February 23, 2019 mdchino

5 Benefits of Fiber

You probably already know that balancing different types of nutrients will be key to your weight loss or healthy living plan. But many people aren’t sure of why certain ones are so important, or how much of them they need to eat. Fiber is one of those nutrients. If you’ve wondered about the benefits of fiber and why so many nutritionists focus on it, here’s a brief guide to its important functions in your body.

Lower your cholesterol levels and keep your heart healthy. Soluble fiber acts as a sponge for cholesterol, soaking it up and whisking it through your intestines so that it can’t be absorbed into your bloodstream. So, eating adequate fiber can lower your cholesterol levels, and protect your circulatory system.

Regulate blood sugar. Fiber slows digestion, helps you feel full longer, and prevents cravings and blood sugar spikes. According to some research, eating a high-fiber diet can help you to avoid Type 2 diabetes, and promotes weight loss.

Increase longevity. Research has also suggested that a fiber-rich diet contributes to a longer, healthier lifespan. That effect is probably due to the lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

Reduce your risk of colon cancer. Speaking of cancer, while a fiber-rich diet helps to ward off all forms of the disease, it is of particular benefit to lowering the risk of colon cancer.

Overall digestive health. Insoluble fiber prevents constipation, while soluble fiber can remedy diarrhea. Eating fiber from a variety of sources helps the gut biome to flourish, and a healthy gut is related to everything from mental health to a strong immune system.

Now that you’re convinced of the importance of fiber, let’s talk about intake. Women need to get 25 grams of fiber daily, while men should shoot for 35 grams. Try to get your fiber from a variety of sources, too, like fruits, vegetables, beans, whole wheat, and brown rice. For more information on the benefits of fiber, or incorporating it into your weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can help you learn how to best balance your diet to achieve your personal goals.

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