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By syoung | July 3, 2012 |
What is fiber, exactly how is it helpful, and how can I be sure I’m getting enough on a daily basis? These are questions that may have crossed your mind from time to time, whether at the doctor’s office or during your own assessment of your nutrition plan.
An average amount of daily fiber equates to about 35 grams per day. Compare this to the 11 grams per day in the modern day diet in the US, and you can see that most people are way under their fiber requirements. Just to put this into more perspective: our hunter and gatherer ancestors averaged about 100-150 grams of fiber on a daily basis.
Instead of taking Metamucil or other fiber replacements, why not get your fiber from whole, natural foods? Fiber is a class of materials naturally found in a variety of fruits and vegetables. For example, insoluble fiber can be found in foods such as the skin of an apple and leafy greens. Insoluble fiber helps lower your risk of colorectal cancer, cardiovascular disease, and helps prevent and manage diabetes. It does so by “sweeping” waste through your colon, alleviating constipation, and helping you stay “regular.”
Soluble fiber is found in fruits and vegetables and helps you feel more full. It assists in helping maintain your glucose levels by delaying food absorption, lowers your total and LDL cholesterol levels, and creates a healthy pH balance in the intestinal region.
Incorporation 6-10 healthy, organic, whole servings of fruits and vegetables a day will help ensure you obtain your proper fiber intake. Don’t forget to drink half your body weight in ounces per day of water to help your system guide the fiber through the digestive process!
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