Psyllium is the husk of the seed from the Plantago plant – it contains a spongy fibre that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system! When combined with water, pysllium husk forms a gel (that is naturally gluten free!) that can help to keep the bowels regular and is far more gentle – and natural – than using a laxative.
How Do Psyllium Husks Work?
Pysllium husk is often referred to as a colon cleanser, and as a by-product of this – a natural weight loss tool. Once taken, it will bulk and form a mass in the colon, as this is transported through the intestinal tract – taking waste with it – the husks will ‘scrub’ the intestines clean as they move along. If taken before a meal, the husks will have time to expand giving a full feeling, helping to prevent overeating!
Assists Weight Loss Goals
Due to its bulking properties, psyllium husk can be a great aid for those seeking to lose weight. Taking it 30 minutes prior to a meal with a full glass of water allows the psyllium to expand, creating a full feeling! This can help those with bigger appetites to consume less, which can help to instill a healthier relationship with food in the long term.
A Great Natural Source of Fiber
Low-carb, high-protein diets often eliminate cereals, whole grains and fruits, meaning that the amount of dietary fibre is greatly reduced. Psyllium husk is an excellent source of fiber, with each teaspoon containing around 4g – it is an easy way to quickly boost your intake if your diet leaves you lacking in this area! Busy lifestyles can often be the main cause of not getting enough fibre in the diet – Introducing pysllium husks into your daily routine may be just the trick to fix a few problems you’ve been having!
Promotes Natural Bowel Movements
Although this might not be the hottest topic for discussion, bowel function is essential to avoid problems like constipation (and subsequently haemorrhoids), which can have a huge impact on how we feel on a daily basis! Psyllium husks in your diet can help to ensure that you get enough fibre in order to keep your digestive system healthy.
In addition, Psyllium husk can be great in baking and is often used as an ingredient in gluten-free recipes due to it becoming a gel when added to water or moisture, preventing gluten-free baked goods from becoming dry and crumbly!
So, if you’re suffering from intolerance to gluten and are trying new ways to cook and enjoy your favorite foods, psyllium husk could be the magic ingredient you need! Try it in:
✓ Or even throw some in your smoothies!