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    I second (fourth?) the magnesium and drinking more water. (I mean, unless you're drinking tons already). Try probiotic foods instead of the supplement - esp. ones like real sauerkraut which has fiber and probiotic for ya!
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    First and foremost I would recommend getting a second opinion. Perhaps a naturopath.

    I went to an MD doctor about, erm, bowel issues. She prescribed the fiber stuff to take daily. Ick. I'm not sure whether or not it worked because I quit taking it after about a week. I went and got a second opinion from another clinic (an RNP, actually) and she recommended I go to the store and buy probiotics. The probiotics worked for me, and I take them whenever I start getting these "issues." They are also cheaper than the fiber crud. I would try other options before succumbing to the prescription--remember, doctors are sales persons for pharma--they do honestly try to help you, but typically recommend medication as the first solution. I would recommend to get a second opinion, but also just go to the store and try buying some probiotics. It makes sense because changes in bacteria change your stools. Every time I get on antibiotics I see this happening, and the probiotics change it too.
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    I used to take psyllium (husk) daily for years and years with my morning coffee. Would make the poop just fly out.

    this one is cheap and has a very fine texture: Source Naturals, Psyllium Husk Powder, 12 oz (340 g) - iHerb.com

    It rapidly absorbs a large quantity of water, so mix it in a drink and either drink it right away or let it stand a bit but expect it to be slippery and perhaps unappetizing at that point. I got used to it and didn't mind it as a beverage supplement.

    I am out of the habit of taking it now that I am more primal. Eating a lot of vegetables is typically sufficient to be good. Magnesium and more water intake are good ideas also.
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    What are your opinions on my doctor's solution for constipation?

    Magnesium and drinking hot liquids help.

    High protein, low fat/carb stops you up. Either increase fat or carbs. Either works. You'll probably get a ton of advice to either effect. (Meaning omg eat moar carbs! Omg eat moar fat!!)


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