Health Tips

High on Fiber

Research shows that most American’s don’t even come close to getting the recommended 32 grams of fiber each day.

Most popularly known for its digestive health benefits, fiber helps move food through the digestive tract, absorbing water along the way and easing bowel movements. Since the digestive tract contains more bacteria than cells in our bodies, the fiber helps ensure that the good bacteria stay alive to fight off the bad bacteria. But did you know fiber also has a number of other long-term health benefits?

 

Getting enough fiber in your diet also has been found to have certain cancer fighting qualities. Studies have found that increased fiber intake decreases the risk of colorectal cancer due to fiber’s ability to shorten the amount of time that wastes travels through the colon, which lowers the chances that intestinal cells will be affected by the waste’s carcinogens.

When increasing your fiber intake, it’s important to ensure you are getting it from whole foods versus processed foods. Many processed foods are labeled “high in fiber” or “good source of fiber,” but they may not be from food sources that your body can easily digest. So when adding fiber to your diet, you can’t go wrong with whole foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits.

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