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02-26-2009, 01:52 PM
I know this is TMI, and I'm not sure where it goes (here or nutrition) but I can't poo!

After reading advice here before, I've been all about upping fiber, insoluble fiber, soluble fiber. You name the high fiber foods, I eat them. I can have serving of dry Fiber One in the AM (I hate milk), I eat split peas, broccoli, I don't eat any grains unless they are whole wheat. I eat oat bran. Flax seed. I drink all my water and then some. Many days I hit like 40g of fiber and I still can't get regular. Its starting to hurt. HELP!

Is there such a thing as too much fiber?

02-26-2009, 01:54 PM
Did you increase that fiber slowly?

There isn't really so much "too much" fiber as "more fiber than your body can handle". People find that a slow increase in fiber is easier to tolerate and less likely to result in side effects than a slower increase.

02-26-2009, 02:05 PM
Yeah...I had an "adjustment period." It did eventually work itself out. I would recommend a big cup of coffee and then a good run on the treadmill (seriously).

Lori Bell
02-26-2009, 02:19 PM
If the coffee and exercise doesn't work, try a little extra magnesium and vitamin c. That's what the Doctor recommended for my son who gets constipated frequently, (absorption problems) If all else fails there are also over the counter laxatives available. I'm not a huge advocate of laxatives, but a very occasional use is what they are made for.

02-26-2009, 02:35 PM
I also have that issue. I eat Kashi Vive and it works wonders on me. I bought it by chance and when I got it home and started reading I thought I would try it and it works like a charm. It has dried broccoli, you can't taste it, and it is blended with probiatics. I am very happy with it and I have suffered with this anytime I cut my calories back.

02-26-2009, 02:41 PM
I heard that if your water intake doesn't up itself as you up your fiber then, you tend to get stopped up.

Me Too
02-26-2009, 02:44 PM
You might have IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, its fairly common. Certain foods will either cause constipation or diarrhea. Please google IBS and you will find a wealth of information.
If you increase your fiber intake you also need to drink more water, plain old water is best.
Anything Fiber One kills me, so I stay away from it, I find I have less problems eating plain non processed fiber rich foods, like beans, green veggies and whole grains, again with plenty of water.

02-26-2009, 02:47 PM
I am a bariatric patient. My doc has me drink Miralax once a day to keep me regular. It is tasteless and may be added to water, juice, whatever. It does keep me regular without getting the runs. My iron supplement constipates me.

02-26-2009, 04:19 PM
Are you getting enough healthy fat? I find I get "stopped up" when I am eating very low fat. Sometimes, if I am hurting, I even decided to just not worry about the "healthy" part of that fat and will eat something fatty. That usually works.

Also the advise about the big cup of coffee and running on the treadmill is good advise. After having my last baby (long ago) they gave me coffee followed by a prune juice chaser to get me to go. It worked!

02-26-2009, 05:45 PM
short term: if you are seriously stopped up, use a laxative/enema/huge cup of coffee/prune juice to attack the problem head on

long term: fiber+more water is your best bet. the next step i would suggest is miralax. it is now over the counter and you can start with the recommended dose and then adjust and use more or less as you need. as your body gets used to the dietary fiber and you increase your water intake, you will likely start to need less and less miralax.

if this doesnt work you need to see your doctor.

02-26-2009, 06:18 PM
Eat a big green leafy salad with olive oil dressing. You may need more oils or fats in your system. Salads always get me moving.

02-26-2009, 06:24 PM
two words .... boiled cabbage! :D

Hello Nurse
02-26-2009, 07:41 PM
All of the above, to which I add warm prune juice. Somehow warming it up seems to maximize the effect :)

02-26-2009, 07:51 PM
1 spoon of minaral oil in the morning and before bed . the doctor recomended that for my daughter once.

02-27-2009, 10:59 AM
Stroh's beer has legendary overnight properties. But I second/third/fourth the strong coffee recommendation - and for some reason, have found Maxwell House to be tops in the "response" category.

02-27-2009, 12:39 PM
Make sure the coffee's black, full caf, and if you add a tiny pinch of salt to it that will speed things up even further.

(Don't ask.)

02-27-2009, 01:37 PM
Thanks for all the great responses!
I did up the fiber slowly, generally through slow diet changes I made during the course of the lifestyle change I made. I always thought it was the massive increase in exercise that helped stop me up! But I'll tell ya, I looked at my nutrient profile on FitDay and thought maybe I'm not getting enough fat. I tried the leafy green salad with a full fat dressing (olive oil and balsamic vinegar)...and man...I nearly exploded! It felt so good though! (Sorry, TMI, I know. But it was like magic!)

Oddly enough, the fats from lean protiens won't help me go, but an oily dressing was exactly what I needed.

For a long time the coffee worked for me. I always have a couple of cups of black coffee in the morning. But for some reason, it stopped working. I will look into the miralax though, it seems that might be a better solution than trying to 40g of fiber via oats and stay with my calorie goals. But I think definetly I wasn't getting enough good fats.

Good fats = Good BM!

02-28-2009, 11:48 PM
Two big constipators for women are iron supplements and calcium supplements. I verified this with my doctor. I'm glad you are feeling better. I have had these problems lifelong. I have finally found my long term solution of water and a brisk walk and changing my supplements. I see by your ticker that you are really doing well. Congrats and keep up the good work!

03-01-2009, 12:17 AM
I usually take a stool softner daily.Not a laxative.I am a nurse and work with toms of patients with bowel issues and usually find this is the key.If you have not had a BM for 3 days , then a laxative is appropriate.Also for some reason prune juice warmed in microwave works well for most.

03-01-2009, 02:22 PM
Two big constipators for women are iron supplements and calcium supplements. I verified this with my doctor. I'm glad you are feeling better. I have had these problems lifelong. I have finally found my long term solution of water and a brisk walk and changing my supplements. I see by your ticker that you are really doing well. Congrats and keep up the good work!

OMG really? I take 80% DV doses of calcium and vitamin D every day. The women in my family have a history of osteoporosis and I don't want to suffer the same fate as my grandma and her hump. I know its a long time away since I'm only 28 but I've been taking calcium for years. I don't want to get off it...The hump is not cool, and I want to have a nice happy, pain free retirement.

I will talk to my doctor when I go in a couple months! Thanks for the tip.

03-01-2009, 02:27 PM
Are you getting enough fluid intake? Too much fiber and lack of water messes me up too.

RN BSN 2009
03-01-2009, 02:51 PM
harrismm is right... laxatives can oftentimes too harsh on the body. Try a colace tab, and extra water.

physical activity should actually un-constipate you.

Good luck

03-01-2009, 04:16 PM
nods, I cut my calcium intake by supplement in half with my dr.s approval. I still drink a couple glasses of fatfree milk daily. I too have severe osteo in family. Grandma could barely lay and sat only painfully due to hump which my great grandma had as well. I get bone scans annually. If I get concerned I'll go back to the full dose and just deal with the tummy issues. Nothing is worth brittle bones.