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Do potassium help bowel movment ?

By Anonymous April 27, 2010 - 6:26am
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I suffer from IBS do you think Food which contain potassium let my bowel movment
& stool softner ?
Also i suffer from bloating itried so many things like cummin, pepermint ...

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Today i went to general doctor, i told him i don't want any more medicine , i fed up to take medicine,
how about do blood test to see what in my colon ? he said impossible, we can do stool test much better
& check if there is helicobacter & prescription duspatalin retard 200 mg

May 3, 2010 - 11:04am
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potassium supplement i try to avoid tablets
i tried to eat banana on an empty stomach and follow with water, i go to toilet same time
that mean banana contain fibre, but alot of fibre could make too much gas & cramps
i want to know how much fiber i should take ?

About endoscopy i know how they do it, because i did before 8 years & doctor asked me
to avoid so many things m now i want to know could stress cause this gas ?

Really i am suffer of flatulence when i have meeting at work or join my friends
i cannot control myself every 20 minutes i have to excuse, everybody surprise of me
you are not feeling well - i forget to tell you i go for walking daily 30 min.

April 28, 2010 - 4:05am

Thank you for sending the link. The primary suggestions for the diet that were mentioned in the article were to consume fiber-rich foods, and did mention that potassium-rich foods could help with bloating. I know that a potassium deficiency can lead to poor bowel conditions, but the article did not mention how much potassium you would need to consume to gain the positive effects of decreasing bloating. This is where I became skeptical of the article, since there was no specific information and no medical credentials by the author.

I have read that perhaps the reason the article mentions potassium as beneficial is because it can help with excess sodium in the body (I'll have to check and make sure this is accurate). If you are eating a healthy and balanced diet, you probably are already consuming enough potassium. I would not supplement with potassium, as it can have side effects on your circulatory system.

Primarily, avoiding foods high in sodium would reduce your need for "extra" potassium, and keeping a food diary to see if eating more bananas (potassium-rich food, for example) seems to help with your bloating and flatulence. If it works for you, that's great! It may not work for everyone.

Why are you worried about an endoscopy? This is a great tool, and could help you in relieving your symptoms and lead to effective treatments. Do you have any specific questions about this procedure?

April 27, 2010 - 6:21pm
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Thank you dear Alison Beaver for reply

I have IBS problem since 8 years, Doctor prescription Librax tablet which effecting gastro -intestinal or genitourinary tract when trigered or compounded by anxiety or tension.

I avoid so many thing like Junk Food, soft drinks, chili ....

The problem is my abdomen, i have too much gas, recently i went to doctor i explain to him my problem

& he asked me to do endoscopy but i refused cause i worry .

I want to know if there is any blood test which can find food cause for me flatus < i cannot go with people

feel embarrassing

i think potassium helping with IBS, cause i feel comfort which reduce bloating


April 27, 2010 - 1:08pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

you're skipping a lot of words and it makes it harder to understand you. no offense just thought i would say that. Also all the blogs/comment websites are for helping women, I guess the men think they're too good to have health issues or too illiterate to mention them

July 15, 2016 - 8:53pm

I have not read that potassium alone can help with the symptoms of IBS, or help make your stools "softer". What I do know about IBS is that each person's diet is unique in how it effects their symptoms, and there are relavatively few dietary suggestions that work across the board for everyone. These "general" diet tips include consuming more soluble fiber, avoiding known gas-producing foods, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and keeping a food diary along with your symptoms so you can learn how your specific diet effects your symptoms.

If you have a source that you can provide, regarding the potassium helping with IBS, can you send us the link and we can look into it further?

Have you been diagnosed with IBS, or do you have IBS-type symptoms without a diagnosis? How is your IBS being treated?

April 27, 2010 - 6:56am
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