Laxitives/Fiber

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becks23
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Laxitives/Fiber

How is your digestion? I find that mine is pretty slow. Not to get too graphic but I find that I sometimes don't "go" for a week or longer! I know this isn't healthy and I'm guessing it's because my GI tract isn't working the way it should be. The meals I eat are high fiber but this alone has not helped much. I've started using Metamuscil daily (just once, with breakfast) and I've found that it helps!! I've never been a laxitive junkie so I feel okay about this since I'm not over using it or using it with the intention to lose weight but I'm concerned it will effect recovery because of the association laxitives and eating disorders have. Do any of you use fiber suppliments etc. to "get things going"? Are there other things you do that helps your digestion?

Ata.Mai
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Be careful with metamucil...

I am glad that metamucil is helping with your discomfort. I only warn you ,, you need to drink PLENTY of water. If not the fiber will collect up in your system and have a reverse effect.
Last fall, I took around 5 doses of metamucil daily and hardly drank any liquid. I started with a low dose, but quickly became addicted to the "empty" feeling it gave me...Within a few weeks my digestive system was completely parazlyzed...so be careful..To much metamucil and you might end up in the ER like me :(

mcito
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Time

I had a similar issue when I was inpatient in the summer. It was the first time in a while I was eating normally without purging. They gave me mirolax powder in the mornings but that didn't help that much. Really the only thing that did help was time. Eventually your body will get back to normal and your digestion will be back on track, given you continue to eat normally. Also, just be careful not to get addicted to laxatives. Best of luck!

becks23
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Thanks!

Yeah I've been using it for 2-3 months now but I don't think I've ever eaten normally for long enough to let my system to get back on track. Hopefully I can get there soon though! I usually have an extra glass of water after I drink the Metamucil just to be sure!

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