What is Psyllium Husk
Psyllium husk is known as Isabgol. It comes from Plantago ovata plant, an herb which is grown in the regions of Northwestern region of India. It is a fiber material which is derived from the outer coating of the psyllium seed. This herb is used to cure constipation, bladder problems, hemorrhoids, and high blood pressure. It is also used if you have undergone through a rectal or anal surgery. It also helps in lowering the blood cholesterol. It softens the stool and reduces the pain and discomfort during hemorrhoids. It is also used for weight control and general intestinal health. It is used as a laxative in the market. It contains soluble fiber and provides fiber to the body which is otherwise difficult to get if you eliminate fruits, cereals and whole grains from your diet. When psyllium husk is mixed with water then it helps in taking the harmful toxins out of the body.
It is very good home remedy for the constipation in babies too. It is a natural fiber without any additives or preservatives. The things which you need to remember while taking psyllium husk are to drink plenty of water with it. It should not be taken right after taking food or any other medication. Some people may experience diarrhea when used for the first time. Psyllium husk is safe if you take it in a proper way. It should be taken in an adequate quantity as if taken in excess then it can lead to lower down the sugar levels.
A person taking psyllium husk in an excess level can also experience nausea and bloating. Some may complain to have breathlessness or some other kind of allergies. So ½ to 2 teaspoon of psyllium husk should be added to 1 glass of warm water and take it befre it becomes too thick to swallow. The people who just need general intestinal health or want to improve digestion, a single capsule will work for them. An adequate quantity is very important as it is always said that excess of everything is bad. Psyllium husk can cause side effect due to taking it with food or medication, drinking less water with it and taking psyllium husk in large quantity. People who are taking psyllium husk should drink at least 6-7 glasses of water a day. Psyllium husk can have tremendous benefits if taken properly. But is after taking this, the problem still persists, contact the doctor immediately.