As someone who has struggled with constipation my whole life, I can definitely relate! I have tried everything you can think of to reduce my symptoms, from smoothies, teas, over-the-counter laxatives, and even pills if you can imagine! This pear smoothie for constipation has really helped me find some sanity so I recommend it.
Pears are extremely high in dietary fiber which has been shown to improve digestion and bowel regulation but you really need to improve your diet and lifestyle to actually get rid of constipation completely. Getting rid of white sugar, starch, and white flour can really decrease your symptoms.
However, it’s important that you add enough fruits, vegetables, and water to your daily diet if you want to get rid of constipation once and for all.
Pear Smoothie For Constipation
People experience constipation differently but if you are having hard or lumpy stools, less than 3 bowel movements per week, straining to use the potty, or feeling as though your bowel is not emptying completely, you are suffering from constipation. You definitely need this pear smoothie!
Best Pears For Constipation
The best pears for constipation include red anjou pear, green anjou pear, European pear, Bosc pear, Asian pear, and the Barlette pear. These pears contain the most dietary fibers and sugars which makes them perfect for getting rid of constipation naturally.
Pear Smoothie Recipe
- 1 large ripe banana sliced
- 1 large pear seeded and cut into chunks
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of ice (optional)
- 6 Blueberries (optional)
Preparation & Consumption:
Add all of your ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add in more water if it’s too thick until you have the right consistency. Drink immediately. Please note that you can only have 1 glass (6 ounces) of pear juice or smoothie per day.
It is not recommended to consume more than this amount or else, it may lead to unwanted side effects. More on that below…
When To Drink Pear Smoothie For Constipation
It is recommended that you drink your pear smoothie in the mornings because it takes time for the smoothie to take effect. You could be looking at 12-16 hours after drinking the smoothie to start having bowel movements so if you have to go to work, drink a glass of pear smoothie before starting your day.
I am a full-time mom and work from home so I drink my smoothies anytime during the day.
How Do Pears Reduce Constipation
So one large pear (230 grams) contains 7 grams of dietary fiber (around 30% DRI) 22 grams of sugar and 11.8 grams of fructose. Fruits that are high in fiber and fructose are known to cause a laxative effect in the stomach. Also, pears contain sorbitol which is a sugar alcohol.
This type of alcohol is not well absorbed in the stomach and when consumed, it draws water into the colon and softens stools making it easy to pass. So in almost all cases, eating or drinking pear smoothies or juice will reduce constipation symptoms within 24 hours.
Who Should Not Drink Pear Smoothie
It is recommended that children and infants do not drink a lot of pear smoothies because it can lead to diarrhea and dehydration in small children. Also, people on high cholesterol medications should refrain from drinking too much pear smoothie because it contains pectin which has shown contradictions.
Unwanted Side Effects Of Pear Smoothie
Due to its high fiber content, drinking a huge amount of pear smoothie can cause stomach cramps, and flatulence, and may sometimes lead to an upset stomach. Some people have even experienced diarrhea when drinking a pear smoothie so make sure not to consume too much or stop drinking it immediately if you experience symptoms.
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