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Open Those Doors

 

Spring has sprung and there is a sweetness to opening the windows and letting that fresh spring air come drifting in. Ever think that maybe our bodies may need the same kind of spring cleaning too? It's awesome to be putting all these superfoods in, but we also want to make sure we are letting all the waste and crap out.

The bod sheds the junk in a few ways. We expel waste through our lungs when we do a little aerobic exercise. Our kidneys and liver do their part. Our skin also does a great job of shedding the waste. And then there are the bowels. Our bowels are as direct as it gets for eliminating waste and for the most part, we just aren't pooping enough.

My weapon of choice for making sure the bowels are cleansifying is my nightly dose of psyllium. Remember when I declared that if I were to be a super hero, you could call me Bowel Betty? Well, I stand by that! Dr. Oz has said our poop should come out 'S' shaped. Psyllium will get you one step closssssser to it.

Benefits of Psyllium Fibre

  • Laxative Effect – increase colonic contents (meaning bulk), which stimulates propulsion (meaning evacuation).  Psyllium seed husk is a fermented dietary fibre that increases stool weight and promotes laxation by its presence in poo and by increasing the moisture content of said poo.
  • Anticarcinogenic effect – The long and the short of it- the structure of psyllium fibre is such that it is like a magnet to toxic waste in the digestive system, grabs on for dear life and removes it from our bodies. In scientific mumbo jumbo “the first observed effects of butyrate on the degree of DNA methylation is probably associated with modified gene expression…” bla bla bla. It removes waste most effectively.
  • Intestinal Health – The colon of the human gastrointestinal tract contains a large population of resident bacteria. The stats: 55% of the solids in poo is microbial biomass. Psyllium is awesome at keeping the bacterial balance in our colon- which then strengthens immune function.
  • The Great Sponge- Psyllium can absorb a huge mass of water and other stuff. It has the ability to absorb, from our colon, excess bile, cholesterol and hormones like estrogen. If these aren’t removed efficiently, they get reabsorbed. This doesn’t mean the body stops producing them. The body will still produce cholesterol and so cholesterol levels go up. The body will still produce estrogen and so estrogen levels go up. And do we all know what high estrogen levels mean? Weepy tantrums during PMS and greater breast cancer risk to name two.

Read on for more on psyllium!

 

 

8 Responses to “Open Those Doors”

  1. dc said…
    Never go to bed without!!! I even pack when away from home.
  2. HelloVeggie said…
    Hey Bowel Betty, I've been meaning to get on board w/psyllium. I think I'd really enjoy ssssssome. I've been nervous because my mom (a certainly unreliable source) tells me that I'll choke on it (she knows my fear of gagging is my achilles heel). =/ But thanks for the encouragement otherwise. Jenn/ HeVe
  3. I love to cleanse, too, but I think I have an allergy to psyllium. I know this may not be conventional wisdom, but caffeine is my stronger cathartic drug of choice, about one week out of every month. The rest of the time, just eating lots of raw fruits and veggies. Can you recommend anything else for someone like me who can't/won't use psyllium? (Maybe flax?) Anyone's feedback on this would be much appreciated. TY in advance!
  4. Dave said…
    I love to cleanse, too, but I think I have an allergy to psyllium. I know this may not be conventional wisdom, but caffeine is my stronger cathartic drug of choice, about one week out of every month. The rest of the time, just eating lots of raw fruits and veggies. Can you recommend anything else for someone like me who can't/won't use psyllium? (Maybe flax?) Anyone's feedback on this would be much appreciated. TY in advance!
  5. [...] be able to rival Ms. Bowel Betty herself (you should definitely check out Meghan’s post on the topic if you’re interested in adding this personal form of torture to your health [...]
  6. Lisa said…
    I started the Green Smoothie Cleanse today. So far, so good - except for the sawdust. I had meant to get on the psyllium bandwagon last night, but forgot, so tonight was my first experience with actually trying to put this sawdust in my mouth and swallow it. Let's just say it did *not* go well. (Gagging? Oh yes. But that was certainly not the worst...) Meaghan, you say to take it "with at least 12oz of water" but HOW? Spoon of dry psyllium powder into the mouth, wash down with the water? Or, dissolve/mix the measured psyllium into the 12oz jar of water and down the whole thing? I didn't do either of these things - I was going to try it dry but backed out at the last minute and instead I put my spoonful of psyllium into a small glass and filled the glass with water. Then I tried to "shoot" that and chase with the 12oz of water - of course I see now (following this disaster) that a tablespoon of psyllium in a small glass of water is not going to be anything resembling liquid by the time it's raised to one's mouth. Somehow it's goopy and dry, tasteless and disgusting, all at once. Wow. I also see now from this and other posts that I should perhaps start with a TEAspoon of psyllium - clearly I mis-remembered what I'd read of your story. I want the SSSSSSes but I'd really like some technique advice before I experiment again! Thanks.
    • Meghan Telpner said…
      Start with one tsp. Add to about 6 oz of water. Out the psyllium in first, stir while filling. Drink FAST! And follow with another glass of water. Work your way up to more. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
      • Lisa said…
        Update: It went sooo much better tonight! Thanks!!

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