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Black coffee a natural laxative?

Black coffee a natural laxative?

Yes: Coffee is indeed a natural laxative as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulator of smooth muscle, which is found throughout the intestines. ...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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What natural remedy will aid in relieving constipation?

What natural remedy will aid in relieving constipation?

Fruits and vegetable: Anything that is rich in fibers is good for constipation, fruits and vegetables specifically, . ...Read more

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Does Polyethylene Glycol or also called miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause green sticky stools ? Please help

Does Polyethylene Glycol or also called miralax (polyethylene glycol) cause green sticky stools ? Please help

Not usually.: MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) does not usually cause green sticky stools. If anything, it usually causes watery stools that are the same color as the stool was prior to taking the medication. Green stools are not usually worrisome. Unless you see black tarry stool or signs of red blood, I would not worry about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there natural constipation relief?

Is there natural constipation relief?

Fluid and fiber ?: Foods high in fat tend to constipate you. Foods high in fiber favor looser stools. Fruits vegetable, whole grains are excellent sources of fiber. Also, fiber only works if u are well hydrated. Drink plenty of non-caffinated, non-alcoholic fluids to keep stools soft. Fiber can also be added to a glass of water. If this does not work see a GI specialist, there may be another cause of your issu. ...Read more

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How effective are stool softeners?

How effective are stool softeners?

Depends...: Stool softeners come in many forms (fiber, chemical and 'natural'), all trying to increase the water content of your stools, as opposed to laxatives that stimulate the bowels to go by various actions, some of which may be quite uncomfortable. Beware of the so-called 'natural' softeners, unregulated by the dea, many of which contain harmful laxatives that can damage your colon cells, worsening it. ...Read more

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I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

I tried honey, lemons, oatmeal etc. Any natural remedies or DIYs to clean, whiten, soften, and exfoliate skin?

Vitamin E will: nourish your skin from the inside out. Besides taking it as a supplement, you can buy a bottle of vitamin E and put it directly on the skin. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Do stool softeners like Metamucil work the same way as laxatives?

Neither are laxative: Stool sofeners (colace) moisten & soften hard, dry stools whereas fiber supplements (metamucil) buks stool due to both water-holding & increased bacterial mass due to fiber digestion. Both products assume normal GI anatomy without inflammation, stenosis, extrinsic or instrinsic obstruction. Change in bowels is a "red flag", like weight loss or blood in stool, that needs evaluation if persistent. ...Read more

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Fast home remedies that are good for stool softening?

Fast home remedies that are good for stool softening?

Fluid, fiber,etc: Fluid intake, fruits, veggies, whole grains, flax seed (not the oil), beans and legumes, oils, activity all help to move things through. Non prescription rx can include sugarless gum (sorbitol- can cause gas), stool softeners, magnesium (careful if any kidney problems), mineral oil, polyethylene glycol (miralax)if not promptly relieved, recurrent, associated with other symptoms, etc, see md. ...Read more

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Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Does Metamucil help soften stools?

Metamucil: Helps to soften stool. Metamucil contains 100% psyllium fiber which absorbs excess liquid in the intestines . This acts as a laxative to develop softer ; bulkier stools, . ...Read more

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Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Bleeding in rectal, exam shows blood in stool & hemorrhoids, have loose stool, rare for solids. Can I use miralax (polyethylene glycol) safely to help loosen impacted stool?

Yes you can: Use a dose (17 gm packets) daily, but also recommend you start taking supplemental fiber (like metamucil or equivalent) along with. This will help you be more regular naturally. Once you feel you have "cleaned out" somewhat - stop the MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) but continue the fiber on a daily basis. Also try warm soaks on your hemorrhoids, and topical creams with steroid (hc) may help, too. ...Read more

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Can coconut oil, cranberry grape juice help relieve constipation?

Can coconut oil, cranberry grape juice help relieve constipation?

Not ideal: More fibre in the diet plus regular exercise would be the answer. However if you consume enough oil of any kind, you will likely end up with diarrhea. Cranberry grape juice will add a lot of sugar to your diet without helping your bowel. ...Read more

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What are stool softeners?

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What are stool softeners?

Constipation: Stool softeners are drugs used to do exactly what they are called: soften stool so that it's easier to have a bowel movement w/o straining. In theory, they should do nothing to your bowel as opposed to laxatives which can draw water from your bowel to keep stool soft or irritate your bowel to move stool along. While it's ok to take stool softeners regularly, try to avoid chronic stimulant laxative. ...Read more

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Can your stools turn clay colored from daily use of miralax (polyethylene glycol) and probiotics?

Can your stools turn clay colored from daily use of miralax (polyethylene glycol) and probiotics?

They shouldn't: Stools get much of their natural color from bile that comes from the gall bladder to help digest fats. Clay colored stools mean there is a lack of bile in the stools. Since neither Miralax (polyethylene glycol) nor typical probiotics cause stools to lack bile, it is most likely a coincidence that one's stool turns clay-colored while using Miralax (polyethylene glycol) and probiotics. One still has to see her doctor to fine the cause. ...Read more

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Is coconut water a natural laxative?

Is coconut water a natural laxative?

No: Coconut water is an effective electrolyte replacement and should not cause a laxative affect. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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