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Doctor insights on: Soluble Fiber Vs Insoluble Fiber For Constipation

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Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Soluble fiber or insoluble fiber? When is the best time of day to eat that to prevent constipation and gas throughout the day?

Insoluble fiber: Produces more stool. Soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol. So both are beneficial. Time of day is irrelevant but best to spread out thru the waking hours. More important to prevent bloating, gas and constipation is adequate fluids: 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluids is recommended. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Our baby started to hav frm 4 week constipation, he is 11 month, he gets muther milk n add. Food. We choose fiber food but still not work? Holds 5 days

Our baby started to hav frm 4 week constipation, he is 11 month, he gets muther milk n add. Food. We choose fiber food but still not work? Holds 5 days

Take him to a doctor: Constipation has many causes, and most of the time, without detailed history and examination, it is impossible to find the cause. Most of the baby's constipation is functional (there are no anatomic causes). Stools may be very hard, and often causes a crack around the anus, causing painful bm, which causes more constipation. But, there are many other causes that could become serious if left alone. ...Read more

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If you eat a diet which is high in fiber, why would you experience constipation?

If you eat a diet which is high in fiber, why would you experience constipation?

Not enough water: Lots of fiber without enough water will lead to constipation. A balance of both are needed to create bulk and keep the stool soft. ...Read more

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Your standard recommendation of adding fiber & water to diet to relieve constipation: Is that supposed to show improvement within a couple of days?

Your standard recommendation of adding fiber & water to diet to relieve constipation: Is that supposed to show improvement within a couple of days?

It depends.: Fiber in your diet enters your intestines and isn't absorbed into your body for fuel. The more fiber you have, the more water is held in the colon to make up your stools, thus making them softer. But you must pass any hard stools formed BEFORE your diet change to see a difference, and if your increase insn't enough, you may see no change. For some people it may take a week. ...Read more

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Can to much fiber cause constipation?

Can to much fiber cause constipation?

NO: Fiber does not cause constipation. If anything it would lead to more frequent evacuation. ...Read more

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How does fiber help relieve constipation?

How does fiber help relieve constipation?

Pulls H20 into bowel: Fiber works like a sponge to pull water into the bowel-makes for a softer, bulkier, easier to pass stool. If there is too much fluid in the bowel, it can work like a sponge to soak up the fluid, and make a softer, more formed stool. Not all cases or causes of constipation are helped by fiber, so check with your doc.. ...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 doesn't help then see a GI doc for further workup. ...Read more

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How long does it take for fiber to relieve constipation?

How long does it take for fiber to relieve constipation?

Fiber without: Adequate fluid intake will not relieve constipation and may make it worse. You need 80-100 oz of caffeine free/alcohol free fluid daily to get back into a regular bowel pattern. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me why fiber one causes constipation if you stop eating it?

Can you please tell me why fiber one causes constipation if you stop eating it?

Rebound: If u stop it then u get a rebound effect, meaning the fiber is now not pulling h2o from ur body in the colon, & the colon is now reabsorbing h2o.U must remain well hydrated. Ur urine is a good judge, dark is an indicator u need h2o. It should b almost clear, this indicates u r hydrated. Also if u urinate vey little during the day is a sign 4 more h2o, more often will happen when well hydrated. ...Read more

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What kind of fiber should I buy from market for constipation? Please suggest me any name?

What kind of fiber should I buy from market for constipation? Please suggest me any name?

Fruits and vegetable: Slads, whole grains are best and don't bother with commercial products if you are eating these. Jusat as important is drinking enough fluids regardless of the source of fiber. Drink 80-100 ounces of non caffeinated, non alcoholic fluids daily. ...Read more

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Can there be an artificial source of fiber that is available in the market for constipation?

Can there be an artificial source of fiber that is available in the market for constipation?

The best: The best meds for constipation are cheap: proper diet and proper fluid intake. Eat a high fiber diet and you don't need fiber supplements. Drink 80 - 100 ounces of non alcoholic, non caffeniated fluids every day. You must break bad habits if you want any relief. There is no magic pill that can replace a healthy lifestyle! ...Read more

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I know that not getting enough fiber can cause constipation, but can not Eating enough food in general cause conatipation?

I know that not getting enough fiber can cause constipation, but can not Eating enough food in general cause conatipation?

Yes: Eating sparsely as well as a low residue diet may cause constipation because of lack of adequate bulk in the diet. If you have a significant change in bowel habits see your physician or a gastroenterologist as colonoscopy would be indicated even as a screening procedure at your age. ...Read more

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Fiber is good solution for constipation but I cannot eat it for lifetime. Is there any permanent solution which will be helpfull in constipation?

Fluids and: Accepting the fact that you have to maintain good eating habits and drinking habits for your bowels to work the way they were intended. ...Read more

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Do you think I should take a laxative for constipation or fiber powder?

Fiber: Laxative r a stimulant & u will b come dependent on them where as fiber is a natural way 2 ur colon 2 absorb more h2o & that softens ur stool. Also remain well hydrated. Urinating seldom during the day & dark urine means u need more h2o. More often & almost clear color means good hydration. Stay away from stimulants. ...Read more

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