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DIETARY MANAGEMENT FOR CONSTIPATION

Dietary modifications
Sample diet plan
To remember
 
Tuesday, 08 June 2010
Written by : DoctorNDTV Team
 
Dietary modifications
Dietary modificationsFibre: The fibre intake should be increased. High fibre foods like whole grain cereals, whole dals, green leafy vegetables and fruits should be consumed in increased amounts.

Fats: Fatty foods are useful for some because of their lubricating effect and stimulating action on the mucous lining.

Fluids: it is advised to drink plenty of fluids as it helps to soften the stools. An intake of 8-10 glasses of water or fluids in a day is a must. A glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice taken early in the morning also helps.

Sample diet plan
Sample diet plan
Meal
Menu
Early morning
Warm water with lemon
Breakfast
Milk / tea
Bread (preferably brown bread) with omelette / dalia / vegetable sandwich
Apple
Lunch
3 chapattis
Whole dal e.g. Rajmah, whole moong, kala chana etc
Carrot and peas subzi / mixed vegetable / any other subzi
Raita
Cucumber and tomato salad
Evening tea
Tea / coffee / milk shake / lemonade
Fruit chat / sprouts chat
Dinner
Vegetable soup
Vegetable noodles / vegetable pulav
2 chapatti
Peas and mushroom curry / whole dal
Mixed vegetable salad
Bedtime
Milk
To remember
To remember
  • Eat lots of high fibre foods
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water and fluids
  • Take laxatives if necessary, but do not develop a habit
  • Exercise
  • Avoid refined foods

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