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Bowel Mvmt. Problems - Seeking Guidance
tchap posted:
Hi All,

I have been going to the doctor for years about this. I have seen my family practitioner, gastroenterologist (and colonoscopy), and a pelvic floor physical therapist. I have tried destressing and a number of other things. My problem is when I use the bathroom for a BM it does not all come out, and what does come out is often a messy clean-up. It is not a loose stool, and comes out formed. But when I go to clean up I have to use a lot of toilet paper. Also my bowel movements at this time seem really big. It doesn't seem to have condensed as much as it should.

I'm kind of at a loss BUT I have found some relief. I have found that if I eat beets that my bowel movements are complete, normal sized, and require virtually no clean up! I know it is the beets because my stools are tinted very red for a few days, as well as my urine being red. During this time everything is great. As soon as the red is out of my system, though, it is back to business as usual.

What is going on with this? Is there something in beets that would do this? I think I heard also at some point that beeturia is the body's inability to digest everything in a beet. Might it be a vitamin, mineral, or nutrient deficiency?
calgal37 responded:
TChap, it could be the amount of the fiber in the beets that's of assistance in helping you evacuate. Evidently the amount in a single beet is fairly high. The fiber would absorb a fair amount of the fluid in the fecal material and add 'bulk.'

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