Jun 2, 2012
Nelson, ever since becoming a frequent reader on the body.com I have read a few items you have written about the changes in digestive health HIV+ people experience. While I never experienced several gastric distress I have noticed that bowel movements havn't be what they used ot be. I was diagnosed hiv+ on Juy 26, 2010. I read some very good things about Psyllium fiber and have introduced this supplement into my diet. I put some in ym protein shake after my workout, yogurt and Fruit and even just mix a teaspoon full into a glass of ice water and chug it down. I have been amazed at the change in my bowels. They seem to be like before HIV came to me and I feel less bloated. What is your experience with Psyllium Fiber and are there any issues you know of with it use and hiv meds? I am on Atripla and am undetectable.
Keep up the good work!
Response from Mr. Vergel
We all need to aim at 30 grams per day of fiber but most of us do not get even close to that, so adding a fiber supplement makes sense. I do and if I forget, my stools are lose.
Fiber lowers colon cancer risk, improves insulin response, improves gut inflammation and microbial translocation (leakage of microbial products into the blood stream) and friendly bacteria populations in our guts.
So, keep taking it! One warning: for those taking meds with food, do not take your medications with fiber since it may impair absorption. Take fiber at least 2 hours after your meds. But since you are taking Atripla, I am assuming that you are taking it on an empty stomach.
Thanks for sharing your experience for all others to see.
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