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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
Fresh fruits and veg: Having 5-7 servings a day of fresh fruits and vegetables should help constipation. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber a day and a gallon of water or fluids a day. Beans, legumes and whole grains are also high in fiber. Dairy, meat, poultry and fish have no fiber. Seeds and nuts also contain fiber. ...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
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