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Benefits Of Psyllium Husks In Your Diet

Updated on October 24, 2016
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The Plantago Plant And Psyllium Husks

The Plantago plant
The Plantago plant
Psyllium  husks in their natural form
Psyllium husks in their natural form

Benefits Of Psyllium Husks : Introduction

Health is the greatest wealth! To be healthy is the most important thing in life. Without good health, everything is hell! We need regular exercise, a relaxed mind, and healthy nutrition. Healthy nutrition comes in many forms. Health foods and health supplements usually cost a bomb. However, if we look around, some are more affordable and some are even cheap. Psyllium husks are one of them.

To be practical, health foods should satisfy five criteria:

1. It must be affordable.

2. It must be easily available.

3. It must be easy to prepare.

4. It must be palatable.

5. It must be effective.

Have you heard of psyllium seed husks, or simply psyllium husks? Psyllium husks pass the above test with flying colours! Psyllium husks have been used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. Psyllium husks are also known as ispaghula. They are the portion of the seeds from the Plantago plant, also known as Desert Indian wheat, native to India.

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Why psyllium husk is effective for bowel problems?

Psyllium husks can absorb water 8 to 16 times their weight. The husks then become bulky fibre, as effective laxative. The husks form a gelatin-like mass in the colon when consumed with liquid. This keeps the bowel nice and soft, while the husks absorb toxins in the bowel. The husks work well because they are indigestible and when in contact with liquid, they expand and scrape the walls of the intestine. As the husks travel through the digestive tract, they absorb the water but are not digested. This results in stools becoming bulkier, but softer, making it easier to pass motion. It helps to regulate the bowel, prevent diarrhea, ease constipation and promote general colon health. It is thus a natural neutral fibre.

Psyllium husks are also available in capsule form, taken as a supplement. Or they can be converted into powder, or simply in their natural form.

Guidelines when consuming psyllium husks.

1. The husks must be consumed with liquid. You can mix psyllium husks with practically any liquid: fruit/veggie juice, stew, soups, ice cream shakes, water, milk, etc.

2. Psyllium husks can cause dehydration since it makes the moisture content of our bowels higher. So make sure you drink plenty of water.

3. Psyllium husk is not recommended for those who are pregnant.

4. As they can dilute enzymes and affect the digestive system, take psyllium husks in between meals, never immediately after or before one.


5. A typical dose is 1 - 3 teaspoons per glass of water. Stir thoroughly.

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Best To Take Psyllium Husks With Fruit Juice

Taking psyllium husks with plain water is not a very pleasant way to do. We need to use some ingenuity to make it palatable and enjoyable. Let me share with you a tasty method which you will surely enjoy taking psyllium husks.

I take the natural form of psyllium husks, which is easier to mix and drink. My personal preference is mixing them with my fresh fruit juice. It’s delicious as my fruit juice has an extra “feel” just like having the crushed pulps of the fruits.

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      louis 

      5 years ago

      one very sincere question I can't find an anser to anywhere: How can the guidelines numbers #1 (you can take with soups, shakes, ice cream, etc) and #4 (take psyllium inbetween meals, never right before or after) both be true? It seems like they could each only be true for certain situations? What are the issues when taken with different types of food?

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      saleem 

      5 years ago

      i am using from 10 year. Very good for health.

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      TT44 

      6 years ago

      I have hated bran flakes all my life, with or without raisins, so guess what?

      I tried the loose-pack psyllium first. It's cheaper and I had no problem with swallowing it, but it's messy and awkward to pack along on travels. So then I switched to the "Lady Soma Detox". The packets of pills last for 7 days, and are an EXCELLENT psylium husk supplement. The capsules are convenient. Drink plenty of water! (But that's a good idea anyway.)

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      Justin Choo 

      8 years ago from Malaysia

      Shalini,

      Thanks for commenting. Hope you try the "great idea"!

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      You've spelt out the benefits of psyllium husks very well! I know so many who rely on it for good digestion. Your idea of mixing it with fruit juice seems a great idea!

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