Psyllium and Paleo, Yay or Nay?

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I’ve recently received so many questions regarding whether or not psyllium is paleo.  Luckily, I have my own experience to draw upon to answer these questions.

Last year, my gastroenterologist suggested I start taking a psyllium supplement to help “bulk up my stools”.  I was having problems with constipation and diarrhea at the time.  She tried to give me sample of Metamucil, which I told her to keep.  There was no way I was using that toxic mess when my body was already fighting against me.  I would find my own non-toxic supplements.  Thank you very much.

I did my reasearch; and, discovered Organic India Whole Husk Psyllium, 12-Ounce. It was the purest form of psyllium I could find.  And, I have been taking it successfully since then.  I found the easiest way to take it is to add one tablespoon to a full glass of water, with a squeeze of lemon.  I like to use the lemon for flavor and it’s detoxifying properties.

In January, I made the transition to paleo, by following The 21-Day Sugar Detox: Bust Sugar & Carb Cravings Naturally.  I continued to take my psyllium supplement through the entire detox.  My results were amazing!  All of my tummy troubles disappeared.  I lost weight!  I finally started feeling well again.  I decided to adopt the paleo lifestyle for good.

Then, I made the choice to take my paleo eating a step further.  I began to follow:

The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body

While studying the paleo diet, I read that taking psyllium was not considered paleo.  That, in fact, I was eating enough vegetables and fruits, to regulate my bowel movements without psyllium.  I did more research.  Some blogs and articles stated that you should allow your body to “fix” itself, without the use of psyllium.  But, if psyllium is a natural supplement, how could it be so bad?  I mean, I know some natural substances are poisonous or toxic;  but, even they can be used in small doses to remedy certain ailments.  However, in an attempt to be fully paleo, I stopped taking my supplement.

Boy, was that a mistake!  I’m not going to give you all of the gross details.  Let’s just say, after three days of constipation and various other issues,  I began taking my psyllium again.

Here’s my train of thought.  If it’s helping you, by all means, take it.  Don’t worry about if it’s 100% paleo or not.  Many of us have sought out the paleo diet to help heal our bodies.  When you’re first starting out, your body may need extra help from supplements.  Anyone who tells you to follow strict rules regarding paleo is, in my opinion, missing the point.  While there are certain guidelines to follow, you should also listen to your body.  If your body needs psyllium to poop properly, by all means, use it. I’m sure our ancestors didn’t take Ox bile or Vitamin D supplements either.  But, I take them.

So, if you need psyllium, take it. The paleo lifestyle is about healing your body so you can live with optimal health.  While you’re healing your body, understand you may need extra help with supplements.  One day, I hope not to need my psyllium supplements anymore.  I know if I continue to eat paleo, get some exercise, and use clean, non-toxic products,  I will obtain the health I want.  It’s just a matter of time and perseverance.

 

Tara Perillo

Welcome all. I am Tara Perillo, herbalist, homeopath, yoga and fitness instructor, and healthy foodie . After successfully reaching remission of my lupus symptoms, through changes in my diet, exercise, and lifestyle, I wrote the ebook, Sickness To Fitness Quick Start Guide. I am also honored to have my paleo and AIP recipes featured in Paleo Magazine, Paleo Living Magazine, Shape Magazine Online, 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts, The Paleo AIP Instant Pot Cookbook, and blogs by The Paleo Mom, Kris Kresser, Whole New Mom and many others. My focus is to help others become stronger in every facet of their lives. Join me to become stronger in health, mind, body, and spirit, together!

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