Too much fibre
Posted 15 July 2011 - 03:12 PM
Posted 15 July 2011 - 06:51 PM
Posted 15 July 2011 - 10:00 PM
I've personally had a problem with fibre when I drink too much water. The water makes the fibre swell up and causes me to bloat, and that makes my constipation worse. I discovered this when it was very hot and I was drinking lots of water. I became very constipated, and once the weather cooled down and I stopped drinking so much water it came right.
Hi guys, basically I'm wondering if it's possible to have too much fibre in your diet? I have been constipated for around a year or so and have tried various laxatives prescribed by my doctor in an attempt to fix this, but to no avail. I am attempting to pinpoint the cause of my constipation and I believe that the problems seemed to start around the same time as I started eating more "healthily". I am a vegetarian (always have been) but I started to eat brown pasta, brown bread etc. My fibre intake increased from normal levels to probably around 70/80g a day. I do drink a lot of water (probably at least 6/7 pints a day easily) so I don't think that is the problem. Is it feasible to think that this increase in fibre caused my chronic constipation? I have been planning my diet for the last week or so so that I am eating around 30g of fibre, will this help me? Thanks.
Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:17 AM
Ok thanks. My doctor told me to sprinkle pure wheat bran on some of my meals each day, which probably made things even worse. I'm now making sure that my fibre to between 25g and 30g, so hopefully that will work. I've been doing it for a week now and not much progress, but I know it will take a while to improve if it does.
Yes it IS possible to have too much fiber and have that cause constipation. You are currently ingesting twice the suggested daily amount. I would suggest you cut it back and see if that helps the constipation.