Hi, I have a few questions about psyllium husk as a fiber source. I have hypothyroidism and tend to get jammed up, I've taken psyllium husk for years to keep things moving, is that totally going to defeat the paleo purpose? Also, my husband had most of his colon removed, and he takes psyllium for the same reason, he has to keep things moving. I am trying to get him to get into this way of eating, but he will not give up his fiber.....he is struggling with no beans too. Any ideas on this, is it ok to take psyllium?
Anythings OK to take. Take psyllium if you think you have to. Personally I've heard horror stories about it. People take too much and conversely get clogged up, etc.
It sounds like yours is a very specific condition though - having hypothyroid and your husband with colon issues, etc. So take what you read here with a big grain of salt.
I would only put forward that a high intake of vegetables offers a pretty good hit of fiber. I mean, how about carrots, broccoli, cauliflower. And what about eating fermented veg regularly: kimchi, unpasteurized sauer kraut, etc. These things are amazing for digestion. Only suggestions.
I take it too as well as kefir a couple times a week. I have colon cancer in my immediate family and I think a clean colon and a healthy gut far outweighs the issue of not having it because you are on a paleo diet. You need to do what is right for you, so I say keep it up if it works!! :)
I also take psyllium...I actually started taking it when I went Paleo because I lost the "bulk" and well formed bowel movements I was used to when I was eating grains. I eat tons of cruciferous vegetables but they don't provide bulk or form so I have to supplement with the psyllium. I'd say that's been the one downside of this diet for me. My digestion is actually better, less bloating and no gas, but the loose stool (sorry TMI!) is a bummer (hey! no pun intended). I still feel like my colon is not healthy because of the lack of form and bulk but who knows if that equals "healthy" anyway... -L
I am a huge fan of Psyllium husks. The carbs in psyllium are not digested and therefore I do not count them, and I do not think that they are contrary to Paleo eating.
Things to know though: you must drink lots of water or you won't have the desired effects. Also, expect at first to have some issues, gas, bloat even--don't give up, maybe back off the amount a bit, but keep with it for 6 weeks and you will find that you have beautifully formed BMs with no strain. The odor of your elimination will diminish. And, as an added bonus, I lose weight with Psyllium. The bulk it creates in my stomach and intestines increases my satiety with meals.
If you have IBS, Chrone's disease or Inflammatory Bowel Disease (which I did/do) psyllium is a natural remedy for the symptoms, and whether your symptoms are constipation or constant diarrhea or both, psyllium husk is extremely effective in helping to manage your symptoms--but again give it 6 weeks and trust me, it works better than any drug they tried for me.
I just started a Paleo diet about 4 weeks ago. I've had nothing but loose soft stools. I was bummed about adding rice and potatoes back into my diet for the bulk b/c I have been losing weight going 90% Paleo with occassional "cheat" meals. Anyways, a friend recommended psyllium husk and it has been the answer for me! Even after just one dose, I noticed an immediate difference. Nice formed and bulky stool without any straining whatsoever. I continued taking 1.5 tsp twice a day, and my last 3 stools have been awesome! I can keep eating Paleo now with healthy BMs. :) Take about 1 Tablespoon per day in divided doses and drink lots of water.
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