Need more fibre in your diet? Want to become more regular? Well there are two nutritional healthy ingredients that I’ve discovered since starting my healthy lifestyle that I often use to help keep me regular and provide fibre in my diet. They are Ground Flaxseed and Psyllium Husks.

So what are they?

Ground Flaxseed is a healthy superstar, flaxseed also knows as linseed and offers an outstanding supply of nutritional fibre, protein, omega-3, along with a mass of other nutrients that are valuable for a strong and healthy body. Flaxseed’s status as a ‘digestive aid’ and vitality food has made it an essential ingredient in healthy diets.

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Psyllium Husks also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genusPlantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are hygroscopic, which allows them to expand and become mucilaginous.

Psyllium seed husk are indigestible and are a source of soluble dietary fibre. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and diarrhoea and promote a healthy colon. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research has shown they may be effective in lowering cholesterol and controlling certain types of diabetes.

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For all those pregnant ladies out there one problem that is common during pregnancy is constipation. If you are experiencing issues with constipation I highly recommend you using either or both of these products to help. And trust me I’ve experienced it, it’s not nice and I can relate extreme constipation to giving birth (sorry to share these gory details, haha), so ladies get onto relieving constipation early and start adding some healthy nutritional fibre to your diets.

Where can you find them?

Both Ground Flaxseed and Psyllium Husks can be found in the health food section of your local store. Or if you have a high speed blender like a vitamix or thermomix you can make your own ground flaxseed by simply blending some linseeds into a ground mix.

How do you use them?

Both can be added to smoothies and breakfasts or even used in healthy muffins, breads and cakes to boost your dietary fibre. I generally add a tablespoon to my smoothies or sprinkle over my breakfast.

So why not had some healthy nutritional fibre to your diet and use ground flaxseed or psyllium husks to your pantry? Another simple, easy and healthy change to you and your family’s lifestyle.