Janine, for the most part, i drink a bottle every couple of days. Sometimes i drink a bottle a day depending on how i am feeling or if i ate too much at a meal. By the time I went to my six week check up from surgery, i told the Dr i was not going. He basically told me Well, you cant be constipated. They do not believe me when i tell them even my useless gastro Dr. He looks at me like a number and a co-pay. I will travel an hour from now on to see a different DR. I ended up having a small bowel obstruction a little more than 3 years after initial surgery. They actually say i you can make it 3 years, you shouldn't have any problems. Then, 2 years after my small bowel blockage ( from scar tissue ) i was in the hospital for several days and that's when they said that basically my small bowels are losing motility also. No tests to determine this, just that's what they think. I am really careful of how much food i eat. Its very hard sometimes cause well, i get hungry. I stay away from all processed foods, no carbonation ever, very little raw fruits, definatley NO bananas or rice. I do drink coffee, but that's all except the plum juice and water. I had my gallbladder out when i was 25. Over and over thru out the years, they have always told me, your OK, your too young for anything major. Yeah, i dont buy it anymore. I was 31 when i had my first large bowel obstruction. I also had a double hernia surgery just a year and a half ago that they said was from all the surgerys. I also think my job ( postal worker) had something to do with it with all the heavy lifting. I am so glad i found this site. I have always felt alone is this even tho i have great friends. They just dont get it. I hope you try the Plum juice because its not as forcefull as the prune juice and once you get on a somewhat schedual with it, it really helps. When i first had the surgery, i was in the bathroom every hour or so. After several weeks, and things started to heal, i could tell it was slowing down. I almost died because of my blockage so for the first year i figured the less that went in, the less my body would have to digest. I lost almost 40 lbs that first 6 months. I do have a better quality of life. It has been almost 8 years since my ordeal started. It was the saturday after 9-11. This mit sound stupid and corny but listen to your body. I will tell you what works for you if you listen. I know if i eat a hot dog, i am going to be in a lot of pain from gas and all the preservatives. Now, does that mean i havent had one in 8 years? No, but, it better be the best darn hotdog in the world for me to eat it. Not sure about you, but i also believe all of thses issues are somehow tied to hormones. Not sure if anyone else thinks that but, over the years, even before my surgerys, i always thought that. If you have any questions or just need to talk, let me know.