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How much fiber can citrucel tablets contain?

How much fiber can citrucel tablets contain?

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

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How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

How much is too much of laxative (constipation)?

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

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How much Metamucil to prevent diverticulitis?

How much Metamucil to prevent diverticulitis?

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 more

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How much carbohydrates in rice?

How much carbohydrates in rice?

White rice: 39 grams per cup, cooked. http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-uncle-bens-rice-white-long-i20045 Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Daily how much gram fibre should take to avoid constipation?

Daily how much gram fibre should take to avoid constipation?

Water and fiber: A high fiber diet and plenty of fluids are the key to avoiding constipation along with healthy daily exercise. 25+ grams a day. In the morning eat a cereal high in fiber. Include a banana. For snacks eat vegetables and fruit. For lunch have a meal that has some salad as a side every day. Drink water not soda. When you first wake up in the morning try 2 glasses of water. ...Read more

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Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Difference between fiber in your diet and supplement fiber? Isn't fiber, fiber?

Yes ; no: Yes, fiber is fiber. But no, there's also soluble vs non-soluble fiber. More importantly, try to focus on eating enough of the right foods to get 25-36g/d as opposed to eating poorly ; then attempting to supplement w/fiber pills/mixes. Besides which, food tastes much better than pills ; powder. And eating enough fiber daily w/plenty of fluids ; physical activity will regulate bowel function. ...Read more

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How much time for high fiber diet to take effect?

How much time for high fiber diet to take effect?

Which effect?: change in bowel habits.. about a day. Effects on weight loss really slowly .. weeks, and not necessarily effective. Cholesterol .. again, not guaranteed, but about a month ...Read more

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How to increase fiber in the diet?

How to increase fiber in the diet?

For a healthy diet: that is high in fiber, check out www.Drmcdougall.com or www.Nutritionfacts.org. Both doctors cite lots of research evidence for a low-fat, plant-based diet for good health. Many plants foods are naturally high in fiber. For example, prunes are more effective for constipation that pills. ...Read more

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How can one get dietary "fiber" from a psyllium that mixes with water?

How can one get dietary "fiber" from a psyllium that mixes with water?

It is still there: When you mix the psyllium in water, it is still there, same as when you add sugar to your coffee--it dissolves in the coffee, but it is still there. Also, it would be difficult to consume dry psyllium powder/husk. So, drink you fibers to good health. Any concern, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much water weight can you lose from drinking magnesium citrate?

How much water weight can you lose from drinking magnesium citrate?

Not much: Magnesium citrate is a saline laxative which works by drawing water into the small intestine even though you will loose some water but it will not cause any significant weight loss, and whatever loss of water, is replaced pretty soon.Net effect no weight loss. ...Read more

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Can a person eat too much fiber and get constipated, even though the person drinks adequate water?

Can a person eat too much fiber and get constipated, even though the person drinks adequate water?

Yes: Like most things in life, moderation is key. Too much of anything is never a good thing. This includes fiber. ...Read more

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How can I go about softening stool with fiber diets?

How can I go about softening stool with fiber diets?

37 grams fiber daily: More fiber means more water retained in the stool, promoting easier passage, quicker transit and less exposure to environmental toxins (all good things!) remember to drink more water if you take a fiber supplement, but doing it "naturally" always helps, with a diet rich in fiber (fresh friuts, vegetables etc.). Thankfully fiber content is on all the labels of foods nowadays, so read the labels. ...Read more

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Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools. Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Loose stools for over a week that leave quickly. Took Psyllium, helped bulk stools.  Is soluble fiber the only problem? Eat fiber but most insoluble.

Diarrhea: Loose stools are seldom the result of inadequate fiber. If these persist go and get evaluated. You also might just try a cup of Yogurt three times a day for a week or so. ...Read more

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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

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Is there such thing as too much fiber? I'm not getting enough fiber in my diet so I am considering supplements. Would too much fiber be unhealthy?

Is there such thing as too much fiber? I'm not getting enough fiber in my diet so I am considering supplements. Would too much fiber be unhealthy?

Not really: Average person needs 25 grams of fiber best sources are natural--green leafy vegetables like lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, you really don't need to spend money for extra supplements.Most young people do fine without adding a lot of unnecessary vitamins or supplements ...Read more

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Food passes though my colon very slowly, strenuous to eliminate. High fiber diet, stool softeners make no difference. How can I speed it up?

Water: Transit can be variable. The "normal" bowel movement frequency ranges from 3 a day to 3 a week. Try adding water to you regimen, up to 120 ounces each day. ...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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How to get dietary fiber other than from vegetables?

How to get dietary fiber other than from vegetables?

Whole grains.: Whole grain breads and breakfast cereals can help. Fruits like blueberries, apples and cranberries. ...Read more

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Can you mix/take different fiber together? For example, Metamucil pills, and a wal-mart brand of fiber gummies?

Can you mix/take different fiber together? For example, Metamucil pills, and a wal-mart brand of fiber gummies?

Yes: Yes, you can mix or match your fiber sources, whether they come from the store or food. Be careful not to over do the fiber supplements and drink plenty of water. ...Read more

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Have had 3 bm so far today. Feels like i could still go.1 1/2 tbs Metamucil 4-27 could this be from too much fiber and from gallbladder surgery 3-3?

Have had 3 bm so far today. Feels like i could still go.1 1/2 tbs Metamucil 4-27 could this be from too much fiber and from gallbladder surgery 3-3?

Not likely: 1-1/2 tbsp metamucil contains approx 5-6.5gm fibre (psyllium husk) depending which type you use. The recommended daily fibre intake is 25-30gms. It is unlikely that the amount of metamucil you are taking is too much. Gallbladder surgery can cause short term GI disturbances which resolve within 30-60 days. If your bms are solid, it's likely you just had lots to pass and the fibre is helping. ...Read more

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Can I use fiber like metamucil while on the hcg diet, if so, is powered or pill form the best?

Can I use fiber like metamucil while on the hcg diet, if so, is powered or pill form the best?

Yes, but...: You may take Metamucil, in either form with your diet. However, the hCG diet has not been shown to be safe and effective. It is a diet with severe calorie restrictions, and can increase the risk of gallstone formation, irregular heartbeats, and electrolyte imbalances, among other side effects. I would not recommend this diet. There are safer ways to lose weight. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Try one.: You will have to try them and compare. There may be theoretical advantages, but practical differences are what matters most. Use the one you like best. ...Read more

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If I've stopped misusing laxatives in the last few months in ED recovery but found I can't BM normally, will fiber supplements/Metamucil help?

If I've stopped misusing laxatives in the last few months in ED recovery but found I can't BM normally, will fiber supplements/Metamucil help?

Congratulations: on becoming free of laxative abuse. Your system needs to adjust to life w/out them because it used to think that was normal. Please adjust under the care of your doctor, who will offer safe and helpful treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Extremely constipated. Tried laxatives, taking Metamucil (fiber capsules) every day, tried an enema. Have got only a little relief. Please help!

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Go see your doctor: Because you live in australia, i don't know what's available over there with(out) a prescription so best to go see your doctor (who can also check for hypothyroidism). Avoid older antihistamines which can lead to constipation & urinary retention. Lots of different laxatives. Consider polyethylene glycol (available here in states w/o prescription), magnesium citrate, lactulose, senna, etc. ...Read more

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Hi I am taking Metamucil and have noticed white string like things in my stool. Can this be from the fiber? I'm a def hypochondriac and have diagnosed myself with worms please help.

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I am taking Metamucil and have noticed white string like things in my stool. Can this be from the fiber? I'm a def hypochondriac and have diagnosed myself with worms please help.

Depends: Metamucil's main ingredient is psyllium husk, a natural plant fiber that is a source of soluble and insoluble fiber. The soluble fiber creates a viscous gel as it travels through the GI tract. The insoluble fiber moves through intact. So hopefully the white worms are just husk remnants. If not go see your Doctor for stool cultures Ova and parasites x 3. ...Read more

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Feel constipated, and only able to pass soft thin stools. Could this be some sort of interstinal infection? I eat high fiber and use Metamucil daily.

Feel constipated, and only able to pass soft thin stools. Could this be some sort of interstinal infection? I eat high fiber and use Metamucil daily.

Colonoscopy: Any changes in bowel habits calls for seeing your doctor. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy irrespective of your age. Of note everyone at age 50 should have their 1st colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. ...Read more

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Im 10 weeks pregnant , is Metamucil safe during pregnancy? Can i take it every day? Very constipated and food fiber is not working..

Im 10 weeks pregnant , is Metamucil safe during pregnancy? Can i take it every day? Very constipated and food fiber is not working..

Yes it is safe: Constipation during pregnancy is extremely common. It can be difficult to control, and if not treated, hemorrhoids become your next big problem! metamucil is safe, even daily. You should also be on a stool softener such as colace (docusate sodium) 100mg 1-2 times per day. This is also safe. Good luck! ...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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Have acute constipation problems. I exercise, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and take plenty of fiber in the form of metamucil, beans and oatmeal...

Have acute constipation problems.  I exercise, drink 8 glasses of water a day, and take plenty of fiber in the form of metamucil, beans and oatmeal...

See GI doctor: It sounds like you are doing the right things but they are not working. This means you need expert guidance. I suggest a visit with an internist or gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Part of my ED recovery was ending daily laxative abuse (12-14 a day). How can I rebuild my health from the effects of said abuse? I still need to use various fiber supplements, and Metamucil regularly in order to have regular BMs, are these as bad?

Part of my ED recovery was ending daily laxative abuse (12-14 a day). How can I rebuild my health from the effects of said abuse? I still need to use various fiber supplements, and Metamucil regularly in order to have regular BMs, are these as bad?

Laxatives: Congrats on the progress you've made. Please see a gastroenterologist for guidance as you continue. Also, please see a nutritionist to learn what diet is best for you. These two factors together can go a long way to helping you make even more progress. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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