In this post, here’s what you’ll learn about making your own fiber supplement:
☑ Adding an important product to your prepper pantry – by making your own fiber supplement.
☑ Why you’ll need a fiber supplement in a SHTF (Poop Hit The Fan) situation and if it’s safe or not.
☑ How to make your own fiber supplement.
☑ An easy way to save money.
Think About It
In the worst case SHTF scenario, we’re:
☑ Potentially drinking tainted water.
☑ Our diet may be severely altered.
☑ Our sleep may be limited.
☑ And our stress level will surely meet an all-time high.
So it stands to reason, in a SHTF event, staying “regular” could be a challenge at best. In a survival situation, your digestive health is a very important thing to get a handle on.
We hear preppers mention Imodium® A-D (Anti-diarrheal medicine) all of the time when we’re discussing first aid kits and bugout bags. And for good reason. Bad water can cause severe diarrhoea to the point of life-threatening dehydration.
It is serious but bad water is not the only issue we may face when everything starts to unwind.
What we don’t hear very often is the severe change in diet and sleep coupled with the high levels of stress we’re likely to experience. So you don’t have to be over 50 to require a little help from a fiber supplement, not when your world turns upside down.
BugOut Bag & Survival Packs: Adding your own fiber supplement in small packets to your bugout food kit might not be a bad idea. I’ve actually carried and used Metamucil Fiber Singles in my packs for years. Once those run-out, I’ll be replacing those with packets of my own supplement mix.
I think at this point, I should include a huge disclaimer:
This article and video is provided for informational purposes only. It is not meant to substitute the advice provided by a medical professional. You should seek the advice of a professional for any medical concerns or questions. Okay, I think I’m covered but, unfortunately, I’m not a lawyer either.
I also want you to understand I am not in any way, shape or form representing, discrediting, or pretending to recreate Metamucil® or any other product of Procter & Gamble.
I AM NOT a medical professional of any kind and I don’t even play one on the internet. I’m over 50 and I understand the cruel joke nature plays on our bodies when we get older.
Take It From An Old Man – Fiber Doesn’t Cause Diarrhoea
So when my doctor recommended a daily dose of fiber, I said I was concerned with needing to find a bathroom all day while I was driving a truck for a living.
The doctor explained that the fiber would help reduce bathroom visits. It would help prevent constipation WITHOUT causing diarrhoea, as long as taken properly.
I told you, not so sexy, right?
Is There Any Harm In Taking A Fiber Supplement Every Day?
There’s no evidence that daily use of fiber supplements — such as psyllium (Metamucil, Konsyl, others) or methylcellulose (Citrucel) — is harmful. ~ Michael F. Picco, M.D., MayoClinic.org.
Let’s Get To It – Mixing Your Own Fiber Supplement
The active ingredient for Metamucil® and possibly other fiber supplements is Psyllium Husk Powder (Citrucel uses methylcellulose).
I bought a 24-ounce bag of Viva Naturals Organic Psyllium Husk Powder from Amazon, mixed it with 4 cups of Stevia Extract. That’s it. Done. Except for the storage, that is.
For long-term storage, I used Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers. I could have vacuum sealed the mixed powder in Mason jars but that can get messy and I was in a hurry. See video.
How’s It Taste, You Ask?
It tastes like bland medicine to me. Personally, I wasn’t looking to “dress it up” with great looks and taste. I turn up a glass each night and drink it as fast as I can.
My wife did come up with the nice idea of adding in some sugar-free water flavoring. You know, the little packets you can pour into a bottle of water and it magically tastes like sweet Kool-Aid. It also gives it a bright radioactive kind of color LOL.
I tried it with Fruit Punch flavor in the fiber supplement mix I’ve been using and it seems very sweet to me but a little better. I should have used fewer packets or less Stevia. Next time I’ll probably use grape flavor.
I worry more about how long it will last and continue to work than anything so adding more ingredients isn’t something I want to do for my long-term storage. I will only add the flavouring to the batch I’m currently using.
Now, my personal taste test? I actually haven’t had Metamucil® in awhile but I don’t remember it tasting all that great. With that said, I do remember when I first switched to my own fiber supplement mix from Metamucil, I thought the mix was even worse than the orange taste I was accustomed to.
If you’re looking for great tasting supplements, I’m the wrong one to listen to. I’m not going to add a bunch of sugar for the sake of taste – not when it comes to something like a daily supplement.
Does Mixing Your Own Fiber Supplement Save Money?
It does. Just a few days ago I paid $15.19 for the Psyllium Husk Powder on Amazon (It’s Prime so I paid no shipping) and I paid $6.39 for a large bag of Stevia – of which, I used a little over half the bag.
So let’s say about $19 for the ingredients, just to be safe. At the time of this writing, you can buy a 30.4 oz. container of Metamucil on Amazon for $24.99 (Also Prime).
I believe my Fiber Supplement would fill that 30.4-oz. container two times (but I didn’t check) so we’re looking at about $9.50 for the Fiber Supplement we mixed to $24.99 for the same amount of Metamucil.
A savings of $15.49 is probably enough to go through the trouble for many people.
Truthfully, I never did the math until I started writing this article so I wasn’t even sure it was a savings just an hour ago.
I did feel it was probably better not to swallow any more Sucrose, citric acid, natural and artificial orange flavor, and yellow #6 than we have to. Those are the added ingredients you’ll find in Metamucil.
Mainly, I wanted as few ingredients as possible that works the way it’s supposed to that will last as long as possible in my pantry.
Prepping Tip: It's not the most romantic part of prepping but in a SHTF situation, you may need a fibre supplement. Metamucil is pretty expensive but it also contains additives such as Sucrose, artificial orange flavor and food coloring. Psyllium Husk Powder is the active ingredient of Metamucil, which you can find anywhere. I buy mine through Amazon. Mix your own with a sweetener such as powdered stevia. I store mine in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. . . . . . . #nextstepsurvival #prepping #prepper #preparedness #betterhealth #foodstorage #survival #fibersupplement
I don’t want it to come across like I thought up this cool idea of mixing or making your own fiber supplement. I don’t recall a specific article or video but I ran across this online quite awhile back. A quick search found this same recipe all over the place so, unfortunately, I don’t know who should get the credit but it really is a cool idea.
I hope this post helps inspire a healthier (and more regular 😉 ) you during the next SHTF situation.
This article first appeared on Next Step Survival.
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