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Can Fiber Make You Constipated
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.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rebound: If u stop it then u get a rebound effect, meaning the fiber is now not pulling h2o from ur body in the colon, & the colon is now reabsorbing h2o.U must remain well hydrated. Ur urine is a good judge, dark is an indicator u need h2o. It should b almost clear, this indicates u r hydrated. Also if u urinate vey little during the day is a sign 4 more h2o, more often will happen when well hydrated. ...Read more
Fruits and vegetable: Slads, whole grains are best and don't bother with commercial products if you are eating these. Jusat as important is drinking enough fluids regardless of the source of fiber. Drink 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a healthy lifestyle! ...Read more
I know that not getting enough fiber can cause constipation, but can not Eating enough food in general cause conatipation?
Yes: Eating sparsely as well as a low residue diet may cause constipation because of lack of adequate bulk in the diet. If you have a significant change in bowel habits see your physician or a gastroenterologist as colonoscopy would be indicated even as a screening procedure at your age. ...Read more
I have been suffering from constipation for about two years now. Fibers helps a little, but its not a permanent solution, what whould i do?
See your Dr: And listen to his or her advise. ...Read more
Not enough fluids: Fiber be it dietary or supplemental should be thought of as concrete mix from home depot. If you add the right amount of water it is not runny like diarrhea or hard from not drinking enough fluids or from excess caffeine and alcohol. More fiber without drinking fluids will make constipation worse. ...Read more
Can a person eat too much fiber and get constipated, even though the person drinks adequate water?
I have been constipated for the past 3 weeks and have tried adding more fiber and water to my diet but am still constipated. ?
See below: Constipation can be caused by not eating enough fiber or drinking enough liquids. Other reasons include side effects of medication, hypothyroidism, irritable bowl disease and pregnancy. For advice on treating constipation see http://bit.ly/1uzOegm and MY Checklist: "Treating Constipation.". ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your standard recommendation of adding fiber & water to diet to relieve constipation: Is that supposed to show improvement within a couple of days?
It depends.: Fiber in your diet enters your intestines and isn't absorbed into your body for fuel. The more fiber you have, the more water is held in the colon to make up your stools, thus making them softer. But you must pass any hard stools formed BEFORE your diet change to see a difference, and if your increase insn't enough, you may see no change. For some people it may take a week. ...Read more
Constipated 2 weeks. Tried fiber pills and increased foods in fiber, still pebble like BM's. Tried magnesium pills, no difference. What is wrong??
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