Psyllium for IBS
For roughly the past year, I had been suffering from IBS-D: daily diarrhea and unformed stools.
Before starting psyllium, these episodes were a daily thing, no matter what I ate. Some foods exasperated the problem of course, such as large amounts of dairy or fatty foods.
The worst part about the diarrhea wasn’t the actual diarrhea. The worst was that my stools were so badly formed, that I could LITTERALLY never wipe myself properly — the paper was never clean. I could go through an entire roll and I would still be “wet”. To make matters worse, 15-30 minutes later I would feel wet down there again. Sure enough, upon returning to the bathroom, the paper looked as if I hadn’t wiped myself at all!
After using the bathroom ONCE I would have to return at least TWO MORE TIMES before feeling clean down there. So, one episode of diarrhea would probably amount to about 1 hour of bathroom use. If I had 3 episodes of diarrhea in one day, you can imagine how much time would be spent in the bathroom.
Pysllium for IBS-D
Now, psyllium is generally recommended for sufferers of IBS-C. That is, people who are constipated regularly. That is because it enlarges and softens the stool so it can more easily pass through the bowels. However, psyllium offers much to IBS-D sufferers as well! :
You see, psyllium has the amazing ability of swelling up 50x its regular size. This causes the stool to be larger, and better formed. This controls the diarrhea, and keeps it “together” so it stays clean. That is why psyllium is often said to “promote regularity”.
I NEVER have a bad episode in the bathroom any more.
Yes, since starting psyllium my stools are better-formed and PERFECTLY CLEAN. That is, even if they are a little soft, they NEVER require extreme amounts of toilet paper. In fact, more often that not there is NOTHING ON THE PAPER! You really don’t know the difference until you’ve experienced the power of psyllium.
Here is the psyllium that I take EVERY day. I pop 8 tablets twice daily with a full glass of water. That’s a total of 16 500mg tables of the fiber = 8 grams.
Wishing my fellow IBS-D sufferers the very best!
I am now down to taking 4 psyllium capsules twice daily. I’m doing very well on that! When drinking alcohol I will sometimes increase by 2-3 capsules. Whenever taking additional fiber, additional water should always be drunk. Once I forgot to do so, and some of the psyllium powder entered my throat (NOT PLEASANT!).