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Having a Hard Time In The Toilet? No Worries These 10 Food Can Help You With It!

Having a Hard Time In The Toilet? No Worries These 10 Food Can Help You With It!

It’s that uneasy feeling you have to deal with at one point or another. The struggle of having bouts of irregular bowel movement or loose stools can be stressful.

However, common it happens to you or others, we have to admit that a band-aid solution seems right every moment. Have you been advised to take power drinks containing electrolytes to prevent dehydration, or maybe you immediately picked one of those ripe bananas on the table when the problem started to kick in?

Well then, whether constipation or diarrhea is becoming ever-present or not, it’s time to check on your diet, seriously. In most cases, consciously improving on your fiber intake is key to a healthy digestive system. In fact, the American Dietetic Association advises that the daily diet of women between 19 to 50, should have 25 grams of fiber while men in this age bracket must consume 38 grams.

What Does Fiber Do to My Body?

Both soluble and insoluble fiber helps in normalizing our stools and prevents the gastrointestinal tract’s movement from immobility. Unlike fats, carbohydrates, and proteins, fiber is not digested in our bodies. It remains whole while passing through our stomach, small intestine, and the colon. It is insoluble fiber that makes the stool bulky to go through usually, to prevent constipation, while soluble fiber absorbs the excess water to prevent diarrhea or loose stools.

But that’s not all there is in fiber. It can lower the levels of cholesterol, aids diabetes patients from blood sugar spikes, and keeps you feeling full for a longer time with relatively lower calories.

Top 10 Foods Rich in Fiber

Let’s stick to all natural. Ultimately, this would make your bowel movement issues go down the flush. Here are the high-fiber foods that make you poop:

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1. Apples

    An apple a day, keeps the doctor away, as repeatedly said. A medium-sized apple contains 4.4 grams of fiber too.

    2. Berries

      From 8 to 10 grams per 1 cup, you get antioxidants and the heartwarming bonus of fiber content. Usually, these are eaten raw, but for Boysenberries and Loganberries, frozen delight is advisable. Elderberries have 10 g of fiber while the most common ones like strawberries have 3 g per cup. You can also munch on raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries and currants.

      3. Beans

        No matter how small, this fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals as well as protein. Whether you decide to make a salad with them or mix with your mother’s meal recipes, you are sure to get not below 9 grams, up to 19 g of fiber per cup! Mung beans, garbanzo, yellow and black beans are just some of the best choices. However, you should alternate with other fiber sources once you experience a certain discomfort.

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        4. Whole grains

          While most of the seeds have to be processed to make it naturally edible, there are recognized whole grain foods that retain the fiber or nutrients in the grain. A cup of brown rice when cooked yields 4 g of fiber, while quinoa has 5 g. Going to the movies? Having popcorn is still exciting, especially that 3 cups of them give you 4 g of fiber.

          5. Leafy and green vegetables

            A cup of spinach, beet greens, turnip, mustard you can sauté or mix in salads, no problem. It will give you the 4-5-gram fiber fix.

            6. Oranges

              Canned or juiced contains lesser fiber that is why serving it just as the round, raw orange should be maximized. A medium-sized orange gives 3 grams of fiber.

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              7. Ripe Banana

                Relatively the same amount of fiber as oranges and apples, comprising 12 percent of your average fiber needs a day.

                8. Brassica veggies

                  Cauliflower, broccoli, cabbages, and kale to name a few, has about 5 to 6 grams of fiber per cup.

                  9. Potatoes

                    Stew, baked or stir-fried, potatoes offer 3 to 4 grams of fiber. You can take the medium ones of russet, red or sweet.

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                    10. Nuts and seeds

                      These are very rich sources of fiber with about 3-12 grams per ounce, plus healthy fats and phytochemical. Try almond, pistachio, peanut, cashew, flaxseed and sesame seeds.

                      Develop a Fiber-rich Lifestyle to Maintain a Good Health

                      The list goes on since Mother Nature blessed us with a lot of choices to choose from. Incorporating whole foods into our diet is still better than relying on fiber supplements. As usual, be wary of overconsumption of any sources since you will still be prone to intestinal gas problems if you eat too much of each. Thus, reverting to the not-so-pleasant encounters in the toilet.

                      Being well informed on your fiber needs and limits should also be coupled with correcting your wrong practices such as resisting to go to the toilet when needed, eating large amounts of dairies and not enough exercise.

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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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