Could it be the bananas?

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two weeks and see if the con­sti­pa­tion re­solves. You may (or may not) want to add them back to then see if the con­sti­pa­tion re­turns. Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent in their re­sponse to foods. Green bananas are a good source of re­sis­tant starch, this starch acts like sol­u­ble fi­bre, and gen­er­ally helps to rem­edy con­sti­pa­tion.

Di­etary fi­bre is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent of bowel reg­u­lar­ity, as is drink­ing enough wa­ter, mov­ing reg­u­larly and ex­plor­ing gut health.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, di­etary fi­bre comes from the ed­i­ble parts of plants or car­bo­hy­drates that re­sist di­ges­tion and ab­sorp­tion in the small in­tes­tine.

Some of this fi­bre then goes on to be bro­ken down (fer­mented) by bac­te­ria in the large in­tes­tine. There are two forms: some legumes, veg­eta­bles, fruit, chia seeds, nuts, oats, and psyl­lium.

Sol­u­ble fi­bre at­tracts wa­ter, swells, and forms a gel. It by­passes di­ges­tion in the small in­tes­tine and is fer­mented by bac­te­ria in the large in­tes­tine.

The bac­te­ria in our gut fer­ment sol­u­ble fi­bre into short chain fatty acids. Sol­u­ble fi­bre can slow down the di­ges­tion of food.

This is found in whole grains, rice (brown), seeds, fruit and veg­eta­bles. Insoluble fi­bres are not wa­ter-sol­u­ble and do not form gels. Insoluble fi­bre adds roughage, which helps to bulk stools. Hi Sharon. Thank you for ask­ing such a fab­u­lous ques­tion! The won­der­ful thing is that even small changes make a dif­fer­ence, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to re­duc­ing the im­pact of plas­tics on our world. Re­duc­ing your con­sump­tion of plas­tic in ev­ery­day life, and en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to do the same doesn’t have to be dif­fi­cult. Here is a se­lec­tion of just a few things you can do to re­duce your im­pact:

Use re­us­able pro­duce bags; it has been re­ported that a sin­gle plas­tic bag can take be­tween 20 to 1,000 years to de­grade. Con­sider how many you have in your cup­board at home!

Stop us­ing plas­tic straws, they’re sin­gle use and not nec­es­sary.

When­ever pos­si­ble if pur­chas­ing prod­ucts opt for prod­ucts in boxes or with re­cy­clable and com­postable pack­ag­ing. Bet­ter still, choose as much as you can with­out pack­ag­ing.

Pur­chase foods in bulk to avoid us­ing ad­di­tional pack­ag­ing.

Pur­chase a re­us­able cup/travel mug if you buy hot bev­er­ages from cafes.

Re­mem­ber ev­ery time you pur­chase some­thing you are cast­ing a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.

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