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fiber, fish oil and pregnancy
July 25, 2011
9:25 am
Forum Posts: 356
Member Since:
March 23, 2010

It's hard to say which fiber product would work best for avoiding gas. Sometimes people initially experience gas when supplementing with fiber but then the overall gas issues improve. The Ultimate Chia Life is ideal because it is a whole food, not an isolated fiber product. The chia is also rich in the essential fats that can lubricate and soothe the colon. While the Organic Clear Fiber is ideal for diarrhea, this product is 100% soluble fiber which can cause gas - we typically suggest starting with a half dose if you're concerned about this response.

There is no "best" time of day to take a fiber supplement, take the additional fiber any time of the day you like. The chia seeds can be easily added to food, I would suggest a full fat yogurt - even half a serving. The fat in yogurt helps to blend the seeds, enabling them to swell and become more digestible. The Organic Clear Fiber can be added to any food or beverage, it has no taste or texture so it's easy to use.

Your only real solution is trial and error - people react differently to fiber supplements and supplements in general so it's impossible to know for sure without giving it a try.

July 21, 2011
11:45 am

thanks for your response. a major problem I have is painful gas and bloating. which of these fiber products would be best in avoiding that issue? also, what is the best time of day to take a fiber supplement?

July 21, 2011
9:28 am
Forum Posts: 356
Member Since:
March 23, 2010


Yes, because herbs like fennel can be questionable during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, it would be best to avoid FiberSMART. Our other fiber products such as Ultimate Chia Life, Organic Triple Fiber, Organic Clear Fiber would probably be fine since they do not contain herbal ingredients. The Organic Clear Fiber may be ideal because it's 100% soluble fiber which can be helpful for diarrhea.

The fish oil we suggest for people with IBS is FishSMART Ultra because it contains peppermint oil, is enteric coated for optimal digestion and contains lipase to enhance absorption.

With both the fiber and oil products, I would suggest printing the product information sheets on each item from our website and asking your physician whether the supplements would be appropriate for you.

Best of luck! 

July 20, 2011
9:56 am

hi, I have been diagnosed with ibs alternating and I'm considering becoming pregnant soon, are your fibersmart products safe to take during pregnancy? my dr says fennel is not safe during pregnancy. Also which fish oil supplement do you recommend for someone with ibs because I do hear some can cause diarreah? thanks

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