Looking for a high-fiber banana smoothie for constipation? Well, this banana smoothie recipe will have you pooping in no time! Bananas are extremely rich in potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber which are all very helpful in stimulating a bowel movement.
The following smoothie recipe is very high in all three so you can expect to use the bathroom within hours of drinking this smoothie. Make sure you only drink this smoothie on your day off because I don’t want you cursing at me!
High Fiber Banana Smoothie For Constipation
So before we begin, I want to make it clear that you will be using very ripe bananas for this recipe because you want to make sure that you will be getting enough sugar alcohol (sorbitol) to help you poop. That’s because unripe bananas contain resistant starch which can cause constipation instead of relieving it.
Sorbitol has a laxative effect and draws water into the colon which gives your stool bulk and makes passing it easier. Most fruits contain sorbitol but only when they are really ripe so those are the ones you want to choose for constipation.
Banana Smoothie Recipe
This banana smoothie yields 1 serving, it’s also very high in calories, therefore, it’s great for drinking before a workout!
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup of ripe papayas
- 1 cup of ripe mangos
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- 1 cup of water
How To Make Banana Smoothie For Constipation
Place all of the ingredients above into a high-speed blender and blend until very smooth, drink it right away early in the morning while still on an empty stomach. Remember, this is a very high-calorie smoothie, therefore, if you are on a low-calorie diet, you may want to reduce your calorie intake during the day.
Banana Smoothie Nutrition Facts
1 Servign of this banana smoothie for constipation contains 647 calories, 39% total fat, 129% saturated fat, 2% sodium, 37% total carbs, 50% dietary fiber (14 grams) 66 grams sugar, 7.4 grams protein, 7% calcium, 18% iron, 105 mg magnesium, and 36% potassium. The % is based on a 2000-calorie diet.
When To Drink This Banana Smoothie For Constipation?
The best time to drink a banana smoothie for constipation is 30 minutes after waking up from sleep while still on an empty stomach because that’s when the colon is most active and contracts 3x faster than during the day. Never drink banana smoothies after dinner or at night because they can lead to mucus production.
Do Bananas Help With Constipation
Yes, bananas help with constipation only when eaten ripe. Never eat unripe bananas when you have constipation because it can make your condition worse.
Side Effects Of Banana Smoothies
Ripe bananas contain sorbitol which when consumed in large amounts can lead to stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and nausea. If you are on potassium and magnesium supplements, you also want to consume fewer bananas because you don’t want high levels of both minerals in your blood