10 foods to eat for healthier bathroom breaks

Certain foods can help improve the good bacteria in the gut, leading to a healthier you.
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Certain foods can help improve the good bacteria in the gut, leading to a healthier you.

Did you know that your bowel movement is a great indicator of the health of your digestive system? It's like a clue as to what is happening in your gut, so if your motions are not quite right, it could be a sign that all is not well.

Ideally your bowel movements should not cause you much strain or effort to pass, and it's ideal but not necessary to pass motion once a day. The way your poo looks will depend on what you have been eating, your hydration levels and how much exercise you've been doing.

Certain foods can help improve the good bacteria in the gut, leading to a healthier you. Fibre is the go-to word here, as we need between 25-30 grams per day for good bowel health. Here are everyday foods to eat.

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Avos are another great source of fibre.
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Avos are another great source of fibre.

 

1. LENTILS
Tinned or dried, lentils help to bulk up a salad or casserole.

2. PEARL BARLEY
A great ingredient for your fresh tabouli salad.

3. PEAS
Add a side of green peas to your main meal, toss them through your salad, or puree until smooth with some fresh mint for a great side dish for fish.

4. RASPBERRIES
Whether they're in your yoghurt, oats or smoothie, these sweet berries are tasty and high in fibre.

5. AVOCADO
Spread it on your sandwich or wrap, make some guacamole, or toss it through your salad.

Raspberries are tasty and high in fibre.
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Raspberries are tasty and high in fibre.

6. CHIA SEEDS
These can be added to your porridge or morning smoothie. There is very little taste but they pack a big fibre-rich punch.

7. PEAR
A great snack on its own, or add to your baking for a fibre-rich snack.

8. BAKED BEANS
For a quick dinner heat your beans and pour over some wholegrain toast.

9. BROCCOLI
Use it as an accompaniment to your steak, add to risottos, or prepare a delicious broccoli and Stilton soup.

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10. BLACK BEANS
Serve these with your tacos, or add to your Bolognese.

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