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Guess What?

Hmm...Are you stumped? What could that be? To check if your guess is right,

It's Psyllium Husk Powder. Ever heard of it? It's an excellent source of fiber that has the ability to bulk over 100 times its original density. You know what that means? It's used as a laxative to get things going if you're constipated. Some people take it everyday to keep them regular.

You can buy the plain powder (some come in flavors), and all you do is stir 1 tsp into 8 oz of liquid. You can use water, juice, soy milk, rice milk or regular milk, but make sure to stir it well and drink it immediately (before it starts to bulk up). It's a good idea to drink additional water to help pass things along.

Psyllium Husk powder can also be found in fiber supplements. That's what Metamucil Powder is - psyllium husk with sucrose, artificial flavors, and yellow No.6 added to it. You may prefer to take the capsules instead, since drinking the powder can be kind of gritty.

Some people may experience bloating, abdominal pains and gas when taking psyllium husk powder. So you can start off taking small doses, and then can gradually increase to the recommended dosage as your body gets used to it.

Fit's Tips: Getting regular exercise and eating a diet rich in fruits and veggies, whole grains and lots of water should keep you regular without the use of fiber supplements like this one. If it's not cutting it, and you still need some "outside intervention," this may be just the thing you need.


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RebeccaAdele RebeccaAdele 10 years
Yay! Got it! Dr. Oz loves this stuff.
karen-f karen-f 10 years
Sounds like a good cure! If only there were samples so I could try it out...
Merlin713 Merlin713 10 years
Yes, Buffyanne, you should grind up the flax seed. I buy mine already ground up.. I add it to my oatmeal every morning.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
I think I need some of that stuff a lot of the time!! I am clogged! HAHAHAHAHA just kidding!
demeter demeter 10 years
I guessed rice?
The_coffeegirl The_coffeegirl 10 years
ooh. I thought it was gray sea salt.
buffyanne buffyanne 10 years
I recognized it right away because I've purchased it in the bulk department of my healthfood store. You are right, Laura220. Flaxseed is great. I use it daily to get in my fiber and good fats (like Omega-3 fatty acids). From what I've read, it is easier on your digestive system because it doesn't soak up as much water as psyllium, which can take too much water from your intestinal track. I've used both and haven't seen a problem with psyllium, but it may be a concern for someone else. One thing to note about flaxseed is that your system does not break down the outer shell very well, so the seeds should be ground. I use a coffee grinder dedicated to the task and add the ground flaxseed to smoothies, salads, and stir it in my chili. I find that flaxseed is easier to eat/take; the texture of psyllium in water is a little...well, you said "gritty" and I would add slimy. Not my favorite, but tolerable.
Merlin713 Merlin713 10 years
Anyone heard of or currently use flax seed? If you have nothing wrong with your digestive system it works well at 'cleaning you out' with out side effects. I have ulcerative colitis, so it doesn't really do that much to me, but it promotes good colon health. It was featured on one of those doctor Oprah shows...
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
thought it was cream of wheat
spacebear spacebear 10 years
I had no idea what that was!
aligatorrrr aligatorrrr 10 years
if you want to try Psyllium Husk Powder,,try an all natural one from its called Res-Q Land 'n' Sea Fiber Powder i use it and i think its great :)
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
I thought rice, too.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I thought it was rice.
NdHebert NdHebert 10 years
Hmm... I want to try this...
beingtazim beingtazim 10 years
figurine figurine 10 years
Haha, I also went with sand on the beach. :D Anyway, yes, I've heard of this.
c0rkie c0rkie 10 years
weird lol
Feesje Feesje 10 years
I thought it was sand on a beach. :?
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