When someone has surgery it’s especially important for our bowels to function on a continual basis. Things like constipation can cause hurt, pain, and much suffering for the surgery sites as well as overall sickness. Being aware of what foods to eat to maintain proper bowel function is essential. It’s also essential to know what foods not to eat that would cause blockage, constipation, or irritable bowels.
Many foods rich in micronutrients will help our bodies heal after a vaginal surgery (if you are female in your forties and have abdominal pains read this guide on transvaginal mesh available here) and provide us with the best overall healing for our bowels as well as surgery areas.
Foods To Eat To Provide Optimal Bowel Function
1. WATER – Keeping hydrated is the best thing for anyone to keep bowels moving productively if you’ve had surgery.
2. RAW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – Depending on what type of surgery one has had, they may need to be juiced or mashed for consumption for your overall comfort.
3. OATMEAL AND CREAM OF WHEAT – These are soft grains that will help produce a bowel movement. Make sure to choose ones that are not quick cooking but have all of the husk intact for the best results.
4. SOUPS – The more liquids one has, the better. Foods with high water content is best.
5. WATERMELON – This has a high water content and helps promote urinary tract health as well as promote bowel function.
6. COCONUT OIL – This is one of the best things for the whole body including digestion, and bowels. This contains a substance called lauric acid that is a natural laxative and is only found elsewhere in human breast milk. This also helps heal internal organs. Make sure it’s raw, organic, and unrefined. Take 1 tbsp. 2 times a day for best results.
7. EPSOM SALT IN WARM WATER – Taking 1 tbsp. of Epsom salt in 8 ounces of warm water will produce a bowel movement. This is safe and can be used twice daily. Bowel movements generally come 1-3 hours after doing this. This is a preferred method for many elderly and younger children who can’t seem to eat anything.
8. POPCORN – It’s high in fiber and a tasty way to promote bowel movements. Opt for the air popped, and do not load on any butter. Pop corn is a whole grain food as well which naturally cured constipation and stagnancy.
9. PRUNES, DRIED FRUIT, RAISINS, AND APRICOTS – These are high in fiber, they taste great, and will keep your system working nicely.
10. GARLIC – Garlic is so beneficial for the digestive tract and bowel movements. Chopping up a couple cloves and eating them can really get things moving. However, if you have stomach ailments, ulcers, or digestive issues in general then opt to stay away from this as it can cause irritation in some sensitive individuals.
Avoiding All Of These Foods After Surgery Is Best
1. PROCESSED FOODS – These contain harmful chemicals, additives, and some things can cause horrible constipation and delayed digestion. Something we avoid to give even in our feed the hungry food drives.
2. CHOCOLATE – Although yummy, it’s not a great thing for the digestion.
3. FOOD HIGH IN FAT – Foods like dairy cheeses, rich ice cream, and whole milk can be hard on the digestive production. As well as high in fat fried foods like fries and fried chicken.
4. BREADS AND BAKERY PRODUCTS – These items take longer to digest and will cause delay for production. This includes pizza, and bread products with many other things on them.
5. FOODS HIGH IN REFINED SUGAR – Anything high in sugar isn’t beneficial but, if you are having a craving for sugar try a tsp. of raw honey or pure organic cane sugar in your coffee. Things like corn syrup and refined sugars that are found in many processed food are not that beneficial for anyone’s digestion.
6. FIBER – Fiber is the most preferred for optimal bowel movements. However, it can also cause severe constipation if your daily diet doesn’t consist of plenty of water. So make sure you always make sure you’re consuming plenty of water each day to ensure proper bowel movements as well as optimal digestion.
One of the reasons I create this list is because of a recent mesh implantation surgery a friend of mine went through that caused her to so much constipation and pain that she had to continue her new job related onboarding training from home for a whole week. Thankfully the company she got hired with, Walt Disney, has an excellent enterprise portal (the Disney Hub) which enabled her to catch up quickly with the program so as to not fall behind the other new hires.