Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Prolapse Management: Are you Eating Enough Fibre?

Eating brown bread instead of white is a simple way to increase the amount of fibre you eat
As I pointed out in the earlier post "Are You Going to the Toilet Correctly?" managing constipation is a really important part of preventing prolapse from becoming worse. Straining to defecate puts a lot of downward pressure on the pelvic floor, which may cause further damage.
A big part of preventing constipation is having a high fibre diet, which doesn't necessarily mean using supplements or additives.
The Australian Government's health resource, The Better Health Chanel, has put together a great resource about dietary fibre: Fibre in Food.
This resource includes information on:
  • The importance of getting enough fibre
  • How much fibre is enough
  • The two types of fibre and the different roles that they play
  • How to make the best use of the fibre in your diet (for instance, drinking enough water)
Perhaps the most useful part of this page is a comparison between a sample low fibre diet and a high fibre diet, showing how you can make a few simple substitutions to improve your fibre intake without radically changing your whole diet.

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