Psyllium seed husk is probably the safest bowel regulator yor can take on a daily basis. I take Equate rather than Metamucil because it seems as if it not as powdery and it's cheaper----you can buy it from Wal-Mart. My wife does not like psyllium the powder form that you mix with water and she takes it in a capsule form that we buy at a health food store 4 to 6 caps/daily.She says the powder bloats her and hurts her hernia.
As you know psyllium is a water soluble fiber supplement that is a bulk stool forming agent. The problem is usually---you have to drink enough water when you take it and you have to adjust(increase) the dose until you get a gentle BM daily without straining.
Fiber is what makes our bowels work properly. I am also on a high protein low carb diet for high insulin level but the veggies and fruits I eat daily have alot of fiber but mostly not the water soluble type. All protein and dairy products has zero fiber. So,if you don't get fiber in what you eat---you have get it some how to make your GI tract Work.
Just from your message ---I think you need to increase your fiber intake and I'll bet you are not drinking 8---8 ounces glasses of water daily.
Believe me I've been there. Not drinking enough makes it worse!!
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God Bless---Harry <p>[This message has been edited by Harry (edited 10-05-2001).]