Develop habits for a happy gut
EAT MORE FIBRE People who eat a fibre-rich diet are less likely to be constipated. But make changes to your diet slowly and gradually over a number of weeks to avoid any discomfort. Here are our tips:
Eat a variety of vegetables and fruit every day, and include the skin and seeds where possible, as they contain the most fibre.
Swap white bread, white rice and pasta for wholegrain choices, such as soy-linseed bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta.
Make chickpeas, lentils and other beans a regular part of your diet; and include a small handful of nuts as a snack every day.
Top your cereal with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed, LSA mix, psyllium husks or chia seeds. You can also add these into a smoothie.
Try a probiotic supplement — some studies show that introducing good bacteria into the gut can help relieve constipation.