Is Apple Cider Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Apple cider is good for constipation. Because it has pectin and sorbitol and they can help soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.

Constipation is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In constipation, your body has difficulty passing stools or does so infrequently.

This can lead to various health problems, such as bloating, pain, hemorrhoids, and fecal impaction.

One of the key factors in managing constipation is diet.

What you consume can affect your bowel movements, which can impact your constipation symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage constipation, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid low-fiber foods like cheese, meat, and processed foods.

Now, apple cider is an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage made from apples.

People usually drink it cold or hot, sometimes with spices or sweeteners.

Apple cider is good for constipation because it contains pectin and sorbitol.

Pectin is a soluble fiber that can help soften stools and increase their bulk.

Sorbitol is a natural sugar that can act as a laxative and draw water into the colon.

One cup of apple cider can give you about 0.5 grams of fiber (2% of your daily needs) and 24 grams of sugar (mostly from sorbitol).

Pectin can positively affect constipation by improving stool consistency and frequency.

Sorbitol can also positively affect constipation by stimulating bowel movements and preventing dehydration.

Furthermore, apple cider is a liquid and liquids are good for constipation.

Because, they can help prevent dry and hard stools and keep the digestive system hydrated.

You can drink one to two cups of apple cider per day safely.

More than that can cause diarrhea, gas, bloating, and cramps.

Also, you shouldn’t drink apple cider if you have diabetes or fructose intolerance to prevent high blood sugar and digestive distress.

Because, apple cider contains a lot of natural sugars that can affect your blood glucose levels and your ability to digest fructose.

You can buy fresh apple cider in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose organic and unpasteurized apple cider.

Because, it has more nutrients and enzymes than conventional and pasteurized apple cider.

You can store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to six months.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing constipation effectively.

I always recommend my constipation patients to follow a constipation-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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