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Doctor insights on: Psyllium Fiber Vs Methylcellulose

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Dr. Marc Kohli
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Methylcellulose (Definition)

Methylcellulose is a laxative which is a ...Read more


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My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily. I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume. Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?

My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily. I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume. Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?

Benefiber may be: Easier to take. The powder in a can format is easier and cheaper than capsules and you'll get a larger dose which which will help make you regular. Psyllium works well too and is a bulk laxative, and helps moves things through. It s a matter of preference. It also comes as loose powder. ...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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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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Can psyllium fiber cause upper abdomen to become distended?

Can psyllium fiber cause upper abdomen to become distended?

Belly bloat: Fine r can produce abdominal gas thereby bloating your belly. ...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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I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?

Fiber?: The preparations of slippery elm bark powder I found are used for teas, and are calorie-free. With diverticulosis you need fiber - 50 grams daily for a man. Psyllium husk does give you some fiber; you can add it to fiber you get from other whole food sources. ...Read more

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What causes very long, tortious colon with slow colonic transit, per sitzmarks (over half left in 5 days)? Does psyllium fiber cause redundant colon?

What causes very long, tortious colon with slow colonic transit, per sitzmarks (over half left in 5 days)? Does psyllium fiber cause redundant colon?

Yes: Fiber is healthy for general health and is helpful with colon function (i.e. Constipation). However, as with all good things there is another aspect. One side effect of a high fiber diet is enlargement and elongation of the colon. This can result in side effects like colon malrotation or torsion.
Please know a low fiber diet leads to diverticula formation and the increased risk of diverticulitis. ...Read more

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Hi. My 10 month old is having severe constipation for over 2 weeks. Can I give her All Bran Buds, which contain Psyllium fiber, to her? Thank you

Hi. My 10 month old is having severe constipation for over 2 weeks. Can I give her All Bran Buds, which contain Psyllium fiber, to her? Thank you

Constipation infant: Would try prune juice first. Usually consitpation is insufficient fluids, so increasing fluids can help. Fluids should be a mix of water and electrolytes not just water) pedilyte, juices as pure water dilutes sodium. Try infant barley cereal which has more fiber. f/u/w/doc


http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/infant-constipation/faq-20058519 ...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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Already eating fiber and drinking enough liquid. Still having severe constipation. Doctor said Mirlax. Would psyllium husks be better?

Already eating fiber and drinking enough liquid. Still having severe constipation. Doctor said Mirlax. Would psyllium husks be better?

I like psyllium.: When it comes to the management of an otherwise normal bodily function, it's always nicer to manage it'd naturally. As such, I would prefer you try psyllium husk first - it has a great taste when added to baking or to oatmeal or bread crumbs for recipes, and it will increase further your fiber intake. Just don't overload with fiber all at once. 35 grams/day in divided doses. ...Read more

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I'm taking verapamil for high blood pressure and clozapine can I use the psyllium which is fiber to lose wait?

I'm taking verapamil for high blood pressure and clozapine can I use the psyllium which is fiber to lose wait?

Psyllium: Yes, you can use psyllium with these medicines, but I would take it separately from them so that it doesn't interfere with absorption. Also, if concerned about weight, you'll need a more detailed plan than taking psyllium -- you'll need both exercise & healthy diet, eliminating processed foods with unhealthy fat and high-sugar carbs. Talk with your doctor about this -- nutritionist can help! ...Read more

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I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

I've tried linzess trulance miralax psyllium and other fiber supplements diets my stool is still pencil thin. Is triphala safe?

Safe enough: Triphala is an herbal formula used in Aruvedic medicine often for bowel problems/relief of constipation. It consists of at least three plants; it is not clear what chemical is responsible for it's effects. I would be more skeptical that it would provide any benefit for you, if the other things you list have not, more than I would be worried it was unsafe. You could try it without expecting too much ...Read more

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Can fibers like psyllium be helpful in addrsing slow bowel movement problem where food stays in stomach for long time resulting in acid reflux symptms?

Can fibers like psyllium be helpful in addrsing slow bowel movement problem where food stays in stomach for long time resulting in acid reflux symptms?

Fiber: Fiber products like psyllium provide bulk for good bowel movements but, in my opinion, do not promote better gastric emptying in those patients who have gastroparesis or very slow emptying of stomach contents. There are other medications that do such as reglan or erythromycin. A gastroenterologist is best qualified to advise and treat you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Is it safe to take a multivitamin, probiotic, fish oil omega-3 supplement, apple cider vinegar, and psyllium husk for fiber together daily?

Yes: These are safe though I wouldn't take them all at once. I advise the multivitamin after breakfast, the probiotic at the start of a meal, the fish oil after lunch or dinner, apple cider vinegar in water separate from meals and the psyllium at bedtime.
Some multivitamins are far better than others- see https://drrandybaker. Com/2012/11/
and https://www. Multivitaminguide. Org/best-multivitamin. Html ...Read more

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I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose everyday? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

I have IBS. Is it safe to take methylcellulose everyday? If not, can you recommend a daily fiber supplement that is safe for chronic use?

It is safe: It is safe to take methylcellulose for symptom management of IBS; fiber, of which methylcellulose is one kind, is generally effective for IBS symptoms. Another effective fiber supplement for IBS symptoms is psyllium. If you plan on taking any of these long-term (> 1 week -- and it sounds like you do!), keep your doctor in the loop and mention that you’re taking them the next time you see him/her. ...Read more

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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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Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

Is citrucel or any other fiber supplement connected to weight gain?

No: Fiber supplements are not digested - that's what makes them fiber. They just sit in your intestines and attract water, helping to soften stools and make bowels regular. Since not digested, no calories or weight gain. Some may contain other ingredients to make them more palatalbe and tasty (i love the fiber brownies!) - then these do indeed have calories. Read container and see if lists calories. ...Read more

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What causes intestinal bloating? Looks like I am pregnant. Could lose 10lbs, but not really overweight. More fiber? Metamucil or citrucel?

What causes intestinal bloating? Looks like I am pregnant. Could lose 10lbs, but not really overweight. More fiber? Metamucil or citrucel?

Healthy diet: Try eating a healthy diet before resorting to medication. Plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meat, and plenty of water. Stay away from all sweets, processed food, soft drinks, and fast food. After several days your digestive system should straighten out. If not check with your physician. ...Read more

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Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?

Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?

Mistaken: Psyllium and metamucil would not generally be preferred agents for acute diarrhea. Loperamide - an opioid agonist - is generally preferred unless you have a specific type of diarrhea which would be better treated with another specific agent. ...Read more

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What does psyllium husks do for you?

What does psyllium husks do for you?

See below: It is a naturalsource of fiber, it bulks uo the stool. To hrlp with good bowel movement. Need to take it with adequate water. ...Read more

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Can you sprinkle psyllium husk on food?

Can you sprinkle psyllium husk on food?

You could...: But it will alter the texture of your food. ...Read more

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Does psyllium husk absorb b12?

Does psyllium husk absorb b12?

Psyllium husks B12: It is possible if both taken at same time. Best to take B12 sub-lingually to get the best absorbtion. Can use drops or instant dissolve tablets under tongue. ...Read more

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I took biogesic 6am and 1pm. Now I want to try flanax. Is it safe. And also will have my regular psyllium husk. How safe?

I took biogesic 6am and 1pm. Now I want to try flanax. Is it safe. And also will have my regular psyllium husk. How safe?

Med question: Yes it would be ok to do so, provided there are no other reasons not to take flanax (allergy, high blood pressure, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure med use). Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I accidentally took 2 tablespoons of psyllium powder instead of two teaspoons. I've had 2 days of bloating. Will it go away of its own accord?

I accidentally took 2 tablespoons of psyllium powder instead of two teaspoons. I've had 2 days of bloating. Will it go away of its own accord?

Yes: That is not unusual if a person ingests a lot more fiber than usual all at once. This is why when we advocate increasing fiber that we recommend that people start slowly and build it up. There is much less bloating and gas if you follow that schedule. When your stools are back to normal, start adding in a small amount of fiber each day, and then gradually build it up. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is psyllium husk a grain?

No: Psyllium is a seed and the seed and husk (outer shell) is used as a source of soluble fiber. It is not a grain. ...Read more