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IRMANATOR
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3/17/14 7:04 P

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My holistic Dr told me to take a magnesium supplement. Some people have relief taking coconut oil.


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9/23/12 5:50 A

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I eat shirataki noodles most every day, and almost always have a big salad daily as well.

That said, my food intake has so vastly decreased that my bowels empty less frequently. It's normal for me, anyway, I think I may start taking a natural laxative however; I have heard that going less often keeps the toxins inside longer, so I want to deal with that.

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9/12/12 1:46 P

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just catching up on some topics here.... i am still doing atkins and had that problem... i take ducolax one cap a day... it seems to help me..

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9/4/12 10:32 P

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I had the same problem when I first did Atkins. It was one of the reasons I quit several years ago. I had to take Benefiber EVERY day, then finally got tired of it.

Since then, I've learned a few things. Make sure you get enough non-starchy vegetables. Adding extra fiber, whether from food or from a supplement, requires more water. I regularly drink over 100 ounces of water a day. Don't suddenly increase your fiber, because it takes a while for the body to get used to it. A sudden increase in fiber can backfire & cause constipation, so let your body adjust. The RDA for fiber is 25-35 grams of fiber per day, which can be hard on Atkins, especially in the Induction Phase.

I eventually switched from Atkins to South Beach, which promotes whole grains. I have plain oatmeal several times a week for breakfast, and I add in 2 TBSP ground flax meal - that combination gives me 9 grams of fiber, just for breakfast. I also snack on hummus because beans give you a lot of fiber. South Beach recommend 1/2 cup of beans per day, that adds about 8 grams of fiber. As your body adjusts to the increased fiber, the gas and bloating will subside.

"Normal" frequency of bowel movements depends on the individual, but I normally go once a day. If I don't go in a couple of days, I increase my fiber & water intake. As long as I'm not straining to go, I don't worry about it.

Exercise also helps get things moving.

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Hi. Sorry this is a gross topic, but from what a read a problem. This is my biggest problem with this diet. I finally give it a go and then two weeks I can't stand it anymore and give up. I hated taking laxatives, so I almost always caved and ate a bowl of cereal or pasta to get my pipes going again. Oh and everyone that claims fiber fiber fiber ---it didn't work for me, especially problematic what Phsylium husks--the worst and make me even more backed up.

This time around, I'm going to give it everything with positive attitude and change a few things.I did some research and realized I wasn't getting enough water, but that didn't solve my issues so I tried taking vitamin C and then a stool softener and have had success. My question for the board would be, if its healthy to take a stool softener everyday? I read they are just re=hydrating your waste and that its fine to take them every day. And how often does someone really need to go #2?

I am going to succeed this time, no other alternatives. I am going to lead a healthier lifestyle starting now. And for once I'm doing it for myself, not for my parents or a partner, but for myself.


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