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Foods To Help Stop Loose Bowel Movements
Depends: Easily digestible foods do not necessarily soften your bowel movements. Easy to digest foods are like the brat diet (bread, rice, apple cause, toast) which are great if you are having indigestion, but they will not soften your bms. If you want to soften your bms you need to either eat a high fiber diet, or use stool softeners such as miralax (polyethylene glycol). ...Read more
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
It depends: Many healthy people have multiple bowel movements/day. The questions are how many, what consistency and how do you feel. In healthy people vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruit are full of fiber and promote healthy bms. If you have diarrhea, then see your doctor, ck food intolerances. Another option to slow chronic diarrhea is probiotics/ prebiotics or soluble fiber without water. ...Read more
Change diet, or....: Well, you cannot treat the loose stool that's already out, but if you continue to have loose stools and this is something new, take a look and see if you've had any changes in your diet. If that doesn't work, go see a doctor and discuss. You may need to have some tests. ...Read more
I frequently suffer from irregular bowl movements, what's the best way to encourage more frequent bowl movements to avoid constipation?
Start simple, but...: First optimize fiber ; h2o intake. Next, docusate helps moisten ; soften hard, dry stools. It is not a true laxative, but facilitates natural defecation, usually within 12 to 72 hours. This is safe ; available for anyone over 2, ; assumes normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. But change in bowels is a "red flag" that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unable to eliminate bowel for 2 weeks. Laxative and suppository not working. Trying not to eat much. Any suggestion to help movement?
Yes: Constipation is a frequent complaint during pregnancy. Occasional laxative use is safe for relief of this common symptom. It is best not to become reliant on laxatives, and adequate exercise, water and fiber are very helpful. Increase fiber gradually to minimize bloating. Ask your provider which laxatives they have found to be best. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: only if the hemorrhoid are painful it could cause problem because the patient avoid having BM because of the pain. in general you need to keep your bowels soft, by drinking a lot of water, average 10-12 bottles a day. you need to eat more fruits, and drink juices, you need to eat more fibers, more vegetables. you need to exercise daily. you might need to take some stool softener. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gastritis, loss of appetite, Bowel movements NOT normal/diarrhea, hemorrhoids from antacid meds. I eat clean high quality foods. What is going on???
I suffer badly from constipation and also trying to loose weight. Will drinking green tea with no suger help me loose the weight and become regular?
Probably ok: Not sure why you have indigestion or diarrhea but usually it is diet related. In general when this occurs, it is best to eat bland food, that is soft and easily digestible. Oats fall in that category. Papayas too if you dont have any allergies to this fruit or sugar problems since it is a high glycemic fruit. ...Read more
It depends: This depends on how much chocolate you're eating. Eating small amounts of dark chocolate can have a reasonable place in a healthy food plan. If you're very overweight you can review your complete food intake with your physician and/or a nutritionist. Eliminating processed, sugary, and fried foods, increasing veggies, fruits, and lean proteins will help. Increasing exercise will help too! ...Read more
Decreased vegetables: Are you bloating just with exercise. Bloating is very variable but often due to gas production due to indigestible high cellulosic material. If you are only bloating with exercise, this is often caused by swallowing air during exercise and change in diet will not help. ...Read more
Urge to have bowel movements but when I go I can't or only manage to get a few hard pebbles. Increased fiber, water, exercise, stool Softener. IBS?
Not necessarily: One with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe medication like Linzess, if laxatives aren't working. ...Read more
If u don't eat anything with bulk. Like if u eat always soft food. Will that cause bms to be soft loose mushy.
NO: Eating processed food which can be soft and mushy and contain no fiber can still lead to constipation. Its not so much the consistency of the food that leads to a well formed bowel movement as it is the fiber and fluid content. There are other conditions such as anxiety and fat absorption problems that can lead to looser stools. If loose stools persist, you might discuss with your physician. ...Read more
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