The solution for constipation is a LOW FIBRE diet

The solution for constipation is a LOW FIBRE diet

Eat more fibre. For years we’ve been told,
dietary fibre is an important part of a healthy diet and if you’re blocked up – the solution
is to EAT MORE FIBRE. Since straining to poop, accompanied by abdominal bloating and pain,
is one of your health problems, you load up your trolley with high fibre items, this includes
whole wheat bread, whole grain cereal, bran muffins and digestive biscuits. And when this
high fibre diet, let’s you down and it does on a regular basis – you take a specially
formulated fibre supplement. Let’s be honest – your high fibre is not the perfect solution.
Actually, it might not be the solution at all. Join us for this episode of BETTER BODY
CHEMISTRY TV as we look at why the fix for constipation is a LOW FIBRE DIET. Better Body
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Remember, small things can make a big difference to your health. That a low fibre diet could
solve constipation, is something that a team of Singapore researchers found, when instead
of prescribing MORE fibre to a group of constipated patients, they prescribed LESS. A lot less.
When the patients followed this rather contrarian advice, bowel movements happened. In fact,
they went from making a poop, once every 3.75 days, to once a day poopers. And as they became
more regular, all the pesky problems, such as anal bleeding, strain in the bowel opening,
abdominal pain, bloating. VANISHED. Mindful that constipation can be a sign of BIGGER
TROUBLES, the team were very cautious in giving the GO LOW FIBRE diet recommendation. People
with idiopathic constipation, visiting the Seow-Choen Colorectal Surgery in Singapore,
between May 2008 and May 2010 were screened for colon and/or thyroid problems. Now the
colon screening was done through colonoscopy. Only people whose colon’s and thyroid’s
had been given a clean bill of health, were included in the study. 63 people made the
cut…..16 males and 47 females. The patients ranged in age from 20 – 80 years, but most
of them were middle aged, the median age being 47 years. All of the patients were following
the “standard” dietary advice – they were eating LOTS of fibre and/or taking fibre
supplements. The team gave a quick biology lesson on the ins-and-outs of fibre and then
advised the patients to exclude ALL fibre from their diet, for 2 weeks and then to continue
with as little fibre as they were comfortable with, long term. Long-term was 6 months. Armed
with poop diaries, the team checked up on what had happened at the 6 month mark. At
the 6 month mark…………those that followed the advice – were cured. Those that didn’t,
and there were quite a few, weren’t. But fibre is supposed to help constipation ! So
what gives ? Well, fibre will make MORE poop. But constipation is not happening because
there is a shortage of POOP. It is happening because the POOP in the rectum, is not moving
through. Now to move out, POOP has to slide through the anal sphincter. Sphincter ? This
is a biological term to describe a VERY NARROW passage. You have quite a few sphincters dotted
around your body, including this one, which marks the end of your gut. Now when something
is NARROW – what is going to pass through ? Something small and thin or something big
and fat ? Small and thin. Dah ! Mmmm…………….. but if you’re eating LOTS of fibre, specifically
insoluble fibre, you’re BULKING up the stool i.e. you’re making it BIGGER. So you’re
trying to move something BIGGER, through a small hole. Ouch ! STRAINING. PAIN. BLEEDING.
These are the symptoms of CONSTIPATION. You’re not fixing the problem, you’re making it
worse ! So what were the health gurus thinking ? In a word, wetter stools. It was thought
that the fibre would help water to be retained, making stools wetter. And wet stools are more
pliable, so they’re more able to “slide” through. Right ? Wrong ! The wetness of a
stool is not determined by the amount of water you drink or the amount of fibre you consume.
It is dictated by physiology ! It’s typical set to 70-75 % water. It is impacted by gut
transit time. And if the poop it get’s stuck at the sphincter, when it get’s stuck it’s
there longer ! So it dries out. Oh dear ! Try a low fibre diet. It works. After all, if
there is a traffic jam, would you send in more cars ? I don’t think so. You’d be
doing your best, to decrease the numbers cars involved. Going on a low fibre diet, will
decrease poop size, so go on give it a try for a few weeks, you have NOHING to lose.
The fibre you want to limit, is insoluble fibre – otherwise known as roughage. Think
bran, whole grain cereals, wholewheat “whatever”. Keep the soluble fibre, the fibre that comes
from vegetables and fruit. This fibre won’t bulk up the stool and vegetables and fruits,
do more than just provide fibre. A low fibre diet, will move the poop out, so you enjoy
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9 Replies to “The solution for constipation is a LOW FIBRE diet”

  1. Where are the scientific links proving this? I thumbs down all videos making claims without providing solid sources. I will remove it and give a thumbs up once this matter is rectified.

  2. I'm going to give this a try, I mean my grandparents eat fruits, veg, and whole grains daily but not in the amounts that health gurus promote today. Eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains hasn't helped my IBS so maybe this will

  3. I’m cutting back on fibre now. I will do the 2 week of no fibre than introduce small amounts starting next week. I’ll keep a diary.

  4. I've looked everywhere for fiber free meals plans and couldn't find. Do you know any website or apps that can help me with it, please share it here

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