I’m very familiar with constipation – good times! I’m saying this sarcastically because constipation isn’t fun. I even had to make a trip to the Emergency Room last year for help with it. The doctor gave me some great tips that I’ve been trying to follow.
Diet plays an important role in gut health and the doctor mentioned to make sure I was consuming lots of foods rich in fibre (think fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains) and to make sure I was drinking enough water. The good news is that I think it’s been helping.
I know that I’m not alone and that many of us suffer from occasional constipation from time to time. The start of fall means colder weather and more people are reaching out to heavier comfort foods and doing less physical activity. The good news is that there are things you can do to stay regular and ensure you #TrustYourGut when it comes to what it is trying to tell you!
For starters, you could try my newest recipe for Bean Chili. It’s fibre packed with four varieties of beans and a few veggies thrown into the mix. I like mine on the spicy side so I add an extra bit of chili powder, but you could always reduce the amount if spicy isn’t your thing.
The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation recommends that people consume about 20 to 30 grams of fibre a day. You’ll be well on your way with a serving of my yummy Bean Chili!
They also recommend eating products that contain pre and probiotics like yogurt, kefir, bananas, whole grain breads and honey. Serve your chili with a helping of Greek yogurt to get those healthy probiotics into you and to cool down the heat.
Make sure you have a glass of water to drink with your dinner. Drinking lots of water will also help you stay regular and keep things moving. Limit your intake of caffeinated, alcoholic and sugar-rich or artificially sweetened beverages. I usually only drink water or coffee anyways. Coffee in the mornings and water the rest of the day. It helps!
Pretty easy recipe, right? It takes a little chopping, opening up cans and dumping in a big pot. Let it simmer so the flavours can combine together and you have yourself a mouthwatering meal!
The Canadian Digestive Foundation has some other important tips regarding your diet to achieve a more balanced lifestyle. They include:
- Eat fruits rich in pectin like apples, strawberries, lychees or pears. These fruits help keep water in the digestive system.
- Avoid foods that are greasy, high in animal fat and fried.
- Limit your intake of refined sugar like sweets and rich desserts.
- Focus on a having a healthier lifestyle through regular exercise, not smoking, reducing stress, improving sleep and working on time management.
If, after trying all these tips, you still are having issues, don’t despair. Dulcolax® can help. It helps to treat occasional constipation to get you back on track again. To be sure Dulcolax is right for you, always read and follow the label. It works by stimulating the bowel muscles while also accumulating water in the intestines to soften stool and make it pass through more quickly. I use it occasionally and it works well for me. I also encourage you to talk to your doctor if you find that constipation is interfering with your life.
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What are some of the things you do to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle?
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 796ml can diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 680ml can tomato sauce
- 1 540ml can kidney beans, drained
- 1 540ml can black beans, drained
- 1 540ml can pinto beans, drained
- 1 540ml can cannellini beans, drained
- 1 341ml can corn
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and green pepper and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, or until vegetables are softened.
- Stir in chili powder. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, beans and corn. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with plain Greek yogurt, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 359Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1534mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 20gSugar: 12gProtein: 20g