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Old 09-14-08, 03:49 PM   #1
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Is it possible to have too much fiber?

A strange question, but is it possible?

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Old 09-14-08, 04:21 PM   #2
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Yes, of course. It's possible to get/have too much of anything.
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Fiber absorbs water. If you have too much without increasing your water intake you can constipate.
Unfortunately I have experienced this. Combined with the fact that I am almost constantly dehydrated I caused a fissure in a not so nice place. Lets just say that there is something worse than a hemorrhoid. ugh

I have started monitoring my water and fiber intake.
Also, if you drastically increase the amount of fiber from one day to the next the results can be quite painful.
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If you mean too much fiber from natural foods, you would prolly get full before you ate too much fiber. Powdered fiber like metamucil is a whole different story. You could definitely get too much of that in your system.
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Possible but unlikely if you are eating food and not stuffing yourself with fiber supplements.
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For the best benefit of fiber you should stick between 30-50 grams a day (a little bit higher than the normally reccomended 20g most Americans get). Just make sure you're getting adequate water as well and you will have no issues. Those numbers are pulled from a few articles I read when I was working on setting up my mealplan and converting to semi-vegetarianism. At that amount you get the best gastrointestinal benefit, and best benefit for your heart. Anything over that and you can start hurting your system.
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Eating a high fiber, natural foods diet can make you fart. No big deal.
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This is crazy true. It also makes your stool very hard, so I can understand how constipation can occur.
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I ask because I've been switching my carb intake to whole grains to steady my energy levels, a 'slow burn' so to speak. Mainly pasta and bread. Add 2-3 apples a day (to replace machine food and they travel well) and added veggies, and it really increased my fiber intake.
I think you're fine, that sounds like a reasonable amount. Most Americans do not consume enough fiber.

I agree on making sure you get enough water, also it's good to make sure you get both soluble and insoluble fiber.
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Eating a high fiber, natural foods diet can make you fart. No big deal.
Excessive gas can be painful.

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Occasionally, I get a slight uncomfortable feeling in my gut (almost like its in my intestines) but it goes away when I eat something else. It's not pain or disabling, just noticeable. I do not take any fiber supplements and I keep hydrated.
The discomfort is probably from gas. Bacteria in the gut digest the fibre producing gas. Over time your gut flora will adjust and it wont be as big a problem.

Secondly, what veggies did you add? Personally I can't handle raw broccoli, cauliflower or iceburg lettuce very well. When I cook my broccoli and use baby spinach or romaine etc in salads I'm fine. Play around, it might just be one or two foods you can't handle.

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Here is what I found regarding insoluble and soluble fiber.
Both seem to be in my diet as is.


http://www.healthcastle.com/fiber-so...nsoluble.shtml
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One summer when I was a teenager, I worked for a friend's dad who grew walnuts, almonds, and prunes. Pretty menial labor: get up obscenely early, move sprinkler pipes, cut suckers.
Anyway, you've probably never had a fresh prune right off the tree. They are absolutely the most delicious fruit on God's green earth. Just don't eat more than a handful.

Believe me, I know from painful personal experience that yes, it is possible to have too much fiber.
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A strange question, but is it possible?

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Yes. Note that over time, your body will adjust and you will be less gassy. It will help if you spread the fiber out during the day...
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One summer when I was a teenager, I worked for a friend's dad who grew walnuts, almonds, and prunes. Pretty menial labor: get up obscenely early, move sprinkler pipes, cut suckers.
Anyway, you've probably never had a fresh prune right off the tree. They are absolutely the most delicious fruit on God's green earth. Just don't eat more than a handful.

Believe me, I know from painful personal experience that yes, it is possible to have too much fiber.
OT: I always thought a prune was just a dehydrated plum? lol

More on topic... if you want to move up to a higher fiber diet ramp yourself up slowly. This will give your body time to adjust without having terrible gas. If you live alone you can jump right in, but expect to have terrible gas for a few days and you may need to be close to a bathroom at all times.
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. . .is it possible?
Hey Crimson',

Not possible as any Saturday Night Live viewer will tell you. "Colon Blow"!!

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Anyway, you've probably never had a fresh prune right off the tree. They are absolutely the most delicious fruit on God's green earth. Just don't eat more than a handful.
Fresh dates too.

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I was checked out for a possible hernia. Fortuantely it wasn't. But x-rays showed I wasn't getting enough fiber as well as fluids - things not completely clearing out and some crytalined material in the kidneys.

I thought I ate healthy and took in enough fluids but I was wrong. Until I was aware of fiber intake, I got 30 grams osme days and maybe 10 on others. Also unless I had a hard workout in warm weather, I found I didn't take in enough fluids. I now to both.
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OT: I always thought a prune was just a dehydrated plum? lol

More on topic... if you want to move up to a higher fiber diet ramp yourself up slowly. This will give your body time to adjust without having terrible gas. If you live alone you can jump right in, but expect to have terrible gas for a few days and you may need to be close to a bathroom at all times.
Prunes are a specific variety of plum, grown especially for drying. They have very high sugar content and very thin skins. They would never make it to market; they'd bruise and rot within a day or two. So they go right off the tree to the dryer.

But people who grow them refer to them as prunes, not plums. Plums, to a grower, mean a fruit that is for eating fresh, like a Santa Rosa.
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Fresh dates too.
My personal weakness is fresh figs but I sometimes overdo it on dates too.
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