While there is no daily recommended value (DRV) for dietary fiber, the American Heart Association recommends children consume between 19 g and 31 g per day depending on age. The lack of adequate dietary fiber intake can lead to many digestive problems, such as occasional constipation, gas and bloating. Occasional constipation is a common condition, caused in part by poor diet and lifestyle. The prevalence of refined sugars and carbohydrates and the low presence of fiber in the Western diet has been linked to the slowing of bowel transit time and the alteration of the colon environment. Dietary fiber, which is mostly obtained from plant foods, consists of the indigestible portion of the plant while the sugars, starches and vitamins are broken down into nutrients and absorbed by the intestines. These cell walls of plants are not digested and become the bulk or roughage component of the stool, which help maintain bowel health and regularity.
Ready! Set! Go! is a blend of all-natural fruits and plant extracts for children with occasional constipation. The ingredients in this blend, which include prunes, psyllium husks, and ginger, have been used historically for the relief of occasional constipation and to soothe an achy stomach. Ready! Set! Go! has a pleasant flavor for easy compliance.
Children up to 6: 1-3 teaspoons daily as needed or as recommended by your health care professional
Children 6-12: 1-2 tablespoons daily as needed or as recommended by your health care professional
Adults: 2-3 tablespoons daily as needed or as recommended by your health care professional
Several clinical trials have shown psyllium to be superior to other laxatives. A systematic review found psyllium husk to improve overall bowel regularity more effectively than lactulose. Psyllium has been found to be more effective than placebo at increasing stool output and was found to improve symptoms of occasional constipation.
Fig (Ficus carica)
The phytochemical properties of fig’s laxative effect are due to the bulk of seeds and fibers. Fig supplementation also improved most of the symptoms in the patients suffering with functional bowel irregularity, and the fruit has also been shown to support regulation of loose bowels.
Prune (Prunus domestica)
Prunes have 6.1 g of dietary fiber per 100 g, as well as large amounts of phenolic compounds, which may aid in their efficacy for occasional constipation.