A diet high in insoluble fibres is associated with improved digestive health and more frequent bowel movements because of the increased stool volume.
As dried fruits like prunes, raisins, and apricots are rich in sorbitol, they can "help to soften stools and promote bowel motions," as Best puts it.
As Best puts it, "rich in fibre and can absorb water to help bulk up stool and encourage bowel movements," so eating chia seeds is a good way to get things moving in the digestive tract.
Flaxseeds, like oats, are an excellent source of soluble fibre, which means they dissolve in water and aid in the transit of faeces through the large intestine.
Eating a kiwi fruit daily has been shown to promote bowel regularity and reduce the length of time it takes for waste to pass through the digestive tract.
Avocados are beneficial because they encourage bowel motions and lubricate the intestines due to their high fibre and healthy fat content.
The insoluble fibre and natural laxatives (magnesium and sorbitol) found in whole grains are great for maintaining regular bowel motions.
Vitamin C and the fibre found in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes are known to aid in digestion and regularity.
"contains chemicals that can help relax the muscles in the digestive tract and reduce constipation," which means peppermint oil can still aid.
According to Best, bananas "contain fibre and potassium, which can assist control digestion and stimulate bowel motions," therefore eating one can aid in defecation.