Q&A Health – A pressing problem

Q: It’s too embarrassing for me to go to the doctors but I’ve been struggling to empty my bowels and I’m in a lot of pain and discomfort. What can I do?

A: Constipation affects an estimated 25 per cent of the population, so finding a solution to this common problem is a must!

Linseed is one of the oldest fibre crops in the world and, aside from being recognised as an excellent remedy for constipation, it is renowned for its extensive health benefits too. In fact, one king back in the 8th century made it law that his subjects regularly ate linseed in order to keep them healthy.

Though maintaining a healthy, balanced diet and exercising regularly is important, sometimes a kick-start is needed to get your bowel into action. Conventional laxatives can drain your body of essential nutrients so it is be sensible to make dietary improvements as a long-term resolution.

Linseed has a pleasant nutty flavour that can easily be incorporated into many dishes. Sprinkle it over salads, yoghurt or cereal to add a little crunch to your dish. It can also be added into meatloaf, nut roast, flapjacks or even smoothies.

Soaking linseed is a good option if being used to improve bowel function. Linseed can absorb up to ten times its volume in water, meaning that if you soak them before eating them they will quickly soften your stool, making it easier to pass.

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