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Pessach, Matzah, and... Constipation

Did you hear about the new matzoh?  It’s made with whole wheat and bran and it’s fortified with Metamucil.  It’s called "Let My People Go".  LOL!  Actually, there are many people that would love this matzoh to become a reality.

A well-known but rarely talked about complication during this time of year is constipation.  Constipation is defined as having difficulty passing or infrequent bowel movements. Matzoh is very low in fiber and during Pessach we eat matzoh, we bake and cook with matzoh meal, and we tend to eat a lot of cookies and cakes with high sugar content and potato starch.  None of these goods are good for our digestion.   The results can be a painful stomach cramps and constipation.  In order to avoid constipation during Pessach follow these guidelines:

    • Just say no! Don’t eat matzoh or matzoh meal at every meal 
    • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, the less cooked the better. Apricots, peaches, plums, and pears are the most helpful fruits.  Do not eat a lot of bananas. Broccoli and cabbage are high in fiber. 
    • Drink a large volume of water everyday. Two or more liters a day (8 glasses) is ideal. 
    • Exercise!!!


We at EMA Care hope you follow these tips and have a truly Festival of Freedom - free from stomach cramps and long stays in the bathroom.

EMA Care provides medical concierge, case management, and patient advocacy services to tourists, students and residents of Israel. We can be reached at info@healthcareisrael.com . Schedule your free consultation today.


 

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