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Has taking a Fiber supplement helped you ?

Bansaw

Senior Member
Messages
521
I think there's not enough fiber in my diet. Has any of you found adding a Fiber supplement helpful?
(Healthy flow in the gut = better gut health = better overall health...)
?
If so, what did you try?
 

PennyIA

Senior Member
Messages
728
Location
Iowa
Nope (tried four or five types) nor probiotics (tried about ten types). But, I don't have a slow flow... I struggle with frequent diarrhea; which I've repeatedly been told can be managed by adding fiber (only made it worse) then probiotics (only made it worse). I've been able to reduce it from 25+ times per month down to around 3-4 times per month with removing items from my diet that seem to contribute to it.
 

hellytheelephant

Senior Member
Messages
1,137
Location
S W England
I buy a huge sack of Psillium and daily have 2-3 teaspoons in water followed by another glass ( you MUST drink plenty) It is effective and has no additives, sweetners etc and is quite cheap.

Having said that I am in the process of rebooting my diet and have cut out additives, sugar and wheat and have upped my veg intake and am 'going' at least once a day without Psillium most days . Always a bit blocked up due to the meds I take though...
 

JohnCB

Immoderate
Messages
351
Location
England
My situation is that I used to have diarrhoea type IBS and I used to be prescribed Lomotil for that by the GP. Later on I was also prescribed Mebeverine for the spasms that went with the IBS. Over the years my pain levels increased and I was prescribed codeine. As my codeine levels were increased this made the Lomotil unnecessary, and as the codeine went up further I got constipation instead. Now the GP prescribes Fybogel (Ispaghula husk) but it is an over the counter product. This does a good job, I am on a single sachet per day and I am generally quite comfortable these days. It doesn't make any difference to my ME/CFS in any other way.