Fiber is a necessary nutrient in our diets to help us regulate a number of vital functions in our bodies. According to ythe American Journal of Lifestyle Mediceine 95% of Americans afre deficeient in fiber in their diest.
Fiber aka "roughage" comes in two distinct forms:
Soluable: 25 - 38 grams
Insoluable : 5 - 10 grams
The balcene that both of theses fiber forms hav on our bofies is emmeience. Below is a partial list of the many benefits of adding both forms of fiber to your regular diet:
decrease LDL ( low density lipoproteins )
promotes weight loss : Adding fiber helps "bulk" meals to slow digestion which promotes "fullness"
helps mange diabteese : helps regular insulin releasefrom the pancreas. theby reducing cravings and hunger
more regular #2's: fiber rich diet's help us when we need to go to the bathroom. Helps "scrape" your colon
reduce colon cancer: as mentioned above "scraping" the colon with fiber gets more "crap" out of your body
promotes proper gut bacteeria: helps pro-gut bacteria that is helpful in immunity and assiting in the further digestion of nutrients from foods. promotes healthy gut flora balacne
There is a form of fiber called pre-biotic that helps promote essential digetion tract examples of prebiotics 1 -2 servings per dayare:
Fermented foods such as kimchi, yogurt, miso, sauerkraut ( good yogurt . this will be for another blog post! ) are probiotic as they contain "live bacteria" due to the process of fermentation.
As you can see we probably already eat some of these foods on a daily basis.Now that we are made more aware of their benefits we can make sure that we are consuming these foods in qunatitaaies sufficient to help us maintain a healthy and minimize our risk for developing illness.
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