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Doctor insights on: The Difference Between Inulin And Psyllium Husk Fiber Supplements

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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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A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...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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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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Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Dr said to take either Metamucil or fibercon as a fiber supplement. What is the difference? Which is better fiber supplement.

Try one.: You will have to try them and compare. There may be theoretical advantages, but practical differences are what matters most. Use the one you like best. ...Read more

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Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Dr said I have small anal fissure. What are the differences between fiber supplement (metamucil) and stool softener. Which one is best to use. Thanks.

Both: Fiber supplement, extra water, and stool softeners all used together are the first line treatment for anal fissure. Fiber is simply indigestible fiber that adds bulk to the stool and makes it easier for the intestines to pass it along. The stool softener causes the stool to retain enough fluid to keep it from getting hard and dry and perhaps reopening the anal fissure.
Some people also use fasting. ...Read more

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Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Can you tell me are fiber supplement tablets ok to use?

Fiber supplements: None are "good" to use if by good you mean they have been proven by proper trials to make what is bothering you better. Or make you live longer or healthier. ...Read more

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How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

How much fiber supplement to take to relieve constipation for a woman?

30 gm: It's agood idea to eat food with high fiber. But if need extra supplement, then take over the counter fiber supplement up to 25-30 gm daily with lots of water. Thanks ...Read more

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Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?

Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?

Prilosec Interaction: Can I take my fiber supplement at the same time as I take my prilosec?
No prilosec should be take 1 hour before meals. Due to fiber binding up the drug in the stomach. Suggest 1 hour before fiber supplement or 2 hours afterward.
As always follow OTC label directions or med guidelines from your doctor included with your Prilosec from the pharmacy. ...Read more

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Will my digestive system become dependent on fiber supplements if I take them regularly?

Will my digestive system become dependent on fiber supplements if I take them regularly?

No: If you change your diet and include much more fruit and fiber rich vegetables and whole grains and salads you won't need additional fiber supplements. A typical american diet of lots of processed foods, fast foods and meat and chicken doesn't have enough fiber to promote good bowel movements.

The healthiest diet is probably the Mediterranean Diet or a variation of it. SEE: http://bit. Ly/1FMQO4d ...Read more

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I've had a problem with constipation my entire life. Would taking fiber supplements help?

I've had a problem with constipation my entire life. Would taking fiber supplements help?

Yes...: Chronic constipation in an otherwise healthy young female such as yourself is either due to ibs (irritable bowel syndrome) or colonic inertia (slow transit). Taking a fiber supplement along with drinking plenty of water is a good first step in trying to improve this problem. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

I have not gone in 2 weeks since I did a cleanse tried taking fiber supplements and laxatives but still not going what do I do?

See a GI DR for a: Colonoscopy to check for pathology -? Polyps. Your narcotic medications may contribute to your constipation. Consider to stop or cut down. Take care! ...Read more

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What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

What's the best soluble fiber ingredient to look for in a fiber supplement? Right now mine uses xylitol, but seeing if there's something more natural.

Xylitol: Is a sugar alcohol, or artificial sugar. It's not fiber. It acts as an osmotic laxative, but has significant side effects of bloating and gas. Look for citrucel or Metamucil. ...Read more

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Are there good fiber supplements that can help prevent my hemorrhoids?

Yes: Any fiber supplement (metamucil, citrocel, MiraLAX (polyethylene glycol) to name a few) can help control your hemorrhoids by preventing constipation. If you don't have to strain to have a bowel movement, you are less likely to have a hemorrhoid issue. ...Read more

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Can I take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Can I take fiber supplements, where my bowles doesn't move much?

Yes.: Fiber supplements may be helpful for constipation. Keep in mind that foods such as figs and prunes are a good source of fiber. There are no adverse advents from taking fiber except too much could cause diarrhea. ...Read more

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Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

Are there any risks involved with prolonged taking of fiber supplement, like C-lium?

No: Psyllium is safe for long-term use, as are fiber supplements in general. There is some risk, unrelated to how long you take the fiber, of obstruction, but this is thought to only occur with inadequate fluid intake along with the fiber. Overall, fiber supplements have many health benefits, and are definitely recommended for ongoing use. ...Read more

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Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Can I take my fiber supplement before HIDA scan?

Prep instructions: Should be not eating for six hours prior to test. Being very jaundiced will interfere with results of test. Mild jaundice usually does not interfere with test. ...Read more

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What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

What happens if I take a fiber supplement before a colonoscopy?

May be a bad prep: We tend to recommend a low-fiber diet a few days before a colonoscopy because at times the fiber can cause a residue that coats the colon making it difficult for the endoscopist to find polyps. ...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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I've started taking a fiber supplement and noticed that my anus hole started to itch. Is this normal?

I've started taking a fiber supplement and noticed that my anus hole started to itch. Is this normal?

Fiber is irritant: It is possible for your fiber to be an irritant to your bowel. There are different types of fiber on the market... Try another one and see if it helps. Also it is very important that you consume lots of water when taking fiber. ...Read more

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Can fiber supplements cause heartburn?

Can fiber supplements cause heartburn?

Uncommon: Most fiber supplements found in the pharmacy or supermarkets are fairly benign when it comes to causing things like acid reflux. ...Read more

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What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

What is the best fiber supplement to take if you have diverticulosis?

Good diet you eat: You don't have to waste money on fiber like metamucel, fiber capsules, vegetables, fruits, whole wheat bread etc all has fiber, and is free. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take fiber supplements while breastfeeding? If so, what brand is reccomended?

Is it okay to take fiber supplements while breastfeeding? If so, what brand is reccomended?

Yes, whatever: Fiber, by definition stays within the inside of the bowel.It will not transfer to the breast milk. Any such product that you find palatable is fine. ...Read more