High Fiber Diet
A high-fiber diet will help prevent conditions of hemorrhoids,
constipation, diverticulosis, diverticulitis, colon polyps,
colon cancer, and high cholesterol.
Fiber keeps stool soft and lowers pressure inside the colon
so that bowel contents can move through easily. Fiber works
best when water is ingested, so remember to drink at least
6 to 8 glasses of water per day. On average, Americans eat
about 5 to 20 grams of fiber daily. The American Dietetic
Association recommends 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day. Over
35 grams of fiber a day may cause excess bowel gas, and therefore
some discomfort. The table below shows the amount of fiber
in some foods that you can easily add to your diet.
The doctor may also recommend taking a fiber product such
as Citrucel, Konsyl, or Metamucil once a day. These products
are mixed with water and provide about 2 to 3.5 grams of fiber
per tablespoon, mixed with 8 ounces of water.