Articles for tag: Dietary Fiber, Fiber Supplements, Insoluble Fiber, Psyllium, Soluble Fiber

Colon Cleanse: Psyllium Husk for Detoxification

Who knew that the crappy topic of colon health would become all the rage in herbal medicine? Late-night television is full of colon cleanse infomercials, and drug stores are selling all sorts of over-the-counter colon detoxification “programs” containing tens of minerals and herbs. But one of the oldest – and strongest – substances used for ...

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Treating Hemorrhoids Naturally

What is a hemorrhoid? Plainly put a hemorrhoid is a varicose vein of the rectum; in fact many of the herbs used to treat varicose veins may also be effective in treating hemorrhoids. Before treating your hemorrhoids you should be diagnosed by a doctor. What is the difference between internal and external? Internal hemorrhoids can ...

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Product Review: Metamucil Berry Burst

I had a free sample of Metamucil in the cabinet that I forgot about until the other day when I was looking for something. It was about to expire, so I decided to try it. This product, Metamucil Berry Burst, is designed not only as a laxative, but can alternatively be used as a fiber ...

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The Health Benefits of Psyllium

You may not have heard of psyllium, but you’ve experienced its effects if you’ve taken a bulk laxative such as Metamucil. Psyllium is the primary ingredient in this over-the-counter constipation medication and is also the fiber component in many bran cereals. But, you don’t have to buy a bulk laxative or a bran cereal to ...

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Can Metamucil Reduce High Cholesterol?

My total cholesterol has always hovered in the low 200’s, still, I was shocked to hear that blood test results from an annual physical showed my total cholesterol had reached 266. My doctor brought up the S word, statins, as a way to lower cholesterol. Taking statins to lower my high cholesterol didn’t appeal to ...

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Using the Herb Senna as a Laxative

Constipation can be uncomfortable. We may not have been eating correctly and/or getting enough exercise. During these times we might reach for a mild laxative to quickly and gently fix the problem. There are those times and those people, however, who suffer from severe constipation. This may be brought on by a prolonged illness. Frequently, ...