Getting enough fibre?

March 20, 2015

 

How is everyone enjoying their week so far? Are you guys eating well & staying on track?

 

You’re all doing so well with your healthy eating plans. Getting a balance is key! 

 

An important dietary requirement we don’t always think about is “are we getting enough fibre”. Unless you regularly eat both soluble & insoluble fibre - whole fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, you may be missing out on the healthiest forms of fibre available.

 

Your body can’t digest fibre that's why it’s an important part of digestion.

Soluble fibre - cucumbers, blueberries, beans, nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion. You feel full longer and this is a reason why fibre may help with weight control.

 

Insoluble fibre, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery, and carrots, does not dissolve at all and helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination. 

 

Here are some good reasons to make sure you’re getting enough fibre…
 

1)  Blood sugar control
Soluble fibre may help to slow your body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, helping with blood sugar control.
 

2)  Heart Health

Research shows that those eating a high-fibre diet have a 40 percent lower risk of heart disease.
 

3)  Stroke

Researchers have found that for every seven-grams more fibre you     consume on a daily basis, your stroke risk is decreased by 7 percent.
 

4)  Weight loss & management

Fibre has been shown to enhance weight loss among obese people, likely because fibre increases feelings of fullness.
 

5)  Healthy skin  

Fibre, particularly psyllium husk, may help move yeast and fungus out of your body, preventing them from being excreted through your skin where they could trigger acne or rashes.

 

 6)  Boosts Immune System 

Eating enough fibre can reduce your risk of developing Diverticulitis, Kidney stones, gallstones & Haemorrhoids. It can also give relief from Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)  

If your diet could use more fibre, focus on eating more vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

 

See you soon 

 

“The habits that took years to build do not take a day to change.”  

 

Rosie

 

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