It wasn't until I found myself visiting a specialist for digestive issues I was introduced to the beauty of "The Husk" (my nickname for my new bud). I'd been told about psyllium husk numerous times, by nutritionists and dietitians, but I likened their advice to being told to take a multivitamin — you do it for a couple of days then get over it and watch as the rest go out of date in your fridge. But back to my digestive dramas and me sitting patiently in my gastroenterologist's office. I asked him what I should be doing for a healthier gut, hoping he'd prescribe me a magical pill and I'd be on my merry way, instead out came a pen and paper and a list of all the things. Top of the list: psyllium husk. Here we go again . . .
Despite being against it at first — the texture is definitely not desirable — after a couple of days forcing it down (Disclaimer: practice does make perfect) I really could notice a difference. Bloating was no longer an issue, huge win! And because it was keeping me regular I felt lighter and my tummy was definitely flatter. Adding it to your diet can make you a little dehydrated so all the extra water I now drink — to counteract this — helps me meet my daily recommended water intake and works wonders for my skin.
So why is it so good?
First up, psyllium husk is an excellent source of soluble fibre, which means it's magic for your digestive system. Once you take psyllium husk — ensuring you've taken it with plenty of water (remember this is key) — it acts as a cleanser for your insides, binding the toxins in your body to help you release them next time you visit the toilet. It's also gluten-free so it's safe for anyone with a gluten intolerance.
How to take it?
I get it, "The Husk" has a horrible taste and the texture is enough to make you want to vomit, but there are ways around it. You can either take it like a boss, and chase one tablespoon with a huge glass of water — remembering to continue sipping on water well after. Or you can add a tablespoon to your smoothie, your favourite yoghurt and fruit combo, or to water with a squeeze of lemon juice. Just remember it expands in liquid so expect a gluggy texture. You can find psyllium husk in all good health food stores or in the health food section at your local supermarket.