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Old 08-10-2004, 02:12 PM
Edward The Head Edward The Head is offline
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So how can I harden up my poop? (a bit too much TMI)

I have a problem that comes up all the time for me lately. Whenever I have an athletic competition my nerves seem to do a number on my bowels. I've tried taking Imodium AD and that works, but I'd rather have something natural.

Since I have a triathlon this weekend I'd rather not have to worry about going 15 minutes into the event. There has to be a better way to take care of this.

I'm sure leiu has some good ideas, but maybe someone else does too.
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Old 08-10-2004, 02:55 PM
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eat more fiber. bulk. cellulose. veggies and fruits. try metamucil - highly concentrated fiber. lay off the greasy foods.
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Old 08-10-2004, 04:35 PM
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Aren't metamucil and other fiber supplements used to loosen the bowels? I know that when I switched to an extremely-high fiber breakfast cereal (for unrelated reasons), I had low-to medium-grade diarrhea for about a week until my body adjusted.
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Old 08-10-2004, 04:42 PM
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Aren't metamucil and other fiber supplements used to loosen the bowels? I know that when I switched to an extremely-high fiber breakfast cereal (for unrelated reasons), I had low-to medium-grade diarrhea for about a week until my body adjusted.

I was led to believe they're for regulating bowels. They harden when they need to, soften when they need to so stool is at a more "normal" consistency. If it's stress chemicals that are causing the problem, though, there's probably not a lot you can do. Of course, YMMV.
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Old 08-10-2004, 05:52 PM
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I had very soft stools since an operation a year ago. The Dr. recommended fiber supplements, which will add bulk to too soft stool and soften too hard stool. It did an OK job and is worth trying.

Cheese will also firm up the stool.
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Old 08-10-2004, 05:58 PM
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Isn't Imodium just clay? Pretty natural.
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