Is Orange Juice Good for Constipation? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Orange juice is good for constipation. Because it has fibers and sorbitol that can soften and move your stool, and vitamin C and acidity that can enhance your digestion and immunity.

Constipation is a condition that affects your digestive system.

In constipation, your body has difficulty moving waste through your intestines and out of your body.

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

One of the key factors in managing constipation is diet.

What you consume can affect your stool consistency, 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, orange juice is a liquid that is extracted from the pulp and peel of oranges.

People usually drink orange juice as a beverage, especially in the morning.

Orange juice is good for constipation because it contains both soluble and insoluble fibers, especially pectins, which help add bulk and moisture to your stool and stimulate bowel movements.

Orange juice also contains sorbitol, a natural sugar alcohol that has a laxative effect.

Orange juice also has vitamin C, which can enhance the absorption of iron and prevent anemia, a possible complication of constipation.

One cup of orange juice can give you about 2.4 grams of fiber (9.6% of your daily needs), 0.5 grams of sorbitol (no recommended intake), and 93.9 milligrams of vitamin C (104.3% of your daily needs).

Fiber can positively affect constipation by increasing the weight and size of your stool and softening it, making it easier to pass.

Sorbitol can positively affect constipation by drawing water into your colon and stimulating peristalsis, the rhythmic contraction of your intestinal muscles.

Vitamin C can positively affect constipation by improving your immune system and preventing infections that can cause inflammation and obstruction in your digestive tract.

Furthermore, orange juice is a citrus fruit juice and citrus fruit juices are good for constipation.

Because, they have a high acidity that can stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and enzymes, which can improve your digestion and prevent constipation.

You can drink one to two cups of orange juice per day safely.

More than that can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, gas, and bloating, due to the excess fiber and sorbitol.

You should also drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and balance the osmotic effect of sorbitol.

Also, you shouldn’t drink orange juice if you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or a citrus allergy to prevent heartburn, acid regurgitation, and allergic reactions.

Because, the acidity of orange juice can irritate your esophagus and trigger your symptoms.

You can buy fresh oranges in your local market or can order them online.

Always choose oranges that are firm, heavy, and bright in color.

Because, they indicate freshness, juiciness, and ripeness.

You can store them at room temperature for up to a week or in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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 function, 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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