I am 83 years old and constipated for the first time in my life. Pears have been recommended as a good fiber food. True? And what others? Should I be using an over the counter enhancer?
Pears are high in fiber, as well as a number of other fruits and vegetables, which you can see by clicking on “Fiber” in our Key nutrients section. I would recommend you speak with your physician about using over the counter products. Some general guidelines for diet and constipation are:
- Eat a variety of both fruits and vegetables and meet recommendations for intake: Click on ‘How many cups do you need” to see how much you should be eating each day.
- *Eat foods whole grains such as 100% whole wheat breads, whole grain cereals (such as Shredded wheat), and unprocessed grains like brown rice, whole barley, etc.
- *Drink plenty of fluids.
- If possible, get physical activity such as walking.
If constipation continues to be a problem, you should discuss this with your physician.