Re: Skinny loose stools
Welcome to healthboards. Thanks for sharing your problem. As you know-- going to a Doctor is always an option.
Loose thin and sometimes watery stool usually indicates that the fiber that you are consuming in your regular food that you are eating daily contains too much insoluble fiber.
Insoluble fiber is the type that causes your intestines to contact to have BMs. It consists of all fruits, all veggies, nuts, seeds and the bran that is the outer part of all grains & also the outer part of beans, peas.
You really need more soluble fiber in your diet. This type fiber BULKS up your stool by absorbing fluids. For normal BMs a person needs a combination of both insoluble and soluble fiber.
Soluble fiber is contained in the inner parts of all grains, beans and peas. The root veggies also are soluble-- potatoes, carrots, beets, and turnips.
I am a big believer in taking a soluble fiber supplement daily and have been taking psyilluim for 24 years-- I now use the Wal Mart brand --Equate twice daily-- the sugar free orange flavored type. I like the powered best because I know it is well dispersed in water-- just follow the direction. Also drink 6 to 8 glases of water daily.
The soluble fiber supplements that are on the market are psyllium husk(Metamucil), methylcellulose (Citrucel), guar gum(Benefiber) and chicory root(FiberChoice) and some others. FiberOne is considered an insoluble fiber.
When adding soluble fiber to your diet, the natural type will cause alot of gas until your body gets use to it. So start off slowly! Natural fiber ferments resulting in the gas-- and it takes some time for your body to get use to it.
There is a post I wrote at the top of this page about Normal BMs-- it is in the Information Archive -- page 2 post #8-- It says about what I have already written you-- but you may want to read it.
If you have any questions-- please ask?
I wish you well---Harry