Why eating fruit is good for constipation

Constipation is a common digestive issue that affects many people. Eating fruits is a natural and effective way to relieve constipation. Fruits are rich in fiber, which adds bulk to the stool and softens it, making it easier to pass. They also contain high water content, which helps to add moisture to the stool. Some fruits that can help relieve constipation include kiwifruit, apples, pears, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, and citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and mandarins. Kiwifruit contains an enzyme called actinidine that alleviates

gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, pain, indigestion, and reflux. Citrus fruits are rich in soluble fiber called pectin, which can accelerate colonic transit time and reduce constipation. In addition, citrus fruits contain a flavanol called naringenin, which may contribute to their positive effects on constipation. It is recommended that adults get 22 to 34 grams of fiber a day, and older adults should eat enough fiber because they may lose interest in food. Useful sources of fiber are whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Drinking plenty of liquids, such as water and naturally sweetened fruit and vegetable juices, can help the fiber work better.

Eating fruits is a natural and effective way to relieve constipation. Incorporating fruits into your diet can help add bulk to the stool, soften it, and stimulate bowel movements. For more information on eating, diet, and nutrition for constipation, visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) website