The topic of fiber is everywhere, from cereal commercials promising extra helpings of psyllium, to doctors advising we eat more of it during annual check-ups. It sounds like a good thing, but WHY?
Fiber is a really big deal when it comes to digestive health. Think of it as a broom for your intestinal tract: it saves the day by sweeping clean your colon, which is imperative for a healthy bowel.
Since overall health really begins in this area of the body, it’s incredibly important that we keep it clean and working well.
So, how do you get more fiber into your diet?
Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and veggies are a great source of both soluble (the meat of the plant) and insoluble (the peels) fiber. They help create healthy bowel movements, and give your body a massive injection of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Corn, because you can’t break it down to digest it very well, is actually a great source of insoluble fiber—it stays intact, but sweeps everything out of the body with it.
Grains like sprouted buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa, and steel cut oats are fantastic sources of soluble fiber, and they also lower cholesterol. There’s a huge difference between unprocessed or less-processed grains, and very processed grains.
Always buy sprouted and brown varieties, because they retain the most fiber. When grains have been heavily processed (like white bread and rice), most of the original nutrients, including the fiber, have been stripped away.
For example, whole grain wraps have 5 grams of fiber, while white or colored ones have only 1 gram.
An interesting side note: dairy and meat contain zero fiber.
This is where it gets tricky: there are a lot of commercial products out there that are marketed to consumers as being equal, but all products are definitely not created equal.
Some are really processed, and therefore have half the fiber they should have!
Because natura fiber contains minimal, raw, relatively unprocessed ingredients like ground flax seed, it works wonders for the digestive tract. Teeming with high-fiber ingredients that are medicinally helpful and supportive to the body, it really packs a massive punch when it comes to supplementing your digestive tract with the nutrients it needs.