The minute Halloween candy enters the house, it may also be the official start of the ‘constipation’ season. That’s when we start filling up on low-fiber holiday goodies, leaving less room for more nutritious, high-fiber fruits, veggies and whole grains. Before long, the whole family may be spending more time in the bathroom.
Did you know? You may have constipation issues when you consume milk chocolate if you are sensitive to milk. Likewise, steer clear of licorice if you are sensitive to gluten as some licorice is made with wheat flour. The caffeine in chocolate may contribute to dehydration. This may make stools drier and more difficult to pass.
The trick to managing your family’s digestive health, even if you overindulge on candy corn and mini-chocolate bars, is to make sure everyone in the family is getting plenty of fiber. “Fiber softens the stools by drawing water into them, making them bulkier and easier to pass,” explains America’s pediatrician William Sears, MD. Pears, berries, papaya and whole-grain cereals are good places to start.
He recommends Sunfiber, which blends invisibly into your child’s favorite foods – including cereals, yogurt, juice, and pancakes – without changing the texture, taste, or aroma. “Your child won’t even have to know it’s in there!”
Sunfiber is appropriate for children as young as nine months. The recommended dosage is the same for all ages above 9 months. Before Halloween candy enters your house this year, make sure you’ve also got enough Sunfiber on hand for the entire family. And keep it handy, on the kitchen counter, throughout the entire holiday season.