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Is Oatmeal Good For Bowel Movements
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
Fiber foods: Perhaps best would be plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grain cereals daily. If stool is not regularly softly formed, try adding crushed psyllium seeds (eg, sugar-free Metamucil), nuts and dried fruit, a little more daily until stool is consistently optimal. Best cereals are oatmeal, shredded wheat and grape nuts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Walnuts: Walnuts contain the omega three fats, and may be better tolerated than the fish. Try it and good health to you. ...Read more
Benefiber, Metamucil: The treatment for regulating hard constipated stools is threefold - changing your diet to take in more fiber, which holds onto water and softens the stool; drinking more water to keep the stool soft; and exercise, in particular walking, to assist in colon motility. Occasional use of laxatives is okay, but dependency can occur. ...Read more
Individualize diet: There is no specific exclusion diets for ibs, although many patients have difficulty tolerating water insoluble fibers, excessive dietary fats, fizzy drinks, & bowel stimulants (caffeine). If lactose, bean husk, sorbitol, &/or gluten intolerant it is best to avoid these foods or use appropriate enzyme supplements with them. Keep a food diary. Also, read "relief from ibs" by elaine shimberg. ...Read more
What option is best for keeping stool soft long term while treating a fissure but avoiding dependence (colace, miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or magnesium oxide)?
IBS: It depends. If you notice any symptoms such bloating, gas, heartburn, cramps, loose BMs, fatigue after eating with bread, flour, or pasta then it is not okay. In fact, I would avoid them altogether forever. If absolutely no symptoms then probably okay. I would recommend also a strong probiotic as well. ...Read more
Irritable bowel: Whatever works! seriously, a trial and error of various things will reveal to you what is bothering you and those are the things you should avoid - however, irritable bowel cannot be diagnosed without a colonoscopy and extensive workup to make sure that nothing else is being missed! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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