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All About the Benefits of Fiber

All About the Benefits of Fiber

What is fiber?

  • Fiber, also known as roughage, is a carbohydrate that the body can't digest found in the plants we eat
  • Fiber can be soluble or insoluble: soluble fiber dissolves in water and helps lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar control, whereas insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and helps with constipation
  • Both kinds of fiber are important parts of a healthy diet and healthy weight management 

Where does it come from?

  • Whole grains, such as 100% whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal
  • Cooked dried beans, such as black beans, lentils, and split peas
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Nuts and seeds

Signs of fiber deficiency

  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Feeling hungry after finishing a meal
  • Difficulty maintaining a healthy weight 

 

Why is fiber basically the cure for everything?

  • Fiber feeds good gut microbes which support the home of the body’s immune system - the gut
  • It acts like a broom that cleans the digestive system, aiding in digestion and eliminating toxins and debris from the body
  • Fiber also also fights fat and keeps you feeling full for longer

Key health benefits of fiber

  • Supports gut health
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Alleviates temporary bloating
  • Improves energy
  • Helps with weight control
  • Supports gorgeous skin and hair

Being mindful about fiber

  • Problems arise when there is too much fiber and not enough water
  • This lack of water can lead to hard bulky stools and the digestive problems that come with them
  • Ensure that you’re drinking water with your intake of fiber—especially if your tendency is to get constipated
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