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Why Use Psyllium Husk Powder
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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?
Fiber?: The preparations of slippery elm bark powder I found are used for teas, and are calorie-free. With diverticulosis you need fiber - 50 grams daily for a man. Psyllium husk does give you some fiber; you can add it to fiber you get from other whole food sources. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is a better choice for daily maintenance of bowel regularity? Aloe vera caps or pure psyllium husk powder?
Psyllium if organic: The gel of aloe vera has many healing properties but the skin, used as a laxative, is a harsh purgative best not used regularly. Psyllium is much safer ; gentler but can have pesticide residues so i advise organic psyllium (organic india is one source). Also consider triphala, an ayruvedic formula with 3 fruits- see http://www.Planetherbs.Com/specific-herbs/the-wonders-of-triphala.Html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I mix wheatgrass, barleygrass, maca powder, spirulina, chlorella, psyllium husk and scai berry with carrot and apple juice every morning, is it good?
Nothing wrong: There is no concern about any of the ingredients you mention. Am not sure whether to say it is "good" since other unprocessed foods are probably as good. It is an interesting combination of ingredients. I presume you did some research before choosing them? If you feel it helps you then there is no reason that i know of not to continue with it. ...Read more
Why are fiber type powders like psyllium or Metamucil not preferred over opiod agonists for improving acute diarrhea?
Yes to psyllium: However, I recommend plenty of water, fruit and fiber in the diet as the best way to maintain good bowel function. The problem is, if you start to depend on psyllium, you may get bound up if you don't have it... I always like the natural way. There shouldn't be any drug-interaction with your antibiotic and psyllium - so I wouldn't worry about that. ...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
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
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