What is Psyillium Husk?
Psyllium Husk is basically fiber: as it is essentially made up of complex carbohydrates. Psyllium Husk is extracted from Psyllium, a plant. Psyllium is the coating around the seed of the Psyllium plant, so it is completely natural.
How can Psyllium Husk help me?
It main benefit is in preventing constipation and promoting colon health.
The natural fiber in Psyllium increases the weight of our bowels, and acts as a safe laxative. In fact Psyllium Husk is present in many over the counter laxatives.
Psyllium is important for many reasons.
Since it contains carbohydrates, it can help diarrhea.
It can help ease the pain of hemorrhoids and cystitis.
Psyllium Husks have anti-inflammatory properties, and can be beneficial for those with diabetes.
In some studies, it has been shown that Psyllium Husk can improve lipid control in Type 2 diabetes.
Aids in weight loss control
Maintains healthy cholesterol levels
Maintains healthy blood pressure levels
Treats yeast infections
Psyllium pushes out mucoid plaque.
How is Psyllium Husk beneficial for maintaining a healthy bowel?
The Psyllium husk swells when it comes in contact with water.
It can absorb anything that is 8-16 times its weight.>
Its bulky fiber qualities, makes it an effective laxative.
Psyllium husk forms a gelatin-like mass in the colon, which keeps the bowels nice and soft.
This mass also helps absorbs toxins located in our bowels.
The bulky substance formed by Psyllium Husks stimulates peristalsis, which aids constipation.
Considerations when using Psyllium Husk
There are some very important considerations to be aware of when using psyllium.
Some people have complained of bloating or gas when first using the product.
Most practitioners suggest taking several weeks to work up to a full dose of this dietary fiber.
Early reactions might include diarrhoea and flatulence.
Some people are severely allergic to psyllium husk.
This is especially true of those who handle large amounts of psyllium husk to prepare laxatives.
Some have had anaphylactic shock reactions to taking psyllium husk.
Intestinal obstruction may also be a risk for some, particularly those who have had surgery on the intestines or bowels.
Psyllium is not habit forming like stimulant laxatives. It can be used every day as long as desired.
Points to remember when taking Phyllium Husk
The most important thing to remember when taking psyllium husk is to take it with lots of water, & continue to drink water throughout the day.
Take the Phyllium husk with food or water.
Do not eat it alone as it can cause digestive problems.
You can mix Psyllium Husk with practically anything: fruit/veggie juice, stew, soups, ice cream shakes, water, milk, etc.
I find it works great if you are making a smoothie or juicing your own veggie juice, (as it acts as a thickener.)
Another way of drinking the phyllium is to put it in a glass of warm water. NOTE: Remember not to make the water too hot or by the time it has cooled down, you will have a glass of glug! – The phyllium swells to more than 20 times it’s original size.
Ensure that you consume plenty of liquid during the day (at least 6 – 8 glasses of water.)
The Psyllium Husk can cause dehydration since it makes the moisture content of our bowels higher.
Psyllium’s nutritional value lies in the numerous benefits of dietary fiber. The dietary fiber content of quality psyllium husks products is:
Psyllium Husks Powder: 4 – 4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1 rounded teaspoon)
Psyllium Whole Husks: 4 – 4 ½ grams of fiber per 5 gram serving (1 tablespoon)
Psyllium Husks Caps: 2 – 2 ¼ grams of fiber per 4-capsule serving Psyllium is a fantastic tool for helping with colon health. However, bowel issues are a “sign” that something else is not working within our digestive / elimination system. If symptoms persist please consult your medical health provider.
A kinesiologist may also be of benefit to you in similar situations regarding your colon health. Please consult your medical practitioner to ensure that there are no underlying medical causes to your current situation.
Author: Kerry Heritage