Want a improve your digestive health and increase your dietary fiber intake? Psyllium (pronounced silly-um) husk has got you covered! You can use these whole in its natural state, dried, chopped, or in powder form. Just mix with water!
Psyllium husk is gaining popularity mostly for it’s hydroscopic properties (or its ability to absorb water)! So be sure to take with plenty of water as psyllium husk thickens during the digestive process. This aids in weight-loss as it will cause you to feel full sooner; decreasing your appetite and reducing the temptation to eat excessive calories! The husks high affinity to bind moisture has also made it a staple for gluten-free baking as it helps to prevent breads from crumbling!
Additionally the husks are an excellent source of soluble dietary fiber, which may help to cleanse the colon, promote healthy digestion and regularity, and alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Psyllium husk is a low-glycemic food as it digests slowly (prolonged satiety) and maintains blood glucose levels, making it an excellent choice for diabetics.
Set-It-Straight Psyllium Smoothie:
1/3 cup fresh pineapple
2 tbs organic plant-based protein
2 tbs ground psyllium husk
2 tbs ground flaxseed
1 tbs wheatgrass
1 kiwi (or 3 strawberries)
5 fresh mint sprigs
pinch of cinnamon
Blend well and serve chilled!