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Old 11-14-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
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Any fiber supplements that don't have carbs?

Being advanced in years I had my first colonoscopy and the doc said I was beginning to get Diverticulosis and needed to increase my fiber intake. Having been a low-carber for a decade prior to this, I can see why.

I found a product made by NOW called pure Psyllium Husks.

It should not cause weight gain, right? Those carbs are safe carbs, right?

Well six months ago is when I began taking this every day. I take three HEAPING tablespoons once a day. And for six months I have been gaining weight. Stopped taking it two days ago and lost seven pounds in two days.

So what's up? Anyone know of a fiber supplement that is compatible with low-carb?
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Well, since fiber is a carb, you're not going to find a carb-free one.
Some people take glucomannan for the fiber, but as far as I know, all fiber needs water to move it though your system, so if you're not drinking enough water, it can have the opposite effect.
Reading what you take, I believe the recommended dosage is 3 TEAspoons, not 3 TABLEspoons, so you may just want to cut back to that level
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #3
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BTW low-carb veggies like broccoli have fiber, so you might want to look at your diet before deciding to supplement.

Avocado, asparagus, celery, spinach, cabbage, bell peppers, zucchini - all good sources of low-carb fiber
Not to mention flax, chia, nuts -really a whole big world of fiber rich foods
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Old 11-14-2014, 11:19 AM   #4
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I believe ground flax seed has almost the same amount of grams of iiber as carbs, so they should cancel each other out. Really good for you, too.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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Hi geezer,

You may find post #17 of this thread helpful:

Need more fiber

Best Wishes!

locarbman... ;-)
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Old 11-15-2014, 03:09 AM   #6
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You don't really need the fiber. I have diverticulosis and never worry about fiber.

Do some research and you'll find that there is no science behind the fiber suggestion.

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Old 11-15-2014, 04:33 AM   #7
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When I had my first colonoscopy (about age 65), my doctor 'diagnosed' diverticulosis--but he also said that it's benign and common in most people age 60+. I've since had several colonscopies (different doctor), with diverticulosis noted each time with NO recommendations. It's a perfectly 'normal' finding in the aged, according to my gastroenterologist.

Granted, there are people who have problems from infection, etc., but as long as there are no symptoms, there doesn't seem to be any need for dietary adjustments.

Of course, the OP may have a different situation, and everyone should 'dialogue' with his or her doctor about any issues that have been diagnosed.
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Old 11-15-2014, 06:50 AM   #8
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A few years ago I was using about 5g of L-glutamine twice a day for carb cravings. I just used it regular for a few months but it seems to have cleared my diverticulitis. At least it hasn't bothered me for about 3 years now.
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Old 11-15-2014, 08:37 PM   #9
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great Posts! Keep 'em coming. Will do the flax seed.

Interesting thoughts about not needing fiber. I like a good BM every day and low carb makes it tough.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:48 AM   #10
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Dr. Michael Eades wrote a thought provoking article on the subject of fibre. I think it is worth considering.... The subject title is 'a cautionary tale of mucus, fore and aft'.

It is also interesting to do a bit of research into the subject of dietary fibre recommendations and how they came to be believed as fact.
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