92 % of North Americans have fiber deficiency in their diets.
Our bowel movements should be regular and effortless. Some people sit “forever” on their toilet seats. In some of the people fasces are in digestive tract for up to 9 days ,before they pass through. Horrifying!
Psyllium is produced mainly for its mucilage content. The term mucilage describes a group of clear, colorless, gelling agents derived from plants. The mucilage obtained from psyllium comes from the seed coat. Mucilage is obtained by mechanical milling/grinding of the outer layer of the seed. Mucilage yield amounts to about 25% (by weight) of the total seed yield. Plantago-seed mucilage is often referred to as husk, or psyllium husk. The milled seed mucilage is a white fibrous material that is hydrophilic, meaning that its molecular structure causes it to attract and bind to water. Upon absorbing water, the clear, colorless, mucilaginous gel that forms, increases in volume by tenfold or more.
Choking is a hazard if psyllium is taken without adequate water as it thickens in the throat.
Mix one teaspoon of psyllium in a cup of water and drink immediately, followed by another cup of water ( without psyllium).Once a day is usually sufficient ,but for larger and constipated persons ,twice per day might be needed.
Psyllium mucilage possesses several other desirable properties. As a thickener, it has been used in ice cream and frozen desserts. Try using them in your cakes and cookies.