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Re: study and practice to find what works

... try 2 Tbsp. of ground up psyllium seed in a glass of water each morning. It lubricates to colon and bulks up things. I bet you would see a difference in a day or two. Check out

Herbs & Supplements Psyllium Seed

Other Names: Black Psyllium, Blond Psyllium, Flea Seed, Isphagula, Plantago species, Plantain Seed

Although psyllium may be taken orally to treat several conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, It is probably best known as a laxative. Psyllium seeds are coated with mucilage, a natural gummy substance that does not dissolve in water. Instead, mucilage forms a thick, gooey mass when exposed to fluids. The body does not digest mucilage, so the resulting large soft mass moves through the intestines, usually also triggering intestinal muscle contractions. In addition, the mucilage forms a slick coating on the walls of the intestines. All of these effects help to prevent or relieve constipation. Because it is not absorbed by the body, psyllium has few potential side effects. Therefore, it is often recommended for pregnant women or for individuals with conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, that may increase the risk of constipation.

Although it may sound contradictory, psyllium seed may also be used to treat diarrhea. Because mucilage absorbs water from the intestinal tract, liquid intestinal contents may become more solid when mucilage is present. In studies, psyllium has caused both stomach and intestinal emptying to slow down, allowing more water to be reabsorbed into the body. Both of these effects help to control diarrhea. They may also be effective for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.

Taking psyllium may also help to lower blood levels of both cholesterol and sugar. In the intestines, psyllium may stick to cholesterol contained in foods, keeping it from being absorbed by the body and forcing it to be eliminated. Psyllium may also trap and eliminate bile acids. Since the body needs bile to digest fats, any bile that is lost in this way must be replaced. Cholesterol is a major component of bile, so more cholesterol may be used to produce adequate bile supplies. Less well-defined is psyllium’s possible blood sugar-lowering effect for individuals with diabetes. In some studies of individuals with diabetes, taking unsweetened or artificially-sweetened psyllium appeared to delay the absorption of carbohydrates from foods. As a result, blood Sugar levels did not increase as much or as rise as fast as they would have normally. Although both effects show promise, psyllium currently cannot be recommended as treatment for either diabetes or high cholesterol.

Psyllium has also been studied for possible anticancer effects. Results from a few laboratory and animal studies seem to show that taking psyllium may help prevent certain types of cancer – particularly Breast Cancer and colon cancer. The exact ways it might work are still not clear, but one theory is that psyllium may help prevent the formation of chemicals that cancer cells need to spread. Much more research is needed before psyllium’s potential anticancer effects can be proved.

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