Keep your digestive system healthy

You can help keep your digestive system healthy by ensuring that you consume sufficient roughage in your diet.

Foods that are good sources of roughage

Consider including some of the following foods in your diet, if you feel that your current diet seems to lack some fibre. Foods that are good sources of roughage include whole-wheat or seeded breads and rolls, whole-wheat pasta, oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, mielies and cereals (for example bran flakes).

Remember that fibre is only one of the important nutrients that your body requires for its optimal functioning, so do not feel that you need to eat foods that are high in roughage on their own. Enjoy them as a component of a heathy and delicious diet plan.

Promotes good bowel movements

An adequate amount of fibre or roughage in one’s diet will help promote good bowel movements and thus help prevent constipation. Remember to hydrate with sufficient water too!

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See your doctor

If you are experiencing discomfort or feel that you may have a problem with your digestive system, do not hesitate to see your doctor as it could be a symptom of an underlying condition.

While All4Women endeavours to ensure health articles are based on scientific research, health articles should not be considered as a replacement for professional medical advice. Should you have concerns related to this content, it is advised that you discuss them with your personal healthcare provider.