I am trying different brands of psyllium. I started with one brand of psyllium powder and I did well. I switch to a whole psyllium husk brand I bought at a health food store. I started to have problem right from the first dose. I went out and bought another brand (and it was cheaper!), and I seem to be doing better on it (but too soon to tell definitively).
I read that there is different quality in psyllium. Apparently, as a general rule the paler, the better. Coincidentally, I can see that the one that seem to be harsher, more grainy and irritating is the darker one. The one that I just bought is almost pure white and is very fluffy, without any grits.
Difference in color. The right one is the paler, fluffier, less irritating, better one. Both were sold as Plantago Ovata.
Weight this Morning: + 4.4 lbs
Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 4.8 lbs
Pork will be definitely out of my diet for a while; almost 4.5 lbs up is a lot of inflammation!
Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cayenne pepper and salt. I also had some black coffee. For dinner I had some yogurt and frozen berries; my irritated tummy didn’t want anything else…
I’m still in the process of increasing low fermentable fiber. I am aiming to get to 10 g per day (about 2 Tbs of 100% blond psyllium seed husk), which is the smallest effective dosage of psyllium I have seen in studies on fiber and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (dosage in studies were between 10-30 grams of blond psyllium (Plantago ovata) seed husk in two to three divided doses daily). I added a small amount of slippery elm too (about ½ teaspoon). So far my tummy seems to handle it; just a bit of pinching in the pipeline. I make sure I drink a lot of water and I take magnesium citrate before bed. Peppermint oil capsules and tea is a godsend to take care of bloating. I feel optimistic; I haven’t been this well in a while.
Weight this Morning: + 0.4 lbs
Weight Loss Total (Starting day 45): – 9.4 lbs
Today I had: Water with apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cayenne pepper and salt and sparkling water. I also had an herbal tea and some black tea sweetened with xylitol. I went out for dinner. I had a vegetable soup, a chicken skewer with a salad (no onion), a couple of pieces of white potatoes with loads of butter. I had a glass of red wine too. When I got home I had my psyllium and slippery elm with tons of water (I should have taken it before eating). I took some peppermint tea and peppermint oil capsules before going to bed.