Everyone at some point in their life suffers from constipation and diarrhea. Some of the best natural remedies to help treat and relieve these common health issues are bananas. Bananas are loaded with fiber and nutrients that help prevent and treat these conditions gently, safely, and effectively without damaging the digestive tract.
The reason why bananas can treat and prevent constipation is because it contains pectin which is a water soluble fiber, but this type of fiber is only found in ripe bananas. Pectin helps add soft bulk to your stools making them easier to pass. However, this same fiber can also help treat and prevent diarrhea because it also takes bad bacteria that cause diarrhea and turns it into good bacteria which helps prevent diarrhea, but this is only the case when diarrhea is light and caused by bad bacteria.
Another reason bananas have the ability to treat and prevent constipation and diarrhea is because it also contain non digestible polymers called fructooligosaccharides. Fructooligosaccharides help keep friendly bacteria growing in your digestive tract so your food can digest properly which also helps make stools normal so you are not suffering from constipation or diarrhea.
However, if your suffering from really bad bouts of diarrhea you should not eat ripened bananas for relieving this condition naturally because it will make your condition worse. Instead you will want to eat un-ripe bananas because it contains more electrolytes and a natural starch that helps thick up the stool so it comes out in solid form instead of a runny messy form. However, never eat a un-ripe banana when your constipate cause the starches in it will make you more constipated.
The best way to get ripe bananas into your diet to help treat and prevent constipation is by eating 2 to 3 ripe bananas a day for snack or breakfast as is or with oatmeal. Oatmeal also helps add bulk to the stool to help relieve constipation. You can even slice your ripe banana up and drizzle honey over it and that will do the trick with relieving your constipation as well.
The best way to get un-ripened bananas into your diet to help prevent and treat diarrhea is by peeling 2 or 3 and eating them as is, or by slicing them up and eating them with a cup of plain yogurt as well. I personally prefer to making a smoothie using 2 un-ripened bananas, 1 cup of ice, and 2 cups of banana juice and this usually does the trick with relieving diarrhea.
I do hope those of you who try bananas for relieve your constipation and diarrhea have some success. I know they worked for me and the ones I love and I truly hope bananas provide a natural safe way to effectively treat your condition.