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How to Add Psyllium to Cereal

author image Heidi Almond
Heidi Almond worked in the natural foods industry for more than seven years before becoming a full-time freelancer in 2010. She has been published in "Mother Earth News," "Legacy" magazine and in several local publications in Duluth, Minn. In 2002 Almond graduated cum laude from an environmental liberal arts college with a concentration in writing.
How to Add Psyllium to Cereal
A large bowl of psyllium husks. Photo Credit: HandmadePictures/iStock/Getty Images

Psyllium (also called psyllium seed husk, isabgol or isphagula) has been used for years to alleviate constipation, cleanse the colon and to improve digestion, and it can be found in many over-the-counter laxatives. Some people also use psyllium to lower their cholesterol or help control diabetes. One popular way to use psyllium is to add it to hot cereal. If you make your own granola from scratch, you can also use it on cold cereal. Before starting a new health regimen or changing your diet, talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your digestion, cholesterol or diabetes.

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Step 1

Prepare a serving of oatmeal, grits, multigrain porridge or other hot, cooked cereal according to package instructions.

Step 2

Stir a very small amount (such as 1 tsp.) of psyllium husks into one serving of the cooked cereal.

Step 3

Add a bit more liquid, such as milk or water, to the cooked cereal and stir well.

Step 4

Eat the cereal, and pay attention to your digestion the rest of the day. If you experience gas, bloating, diarrhea or other upset stomach issues, try a smaller dose of psyllium next time, or look into increasing your dietary fiber in different ways. If you tolerate psyllium well, you can slowly increase the amount of psyllium in your hot cereal until you find a dose that works best for you. A standard dose is 1 tbsp.

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