It is important to include fiber in your diet as you are recovering from surgery.2 Not only are high-fiber foods healthier than their low-fiber counterparts, but fiber also plays a major role in preventing constipation, a common complication after surgery.
Rather than adding a fiber supplement to your day, such as psyllium husks, consider adding high fiber foods to your diet and obtaining fiber in a more natural way. Supplementing is not a bad idea, but fiber from food tends to work better to prevent constipation when taken with ample water.
Enjoy these high-fiber foods:
- Whole grain bread: Look for breads that use whole grains and are darker in color. White bread is typically too refined to be a good source of fiber.
- Whole grains: This would include corn, oatmeal, and other grains.
- Fruits: Fresh fruit is an excellent source of vitamins and fiber.
- Vegetables: Vegetables are an excellent source of fiber and can be purchased fresh or frozen.
- Cereal: Not all cereal has a high-fiber content. Check the label to avoid sugary or low-fiber cereal. Look for cereal with fiber in the name, or stick with old-fashioned breakfast foods, such as oatmeal or cream of wheat.