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    Default Advice for regularity? (warning: definitely TMI)

    Ok ladies...what works for you? I've had this issue for years now. I can't find the happy medium between totally stopped up and a run-for-the-bathroom emergency no matter what I try I've tried eliminating dairy with no results. I have a good bit of fiber in my diet. I eat lots of veggies. I eat greek yogurt daily and have tried a few different probiotic supplements. Most laxatives don't work at all unless I take double or triple the recommended dosage...causing a fire drill. I just want to be normal!



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    Have you tried Colace? Also, another odd thought is magnesium. It will cause diarrhea if you take too much, but it you figure out your dose, it might keep things at a happy medium.

    If you get to the point that you are ready to see a doctor, make a food diary for a few weeks ahead of time (and what symptoms came from the food) and that will help a lot.



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    While dealing with after effects of major abdominal surgery and opiod pain killers, I discovered the best solution....

    Trader Joes roasted flax seed. the roasted ones can be eaten whole and they have a wonderful, strong but gentle effect. I started eating them every day on my oatmeal. 2 TBSP on top of the cooked oatmeal. Great nutty taste and works wonders. Have started others on it as well. Some people use ground or raw seeds instead, but the best effect seems to be the TJ roasted ones (best flavor too). I have also added them to a yogurt/fruit smoothie for the same effect..... Haven't been using it for a while, but I know if I need it I can start up and it will work like magic!
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    I'll second the magnesium! I tend towards stopped-up. Then my Dr noticed that I was taking a calcuim supplement. She suggested I use one with added magnesium. Helped a lot and didnt cause the opposite problem.
    It is the active ingredient of course in Milk of Magnesia. You might check with the Ca-Mg supplements to see what a reasonable dose might be that wont be too much to start. (or check with your Dr)
    When I am still slow, the generic Miralax helps me without causing the problems other fiber products did.



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    I would add to the above responses--drink plenty of water and get regular exercise ( riding and stall cleaning does NOT count). Taking laxatives kind of gets you in a cycle of needing to take them..



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    if you're alternating between constipation and diarrhea you have irritable bowel syndrome.
    You could try eliminating all dairy from your diet for two weeks and see if you improve.
    You could try eliminating gluten from your diet for two weeks and see if you improve.
    You could try eliminating coffee or something else you commonly eat for two weeks and see if you improve. Artificial sweeteners, alcohol, particular kinds of vegetables, etc.



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    Activia yogurtseriously does work wonders, i find the regular fat tastes best, also has some with fiber cereal added
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    I would go see a gastroenterologist if I were you. But in the meantime you could try eating strawberries and blueberries daily. Works for me!



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    oatmeal every morning helps to move things along for me, and coffee will do it too.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MYalterID View Post
    Ok ladies...what works for you? I've had this issue for years now. I can't find the happy medium between totally stopped up and a run-for-the-bathroom emergency no matter what I try I've tried eliminating dairy with no results. I have a good bit of fiber in my diet. I eat lots of veggies. I eat greek yogurt daily and have tried a few different probiotic supplements. Most laxatives don't work at all unless I take double or triple the recommended dosage...causing a fire drill. I just want to be normal!
    THANK YOU!!!!!!! I am the same way. I have tried the same things as you ......nothing seems to regulate me. Its either totally stopped up or Running to the potty.

    So i can't add any thing useful....but your not alone Ill be reading with interest!



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    I tend towards constipated. I recently did a 21 day cleanse, and I was the only person not going to the bathroom twice daily...I was lucky to go every other day. I drink over a gallon of water daily, get plenty of fiber, eat mostly a plant based diet. The thing that works best for me is 2T of lemon juice in hot water first thing in the morning(I generally drink two 12 oz. glasses)
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    Prunes

    Aloe vera juice

    Magnesium

    Chia seeds

    Popcorn

    Being regular really makes a difference in ALL of our health and body issues. Hot tea or coffee in the morning is also a good idea.

    All of the above have been advised by others also seeking better living through diet.
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    I tried (separately) eliminating dairy and gluten from my diet. The dairy didn't make a difference, but not eating gluten improves things immensely for me!



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    You can take a stool softener...it will prevent constipation without the horrid effects of most laxatives.

    You may have a gallbladder issue. I found great relief from seeing an acupuncturist...not only from the needles, but also the info she gave to me on my needs. agree that a GI specialist may help too, though they tend to treat, not heal. An integrative physician would be who I would seek first.



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    Trader Joe's Colon Cleanse

    Take one a day like a vitamin, then take as directed if you get stopped up.

    I just read a book about a woman who grew up in Africa and had to deal with all kinds of nasty critters loitering in the outhouse. This is how she explained her "reluctant bowels."

    Also, laxatives cause dependency. Try using a disposable enema. Much better for you and no surprises.
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    Magnesium increases the moisture content in the mucosal lining of the colon, thus making it easier to move things along. BUT if you aren't drinking enough water for your body to devote it to that it's not going to. A word of warning with magnesium if taken in excess it causes struvite crystals forming the bladder and cause infection.
    You should be drinking 1 ounce of water for every pound that you weigh every day. It takes some practice and self-discipline to get to that many ounces a day but it does make a huge difference not only in how you're: functions but in the rest of your body as well.
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    WOW there are a ton of great ideas here! Thanks so much for the responses!!! I'm starting a few of these TODAY. I do drink a lot of water, but I don't think I'm quite to an oz per pound. I'm probably around 50oz short daily. I also struggle to lose weight inspite of a very clean diet and regular exercise and I wonder if this is the cause. I've hit a hard plateau and no matter what I do, I'm stuck. Miralax does nothing for me and neither have any of the "cleanses" I've tried. I tried Natural Calm and did see some results from it, but still not regular.



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    Are you getting enough fat in your diet?
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    Try Metamucil fiber cookies. They balance you out really well. I have crohns and they've been very helpful. They don't taste bad either. Like healthy apple cookies.
    Last edited by spacytracy; Jul. 6, 2012 at 03:55 PM.



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