‘Roid rage may not be the official clinical terminology describing what it feels like to have itching, painful, bloody, inflamed hemorrhoids, but anyone who has ever had to sit in a firm seat or even attempt to use the bathroom with hemorrhoids knows that this classification is valid. And if you’ve ever had an excruciating paper cut that, despite its minuscule appearance, packs a painful punch whenever something even gently grazes the affected area, imagine that same degree of sharp pain, radiating from where the sun don’t shine. This can occur when you have an anal fissure, a small tear in the tissues lining your anus. When it comes to coping with fissures or hemorrhoids, there are not enough expletives in the English language to provide a satisfying enough cathartic release. Although there are some respective underlying causes that can lead to both conditions, oftentimes the primary catalyst and bottom line to your bottom problems is the result of constipation and straining amid bowel movements. And truthfully, when it comes to releases, you’re likely only interested in one at the moment: You need to poop…ASAP! Fortunately, there is a wide variety of foods that can help you poop immediately.
Yes, there are a number of treatment options available to help you care for hemorrhoids and fissures upon onset, but recovery times for both conditions can last for weeks. That’s why when it comes to your “down there care,” sometimes the best offense tends to be your best defense. You can avoid constipation and other related troubles on the toilet by following a quality diet consisting of nutritious items able to support healthy digestion while also bulking up and softening your stool. But what are some of the best foods that can help you poop immediately?
Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD, at Balance One Supplements, explains that dietary fiber is essential to alleviating or avoiding bouts of constipation.
We asked a handful of dietitians about the No. 1 foods that are known to help people experience a complete, productive No. 2. Keep reading to find out which foods these nutrition experts say are effective ways to provide relief when you’re eager to poop immediately. After you do do that (get it?), consider pairing any of these foods with any of these 8 Drinks To Help You Poop Immediately to overcome feeling extremely backed up and bloated.
“Sweet potatoes can aid in bowel movements because they are high in insoluble fibers,” according to Carrie Gabriel MS, RDN, of Steps 2 Nutrition. “Insoluble fibers give bulk to your stools, that bulk stimulates your digestive system and promotes bowel movements.”
“This is anecdotal,” adds Kacie Barnes, MCN, RDN, founder of Mama Knows Nutrition, “but this is THE most common food I hear from clients that they say promotes BMs for their family!”
“Dried fruits, especially prunes, are another great tool to help promote bowel regularity,” says Barnes. “In addition to them being a good source of fiber—which we know helps support gut motility in general—prunes are also a good source of sorbitol. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol that helps with speeding things along through the gut.”
Best adds that because dried fruits like prunes, along with raisins and apricots, are high in sorbitol, this can “help to soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.”
“You don’t want to overdo it with these,” advises Barnes. “But if you’re experiencing constipation, the sorbitol and fiber in dried fruits like prunes can help nudge things along in the right direction. Prune juice works, too, and you can mix it with another juice if you don’t love the flavor!”
Best says chia seeds can help get your gut flowing because they are “high in fiber and can absorb water to help bulk up stool and stimulate bowel movements.”
“Chia seeds are a great source of soluble fiber, which helps create bulk in the stool and move it through your digestive tract,” Sarah Anzlovar, MS, RDN, LDN, owner of Sarah Gold Nutrition, LLC, tells Eat This, Not That! “Make sure to drink lots of water, which helps chia the fiber do its job,” she adds.
“Another great source of soluble fiber, flaxseeds dissolve in water and help make it easier for stools to move through the large intestine,” says Anzlovar.
According to Best, flaxseeds are also “rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lubricate the intestines and promote bowel movements.”