Posted 1/17/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -6)
Metamucil is good...my GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my life and it was the best advice I've ever gotten from a GI...now I'm able to tolerate eating all fibreous foods without any problems which for me were mainly bloating and severe gas...but taking the fibre supplement has aided with that among many other things too...that is once my system adjusted to it after 3 months (it gave me even more bloating and gas) but it was well worth the extra suffering for the end results...I still take them and it's been almost 5 yrs now, havn't missed a single day.
Both fibres are actually necessary but here's the differences of each...
Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel-like substance 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 abosrbs moisture many times it's weight in water, by doing so it increases the bulk of stools and softens it. These characteristics facillitate the transit of foods through the intestines, thereby preventing constipation...insoluble fibre is found mainly in wholegrains, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and the skins of many fruits and veggies.
Fibre also aids with sweeping the bowels clean of bacteria and taking a probiotic daily is also essential...if you don't enjoy yogurt then there are powder and cap forms of probiotics to choose from...one I use is called primadophilus reuteri which along with fibre supplements as well as eating fibreous foods has helped me with my crohns and IBS.