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Redundant Colon & Constipation Diet

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author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Redundant Colon & Constipation Diet
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A redundant colon is longer than normal due to additional loops in the descending part of the colon. People with a redundant colon tend to experience a slower transit time in expelling waste, resulting in chronic constipation. If you have chronic constipation due to a redundant colon, making changes to your diet may help improve bowel regularity.

Constipation Basics

Constipation is different for everyone, but there are common symptoms. Constipation is characterized by having less than three bowel movements a week; difficulty moving your bowels 25 percent of the time; a feeling that you are unable to complete your movement 25 percent of the time; or having hard, lumpy stools 25 percent of the time. Having two or more of these symptoms for more than three months indicates chronic constipation.

A Helpful Diet

The key to alleviating constipation is making sure you get enough fluid and fiber in your diet. Men need at least 30 grams of fiber a day, and women 20 grams. In addition to fiber, you need to make sure you get enough fluids. How much you need depends on your daily activities and the climate in your area, but you should aim for roughly 64 ounces a day. Water, broth-based soups and high-water content foods such as watermelon, oranges and cucumbers can help you meet your daily fluid needs. When adding fiber to your diet, do so slowly over a few weeks. Adding fiber too quickly can cause abdominal pain, gas and bloating.

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Where's the Fiber?

Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans are all good sources of fiber. Foods with at least 4 grams of fiber per serving include high-fiber ready-to-eat cereals, kidney beans, lentils, artichokes, raspberries and blackberries. Foods with 1 to 3 grams of fiber per serving include whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, apples, oranges, pears, carrots, cooked broccoli and popcorn. At breakfast, eat high-fiber cereals with fruit to meet your fiber needs. For lunch, make fresh fruit the sweet ending to your meal. At dinner, mix beans with your brown rice and add a salad to get more fiber.

Natural Laxatives

In addition to making sure you get enough fiber in your diet, you may also be able to relieve constipation caused by a redundant colon by including foods that act as natural laxatives. The mucilage and fiber found in flaxseeds helps improve bowel movement. Prunes are also known to help you go. While prunes are a good source of fiber, the sorbitol and phenolic acids in the prunes are likely responsible for improving bowel function, according to the California Dried Plums Board.

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