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Well you'd probably have to be willing to find out how much fat you would have to eat per meal to cause the side effects that loosen up the stools/cause diarrhea, etc. Some people get that at a fairly low level of fat, some people have to eat a lot of fat and some people don't get those side effects.The problem is once you get enough fat in the stool to cause it to move more often people have issues with anal leakage of the oil globs so wear dark pants if you decide to try this as those globs tend to be a pretty obnoxious orange color that will stain things.So it probably isn't the best bet for constipation control. I'd probably go with osmotic laxatives rather than Alli, there are plenty of those available over the counter.
 

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Aren't laxatives bad for your body though? Everything seems to not want to move right below my rib cage. It is horrible having to live this way. I'm always bloated. What is the best osmotic laxative to use?
 

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There are a number of classes of laxatives.If you want totally natural osmotic laxative eat a lot of prunes, drink apple juice, eat some peaches and cherries.Sorbitol is an osmotic laxative.The ones people think are so dangerous and so bad are the stimulatory laxatives which irritated the colon muscles into contracting. Almost all of that is based on a laxative that isn't even on the market anymore (and wasn't removed because the laxative part was hurting people but it was found to be a carcinogen) and it isn't clear that there is good data it cause "cathartic colon" and no modern stimulatory laxatives have been found to cause it.Funny thing is if you label it a "colon cleanser" you can put as much stimulatory laxative as you want in a produce (same herbs like senna, cascara, rhubarb, whole leaf aloe that get sold as laxatives) and people think it is the healthiest thing in the world.Osmotics hold water in the stool. They don't do anything other than hold water in the stool. Here are some of themSorbitol (and other -itols) are found in food and can be added in larger amounts to "sugar free" or "low carb" foods. May increase gas.Lactulose. I think this is only prescription, may also increase gas.Magnesium Salts. From Magnesium Oxide to Milk of Magnesia. Probably should hold to under 1000 mgs of magnesium a day for regular use (can use more for a few days for a clean out). Most people have kidneys that will clear all excess magnesium, but if you are a bit iffy on the kidneys the magnesium can build up in the blood. However you need 400 mgs (or so) of magnesium every day to be healthy. Like everything you need to live, there is an upper limit where it isn't so good for you, usually because you would have a hard time keeping it in balance with the other things you need to live.Miralax. A synthetic compound that stays in the gut so doesn't get into the body. If you need way too much magnesium to keep things moving (and most people need 250-750 mgs a day) then you might want to switch to or add some miralax as it doesn't really have much of an upper dose other than at some point you get diarrhea too bad (but this is what they use for colonoscopy preps safely so you really have to cause a lot of diarrhea to be a problem).
 
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