I’ve started taking psyllium daily about 4 months ago, and generally have had a lot of success with it. In the past I’ve tried increasing fiber intake, but nothing like this: keeps me very regular, and eliminates the unpleasantness and pain of IBS. From that aspect, I’d highly recommend it to others with similar issues.
I kind of dove into it head first, and now I’m starting to wonder about a few aspects of it:
Is it safe to keep taking it without breaks? So far, I haven’t had to increase my intake (I quickly built up to 1 tbps taken once daily), but I have seen that I can regress by missing a day (Doesn’t happen often, and I’ve gotten back into it everytime without much discomfort). Is there an problems with taking it long terms, in terms of overall effects on the body and or developing dependence to the point you can’t stop using it?
Is there a recommended time in the day to take it? I usually do sometime between breakfast and lunch, either right after one or with a short break. I find that with the liquids needed to take it, I can’t take it anywhere near dinner, as it’ll wake me up.
Is there anything else recommended to be taking along with it (aside from lots of water)? The only other supplement I’m taking right now is 1 round tsp of milled flax seed. Since it drains so much liquid, should I be taking additional anti-oxidents, sodium, etc? Since I’m taking just the husks, is there anything added to metamucil that is worth considering?
FInally, if anyone has any scientific literature about psyllium, I’d appreciate it, as all I could find where “oh yeah, psyllium, it works” used in examples of some papers, and not much else.
Thanks for your help