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Fiber-Stat Laxation Liquid
Constipation, one of the most common complaints of the elderly, can be defined as:
• more than three days pass without a bowel movement and/or
• a difficult time passing stools and/or
• pain in involved during defecation
Often associated with constipation is straining during bowel movements, the feeling of incomplete evacuation, pain in passing stool, feeling bloated, pot belly, weight gain, and a feeling of discomfort and sluggishness. Causes could be due to medication, immobility, poor hydration, and dietary deficiency of bulk and fiber.
Constipation is widespread in the US population with estimates of as high as 8.7 million people affected to some degree making it the most common chronic digestive disorder in US. This results in approximately 2.5 million doctor visits and spending over $400 million dollars on laxatives annually. In addition, at least 75% of elderly hospitalized patients and nursing home residents use laxatives for bowel regulation.
Constipation is a symptom, not a disease and like a fever it can be caused by a variety of factors. The following are the most common causes of constipation:
• Low Fiber Diet
The most important causal factor in most cases of constipation is a low fiber diet. Modern diets are often low in the natural fiber found in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains and high in fats and refined carbohydrates. Individuals who eat plenty of high-fiber foods or use fiber supplements are much less likely to become constipated. Fiber, both soluble and insoluble, is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that the body cannot digest. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and takes on a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines. Insoluble fiber passes through the intestines almost unchanged. The bulk and soft texture of fiber help prevent hard, dry stools that are difficult to pass. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, Americans eat an average of 5 to 14 grams of fiber daily, less than half of the 20 to 35 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association. Both children and adults eat too many refined and processed foods from which the natural fiber has been removed. Research indicates that high fiber diets result in larger stools, more frequent bowel movements and less constipation.
• Dehydration or Reduced Liquid Intake
Liquids such as juice and water add fluid to the colon and bulk to stools, making bowel movements softer and easier to pass. It is recommended that people with constipation drink eight 8oz glasses of fluid per day. Liquids that contain caffeine, like coffee and cola drinks, and alcohol have a dehydrating effect.
• Lack of Exercise
Lack of exercise can lead to constipation. Bed rest and limited activity of hospitalized patients also have an impact.
• Laxative Abuse
When used properly, for a specific problem on a short term basis, laxatives help the colon to restore its natural ability to contract. Used improperly over a longer period of time, laxatives can be habit-forming. The colon can begin to rely on laxatives to bring on bowel movements. Over time, laxatives can damage nerve cells in the colon and interfere with the colon's natural ability to contract. People who habitually take laxatives become dependent upon them and may require increasing dosages until, finally, the intestine becomes insensitive and fails to work properly.
• Changes in Life or Routine
Aging may affect bowel regularity because a slower metabolism results in less intestinal activity and muscle tone.
Many medications can cause constipation including pain medications (especially narcotics), antacids that contain aluminum and calcium, blood pressure medications (calcium channel blockers), anti-Parkinson drugs, antispasmodics, antidepressants, iron supplements, diuretics, tranquilizers, iron supplements, anticonvulsants for epilepsy and antihypertensive calcium channel blockers.
• Specific Diseases
There are many diseases that can directly or indirectly cause constipation. They include: neurological disorders, metabolic and endocrine disorders and systemic conditions that affect organ systems, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, Stroke, spinal cord injuries, endocrine conditions, Diabetes, underactive or overactive thyroid gland, Uremia, Hypercalcemia and Lupus.
For the hospitalized patient. a well-balanced diet that includes fiber-rich foods, such as unprocessed bran, whole-grain bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables, is recommended. Drinking plenty of fluids and exercising regularly will help to stimulate intestinal activity. Fiber supplementation can assist in restoring bacterial balance and increasing digestive efficiency.
The recommended amount of daily fiber intake is 20-40gm. The dietitian can help plan an appropriate high-fiber diet which may include beans, whole grains and bran cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. Because hospitalized and long term care patients typically cannot eat as much, it is important they receive a fiber supplement to assist in prevention of constipation and reduce the intake of laxatives.
Fiber-Stat Laxation Liquid will assist hospitalized and long term care clinicians manage the bowel regulation challenges of their patients without the need of laxatives or prescription medications.
Fiber-Stat is a colorless, odorless liquid fiber supplement proving 15 grams of soluble liquid fiber in 1⁄2 oz. Fiber-Stat is sugar, gluten , potassium, lactose and phosophorus free. In addition, Fiber-Stat is low in sodium. Fiber-Stat can be taken on its own, mixed with fluids and soft foods, and added to feeding tubes. Fiber-Stat is 100% natural.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber?
Soluble fiber absorbs fluid and the chemical or toxic waste contained in that fluid. It is also helps loosen or tighten the stool by balancing the water levels in the intestine. Soluble fiber helps regulate the consistency of the stool by absorbing more fluid if the stool is hard, making it softer or absorbing less fluid if the stool is too loose, making it firmer.
Insoluble fiber on the other hand doesn’t absorb fluid like soluble fiber does. It acts as a bulking agent and helps the intestine move food waste through the digestive tract thus promoting regularity and intestinal cleaning. If too much insoluble fiber is taken, intestinal discomfort can result, which is not the case with soluble fiber.
2. Does liquid consumption play a role in regularity while taking soluble fiber? Is added liquid necessary for people taking a regular does of soluble fiber? Will they become constipated without added liquids when taking Fiber-Stat?
There are no real special considerations in taking Fiber-Stat with liquids other than what would normally be considered for any water soluble fiber. In this case, the amount of liquid necessary is relatively low compared to other water soluble fibers and virtually all insoluble fibers.
3. Does Fiber-Stat block the absorption of minerals and vitamins like other fiber supplements?
The unique fibers in Fiber-Stat are considered a pre-biotic, which scientific studies have shown actually increases mineral absorptions. Other fiber products (such as those containing pysllium) are known to inhibit mineral and vitamin absorption.
4. How fast does Fiber-Stat effect stool softening?
Approximately 15 grams of Fiber-Stat per day for one week will result in a noticeable effect upon softening stools. Fiber-Stat is also beneficial for loose stool conditions.
5. Is there excess fluctuation (gas), bloating, or smell when taking Fiber-Stat?
There is no excess acid, gas, or undesirable odor resulting from taking Fiber-Stat.
6. Does Fiber-Stat interact with other medications?
Fiber-Stat is inert to other bio-chemicals and will not interact with other medications. However, it is always best to consult a physician/dietician before taking this or any other dietary supplement.
7. Does Fiber-Stat need to be refrigerated?
No, Fiber-Stat is shelf stable for a period of three (months) after opening. The cap should be securely tightened when not in use and stored at room temperature.
8. Can children or expecting women take Fiber-Stat?
Fiber-Stat can be taken under the same considerations as any other dietary fiber. However, it is a good idea to check with one’s physician.
9. How is Fiber-Stat made?
Fiber-Stat is derived from natural corn starch and vegetables. It is treated under special time, temperature, and acidity conditions to create a specialized fiber that is taste and texture free, along with mixing easily with any other beverage.
10. How much Fiber-Stat should be consumed daily?
Professional recommendations of Fiber-Stat are one (1) ounce twice a day, which is 30 grams of soluble fiber. This dosage has produced gentle and regular laxation.