Dr. Rosemary Leonard answers a question on dietary in the company of Emma Howard.
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Emma Howard: Hello we are answering questions on health and medical problems. I'm joined by Dr. Rosemary Leonard. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: Hello Emma Howard: Dr. Rosemary. We've got a question from a man who would like some Doctor advice. He says he keeps finding it really difficult to go the loo, I'm always constipated, and my wife tells me this is because I drink too much alcohol and eats junk food all the time. Is this true? He says. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: I doubt the alcohols has got that much to do with this might a little bit the junk food yes, we know the constipation can't be so related to what you eat, and the most important thing to have healthy bowels and to keep your bowels moving and to prevent constipation is to have plenty of fiber, and you can get some fiber in fruits and vegetables so that is important, but the best fibre for preventing constipation is whole wheat bread it's rough edge, Emma Howard: No fat in junk food. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: No fat in junk food, but and it means what you needs to be doing is having grainery bread or whole wheat cereal for breakfast preferably with some added brown, and then try and choose whole wheat option what ever possible whole grain rise whole grain pasta, whole grain bread for lunch and then plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables with all these meals and in between meals as well. Emma Howard: And you can sprinkle whole grain elements on to your food, began to health food shops they sell bran flax of bran corns of things that can really help. Dr. Rosemary Leonard: Yes the problem with bran is it taste disguised, it really does try to mix it in with other foods mixing you seen with very high fibre cereals and you can actually buy special high fibre cereals now mixing a little bit of added bran in to that can really be helpful. But if you finds give it to couple of weeks of changing his diet, if he finds that really isn't helping than as always he should go along and see his doctor. Emma Howard: And this part of advice specifically for adults because if children are constipated did they want to give them too much rough edge to eat? Dr. Rosemary Leonard: No I mean the other thing particularly in children you need to be aware of he is drinking enough fluid, I may will be this man in his alcohol is making him dehydrated and is contributing to his problem, and certainly not drinking enough can be a contributing factor to constipation in kids. Emma Howard: Good advise Rosemary thank you. And if you have a similar problem we hope we might have given you some help but remember it's always best to go and see your own doctor for medical advice. Thanks for watching we'll be back with more health questions and answers.