Reduced blood pressure. Lower cholesterol. Healthy weight. What two things do all of these health perks have in common? Number one - they contribute to heart health. Number two - they are influenced by fiber intake. Amazing, but true, that the amount of fiber we consume protects our ticker – among the many other positive outcomes, like reduced chances of stroke and diabetes. With February being Heart Month, now is a perfect time to focus on at least a few lifestyle behaviors that attend to the heart - daily physical activity, stress management, and more fiber, to name a few.
Fiber is for more than just weight loss.
Dietary fiber is an essential part of an optimal diet. While there are many lifestyle factors that can influence the risk factors for chronic diseases, consuming the daily-recommended amount of dietary fiber (20-35 g/ day) can help prevent chronic disease by supporting proper digestion, healthy cholesterol levels, skin health, and normal blood glucose levels.
Fiber Benefits Digestion and Weight Loss
Dietary fiber supports weight loss by its ability to promote feelings of fullness and ensure regular bowel movements. While weight management and proper digestion are incredible benefits of dietary fiber, these are just two of the benefits that fiber has in promoting optimal health.
With a series of small changes and a high-fiber diet, 26-year-old Jordan Ring shares how in three years, he was able to lose and keep off over 30 pounds he gained during college. With the advice of his doctor, he focused on dietary fiber throughout his weight loss journey. He started his website, Fiber Guardian, to help people of all ages learn more about the high-fiber diet, and to prove that weight loss does not have to be extremely complicated.
Jordan's Story (Focus on Dietary Fiber)
It all started when I went for a checkup at the doctor’s. I had not had a physical exam in quite a while, so I decided it might be a good idea to make sure that I was good to go. Boy, am I glad that I did!
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