Is Chicken Soup Good for constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chicken soup is good for constipation. Because it has water, sodium, potassium, and protein and they can help soften stools, regulate fluid balance, and repair the digestive system.

Constipation is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In constipation, your body has difficulty passing stools, which become hard and dry.

This can lead to various health problems, such as hemorrhoids, anal fissures, fecal impaction, and bowel obstruction.

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, whole grains, and nuts and avoid low-fiber foods like cheese, meat, eggs, and processed foods.

Now, chicken soup is a liquid-based dish that contains chicken, vegetables, herbs, and spices.

People usually eat chicken soup as a comfort food, especially when they are sick or cold.

Chicken soup is good for constipation because it contains water, sodium, potassium, and protein.

One cup of chicken soup can give you about 15% of your daily water needs, 20% of your daily sodium needs, 5% of your daily potassium needs, and 10% of your daily protein needs.

Water can help soften stools and prevent dehydration, which can worsen constipation.

Sodium and potassium can help regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions in the digestive tract.

Protein can help repair and maintain the tissues and cells of the digestive system.

Furthermore, chicken soup is a broth and broth is good for constipation.

Because, broth can stimulate the production of gastric acid, which can aid digestion and prevent constipation.

You can eat one or two cups of chicken soup per day safely.

More than that can cause excessive sodium intake, which can raise your blood pressure and harm your kidneys.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chicken soup if you have high blood pressure, kidney disease, or heart failure to prevent fluid retention and hypertension.

Because, chicken soup is high in sodium, which can worsen these conditions.

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

Always choose chicken soup that is low in fat, salt, and additives.

Because, these can increase your calorie intake, sodium intake, and risk of food poisoning.

You can store chicken soup in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer for up to three 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 bowel movements and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

About the Author

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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