People with no time for gym or yoga are resorting to fad diets that promise to burn fat quickly with some drastic alterations in the diet. Keto diet is one such diet, which has gained momentum over the past few years for its immediate and glaring slimming results. Keto diet basically eliminates all carbohydrates and sneaks in high-fat foods to replenish the body with lost energy, received earlier from carbs. The idea works well for losing weight but this sudden change in eating habits is bound to have some repercussions and the one that is most commonly seen is irregular bowel movements or constipation. Fibres add weight and bulk up the food so that it easily passes through the intestines. High-carb foods like wheat and legumes provided fibre for easy digestion, and now, there are none.
Constipation means difficulty in passing stools. Constipation may lead to other problems also like abdominal pain, bloating, swelling; and prolonged suffering may even lead to piles.
How You Can Keep Constipation At Bay On A Keto Diet?
The answer is obvious. After consulting with your dietitians, increase the intake of those foods that are high in fibre and good fats but low in carbs and are allowed in the keto diet.
Here are some foods that you can have on a Keto diet to relieve constipation -
All kinds of berries like raspberries, strawberries, mulberries etc. are gentle on the stomach and provide a good amount of fibre along with other nutrients.
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This citrus fruit contains naringenin, a flavonoid that works as a natural laxative that oils the digestive system in the body.
This high-fibre green wonder loads up on magnesium and potassium that keep the colon healthy and fights muscle contractions.
Avocados contain high quantities of potassium and sodium that fill in the need of electrolytes, which lubricate the foods for smooth excretion.
This kitchen staple is considered a good laxative for bowel movements. The high water content and fibres firm up the stools that can be easily pushed out.
Chia, sunflower, flax and more such seeds pack a punch of energy and also ease the digestion process.
With 90% water content, cucumbers treat dehydration, which is a main cause of constipation.
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Any healthy diet is not complete with lots and lots of water. Water is the solution to most of our bodily problems including indigestion. If your mission is to shed fat through the trending keto diet, do remember to include the above-listed foods in your diet to avoid a constipated weight loss journey.
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