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We all do it........7 foods for better bowel movements!

Pretty self explanatory. Normally all I need is a cup of coffee and the morning paper!


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  1. I remember my parents eating prunes for breakfast every Sunday- prophylactic.

      1. I've had bowel surgery and only have 1 meter of small left.

        It works, but not recommended for the average bear.

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        1. re: pedalfaster

          Could give a whole new meaning to the movie "The longest yard".

          (Not making fun of you)

        2. Benefiber. It's been a game changer for me!

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            1. re: jrvedivici

              Hugs! ;-)

              You don't want to get too close when my fiber kicks in!

            2. re: carolinadawg

              OMG, At first glance I thought that read Bieber. As in, listening to his crap makes you produce your own.


            3. Bananas, they're soft, mushy but full of fiber, watermelon is also good, fresh figs, spinach makes me go, avocados too.

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              1. re: Pookipichu

                I honestly thought bananas were a binder, clogged things up?!?!?

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Nooooo, bananas make you poop. Eat 2 ripe ones with some water and tell me if you don't feel it.

                  1. re: jrvedivici

                    they are -- they're a key component of the BRAT diet which is used to treat diarrhea -- Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      Are you talking from personal experience or internet "wisdom"? Have bananas caused constipation for you? Because I personally have never heard anyone in real life suggest that bananas do that and bananas causing constipation is not my personal experience with bananas.

                      1. re: Pookipichu

                        Only every doctor I've had the misfortune to visit for diarrhea in the family for the last 25 years in two countries.

                        You know those doctors, just making shit up.

                        1. re: sunshine842

                          We're talking about different things, I am saying that bananas don't cause constipation, you're saying it aids against diarrhea, I think we're both correct.

                        1. re: arashall

                          I've heard that before, because green bananas are so starchy. Similarly bread is very starchy. Also the rice favored by Chinese diet tends to be shorter/medium grain versus longer grain which is hard to digest. Western rice tends to be long grain and is more likely to make you constipated.

                          I do not believe that applesauce would cause constipation, just not my experience. It may help with diarrhea but that doesn't mean it causes constipation. Pectin is really good for the digestive tract and that may be why applesauce is recommended.

                          1. re: Pookipichu

                            I don't know if the apple sauce is about getting stopped, or just being bland. When I needed the diet, I was in India, so apple sauce wasn't really available. Just green bananas and plain rice, or plain yogurt. Slooowly, in tiny amounts :-)

                            1. re: arashall

                              Funny you mention being in India and needing that diet. I became introduced to Indian cuisine about 10 years ago and truly enjoyed much of the food. But I noticed a trend that shortly after eating it, I had very......very bad reactions to it. It took me awhile to make the connection but once I did I tried to narrow it down vs. different dishes etc. but I really couldn't and I decided the results of enjoying the food weren't worth it.

                          2. re: arashall

                            Nope. Ordinary yellow bananas.

                            Applesauce doesn't cause constipation -- but it's binding.

                            1. re: sunshine842

                              I've had quite the opposite experience with bananas. For me, they're laxative more than anything.

                              I don't eat them often.

                        2. re: jrvedivici

                          Foods with soluble fiber help both diarrhea and constipation, because they absorb a lot of water and pass through the bowel in a gel-like consistency. Bananas are in that respect similar to psyllium (Metamucil). This is also why veterinarians recommend giving canned pumpkin to dogs who have runny bowel movements.

                      2. Well, this isn't food, but I thought I'd chime in. I recently had a horrible leg cramp in the middle of the night. Felt like my leg was twisted. I rolled out of bed in pain, went in to work late, and pretty much had trouble walking for days.

                        So, after work I go to CVS because I heard Magnesium helps. So, the girl behind the pharmacy counter says yes, but it can cause diahrrea which is why you take calcium also to offset the effects.

                        I replied something like, "I've no problem with diahrrea.. I'm always looking for a way to get out of the bathroom quicker."

                        PS - If you're also wondering she said yellow mustard will help leg cramps. The effects start working almost instantly. She can't say for sure, but her Mom does it and says it works.

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                        1. re: yuppicide

                          Drink around a 1/4 cup of pickle juice.Also works well for leg cramps.

                          1. re: emglow101

                            high in potassium, which works fast on cramps.

                            Bananas, too (which won't help you go, but they'll deliver potassium to your bloodstream)

                          2. re: yuppicide

                            I keep a couple of bottles of Gatorade in the bathroom cabinet for those rare but painful nighttime leg cramps.

                          3. We have a standing rule driving to the Texas Gulf coast for dawn patrol fishing. No pancakes, after one in our group took too much time purging himself halfway to Galveston. Every minute is precious before the heat drives the fish to deep water.

                            1. Hmmm.. pickle juice. Maybe because pickle juice has mustard. I've been fairly strict on taking my magnesium and my butt's been fairly regular at quick bathroom visits.

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                              1. the first time I hit the link, it took me somewhere stupid for a "dummy' test..be careful

                                1. Oatmeal.
                                  Apple juice.

                                  For the opposite effect, the BRAT diet is what the doctor instructed when my kids were little. To bind 'em back up, bananas, rice, applesauce, toast.

                                  You cannot substitute apple juice for applesauce. Trust me.

                                  1. Inadvertently eating kale for 3 meals in one day sure gets things moving! A handful in my morning smoothie, then some baby kale/spinach blend for my lunch salad, then Mr Autumn wanting salad for dinner, so I reach for the same bag as lunch. . .

                                    1. My gosh, y'all, you haven't heard about chia seeds? They're the absolute cure for whatever ails your bowels. Ge a 12-16 oz bottle of water, put in 1-2 Tbs of chia seeds, agitate constantly until they look like frog eggs suspended in the water, and drink. Or mix them into your yogurt in the morning (I don't like crunchy yogurt, or yogurt in the morning either), baked into muffins, etc.

                                      Your poop will be perfect, I promise you. And I really came to enjoy the chia gel frog egg water. YMMV

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                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                          Yeah chia was trendy...but like lots of stuff in the health food store, not clinically proven. Good they work for you though

                                          1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                            There's nothing to prove, it's fiber. Just like fiber from vegetables helps constipation.

                                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                                              I believe it was the FDA who warned of this benefit only if one is properly hydrated...you also run the risk of the things sprouting in your intestines

                                              1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                Def need water, one of the most common causes of constipation is not enough water in the diet.

                                                  1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                    sprouting in your intestines? underneath the watermelon and chewing gum trees my mom always warned me about? did you read that in madd magazine? c'mon now.

                                                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                      i ate many cherry pits & apple seeds in the hopes of growing a tree.

                                                      1. re: hotoynoodle

                                                        about as silly as the weight loss claims!

                                                        1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                          Never said it was a weight loss tool

                                                          1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                            No, didn't mean anyone here....it was the spin whether were hot

                                              2. Plant fiber and lots of water. Done.

                                                p.s. Don't peel your fruit. Unless it's a pineapple or a banana or something. AKA don't be stupid about it.

                                                1. The doctor who did my colonoscopy said "whatever you're doing, keep doing it". I try to eat a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables regularly. I suppose supplemental enzymes and probiotics are great if you run a supplements company or store, but for most people IMHO they're money down the tubes.

                                                  I find aloe vera absolutely foul tasting. Dried prunes probably aren't much different in terms of fiber than other dried stone fruits - and why not just eat fresh fruits to begin with? That way you knock off the water as well :-)

                                                  1. Coffee
                                                    Collard greens - particular ability at cleaning me out
                                                    Chia seeds
                                                    Magnesium supplements

                                                    1. Running, after a good workout it's the best laxative one could have.

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                                                      1. re: treb

                                                        I always have to go in the middle of a workout it's annoying :)

                                                      2. Never. Not even once. I guess I'm bless with good plumbing.


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                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                          Hope that lasts for you. My plumbing was perfect until a stay in the hospital with pregnancy complications. Whatever they did to me in there caused 18 years of ulcerative colitis.


                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                            Goodness sandy, that is awful. What happened?

                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                              They claimed I was having preterm labor (I felt fine) and stuck me into the hospital and pumped me full of IV drugs for a month and a half while making me lie on my left side for the entire time.

                                                              I found out later that the drugs they used were not approved for that purpose, but they didn't tell us this.

                                                              Things began going wrong in my intestines about halfway through, but the doctors ignored it.

                                                              By the time my son was a year old, things were so bad that I was frequently incontinent and sometimes in terrible pain.

                                                              It took several times of begging for help before a doctor took me seriously - by then, I had to take 2 boxes of immodium at once just to get to her office without an accident.

                                                              She finally diagnosed UC and prescribed drugs that REALLY messed up the rest of my health, but failed to do much to get rid of the UC.

                                                              I followed everything this Harvard-educated specialist told me to do, and it was a total failure. My health was worse from her treatments than it was before them.

                                                              After about two years, I quit the drugs and began to work on getting back my health. It took many years, but I'm great now, through diet, supplements, and herbs. I've been completely healthy "down under" for about six years now.

                                                              She didn't care what I ate at all - I asked many times. How can intestinal health not be affected by diet?????

                                                              I'm sure you're sorry you asked, nothingswrong!!!

                                                              1. re: sandylc

                                                                Not at all, thank you for sharing. I had no idea you'd had such struggles with your GI tract. Sounds like a nightmare! I totally relate to doctors not taking you seriously, and then making you worse with their supposed "treatments." And it's funny how many doctors out there will claim diet has little to do with stomach/intestinal/colon health. I know they're trained in Western medicine, but come on!

                                                                Anyway I'm glad you are better now. Hope you stay that way!

                                                        2. Coffee, fresh fruit, salad--all work for me

                                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                                Not any more, once I discovered chia seeds

                                                              2. All I know is that after eating Fiber One (bars, I think), DH is wary about anything that contains chicory!

                                                                1. Aloe Vera! Buy the real kind from the market and do it yourself. It's amazing for bowel movements and good for many other things too (skin, hair etc). Plus there's no sugar or carbs. Check it out http://afoodaday.com/aloe-vera/

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                                                                  1. re: afoodaday

                                                                    Except I'm allergic to aloe : )

                                                                    Once found a Chinese "breakfast milk" that I really loved. Took me maybe 3 days to figure out why I was itchy and swelling "inside."

                                                                  2. This was my breakfast this morning......approximately 8am Right now it's lunch time 1pm....for me I'm overdue, it seems this combination doesn't make Jr. have to "go". I will keep you all posted.

                                                                    (*****Note to Mod's****** You do realize if you would please hurry up with giving me my own board, people could learn of the timing of my bowel movements on a daily basis. Kind of like the What's for Dinner threads......there could be a When did Jr. Poo, threads.)

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                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                      Awww, sorry your chute is stuck. I hope that banana was ripe! Drink more water!

                                                                        1. re: BiscuitBoy

                                                                          Still???? I'm in New Jersey and I don't know this as factual but I would bet that WaWa is one of the largest/fastest growing gas/food/market combinations in the state.

                                                                          They started here maybe 25+- years ago strictly as a convenience store but over the past 5 years they have made a huge push into these mega-gas station food markets. Very prominent in this state.

                                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                              We had a few in S Connecticut...about 25+ yrs ago...not sure they're still here

                                                                          1. Which newspaper works best?

                                                                            1. They are primarily Mid Atlantic.PA, NJ, Md, DE but they are ubiquitous.and good

                                                                              1. Sauerkraut, kimchee, any naturally fermented pickles or other veggies. They're probiotic as mentioned in the article.

                                                                                1. Drinking potlikker from a mess of collards certainly seems to, "ahem" encourage the process...

                                                                                  1. Chia seeds- both crunchy on yogurt and hydrated in chia puddings or added to juices
                                                                                    Ground flax seeds
                                                                                    Raspberries (probably because i eat a half pint in one sitting)
                                                                                    Wilted greens
                                                                                    Cruciferous veggies
                                                                                    Hemp seeds

                                                                                    I eat a lot of produce daily and get tons of fiber- keeps my tummy happy!

                                                                                    1. Chlorella tablets (does some other interesting things I won't talk about here ;). It's an algae, so I consider it a food.

                                                                                      Kiwi fruit is another. I can eat a pound of cherries at one sitting and have no reaction at all, but kiwi, dang, that's one powerful intestinal broom.

                                                                                        1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                          Or shall we say we have elevated crapping to a sophisticated discussion here on CH!

                                                                                          My plumbing is just fine. I have been a Licensed Master Plumber since 1982!

                                                                                        2. I was informed of this quick remedy to the effects of food served in Backpack Class on Hippie Airlines. When arriving in Germany, have a glass of hefeweizen bier. I prefer mine mit citron.

                                                                                          Have done wonders getting the tubes going in about three hours. Some times less. Would not recommend where there are long lines for the WC. Such as Oktoberfest.

                                                                                          1. Foods like prunes (etc.) have often been regarded as laxatives. They should instead be viewed as regulators. They put the right stuff in there for a "go well" consistency.

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                                                                                            1. re: sandylc

                                                                                              Actually the effect of prunes is due to high sorbitol content which is the same compound found in many laxatives.

                                                                                            2. Asparagus.

                                                                                              It's certainly fiber-iffic and seems to do a VERY THOROUGH job of scraping the insides.

                                                                                              1. A glass of cool water first thing in the morning gets your system going pretty quickly. When I'm on overnight road trips I try to make sure and drink a glass when I wake up so I can start the drive with a "fresh start".

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                                                                                                1. re: ennuisans

                                                                                                  Sip of anything seems to work. My morning diet coke is pretty useful.

                                                                                                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                    You always start your day with a diet coke?

                                                                                                2. My plumbing is pretty good but Bran Muffins made from Kellogs All Bran will unclog anything. There is also a low fat version out there.