Re: Constipation and Laxatives
You may know all this but I'll outline my thoughts again!! Maybe you missed something?
Laxatives are not healthy to take long term because they make your intestines lazy and then they won't work properly. But, are OK now and then!!
As you may know you need both soluble and insoluble fiber to have normal firm BMs.
Insoluble fiber makes the intestinal muscles contract moving digested food through the intestines and out.
Soluble fiber absorbs fluid and bulks up your stools with water mostly.
Insoluble fiber is in all fruits and all veggies, nuts & seeds and the bran that is outer part of grains and in cereals (bran), and also the outer part of beans & peas.
Soluble fiber is the inner part of grains like rice, corn, oats, wheat and barley. Also, the inner part of all beans & peas. Except Green beans that are insoluble.
Root veggies also absorb fluids -- potatoes, carrots, beets and turnips.
And of course water soluble Fiber supplements like Metamucil- Konsyl- Equate from Wal Mart and others that contain psyllium seed husk, Citrucel (methylcellulose), Benefiber (guar gum) and FiberChoice (chicory root also known as Inulin that is added to alot of processed foods that contain no fiber.
All meats, seafoods and all dairy products contain No Fiber.
There are several cereals that are good sources of fiber and are low in calories-- Kellogg's Complete Oat Bran Flakes, raisin bran, bran, oatmeal. I know several people that just eat the Oat Bran Flakes for constipation.
I take psyllium from Wal Mart-- the Equate brand-- a rounded teaspoon twice daily -- the plain type but it does contain a little sugar but there is Orange flavored sugar free that I took for years.
I found that I need 7 to 8 grams of psyllium daily with my normal food to have regular BMs. The Container from Wal Mart has 114 doses.
I wish You well with This problem---Harry
PS-- I know this is sort of a short outline but if you have any questions -- Please write. I have been writing on this board for awhile.
Last edited by Harry; 01-08-2007 at 10:15 PM.