| | Re: Internal stress/ colon connection?
I certainly have had digestive problems for a long time-- about 40 years. I have had, ulcers, IBS, hemorrhoids & surgery, diverticular problems and colon resection just 4 years ago because of chornic diverticular bleeding.
So, I have been very proactive about health and have alot of experience dealing with my digestion problems.
I also have been into Alternative Medicine for about 35 years-- mainly-- nutrition and homeopathy. I first started posting on this board 10/1999. But, have for some time now been posting mainly on the Bowel, Digestive and IBS boards.
Most people these days don't intake enough soluble fiber daily to have normal BMs.
People's diets have changed so much over the past 50 years with the wide choices of natural and processed as well as fast foods available.
Insoluble fiber is contained in all fruits and veggies, seeds & nuts and the brans that are in cereals. These foods contain very little soluble fiber that bulk up your stool.
Soluble fiber is the inner part of grains-- like rice, corn, oats, barley and wheat the outer part is insoluble. Like beans and peas--the inside is soluble and the outer part is insouble including green beans. Root veggies like potatoes, carrots, beets, turnips and chicory root(Inulin) are all soluble fiber veggies.
And, of course fiber supplements like Metamucil & Konsyl contains psyllium, Citrucel, Benefiber and Fiber Choice(inulin) are mostly soluble fiber.
I have found that with my food intake -- I don't eat enough soluble fiber daily-- like 80% of other people so I need at least 7or 8grams of a supplement daily to have my intestines work right and have regular BMs w/o straining.
I take psyllium in the Equate brand from Wal Mart twice daily. I like the powder form best because it is well dispersed in water. Some people don't like it because it starts to absorb fluid immediately and is bloating for some. But, it also comes in capsules and Wafers and many people like that including my wife. It starts working later during digestion.
The largest size capsule of psyllium that I have found is 870 mgm from the Vitamin Shoppe -- most caps are 550 mgm. It take alot of caps per day to get 7 gram of soluble fiber.
Psyllium will produce alot of gas when first start using it because it is a natural fiber and breaksdown during digestion and frements. But,with continued use -- your system gets use to it and the GAS goes away, So, start off slow like one dose daily until you get use to it!
You have to work out the amount you take with the foods that you eat ---daily. WE all eat so differently!!
I wish you well~~~Harry