I want to clarify that I was talking about the dietary fiber supplement as something that should be stopped. I totally agree with you, brunospud, that eating more fiber-rich foods (with lots of water) is one of the best things a person can do for his or her health, and fiber is found mostly in unprocessed foods! Very good points. A fiber supplement, though, on top of all of the fiber-rich food she was already eating, was probably stripping her body of nutrients as it went through the GI tract; humans are not made to eat fiber in excessive amounts, though most people these days, especially Americans, do need to eat a lot more. I wasn't sure if you were agreeing with me, or if you thought that I was telling her to cut fiber out of her diet completely. Hopefully I've clarified any misunderstanding! View Thread
So, I know that this is old, but as soon as I saw it I had to make an account so I could reply. I'm currently in nursing school and have learned about this in nutrition. STOP taking the fiber supplement. You are eating plenty of healthy food to have enough fiber for healthy digestion. It's true that fiber does make you feel fuller, because it is not super digestible by your body. That is why it's so good for making us "regular"- it goes in one end and out the other. The only problem is, as it goes through your digestive tract, copious amounts of fiber can take the vitamins and minerals from the rest of your food with it. That would explain, in my opinion, the nutrient deficiency you are experiencing, and could add to your increased hunger. You are eating well, but not absorbing a lot of it due to all the extra fiber. I know I'm late, but I hope this helps.View Thread
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