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Why you should love Psyllium husk if you have constipation

Updated: Aug 7, 2021

Psyllium husk is made from the husks of a plant seed called Plantago ovata. It is usually in a fine meal form which you sprinkle onto meals or drink in water. As it dissolves in water it is classified as a soluble fibre.

Gut health

Constipated people put your hands up! This one is for you. Psyllium is a bulk-forming laxative. This means that it absorbs liquid in the intestines creating bulky, soft stools which are easy to pass and poop out. Unlike standard laxatives psyllium husks do not act on the nerves stimulating movements of the intestines. They more enhance the natural movement by creating bulky, soft stools which trigger the natural function of the gut.

This will only work if you drink enough water – so make sure you’re drinking 2-3L per day whilst conquering your constipation. For severe clogged up guts usually 1 tsp 3 times daily in a big glass of water does the trick. However, if you are still struggling to get to the bathroom, We’d recommend booking in for a consultation to help get to the root of the problem.

Psyllium is also a prebiotic – meaning it is food for the community of probiotic bacteria which live in your gut. An imbalance in probiotic bacteria can also lead to constipation so giving them the fuel they need to thrive will also help your bowel movements in long run.

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