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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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                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                      7. Positive people smile a lot!

                      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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