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Benefits Of Dietary Fiber for Our Health

What are the benefits of dietary fiber?
What are the benefits of dietary fiber?

Is dietary fiber really that important? What are the benefits of dietary fiber? It is not uncommon today to hear that modern diets and foods lack the necessary amount of fiber. Hence the worsening of digestion and other food related problems. But how fiber helps us?

First of all we have two dietary fiber types; one is water insoluble, while the other is water soluble correspondingly. Water insoluble fiber helps the food movement in the intestines; it also cleanses the bowel, which leads not only to the better digestion, but reduces the amount of diseases in general, that are related to excessive internal toxication. Water insoluble fiber can be found in vegetables, bran and whole grains.

Water soluble fiber is present in apples, barley, carrots, lentils, beans, oats and oranges. Water soluble fiber normalizes the sugar levels and lowers the amount of bad cholesterol in blood.

Another benefit from both types of dietary fiber is that it makes us less hungry by filling the stomach. This helps to prevent overeating, which, in turn leads to a healthier digestion and weight loss.

How much of dietary fiber should I take?

The required amount is around 30 grams per day, but the majority of people hardly get a third of that. So what can you do to increase your dietary fiber intake? There are fiber supplements available in many drag and food stores; you can also drink fresh juices - actually, even a store-bought fruit juice will be a good addition to your breakfast.

Eat more wholesome foods and whole grains; yes, it may taste unfamiliar in the beginning, but as you go, you will actually like it, and like the feeling of much better digestion and a "lighter" body. IF you are fond of rice, switch from white rice to brown rice, which is not only more nutritious but also has a higher amount of dietary fiber.

Another good tradition to increase the amount of fiber intake is to eat cereals on breakfast; it can be muesli with oats, or any other cereals, but after a month or so of regular cereal breakfast you should notice positive changes in your digestion. Just don't rush, take gradual steps and try to take dietary fiber on a daily basis; also try to increase the amount of fiber taken until you reach the 30 grams a day.

Keep in mind it is not a kind of diet, it is a way it has to be; your body really needs dietary fiber - both water soluble and insoluble fiber - and the lack of it will eventually lead to worsening of digestion and toxin formation. Take this easy step towards your better digestion and health.


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