Organic Psyllium Husk
Organic psyllium husk is a functional soluble fibre that cannot be broken down or absorbed by the body. It has been used for millennia to maintain health, improve digestion, regulate metabolism, improve elimination, reduce excess weight, reduce appetite, and for the purposes of detoxification.
Organic whole husk psyllium is made from a plant native to Asia, called Plantago ovata.
Functional Soluble Fibre
Functional soluble fibre is a soluble fibre that is extracted from whole foods and used as an isolate. It can be used on its own or be added to a number of recipes.
Functional fibre is different from dietary fibre, as it is an isolate. Dietary fibre is the fibre content found in complete foods.
Soluble fibre absorbs water, forming a gel-like substance. Soluble fibre can reduce blood sugar spikes, and improve metabolic function. When soluble fibre takes on water it expands, providing a feeling of satisfaction / satiation or satiety.
Organic Psyllium Husk for Weight Loss
Clinical research, published in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, has shown that psyllium husk decreases body weight, BMI, (body mass index) and waist circumference in obese individuals.
Weight loss is usually achieved by replacing meals with psyllium husk, dissolved in water.
Psyllium husk fibre expands as it hydrates, delivering a sensation of being full. Taken like this, psyllium husk can help to cleanse the gut, prompting the elimination of compacted foods and toxins within the digestive system.
The elimination of compacted waste, coupled with the reduction of calorific intake, both contribute to successful weight reduction.
As psyllium husk also helps to detoxify the system, this is another factor supporting the process of weight loss.
Organic Psyllium Husk Fibre Health Benefits
Organic psyllium husk is thought to confer many health benefits. These include:
Antidiabetic + antidiarrhoeal + anti-inflammatory + antioxidant + anti-tumor + antiviral + hypotensive + neuroprotection
Organic psyllium husk is known to:
- Regulate metabolism
- Improve metabolic syndrome
- Improve elimination
- Irritable bowel syndrome, (IBS)
- Appetite suppressant
- Reduce excess weight
- Reduce appetite
- Lower blood pressure
- Improve glycaemic response
- Relieve constipation
- Reduce triglyceride levels
- May support heart and cardio metabolic health
- Can be used for gluten-free baking
- Cholesterol optimization
- May reduce the risk of gallstone formation (decreases the biliary cholesterol saturation index)
Organic Psyllium Husk For Digestive Health
Psyllium husk fibre is a natural prebiotic, which means that it acts as an energy source for intestinal microbiota that make up our microbiome.
The good bacteria in our microbiome are vital for the proper digestion of our food. Our microbiome also constitutes c. 80% of our immune system, so keeping it well-fed is essential.
Organic psyllium husk helps to retain water in the small intestine, which increases water flow to the colon. This means that it can provide considerable relief for those suffering from constipation.
Conversely, it is also helpful for those suffering from diarrhoea and other bowel issues.
Psyllium husk has been clinically proven to improve glycemic control among people with metabolic syndrome and Type 2
Why Buy Organic Psyllium Husk?
Psyllium husk is one of the crops that people should avoid unless it’s organic. This is because psyllium is a heavily sprayed crop, with chemicals that are detrimental.
Unless your psyllium husk is organic, you can guarantee that it is contaminated. As well as ensuring that you buy organic psyllium husk, it is also important to ensure that it is unsweetened.
Many people find the powdered form of psyllium husk problematic to use, as it is difficult to mix with fluids.
However, if you are using your psyllium husk for cooking and
baking purposes, your recipe may suggest using the powdered form.
*Many gluten-free recipes rely on psyllium husks.
Using Organic Psyllium Husk
Using organic psyllium husk couldn’t be easier. Simply add a heaped teaspoon of organic psyllium husk to a pint of water, stirring it in quickly, and then drink immediately.
Organic psyllium husk will quickly start to take on a gelatinous form, so the quicker you drink your organic psyllium husk solution, the better.
In the body, the organic psyllium husk will continue to form a viscous, indigestible gel, that is, for all intents and purposes, inert.
This means that it will not prompt an allergic reaction and nor will it ferment in the body.
When organic psyllium husk reaches the small intestine, it helps to increase the viscosity of chyme, (sludge-like, partially digested food & stomach acid), which slows down absorption and improves nutrient uptake.
For effective weight loss, it is best to take organic psyllium fibre just before meals, or use it for meal replacement. If doing the latter, it is important to ensure that you obtain optimal daily nutrition from the meals that you don’t replace with psyllium husk fibre.
Taking organic psyllium husk three times a day can potentially add approximately 18g of fibre to your diet.
The ideal daily intake of fibre, for an adult, is between 25g to 50g of fibre.
Using Organic Psyllium Husk With Detox Clays
Wild As The Wind carry a number of detoxification clays that can be used in conjunction with psyllium husk.
However, we recommend that you purchase a book dedicated to using clays for detoxification, if you would like to consider this potential use.
There are several books in publication, including the excellent book by Raymond Dextreit :: The Healing Power Of Clay
Cautions & Contraindications
Serious adverse reactions to psyllium husk are rare, but if you should consult your healthcare professional prior to use if you have any of the following:
- Narrowing of the esophagus
- Swallowing difficulties
- Gastrointestinal tract obstructions