do you guys ever have floating stools?? i had one today....is this common w/ibs?
There is no specific medical rule (if there is such a thing) that stools should float. Since only gas in the stool can make it float the only way consuming fiber could do this is the person makes enough gas from it. However, gas production is variable and some people make very little.quote:Caca is correct about the floating stools. Normal and health stools should float - it means there is enough fiber in the diet
One would have to consume probably very large volumes of fiber to do this, and the standard doses are very tiny. So I would go with the gas as the cause. However, one counterpoint to this idea is that fiber doesn't seem to cause much gas when taken in standard amounts (at least not that anyone can find.)quote:More likely it is attributable to the fact that when psyllium mixes with water it becomes a mucilage. It is the protein in the mucilage that would make it float.