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JUL

All You Need is Fiber!

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing at 10:40 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Oats and barley

We often have the same digestive system problems. Chronic constipation, bowel disorders, excessive intestinal gas and diarrhea are common issues we face on a regular basis.

It’s always hard to understand why our digestive system does not work properly because we find ourselves saying the same sentence: “I didn’t eat anything different”. That could be the actual reason we may be having problems: our diet.

We should eat something different. Typical American eating habits are far from healthy. A possible solution for the problem is to increase our daily fiber intake.

Fiber is a food component that remains undigested as it’s processed through the gastrointestinal tract. It promotes good bowel movement because it absorbs water and “pushes” the food down our system, from our mouth, stomach, small intestine and finally our colon.

There are two different types of fiber: soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber undergoes metabolic processing via fermentation, eventually digested in the large intestine. Its bulking power is limited but it helps controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels, as well as boosting good bacteria production. Insoluble fiber remains indigested, promoting soften stool and a faster transit time through the intestinal tract.

So, how much fiber should we have and where do we find it?

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of 20-35g of fiber per day. Some health practitioners believe healthy adults should eat 35-50g a day.
Whole grains are the highest fiber content foods, such as wheat, oats, rice, corn and barley. Seeds, nuts, dried fruits, beets, peas, carrots and potatoes also provide high amounts of fiber.

Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and chew your foods thoroughly. Adding a digestive enzyme could be significantly important to improve bowel movement. Fiber supplements will help people with chronic problems, but can also be taken just to improve overall health.

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