Posted 9/21/2010 5:34 AM (GMT -6)
I'm going to turn this over to Shawn. So I'll bump up your topic.
In the meantime, might I suggest you drink more water (2 quarts a day is ideal, if that's too much, aim for 1 qt with other beverages such as lemonade, watered down fruit juice making up the second qt). Increase your intake of fresh fruit (even canned is better than nothing). Simple brown rice is excellent fiber (I like Uncle Ben's fast or quick cook variety in the orange box, I just simmer the rice like you would pasta in water and drain). Finally, you may consider adding a fiber supplement to your diet - Metamucil is a good one (start with low doses and increase them until you're up to the recommended adult dose), Benefiber is another (powder, no taste, can be added to anything, from coffee to applesauce to oatmeal).
Exercise is good too for keeping things moving in the GI tract - my doctor always tells me to choose one of the 4 - 1. running/jogging, 2. brisk walking, 3. riding a bike (on pavement or stationary) and finally, the best exercise of ALL of them, 4. swimming laps.
I always choose brisk walking on our treadmill (why? because I'm a major klutz, I've sprained my ankles just stepping off a curb the wrong way!)...Can't imagine jogging, don't like to swim and riding a bike is well, just boring to me. As soon as he said brisk walking, I said outloud - that will be MY exercise of choice.
Hope you feel better.