Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

Fiber is found in many different foods and has been used by healthcare professionals to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. There’s been a lot of research on dietary fiber that shows that it is beneficial in reducing colon cancer, hemorrhoids, constipation and obesity. Many healthcare professionals believe that most Americans are deficient in dietary fiber.

How Fiber Can Help

grapesHealthcare professionals recommend  dietary fiber to help absorb toxins within the body, especially the colon.  Removing toxins through the natural illumination process helps with absorption and removal of toxins that have a negative impact on our health.  While there are 7 different classifications of fiber they basically fall into two primary groups, one is soluble in the other is insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber would include oats and psyllium seed. This type of fiber has an affinity for water and helps remove toxins from the microvilli in the intestinal lining. Soluble fiber which is predominantly found in fruits and vegetables help push the toxins out through elimination.  Healthcare professionals suggest both soluble and insoluble fibers to be included in our diets.

Lose Weight with Fiber

orangeMany studies show that people who include more dietary fiber into their eating habits lose more weight than those who are deficient in dietary fiber. One study carried out at Tufts University in Boston revealed that individuals who consume more fiber ate less calories than those who consumed less fiber. One reason is fiber adds to the weight of food. When you eat a heavy meal you tend to stay satisfied longer than eating a light meal. This maybe part of the so called Chinese food syndrome, where after you eat a meal you are hungry a few hours later.

Fiber May Have These Healthy Benefits

  • Increases Healthy Bacteria
  • Slows sugar absorption
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Reduction in Heart Disease
  • Helps Regulate Hormones
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For me personally, when I add supplemental fiber to my diet I tend to stay fuller longer and I tend to eat less. I don’t seem to have the food cravings and the desire to snack as much. I try to include healthy foods high in fiber within my diet. Since I know that can be an issue for me, I use supplements like Fiber Balance and green fibers like Green Vibrance to make up for any deficiency. Many healthcare professionals believe that 30 to 50 g of fiber is a healthy dose. Adding more healthy fiber to your diet may be one of the best things you can do to improve your overall health.