This isn't a topic most of us like to talk about, but it is a real issue for many people (as it has been for me at various times in the past, as well). And constipation can lead to other problems, like headaches, acne, and fatigue. Here are some truths about healthy bowels:
"Chances are you're constipated and you don't even know it. Most people think as long as they move their bowels on a regular basis without any strain that everything is fine. But that's simply not the case. The human digestive system is designed so that as new food comes in the old waste should move out--usually 30-45 minutes after a meal. So if you eat 3 times a day, ideally you should move your bowels three times per day--simple concept, yet not very common in our processed food society. What's more common is one bowel movement every other day. That means if you eat six meals in two days and have one bowel movement, you are eliminating the waste of one meal and storing the waste of five meals! That's a lot of waste! And where does it all go? It stays inside the body creating a perfect environment for parasites to thrive in. Not to mention that all that waste can add up and add extra, unwanted pounds to the scale."
As I keep mentioning, whole grains and beans are fiber-full, which helps keep us "regular." But white flour has all the fiber removed from it, so when your diet consists of mostly white flour, you are effectively plugging up your colon with paste! The perfect recipe for constipation... :(