Post Edited (Illini) : 2/13/2008 11:52:21 AM (GMT-7)
My GI told me something *similar* to Teddybearweiser's doc, but different enough to be worth stating... He said to stay away from *INsoluble* fiber. Like whole grains. But that *Soluble* fiber was a great help to anyone with IBS, CD, or UC. Psyllium, and cellulose are soluble fibers. If you put it in a glass with water, and it turns into a gel in a few minutes, it's soluble. It has also helped me with my CD more than any drug (except yucky prednisone) so far.
But INsoluble fiber is the devil.
Crohnsdaddy... Do you take the metamucil before/after meals or just throughout the day? I've been taking the fiber pills with meals but I wasn't sure it's that's correct.
Post Edited (Illini) : 2/13/2008 11:51:34 AM (GMT-7)
Edit: i have read pro and con about taking soluble fiber supplements on an EN diet. The cons say that you are attempting to "rest" your GI tract. That means not making it process alot of stuff. By tossing soluble fiber at it, you are making it process a bunch of undigestible mass. Kinda moots the point of the EN diet. However, the pros say that since it is just soluble fiber, it's ok. My take: don't take the soluble fiber on an EN diet unless you actually feel constipated and need relief. But again, that's just *my opinion*.
Another edit: Soluble fiber supplements shouldn't be taken at the same time as any medications or vitamins. It has a tendency to interfere with the absorption of alot of different things. That being the case, if I were on an EN diet, I wouldn't down the fiber at the same time as a liquid meal. It may very well interfere with proper absorption of the nutrients in the drink. I'd save the Metamucil as a between meal "snack". : )
Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 2/13/2008 1:13:57 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Illini) : 2/13/2008 1:33:48 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (Illini) : 2/15/2008 6:04:12 PM (GMT-7)