A 32-year-old member asked:
How does fiber help relieve constipation?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Pulls H20 into bowel: Fiber works like a sponge to pull water into the bowel-makes for a softer, bulkier, easier to pass stool. If there is too much fluid in the bowel, it can work like a sponge to soak up the fluid, and make a softer, more formed stool.
Not all cases or causes of constipation are helped by fiber, so check with your doc..
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Pediatric Surgery 44 years experience
Softens stool: Fiber causes excess water to be held into waste products or stool. Thus stool is sifter and bulkier. The bulkier the stool, the easier it is to push out.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
How long does it take for fiber to relieve constipation?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Colon and Rectal Surgery 42 years experience
Fiber without: Adequate fluid intake will not relieve constipation and may make it worse. You need 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily to get back into a regular bowel pattern.
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Last updated Jun 12, 2017
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