Whole Psyllium Husk from Organic India is a popular brand for those who want to consume more fiber. I had never consumed psyllium husk before I prepared my initial review on Organic India a few years ago. This updated review contains additional research on psyllium husk.
Adding more fiber to one’s diet is one of the simplest, cheapest and healthiest ways to keep the gut in order. Surprisingly, not many people know about psyllium husk and its remarkable health benefits. Read on to learn more.
Organic India Whole Psyllium Husk features
Organic India Psyllium Husk contains tiny psyllium flakes that, when consumed, soothes elimination and promotes regular bowel movement. This psyllium husk contains no synthetic ingredients (many brands include several unhealthy additives)
- Psyllium husk great for diarrhea; it soaks up water in the gut, making stool firmer thereby slowing down diarrhea
- Psyllium is great for suffers of hemorrhoids as it softens the stool and lessen pain
- Can lower high blood pressure, especially in overweight people with hypertension
- Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, a highly health promoting combination
- Studies suggest a reduced risk of colon cancer by consuming psyllium
- Very nice to use as a thickener when preparing food in your kitchen
- Fairly a mild taste; but don’t expect it to be tasty because it’s not
- Dissolves in liquids; can be mixed in green tea for example
- The soluble fiber in psyllium husk lowers cholesterol
- Certified 100% organic (best choice)
- Healthy for your heart
- Gluten free
What is psyllium husk?
Psyllium seed husk is a native plant of India also known as ispaghula or isabgol.
Psyllium seed husk is indigestible and one of the best sources of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. Husk is commonly used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. In addition, research shows that psyllium husk can lower cholesterol and control diabetes. Husk also promote the growth of probiotic bacteria in the gut.
How to use it
- in gluten-free baking using ground psyllium seed husk to bind moisture and make bread less crumbly;
- best used whole in its natural state;
- dried, chopped or powdered for easier consumption, usually mixed with water or other fluid;
- can be taken in capsules.
Who needs psyllium husk?
Many people consume processed food that contains very little fiber. Modern diets have created a “fiber crisis” which is when the gut do not work properly. A survey on this concluded that less than 10 percent of the population are consuming the recommended daily amount of fiber.
Symptoms of consuming too little fiber:
- Slow bowel movement
- Unstable blood sugar
- Poor digestion
- Weight gain
The amazing thing is that most symptoms can easily be resolved by introducing more fiber into the diet.
How much fiber do you need?
Most specialists recommend that healthy adults eat between 25-40 grams per day. Women tend to need a little less than men. However, most people eat only 10-15 grams per day, some even less. The remedy is very simple and cheap—add more fibers daily. But moderation is the key, so don’t overdo it.
Don’t go to the other extreme and consume too much
Start off slow when adding psyllium husk fiber to avoid overdose symptoms. Your gut will adapt at its own pace.
Too much fiber can cause…
- gas, bloating,
- constipation, as when drinking too little water;
- loose stool, because food won’t’ stay long enough in the digestive tract.
Many health benefits
Psyllium husk has proven one of the best and safest ways to enjoy the benefits of fiber. Probiotic bacteria residing in the gut thrive on fiber and this plays a major role in balancing the gut and preventing disease.
- If you have problems with bowel movement or constipation, this can be a very simple and surprisingly fast solution. I tried adding one teaspoon of psyllium husk to a glass of water, stirred and drank on an empty stomach. One teaspoon doesn’t sound much, but the effect on my stomach was surprisingly fast; a most convenient way to get your stomach going in a pleasant way. Many studies also confirm this effect; psyllium has a mild laxative effect.
- When psyllium husk comes in contact with water, it swells and forms a gelatin-like mass that helps transport waste through the intestinal tract. This is one of the first things you will notice as you start consuming psyllium fibers.
- Studies suggest that a high fiber diet can lower both insulin and blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol level in people with diabetes.
- Adding these fibers on a daily basis has proved to greatly support the probiotic bacteria in your gut. Probiotics bacteria feed on these fibers, thereby keeping active in your gut. This can have a tremendous effect on your health as 80% of your immune system is dependent on your gut.
- Great aid in weight control; if you want to loose weight, psyllium husk and fibers will make the weight loss process much easier and faster. One reason is that psyllium husk makes you feel fuller and reduce cravings and hunger.
- Excellent for people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disorder and many other bowel conditions. This is because fibers have a stabilizing influence on your whole gut.
Organic India Whole Psyllium Husk contains 48 servings. They recommend three servings per day. The cost for one jar is around $15, which is very acceptable! This amount lasted for several months for my wife and me.
Try to consume more raw food, vegetables, beans and other products containing natural fibers. Then you might not need three servings per day but could do with one or two. In addition, as your stomach gets in better shape you will do well with less than three servings. I noticed that one serving in the morning is enough to get the stomach moving. Try consuming fermented vegetables and raw vegetables daily.
How to consume
Mix one teaspoon in a glass of warm water, mix well and drink it quickly before it has thickened too much. Take a lower dose in the beginning for your stomach to get used to it. Take it first thing in the morning and in the evening. For certain health problems, you might need a higher dose.
Psyllium for weight loss
Take a teaspoon psyllium husk at least 30 minutes before meals. Try it for a few weeks and evaluate; this stuff works really well! Try to drink more water than usual as it will greatly assist your digestive tract moving around all that psyllium.
If you’re on some medication, you may want to speak with your doctor before you start consuming psyllium husk. This is to make sure there will be not interaction with your medication.
It helps to view psyllium drinks as medicine; just gulp it down and it will do the job very well.