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Re: Loose stools
Dec 4, 2006
bigriney,
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I suggest you start taking a water soluble fiber supplement like Metamucil. It is a stool bulking agent and will firm up your stools.

I also think it will slow down your intestines so that your colon has more time to absorb the fluid that it should.
Start off slow-- a natrual fiber like psyllium does breakdown with digestion -- ferments and causes gas --- But, with continued use your system will get use to it and the gas usually goes away. It is a safe fiber to use daily and will make you more regular with only 1 or 2 BMs daily.
Drink the recommemed amount of water with each dose.

Citrucel is a semi-synthetic fiber and works the same way but does not produce gas problems that psyllim does.

I like and use the orange flavored -- sugar free power type --- the Equate brand from Wal Mart that cost less than Metamucil.

This type fiber will also decrease your cholesterol-- an added benefit.

Harry





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