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Old 07-29-2003, 05:37 AM   #1
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My sister-in-law has IBS - C, and she has a range of things that she takes to help. But what if you have 'the other' type? Do I eat more fibre? Are there any foods I should stay away from? I ask today as I had a rather unpleasent morning today, which resulted in me being late for work (why does it always seem to happen within 1 hour of waking up?). Anyways, thanks for your time guys.

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Old 07-29-2003, 08:32 AM   #2
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Hi adamuk,

Sorry to hear IBS made you late of work!! It is very typical of IBS, you need to run to the bathroom usually the first thing in the morning. It's really annoying!

If you have the diarrhoea type, then insoluble fibre won't help you. First you need to get rid of all irritants such as coffee, too much alcohol, carbonated drinks, fatty and sugary foods. Sugar and artificial swweteners alone cause diarrhoea for many... not to mention coffee. You may want to limit your coffee intake if you don't want to give it up. That's what I did. Also fatty foods are bad. Irritants are often individualized, so it'll take some time for you to find them out. But it is well worth it.

Some people may eat too much fibre, but I don't know how common that is because generally people don't eat very healthy. But if you think this might apply to you, maybe you can cut down on fibre. You might also like to find out the difference between soluble fibre and insoluble fibre.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

Old 07-29-2003, 08:50 AM   #3
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Taking Metamucil, which is water soluble fiber can be very helpful and can help regulate your bowels and can be helpful for diarrhea. It can help to bulk you up. You can take it twice daily, but make sure you take plenty of water.

Also, calcium supplements can be quite helpful. Calcium helps the bowel to absorb back water naturally, so is helpful for diarrhea.

I think you should also be takng Acidophilis. With diarrhea, your good gut flora can become out of balance and by taking this twice daily and re-balancing them can help diarrhea a lot. Keep it in the fridge and take them twice daily on an empty stomach.

Good luck

Old 07-29-2003, 10:31 AM   #4
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Ditto for what Sarah says. If this doesn't help, please re-post, and we'll offer some more advice. But the fiber and calcium supplements are a great place to start.

Good luck to you,
Katie G

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