Let’s talk about fiber and why getting enough of it in your diet is so essential!
I know we hear a lot of talk about fiber and how it’s so good for you, but what actually IS fiber?
Fiber is the part of the plant that our bodies can’t digest naturally. It’s found in fruits, vegetables, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds and whole grains. When we eat fiber rich foods like these, they mix with liquid and form a gel in our body which helps control blood sugar and reduces cholesterol. Fiber also acts like a brush and cleans out the colon, allowing food to pass through the digestive tract more quickly and prevent constipation. High fiber foods also help us feel full and curb overeating so we don’t have unnecessary weight gain.
Studies show a 10% drop in the risk of death from diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes with each 10g increase of fiber per day.
So how do we add more fibrous foods into our diet?
- Eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
- Look at food labels when choosing breads/cereals/crackers, choose the brands that list “whole grain” or “whole wheat” as the first ingredient. If a food says “multigrain,” “wheat,” or “enriched flour” they are not whole grain and processed.
- Try new recipes that have beans & lentils! Canned beans & lentils at the store are between $1-$2, which make it easy and affordable.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking 6-8 cups of water per day! This will aid in moving food through the colon and your body absorbing the nutrients it needs.
- Stick to buying whole foods as much as possible and avoiding highly processed foods like chips and cookies.
Interested in learning more about fiber and how fermented foods play a role in our fiber content?
Join us for a workshop all about gut health and protecting the immune system!
Sign up for our workshop on August 12th. at 5:30 pm
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Envision Personalized Health is hosting in our
wellness center, a workshop on Gut & Immune Health. We will be practicing safe social distancing guidelines, or attend via Zoom