Are You Getting Enough Fiber?
What is fiber and why do we need it?
Let’s start off by talking about the different kinds of fiber, in which there are two of. Soluble and Non-Soluble fiber and both have their place in our digestive system even though they are “technically” not digested. Soluble fiber will be converted in to a gel like substance passing through the system absorbing bile-acids, fat soluble sex hormone metabalites. This process also aids in lowering blood cholesterol levels by excreting those bile acids. Adding Oats, beans, fruits, veggies and the list goes on to help try to decrease cholesterol levels naturally without the aid of a pharmacy. Insoluble fiber is the next kind of fiber, but does not have the same job and comes from different sources. Insoluble fiber adds the “bulk” to your stool. So, if you found that recently, that you have not been “regular,” then you might want to add some dark leafy greens, rooted vegetables, or even the skins of fruits and vegetables to help ensure regular movement.
Consuming a mix of both soluble and insoluble fiber is beneficial for many reasons. Just a few are that they keep you feeling full longer, which limits snacking, helps to lower blood lipids, blood cholesterol levels and can reduce the risk of colon cancer by helping regular elimination of substance in our GI tract. General daily dosage of fiber for men and women under 50 is 38g and 25g, for men and women over 50 it is 30g and 21g. Remember these are general guidelines and everybody is different. Make sure to experiment and log your results so you can come back to them later and see what has worked in the past when you have stomach issues.
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