most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fiber (vegetables,
fruits, whole grains) and high in fats (cheese, eggs, meats). People who
eat plenty of high-fiber foods are less likely to become constipated.
promotes the wavelike contractions that keep food moving through the intestine.
Also, high-fiber foods expand the inside walls of the colon. This eases
the passage of waste. Fibrous substances pass through the intestine undigested.
They also absorb many times their weight in water, resulting in softer,
high-fiber diet causes a large, soft, bulky stool that passes through
the bowel easily and quickly. Because of this action, some digestive tract
disorders may be avoided, halted, or even reversed simply by following
a high-fiber diet. A softer, larger stool helps prevent constipation and
straining. This can help avoid or relieve hemorrhoids. More bulk means
less pressure in the colon, which is important in the treatment of irritable
bowel syndrome and diverticulosis (defects in the weakened walls of the
colon). In addition, fiber appears to be important in treating diabetes,
elevated cholesterol, colon polyps, and cancer of the colon.
Fiber is also linked to prevent some cancers especially colon and breast
cancer. In addition, fiber may help lower the LDL cholesterol (the Bad
cholesterol) and the total cholesterol therefore reducing the risk of
heart disease. Furthermore, fiber can help lower blood sugar therefore
help better manage diabetes.