Psyllium: An Effective Way to Boost Your Fiber Intake

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Found in many over-the-counter laxatives, the word in Greek means flea relating to its size. Psyllium is a hydrophilic, mucilaginous, bulking agent that can increase the volume of the intestinal contents.

Used properly Psyllium can stop loose bowels or prevent constipation. Because Psyllium absorbs water (hydrophilic absorbs 8 to 14 times its weight in water) it can help stop loose bowels. Psyllium’s scrubbing action stimulates the bowel’s peristaltic action thus helping prevent constipation.

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Psyllium adds bulk to the stool, absorbs toxins, soothes inflamed tissues, removes putrefaction, and promotes the growth of friendly bacteria. This action can help reduce diverticulitis, and diverticulosis.

Due to the poor fiber content in the American diet, the medical establishment (see Merck Manual) expects that all Americans will in their lifetime have diverticulitis and/or diverticulosis of the bowel (sack-like protrusions in the lining of the bowel from the pressure of constipation).

Fiber-poor Diet Leads To…

Naturopaths believe that this same fiber-poor diet leads to a build-up of old fecal matter on the walls of the colon that can putrefy and poison (autointoxication). I have seen castings come out of people using the formula below that were shaped like the inside of the colon from years of build-up.

Psyllium taken in combination with other ingredients of the same nature (bulking, cleansing, soothing, and drawing) can, when used properly, detoxify the bowel.

Bowel Detox combination, look for these ingredients:

Psyllium seeds and husks.
Pharmaceutical-Grade Bentonite Clay.
Apple Fruit pectin.
Flax seed.
Slippery Elm inner bark.
Activated Willow charcoal.
*Water intake should be increased during the detox.

To detox the bowel properly you should take a bowel cleanse, before, during, and after the detox.


Psyllium should not be taken for more than a week at a time as it has been reported to pull the cilia off of the small intestine (cilia are responsible for absorption in the small intestine).


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