Confused - Sulable fiber, fiber and insoluable fiber?????

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   Posted 3/25/2007 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, the Correctol didn't work like I thought it would and I have been miserable all night.  I still am kinda constipated.  I've been reading all the "pamphlets" my gastro doc gave me and am more confused about fiber foods than I was before seeing him.  Which fiber is the best at keeping me "regular" and not constipated?  What foods contain this sulable fiber?  Is that the one I want to use to relieve the ever present constipation?  I can't afford to buy the fiber con or fibersure and metamucil products.  They are just too expensive for my limited budget.  So, what foods can I add to my diet that will help relieve constipation from IBS?  I know I have got to change my diet but have no idea where to start or what to buy?  I'm not a real big veggie eater?  I mainly buy frozen veggies like broccoli and cauliflower.  I have to stay away from red sauces and peppers and corn and onions as those are big triggers for IBS/gastritis flares for me.  Any advice would be appreciated.

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   Posted 3/25/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Fiber is not going to give you an immediate relief, in fact it can cause cramping and bloating if introduced too much too quickly so gradually starting a fiber regimen is recommended. Both insoluble and soluble fiber is needed in our diet. The insoluble fiber is more at targeting regularity and bulking up stools, also make them easier to pass which relieves constipation. Insoluble fiber is mostly found in fruits and vegetables, whole wheat etc. Soluble fiber is important for our cholesterol, heart health and blood sugar. Soluble fiber regulates these levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, beans, fruit etc.

Did you try the Dulcolax? This has helped me tremendously when I really need to get things going. Its very effective but not too harsh on my tummy and I usually will go within 12 hours feeling well evacuated. I know that you can buy it in store brand form that is much cheaper than the name brand.

I'm sure others will have more advice to offer. I hope you can find something that will bring relief to you.
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   Posted 3/25/2007 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   
The differences between soluble fibre and insoluble fibre are...

Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel-like substance in the intestines, examples of insluble fibre foods are found in fruits, 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 characterisitics facilitate the transit of foods through the intestines and prevents constipation, insoluble fibre is found mainly in wholegrains, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), and the skins of many fruits and veggies.

My sister eats oatmeal everyday in order to keep her IBS under control, for many it's as simple as that.
I take fibre supplements and eat plenty of fibre...when I first started taking the supplements it cause me extra bloating and gas, which is normal even for healthy people it's just your system adjusting, so you should always add fibre slowly and with supplements drink plenty of water with them.

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