Psyllium husk fibre is used to treat many different aliments including irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and haemorrhoids, according to Earth Clinic. Psyllium husk fibre can be purchased in capsule or powder form and added to fruit juice or water. Although using it as a dietary supplement can improve your overall health, there are some side effects you should be aware of. It is important to take psyllium husk fibre as directed and to not overuse, because of potential health issues.
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Psyllium husk fibre is bulky and expands shortly after consumption, so it is important to take it with a full glass of water (227gr.). Whether taken in capsule or powder form, plenty of water is required to ensure you don't choke. If you experience choking while swallowing the fibre, add more water or juice to your mixture to make it more liquid based. If you experience chocking consistently, discontinue use and consult a doctor.
Psyllium husk fibre is used in many cases as a laxative, so it can cause excess diarrhoea. Everyone's digestive tract is unique and will react differently to various supplements. Start out by taking the recommended dose, but if you experience diarrhoea consistently, reduce the recommended daily dose to half. If you still experience diarrhoea, discontinue use and consult a doctor or other health care professional.
In some rare cases, a person may be allergic to psyllium husk fibre, causing life-threatening results, according to the National Library of Medicine. The National Library of Medicine states that some allergic reactions include "anaphylaxis, difficulty breathing/wheezing, skin rash, and hives." If an allergic reaction occurs, discontinue use immediately and take an antihistamine until you can see a medical professional.
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