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...
Normal Values No antibodies to campylobacter are present. Note: Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results. What abnormal results mean An abnormal result means that antibodies against campylobacter have been detected. This means you have been exposed to the bacteria. Tests are often repeated during the course of an illness to detect a rise in antibody levels. This rise helps to confirm an active infection. A low level may indicate a previous infection rather than a current disease.
Definition A stool Gram stain is a laboratory test that uses different stains to detect and identify bacteria in a stool sample. The Gram stain method is sometimes used to rapidly diagnose bacterial infections. Alternative Names Gram stain of stool; Feces Gram stain How the test is performed You will need to collect a stool sample. There are many ways to collect a sample. You can catch the stool on plastic wrap that is loosely placed over the toilet bowl and held in place by the toilet seat, and then place the sample in a clean container. (One test kit supplies a special toilet tissue that you use to collect the sample.) Do not take stool samples from the toilet bowl water, because this can cause errors. If you need to collect a sample from a child still in diapers, line the diaper with plastic wrap. Position the plastic wrap so that it keeps the stool from any urine. Mixing of urine and stool can spoil a good sample. Your health care provider will give you instructions on when and how to retu...
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