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Doctor insights on: Are Psyllium Husks Prebiotic

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Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Psyllium: The psyllium itself, should not aggravate gerd, but sometimes the flavorings that are used in different products are problematic. You're going to have to try different flavors to see what you tolerate the best. ...Read more

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Is psyllium husks safe for functional dyspepsia?

Is psyllium husks safe for functional dyspepsia?

Probably safe: There is a dearth of high quality medical studies on psyllium in functional dyspepsia. That being said, psyllium is generally well tolerated by most people. The real question is whether psyllium is an effective treatment. In this area, more study needs to be done. ...Read more

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Is psyllium husk a grain?

No: Psyllium is a seed and the seed and husk (outer shell) is used as a source of soluble fiber. It is not a grain. ...Read more

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in baby formula?

No...: If by probiotics you mean active bacterial cultures added to help aid digestion, then no, baby formula does not specifically contain these cultures. A newborn baby's gut becomes populated with "healthy" bacteria from its immediate environment: the birth canal, breast milk, parents' skin, its own hands & mouth, etc; and these bacteria are adjusted as the baby's diet & environment change over time. ...Read more

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Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Are there prebiotics or probiotics in baby formula?

Infant formula: Infant formula does not contain prebiotics or probiotics. There isn't any need to put either into formula. Infants generally have normal gastrointestinal flora. ...Read more

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Benefiber or miralax, (polyethylene glycol) which is better?

Healthtap: Doctors on healthtap are asked not to endorse particular products or product lines. ...Read more

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more

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How are soluble and insoluble fiber different?

How are soluble and insoluble fiber different?

Differ properties: Both are in diet. Sol dissolves in water- pectin in apples, jelly, gums in oatmeal, oat bran, insol doesn't- wheat bran. Both increase stool bulk (different mechanisms), shorten transit time in bowel, help constipation. Sol can bind dietary cholesterol, help lower blood levels chol. Both can bind h2o in bowel, make less watery stool in diarrhea. Both can cause gas, bloat, cramps in xs. ...Read more

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Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

Are taking probiotic supplements as effective as gaining probiotics naturally from food?

Yes: Of course taking foods high in probiotics may be desirable for other reasons, supplements contain a "fixed" amount of probiotics (colonies). Many of the "natural products" like yogurt may have "supplements" added to the product anyway. Your body does not know the difference ...Read more

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Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Are there probiotics or prebiotics in infant formula?

Both or either.: Look at the label. Example: Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®* ("friendly" lactobacterias or LGG -probiotic). Prebiotic-carbohydrates, olygosaccharides, the food needed for the normal gut flora to grow (Example: Prebiotics in Enfagrow®). ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Yes: These are safe though I wouldn't take them all at once. I advise the multivitamin after breakfast, the probiotic at the start of a meal, the fish oil after lunch or dinner, apple cider vinegar in water separate from meals and the psyllium at bedtime. Some multivitamins are far better than others- see https://drrandybaker.com/2012/11/ and https://www.multivitaminguide.org/best-multivitamin.html ...Read more

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Are dietary fiber and soluble fiber the same thing?

Are dietary fiber and soluble fiber the same thing?

Read below: Dietary fiber may include soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber such as oatmeal soaks up fluid and slows down transit in the intestinal tract ( good in diarrhea). Insoluble fiber such as the peel of an apple, is poorly digested and draws fluids into the intestinal tract and speeds up transit of stool ( good in constipation) ...Read more

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I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not,more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more

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Where can I buy psyllium seed husks or powder?

Psyllium: can be found in a number of products at drug and grocery stores. ...Read more

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Which foods are good source of fiber for fructose intolerant people?

Which foods are good source of fiber for fructose intolerant people?

Fructose intolerance: Is often mistaken for sugar intolerance. I have had patients that could eat fresh fruit with impunity after being diagnosed with fructose intolerance. Fresh fruit is our normal source of sugar and the fiber is the clue. Fructose syrup, used in many "foods" is a quite different story and is probably why its intolerance has become so popular. ...Read more

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