own eating and digesting in your digestive tract and help clear out any blockages and preventing any further ones as well.

10 Foods That Make You Poop

Here are our top ten picks of foods that make you poop, which can really help that system flush itself out…

1. Prunes

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    A single prune aka a dried plum has about 1gm of fiber – pretty intense and just right to help you ease that constipation. The sugars in prune – fructans and sorbitol also have a laxative effect [7].

    2. Kiwi

      A cup of kiwi gives you 5gm of fiber, doesn’t make you gassy and also gives you the stool-softening and anti-oxidant properties of vitamin C that it is fairly bursting with [8].

      3. Flax Seeds

        One tablespoon ground flax seeds contain 2gm of fiber – and once ground they are easy to throw in just about anything – smoothies, breakfast cereal or even salads or legumes [9].

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        4. Oranges

          When clogged, skip the OJ and eat an orange instead. One orange not only has 4gm fiber for just 86 Calories but also contain naringenin, a flavonol with laxative properties [10].

          5. Oatmeal

            Having oats for breakfast gives you more than just cholesterol reducing benefits. Half a cup of oats (dry) contain 2gm each of soluble and insoluble fiber – together, they bulk up the stool, soften it and help ease that constipation [11].

            6. Popcorn

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              3 cups of popcorn (the healthy air-popped version) gives you 3gm fiber at just 93 calories, plus the saltiness helps stave off any chip cravings [12]!

              7. Beans

                So cup for cup, beans provide almost double the fiber that veggies do – and they are also incredibly versatile so can be added in stews, salads and soups [13]

                8. Apples

                  Apples not only keep the doctor away with their nutrients, the pectin in them is a great soluble fiber that well, helps you poop! [14]

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                  9. Yogurt

                    While most experts would advise you to stay away from dairy products if constipated, yogurt is an exception. The probiotic bacteria aka lactobacillus in it will help you go regularly [15].

                    10. Coffee

                      Caffeine is a stimulant so it can cause you to have a bowel movement. But take care you don’t have to much lest it dehydrates you and makes it worse! [16].

                      There are plenty other foods that make you poop, which you can incorporate into your daily diet to make sure that you do not lack the all-important, gut-clearing component i.e. fiber; like brown rice, legumes or pulses [17] and of course water and green tea. So remember to eat right, drink lots of water, go when you need to and of course, exercise to be the healthiest you and your gut can be…

                      Featured photo credit: Weight Loss Resources via weightlossresources.co.uk

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                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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