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    Ok, seems like even one prelief constipates me. I already take 3 stool softeners at night and drink 8 oz. prune juice every morning. It I try a high fiber food it actually makes me strain more! Anyone have a suggestion? Would magnesium help? I do have some. Thanks all!

  • #2
    Judy, I also suffer from constipation, and have for most of my life. Here's a list of high fiber foods and the web site where I got it from. We have to have a balance of water, fiber, and oil in our diets in order to be regular. This web site explains all of that. Hope it helps.

    http://www.wehealnewyork.org/healthi...ber/index.html

    The Top Twenty Fiber Foods (I realize that not all of these foods are IC friendly!)

    1. Dried beans, peas, and other legumes
    This includes baked beans, kidney beans, split peas, dried limas, garbanzos, pinto beans and black beans.
    2. Bran cereals
    Topping this list are Bran Buds and All-Bran, but 100% Bran, Raisin Bran, Most and Cracklin' Bran are also excellent sources.
    3. Fresh or frozen lima beans, both Fordhook and baby limas
    4. Fresh or frozen green peas
    5. Dried fruit, topped by figs, apricots and dates
    6. Raspberries, blackberries and strawberries
    7. Sweet corn, whether on the cob or cut off in kernels
    8. Whole-wheat and other whole-grain cereal products.
    Rye, oats, buckwheat and stone-ground cornmeal are all high in fiber. Bread, pastas, pizzas, pancakes and muffins made with whole-grain flours.
    9. Broccoli-very high in fiber!
    10. Baked potato with the skin
    (The skin when crisp is the best part for fiber.) Mashed and boiled potatoes are good, too-but not french fries, which contain a high percentage of fat.
    11. Green snap beans, pole beans, and broad beans
    (These are packaged frozen as Italian beans, in Europe they are known as haricot or french beans.)
    12. Plums, pears, and apples
    The skin is edible, and are all high in pectin.
    13. Raisins and prunes
    Not as high on the list as other dried fruits (see #5) but very valuable.
    14. Greens
    Including spinach, beet greens, kale, collards, swiss chard and turnip greens.
    15. Nuts
    Especially almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and walnuts (Consume these sparingly, because of their high fat content.).
    16. Cherries
    17. Bananas
    18. Carrots
    19. Coconut
    (dried or fresh-but both are high in fat content).
    20. Brussels sprouts

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    • #3
      I also take magnesium supplements every day. Since I started doing that a few years ago plus taking a little milk of magnesium every couple of days, I find that I stay pretty regular and that doesn't cause me further problems with my IC.

      T83

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Tracey83 View Post
        I also take magnesium supplements every day. Since I started doing that a few years ago plus taking a little milk of magnesium every couple of days, I find that I stay pretty regular and that doesn't cause me further problems with my IC.

        T83
        Tracey, how many milligrams of magnesium are in the supplement that you take? I'm looking at the 250 mgs and the 500 mgs and wondering which would be the best to get.

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        • #5
          Cathy, I will let you know tomorrow. I have the bottle at home.

          PS...Love you doglet!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Tracey83 View Post
            Cathy, I will let you know tomorrow. I have the bottle at home.

            PS...Love you doglet!
            Thanks, Tracey! I'll be looking for your post.

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