Psyllium is a very popular ingredient in herbal colon cleansers. It's a bulk-forming laxative high both in mucilage and fiber. When the psyllium husk comes into contact with water, it swells. When you consume the husk, this bulk stimulated a cramping of the bowel, causing a bowel movement.
Psyllium isn't effective in cleansing the entire bowel, ridding it of much toxic waste, or improving the health of the intestinal walls. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The following warnings apply to psyllium:
- Don't take this product if you have difficulty swallowing.
- If this produce isn't taken with enough water, it can cause swelling and lead to choking.
- Keep this product out of reach of children.
- If you experience difficulty breathing or swallowing, chest pain, or vomiting after ingesting this product, seek medical attention immediately.
- In case of overdose, contact a Poison Control Center or get medical attention immediately.
- Allergy Alert: This product may cause an allergic reaction with symptoms including skin irritation and problems breathing.
It's advised that you ask a doctor before using psyllium if you have:
- Abdominal pain, vomiting, or nausea
- A sudden change in bowel patterns lasting for at least two weeks
Psyllium users are advised to stop use and ask a doctor if constipation lasts for more than seven days or rectal bleeding occurs.
My advice? Just stay away from psyllium. Period.
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