This blog is obviously about Psyllium, but before we get into it lets define our terms. I just want to let you know that when I say Psyllium…
Am I talking about conventionally grown Psyllium which is one of the plants that farmers use the most pesticide on? No.
Am I talking about that conventionally grown Psyllium which is grown on the same land that cumin and mustard are grown, also some of the plants upon which the most chemical pesticides and herbicides are applied to? No, definitely not.
Let’s see now, am I talking about conventionally grown Psyllium whose runoff into the neighboring ecosystem is so toxic that not only does it kill the insects, amphibians and reptiles nearby, and many of the plants, but also kills animals as large as deer and farm animals, as well the occasional human? Nope, not that one!
Am I talking about conventionally grown Psyllium that is treated with methyl bromide, which is poisonous to all beings, including our planet, as it is a gas that is hundreds of times stronger than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas? Nope, I sure ain’t!
Am I talking about conventional Psyllium that millions if not billions of people have been poisoned by for the last 50 years in the form of these pharmaceutical-looking preparations called metameasles and such things? Nope, that stuff should be avoided like the plague.
Am I talking about that incredibly ironic and counterintuitive conventionally grown Psyllium that on one hand is one of the most toxic items in a typical store, and yet is one of the items most reached for to detox? No, I am not!
Then pray tell, what Psyllium am I talking about in this blog?
I am talking about ORGANIC INDIA’s certified organic, biodynamic, fairly-traded pure premium quality psyllium husks. Now that’s what I am talking about!
Mechanical Action not Chemical
Now, most herbs deliver their intelligence to us via their innate pharmacy of hundreds of phytomolecules. However, most of the intelligence that Psyllium has to offer us humans is mediated not through its phytochemistry, but by the physical mechanism of its structure.
Mechanical Action is Based on Fiber
There are different types of fiber in our diet and each has a different effect on our digestion. What makes psyllium so unique and special is that it has the three fiber fractions, which is rare, and also it has these three in a proportion that makes it a very good medicine.
- Fraction A: 20% that is not fermented by flora which helps increase bulk as well as increase transit time.
- Fraction B: 55% that is poorly fermented by flora and is thus the gel-forming component of psyllium responsible for the laxative effect, by increasing stool moisture, for blood sugar managing as it changes GI, and for cholesterol-lowering by increasing fecal bile acid excretion.
- Fraction C: 15% rapidly fermented in the colon, metabolizing into the short chain fatty acids that feed colon cells and minimize inflammation and help produce mucin.
As we said above, there is a very interesting distribution of both soluble and insoluble fiber in Psyllium, and all the more interesting there is a variation in solubility which means that some fiber will take longer or shorter than other fiber to be fermented and broken down. This in turn means that there is a time release factor of a lot of Psyllium’s actions. And of course this means that it tends to work throughout the colon in much the same way!
High Viscosity is “More Talented”
High Viscosity (guar gum, psyllium) has been associated with:
- Blood sugar support
- Blood Lipid/Cholesterol support
- Prolonged gastric emptying
- Promoting laxation
- Slower transit time through the small intestine
- Rapidly fermented fiber sources provide substrates for short chain fatty acid (SCFA) production by microflora
Low Viscosity (rice brans, wood cellulose) slowly or incompletely fermented fiber sources improve bowel health by
- Promoting laxation
- Reducing transit time
- Increasing stool weight
Taking ORGANIC INDIA Organic Psyllium
This is very important, and in fact, Psyllium can backfire if you do not do this right. So try to follow these guides when taking Psyllium:
- Basically, I would take psyllium once a week if you need it. If you have a really great diet of organic fresh vegetables and fruits and not a lot of meat (meat has zero fiber) and you have daily healthy bowel movements, then you may only need psyllium when you do a cleanse.
- If you do need it I would take it as little as possible as unlike Triphala, it is one of the habit forming laxatives.
- When you take it put a tablespoon in a tall glass of slightly warm water, at least 16 oz, definitely not cold, and definitely not too hot.
- Then drink it down in one action, all at one time. Do not let it sit, and do not be too slow about it because the moment you hydrate the Psyllium the clock is running and it starts to break down. If it breaks down too fast it will become denser and can congest you.
- Then chase it with another 16 oz. glass of warm water, again all at once. Yes, if you do this in the morning you may be too full to eat breakfast, and yes, that is one reason why people consume Psyllium as it can help them maintain optimal weight by simply eating less.
- Again, if you do not chase it with another glass you run the risk of the Psyllium becoming too heavy and solid and thus too congestive and all the mechanisms by which it helps you to:
- Move your bowels
- Maintain balanced blood sugar
- Maintain healthy levels of cholesterol
- Help maintain optimal weight
- Help feed your body SCFA
- Help feed your colon cells Butyrate
- Help to increase the levels of Mucin
ORGANIC INDIA Pioneered Organic Psyllium
By the way, did you know that we were the first ones to grow certified organic Psyllium as well as the first ones to grow certified organic Castor, two herbs that so ironically are most often used to detox people and yet are the amongst the most toxic items in a store? I am proud of this fact and I believe we should always be looking around in our world for things that we can improve. By growing organic Psyllium we are then allowing you to buy organic psyllium, support yourself, and support a clean environment.
So that’s what I am talking about: certified organic biodynamic fairly traded pure premium quality Psyllium husks.