Diets High in Processed & Refined Foods Are Making Our Kids Constipated

It's no secret that kids are picky eaters.  Their preference would be chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese, cookies and crackers every day if they had their way. But a diet high in processed and refined foods, and low in fruits and veggies has far reaching consequences, especailly on little bodies. 

First, the more children don't each fruits and veggies, the more likely they'll not want to eat them later in life.  Second, a diet low in fruits and veggies means a diet low in many nutrients and fiber.  Third, when children don't eat enough fruits and veggies, they get constipated.

A recent study found that primary shcool children who didn't like fruits and vegetables were 13 times more likely to develop functional constipation than children who did like fruits and veggies.  As a parent, you might not even realize your child is constipated.  Maybe your children are in shcool or day care, so you can't keep track of every potty break.  Ask about their bowel movements.  At least one healthy bowel movement daily (quantitiy counts!) is an indication that they are not constipated.  But what can you do if your children are not having daily bowel movements?  Try these following tips to maintain regularity in your kids:

Increase Water Intake:  Studies show that children who drank less than 400ml (13.5 ounces) of fluid daily were also more likely to be constipated.

Get Creative With Your Veggies:  Be persistent in trying new veggies from time to time.  Children's taste change, and often, a veggie that was detested last month seems to go down without a hitch the next!  For the pickiest of eaters, there are many recipes out there that help you "hide" the veggies by adding them to other foods in stealthy ways.  You may even find yourself trying new veggies by using these tricks. 

Try A Great-Tasing Fiber Supplement:  In addition, a fiber supplement can help increase stool bulk and promote bowel regularity.  A variety of fiber supplements are available to be added to a smoothie or juice, morning cereals, salads or baked goods.

Obviously healthy eating habits are not just for kids!  Adults will also experience improved health by getting enough daily fiber in their diet.  Make it a family affair--kids tend to do what they see others doing!