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.