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How to get a firmer stool

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Hi, I'm eating healthy now. Lots of vegies and fruits. No more junk. But now, many times a month will have a looser stool, which involves more tp usage. What can help? What foods to firm up? Thanks for any suggestions. :)

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Whole grains/multi-grains did if for me -- big time and consistently:

  • whole grain/multi-grain pasta such as Healthy Harvest or Barilla+
  • baking my pizza crust, biscuits, cake, bread using whole wheat flour
  • eating whole grain or multi-grain bread and wraps

Also, a lot of fiber and plenty of water:

  • popcorn
  • carrots, cabbage, bell peppers, etc.
  • steel cut oats
  • small red beans, black beans, etc.
  • lentils, split peas

I went from having really, really soft stools to very firm and healthy ones.


Eat a little less fruit perhaps.  Fibrous foods are great for producing bulky stools but fruit, which tends to be acidic, can upset the stomach if eaten in too-large amounts and this results in loose stools or diarrhoea.  Get a good balance of other foods besides i.e. fats/oils and proteins.

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