LifestyleUnlocking the benefits: psyllium seeds and digestive wellness

Unlocking the benefits: psyllium seeds and digestive wellness

The forest mallow will help to eliminate constipation.
The forest mallow will help to eliminate constipation.
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5:56 PM EST, November 17, 2023

The usually underrated yet highly effective psyllium seeds are a brilliant natural solution for constipation, surpassing flaxseed in terms of fiber content. They are widely available and cheap.

Psyllium, scientifically known as Plantago psyllium, is part of the Plantaginaceae family. It primarily grows in the Mediterranean region, Asia, and Africa. It is a natural and practical remedy for constipation. Also, it corresponds to other health benefits, such as reduced cholesterol and glucose, protection of the intestinal mucous membrane, and a lower risk of cancer.

Psyllium: who can use it?

Psyllium seeds have a positive influence on digestion. The substances present in psyllium seeds form a mucous coating on the intestinal lining, thus improving the texture of fecal matter and simplifying its travel towards the rectum. Psyllium also protects the intestinal mucosa, lessening irritation and inflammation. In addition, it helps to control cholesterol and glucose levels in the blood, thereby improving the lipid profile and reducing the chances of developing diabetes.

Psyllium serves as a safe and effective treatment for constipation of both chronic and occasional types. It can be utilized by people of all age groups, including babies, children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers. Psyllium also assists in the therapy of several other intestinal ailments: diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, hemorrhoids, or ulcerative disease.

How should psyllium be used?

To reap the benefits of psyllium, it must be consumed regularly. Ideally, an intake of 8 teaspoons of psyllium seeds a day, apportioned into 2-3 doses, is recommended. The seeds should be soaked in room temperature water for some time. Afterwards, it's crucial to drink the entire mixture, possibly with an additional glass of water. Consequently, one needs to hydrate frequently while using psyllium.

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The recommended dosage must not be exceeded to avoid the risk of bloating, stomach ache, or bowel obstruction. Individuals allergic to plants from the Plantaginaceae family, those with inflammatory bowel diseases, intestinal obstruction, or swallowing difficulties, should refrain from using psyllium.

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