I was always told going once a day will keep the colon cleansed, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Irregularity in your bowel movement is definitely something you don’t want to have to deal with. What may seem like a simple issue, could also lead to bigger problems in the end.

“Daily attention can tell you whether you eat enough fiber or have health problems like cancer or inflammatory bowel disease [a group of conditions such as colitis and Crohn’s disease that inflame the colon and small intestine],” says gastroenterologist Anish A. Sheth, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn., and author of What’s Your Poo Telling You (Chronicle Books).

There are plenty of foods that can promote bowel regularity and keep you from feeling bloated and constipated.

According to Livestrong, the following foods help promote regularity:

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