Health Benefits of Fiber
Learn more about the health benefits of soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.
Many people are advised that dietary fiber is good for them, but not many know what it is, or how much fiber they should be consuming for optimal health. As a result, most Americans don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Fiber intake is essential for healthy bowel function and studies have found that getting your recommended daily allowance reduces the risks of health issues such as cancers, coronary heart disease, diverticulitis, and obesity.
The first researcher to connect a high fiber diet with better health was Dr. Denis Burkitt. While studying rural populations of people in Africa, he noticed that those eating the local produce associated with a regular diet in the region resulted in extremely low incidences of diabetes, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and many other chronic diseases in comparison to western populations. His research concluded that the high amount of fiber being consumed as a regular part of the rural African diet was one of the contributing factors necessary for maintaining good health. The average American only consumes about 14 grams of fiber per day, far less than they should be consuming as part of their regular diet.
Even though we know that fiber is an incredibly important part of maintaining a healthy life and avoiding disease, it is still a nutrient that many of us don’t recognize as important. If you’re looking for a great way to improve your health, are suffering from a Gastrointestinal disease, or are simply interested in learning more about dietary fiber — I’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dietary fiber below.
Healthy Snacks for Summer Trips
Summertime is a time for family vacations, day trips, camping, and road trips. If your family is planning a summer trip, you might be thinking about what kind of healthy snacks to pack. The kids might be requesting chips, candy and sweet drinks, but you know better. Feeling overfed and undernourished is no way to spend a summer vacation. With a little planning and a few bottles of fizzy seltzer water, you can take your family’s health-conscious habits on the road.
Springtime is a great opportunity to refresh your body and mind. And with beautiful weather to enjoy, there are plenty of healthy ways to get reinvigorated. From exercising and spending time in nature to eating fresh veggies and healthy snacks like Fiber d’Lish bars, you’ll feel refreshed in no time.
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.
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