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Feel fab with Fybogel.
Member Name: trayrope
Advantages: Natural, can be got on prescription.
Disadvantages: Tastes horrible.
My Husband has suffered from I.B.S (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) for over 20 years. He goes through patches of quite severe symptoms but on the flip side he has patches where he is fine. When he is suffering severe symptoms he prefers to control it as naturally as possible due to all the medical intervention involved in finally handing him his I.B.S diagnosis and then a disastrous stint on Amitriptyline that involved him sleeping nearly 24 hours solid (that's how relaxed they made him).
One of the triggers, apart from eating junk food, for my husband is stress. When he has had a particularly stressful patch at work or through some upheaval at home it is not long before the agonising stomach cramps, bloating and flatulence begin, shortly followed by a very long time in the toilet. My husband suffers mostly with extremely loose stools when he has an I.B.S attack, he very rarely gets constipated.
One of the things the Doctor prescribed him was Fybogel. This is a natural fibre drink made from Ispaghula Husk. Ispaghula Husk is the outer and collapsed layers from the dried seeds of Plantago Ovata Forssk (Dessert Indian wheat) grown in California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Texas.
The Ispaghula Husk swells when it is in the gut and increases the volume of your faeces. It is not absorbed into the body like a medication or vitamin. The increased bulk of the faeces stimulates the bowel to push everything along relieving constipation, or in the case of my husband helps bulk everything up making for a more comfortable toilet time.
Fybogel is recommended when you need more fibre in your diet to help regulate your bowel functions and can be used when suffering with I.B.S, Haemorrhoids, Persistent Diarrhoea and Ulcerative Colitis. It can also be taken after a Colostomy or Ileostomy or if you have an Anal Fissure. It is fine to take during pregnancy to relive Constipation.
Fybogel should only be used with the guidance of your medical practitioner.
As Fybogel increases the amount of fibre in your diet you may suffer from an increase in flatulence or bloating, but this should clear up within a few days of starting to take it, if it persists then consult your Doctor.
Fybogel comes in individual sachets and my husband gets them in boxes of 30. So far my husband has tried the natural and orange flavour and he greatly prefers orange.
It is simplicity itself to make up a dose of Fybogel, just put ¼ of a pint of cold water in a glass, rip open a sachet and tip it in and stir quite briskly, the granules don't seem to dissolve completely so what you have is a glass of what looks like orange coloured runny wallpaper paste. This must be then drank immediately, my husband says it is not very nice and is quite gritty but as he knows it is doing him good and is natural he happily takes it.
Mr H tells me that although the drink doesn't taste very nice and its consistency is thick and gritty it helps soothe his bowels, he will take this for a few days at a time till his I.B.S settles back down.
The dosage instructions are also on the back of the box. Children age 6-12 can take ½-1 5ml spoonful dissolved in water; it is only to be taken by children under 6 with medical guidance.
Fybogel is only to be taken with water, do not take more Fybogel than directed. If you accidentally take too much drink plenty of water. If symptoms persist consult your Doctor.
The sachets are to be stored in a dry place below 30c and used before the best before date. They come in Orange, Lemon and Natural flavour. Mr H has tried Orange and Natural and prefers Orange.
Thank you for reading my review.
(Will also be on Ciao)
Summary: A natural way to regulate your bowel functions.