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17 Jul 2006

Re.2027 - Doc, more information
Doc, thank you for replying to my earlier post.
Please excuse my ignorance, but what is soluble and what is insoluble fibre? Am I reading correctly that too much fibre can cause me to feel and look bloated. I also feel that I'm retaining water as my ankles tend to look puffy.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Carol
Soluble fibre is fibre that can dissolve in water like in "Fibre clear", oatbran, pectin in fruit
Insoluble fibre is the hard particles you see in whole wheat bread, hi bulk bran, lettuce, beans - the coarse undigestible parts. This tends to irritate the bowel.
If your ankles are puffy and you can press a little hollow in the skin that takes a few seconds to return to normal, you should let your doctor check your urine and kidney function as you may be losing protein through your urine.
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