Digestive Help: Poop-Friendly Foods

What goes in must come out. Small changes to your diet can have a big impact on your digestive health and your trips to the bathroom. Find out which foods will keep you going regularly and get you the perfect “S-shaped” poop.

Digestive Help: Poop-Friendly Foods

Don’t let a trip to the bathroom leave you frustrated. Try Dr. Oz’s helpful tips on how to keep your GI tract in tip-top shape.  

Whole Grains


Replace the white flour in your diet with whole grains. Look for whole grain bread and pasta to add the right amount of roughage to your system. Combined with adequate hydration, this will keep things moving smoothly. If whole grain pasta isn’t your thing, try Jerusalem artichoke pasta, which has high levels of insoluble fiber as well.

Peppermint Herbal Tea

To relieve constipation, sip on this delicious yet potent tea. Certain medications may cause constipation as an uncomfortable side effect, but this tea is sure to improve motility in the GI tract and get you going. 

Sugar

Though it’s tempting to get your sugar fix from artificial sweeteners, they can leave you running to the bathroom. Our bodies don’t absorb artificial sweeteners correctly, so they suck water into the intestinal system. Because this water doesn’t get absorbed back out, it results in watery stools. A teaspoon of sugar is only 16 calories, so skip the fake stuff and replace it with the real thing to solve artificial sweetener-related diarrhea. For another diarrhea solution, try Dr. Oz’s Anti-Diarrhea Drink.

B.O.A.T.

To start your day off right, make sure your breakfast is packed with fiber-rich foods. B.O.A.T. stands for bananas, oatmeal (especially steel-cut), applesauce and toast (whole grain). Eating these four foods is a sure-fire way to stay regular.  

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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