Soothe bowel disorders with this North African herb
For more than a century now, dieticians have been recommending fibrous foods such as wheat bran, “fiber,” All Bran, and other non-foods about as nutritious as Florida pine. But if you’re looking for a little more “regularity” in your life, you can skip the wheat bran.
A new study from the Netherlands proves what I’ve been telling you all along: Wheat bran is for the birds.
There’s a better food source that’s been shown to ease inflamed bowels and promote the kind of regularity that will keep you comfortable.
Chances are, if you’re suffering from any intestinal problems—constipation, irregularity, or even irritable bowel syndrome—you’ve been told that one of the best things you can do is add more fiber to your diet.
And if you’ve followed that advice, I’m willing to be that your problems haven’t gotten any better. Instead, you’ve likely been left with large, stinky stools, and even more stomach problems than before. The problem is,
You’re eating the wrong kind of fiber
A group of researchers from the University Medical Centre in the Netherlands set up a clinical trial with 275 patients who had chronic bowel problems. They divided the patients into three groups: One received 10 grams of wheat bran twice a day, one received a water-soluble bran called psyllium, and a placebo group received rice flour.
They used a standardized scale to measure the severity of the symptoms, and found that after just one month, the psyllium group reduced the severity of the symptoms by 90 points. The bran group, on the other hand, only reduced by 50 points.
According to the study in the British Medical Journal, “Bran showed no clinically relevant benefits, and many patients seemed not to tolerate bran.” Not only that, but the researchers said that bran could even make the symptoms of IBS worse.
Here’s what to do:
I don’t care what the nutritionists say. If you want a healthy digestive tract, stay away from insoluble fiber such as wheat bran. Instead, concentrate on getting more soluble fiber into your diet with sources like psyllium, barley, oatmeal, lentils, fruits, and vegetables.
For an added boost, you can get psyllium supplements from your local health food store. It comes in powder, tablet, capsule, and chewable forms. Any form will be effective—just make sure you drink at least one or two glasses of water with it.