Tips for Bowel Regularity

bowel regularity | Pacific Urology | San Francisco Bay AreaSometimes, urinary incontinence, urgency and frequency may be aggravated by increasing pressure on the bladder from the pressure related to constipation or stool (hard) impaction. Eating foods that have a lot of fiber helps overcome this problem. Fiber rich foods include whole grain breads, brown or wild rice, cereals, nuts, raw fruits and vegetables. Apricot juice has more fiber content that prune juice. Another way to increase your fiber is by using a special bran recipe.

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How To Make “Special Bran Recipe”

Mix together:

  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup coarse unprocessed wheat bran*
  • ¾ cup prune juice

*You can buy unprocessed wheat bran in the grocery store or health food stores. This type of bran is different from bran cereal.

Take 2 tablespoons of the mixture every day. Take the mixture in the evening for a morning bowel movement. Increase the bran mixture by one tablespoon until your bowel movements become regular. If the amount exceeds four tablespoons, take the mixture in divided doses in the morning and evening. Always drink one large glass of water with the mixture.

What if I Don’t Like the “Special Bran Recipe”

Add unprocessed wheat bran to your diet. Start by using 1 to 2 tablespoons every day. If necessary for regulation, increase bran slowly over several weeks to approximately 6 tablespoons every day. Mix bran in foods like applesauce, cereals, sauces, or use it as a spice in gravies, or puddings. Sprinkle bran on ice cream, vegetable and fruit salads, or cottage cheese. Add to muffins, breads, and cookies when baking.

Other “Natural Remedies” That May Help

Here are several natural laxative recipes that have been shown to improve bowel function.

Fruit Spread

  • 1 lb raisins
  • 1 lb currants
  • 1 lb prunes
  • 1 lb figs
  • 1 lb dates
  • One 28oz container of undiluted prune juice

Put fruit through the grinder. Mix with prune concentrate in a large mixer (mixture will be very thick.) Store in large-mouthed plastic container. Refrigerate.

Power Pudding

  • ½ cup prune juice
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • ½ cup wheat bran flakes
  • ½ cup whipped topping
  • ½ cup stewed prunes (canned)

Blend ingredients. Take ¼ cup portions of recipe with breakfast. Regulate dose as needed. This mixture should be covered and refrigerated. You can keep the mixture for one week.

Distributed with permission from Diane K. Newman.