The Benefits of Psyllium Husk | Yoga of Eating

Updated: Feb 10

Psyllium Husk is a good source of both insoluble and soluble fiber. Its mucilaginous property helps remove toxins, undigested food from the GI tract and can be very helpful in aiding issues of constipation.

Psyllium husk is heavy and may dampen the digestive fire when used in excess or in the long term as it could aggravate Kapha* ( Earth and Water elements) and increase ama** (toxins). It could be helpful if one takes it with a digestive stimulant such as fennel or ginger. Prolonged use of Psyllium could also affect fertility.

*Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of traditional natural healing in the world. Also known as the sister of Yoga, it stresses deeply on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health. Ayurveda believes that there are three bio energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ) and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health .

** Ayurveda believes that toxins or Ama are formed through many ways including undigested food, not chewing properly, processed food, negative emotions etc . Ayurveda believes that most diseases are due to the presence and accumulation of toxins in the body.

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