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Doctor insights on: Foods That Are Stool Softeners

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What are stool softeners?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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What are stool softeners?

Constipation: Stool softeners are drugs used to do exactly what they are called: soften stool so that it's easier to have a bowel movement w/o straining. In theory, they should do nothing to your bowel as opposed to laxatives which can draw water from your bowel to keep stool soft or irritate your bowel to move stool along. While it's ok to take stool softeners regularly, try to avoid chronic stimulant laxative. ...Read more

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Stool Softener (Definition)

Stool softeners are medications that relieve constipation ...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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What are some laxative foods for constipation?

What are some laxative foods for constipation?

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 helathy lifestyle! ...Read more

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Are there any foods that absorb gas?

Are there any foods that absorb gas?

No: No foods absorb gas but some help make gas. Activated charcoal as a supplement can help absorb gas. But if gas is a persistent problem for you, dietary modification will help. ...Read more

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What are some good food habits to avoid constipation?

What are some good food habits to avoid constipation?

Hydrate: Drink plenty of water and fluids, at least one ounce per pound of body weight per day. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat constipating foods such as dairy, cheese, etc in moderation. ...Read more

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What are some good high fibre foods that are gluten free?

What are some good high fibre foods that are gluten free?

Lots: Gluten is found in some grains.G. Wheat, rye faro, bulghur, spelt, triticale. It is not in amaranth, quinoa (actually a seed) , rice, corn, buckwheat (a different grass), millet, any bean or legume ( all high on fiber), fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables. All whole grain versions fruits, veggies, nuts add fiber to diet. Check with celiac society or online. Oats are iffy. Check no xcontamination. ...Read more

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Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Which juices and foods can you use as a stool softener/laxative?

Constipation: Pure fruit juices especially prunes, pears, peaches, etc are good stool softeners. Foods rich in fiber include whole grain cereals with added bran, fruits eaten with their skin, vegetables like cooked beans, lentil, etc. And tree nuts. Increased water intake will fulfill the purpose. ...Read more

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What are some foods rich in probiotics?

What are some foods rich in probiotics?

Cultured yogurt: Yogurt (provided that is has an "active culture") is an excellent food source of "probiotics"- or re-culturing the intestinal tract. Also many nutritional products have the ability to provide probiotics---- such as acidophyllis (or lactobacillus acidophyllis). ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners?

How effective are stool softeners?

Depends...: Stool softeners come in many forms (fiber, chemical and 'natural'), all trying to increase the water content of your stools, as opposed to laxatives that stimulate the bowels to go by various actions, some of which may be quite uncomfortable. Beware of the so-called 'natural' softeners, unregulated by the dea, many of which contain harmful laxatives that can damage your colon cells, worsening it. ...Read more

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What are some foods that help with constipation?

What are some foods that help with constipation?

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

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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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Constant gas preventing regular bowel movements and causing distension. sensitive to many foods. Eating mainly fruit, salads, fish, chicken and eggs?

Constant gas preventing regular bowel movements and causing distension. sensitive to many foods. Eating mainly fruit, salads, fish, chicken and eggs?

Gas - bowels: You should bring this to the attention of your doctor. Almost certainly she/he will take a medical history, examine you, and order labs. Relax a bit - things will get better soon! ...Read more

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Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more

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Are there any natural phosphate binders? If so, what foods or supplements are they found in?

Are there any natural phosphate binders? If so, what foods or supplements are they found in?

Not really: And if you have a problem or needs to be under the control of your nephrologist . Your doc can prescribe you something if indicated. ...Read more

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