Psyllium comes from the husks of the plantago ovata plant’s seeds.  Most commonly known for its laxative effects, psyllium husk also works as a prebiotic. Remember, prebiotics feed probiotics.


Psyllium husk is a great option for constipation as a soluble fiber that helps soak up water in the colon, contributing to easier elimination. As a prebiotic, it also contributes to overall digestive health. Studies have also shown that psyllium helps to naturally lower cholesterol levels in obese and overweight patients.  It also helps with weight management as the fiber contributes to a feeling of fullness. The dietary fiber found in psyllium husk is beneficial for many health conditions, including diabetes. Taking psyllium husk daily helps maintain a healthy glycemic balance. A diet high in fiber is known to lower the risk of heart disease.


Psyllium Husk is commonly found in health food stores as well as online. A good way to start with this fiber is to take one tablespoon mixed into at least one cup of any beverage, working up to 3 times a day.  For children, use a dosage of 1 teaspoon. This works great in smoothies. It is now more popular than ever to be used in baked goods as well!