When it comes to eating a healthy diet, our ancestors really set the bar high! After all, they had the kind of access to fresh, natural, unmodified foods that we can only dream of in our modern, industrialized society. But did you know that their diets contained much more fiber than we get from our modern way of eating?
It’s true! While our predecessors ate an impressive 50 to 100 grams of fiber every day, most of us struggle to consume even half of that.1 That’s because the way we eat as a society makes it hard to get this much-needed nutrient into our daily diet without some sort of additional supplementation.
We know that getting the right mix of soluble and insoluble fiber is crucial for easy digestion and overall health—so where do you start? Fortunately, nature provides just the soluble and insoluble fiber you need to feel your best in all-natural psyllium husk powder.
Nature's Superfood Fiber Powder
Psyllium husk is the tough, fibrous outside of the seeds of Plantago ovata, a grassy plant that grows in dry climates. When gently milled, the husks make a fantastic source of both soluble fiber––which forms a gel in your digestive system, easing things along––and insoluble fiber, which adds bulk to your waste, helping it pass more quickly through your digestive system.
In addition to providing digestive support, the dietary fiber in psyllium husk can act as a prebiotic, which means that it helps feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut.2 Since your gut microbiome supports everything from your immune system to your brain function, it makes sense to give it the support it needs to keep you healthy.
Psyllium husk is also incredibly satiating, and can help curb unnecessary snacking by making you feel fuller, longer.3
Husk vs. Powder: Which Is Better?
Psyllium husks are available as either whole psyllium husks or as psyllium husk powder made from ground-up husks. And while both can support your health, to get the absolute most fiber per serving, the more concentrated powder form is the best choice—with double the amount of fiber in a one teaspoon serving than whole husks.
What's more, powder is typically easier to use, as it blends into a seamless gel when it comes into contact with liquids. Whole psyllium husks, on the other hand, don't blend as well and can have a grainy texture
Top Tips for Enjoying Psyllium Husk Powder
Psyllium husk powder is incredibly easy to use, but it’s helpful to keep a couple of things in mind:
Choose premium. Make sure that you're getting your organic psyllium husk powder from a premium supplier who prioritizes organic, sustainable, and gentle growing and harvesting techniques, like Sari Foods. This not only helps preserve the environment and provides better working conditions for the farmers harvesting your psyllium; it also ensures that you get the best-tasting, cleanest, most nutritious psyllium husk fiber powder available.
Hydrate. It's important to drink plenty of water when you're taking psyllium husk because it's incredibly hygroscopic—meaning it soaks up a lot of moisture. Drinking ample amounts of water with your psyllium husk powder will keep your digestive tract hydrated so everything can keep moving along as it’s supposed to.
Think outside the box. Many people think they have to take psyllium husk in a liquid form, such as in a fiber shake. But, due to its subtle flavor and easy dissolvability, you can use psyllium husk powder in a variety of sweet and savory dishes, including everything from dips to baked goods. In fact, the gel psyllium husk makes when it gets wet is a fantastic gluten-free alternative for baking—giving you that great texture without the unwanted gluten. For best results, mix in two and a half teaspoons of psyllium husk powder per one cup of flour. Once you've added your liquids, let your dough sit for a few minutes so the gel really has a chance to get going before you mix in any additional ingredients or start forming your baked goods.
Ready to up your fiber consumption? Give Sari Foods Organic Psyllium Husk Powder a try—our versatile, gentle, ultra-fine powder makes a perfect complement to any healthy diet.
Try our delicious Psyllium Husk Vanilla Bliss Balls for a sweet, dessert-like take on this fabulous fiber!
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