According to information from the United States National Institute of Health (NIH), constipation is a condition in which a person may have fewer than three bowel movements a week.
Also, the stools become hard, dry or lumpy, making it difficult to pass.. As a consequence, some people may experience additional symptoms such as heaviness, abdominal pain, or a feeling that the evacuation was not complete.
In the first instance, constipation can be overcome with self-care, but if it becomes a chronic (long-term) problem or other symptoms appear such as bleeding in the rectum, blood in the stool and strong and continuous pain in the abdomen, it is recommended Go to a health professional to obtain an accurate diagnosis and define the appropriate treatment.
According to the medical encyclopedia MedlinePlusSome ways to prevent constipation are:
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains (fiber-rich foods).
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids.
- Exercise frequently.
- Take enough time to have a bowel movement (go to the bathroom) when your body needs it.
- Consume laxatives only under medical prescription.
In line with the recommendation on increasing fruit consumption, the portal your health makes special mention of a particular fruit: the pear.
According to the aforementioned portal, pear helps fight constipation, regulate blood sugar and promote weight lossespecially when eaten in the shell.
This fruit stands out for its richness in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B9. Additionally, it contains minerals such as magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, calcium and copper.
Specifically for the treatment of constipation, the source consulted specifies that the pear, when eaten with its peel, “helps regulate the intestine and fight constipation because it is rich in fibers, because it increases the volume of stool and stimulates bowel movements naturally.
In turn, he notes that regular pear consumption stimulates the release of gastric and digestive juices, which make it an easily digestible fruit.
It is worth mentioning that, although the consumption of pears and fruits in general is of great benefit to the body, it is important to see a trusted doctor to receive professional advice and thus determine the necessary medical treatment to treat constipation.
Other fruits that help relieve constipation:
- Avocado: 100 g of this fruit contain about 6 g of fiber. It is also rich in good fats for the body and that facilitate the passage of feces through the intestine, in addition, it favors cardiovascular health and improves good cholesterol levels.
- Kiwi: each kiwi has about 2 g of fiber, making this fruit an excellent ally for the intestine and for weight loss diets. Besides this, two kiwis contain all the vitamin C that an adult needs per day, having a high antioxidant powerhelping to prevent diseases and improve skin health.