Is Daily Use of Psyllium Husk Harmful?
Psyllium husk is a water-soluble fiber that helps in improving digestive health. Psyllium will form a gel-like layer in the intestine when in contact with water, adding bulk to the stool and move the waste products out of our colon. Not only it is beneficial in treating constipation, but it also effectively improves body total cholesterol level, keeping healthy cholesterol in range and reducing the LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Although psyllium husk is safe when used in moderation, anyone who plans to consume it daily should be aware of a few potential complications. Starting from a person with a low fiber diet, you might experience stomach discomfort when you start taking psyllium daily. Sudden high fiber intake will cause bloating and gas in the digestive tract.
The soluble fiber in psyllium husk will form a firm gel when in contact with water. So, if you don’t take enough fluids with psyllium, there’s a possibility for the psyllium to cling to the throat or digestive tract, making it difficult to swallow and more constipated.
Besides, consuming psyllium husk helps to slow down the body’s absorption in our digestive tract. This includes many medications. So if you are taking any medication, it is best to consult a doctor or a dietitian before you start your psyllium husk to minimize the risk of adverse effects.
A well-balanced diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain and legumes can provide the fiber needed for healthy living. So, make sure to have your meal balanced daily!
Written by: Jasmine Lim
(Love Earth Nutritionist)
[Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietics (major) &
Food Science (minor) lowa State University, USA]