Bowel Problems and Nutrition
If a person eats sufficient amounts of fiber and drinksplenty of fluids, the stools are usually soft and much easier to pass. Oneshould ingest at least 18 grams of dietary fiber each day. Unfortunatelyenough, most people around the world do not ingest the desired amounts offiber. Sufficient amounts of fiber are very efficient in preventing certaintypes of medical conditions which affect the bowel, such as hemorrhoids,diverticula and anal fissures. Anal fissures are very painful medicalconditions which affect the anus. Those who want to lose weight should ingestsufficient amounts of fiber regularly as it is very helpful in providing afeeling of fullness without contributing any calories. Dietary fiber is alsovery important when it comes to the prevention of bowel cancer. It may be ofgreat help in lowering the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood as well. Adiet enriched with proper amounts of fiber is very important for the preventionand treatment of constipation. Constipation is a relatively common medicalcondition as it may affect both adults and children. There are certain eatinghabits and lifestyle choices which have a very negative effect on the properfunctioning of the bowel. If a child rises late in the morning and rushes toschool (or as person who gets up too late and rushes to work), he or she doesnot have enough time for a proper and healthy breakfast. Breakfast is the mostimportant meal of the day and it should not be replaced by avoidance of food orthe consumption of different types of junk foods. Drinking less fluids thanrequired is another big problem which may lead to the development ofconstipation. Constipation occurs when the feces get accumulated in the rectumand over time they harden. Medicinally they are referred to as fecoliths. Ifleft untreated, this medical problem may lead to various different types offurther medical complications. The colon or the large intestine is in charge ofremoving excess amounts of water from food waste. If the food passes through itway to fast there are no sufficient amounts of water absorbed which leads tothe development of hard stools and ultimately constipation. Fiber is veryefficient in promoting the contractions which effectively move the food throughthe intestines. It passes through the intestines undigested so it leads to muchsofter and bulkier stools because it greatly enhances the amount of waterabsorbed.
Fortunately enough there are a large number of differentfood sources that are rich in fiber. One should take notice that there aredifferent types of fiber such as oat bran or wheat bran. Among the mostimportant sources of dietary bran are different types of legumes such as bakedbeans, lima beans, navy beans, pinto beans and kidney beans. The beans are veryrich in soluble types of fiber which are very efficient in decreasing the amountsof bad cholesterol in the blood and increasing the amounts of good cholesterolin the blood. Different sorts of whole grains are probably the best sources offiber out there, and the most common ones are oat bran and wheat bran. They arecommonly present in various kinds of breads and cereals, one should only makesure that the label of the product say whole grain or whole wheat. A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables isalso an excellent source of dietary fiber. The fiber commonly found in the pulpand the skin of fruits or vegetables is called pectin. The richest sources offiber include raspberries, prunes and figs. Others include pineapple, melon,oranges, bananas, pears and apples. Smaller fruits which are also jam packedwith fiber include cherries, strawberries, grapes, satsumas and plums. Stewedor cooked fruits such as applesauce or prunes are also an excellent naturalsource of dietary fiber. As far as vegetables are concerned, the best sourcesof dietary fiber include different sorts of green leafy vegetables such asbroccoli, celery, spinach and lettuce. Various root vegetables such as carrots,turnips and potatoes are also fully packed with certain sorts of dietary fiber.One should not forget several other important sources of dietary fiber such aswholemeal pasta, wholemeal spaghetti and especially brown rice. It is importantto take notice that bran may sometimes trigger abdominal cramping andintestinal gas so one should start with small amounts. Food needs to be chewedthoroughly and slowly in order to maintain proper functioning of the entiredigestive tract. Meals should always be eaten at regular intervals.
Fiber supplements for bowel disorder
Those who suffer from constipation, irritable bowel syndromeor other similar bowel related medical problems are sometimes advised to takefiber supplements. The most common types of fiber supplements includeunprocessed bran, whole linseeds, inulin fibre, wheat dextrin, sterculia, methylcelluloseand ispaghula husk.