Is Chicken Broth Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chicken broth is good for constipation. Because it has glutamine and it can help repair the gut lining and enhance digestion.

Constipation is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In constipation, your body experiences difficulty in evacuating stools due to them becoming hard and dry.

This can lead to various health problems, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, 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 beans, pears, and apples and avoid low-fiber foods like dairy, red meat, and processed foods.

Now, chicken broth is a liquid typically made by simmering chicken bones and meat with vegetables and herbs.

People usually drink it or use it as a base for soups and sauces.

Chicken broth is good for constipation because it contains glutamine.

Glutamine helps repair the gut lining, which can enhance digestion and support the immune system.

A serving of chicken broth can give you a good amount of glutamine, although the exact percentage of daily needs varies based on the broth’s preparation.

Glutamine can positively affect constipation by improving the integrity of the intestinal lining and aiding in digestion.

Furthermore, chicken broth is a liquid and liquids are good for constipation.

Because, they help hydrate the body and can make stools softer and easier to pass.

You can drink a few cups of chicken broth per day safely.

More than that can cause no known side effects as long as the broth is not too high in sodium.

Also, you shouldn’t drink chicken broth if you have hypertension to prevent exacerbating your condition.

Because high-sodium broths can increase blood pressure.

You can buy fresh chicken broth in your local market or can order it online.

Always choose organic, low-sodium options when possible.

Because they are healthier and better for managing blood pressure.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze them for longer shelf life.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with 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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Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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