If you’ve heard of dietary fiber product Metamucil, you’ve probably heard of psyllium husk. Psyllium husk is covering which is extracted from the kernels of blond psyllium seeds. These seeds tend to absorb water and become thick and gel-like in nature. They are used as a thickening agent in many foods such as dressing and soup
Psyllium husks containing carbohydrates, which can help regulate gastrointestinal tract and to promote regular bowel movements. That is why it is the main ingredient in Metamucil. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, regular use of psyllium husk help to clean cholesterol from the body and a lower risk of coronary heart disease. Although researchers do not yet certain why this is, naturopathic doctors believe that the reason may be that psyllium husk is an effective colon cleanser, and it leeches out “bad” cholesterol as it cleans.
Your colon is like the sewer system of the body. Just like your sewer pipes can experience the buildup of fats, oils and grease, you can colon experiencing an accumulation of years of eating over-processed foods. Regular cleaning with psyllium husks are going to scrub the inside of the colon and remove hardened deposits that accumulate there. As a result, the body is apparently able to take in nutrients and dispose of waste more effectively.
When psyllium husks come in contact with water, they swell in size. The shell can absorb up to 16 times its weight in water. But they maintain a jelly-like consistency that makes it easy for the gastrointestinal tract to move them through. As bulk fiber moves through the colon, it absorbs toxins and pushes deposits with it. When taking psyllium husk, mix it with liquid. Drink plenty of fluids before and after taking psyllium husk to prevent dehydration. Do not take psyllium husk with meals, as it may dilute the enzymes that aid in digestion.