In previous posts I have mentioned that the average person does not get their full recommended daily intake of fiber. There are always small amounts of fiber in the products we consume but it is never enough. Fiber does wonderful things for our body especially our digestive system. The average person only gets about 5 to 7 grams of fiber daily. The problem with this is that we need around 25 grams of fiber daily to get our digestive system running smoothly. There are easier ways to get more fiber in your body than you may think. There are plenty of foods out there that advertise their fiber rich content right on the box. Next time you are in the store try to find products that have “now with more fiber” or “high in fiber” written on the box. Fiber is helpful in more ways you can imagine.

Fun With FiberFirst, there are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber is the type that makes you feel full. This type of fiber is great for when you are trying to lose weight. Feeling full is good because it decreases your appetite to eat. Eating less and getting proper exercise is a great way to being losing that extra weight. Soluble fiber can be found in beans, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and more. Insoluble fiber helps regulates you digestive system so it can run more smoothly. Insoluble fiber is mostly found in whole grains, bran, nuts, etc. Both types of fiber are beneficial for you and you do not need to choose one over the other. Flax seeds are very rich in both insoluble and soluble fiber. Meeting the daily requirement for fiber can be a bit tricky because you must consume around 5 servings of fruits and vegetables as well as 6 servings of grains. This may seem difficult to do on a busy lifestyle which is why many people use a fiber supplement like Metamucil. Metamucil is flavorless and you can mix it with pretty much anything you drink or eat. There is even yogurt, FiberOne by Yoplait for example, that contains 20% of you daily intake of fiber. The point here is to get around 25 grams of fiber daily for optimum digestive functionality.

Fiber slows down the emptying of the stomach so that food and nutrients can be absorbed more efficiently. When you feel fuller for longer amounts of time you can rest assure that this is a good thing. You do not want to eat a healthy meal for its nutrients only to realize your body is not absorbing it efficiently. Fiber helps our stool bulk up which in turn makes bowel movements more regular. When eating higher amounts of fiber it is vital that more water must be consumed. Blockage will occur if there is very little fluid in your body when eating high amounts of fiber. This is why it is important to make sure you drink enough water on a daily basis, usually about 80 ounces. Without fiber in our diet our bowel movements become irregular, food is not absorbed as efficiently, and our digestive system does not run as smoothly. When learning about proper nutrition and weight loss it is important to know how many nutrients, sugars, carbohydrates, fiber, etc., we get into our body because we may be getting more of one than the other. Be sure to read nutrition labels on everything you eat to see just how much fiber you are getting as well as whatever else is going into your body. Fiber is very necessary for our body and we need to get more of it on a daily basis.

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