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Metamucil Vs Psyllium Husk
I'm taking Metamucil (psyllium fiber) for regularity - how much is the maximum one can take per day?
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Is pure psyllium husk powder as good as manufactured products such as Metamucil to maintain daily bowel regularity? How much should be taken daily?
Fermented...: Many fibers, particularly the water insoluble kind (psyllium) are readily fermented by your gut flora ; may cause bloating/gassiness. Choose your favorite depending on your tolerance to taste, texture, volume, dosing. If your goal is bowel regularity, remember that normal stool frequency fits a spectrum from 3-4 movements/day to one every 3-4 days. Dose is individualized, as dietary fiber varies. ...Read more
Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?
Mistaken: Psyllium and metamucil would not generally be preferred agents for acute diarrhea. Loperamide - an opioid agonist - is generally preferred unless you have a specific type of diarrhea which would be better treated with another specific agent. ...Read more
Is inulin safe during pregnancy? I've been taking it in the form of Metamucil (not the same as psyllium though). I've read that it's a vegetable fiber but just wanted to be sure it's safe. I'm in my 3rd trimester.
AS LONG AS IT IS: A non absorbable compund (which it is) and it is not used in excess, it should be fine. ...Read more
I generally: Treat acute diverticulitis with 2 weeks of antibiotics and to stay on a no to low fiber diet for 6 weeks from diagnosis. I do not recommend starting psyllium before the 6 weeks have elapsed and you are symptom free as you risk a more severe recurrence during those 6 weeks with possible complication of perforation, abscess or fistula development, all of which are emergencies. ...Read more
Psyllium husk.: Psyllium husk is safe to use in the long term as a fiber and nutrient supplement. My concern with it is more the fact that it's easy. Remember that men need no more than 50 grams of fiber daily - it's easy to start sprinkling a lot of that stuff on everything. I'd rather you get the majority of your fiber from your regular meals and add Psyllium husk to oatmeal, salads and smoothies for example ...Read more
Size of particle: An organic product is an unregulated food supplement. The difference between whole and powder form is how the product is compounded. Powder form is smaller granules. ...Read more
In generally, psyllium husk is not a great supplement to help lower cholesterol. Based on an analysis of 8 large studies, it was noted that consumption of 10.2 g psyllium/d lowered serum total cholesterol by 4% and LDL cholesterol by 7%. No effect on the good cholesterol (HDL) was noted.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/10648260 ...Read more
Added Fiber: That sure seems like too much. Remember in medicine that more is never better. This saying is repeatedly proven over and over in all kinds of scenarios when it comes to health care. One or two capsules followed by appropriate amounts of water is the recommended dosing. ...Read more
Is psyllium husk safe to take as prophylaxis for a long time? Or should it only be used for acute problems?
Are there any issues in regards to taking psyllium seed husk and general anethesia? I am having an endoscopy on sat
I took biogesic 6am and 1pm. Now I want to try flanax. Is it safe. And also will have my regular psyllium husk. How safe?
Probably safe: There is a dearth of high quality medical studies on psyllium in functional dyspepsia. That being said, psyllium is generally well tolerated by most people. The real question is whether psyllium is an effective treatment. In this area, more study needs to be done. ...Read more
Yes: Follow directions on can, usually 1 tbsp in 8 oz water does it daily ...Read more
I have anal fissure at 6'O clock position. It doesn't bleed now nor does is it painful. Should I use psyllium husk prescribed to me.?
I accidentally took 2 tablespoons of psyllium powder instead of two teaspoons. I've had 2 days of bloating. Will it go away of its own accord?
Yes: That is not unusual if a person ingests a lot more fiber than usual all at once. This is why when we advocate increasing fiber that we recommend that people start slowly and build it up. There is much less bloating and gas if you follow that schedule. When your stools are back to normal, start adding in a small amount of fiber each day, and then gradually build it up. Good luck. ...Read more
My dr told me 2 take Benefiber daily. I found fiber oral capsules were cheaper & easier to consume. Fiber caps r made of psyllium. Which better &why?
Benefiber may be: Easier to take. The powder in a can format is easier and cheaper than capsules and you'll get a larger dose which which will help make you regular. Psyllium works well too and is a bulk laxative, and helps moves things through. It s a matter of preference. It also comes as loose powder. ...Read more
M28, psyllium husk (if taken after soaking in water for 8 hrs) would help internal hemorrhoids or hurt them? Thanks
Psyllium will help:
No need to soak psyllium for 8 hours. Just mix with glass of water and slug it down. Follow with another glass of water. Take enough psyllium that you are having a bowel movement each day, stool should be 10 inches long, and it should float. If you're not meeting those conditions, take more psyllium.
Magnesium (500-1000 mg/day) will also help your constipation, Blood Pressure and diabetes. ...Read more
Psyllium husk powder (vitamin shoppe) safe during pregnancy? How many times in a day may I use this product? How many times a week?
Yes, definitely: Psyllium powder is definitely safe in pregnancy. It is not absorbed by your body, but rather pulls water into the intestine. You could use the product every day, even twice a day. Another great medication that functions in he exact same way (but tastes better) is miralax, (polyethylene glycol) or generic equivalent. Same idea, not absorbed, can take 1-2 times a day. Remember to drink lots of water too! ...Read more
I have a fever and headache right now. Can I take antipyretics while taking psyllium husks. I've been taking psylliums husks everyday for 2 months now?
Fighting a fever: Fever is part of the body's response to an infection or other "insult". Actually the body fights better when you have a fever although most doctors and nurses (especially) don't know that so they recommend paracetamol or other antipyretic. If you can "tough it out" it's better to have the fever- u will recover faster, but if uncomfortable u can take the medication to reduce fever. OK with psyllium ...Read more
My 3 year old daughter has hard poo & it hurts when she passes it daily. Should I try flaxseed meal in her porridge or psyllium husk? Thanks.
I'm taking powdered slippery elm bark for my diverticulosis. I'm wondering if it has enough soluble fiber so that I don't need psyllium husk too?
How safe is psyllium husks every morning and chamomile tea every night and lemon grass tea ever 2 or 3 days?
I use psyllium husk every morning 30mins b4 breakfast. Is it wiser to have it with apple cider vinegar instead of pure water?
Is it better to stick to either aloe vera or psyllium husk powder for daily bowel regularity, or can you find a balance between the two?
Your Choice: There is no 'better' or 'worse' when it comes to these common products. It is your choice. ...Read more
Which is better? Whole wheat flour or whole wheat+soya+gram+corn+oat+psyllium husk giving 15.6gm of protein? Any significant benefits? Or just hype? Guide
It would be helpful: ...to understand your goals of therapy in taking these products, before we can comment on which is better specifically for you, or in general. ...Read more