Psyllium Husk For Psoriasis

Is it good to take psyllium husk for psoriasis… or it will have negative impact on psoriasis due to soaking up the bile acids?

Well, generally it is not natural to eat just the bulk of indigestible material (you could eat then the sawdust too – and this is not a joke). But for those who have high cholesterol levels it may be vital to eat insoluble fiber like psyllium husk to soak up the cholesterol from the bile and excrete it in the feces. We all need to eat regularly the indigestible fiber – which will soak up the portion of the bile. However there is also a question if it is good to intentionally remove huge quantities of cholesterol (since it is surely not the cause of heart diseases – it is also just a symptom of a problem) from the body.

But on the other hand as I wrote before also in my PDF paper it is not very convenient to lower the bulk of the food on the diet since the liver will produce/release even less bile and the food (and proliferating bacteria) will stay longer in the intestines which often leads to worsening of the psoriasis.

My psoriasis worsened always when I was on restricted diet – less food in bulk or less calories – may make your psoriasis worse. I think that the worsening is also the effect of die off reaction of bacteria and yeasts but functioning liver is a must to sustain the clear skin after starting eating the food again.

In my opinion most of the psoriatics have very low or no bile acids production/flow so the most important is to supplement the bile acids.That will make the bodily processes to turn on the right way. The choleretic effects (bile flow increasing effects) of bile acids will slowly make the liver to produce the more and more bile acids and bile flow on its own what will eventually lead to healthy gut flora and disappearing of psoriasis. Fiber is a must for healthy gut flora and bowel movements, but as I said you have to help the liver to produce the bile acids and support the bile flow.

Eat your fiber in fruits and vegetables

Personally I like cabbage as the source of fiber – cheap source of fiber. You can eat the rice (in my opinion the white rice is better than brown – easier to digest = less food for bacteria) as the main source of the carbohydrates (if you don’t want to eat gluten) and every day (or 3 – 4 times a week) add the cabbage to the diet. The cabbage has its bulk and force the intestines to move the food so it won’t stay in the intestines for a long time.

But of course you can eat also kale, broccoli, carrots, apples and other (raw) foods instead of cabbage.

Fiber Removes the Intestinal Mucus

One interesting patent from 1934 says it all – fiber is important even for carnivorous animals because it cleans the intestines. [1]

The author of that patent is Herbert J. Smith who worked for Ralston Purina Company, an animal feed company founded in 1894. Since 2001 this company is a part of Nestlé as Nestlé Purina PetCare (merged with Friskies PetCare Company).

Fiber counteracts the laxative effect of food

sugar_beetThe invention described in patent is about using the beet fiber in preparation of animal feed for omnivores and carnivores. The author also stated that adding the molasses and cod liver oil to animal feed is preferable since the animals fed with feed containing the molasses and cod liver oil show better quality fur and are much more fertile than those fed on meat alone.

Herbert J. Smith in patent application also described why animals should be fed also with cereals and vegetables as vitamin and carbohydrate sources. He writes that wild living animals obtain that kind of nutrients from the stomach and intestines of their prey.

On the other hand the poultry which is fed mostly with grains would benefit from adding the animal source of protein like dried meat or fish meal.

foxHowever the mixed feeds with carbohydrates for carnivores and animal protein for omnivores have the laxative effects upon those animals, according to data in patent. The foxes fed with mixed diet showed on autopsy the intestines lined with mucous material which clearly interferes with proper food assimilation.

Now we will ignore the raising question – why laxative effect and why mucus in the intestines?

Let’s check how this laxative effect and mucus can be counteracted.

Beet fiber acts as a laxative in herbivorous animals but the author of the patent discovered that if fed to carnivores or omnivores it has the opposite effect.

The addition of beet fiber to the feed makes a huge difference since the foxes fed with mixed diet which included the fiber had no slimy mucous coating in the intestines. Their intestines were clean similarly like in those foxes living in the wild.

The beet fiber also counteracted the laxative effect of mixed feed (which included cereals and vegetables). In 1934 the author did not know how the fiber counteracts the laxative effect of mixed feed. Now we know that bile acids absorption by beet fiber is probably responsible for that effect.

dog_foodThe sample diet in patent recommended for dogs is: dried meat 30%, dried milk 15%, cereals 34%, molasses 10%, cod liver oil 1%, dried beet fiber 10%.

We can debate if the beet fiber won’t negatively affect the animals fed on this diet (due to possible bile acids depletion, fat-soluble vitamin deficiencies, fat deficiencies, etc…) but the positive effect of fiber on slimy coating of the intestinal walls is what we should be focused on.

The patent is about the commercial feed for animals so 34% of cereals, 15% of dried milk and 10% of fiber and molasses is clearly far away from what would dog eat in the wild – almost 100% animal protein.

And that’s why addition of fiber to that mixed feed is just a fix for the problem – the production of the effective feed for the animals easily and not expensively.

Fiber in our diet

vegetablesI think that the same is going on in humans who eat mixed diet but without enough fiber. We have our intestines covered in mucus (we can consider this as biofilm) and even the best nutritious food in not properly digested and assimilated.

Eating one apple won’t correct the intestines because there is not so much fiber in it. However eating broccoli, carrots, cabbage, oranges, peas, lentils and beets might do a difference. There are many high fiber foods what you can include to your diet.

Especially broccoli has a high fiber content and also its structure is unique so it literally scraps the intestines.



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