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Psyllium husk and paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 24, 2011 at 12:48 PM

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?

Thanks Sue

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on July 28, 2014
at 01:24 PM

I totally agree with Johnilee!

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on October 08, 2011
at 10:22 PM

If you cool potatoes in the fridge some of the starch recrystallises into resistant starch which is a dietary fibre so it's not as carby. I wouldn't be too worried about the carb content of potatoes, they are a real food, and I think some people, especially those prone to constipation, need more starchy and fibrous foods for their gut health than others.

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on October 08, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Psyllium is gluten free. Most of the stuff taken for constipation is just the husk and not the seed itself.

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on June 07, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Monet, I wanted to thank you for reintroducing me to Magnesium.....it works wonders. I have cut psyllium out and am using Magnesium and lots of veggies. No problems whatsoever!!!

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on May 29, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I only do the psyllium husk a couple times a week, and alittle less then one tsp. Since starting Paleo or some version that resembles it, my digestion just wasn't working and let me tell you, I have kinda always had a problem with it (BM's that is) so when I found it works for me, I was beyond excited!! Good Luck

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:08 PM

@ Sophie, been reading that potatoes are too carbie.....I guess yams are ok in small moderation. Good recovery after a workout. @ Lauren, I will have to admit that my BM's are better on their own since Paleo, but still want to keep my colon healthy. I think I will try Sophie's advice and try the Magnesium. If that doesn't do the trick, I will go back to psyllium. As Claudia said earlier, a clean colon and all is important!

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on May 25, 2011
at 01:03 PM

ahhhhh, I see, I have heard of the epsom salt thing. I guess I should do Magnesium again, thanks for the tip and the info. I had no idea it drew moisture into the IT. Thanks Sophie

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:46 AM

Magnesium is great because it draws water into the gut so expands the stool that way. Basically psyllium provides bulk that then encourages a mass movement in your intestine because it presses against the walls, which stimulate the nerves and muscles. By making your stools "wetter" magenesium can have the same effect. Some people take epsom salts as a "purge," you ever heard of that?

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on May 25, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Why not add more potatoes into your diet? I have similar problems but more starch can sort it out!

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on May 24, 2011
at 05:02 PM

Psyllium can be a gut irritant (think sandpaper) that scrapes off endothelial cells. Go for soluble fiber, fruits and veggies, if you think you need it. Also work on gut repair: pre/pro-biotics, pectin (apples) and the fermented foods (kimchee, etc) are also great. Beans are not the worst thing you can eat, but I would see if you can just work on cutting back. (I don't look for beans, but sometimes they find me!)

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:52 PM

YUM! I love Kimchi and Sauer Kraut!! Thanks. I will have to admit, I have been eating a lot more vegetables lately, so perhaps I will try to cut out the psyllium. I see that is from the plantain family, and also is called Indian Wheat.....just wondered if it had gluten or other grain issues. I guess I just need to see for myself how I feel if I cut it out.

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:44 PM

I'm sorry, in what way does it mess you up?

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

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at 02:44 PM

Thanks, I have not taken Magnesium in a while, is that supposed to help with being stopped up? I do take liquid chlorophyll and eat lots of leafy green vegetables tho. I know its a very important mineral for lots of stuff, just hadnt heard about help with constipation

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:40 PM

hahaha, thats funny, as I am reading your post, I am drinking my own home-made kefir......so I think psyllium is ok then, thanks

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at 01:11 PM

Psyllium really messes me up you are lucky it works for you.

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on May 24, 2011
at 12:54 PM

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.

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:52 PM

YUM! I love Kimchi and Sauer Kraut!! Thanks. I will have to admit, I have been eating a lot more vegetables lately, so perhaps I will try to cut out the psyllium. I see that is from the plantain family, and also is called Indian Wheat.....just wondered if it had gluten or other grain issues. I guess I just need to see for myself how I feel if I cut it out.

D3495cd9e3e7173f24e1dbee40774573

on October 08, 2011
at 10:13 PM

Psyllium is gluten free. Most of the stuff taken for constipation is just the husk and not the seed itself.

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on July 28, 2014
at 05:14 PM

My husband has had very good results by taking raw potato starch with dairy keifer. Prebiotics and probiotics are good for the gut and not harsh on the gut lining.

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on November 20, 2013
at 05:19 PM

http://chriskresser.com/myths-and-truths-about-fiber

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on November 19, 2013
at 08:25 PM

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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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

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!! :)

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on May 24, 2011
at 02:40 PM

hahaha, thats funny, as I am reading your post, I am drinking my own home-made kefir......so I think psyllium is ok then, thanks

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on March 24, 2013
at 06:20 AM

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.

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on July 28, 2014
at 01:24 PM

I totally agree with Johnilee!

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:44 AM

What a crappy post

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on May 24, 2011
at 03:06 PM

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

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Why not add more potatoes into your diet? I have similar problems but more starch can sort it out!

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:08 PM

@ Sophie, been reading that potatoes are too carbie.....I guess yams are ok in small moderation. Good recovery after a workout. @ Lauren, I will have to admit that my BM's are better on their own since Paleo, but still want to keep my colon healthy. I think I will try Sophie's advice and try the Magnesium. If that doesn't do the trick, I will go back to psyllium. As Claudia said earlier, a clean colon and all is important!

55dbaa499be7740b1cf5a0b5adf188f1

(198)

on May 29, 2011
at 03:59 PM

I only do the psyllium husk a couple times a week, and alittle less then one tsp. Since starting Paleo or some version that resembles it, my digestion just wasn't working and let me tell you, I have kinda always had a problem with it (BM's that is) so when I found it works for me, I was beyond excited!! Good Luck

D3495cd9e3e7173f24e1dbee40774573

on October 08, 2011
at 10:22 PM

If you cool potatoes in the fridge some of the starch recrystallises into resistant starch which is a dietary fibre so it's not as carby. I wouldn't be too worried about the carb content of potatoes, they are a real food, and I think some people, especially those prone to constipation, need more starchy and fibrous foods for their gut health than others.

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6e4b38a97f74c32c4d12977acf7cba35

on May 24, 2011
at 02:38 PM

Have you tried Magnesium? like Natural Calm's powdered magnesium?

166f449979d83186bd876e8f466d0a69

(1317)

on May 25, 2011
at 04:46 AM

Magnesium is great because it draws water into the gut so expands the stool that way. Basically psyllium provides bulk that then encourages a mass movement in your intestine because it presses against the walls, which stimulate the nerves and muscles. By making your stools "wetter" magenesium can have the same effect. Some people take epsom salts as a "purge," you ever heard of that?

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on May 24, 2011
at 02:44 PM

Thanks, I have not taken Magnesium in a while, is that supposed to help with being stopped up? I do take liquid chlorophyll and eat lots of leafy green vegetables tho. I know its a very important mineral for lots of stuff, just hadnt heard about help with constipation

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on May 25, 2011
at 01:03 PM

ahhhhh, I see, I have heard of the epsom salt thing. I guess I should do Magnesium again, thanks for the tip and the info. I had no idea it drew moisture into the IT. Thanks Sophie

662a4ea915eb7c758bdd797d77ead7b6

(656)

on June 07, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Monet, I wanted to thank you for reintroducing me to Magnesium.....it works wonders. I have cut psyllium out and am using Magnesium and lots of veggies. No problems whatsoever!!!

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