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I was tempted to go for a colonic irrigation and like you do, started chatting about it at work. A girl recommended this to me. She said it swelled and sucked everything making you feel brand new. I was dubious as it was only another fiber product in my opinion but it does have an amazing effect. I did not bother with the colonic as it was working out too much money and there was a lot of nasty side effects listed in the internet. This is a safe way of giving yourself a clean out.
==Price and availability==
A large tub from Holland and Barrett costs £15 and this will last a long time but it is quite an expensive purchase. Sometimes Holland and Barrett have offers on and luckily when I bought it I paid around £10.
The idea is that for three or four days you take this everyday and then after that you will pass a lot of the excess waste rotting in your bowl. The product is disgusting and it tastes like cardboard. I have to mix two teaspoons with orange squash as I can not take it alone with water. The longer you leave it in the glass too, the more is swells which makes it even harder to take. Regucol combines psyllium husks with bacterial cultures and fruco-oligosaccharides. Psyllium husks are naturally high in fibre; when mixed with fluid, they act like a sponge, absorbing more than twenty time their weight and forms mucilage. Lacobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are two bacterial cultures included to help maintain a favourable balance of bacteria within the intestinal tract. Fruco-oligosaccharides are natural carbohydrates derived from artichokes. The idea is that the husks swell and the fibre creates a massive bowl movement that makes you feel empty and brand new.
This is a great product and I recommend it. My friend at work kept asking me, " Has it happened yet?" and then on the fifth day I realised what she meant. It is not a laxative but it makes you pass a lot more than usual and it makes the bowl movement feel like a gel. It is very unusual and until you have used this, it is hard to explain. The good bacterial and the husks feel natural and good for you.
This product gets rid of bloating and you feel raring to go. If I feel sluggish at all I take a small course of this and I get my digestion back on track. I completely recommend it.
There are times when our insides decide that they are not going to behave as we should like. This can be because of aging, illness, allergies, even the weather and water quality can have an effect.
I had a really, really bad time with food intolerances last year and was desperate to find something that would help my insides to behave normally. Obviously elimination of all the "bad" foods from my diet was a major step, but not enough. So I investigated what would help.
After a great deal of internet research I opted for REGUCOL- it is a Holland and Barrett product and the pack size is 420g, the normal price is over £15- but I have never paid that as it is often one of their half price offers. ( Rumour has it they are reducing the pack size to 350g).
Regucol is a food supplement containing psyllum husk powder, lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum. Translated that means it is a food supplement which will ensure that your digestive system runs efficiently and also provides natural fibre and friendly bacteria. This will ensure that your bowel movements are normalised and regular. You will be maintaining your digestive system and colon.
The Pysllum is an Indian vegetable grain that is high in fibre. The husks when mixed with water will absorb about twenty times their own weight, thus enabling the removal of colon debris.
The lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum are both probiotics or as the adverts call them " friendly bacteria". These will correct your bacterial balance and will enable colonic cleansing.
Regucol also contains inulin which is a prebiotic, this is a carbohydrate made from artichokes and is there as it helps the lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum to grow.
Regucol is suitable for vegetarians and is free from soya, yeast, gluten, corn, wheat, starch, preservatives, artificial colourings and flavourings.
The adult dose is 10g (two heaped teaspoons), twice daily. You must mix the powder with water or fruit juice and drink immediately. It is very very important that you have another two drinks already ready to drink after consuming -and consume them both straight afterwards. The product as you will see swells up and so if you do not drink plenty straight away, you could find yourself choking, as it will swell up and block your throat/oesophagus. Do not be put off by this - I have no problems with it- because I have always followed the instructions. However if you have difficulty swallowing do not use this product.
A child's dose is 5g (one heaped teaspoon), twice daily.
Regucol must be stored in the fridge after opening, and it lasts for ages.
It should be ok to halve the dose after two weeks.
Now I have not said that this is better for diarrhea or constipation, or just for irregular/problematical bowel movements- that is because it sorts them all out- how it knows I cannot answer, it just does.
Now even though it is a food supplement and it works, it should never ever be used as an alternative to getting your diet in order.
Each teaspoon contains only 1 calorie and so little fat, sugar and sodium that it isn't worth a mention. It does however contain 4.4g of fibre.
You can take Regucol at any time of the day, but obviously leaving time between doses - so before breakfast and dinner is an easy way.
It is not harmful so prolonged use is not a problem.
I found that it does make a difference and my insides are working much better. The truth is I feel it is doing me good and that my colon is grateful for the help.
You can buy a pack half the size but that is usually not worth the money as you are better off getting the larger pack at half price.
Regucol is designed to help maintain the efficient functioning of the digestive system.