I'm glad we know the answer. I'm planning on introducing psyllium soon. I know that when first taking psyllium you can have increased gas. But I'm not sure on what would be the right dose starting out.
Should people start out at 1-2 tsp. a day then gradually increase the dose?
Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.
Ya, definitely start out small and increase. A lot of people have reported excessive bloating and gas when first starting, especially if you start high. I started with 1 tablespoon a day and then increased to two. I definitely felt some bloating, and still do, but not nearly as much.
Psyllium seed powder also mixes well with peanut butter and can be premixed as the peanut butter doesn't have enough moisture for the psyllium seed powder to absorb. Once you mix it with the applesauce you need to eat it pretty quickly. The psyllium seed powder will absorb the water in the applesauce and turn in pretty pasty.
Absolutely true. Once I mix mine, I slam it in about
4-5 mouthfuls and with a full glass of water. It takes some discipline, but man does it have an effect. I skipped my AM dose earlier today because of an insane work day and no time to rest to take it, and by 8:30pm I had a return to a near liquid movement, which I haven't seen since I started 2 tbsp. a day several days ago. I've noticed it takes affect in the colon within about
3-4 hours for me, and will last for about
12. That's why splitting the dose into AM and PM is best, so you have coverage throughout the day.
I'd also like to report that I am already having far less cramps and pains. I can tell the inflammation has receded quite a bit, and is once again mostly focused on the left side of my large intestine, instead of the entire thing, left and right. Definitely getting better, and psyllium has a LOT to do with it, without question. I haven't seen a significant decrease in the number of BMs yet, but the level of pain and form of the movements have both changed noticeably in just the past week.
DXed lower left UC July 2006, after a year of living abroad in Mexico and a month of extreme stress in June 2006. Food poisoning several months before while in Mx. Family history of gut/colon issues, though no one with UC. Now pancolitis.
Prednisone off/on, Asacol, 6MP, Canasa, Cortisone/Kefir/Lecithin Enemas, Serovera (aloe), VSL#3, SCD (1 year), Coconut oil, Boswellia, etc.