It is often said that you are what you eat.... or chocolate causes pimples…
Though these have been thought as old wives tales, there is some truth behind these sayings. The food and drinks you consume can have an effect on the health of your skin, but that doesn’t ring true for everyone.
Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber that helps push out toxins from your digestive track helping to prevent excreting through skins pores. Not only does psyllium husk have lots of great health benefits from adding it to your diet, but it also works wonderfully as a skin exfoliator. Try this anti-inflammatory psyllium face scrub to find out for yourself.
1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Stir until the mixture has thickened. It may take a moment for the powder to combine and the coconut oil to “melt” into the mixture.
3. Apply the mixture to the face. Wash hands immediately after application to prevent staining of the fingernails.
4. Leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes.
5. Rinse to reveal your natural glow!
6. Wash face after to prevent tinting and moisturize as desired.
The short answer is yes, but to better understand what that means, let’s take a deeper look.
What is Gluten? Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye which in turn is often found in pasta, bread, cakes, and breakfast cereal.
Whole Grain: Whole grain does not mean wheat or that it contains gluten… In fact, true grains are edible seeds of certain grasses and for a food to be considered “whole grain,” it must contain 100% of the original seed. Amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat are considered whole grains.
In-soluble Fiber: Wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains help to promote digestion by adding bulk to the stool and help it move quickly through the stomach/intestines.
Soluble Fiber: Oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits/vegetables when digested attract water and turn into a gel-like substance.
Psyllium husk comes from the small seeds of the Plantago Ovata plant. The small shrub-like plant can produce up to 15,000 seeds at a time. The husk is milled from the seed and is a rich soluble fiber, that has many benefits and uses. Since psyllium husk is classified as a seed, it contains no gluten in its natural state.
Gluten-Free and your health
According the Celiac Disease Foundation, gluten-free living appeals to about 30 percent of American adults, though it seems to still be widely misunderstood, .4 percent of people have a doctor-diagnosed wheat allergy. When people with celiac disease eat gluten it prompts an immune system attack on the small intestine causing diarrhea and/or bloating. The misconception that gluten-free is healthier has led to avoidance of whole grains which is an important source of fiber, micronutrients, and prebiotics.
As previously stated plain psyllium husk is naturally gluten-free. However some companies will add wheat flour as a binding agent. So the best way to be completely sure that you are getting 100% psyllium husk is to read the ingredients on the product’s Nutrition/Supplement Facts panel.
Can’t celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day without cookies…
1 medium mango
1 medium navel orange
1 medium banana
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp. Colon Cleanse Pineapple sweetened with stevia
1 tbsp. chia seeds
Ice, depending on your preference... (I used 3 ice cubs)
Drink and attack your weekend like a warrior!
**Leftover smoothie may be stored in air-tight container and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.**
Used for thousands of years in Western herbal medicine, Psyllium Husk is an annual herb that is indigenous to regions such as the Mediterranean to East Asia. Known as Plantago Ovata, this “horse flower” is named for shape of seed.
PART USED: Husks
Psyllium husk is synonymous with plantago seed mucilage which is the gelatinous solution created from the seed’s outer husk. The psyllium seed coat forms a gel and swells 10-times its volume when soaked in water. The viscous material softens the stool, absorbs toxins and allows a clean elimination process.
Pure husk (outer coat of seed) is the portion that contains high levels of fiber.
HOW IT WORKS:
In order for fecal matter to move through the intestines, there must be enough substance for the digestive mechanisms to move it. By attracting and binding to water molecules, psyllium maintains high water content in large bowel and increases the bulk of the stool, easing its passage. Soluble fibers like psyllium, require the adequate water intake to function effectively.