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Try 1 or 2 tbsp of wheat bran sprinkled or mixed into foods like hot cereal, meatloaf or casseroles One tablespoon (tbsp) of wheat bran contains about 2.0 g of fibre. Start with 1 tbsp and increase slowly, it is easier to tolerate if you soak it in boiling water for a few minutes before adding it to your food.

 One tbsp of flax seeds contains about 4.4 g of fibre. You can add 1- 3 tbsp of freshly ground flax seeds to your daily regime (to cereals, casseroles, etc). Flax seeds are high in both soluble and insoluble fibre. Start with 1 tbsp of ground flax seed and work up to 3 tbsp per day. Take the time to let your body adjust to the fibre content.

The ancient Romans believed that beetroot could be used in the treatment of constipation. Include boiled beetroot (not pickled) in your regular diet. Try freshly made beetroot or carrot juice when you feel well. Try a small amount and increase gradually. 

Extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil can also be used to help remedy constipation - especially when a laxative is needed. Take 1-2 tbsp (as tolerated) of oil in the morning and 1-2 tbsp before bed. Take one glass of drinking probiotic yogurt or Kefir in the morning and at bedtime.

© Jonathan Wade 2014