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dogmom2
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My gi doc wants me to take a fiber supplement. The one he suggested has additives and I have mcs. Also have a gi tract that flares easily. Any suggestions? Would apple pectin be considered a fiber supplement?
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HEMP PROTEIN POWDER is my favorite and has many benefits. Some is more finely ground than others. Most is from Canada (our friends to the north who realize the vitality of hemp) and most brands are organic.


FLAX SEED MEAL is excellent, too, but does not have as many other benefits as hemp. Both work great in combination, or rotation.


Yes, APPLE PECTIN provides fiber but unless organic, it can be loaded with farm chemicals.


GUGGUL is another option, it's a resin and has binding properties. LOTS of water required with any resin and maybe other things like flax or hemp to offer some roughter "texture" so to speak.

For a basic start to research: http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/guggulgum.php
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Rhubarb is good for pooping if that is what you are after. Very gentle not like a laxative effect.
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Nutiva Hemp Protein Powder is what I use, but you would have to use it in a smoothie. The taste is not wonderful.

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I take a fiber gummy made with inulin. It is a fiber from fruits and veggies. Other supplements gave me pain, gas, and bloating.
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This works well and goes a long way. It's all natural and says for IBS which works but also works well for gentle, hmm, problem solving...
Heather's Tummy Fiber (I get mine from Amazon).

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A Lyme doc I used to go to who specialized GI problems told me that a lot of his patients did well on cellulose when they could tolerate nothing else. He recommended the one from AllergyResearch.
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I like Garden of Life Super Seed.

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I tried organic acacia fiber(same fiber as used in Heather's Tummy fiber) but this brand was organic clear fiber. I had no gi issues with it, but found it stimulating. Has anyone else had that effect from it?

Does hemp have any neuro effects(stimulating or fatiguing) that can come from it?

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Just tried benefiber, same stimulating effect as the acacia fiber( another $10 down the drain). the effect is almost immediate. It's not even the same type of fiber, but has the exact same effect.

I'll try the hemp fiber next, has anyone had any stimulating effect from that?

Got to get this gerd/hiatal hernia thing under control...

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I never found the hemp to be stimulating. Not at all.

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My ND had me take a supplement called Blue Heron. It was very gentle.

Hemp stirred up stuff for me not in a good way.

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Ground Flax Seed Meal is very good but not as nutritious as hemp.

If you need "directive" colon help to relieve constipation, a gentle yet effective herbal formula is Seven Forests Rhubarb 17.
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Search: Rhubarb – 16 items

From: The ONE EARTH HERBAL SOURCEBOOK (Tilltoson, et.al.)

http://oneearthherbs.squarespace.com/important-herbs/rhubarb-root-rheum-palmatum.html

RHUBARB ROOT (Rheum palmatum)

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http://www.acuatlanta.net/seven-forests-rhubarb-17-100-tablets-p-17615.html?mclick=brand

Seven Forests Rhubarb 17 (100 tablets, also comes in 250 count)

You can read more about this in the book: Bag of Pearls from www.itmonline.org

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http://www.itmonline.org/arts/herbintro.htm

AN INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE HERBS

-by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D.

Excerpt:

(section on) RHUBARB (dahuang)

This large root was one of the first herbs that the Western world imported from China.

It serves as a very reliable laxative, and also has other benefits: enhancing appetite when taken before meals in small amounts, promoting blood circulation and relieving pain in cases of injury or inflammation, and inhibiting intestinal infections.

Rhubarb also reduces autoimmune reactions.

The impact of rhubarb is influenced by how it is prepared; if it is cooked for a long period of time, the laxative actions are reduced but other actions are retained. Typical dosage is 0.5-3 grams per day.

Caution: rhubarb, alone or in formulas, should not be used by those with irritable bowel conditions, as it may cause cramping and diarrhea. . . .
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An added benefit of Rhubarb might be to help the brain:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11775872

Chin Med J (Engl). 2000 Jun;113(6):529-31.

Rhubarb extracts in treating complications of severe cerebral injury.

. . . CONCLUSION: The Chinese medical herb, rhubarb, has multiple therapeutic effects on severe brain injury.
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thanks for the info. I seem to do okay with some ground flax in oats . so i could try more of that.

It occurs to me I have the same reaction to the various protein powders I've tried. Wonder why that is?

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The best fiber really comes from our foods, be sure you get at least 8 - 9 servings of veggies & fruit a day, two at each meal and then 2 or 3 more for snacks.

For those with candida issues, if candida support is in place and all is stable, tart apples and dark berries may work - and best soon after a meal or with nuts (protein & fat) to round it out. Those are very low on the glycemic index when taken with protein and fat.

Herbs such as Olive Leaf Extract, Berberine (or similar) can keep candida in check so that a fuller diet with at least some fruit might be able to be enjoyed. This may not work for all but it has worked for some. Sure has for me.
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We use chia seeds in our smoothies. They have a lot of soluble fiber and selenium.

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rowingmom,

so glad for that reminder about CHIA SEEDS.

Chia seeds can make a pudding, of sorts. Just soak overnight in FRIDGE in nut milk of choice, add vanilla or whatever else desired. A touch of stevia.

Can also turn a regular yogurt very thick if left overnight to work its magic with some chia seeds stirred in.

Can thicken soups, too.
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