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How to Relieve Constipation with Psyllium Husk
If you suffer constipation, you will know how distressing it can be. Many use laxatives, but it is possible for your body to become used to these laxatives and your alimentary canal will not function without them. The peristaltic pumping action of the intestine drops off, and does not function properly until you use the laxative.
However, by using psyllium husk, you can cure your constipation naturally without affecting the regular passage of food through your digestive system. That is because psyllium husk is formed from the psyllium seed casing that is not only indigestible but also absorbs moisture and swells. By including the husk in your diet, it absorbs water in your gut, swells and renders your stool bulkier yet softer and more easily passed along your intestine and colon by the gentle natural peristaltic motion.
This is better than other forms of laxative that stimulate your alimentary canal into action, because these can be habit-forming as stated above. Because lack of roughage is the primary cause of constipation, it makes sense to use roughage to resolve the problem.
Psyllium Husk, Cholesterol and the FDA
Psyllium husk is the casing of the seeds of the psyllium plant, a member of the Plantago family grown commercially in Europe and India for the production of mucilage. This is used as a thickener in products such as ice cream and other desserts and also to provide roughage in commercial animal feed. Although it is commonly used as a laxative, psyllium husk can be used as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
In fact, in 1998, the FDA (the U.S. Food and Drug Administration) authorized this claim to be used on labeling of foods or dietary supplements containing psyllium husk. The FDA established that there was a definite benefit in using psyllium husk in low cholesterol and saturated fat diets in reducing the risk of heart disease.
This is significant stamp of approval that the FDA does not often give to herbal treatments, and if you are taking a diet low in saturated fats and low in cholesterol, then you should also take a psyllium husk supplement to underline the potential benefit to your health.
|Ingredients: Amount per serving: % Daily Value: +|
Psyllium (Plantago ovata)(husk) 525 mg ~
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