Benefits of Fiber Supplements

It’s not always easy to get enough fiber from your food. Sometimes you may want to take a fiber supplement to make sure you’re getting enough. Fiber supplements are also useful if you’re suffering from constipation and some colon problems.

Fiber supplements come in several different forms. The most popular is a powder (you have achoice of flavors) made from psyllium. There’s about 3.4 grams of soluble fiber in one rounded teaspoon (7 grams) of psyllium powder. Psyllium also comes in capsules and in chewable wafers.
Each dose has about 3 grams of fiber. You can also buy psyllium seeds in your health-food store.

They’re often called “flea seeds” or “natural vegetable powder.”
Other fiber supplements are made from calcium polycarbophil (Equalactin®, FiberCon®), or methylcellulose (Citrucel®). They too come in a variety of forms and flavors. Of all the supplements, though, doctors recommend psyllium the most, because it’s the least likely to cause gas or diarrhea.

To use the powder or flea seeds, stir a teaspoon or so into eight ounces of water or juice and drink it down immediately before it gets too sludgy. If you use the capsule or wafer form, you must immediately drink eight ounces of liquid. If you don’t, the fiber will swell up in your stomach and could form a blockage.
Most people find they get the most predictable benefit from fiber  supplements if they take them in the early evening—you should see results in about 12 to 24 hours. Don’t use a larger dose or take fiber supplements more than three times a day unless your doctor recommends it.

As with any fiber, taking too much could cause gas, bloating, or diarrhea. If fiber supplements cause problems for you, cut back on the dose until the problem goes away, then gradually increase the dose.

Do fiber supplements keep you from absorbing vitamins and minerals in your intestines? We’re not sure. To be on the safe side, take your vitamin and mineral supplements at a different time from your fiber supplements.



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All natural hemorrhoids treatment

What are hemorrhoids

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Hemorrhoids (also known as piles) are a form of varicose veins. It is swollen, enlarged veins that develop in the anal and rectal area.
They are very common; almost everyone will have them at some time in their life and approximately 50 percent of those over age 50 have them.
Hemorrhoids are usually caused by increased pressure on the veins in the pelvic and rectal area, which causes pooling of blood in the veins. The swelling veins stretch the surrounding tissue, leading to the development of hemorrhoids.

Hemorrhoid symptoms

Hemorrhoids can develop either inside the rectum (internal) or outside (external) and symptoms vary and may include:

  • Blue or purple skin in the rectal area
  • Feeling of fullness in the rectum (with internal hemorrhoids)
  • Itching, skin irritation, and discomfort
  • Lumpy tissue protruding from the rectum
  • Rectal bleeding (blood in stool or toilet paper)

Supplements for hemorrhoids treatment

For hemoroid treatment used supplements:

Diosmin is a flavonoid that improves vein health and reduces swelling, pain, itching, and bleeding. Numerous studies, including research on pregnant women, have found benefits for hemorrhoids.

Fibre supplements can be used to complement the diet. Look for a product that contains both soluble and insoluble fibres. Increase fibre intake gradually and take regularly with plenty of water.

Horse chestnut seed extract
This extract reduces swelling and pain, and promotes vein health. It may take several weeks to notice benefits.

Probiotics supplements containing these “friendly bacteria” help to restore the normal gut flora and have been shown in studies to relieve constipation. Look for Kyo-Dophilus.

Witch hazel
Strengthens veins and reduces inflammation. It is available in teas, creams, and solutions (to make compresses). It is safe for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

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