Fiber Supplements

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Lucky777
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
So, just so I didn't thread jack another discussion -

Someone was mentioning fiber supplements, and this is a topic of great interest to me. Just like others, I have found certain fiberous foods to be totally off-limits to me (God I have a pre-addiction to honey-bunches of oats-like cereals, but haven't been able to eat it for months). Just too much gas and increased symptoms.

However, I now hear rumblings that supplements are ok? I have, as example, Fiber Choice brand tablets (which have Inulin as their fiber ingredient) sitting in my kitchen, that I took a few long long ago and stopped when I heard fiber was bad for UC.

Can anyone shed some light on this? I would love to know if this type of fiber will 'firm' me up a bit, and be healthy for my beloved (and hated) colon?
Sean - 31

UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (2 am 2 pm)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium
Remicade consult scheduled
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Starting some probiotics and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change.


Gigi1227
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   Posted 9/9/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Lucky I love your spirit! Again, I am to knew at this to advise. Will be interesting to read the posts you receive on this = I will learn!

Gigi1227

Canasa
Asacol
Psyllium
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic

pb4
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   Posted 9/9/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
You want something with psyllium when it comes to fibre supplementation, metamucil or Prodiem if you can find prodiem in your state (I'm in Canada where it's much more widely available) prodiem is similar to metamucil and taking pills is better because they don't generally contain added sugar/artificial sweetners which can exacerbate IBD symptoms.

Fibre is everyone's friend, the only people with IBD that should do low residue fibre are those with crohn's due to stricturing or fistulizing crohn's, otherwise everyone needs fibre to help with normal colon function.

Always drink tons of water with your supplement and daily anyways since plenty of water can help us avoid dehydration and it helps detoxify the colon, flushes the system clean.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Lucky777
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   Posted 9/9/2008 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok, so inulin is no good? SHould I pass on the Fiber Choice stuf and check out some metamucil?

ver batum Ingredients in Fiber CHoice:

Inulin (a natural vegetable fiber), dextrate, dextrose, cellulose, citric acid, magnesium stearate, natural/artificial flavor, FD@C Yellow 6 aluminum lake.

Serving info:

Total Carb - 8g
Dietary Fiber - 4g
Soluble Fiber - 4g
Sugars - 4g.

I suppose those are the sugars you referred to as being not so good. I have taken metamucil before, and mixxed it with OJ and it was totally palatable.
Sean - 31

UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (2 am 2 pm)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium
Remicade consult scheduled
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Starting some probiotics and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change.


Sara14
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   Posted 9/9/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   

From my limited knowledge, I have heard that certain types of Inulin are good (preferably long-chain inulin). Fiber Choice is a good supplement to take b/c it has a mix of short and long chain. Inulin is converted into butyrate (a short chain fatty acid) in the colon, which in turn helps heal the intestinal mucosal layer. This post talks about inulin and Fiber Choice: http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=953905 (copy & paste). There are quite a few studies done on butyrate production in UCers. They're interesting if you want to Google it.

I take chewable Fiber Choice sometimes but I don't really like its consistency, so I mostly eat cinnamin Metamucil wafers b/c I think they're tasty. They seem to firm my poos up a bit.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=897347 (Another interesting post about butyrate)


Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa nightly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

Post Edited (Sara14) : 9/9/2008 7:36:50 PM (GMT-6)


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
The reason I like the tabs is because there's less "junk" going into your system, sugars, additives, ect. and no issues with taste, besides, what's one more pill eh LOL!

You can most definitely check out the metamucil tabs/caps and see how that goes for you, just remember that you may experiance excess bloating/gas but just bare with it, when you system adjusts (varies for everyone) and it's completely normal to experiance the gas/bloat it will have been worth it, no pain, no gain as they say.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


ErinD
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   Posted 9/10/2008 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried several types of Fiber and my body just doesnt like it. I get diarrhea 10x worse when i try any of them. :(
Diagnosed with UC 3/2008
Currently trying to taper off of Prednisone
Entocort 9mg daily


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   

It can take time for your system to adjust, fibre is extreamly important, no fibre at all will have a terribly negative impact on your body, especially your colon...always start with a small amount and slowly increase if necessary, fibre should not cause D it actually aids with both D and C, fibre is essential.

:)

ErinD said...
I have tried several types of Fiber and my body just doesnt like it. I get diarrhea 10x worse when i try any of them. :(


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


kmach33
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   Posted 9/11/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have a problem with corn or corn products?  I can't tolerate any corn products and love honey bunches of oats, which have corn flakes.  Took me a long time to figure this out.

24yr old male, diagnosed October 2003
Medication:
9 Colozal/Day, 100mg 6-MP, Rowasa Enema nightly
Supplements:
1200mg fish oil/omega3 capsules/3x daily, 2 probiotics capsules/daily, 1mg folic acid


Lucky777
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 128
   Posted 9/11/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hmm. I am not sure. I actually don't eat much corn (or not that I know of). I have in the past 6 months eaten cobbed corn (which I do extremely rarely) and did not notice any major difference, but then again I have only more recently (last 2 months) been singling out foods that enhance or degrade my symptoms.
Sean - 31
Prednisone again for another 12 days, 25mg
UC Since April 2006, diagnosed 2007 (Flex-Sig)
4 x Liada (4 am)
175mg Azathioprine
2 x Imodium (on days where I have to leave the house)
Remicade infusion starting
1 x 1000mg Fish Oil Cap
Activia yogurt and SCD-like foods to see if I can make a change. Just got in my 4 day trial of Haldi.

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