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Do Bananas Cure Constipation?
Although there are many different medical complaints that are common among people, one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints is that of constipation. In fact, in the United States alone, almost 4.5 million people claim to be constipated either all or most of the time. It can occur for a variety of reasons, including irritable bowel syndrome, dehydration, stress and even the use of laxatives. Even though constipation is a common problem, there may be a solution that is equally as common. Could constipation be cured with something as simple as a banana? Read on to find out more.
If you’re looking for a simple answer as to whether bananas can cure constipation or not, the answer is both yes and no. It really depends upon the type of banana that you are eating as well as how you are eating it. In this article, we will look into the different factors that will allow you to use bananas to their full potential for treating constipation effectively.
What Is in a Banana?
Bananas are one of the different types of fruits that come wrapped in their own packaging. Inside of that organic wrapper (the peel) is a delicious fruit that contains many beneficial items for those with constipation. The following are some of the beneficial properties of bananas that you may not have considered before.
Dietary Fiber – You will read a lot about the benefits of consuming enough dietary fiber on a daily basis. When you eat bananas, you are getting that natural fiber in abundance. As long as you drink enough water to stay hydrated, you can use the fiber to your advantage.
Pectin – When most people think about bananas, they don’t think about pectin, but it does contain a considerable amount of this property. Pectin has the unique ability to help our stools bind together, which is one of the reasons why many individuals who eat bananas without staying hydrated tend to complain of stools that are hard and difficult to pass.
Potassium – The banana balances the pectin it contains with potassium. This mineral allows your body to pass the stools more easily, helping to relieve a problem with occasional constipation. Since you are getting both potassium and pectin, it helps things to stay in balance so that your gastrointestinal tract stays in balance as well.
Fructooligosaccharide – More than likely, you have never heard about this beneficial property of the banana, but it can help to benefit your gastrointestinal tract. It is a type of carbohydrate that is found in many different types of fruits and vegetables and it could benefit you in a number of ways. Not only is it considered to be a soluble dietary fiber, it is also considered a prebiotic. Prebiotics provide food for probiotics, which are highly beneficial to the digestive system.
Vitamins and Minerals – We only really considered a few of the many different beneficial properties of the banana. It is also high in different vitamins and minerals, including being very high in vitamin C. Some people consider the banana to be the perfect food, not only for its health benefits but for the benefits that it has on constipation as well.
Understanding the Link between Fiber and Constipation
When we consume any type of natural food, the digestive process begins in the mouth. The dietary fiber that the food contains has no calories and no nutritional benefit. Inside of the fiber, however, is where you will find the nutrition of the fruit or vegetable, so as you chew the food and begin to digest it, you are releasing the nutrition.
Fiber continues through the digestive process and it is able to pass through the small intestines without being digested. It provides the bulk that your gastrointestinal tract needs in order to keep your stools firm and able to pass easily. At the same time, fiber absorbs water from the body and from inside of the gastrointestinal track as well. For that reason, you must stay hydrated along with eating adequate fiber in order for it to work its magic.
Eating Bananas to Treat Constipation
Obviously, adding bananas to your diet can help with a problem with occasional or even persistent constipation. The fiber that you get through bananas, as well as the potassium and the other nutritional benefits can help your stools to be soft yet firm and easily passed. That doesn’t mean that all bananas can serve well for this purpose.
There is a significant difference between a banana that is ripe and one that is unripe. Beyond the obvious differences of color and consistency, there is also a considerable amount more insoluble fiber that exists in an unripe banana. It can be difficult for your body to assimilate that fiber properly and to pass it through the gastrointestinal tract without becoming constipated. Unless you drink a lot of water while you are eating unripe bananas, you will likely cause yourself additional problems at first.
It is still possible to eat unripe bananas and to enjoy the benefits of doing so. Since they contain more insoluble fiber, you need to be cautious and provide your body the opportunity to grow accustomed to the fiber that you are providing. Rather than eating several unripe bananas per day to overcome a problem with constipation, you may need to start with just a few pieces of green banana and build your way up from there. As your body becomes accustomed to the additional fiber, you will see the benefits of eating them rather than suffering from additional constipation.
A ripe banana, on the other hand, is a healthy, high fiber food that can be enjoyed by people of all ages in order to treat a problem with constipation. As long as you are following the advice of drinking adequate water along with eating the banana, you will see the benefits of eating them very quickly. That is due to the fact that the amount of insoluble fiber that is found in a ripe banana is less than what you would find in and unripe banana.
Bananas for Other Gastrointestinal Problems
Although the primary consideration of this article has been treating constipation by eating bananas, that is not the only benefit that this unique fruit provides. For example, if you have a problem with diarrhea or if you have an infant that has a problem with diarrhea, the banana may be of benefit in a number of different ways.
As we discussed, the insoluble fiber that is included in the banana will provide a bulking action to help slow down the problem with diarrhea. In addition, bananas are high in potassium and this can benefit those with diarrhea, because they are likely losing potassium as a result of their illness.
The Bottom Line on Bananas
If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from regular constipation, it is likely that you have tried a number of different treatments. Unfortunately, some people even use prescription medications that can cause additional issues with side effects, including a problem with increased constipation or addiction. Is it possible that a banana could treat the problem naturally? Yes, it certainly can.
Eating ripe bananas on a consistent basis and staying adequately hydrated can help your gastrointestinal health. Not only may you find that it is able to decrease a problem with constipation, it can also be used for the treatment of occasional diarrhea as well.
So the next time you have a problem with constipation, reach for a banana and a tall glass of water. It is a delicious treat that provides many benefits to the human body and it is one that can help you to overcome constipation.
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The Benefits of Hiring a Ghostwriter (292 words)
There is a saying in Internet marketing circles that content is king. From my experience I can tell you that this is absolutely true. Content, the information that we present online, is what drives our online businesses. It not only has the ability to grab the attention of the search engines but it can grab the attention of our readers as well and keep them coming back for more.
Many people, however, have a difficult time creating good content on a regular basis. For some of them it is a matter of not having the time because of concentrating on other aspects of their Internet marketing. For other people it is because they have a difficult time putting their thoughts down in writing. It doesn’t matter why you are unable to write your own content, without it your business would sputter and perhaps stall altogether.
There is a solution to this particular problem. Many people have found that by hiring a ghostwriter to create their content it gives them the freedom to keep their websites fresh and concentrate all their efforts on other marketing duties. That is why people who have mastered the art of outsourcing are enjoying greater success. It is simply because it frees them to concentrate on other tasks and not to get bogged down in projects that are better left to someone else.
If you find that you are having a difficult time keeping up with all of your marketing efforts then perhaps it is time for you to outsource some of it as well. You will then be able to enjoy the freedom that many other marketers have discovered before you. The freedom to work on what you want and allow others to work on what you don’t.