We all know that getting enough fiber in our diet is important for our bodies to stay happy and healthy. But sometimes if we eat too much fiber or not the right kind of fiber, we can do more harm to our bodies then we intend to. So how do we know how much is too much?
Like with any vitamin or supplement, if you have too much, the benefits are reversed and it becomes more harmful than helpful. The outcome of eating too much fiber vary from person to person, such as excess flatulence or diarrhea. But, in most cases, it results in weight gain because of the excess carbohydrates in the diet. To safely increase your daily intake of fiber, without packing on the carbs, try out fiber rich fruits and vegetables like raspberries, prunes, blackberries, broccoli, celery, and spinach.
Fiber is broken into two groups, Soluble and Insoluble. Our bodies need both to keep everything moving smoothly, and according to WebMD, women need 25 grams of fiber per day and men need 38 grams per day to stay healthy.
Soluble Fiber, can lower the bad LDL cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol. This type of fiber attracts water and forms a gel in the digestive tract that helps to slow down digestion. This is why eating foods like oatmeal, apples, pears, beans, and carrots help you feel fuller, longer.
Insoluble Fiber, unlike soluble fiber, does not dissolve in water. It passes through the digestive system intact. This process speeds up the digestive process and prevents constipation and is considered gut-healthy fiber because of their ability to add bulk to the diet. Eating foods like whole wheat, barley, couscous, raisins, grapes and corn will help get things moving along.
Make sure to get the right amount and variety of fiber in your diet. A good addition you can make is adding Vibrant Health Field of Greens, to your diet. Field of Greens is a unique combination of the best green foods that grow from organic soil and is full of vitamins and nutrients. Adding more fibrous fruits and vegetables and keeping your insoluble fiber in check will help you and your digestive track, feel uh-mazing.
Your Turn: How do you get the right kind and the right amount of fiber in your diet everyday?