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How Much Fiber
Metamucil: If you have taken the maximum amount of Metamucil listed under dosage instructions and have not had satisfactory results, you may benefit from a gentle daily bowel stimulant like senokot. With severe constipation you're advised to be evaluated by your physician or a gastroenterologist to look for causes of chronic constipation, obtain dietary advice as well as treatment &ruling out serious causes ...Read more
Generally I am: Not in favor of chronic laxative use. A hi fiber diet along with 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid per day usually corrects the problem. You are approaching the age for colon screening and if the above doesn't work for you after trying for 2 weeks minimum, you may be a candidate for a colonoscopy even at age 46 or at least an evaluation. Tlk with a colon and rectal surgeon or GI doctor. ...Read more
Apple juice/lemonade: Old rule of thumb: if your pee looks like lemonade [not pink lemonade!], then you're probably drinking enough water. But if your pee is as dark as apple juice, then probably you should drink more. Check out this water calculator here: http://nutrition.About.Com/library/blwatercalculator.Htm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No perfect answer: If you're referring to oral iron, your iron level is normal and you have no underlying blood disorders like thalassemia, it's very difficult to take in too much iron. The body typically only absorbs as much iron from your diet as it needs. Persons receiving frequent transfusions or with conditions like hemochromatosis will have high iron levels, but these are uncommon. ...Read more
Small: Most people need between 25-30 grams a day. If you tend to be constipated then you need more. A "usual" dose from a supplement such as citucel, whether tablet or powder form, have between 4-6 grams. So someone can not get there full daily requirement from them. You must change your diet and drink your water everyday. ...Read more
No one answer: There is no set guideline, but if you roughly consume about 25% of your calories as fruit (and by that I mean the actual fruit, not fruit juice), that is a pretty good in ballpark estimate of how much to eat daily. So figure out how many calories is ideal for you and eat about 1/4 of that as fruit. ...Read more
Try low glycemic: As a rule you want to eat many fruits and vegetables a day, with natural sugars. What you want to avoid is processed sugars in soda, candy, and many snack foods in boxes. Avoid Corn Syrup. I like the 90/10 rule that nutritionists use, goal 90% of diet healthy, and live a little, don't worry about the other 10%. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: One has to monitor their body, based upon fatigue, aches, pains, injuries, etc. some people react unfavorably after very little exercise, and others thrive with a lot. It is tough to tell someone else that they exercise too much. Listen to your body, eat and sleep well, and then decide ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you eat: Adequate fiber in your diet, ie fruits vegetables salads, whole grains, don't waste your money on metamucil or other fiber substitutes and don't forget to drink 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily. Fluid is necessary for fiber to work properly. Even so this will not prevent 100% of the cases of diverticulitis but it will reduces your chances. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No consensus but...: It is probably more common for people to get too much protein rather than not enough, but there is no consensus as to what constitutes too much. 30-60 grams of protein is enough for most people but many americans get 100-160 grams a day. Too much protein increases risk of osteoporois and other problems- see http://www.Drmcdougall.Com/misc/2004nl/040100puproteinoverload.Htm. ...Read more
See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more
14 grams/1000 Cal: Dietary guidelines for americans recommends that people eat 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories. So if you eat 2000 calories per day, you should eat 28 grams of fiber. 100% bran cereal has about 9 grams of fiber in 1/3 cup. An apple with skin has 3-4 grams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exhaustion: When you're uncomfortably short of breath or exhausted, you've exercised to your limit - there's no harm in that at your age but you've found your personal limit. With continued workouts, your limit will be stretched out further. That conditioning process takes weeks to months (more than "days"). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A LOT.: It depends on the food, but frying adds 50-300% to the calories of a dish. One of the worst examples is potatoes, with a single 300 gm baked potato at 278 calories vs. 300 gms of fried potatoes (chips, crisps, frites, French fries...all about the same), which contain 826 calories. That's 3X more! By the way, an American "calorie" is actually a kilocalorie, abbreviated 'kcal" in Europe. ...Read more
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