On A Keto Diet But Suffering From Constipation? Eat These Keto-Friendly Foods

Neha Grover  |  Updated: April 24, 2019 11:07 IST

On A Keto Diet But Suffering From Constipation? Eat These Keto-Friendly Foods
  • Keto diet promotes low-carb and high-fat foods
  • Low-carb diet leads to constipation
  • Eat keto-friendly foods that are high in fibre

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 - 


1.    Berries

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. 

(Also Read: 8 Ayurvedic Tips To Prevent Constipation)


Keto diet: Berries for constipation

2.    Orange 

This citrus fruit contains naringenin, a flavonoid that works as a natural laxative that oils the digestive system in the body. 


Keto diet: Orange for constipation

3.    Spinach 

This high-fibre green wonder loads up on magnesium and potassium that keep the colon healthy and fights muscle contractions. 


Keto diet: Spinach for constipation

4.    Avocado

Avocados contain high quantities of potassium and sodium that fill in the need of electrolytes, which lubricate the foods for smooth excretion.


Keto diet: Avocado for constipation

5.    Tomato

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.


Keto diet: Tomatoes for constipation

6.    Seeds 

Chia, sunflower, flax and more such seeds pack a punch of energy and also ease the digestion process. 


Keto diet: Seeds for constipation

7.    Cucumber 

With 90% water content, cucumbers treat dehydration, which is a main cause of constipation. 

(Also Read: 11 Best Cucumber Recipes)


Keto diet: Cucumber for constipation

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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