Health and Fitness,  Lifestyle

Psyllium : Fibre for a Healthier US!

I am constipated. Haha. I suffered constipation ever since I can remember and pooped only for once a week. Too much information yes yes? :p But it’s true, that’s prolly the cause of my bloating and Im all so thin but have a big tummy. After reading thru forums, I discovered that I need to have more fiber in my daily life so that I can get an RPM (regular poop movement) and also lessen the cholesterol and fats. I take C-lium in capsule form 5 capsules/2x a day because I cannot tolerate drinking a husky jelly fibery drink

Fatty – yes
Bloated – yes
Constipiated – yes
Acne prone – yes
Acidic – yes

Here’s what I read with the Psyllium fiber


Psyllium husk Benefits


Psyllium is quickly becoming one of the top recommendations for people using low-carb Atkins-style diets. It is very difficult to get enough fibre in a diet when you eliminate the carbohydrates in cereals, whole grains and fruits. Psyllium capsules are an easy way to take care of this problem. It fills you with fibre, reducing appetite without overstimulating the nervous system; a much healthier approach than formulas containing ephedra such as Herbalife or Metabolife.
Psyllium is the husk of the seed of the Plantain and is a top herb used in weight control and for general intestinal health. It contains a spongy fiber that reduces appetite, improves digestion and cleanses the system, making it an excellent choice for healthy dieting. Psyllium can provide the fiber that is missing on low carbohydrate diets. Every 100 grams of psyllium provides 71 grams of soluble fiber; a similar amount of oat bran would contain only 5 grams of soluble fiber. Only recently have scientists learned that soluble fiber has unique effects on metabolism. Just take one or two capsules with a glass of water or Yerba Mate diet tea, half hour before meals. The herb also provides a feeling of fullness that is helpful before meals. Psyllium is one of the simplest, healthiest and most effective herbs for weight control.
Psyllium has also been used for irritable bowel syndrome (a stress-related disorder with alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation). Because it will produce easy bowel movements with a loose stool, Psyllium is used by patients with anal fissures (cracks in the skin near the anus) and hemorrhoids and is often recommended following anal or rectal surgery, during pregnancy and as a secondary treatment in certain types of diarrhea.
Psyllium soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, thereby making stool firmer and, under these circumstances, slower to pass. Psyllium also has the additional advantages over other sources of fiber of reducing flatulence and bloating. It may be recommended by a physician to help soften stool and reduce the pain associated with hemorrhoids.

In a study of people with ulcerative colitis (a type of inflammatory bowel disorder), psyllium seeds were as shown to be as effective as the prescription drug mesalamine in decreasing recurrences of the disease. In addition, a physician may recommend the use of psyllium as a bulking agent for mild to moderate cases of diarrhea from either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (another type of inflammatory bowel disorder).
Research reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concludes that the use of soluble-fiber cereals is an effective and well-tolerated part of a prudent diet for the treatment of mild to moderate Hypercholesterollaemia. Soluble fibers such as those in psyllium husk, guar gum, and oat bran have a cholesterol-lowering effect when added to a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. Studies reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition have shown psyllium to be quite effective in lowering total as well as LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, which can be helpful to those with high cholesterol and those at increased risk for developing hypercholesterolemia, such as people with type 2 diabetes.
Studies and clinical reports suggest that psyllium may enhance the sensation of fullness and reduce hunger cravings. For these reasons, incorporating psyllium and other sources of fiber into the diet may aid weight loss.
For those simply wishing to improve digestion and intestinal tract health, a single capsule per day is all that is needed.

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Psyllium husk Herb Information / Side Effects

Latin Names: Plantago psyllium, Plantago isphagula
Common Names: Sand Plantain, Flea Seed, Ispaghula, Psyllium Seed, Indian Plantago, Spogel
Properties: antidiarrheal, demulcent, emollient, laxative
Indicated for: Constipation, Diarrhea, High cholesterol, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Colon Cancer, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Haemorrhoids, Diabetes, Hypercholesterolemia and Obesity. Treatment of dysentery, catarrhal conditions of the genito-urinary tract, inflamed membranes of the intestinal canal etc. The oil in the seed embryo contains 50% linoleic acid and has been used as a preventative of atherosclerosis.
Do not use Psyllium if you have a bowel obstruction or a disease that causes narrowing of any part of the digestive tract.
Diabetics should avoid Psyllium if they are having problems keeping blood sugar levels under control.
Take with plenty of water.

Q. Can C-Lium Fibre be mixed with any beverage?

A. Yes. C-Lium Fibre can be mixed with water or any of your favourite beverages, for example fruit juice, iced tea or soft drinks. Ideally, C-Lium Fibre should be mixed with liquids that are cold or at room temperature and should be taken immediately after mixing. Mixing C-Lium Fibre with hot drinks should be avoided. [return to top]

Q. How does C-Lium Fibre help maintain healthy cholesterol for a healthy heart?

A. C-Lium Fibre is a natural fat absorber that helps remove LDL “bad” cholesterol from the body while encouraging HDL “good” cholesterol.

The body converts cholesterol into bile acid as part of its natural process. The psyllium husk in C-Lium Fibre has the ability to bind with bile acids which are then excreted in the stool. This results in the body converting more cholesterol into bile acids that are also absorbed by C-Lium Fibre. This continuous process helps lower blood cholesterol which in turn assists in reducing the risk of heart disease. [return to top]

Q. Can C-Lium Fibre help me lose weight?

A. Yes. As C-Lium Fibre is a natural fat absorber it can help remove unwanted fat from the body without the use of chemicals or metabolism enhancers. This process is a gradual process that requires regular intake over several weeks and months. [return to top]

Q. Will taking C-Lium Fibre cause me to rush to the toilet?

A. No. C-Lium Fibre has a gentle laxative effect that will not disrupt your regular routine. It is safe and effective for on-going daily use without harmful side-effects to your body. [return to top]

Q: Can children take C-Lium Fibre?

A: Yes. Children often suffer from digestive irregularity due to lack for sufficient fruit and vegetables in their diet or erratic toilet habits. The dose for children should be half the adult dose: one teaspoon (half a sachet) or 5 capsules daily with sufficient intake of water throughout the day. [return to top]

Q. How does C-Lium Fibre help improve digestive regularity?

A. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables help increase your fibre intake and improve digestive regularity. But if your lifestyle does not allow you to do this, then take a fibre supplement such as C-Lium Fibre will provide you with all the high quality dietary fibre that your body needs.

Here’s a FAQ taken from C-liums website
Q. I have stomach ulcers and always acidic, can C-Lium Fibre help?

A. As C-Lium Fibre absorbs a lot of gastric acids, it allows your body time to heal itself. One of the reasons why we suffer from reflux is because we do not digest food properly, or worse do not eliminate waste properly. C-Lium Fibre helps clear the colon and improve digestive efficiency.

The American Heart Association together with the USFDA have allowed food manufacturers who add psyllium husk to their product (the ONLY ingredient in C-Lium Fibre) to make the following statement of claim: “Eating soluble fibre from foods such as psyllium husks as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, together with regular exercise, may reduce the risk of heart disease.” [return to top]

Q. Why is C-Lium Fibre helpful for diabetics or people who need to watch their blood sugar levels?

A. C-Lium Fibre has a low glycemic index. This means that when taken at least 20 minutes before meals C-Lium Fibre can help slow down the absorption of sugar into the blood which is helpful for diabetics, especially those with Type II diabetes. [return to top]

Q. My elderly parents both suffer from constipation, is this common for senior citizens?

A. Constipation is common complaint among senior citizens. As the body ages, the efficiency of the digestive system also declines. Reduced mobility also compounds the problem. Elderly people, as well as those convalescing from sickness, can find relief from increased fibre intake. Fibre supplements such as C-Lium Fibre make it easy to add high quality dietary fibre to one’s daily diet, resulting in better digestion and overall health. [return to top]

Q. Is C-Lium Fibre safe for pregnant women?

A. Most pregnant women and post-childbirth mothers experience digestive irregularity or some form of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) due to the natural changes in the body. Increased fibre intake with C-Lium Fibre, can help maintain digestive regularity. C-Lium Fibre is 100% natural with NO chemicals, preservatives or sweeteners – no worries for mother and child. [return to top]

Q. How is C-Lium Fibre different from oatmeal and other fibre products?

A. Not all fibres are the same. C-Lium Fibre is considered the “mother of all herbs” and the “Rolls Royce of fibres”. By comparison, one teaspoon of C-Lium Fibre is equivalent to 14 tablespoons of soluble fibre from oats. C-Lium Fibre swells fifty times its size when in liquid. C-Lium Fibre is 100% plant material, with no additives, no preservatives and is gluten free. C-Lium Fibre provides positive results within 7 days. [return to top]

Q. How much fibre do I need everyday?

A. A heaped tablespoon or 5 capsules, twice-a-day of C-Lium Fibre consumed regularly everyday will help digestive regularity, maintain healthy cholesterol for a healthy heart, assist with maintaining healthy blood sugar and absorb unwanted fat. [return to top]

Q. Is C-Lium Fibre safe?

A. C-Lium Fibre is very safe, and is used by millions of people throughout the world. Psyllium husks have been used in Europe since the 16th century and in southern Asia for centuries as part of ayurvedic medicine. C-Lium Fibre is not habit forming and can be taken every day. C-Lium Fibre has no harmful side effects. [return to top]

Q. What should I do if forget to take a dose?

A. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if you remember the missed dose when it is time for your next scheduled dose, take only one dose. Do not take a double dose. [return to top]

Q. What precautions should be followed while using C-Lium Fibre?

A. Remember that vitamins A, D, E, and K are fat-soluble vitamins so you need some fat in order to get full benefit of those vitamins. Take vitamins at a different time of the day than C-Lium Fibre.

If you have rectal bleeding, history of intestinal blockage, difficulty swallowing, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, hypertension, kidney disease, or if you are on a low-sugar or low-sodium diet, contact your doctor before taking C-Lium Fibre.

C-Lium Fibre is safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women, however it is always prudent to let your physician know what supplements you are taking as part of your routine health checks.

Do not take digoxin, salicylates (aspirin) or nutrofurantoin within three hours of taking C-Lium Fibre. [return to top]

Q. How do I use C-Lium Fibre?

Stir one heaped tablespoon or one sachet into a half glass of water or your preferred beverage and drink immediately. Drink an extra glass of fluid soon after. Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Take once a day ideally in the morning. Avoid taking immediately before bed. For maximum fat absorption benefit take 30 minutes before meals. Maximum dosage: two sachets.

You can also mix C-Lium Fibre with your favourite juice or flavoured drink or with your breakfast cereal and oatmeal as it suits your taste of the day. You can even add your Vitamin C or B-complex supplement to the mix.

Take 5 capsules twice a day with liquid. Drink an extra glass of fluid soon after.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. For best results take a total of 10 capsules daily (equal to 5 grams of dietary fibre). Add more capsules to suit individual metabolism and fibre needs

Regular daily intake recommended. Should be consumed everyday as part of a healthy and well-balanced diet. [return to top]

Q. Where can I get C-Lium Fibre?

A. C-Lium Fibre is available throughout Singapore at Guardian, Watsons and NTUC Unity as well as other reputable drugstores. Contact the DKSH Consumer Hotline on +65 6471 0888 for enquiries. [return to top]


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