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Nulax Fruit Laxative
I have been suffering from constipation for a while now. I eat plenty fruit & fibre but still need to use laxatives to go. What else can I do?
Fiber is good but: If you are not drinking enough fluid it can lead to constipation. Remember caffeine and alcohol dehydrate and lead to constipation. Generally I recommend 80-100 ounces of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids every day. It will take 10-14 days of this regimen to see improvement. If not better need to have a GI workup for other causes of constipation. ...Read more
I'm taking medication that makes me constipated...Water, veggies, fruit do not work. Any laxatives u can suggest?
Not advisable.: When patients that come to me asking about certain diets, I turn the questioning around and ask them, "could you safely participate in this diet for your entire life? " should you eat a lichi diet for the rest of your life? If it's not safe for the rest of your life, what makes it safe for 2 weeks or 2 months. The best diet is one you can apply to your eating habits life long. ...Read more
Could be: Any food can cause an allergy in a person. If you have symptoms every time you eat it, then you might be allergic or intolerant of the substance. If your symptoms go away when you don't eat it, that tells you that the particular food (quince in your case) is the culprit. ...Read more
How to measure a correct serving size of fruits and/or vegetables (same in general)
1 C chopped raw fruits or vegetables - a woman’s fist or a baseball
1 medium apple or orange - a tennis ball
1/4 C dried fruit or nuts -- a golf ball or small handful
1 C of lettuce - four leaves (Romaine lettuce)
1 medium baked potato -- a computer mouse ...Read more
There is no "Best": Being "regular" is very important. There is no single solution for everyone. Adequate hydration (plenty of fluids), fiber, and stimulation of the colon will usually solve the problem. Magnesium helps many people. You can't "od" on magnesium, because it will cause diarrhea. Usually, 500-1, 500 mg will get you moving. Some people can handle more. Prunes are also a good stimulant. ...Read more
Laxatives, like all medications are very useful if taken as directed. Laxatives are generally intended for short term use unless you have some chronic GI condition.
It should be noted that it is possible to develop a psychological habituation to laxatives. ...Read more
Fruit or veg.: From a botanic standpoint, a tomato is a fruit (ovary of a flowering plant). However from a culinary standpoint it is considered a vegetable. Tomatoes have many health benefits to include being a good source of vitamin c. When heated lycopene is produced (antioxidant that can help reduce risk of prostate cancer). It is low in calories. It can help strengthen bones and reduce cholesterol. ...Read more
Color and Variety: Higher glycemic index foods such as oranges trigger a stronger insulin response. Lower glycemic frutis such as strawberries, blueberries, and others berries are gentler on the blood sugar response. Brightly colored fruits are just that, more alive and nutritious. Variety give you a wider scope of nutrition. Peace and good health. ...Read more
No: The worms that nibble on plants won't hurt you if you eat them. ...Read more
No, ↓ HDL & ↑ LDL: Fruits are high in sugar, including fruit sugar, fructose, which is rapidly converted by the liver, ~85% first pass, into triglyceride fat & exported into visceral fat stores. ↑ed triglycerides & visceral fat stores displaces cholesterol in LDL particles, increases LDL particle concentrations while also ↓ing large HDL particle concentrations. Cholesterol wrong focus, see my other answers on this. ...Read more
Fruit can be controlled by insulin if you have type 1 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes you need to pay attention to food intake (includes fruit) and you should exercise at least twice a week.
I like the online prgram "NuVal" because it list 100 items of all food and drink intake with the range being 100 (very good) or 1-20 (anything but good for you. ...Read more
Pineapple&Watermelon: Have ~the highest glycemic index, thus most rapidly ↑blood glucose & store as fat, depending on how much eaten & many other internal human variables. Keep in mind, calories are a unit of heat, not a unit of mass; i.e. they have zero wt. Calories are measured by heating water in a calorimeter, not by eating. Calories in most food are not measured, only estimated from reference table. ...Read more
Not normally: Gastritis pain is pain associated with the lining of the stomach. Laxatives are not normally active in this section of the GI system and normally work more in the intestines. They may give you gas and bloating, some cramping, but most likely will not cause gastritis specific pain. Speak with you physician about any suspicion of gastritis. ...Read more
No: The effect on weight of laxatives is only an illusion. You soon gain the little weight lost as soon as your bowels are full again & you regain the body water lost. The best way to lose weight is diet and exercise. Try eliminating snacks or one meal a day or reduce meal portions by 1/4 - 1/3. Add aerobic exercises (30min - 1hr) 3-5 days a week and you will lose weight. Good luck! ...Read more