Drinking lots of fluid is the key. I have mild Crohn's disease and it really works stopping loose stools, too. I prefer methylcellulose (less gas) than psyillium. Try mixing your powder in orange juice or if you are diabetic, a sugar free Crystal lite or something. After you finish the Equate, look around for the orange flavored stuff. It's the same, but doesn't taste nasty. Both psyillium and methylcellulose come in orange flavored powder. Also, take this stuff religously, even if you are not "plugged" up!