Foods that help with constipation during cancer


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Foods that help with constipation during cancer


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The Stanford University Health Library offers a guideline for foods that help with constipation during cancer.

It is recommended to drink:

  • 8-10 glasses of fluids per day, but limit beverages with caffeine and alcohol.
    Increasing your intake of fluids will help not only relieve constipation but the additional increase of fiber in your diet.

  • a decaffeinated beverage between warm and hot half an hour before your routine bowel movement.

  • prune juice one to two times per day

  • Smooth Move Tea (to drink one cup twice a day until you have your bowel movement)
    The Smooth Move Tea Brand it can be found at the grocery store.

  • Foods high in fiber aid in relieving constipation and include: raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes, cereals, whole grain breads, and lastly bran.

A good source of bran is cereal, you can find the fiber content on the nutrition label and some cereals have a higher fiber content than others.

Gradually add bran to your diet starting with two teaspoons with a maximum of four to six teaspoons per day. Adding too much fiber too fast may cause diarrhea.
These foods have a great benefit to help with constipation during cancer.
Source: Standford University Health Library