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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

Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
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Dietary Fiber (Definition)

Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the ...Read more


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Fiber- are there any fiber drink mixes or supplements that are useful in bulking up stool to combat chronic IBS related diarrhea? Gluten free as well?

Fiber- are there any fiber drink mixes or supplements that are useful in bulking up stool to combat chronic IBS related diarrhea? Gluten free as well?

Yes there are many: There are several like benefiber drink mix, viacost organic hempprotein high fiber drink, andfitsmart protein fiber shakes you can get these on line from amazon or others by googling for it. ...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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Do calcium supplements affect ulcerative colitis?

Do calcium supplements affect ulcerative colitis?

No: However vit d levels should be checked to see if you are at risk for osteoporosis- in this case vit d and calcvium may help with secondary bone loss. ...Read more

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Are fecal transplants beneficial in treating ulcerative colitis?

Are fecal transplants beneficial in treating ulcerative colitis?

Possibly: They help reduce inflammation by repopulating the gut with healthy bacteria that are immune modulators. It's still in the research stage for UC, so most GIs don't offer it. Some kits with instructions are available on the internet. Try Probonix probiotic, vit D3 10k IU/day and autoimmune paleo diet until you can find more on fecal transplant. ...Read more

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Can celiacs disease cause small fiber neuropathy?

Can celiacs disease cause small fiber neuropathy?

Possibly: The prevalence of neuropathy among patients with celiac disease is much higher than in healthy people. Sometimes, the neurological problems arise from nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption. However, some cases are due to autoimmunity and associated with the underlying disease (Celiac). ...Read more

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Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Can insoluble fiber increases risk of colon cancer?

Colon Cancer: There are types that have family predispositions but this is the minority most forms are sporadic there are also multiple environmental and dietary risk factors for development of colon and rectal cancer. Low fiber and high fat diets have been shown to increase risk of this disease. ...Read more

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How can dietary fibre prevent constipation?

How can  dietary fibre prevent constipation?

Fiber helps to: Regulate the bowel movements and helps in both constipation and diarrhea. It works by pulling water out of colon to make stool more softer, and give em more bulk. If there is too much water in the stool fiber in the colon will absorb it and make the stool more formed. ...Read more

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How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

How does reducing colonic transit time with fiber prevent colorectal cancer?

Less contact: The hypothesis is that one factor in colon cancer is potentially ingested carcinogens(cancer causing) that are in the food we eat. The faster the stool moves through the colon, the less time the carcinogen has in contact with any segment of the colon so it's should be less damaging. ...Read more

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What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

What kind of fiber soluble or insoluble prevents colon cancer in males?

Both: Soluble fibre attracts water and helps keep stool soft. Insoluble fibre makes stool bulky and shortens transit time and helps evacuation. Both are good for different reasons. ...Read more

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How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

How can I prevent colon cancer, by eating cereal? Soluble or insoluble fiber?

Good: Cereal is a good source of fibre as is oatmeal. Soluble or insoluble fibre must be accompanied by good fluid intake to be efficacious. ...Read more

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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 soluble fiber the same as dietary fiber?

There is soluble: Fiber and there is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is more likely to be roughage in the diet. Soluble fiber will tend to absorb toxic substances in the body and retain them to remove those substances in the intestinal tract. Soluble fiber will lower her cholesterol and lower toxic load. Insoluble fiber will provide the roughage to facilitate bowel movements. ...Read more

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Is chronic constipation (daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) frequent senna, glyc. Supp's aren't enough. Enemas needed often) in toddlers considered a Motility issue?

Is chronic constipation (daily miralax, (polyethylene glycol) frequent senna, glyc. Supp's aren't enough. Enemas needed often) in 
toddlers considered a Motility issue?

Stool retention: This is more an accident than a motility issue. When/if the kid decides one day not to poop, and the next day has a hard painful stool, they may try to stop having them. Over time stool retention causes physical changes in the large bowel causing poor emptying. Parents try short treatments that fail & the problem continues. This often requires a developmental ped or pedi GI working for a year . ...Read more

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Does omega 3 & probiotic supplement help in Crohn's, also person should eat low or high fiber diet ?

Does omega 3 & probiotic supplement help in Crohn's, also person should eat low or high fiber diet ?

Crohn's: A gastroenterologist is best qualified to answer your questions. Probiotics may be worth taking in inflammatory bowel disease and omega 3 oil shouldn't hurt. If diarrhea is a prominent symptom, I recommend avoiding harsh roughage but taking soluble fiber like metamucil may help firm up stools. ...Read more

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What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

See below: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are all sources of fiber. There is very little fiber in processed grains, filtered juices ( like apple or orange juice). Meat diary, fish and fowl have no fiber in them ...Read more

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I have moderate diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?

I have moderate  diverticulosis, gastritis, celiac disease, and lactose intolerance. How do increase fiber in my diet besides taking Metamucil?

Look at various : Look at various products. Google gluten-free fiber. You will find products like Citrucel, A whole prior your products from vibrant and so forth. As your own detective you will be able to find the product you're looking for ...Read more

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Can intake of excess sugar in diet,cause issue of incomplete bowel evacuation[ve regular bowel movement]bu ,have to use glycerine suppository regular?

Can intake of excess sugar in diet,cause issue of incomplete bowel evacuation[ve regular bowel movement]bu ,have to use glycerine suppository regular?

No: but it could worsen your risk of diabetes, especially if you are obese. You could also have an underactive thyroid or an anorectal problem. You should probably have this symptom evaluated with an exam, and cut way back on sugar for your overall health. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Colonic Diseases (Definition)

Colonic diseases are diseases of the colon, which is one's large bowels or the part of bowel that is at the end of the gastrointestinal tract. Diseases that affect the colon include infections, inflammation, inadequate blood ...Read more