Colon Cleanse Products, Chapped Lips, and the Anti-Cellulite Diet

Last week, we questioned fiber as an all-star of the Typical Anti-cellulite Diet (which I like to refer to as “the TAD”).  It’s true that fiber will help set things in motion, so to speak, but is this the best way to foster a robust digestive system?  I am doubtful.

While researching nutrition for the Cellulite Investigation, I’ve come across convincing evidence that refutes the fiber theory. To learn more about the scientific aspect of the dark side of fiber, check out Fiber Menace by Konstantine Monastyrsky.  But for now, I wanted to share with you my own anecdotal experience using fiber to treat the blight.

(Have you experienced something similar? Please share your thoughts on fiber in the comments section below.)

Psyllium Husks As Part of the TAD

When I first started treating my cellulite, I followed the advice in the anti-cellulite books as best I could.  Many of the authors recommend a periodic “cleanse” where you increase your fiber intake with a supplement for a week or two every few months.  I used psyllium husks, a common form of plant fiber.  It’s usually one of the main ingredients in the colon cleanse systems you see advertised everywhere.

Psyllium husks must be taken with a liquid.  As soon as they come into contact with water, the husks start to swell and the mixture takes on a gel-like consistency.  Psyllium husks are highly absorbent and you can feel them continue to absorb liquids as they go through your digestive system. This is why they frequently cause bloating. The colon cleanse salesmen claim the husks form a gelatin-type mass in the colon and help absorb toxins from the bowels. I can see how it might feel like that is what’s going on, but as with many things, the real story is more complex than it first appears.

An Unexpected Side Effect

I didn’t notice any improvement in my digestion after my round of psyllium husks treatment.  What I did notice was an immediate and severe case of chapped lips. I know, a case of chapped lips doesn’t sound like a big deal.  Maybe it was a change in weather or I didn’t drink enough water.  There are always a million factors influencing the body –it’s difficult to pinpoint  a direct cause and effect relationship. But I didn’t have a problem with dry lips before, and all of a sudden they were molting.  My instinct told me it was the fiber.

After unsuccessfully trying every lip product on the market, I asked my doctor about it. He said severe chapped lips  could be a symptom of a sluggish thyroid or vitamin B deficiency.  He was right.

Tomorrow I’ll explain the end of the story, including how I resolved the chapped lip issue AND found an effective alternative to using fiber to boost my digestive health.

[Update: See, Colon Cleanse Products, Chapped Lips, and the Anti-Cellulite Diet, Part Two]

This post is part of Fight Back Friday hosted at FoodRenegade.

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Holly says:
4/20/2010

I have some psyllium husks in the pantry…I cannot find the recipe for the drink I was supposed to use them in. Cannot wait to hear the rest of the story.

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Use with caution, Holly!

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That's really interesting bc a few months ago I had terribly chapped lips and could not figure out why. It lasted for weeks, then finally went away. I wasn't doing anything differently on purpose, but I wonder about what your doctor said…

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That's strange, Michelle. These kinds of things make me SO curious. There has to be a cause. Isn't the body such a mystery?!

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