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Fiber is a nondigestible carbohydrate that's known to have beneficial physiological effects in humans. Fiber falls into two categories: soluble (dissolves in water) and insoluble (increases stool bulk).

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  • Top 12 Foods for Constipation Relief Constipation is a common problem, and almost everyone has been constipated at one time or another. There are foods that can help...learn more »
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    • What is constipation?
    • 1. Beans
    • 2. Kiwi
    • 4. Sweet potatoes
    • 5. Popcorn
    • 6. Nuts and seeds
    • 7. Whole grain bread
    • 3. Pears, plums, and apples
    • 8. Berries
    • 9. Flaxseed
    • 10. Broccoli
    • 11. Dried fruit
    • 12. Prunes
  • Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease) Diverticulitis is a condition in which diverticuli in the colon rupture. The rupture results in infection in the tissues that...learn more »
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    Diverticulitis (Diverticulosis, Diverticular Disease) Article
    • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis facts
    • What is diverticulosis?
    • What is diverticulitis?
    • What causes diverticula and how do diverticula form?
    • What are diverticulitis symptoms?
    • Is there a special diet or digestive supplement that can treat or prevent diverticulitis symptoms?
    • What are the more serious complications of diverticulitis?
    • How are the diagnosis of diverticulitis and diverticulosis made?
    • What is the treatment for diverticulitis and diverticulosis?
    • Medical treatment of diverticulitis and diverticulosis
    • Surgical treatment for diverticulitis
  • Anal Fissure An anal fissure is a small tear or cut in the skin lining of the anus. Pain and/or rectal bleeding during bowel movements are...learn more »
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    Anal Fissure Article
    • Anal fissures facts
    • What are anal fissures?
    • What causes anal fissures?
    • What are the symptoms of anal fissures?
    • How are anal fissures diagnosed and evaluated?
    • What is the treatment for anal fissures?
    • General treatment and home remedies for anal fissures
    • Prescription medications for anal fissures
    • Surgical treatment for anal fissures
    • Personal observation
  • Constipation Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week....learn more »
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    Constipation Article
    • Constipation facts
    • What is constipation?
    • What causes constipation?
    • Medications that cause constipation
    • Other causes of constipation
    • What are constipation symptoms?
    • How is constipation diagnosed (evaluated)?
    • Exams and tests
    • Imaging studies and other tests
    • What treatments are available for constipation?
    • Dietary fiber and bulk-forming laxatives to treat constipation
    • Other laxatives to treat constipation
    • Other laxatives and OTC products to treat constipation
    • Prescription drugs to treat constipation
    • Other treatments for constipation
    • What is the approach to the evaluation and treatment of constipation?
    • When should I seek medical care for chronic constipation?
    • What is new in the treatment of constipation?
  • Colon Cancer Colon cancer is a malignancy that arises from the inner lining of the colon. Most, if not all, of these cancers develop from...learn more »
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    Colon Cancer Article
    • Colon cancer facts
    • What is cancer?
    • What is cancer of the colon and rectum?
    • What are the causes of colon cancer?
    • What are the symptoms of colon cancer?
    • What tests can be done to detect colon cancer?
    • How can colon cancer be prevented?
    • What are the treatments and survival for colon cancer?
    • What is the follow-up care for colon cancer?
    • What does the future hold for patients with colorectal cancer?
  • Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids (piles) are swollen veins in the rectum and anus. Causes include pregnancy, obesity, diarrhea, low-fiber diet, and...learn more »
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    Hemorrhoids Article
    • Definition of hemorrhoid
    • What causes hemorrhoids?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of a hemorrhoid?
    • What does a hemorrhoid look like?
    • How is the diagnosis of hemorrhoids made?
    • How are hemorrhoids treated?
    • OTC medications and home remedies for hemorrhoids
    • Non-surgical approaches
    • Hemorrhoid surgery
    • What is the prognosis for hemorrhoids?

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