A soluble fiber, derived from the husks or coverings of the Psyllium seeds. Sometimes referred to as isphagula, it is grown mainly in India where is has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda medicine. As a soluble fiber, it has the ability to absorb water, which makes it particularly effective in moving waste smoothly and gently through the digestive tract.
What makes psyllium husk unique as a soluble fiber?
Once it is ingested, psyllium fiber absorbs water and fluids within the colon to form a gel-like substance. This added bulk re-hydrates the colon and helps fecal matter move gently through the system to keep bowels movements regular. Since it absorbs fluids to help form bulk, it can be effective in combating diarrhea or in softening stool to help manage constipation.
Why is it so important to include soluble fiber in a diet every day
Without enough fiber, the body can experience uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, fatigue, gas, stomach pain and constipation. Soluble fiber, in particular, is gentle enough to use every day to help maintain regularity.* Additionally, high intake of dietary fiber such as Psyllium Husk, coupled with a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. One serving of Colon Cleanse supplies 4 grams to 7 grams of soluble fiber from Psyllium Husk necessary per day to have this effect.
How much fiber should be consumed daily?
The Institute of Medicine recommends 19-38 grams of fiber per day, depending on age and gender. [www.ihi.org] Furthermore, to help maintain heart health, The American Heart Association recommends 25 grams of fiber each day for a 2,000 calorie diet in addition to a healthy lifestyle and diet. [www.heart.org].
Are high fiber diets good for everyone
Yes, along with a healthy lifestyle and exercise. A high fiber diet helps maintain regularity and aids occasional constipation. Additionally, studies suggest that people with high intakes of dietary fiber appear to be at significantly lower risk for developing coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and obesity.
What is peristalsis?
A series of intestinal contractions that moves waste through the digestive tract.
What type of fiber does Health Plus products use in their products?
In addition to Psyllium Husk in our popular Colon Cleanse line, our new product, Fiber Fusion, blends Flax Seed, Oat Bran, Rice Bran, Chia Seed and more to support colon health.
Why might products containing Psyllium Husk cause choking?
As a soluble fiber, Psyllium Husk absorbs fluids and forms into a gel-like substance, which enables waste to gently move waste through the digestive tract. Whenever you are supplementing with any type of fiber, not just Psyllium Husk, it is important to drink sufficient amounts of water to help the digestive system move waste efficiently.
Are the Health Plus products gluten free?
Yes, all the Health Plus products are Gluten Free.
Where are the Health Plus ingredients sourced?
The majority of our ingredients are sourced from India and a small portion comes from other parts of the world.
How much water do I need to drink after taking a Health Plus product?
Whether taking a cleansing or daily support supplement, we recommend a daily water intake of six to eight 8 ounce glasses a day, depending on your general health, climate and daily exercise. Water has many health benefits on its own and, in particular, your body needs water when cleansing toxins or processing nutrients.
What is Prop 65?
Enacted in 1986, it is officially known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of California. Proposition 65 requires businesses to provide warnings to Californians about exposures to chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. These chemicals can be in products that are purchased or in the environment, homes or work sites. Each chemical is assessed separately and restricted at different levels or amounts.
When Prop 65 went into effect in 1986, there were 30 chemicals on the list required to have this warning. By 2013, the list had grown to over 903 chemicals.
As it relates to food, Prop 65 does not distinguish between natural and artificial products. Although, it excludes “naturally occurring” chemicals in foods, that term does not include man-made pollutants that may end up in natural products through processes outside of the manufacturer’s control.
The chemical in question for Health Plus Colon Cleanse is lead from Psyllium Husk. Although lead is inherent in Psyllium through the natural growth process, with only 0.5 mcg., we are required to put the Prop 65 Reproductive Harm warning label in California.
It is important to note that while these limits are in place for the consumer’s safety, the OEHHA (Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment) recognizes that the 0.5 mcg. consumption limit on lead is 1,000 lower than what is referred to as ‘safe exposure’ amounts. This means that when tested on humans and animals, by law, it would take 1,000 more lead than 0.5mcg. to have any observable effects on the reproductive system.
Lead is found in many, many different plants. It is very common for lead to enter the soil through some water sources, fertilizers or pollutants and it is not uncommon for it to show up as naturally occurring in many dietary supplements with herbs. Health Plus makes every effort to ensure the quality and safety of our products. Health Plus is a FDA Registered facility. We follow and adhere to all federal and state standards for quality inspection and product testing.
Are Health Plus products tested regularly for lead and other chemicals?
Health Plus follows all USP standards and is an FDA registered facility under ‘Food and Drug’ which involves regular FDA facility audits. Health Plus also performs its own extensive testing and mandates multiple testing requirements from our vendors. Whether our product ingredients are sourced domestically or from overseas, we require all ingredients to be tested before being shipped to our manufacturing plant. Once formulated, the product is quarantined and tested again. If the product meets the standard; it is released for production. After the manufacturing process, the finished goods are put into quarantine and tested again.
What does ‘Natural’ mean?
While there is no standard definition for ‘natural’ in dietary supplements, the USDA defines it as having no artificial flavoring, coloring or chemical preservatives. At Health Plus, we strive to go beyond ‘natural’ and are committed to sourcing only superior quality ingredients that are clinically backed to meet our own high standards for purity and effectiveness.
What does ‘Organic’ mean?
USDA certified organic foods are grown and processed according to specific federal guidelines. These guidelines include a variety of factors such as soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control and the use of additives. Organic ingredients are typically labeled as such on a product. If the product uses a blend of organic ingredients, the manufacturer can use one of the following definitions on the product label:
‘100% Organic’ – means it is made with 100% organic ingredients
‘Organic’ – at least 95% of the ingredients are certified organic
‘Made with Organic ingredients’ – means at least 70% of the ingredients are organic but the product cannot use the USDA organic label.
What are the capsules made of?
All the capsules used in the Health Plus products are made of gelatin, an odorless, colorless and tasteless substance sourced from bovine collagen.
What is the shelf life of the products?
The majority of our products have a 3-year shelf life if they are unopened.