Why Take Psyllium Husk?
Taking psyllium husk regularly for 14 days is a great way to improve your overall digestive health. In 2006 the US Food and Drug Administration authorized a health claim that psyllium husk, beta glucan in oats and beta glucan in barley can reduce the risk of heart disease. The FDA claims that diets that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol and that include soluble fiber (taking 7 grams or more per day of soluble fiber from psyllium seed husk) from certain foods "may" or "might" reduce the risk of heart disease. (source)
Psyllium husk can be found in both whole husk as well as a powder. Psyllium powder is typically used as a food thickener and is commonly found in cereals, dietary supplements, and is also added to some foods including baked products such as breads, cereal bars, and rice/grain cakes.
Whole psyllium husk, as found in sylly sticks, is more beneficial for your digestive system when mixed with liquid to drink.
What’s The Best Way To Drink Psyllium Husk?
Psyllium husk fiber has no taste but because of its great swelling properties thickens when mixed with liquid. It might take a second before you get used to the texture, but, that texture is important. Without it, you wouldn’t get all the benefits of psyllium husk. Psyllium husk contains soluble dietary fiber, which forms a gel-like layer after coming in contact with water. This layer helps slow down the transit of food through the stomach, resulting in increased satiety. (source) Psyllium husk helps in feeling satiated without affecting your energy levels. This ultimately aids weight loss.
Incorporating this into your daily routine for 14 days will improve your overall digestive health.
Step 1: Place 4 grams (1 tbsp) of psyllium husk into an empty glass
Step 2: Pour 8 fluid ounces of liquid (preferably water) into the glass of psyllium husk
Step 3: Mix thoroughly for 5 seconds until the mixture begins to thicken
Step 4: Drink quickly!
Step 5: Drink another glass (8 fl oz) of water to ensure hydration
Disguise the texture
If you want to disguise the texture of psyllium, simply substitute water in step 2 with fresh orange juice or another fresh juice. Then follow the steps above.
Note, that orange juice is high in sugar, with 22 grams per 8 fluid ounces. If you consume a lot of sugar throughout the day (25-36 grams is the daily recommendation) be aware of how much you are drinking.
Disguise the texture but lower the sugar
To keep sugar levels lower follow the steps above but mix 4 grams of psyllium husk with 4 fluid ounces of juice, mix thoroughly, drink quickly, then fill the glass with another 4 oz of water and drink quickly followed by another glass of water to ensure hydration.
The key to psyllium is the swell
After you drink psyllium you will notice residue on the glass. That is because psyllium has a swelling index of over forty, eight times that of oats! This swelling ability is essential for the positive effects of psyllium husk on digestion. The strong water-absorbing and gelling capacities of psyllium husk is the soft solution your intestines need.
Try taking 100% organic, non-GMO whole husk sylly sticks daily for 2 weeks to see the powerful effects.
- Supports a healthy digestive system
- Satisfies hunger between meals
- Removes trapped waste
- Helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels as part of your diet
- Helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.