Recipes For Treating Constipation

· July 19, 2014
Constipation is a very common issue that can appear in our life for various reasons. Here are a few simple recipes for treating constipation.

Constipation is a very common issue that can appear for various reasons: a change in diet or habits; a stressful job; not going to the bathroom when your body needs to; a diet too low in fiber; not drinking enough water; taking certain medications, vitamin supplements, iron or calcium; suffering from diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism, just to name a few. But good news exists. There are several recipes for treating constipation.

The potential causes of this affliction are many and varied. You are considered to be suffering from constipation when you evacuate three or less times per week, and the stool is dry, hard, and difficult to expel.  It’s uncomfortable and can be painful – it makes us feel tired, bloated, and irritable.

This is an issue that everybody suffers from at some point in their life, but you should definitely see a doctor. Only a doctor can properly perform an examination and determine if it really is constipation and what treatment is appropriate.

Constipation can also be prevented with a proper diet in which water, fiber, fruits and vegetables play a major part.  Below, we offer three simple recipes that can serve as examples of good daily food choices for those suffering from constipation. Let’s take a look at these recipes for treating constipation:

Recipes for Treating Constipation

Candied eggplant with white rice

Candied eggplant with white rice

 

(Photo: Karlos Arguiñano)

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants
  • 4 onions
  • 200g of rice
  • 100g ham
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 head of escarole
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • water
  • olive oil
  • vinegar
  • salt

Preparation

First, peel onions and chop them up. Cook slowly until they are golden brown. Dice ham and add it to the onions.

Peel the eggplants, dice into small cubes and add them to the onions. Season the mixture and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Next, peel the cloves of garlic and let them brown in a pan with a little oil.  Add rice, lightly frying it for a moment, then add water (a little more than twice the amount of rice) and a pinch of salt. Cook for 18-20 minutes.

Grease a round serving bowl with a little oil.  Add a layer of rice on the bottom, then a layer of eggplants on top of that, and then another layer of rice.  After it sets, carefully let it fall out of the mold onto a plate.

Finally, wash the tomatoes and escarole.  Chop and toss with oil, vinegar and salt.  Serve with the eggplants. This is one of the best recipes for treating constipation!

Chicken wings with mushroom and arugula salad

Chicken wings with mushroom and arugula salad

 

(Photo: Karlos Arguiñano)

Ingredients

  • 12 chicken wings
  • 8 small potatoes
  • 250g mushrooms
  • 140g arugula
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • vinegar
  • olive oil
  • salt

Preparation

First, wash potatoes and roast them, drizzled with oil and seasoned with a dash of cooking salt, in the oven at 220º C for 20 minutes.  Clean chicken wings thoroughly, trimming the tips and excess fat. With a mortar and pestle, crush three cloves of garlic sprinkled with a little cooking salt.  Once well crushed, put them in a bowl and add the olive oil, using this mixture to marinate the chicken wings.

Place wings in the oven alongside the potatoes.  Pour the marinade over everything and bake it at 220º C for 15-20 more minutes.

After that, wash the mushrooms and cut them into thin strips.  Brown them in a pan with oil, while you wash and cut the arugula. Once the mushrooms are done you can mix it all together with a little chopped parsley, a pinch of salt, vinegar and oil.

Finally, serve the wings with the roasted potatoes and the mushroom and arugula salad.

Baked Melon

Baked Melon

(Photo: Karlos Arguiñano)

Ingredients

  • 1 melon
  • 50g nuts
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 lime
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 sugar

For the caramel:

  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • A few drops of lemon juice

Preparation

First, mix sugar, lemon and a splash of water into a pan over low heat to make the caramel.  When this is done, use it to coat the nuts and let it cool.

Then mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with the vanilla bean in a bowl until the aroma is released.  Cut the melon into small pieces, removing peel and seeds, place on a baking sheet, coat with the vanilla sugar and lime juice.  Bake at 200º C for 7 minutes.

Finally, serve melon immediately with the caramelized nuts. This is a great recipe for treating constipation!

Brenner, D. M., & Shah, M. (2016). Chronic Constipation. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gtc.2016.02.013

Garza, J. M., & Kaul, A. (2014). Constipation. In Pediatric Gastroenterology: A Color Handbook. https://doi.org/10.1201/b16722

Mounsey, A., Raleigh, M., & Wilson, A. (2015). Management of constipation in older adults. American Family Physician.