What kind of fibre supplement do YOU use?

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   Posted 2/28/2006 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi one and all, i've been doing some research into soluble fibre supplements (aka bulk laxatives) and found out there are several types
those that are made from mainly physillium husks eg.  Metamucil and Konysl
those that are made from plant fibre eg. Citrucil
those that are made from synthetic fibre eg.  Fibercon
those that are made from gum eg. Benefiber or Acacia tummy fiber
Now my question is this, which type do you use/have used and what were your experiences with them?
My symptoms are generally loose stools with a lot of bloating and gas and reasonably frequent (every week or so) D attacks - you know the kind, explosive with wind caught up - sorry to be gross! Also i sometimes get C
Now i know that some people who have tried physillium husk based fibre products get wind because they can't handle them - with me already being quite windy i'm thinking perhaps this wouldn't be a good idea and that i should try another type
Also, i know some types have flavoured options  to be taken as tablets and drinks and i was wondering if anybody has been upset by these products? (Acacia fibre might be a good bet cos its all natural and apparently does not cause wind - anyone tried this?
I know it is probably a case of trial and error but i guess i'm asking what some of you guys might recommend for my symptoms?
any thoughts would be cool!
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   Posted 2/28/2006 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
It seems as if I can't handle lots of fiber or I will become gassy and mooshy poo poo which is constant. I did try fibercon and above was my result. I did try benefiber, but only once.

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   Posted 2/28/2006 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Ive been told that psycillium (sp?) husks are way too strong for me and that many people struggle with it.   My doctor recently told me about All One Totally Fiber.   Got it at Vitamin Cottage.   It's a granular powder that goes in drink or sprinkled on food.   You can even cook with it.   I've been on it since Sunday (2/26) and it does seem very gentle.   Not particularly "windy" that I can tell.  It does have psycillium husks in it but I haven't reacted to it.

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   Posted 2/28/2006 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Benefiber all the way. I used the powder that can be mixed it to most any liquid. The Benefiber tablets grossed me out. I started out slowly and worked up to using 2 tablespoons of Benefiber per day to control my problems.
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   Posted 2/28/2006 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I use Prodiem, it's an insoluble fibre...all fibres cause gas and bloatedness in the beginning, even healthy peeps need time to adjust, gas and bloatedness is no reason not to take fibre....I had alot of gas and bloatedness BEFORE taking Prodiem, then it increased once I started taking it for about 3 months, I had extra gas and bloat then ALL of it went away.

I explained the differences between soluble fibre and insoluble fibre in another post here titled "anyone ever try a soluble fibre diet?" posted by cashnbecky  Here, it is, I copy and pasted it for ya....
Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel like substance...soluble fibres are found in things like fruit, veggies, seeds, brown rice, barley, oats and oatbran...

Insoluble fibre acts as a sponge as it passes through the digestive tract and absorbs moisture many times it's weight in water, by doing so it increases the bulk of stools and softens it. These characteristics facilitate the transit of foods the the intestines, thereby preventing constipation...found mainly in wholegrains, legumes, beans, peals and lentils, and the skins of many fruits and veggies. Insoluble fibre helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria.

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   Posted 2/28/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I take the metamucil tablets.
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   Posted 3/1/2006 7:15 PM (GMT 0)   
I take Metamucil tablets also.   Are they soluable or insoluble?

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   Posted 3/1/2006 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Metamucil is a soluable fiber.
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