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Can consuming bran cereal reduce constipation?

Can consuming bran cereal reduce constipation?

Possibly: Any fiber source can help constipation proivided you are drinking adequate fluids with it. If you are lacking in fluids and overdose on fiber it can make the constipation worse. Fiber is important but too much of a good thing is not always better. ...Read more

Dr. Stavra Xanthakos
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Dietary Fiber (Definition)

Dietary fiber, the non-digestible part of plants in our diet, consists of soluble and insoluble fibers. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and functions in the GI tract help lower blood cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium. Insoluble fiber acts to add bulk to the ...Read more


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Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Can psyllium husk fiber aggravate gerd?

Psyllium: The psyllium itself, should not aggravate gerd, but sometimes the flavorings that are used in different products are problematic. You're going to have to try different flavors to see what you tolerate the best. ...Read more

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Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Will a fiber rich diet help constipation?

Daily recommended: Dose is 25-30 gms a day. Besides fiber drink atleast 6-8 glasses of water and take a stool softener twice a day. Stay active and if this all doesnt help then see a GI doc for further workup. ...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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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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Is soluble fiber the same as dietary fiber?

There is soluble: Fiber and there is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is more likely to be roughage in the diet. Soluble fiber will tend to absorb toxic substances in the body and retain them to remove those substances in the intestinal tract. Soluble fiber will lower her cholesterol and lower toxic load. Insoluble fiber will provide the roughage to facilitate bowel movements. ...Read more

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Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

Use of bulk forming fiber like unifiber fiber supplement during sitz marker test?

No: Standard answer: always ask your doctor about proposed tests & procedures as well as medications. With that said, check out http://www.Sitzmarks.Com/questionstoaskyourdoctor.Aspx which states not to use any laxatives including bulking agents prior to test. ...Read more

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Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

Does taking psyllium fiber supplements effect nutrient absorbance?

They should not: For the most part, dietary fibers don't really bind to much except good at holding onto water (thus softening stool) and so does not prevent absorption of nutrients. So don't worry, take your fibers. Most of us in the good us of a don't consume enough fibers. If you can, do it for better health. If you have concerns, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Low fiber diet--now dealing with constipation!?

Fiber& constipation: If you are not on medications that cause constipation, like antidepressants, a low fiber diet can cause constipation. Solution, try to incorporate high fiber foods like whole-grain breads, cereals, pastas, fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as beans and lentils.If you are female, you should eat 21-25 grams of fiber per day.If you are male, then you should eat about 30-38 grams of fiber a day! ...Read more

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Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Are low carb diets healthier than diets with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and lean proteins?

Not necessarily: There is no single diet that is best for everyone. I believe it is wise to minimize sugars and simple starches, but i believe a diet with whole grains, vegetables, fruit and low-fat proteins is healthier than a strict low carb diet (which is relatively high in fat and protein). See http://drrandybaker.Com/2013/01/20/diet-and-health/ for my essay on the pros and cons of various diets. ...Read more

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What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

What foods are dietary sources of fiber?

See below: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are all sources of fiber. There is very little fiber in processed grains, filtered juices ( like apple or orange juice). Meat diary, fish and fowl have no fiber in them ...Read more

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Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Is gluten free pasta ( maize starch, soy flour, potato starch  and rice starch)with about 40 gm carbohydrates good for cholesterol ?

Does not matter: Since 90% of the cholesterol is produced by the body regardless of your diet, the above would not noticeably affect your cholesterol level. Do note that too much carb may not be good for your health. I don't believe extreme diet does anyone any good. Just eat anything in moderation and exercise at least 3 hrs a week will likely keep you in better shape. ...Read more

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Constipation problems. I've tried everything. Laxatives. Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Constipation problems.  I've tried everything.  Laxatives.  Fiber. Change in diet. Probiotics. Chiropractic adjustments.

Other basics: Do you try to move bowel twice a day, after breakfast and dinner, at least 5 minutes, regardless the result? Do you drink plenty of fluid including juices containing large amount of soluble fibers such as apple or prune juice? Have you consulted with your doctor( to rule out neurologic conditions and hirschsprung disease)? ...Read more

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Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Can regular intake of psyllium husk lower cholesterol?

Yes it can: Although the amount of lowering is not that much. If your lipid levels are borderline, this can help, but if very high, you won't get a low enough value to avoid other therapies. ...Read more

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17m baby,eating 3 meals only,3 cups yoghurt daily 100 gm each,no bread,1or2 tbs pasta or rice,1oz chicken/meat,3 tbs veg.,200 ml fruits.no sugar/salt?

17m baby,eating 3 meals only,3 cups yoghurt daily 100 gm each,no bread,1or2 tbs pasta or rice,1oz chicken/meat,3 tbs veg.,200 ml fruits.no sugar/salt?

Baby diet: hello ~ I dont know what your question is because you havent asked one, but reading that list, let me note this: PLEASE DONT ADD SALT OR SUGAR TO ANY BABYS DIET ! THANKS ...Read more

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Which is healthier? Oatmeal or banana diet?

Which is healthier? Oatmeal or banana diet?

Neither: A fad diet which focuses primarily on consumption of one particular food is usually not balanced. ...Read more