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How To Regulate Bowel Movements
Fiber, Water, play: A good fiber/ hydration balance with an active lifestyle will keep your gut happy. Typical grown ups should have 25-30 grams of fiber a day. ( average apple=4 grams). Depends on your size and activity level, sometimes you need more than 7-8 glasses of fluid just to keep up. ...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
I just started taking colon cleansers to regulate my bowel movement. Is it a good idea to take 2 pills in the morning and 2 during lunch/evening?
It might be: This depends on what type of colon cleanser pills you are taking. It is important to read the instructions on the packaging and follow those. Do not take more pills or take the pill more frequently than is advised on the package. ...Read more
I am taking PEG 3550 powder now to help regulate my bowel movements but I have a very very large bloat everyday in my stomach.How can I get rid of it?
Some green undigestd: It may be green if you ate some green colour food which was undifested.If otherwise your bowels are regular and normal, i will not worry about it, but if you have green stool persisting then consult your doctor. ...Read more
? severity: First define the problem (do you have soft or frequent stool?), circumstances under which diarrhea developed (malabsorption, pancreatic maldigestion, food intolerances, stressful times, exposure to ill individuals, food poisoning, ischemic gut, inflammatory colitis, etc.), severity (stool volume, dehydration, blood, night-time awakening, weight loss), & duration. The "cure" depends on diagnosis. ...Read more
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