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Constipation While Dieting
Fiber and fluids: Simple constipation usually responds to a diet rich in fiber (bran, whole grain cereals, fruits, vegetables) and increased fluid intake (water is sufficient). Several significant causes of constipation other than bad diet should be investigated with the help of your doctor e.g. Hypothroidism, hirschprung's disease among others. ...Read more
Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Choices: There are number of things that can gently ease constipation. Hydration (fluids) first. Next adding fiber to your diet. Certain foods can help (exs. Prune juice, black coffee, smooth moving teas, certain probiotics).There are stool softeneres which can help (colace) and there are also oral laxatives (ex. Milk of magnesia). ...Read more
KeepActivity&HiFiber: Foods up. Activity: walking/running, etc. Most effective. Also very effective is ↑ed quantities of high fiber/low nutritional value vegetable based foods, e.g. lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, celery, etc.; raw potentially more effective than cooked. Fiber supplements a back up option. Study: https://www. Healthtap. Com/#user_questions/6660531, other answers, wikipedia, etc. For more understanding. ...Read more
Magnesium helps: Simple sugars and processed carbs should be avoided or limited. This includes any flour product. The fine grind makes absorption quick, and spikes your blood sugar which increases Insulin and promotes weight gain. Good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil are fine in sensible amounts. Eat a rainbow of organic vegetables and just enough protein. ...Read more
I'm dieting my 4yrs old with dairy products due to severe constipation, backpain. Is almond milk gluten free ok and safe to use as alternative?
Not best choice: Not all almond milk is gluten free. Check the label. Almond milk is very low in protein and fat which growing children may need. It can be high in sugar too. The almonds need to have been soaked/dehydrated first to rid phytic acid which blocks mineral absorption and causes tummy distress. Positives: iron, riboflavin and vitamin e, extra calcium. ...Read more
Hello, I have been experiencing constipation for the past two years. Symptoms started after dieting and weight losS. Stool is sticky and fatty w/mucus?
Fiber/fluids/exercis: Best way to combat constipation is plenty of fiber, fluids & exercise. Avoid iron & other constipating meds. If that's not enough, time to go see your Family Doc for evaluation. You may need stool studies, possibly referral to Gastroenterologist. If you lost weight, unlikely that you would have hypothyroidism which can cause constipation. We don't typically start worrying about colon cancer til 50 ...Read more
I have been constipated on a consistent basis since the onset of winter weather. Also lost 2 lbs without dieting but I also am on a thyroid medication. Could there be a link between these issues?
Thryoid&constipation: Hypothyroidisnm per se can cause constiaption. If you are newly diagnosed, then maybe u need fine tuning of the medication dosing. Speak to your docotr about the cosntipation. ...Read more
Constipation remedy: There is no one size fits all constipation remedy, but pts your age usually have constipation due to lack of fiber in the diet, low water intake, excess meats, or drugs that slow gut movement (pain killers). Try drinking more water, eating fiber (fruits, veggies, oatmeal), taking metamucil, or cutting down on meats or pain meds. ...Read more
I am experiencing constipation and feeling of unfinished defecation. The following also describes me: Difficult stools. What should I do? When I do go, it is very small amount, like maybe a little bigger than large marble marble. 3 weeks
I am experiencing feeling of unfinished defecation, obstipation, rectal lump and mucus in stool. The following also describe me: Constipation and Difficult stools. What should I do?
I am experiencing passing a lot of gas, frequent stools, difficult stools, feeling of unfinished defecation and thin, pencil-like stools.
My Son is experiencing lower abdominal pain, pain shooting down the leg, hallucinations, painful bowel movements, difficult stools and diarrhea?
Be seen asap: Please have the patient be seen promptly! With all of the symptoms noted from different organ systems, he needs to be brought to attention ASAP. ...Read more
See below: Dieting is not dangerous how you diet is dangerous. Please discuss with your physician before beginning any dietary plan. There are reasons for weight gain. That may be out of your control. That's why it's always important for you to be followed by your physician before beginning any diet program. For more information go to wwwweighstation. Net. Read the newsletters. I hope this helps ...Read more
Think positive.: Think how delicious a nice bowl of peas can be right now. Learn and reinforce how unhealthy and greasy that fries, pizza, fried foods are. Exercise can help you stay motivated. Get support from overeaters anonymous or one of the commercial companies. Have a list of healthy restaurants. Keep only healthy foods in house. Learn abd enjoy healthy cooking. ...Read more
I admire your interest in reducing weight.
Dieting should not be a deprivation of your pleasures, it should not be super-effort.
Dieting should be not to impress others, or just follow what others are doing.
Dieting should be for health reasons.
Have Balanced Diet with the help of your Physician and Nutritionist.
Avoid fatty foods, soda, chips, cakes, fried food.
BE FIT NOT FAT ...Read more
Just guts: And self control with the anticipation of better health. ...Read more
Change your diet and: Fluids. Eat a high fiber diet between 20-25 grams per day, regular meal times and drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free alcohol free fluids daily. If you exercise and should add 20 oz per 30 minutes of strenuous exercise. Some meds contribute to constipation so take the meds with full glass of fluid instead of a sip in addition to the above recommended fluids. ...Read more
Fiber/Water: Most constipation can be treated with fiber (like prunes) and proper hydration. Adding a stool softener may also be very effective. Save the laxatives for last and don't take more often then just a few days or laxative dependency may occur. If this does not worth see your healthcare provider a more potent form of laxitive. ...Read more
Dietary Fiber: Stay well hydrated (at least 8 - 8 ounces glasses of water per day). Try to get in 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day – get that fiber in. Stay physically active if possible. There are a number of over the counter laxatives that can be taken orally to help pass retained fecal matter. ...Read more
Constipation: Depends on the cause of the constipation. Are you healthy otherwise or taking any medications? Best see your doctor to see what kind of constipation you have. Meanwhile it would be safe to take some milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) for temporary help and drink more water. Some types of constipation respond to increasing fiber, while other types do not.. ...Read more
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally I recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read more
Constipation: Frequency of bowel movement varies from person to person but if you have to strain to produce hard stools, you're probably constipated. There are plenty of over-the-counter options such as PEG aka Miralax. You'll need to drink plenty of water. Consider increasing dietary fiber via whole grains plus plenty of fruits & veggies. Don't forget physical activity, too. Ask your Family Doc to review ur Rx ...Read more
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