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Using Psyllium Husk for Diarrhea
It is not often that a constipation remedy can also be used as a diarrhea remedy, but psyllium husk can. The reason becomes obvious when you consider how psyllium husk works to cure constipation and other bowel conditions such as anal and rectal injuries, and also IBS in some people. It should be noted that the use of Psyllium with irritable bowel syndrome should be carried out with the cooperation of your doctor (some physicians prescribe it for this), because it can make the condition worse in a few patients.
Psyllium husk is a source of insoluble and indigestible roughage, but it absorbs water. When it does so, the husk swells and forms a mucilage that softens the stool, and enables it to be easily and gently passed along the intestine and colon until it is expelled. Because there are no hard masses to be forced along, as some stimulatory laxatives do, using psyllium husk is kinder the walls of the colon, rectum and to the anal muscle.
When you have diarrhea, psyllium husk works in exactly the same way: it absorbs the water to turn the diarrhea into a mucilage that is easy moves through the intestine by means of the rhythmic peristaltic pumping action of the intestinal muscles. Hence, the same remedy can be used for both constipation and diarrhea.
Reducing Cholesterol with Psyllium Husk
Psyllium husk can be used to reduce blood cholesterol. Psyllium husk is most commonly used to treat constipation, and it is also an effective remedy for diarrhea. That is because it works by absorbing water and then swelling, either to convert hard-packed solid stool into a soft consistency easy to move through the intestinal system, or to absorb the moisture in diarrhea and again form a mucilage that your intestines and colon can adequately handle.
However, clinical studies have also indicated a beneficial effect on your cholesterol levels. Even when taken with an unhealthy high-fat diet, studies have indicated that psyllium husk can reduce the level of low-density (LDL) cholesterol in the blood by around 7%. This is a significant reduction, and one that has been recognized by the FDA who have approved labeling promoting the use of Psyllium husk as part of a low cholesterol and low saturated fat diet to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).
The FDA rarely endorse claims made regarding herbal treatments in this way, and is an indication of how effective this seed husk must be in protecting you from CHD. Psyllium husk can be taken as part of a healthy diet and not only because you have bowel problems.
Serving Size: 3 capsules
Servings per container: 66
Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, take 3 capsules with an 8 ounce glass of liquid, twice a day.
Free of: sugar, salt, starch, yeast, wheat, corn, soy, milk, preservatives, additives.
Other Ingredients: Stearic acid