Fiber, good or bad?

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   Posted 12/23/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heard about many people that do well on the low-residue diet. But this site- says that a component that helps colitis is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a grain fiber and cannot be broken down in the GI. Seems to me this would do the most damage to my ulcers. Whats your take on fiber?
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   Posted 12/23/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
     I can only speak of my experience.  While flaring I cannot eat foods high in fiber.  If only 1 or 2 % fiber...ok, higher than that, forget it.  My GI doctor agrees.  I also have diverticulosis...with that I am supposed to eat fiber.  So, when not flaring I eat apples, bran muffins etc..  Low residue is beneficial to stick to while in a flare.

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Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/ see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.

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   Posted 12/23/2008 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Simple rule for me: soluble fiber is good, insoluble fiber isn't.
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   Posted 12/23/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
A balance of both soluble and insoluble are best of course, as long as you incorporate enough fibre daily it's much better than too low or none at all and if you have issues with fibreous foods then definitely use supplements....I statred with supplements (which I still take) but am easily able to tolerate eating fibreous foods now without getting all gassy and bloated.

DO NOTE: Initially fibre can cause excessive bloating and gas this is completely NORMAL and happens to healthy people as well, it's just your system adjusting to it but once it adjusts it is WELL WORTH IT, took me 3 months to adjust and I don't regret a single day....I've been taking it daily for 5 yrs now with no issues (I use Prodiem bulking supplements, it's similar to metamucil tabs).

Less poops, formed poops, no more mucus (in conjunction with using it with bee propolis daily too)....most definitely worth it!

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

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   Posted 12/24/2008 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I take just take the fiber1 cereal. It's easy and very convenient to take. A serving a size is 1/2 cup and it has 14 grams of fiber. It just takes some time getting used to because I'm still adjusting to increase fiber. You should definitely spread out the serving through out the day. Eating it one sitting is asking for discomfort and bloating. It will almost feel like the beginning stages of a flare up if you eat too much in one sitting. I eat about 3500-4000 calories a day along with a gallon of water or more so I try to shoot for 40 grams of fiber a day in whole foods, no supplements. It looks like rabbit food but I think it taste pretty good. I think its a little misleading to eat like a regular bowl of cereal with milk. Very few people measure cereal when they eat it, so pouring enough in your bowl would probably wreck havoc on your stomach. You could eat 30-40grams of this stuff without even thinking about it, but it would probably cause so much discomfort and pain. Don't ask me how I know.......
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