2. Chronic Constipation
Constipation may not sound like a serious health complication, but chronic constipation affects many people and can be quite uncomfortable and affect quality of life. Many factors contribute to constipation, including not getting enough fiber and/or water in the diet. Plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and pulses are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. It’s recommended to aim for 25-30 grams of fiber per day, but the average American is only getting 15 grams, and many less than that. Increase your fiber intake gradually to avoid gas and bloating.