Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. That’s pretty important! The reasons why fiber plays such a pivotal role in our health are numerous, as are the sources of fiber available. Making sure you have enough fiber in your diet can be a simple matter of eating healthy foods. It’s not something that only the elderly need to monitor to keep regular; fiber is important for men and women of all ages with benefits to heart and digestive health as well as weight loss.
Fiber, specifically dietary fiber, consists of the indigestible parts of plants that we eat. Fiber is absorbed only through its fermentation in the intestines (soluble fiber) or not at all (insoluble fiber).
While our bodies can’t do anything with it, insoluble fiber is still helpful. It helps move everything through the digestive system quicker, hence its relationship to maintaining regularity and as a constipation treatment.
Soluble fiber can be absorbed by our bodies to a certain extent despite not being broken down and ingested. Soluble fiber is great for your heart health and helps improve the levels of beneficial gut flora.
Insoluble and soluble fibers are often found in the same foods, so trying to focus on one is often not too important. With a healthy diet, you’ll have plenty of both, and more fiber leads to numerous benefits.
Fiber is also an important aid in weight loss and weight management. When we eat fiber, we feel satisfied or “full” quicker, keeping us from overeating. Weight loss may come from other benefits as well such as its effect on gut flora.
Increasing your fiber intake is a simple matter of knowing your options and taking advantage of them. Fiber is found in lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Apples, the Granny Smith variety in particular, are a great source of fiber and are beneficial to your gut flora.
Soluble fiber is more present in fruits and veggies while insoluble is more common in whole grains, nuts and beans. It’s not too important to worry about, though, since you should be eating a lot of these foods anyway.
Most Americans aren’t getting enough fiber in their daily diet and often don’t even know how much fiber they need. That’s not a problem with the Olumia Life diet. It’s tailored to your needs and includes fruits, vegetables and other fiber-rich goodies at every meal. By optimizing the fiber levels in your diet, Olumia Life will help you lose weight and keep it off, stay heart healthy, and fit for long-term success.
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