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Jun 19, 2014 04:44 PM

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.