What are the benefits of Psyllium Husk? Why is the psyllium fiber effective? Psyllium relieves digestive problems like constipation and diarrhea.
It absorbs water and either soften stools if you have constipation or it firms up stools if you have diarrhea. This depends on the amount of water you drink for constipation, a lot or for diarrhea, much less.
It lowers cholesterol by eliminating bile. It binds toxins and removes them through the colon.
Why is psyllium effective in relieving constipation, diarrhea, inflammation, lowering cholesterol, controlling diabetes and as a weight loss ingredient.
What is the nature of psyllium fiber that make it an effective nature "cure".
Because it is like a brush, and "brushes" the colon clean. It looks like a brush, doesn't it?
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Psyllium Husks are a soluble and an insoluble fiber. It is used as a fiber supplement in many colon cleansing products and is one of the main ingredient that causes increased bowel movements while absorbing toxins. It absorbs water, toxins and cholesterol.
100 gms of psyllium contains around 14 times more fiber than 100 gms of oat bran and absorbs and swells ten times its volume. That is why psyllium fiber is so effective.
So, it is not only acts like a brush, but gives bulk for easy bowel movements.
Here are some benefits of psyllium fiber or isabgol, and more of why it is so effective:
The gel-like substance that psyllium husks form with water, creates bulk. This stimulates peristalsis of the lower colon and increases bowel movement. Psyllium prevents constipation.
Psyllium brushes the colon and removes waste matter that contain bacteria and parasites. These organisms produce toxins which makes you feel lethargic and low energy. When the toxins leave the body with the psyllium fiber that binds it, you will begin to feel energetic again.
Psyllium absorbs water. Water from watery stools are absorbed and makes the stools firm, and it is passed out normally. So, psyllium prevents diarrhea.
Psyllium lowers cholesterol, as excess cholesterol is secreted in bile by the gallbladder. This is absorbed easily by the psyllium husks and moved quickly out of the colon. Cholesterol in the bile is not left long in the bowels and therefore cannot be reabsorbed by the intestines.
Psyllium husks are also able to bind and move sugars out of the colon fast. Less sugar is absorbed which is very beneficial to the diabetic, as it reduces diabetes.
Psyllium husks creates weight loss because it forms bulk and makes a person feel full. So a weight watcher can use it to help overcome hunger, during a diet. Its ability to remove waste matter held for long in the colon can also make a person lose weight once that waste matter is eliminated.
Psyllium husks acts as a good anti-inflammatory agent. It contains mucilliage which is cooling and slippery, thus soothing the walls of the digestive system.
Psyllium Fiber can be used as a home remedy for hemorrhoids.
Hemorrhoids form when a person has to strain to eliminate hard stools as a result of constipation. Psyllium husks when taken with adequate amounts of water, creates a slippery gel-like substance, which moves through the bowels and eliminated easily.
Let's look at the summary of psyllium husk benefits.
Here is a summary:
It is a bulk fiber that increases the frequency of bowel movement so that you are not constipated.
Movement of the bulk fiber through the intestines eliminates toxins in your intestines, including bile containing cholesterol.
If you have diarrhea, Psyllium fiber absorbs water from watery stools and makes the stools firmer. It even relieves you of hemorrhoids, if you have them.
If you are constipated, psyllium with adequate water moves your bowels easily.
The bulk fiber with it's brush-like quality, removes impacted waste matter which may have been in your colon for a long time. It also gives you a feeling of fullness, and can be used to your advantage if you want to go on a weight-loss diet.
These are the benefits of psyllium.
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