Nutrition & Dieting/Fibre intake.

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Hi.

I suffer badly from piles but also have eczema when eating wheat products so find it real tough to juggle the problem of effective fibre intake whilst maintaining good looking skin. My question is what are the best foods for high fibre that don't contain wheat and can i expect to recover from my piles by gaining my fibre from just these foods and avoiding wheat?

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Hi James,

I can't say whether fibre will cure the piles, but it sure is good for regularity and lots of other reasons.
Fibre is found in many fruits, nuts and vegetables, too.
Drinking plenty of water (6-8 cups a day) also helps your stools from becoming hard and dry.

Oat fibre may work for you. You can actually pulverize oats in a food processor to make flour, and then use that to bake muffins or cookies.
Oatmeal is good, as well as oat cereals like Cheerios.

Another very good source is Metamucil. It's fiber from psyllium, a plant. You buy this in a pharmacy, over the counter (no prescription needed). It's a powder you mix into water or other beverages. Start with one serving a day and work your way up to 2 or 3.

Increasing your fiber intake too quickly may cause gas and bloating, so don't try all these suggestions at once!

Laurie

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Laurie Beebe, MS, RD, LD

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As a registered dietitian (RD)I am fully qualified to accurately answer questions regarding weight loss, including those from people with health conditions requiring dietary restrictions (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc) who want to lose weight, or who have been advised to do so by their physician.

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I have been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and have a certificate in Adult Weight Management through the commission on dietetic registration at Level 1 and Level 2. I am also trained in coaching through Coach U and currently work as a diet coach to help people lose weight the healthy way, through gradual habit changes.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group, Nutrition Entreprenuers, St.Louis International Coach Federation, Toastmasters

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Livestrong.com, Glamour.com, Ezinearticles.com, Ehow.com, Today's Dietitian

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Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Florida, 1983; Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Case Western Reserve University 1985; Certificate in Adult Weight Management 2006; CoachU core essentials grad 2007; Level 2 certificate in Adult Weight Management 2010.

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