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...
<p><strong>What Is Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>Acute diarrhea—the passage of frequent, loose, or watery stools—is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of an underlying disorder.</p>
<p>As food passes through the digestive system, its water content is normally absorbed through the wall of the large intestine. Diarrhea—and, at times, dehydration—results when fluid is not absorbed but remains in and is expelled with the fecal matter.</p>
<p>Although diarrhea usually subsides without treatment within two or three days, resulting dehydration can be serious and often requires prompt treatment.</p>
<p><strong>Who Gets Diarrhea? </strong></p>
<p>In more than 90 percent of cases, acute diarrhea is caused by infectious agents (e.g., viruses, bacteria, parasites) that are ingested in food and water. ...
Alternative Names Diarrhea associated with medications Prevention Over-the-counter supplements containing healthy bacteria, or probiotics, may help prevent diarrhea related to antibiotics. Ask your doctor if these probiotics are right for you. You need to continue taking these supplements for a few days after you finish all your antibiotics. References Schiller LR, Sellin JH. Diarrhea. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger & Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 15.
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