WHY PSYLLIUM HUSKS HELP PEOPLE
WITH SENSITIVE COLONS,
AND HOW TO USE THE PRODUCT
Psyllium Husks-a unique fiber
Psyllium Husks contain a unique type of dietary fiber that helps many people who have a sensitive colon live a more comfortable life. Psyllium Husks are actually able to exercise and tone the muscles of the colon – from the inside. Psyllium Husks absorb 40 to 50 times their weight in water as they pass through the digestive system to provide additional bulk in the colon. Through daily use of fiber, the colon muscles have more to work with and get stronger.
Muscle pain and colon pain
Think about a time when you went all-out and strained some muscles you have not used in a long time. Digging in the yard; a bike ride after not being on a bike for a while; wrestling with a grandchild; a Weekend Warrior in a sports league. Ouch! A similar type of pain can strike the colon if the colon muscles are out of shape. When someone with a sensitive colon gets a stress signal from the brain, the colon muscles can start to spasm. This can cause discomfort and loose bowels, or alternatively it can lead to constipation.
The story of the “Couch Potato”
It’s like someone who is a “couch potato” deciding to go on a long hike. After a few miles, his leg muscles start to get tight. If he keeps pushing, they will likely go into a spasm and make him sit down and think about his fitness level. Let’s say he gets motivated by this painful hike to see a trainer at the gym. The trainer will say: “You have to tone and build your leg muscles. You have to realize this will take effort and time. It won’t just happen overnight, even though you would like it to. So start slowly and gradually increase your fitness level.”
Gradually increase fiber intake
It’s the same with fiber and your colon. Most of us are “couch potatoes” when it comes to fiber – we don’t get enough, and our colon muscles do not have the proper tone. We need to increase our daily fiber intake gently and gradually. This is especially true for those who have a sensitive digestive system or colon. The very best fiber source for exercising the colon muscles and helping to normalize the bowel appears to be Psyllium Husks.
Gaining strength and health
Through daily use of Psyllium Husks, the colon muscles have more to work with and they gradually get stronger. With colon muscles that are toned and stronger, you will be less likely to have colon discomfort when a stress signal comes from the brain. Just as the couch potato who gets sore from a hike will be able to hike pain-free after building his muscles over time, so we can also reduce the discomfort in our sensitive colons over time with the use of Psyllium Husks fiber.
Each person is different, so consult with your doctor when adding fiber to your diet. As a general rule, someone with a sensitive colon should start with ¼ teaspoon of Psyllium Husks (in powder or whole husk form) mixed with 8 ounces of liquid, once a day. After 1 week, if this amount is comfortable, increase to ½ teaspoon mixed with 8 ounces of liquid, once a day. Continue to gradually increase the amount by ¼ teaspoon each week as long as your body is comfortable. The goal is to find a level that helps maintain your colon health and comfort. The amount will vary depending upon the individual. For most people, the daily amount will be 1 – 3 teaspoons per day of Psyllium husks powder or 1 – 3 tablespoons per day of Psyllium whole husks flakes. You can determine the best amount for you through your experience and in consultation with your doctor.
(This article was written with thanks to Dr. Craig Chow, M.D. for this concept he shares with patients in his Gastroenterology practice)
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