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Fiber is not working for me?!


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OK so I kind of have a funny experience. I hope this is not TMI, but yesterday I ate around 32 grams of fiber and every day after breakfast is when I have a.. umm.. bowel movement (LOL).

I didn't have one today! This actually happened another day too, when I had probably over 30 grams of fiber. The next day... no BM!! On average I probably eat 20 to 30 grams of fiber. Is my body sensitive to higher amounts of fiber? I just don't get it. Embarassed

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Increase your water when you increase your fiber.

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When you change your fiber intake you have to give your body a while to get used to it.

Also, how are you getting this extra fiber? If you are replacing other foods with more fruits and veggies, then you have less solids going through you. Fruits and veggies have a very high water content. So if you are eating less overall food or less grains and meat and more high water content foods, you may not have a bowel movement as often.
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I drink anywhere from 8 to 10 glasses of water a day or even more (constantly drinking water). Interesting about the high water content of veggies or fruits... That might be it. I think I do pretty well with my diet, getting a lot of grains in there through cereal, whole wheat bread, whole wheat crackers, brown rice and cereal bars. But lately, I may have increased my consumption of fruits and veggies, since I try to have them at every meal and as snacks as well. How many bowel movements a day is healthy? I heard 2-3 is healthy but I usually have 1 or 2.

Another possible reason for your constipation might be due to the time of month.  Personally, I don't have a bw for 2-3 days before my period starts, no matter what. 

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Another possible reason for your constipation might be due to the time of month.  Personally, I don't have a bw for 2-3 days before my period starts, no matter what. 

 Really?  One day I'm at the "doctor-for-girly-bits" office, and my doctor asked me if I had increased # right before my period, and at that point I realized yes, I do tend to "go" more often right before my period.  It had never occured to me the two were related, I just thought sometimes I go a lot, and sometimes not so much Laughing  I wonder what's going on, there?

"Constipation is an unpleasant symptom of PMS. The uterus (womb) lies directly below the intestinal tract and constipation can strike during PMS in the final phase of the menstrual cycle when the womb's lining is at its fullest, putting just enough extra pressure on surrounding organs to cause PMS constipation. Changes in hormone, neurotransmitter and calcium levels during this phase of the menstrual cycle can affect the function of both the lining of the intestine and the smooth muscles underneath that drive intestinal motility. The result can be sluggish bowel motion and constipation."

 

Yet another reason why pms sucks.

Everyone has a different rhythm -- some go more frequently than others.  I eat 25-30 grams of fiber a day (sometimes more!), drink LOTS of water, and only go every 2 to 3 days.  It's just my personal rhythm.

If you are still feeling fine, I wouldn't get upset if you "miss" a BM every now and then.


And I get constipated when I PMS, definitely.  The worst part is that any sort of "pushing" gives me waves and waves and waves of cramps. 

I had a similar problem, and my doctor recommended buying MiraLAX. It's an OTC powder that you put in a drink once a day, sort of like Metamucil (which didn't help me). MiraLAX really worked and I'm still taking it. It keeps me regular :)

The other day I somehow managed to have 66 grams of fiber! I haven't really pooped since and I feel so bloated. Frown

Wow, if i had a dollar for every time I saw a conversation where women were talking about their regularity and fiber, I'd just have a dollar.

I thought the female bowel movement was a work of fantasy and myth, until now. Shattered my idealistic reality completely. 

LOL, Brad.  Let me try to piece back together your fantasty for you:  Women don't ever poop, nor do we sweat or fart, for that matter.  We wake up with our make-up already applied and our hair done.  Oh, and when we get together with friends, we have pillow fights in our bras and panties.

Better?  :)

OMG I EAT SO MUCH FIBER EVERY DAY AND A LOT OF THE TIME I NEVER HAVE A BM AND IT MAKES ME MISERABLE BECAUSE I FEEL SORT OF "STUFFED UP" & BLOATED!!! NO AMOUNT OF WATER OR VITAMIN C HELPS - IT IS LIKE YOU NEED TO EAT JUST THE PERFECT AMOUNT IN ORDER TO GET THINGS MOVING! ARGH - BUT HOW THE HECK CAN YOU MEASURE THAT! LOL! 

Theres a couple of things you can try. Eat fruit in the morning , before other foods and nothing else for at least half hour after, and have a warm glass of water as soon as you wake up and right before you go to bed

I haven't "gone" in a few days and I'm not sure why. I drink upwards of a gallon of water a day, and eat over 50 grams of fiber a day. Excessive? Maybe. But it doesnt matter when I cut down or bulk up on the stuff, it just doesn't COME OUT. I'll go a good 4 days without going, and then 1 day where I go 3-5 times. It's disgusting.

I've tried eating fruit before my breakfast, but that just makes my sugar level drop and I want to binge all day. I hate sugar levels.

So for now, I take the activia challenge. I'm on day 2, so I'll let you all know if it gets me moving.

Mine could be circumstantial since I have gallbladder problems. I don't digest fat properly, which I think makes me have a deficiency in fat. *shrugs* I hope everything works correctly soon enough!

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