Psyllium Husk

psyllium-huskWe don’t eat enough fiber. I heard that message all my life, and usually thought “Yeah, whatever.” That, as it turns out, was a mistake. Fiber is extremely important even if you are healthy, and it is even more important if you have ulcerative colitis.

So Why Is Fiber important?

Think of your colon as a huge assembly line where your food is processed, nutrition is extracted, and whatever is not needed or harmful leaves the body. Or at least it should leave the body. If you don’t eat enough fiber, it stays in your colon. The problem is that bad bacteria and fungus love the bad stuff in your colon. The more bad stuff you have in your colon, the more they procreate, and the more you hurt.

Imagine you are cooking in your kitchen a huge meal from scratch (say it is for Thanksgiving or Christmas). After you are done, the kitchen is probably a bit of a mess. Stuff on the counter and stuff on the kitchen floor. It is normal. What do you do? You wipe the countertops and you use a broom to swipe the floor.

What would happen if you didn’t wipe the countertops and swipe the floor and just left it for weeks and months? It probably wouldn’t be too long before you had a whole insect colony and maybe even some mice living in your kitchen. Your garbage is their food.

Now, the same is true for our colon. Fiber wipes and swipes the colon and thus removes all the bad stuff from your colon.

If you are on the SCD or Anti-Fungal diet, lots of garbage will need to be removed from the colon.  As you change your diet, all the bad bacteria and bad fungus in your colon will start to die off, and you need a broom to have them removed from your colon.

That is where psyllium comes in. In addition, there is some research (see below) that indicates that some of the components of psyllium work like medication for ulcerative colitis.

What is Psyllium?

psylliumBut first, let’s talk about what psyllium is. Psyllium is a plant. Psyllium is the stuff on top of the plant, essentially the grey stuff in the picture on top of the plant.

Psyllium consists of seeds and husks. Husks are the outer coating of the psyllium plant’s seeds. Both seed powder and husk powder are very important for ulcerative colitis, but more on that later. Psyllium is a natural source of fiber. It acts like a sponge and absorbs toxins in the digestive tract, and removes them as it travels your colon.

Psyllium Husk and Ulcerative Colitis

As I mentioned above, there is a lot of research indicating that psyllium is helpful in healing ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease beyond just cleaning your colon.

  • In a recent study, 6 out of 10 people with Crohn’s disease improved their symptoms significantly through probiotics and psyllium alone (source)
  • In another study with 102 ulcerative colitis patients, psyllium was as effective as the ulcerative colitis prescription drug Mesalamine in treating ulcerative colitis (source)

I typically take a mix of psyllium husk powder and psyllium seed powder each day. It is important to use organic psyllium, as psyllium tends otherwise be contaminated with pesticides.

Step by Step Guide for Taking Psyllium

Step 1: Buy psyllium husk powder and psyllium seed powder
starwest-botanicals

frontier-co-opI usually buy it online since I find it hard to purchase organic husk powder and organic seed powder in a store. What they sell in stores is usually of lesser quality, IF they have it:

Step2: Mix up the psyllium husk powder and psyllium seed powder

plastic-containerFor me, a mixture of psyllium husk powder and psyllium seed powder seems to work best.

I usually fill up a food plastic container ¾ full with ½ psyllium seed powder and ½ psyllium husk powder and mix it well.

That is what I use for my daily usage.

Step3: Buy disposable plastic cups and plastic spoons

plastic-cup

In order to take the psyllium powder, you need to mix it with water and drink it.

Initially I used my normal water glasses and spoons and put them in the dishwasher afterwards. Unfortunately psyllium is like glue. Unless you IMMEDIATELY wash your glass and spoon after using them, it will stick to them and will be hard to remove. I got tired of it and switched to disposable plastic cups and spoons. You can usually buy them at the local pharmacy or at Amazon:

Disposable Plastic Cups
Disposable Plastic Spoons

Step 4: Make sure to use only good water

It is important to use only good water. Please see my article on good water.

Step 5: Mix and drink

I usually fill up my 9 oz plastic cup with ¾ full with water and add 1 teaspoon of my psyllium mix (see step 2), mix it quickly and drink it.

Now, be careful. Initially, I would use less than 1 teaspoon of psyllium. It takes a little training to gulp this down before it solidifies.

In addition, I did not have any bowel obstructions or constrictions in my colon. Like all my other experiences that I am sharing, please discuss it with your doctor first to see if it is appropriate for your circumstance.

2 Responses to Psyllium Husk

  1. Felix says:

    Hi, thank you for your site. I also have UC and started SCD 3 month ago. I’m not sure if I should try to take psyllium into the diet. It’s recommended to take it but it’s also SCD-illegal. How long did you wait after starting SCD to take it? Thanks a lot! Cheers, Felix

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