Metamucil is a rich source of psyllium husk. Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber which works to lower LDL cholesterol levels .
Currently the American Heart Association recommends everyone consume 25 to 30 grams of dietary fiber daily. The average American only consumes 15 grams of fiber daily.
Why do most people fall short? Top sources of dietary fiber include legumes, whole grains , fruits, and vegetables. How many servings do you eat of these foods daily? If you are like most American's your intake of processed foods (i.e. foods that have the fiber removed) tends to be greater than high fiber food sources.
For a recap of the different types of fiber - soluble and insoluble - refer to the previous post - Dietary Fiber: 4 Tips to Lower Cholesterol with Fiber .
How much soluble fiber?
If you are going to incorporate fiber in your treatment plan to lower LDL cholesterol, you'll want to aim for 10-25 grams of soluble fiber daily. Keep in mind, your total dietary fiber intake will...
Generic Name: BULK-FORMING LAXATIVES - ORAL Metamucil Oral Uses
This medication is used to treat constipation. It
increases the bulk in your stool, an effect that helps to cause movement of the
intestines. It also works by increasing the amount of water in the stool,
making the stool softer and easier to pass.
Psyllium, one type of bulk-forming laxative, has also been
used along with a proper diet to treat high cholesterol.
How To Use Metamucil Oral
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor.
If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. If you
are uncertain about any of the information, ask your doctor or pharmacist. To
prevent choking from this medication, take it with a full glass of water or
other liquid (8 ounces/240 milliliters). If you are taking the wafers, chew
them thoroughly before swallowing.
For powder forms of this medication, measure each dose
according to the directions o...
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
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