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Fiber diet and digestion

Updated on July 1, 2013

Food and digestion are connected to each other in many ways. Food and eating habits very influential so one must keep this in mind while selecting food and eating. Fiber doesn’t affect digestion directly. On the other hand, fiber is beneficial for health in many ways. In order to get proper nutrition and digestion, fiber should be part of every diet. Fiber also prevents constipation and that is a real benefit of fiber containing food. Prunes are recommended to keep from constipation as they contain high level of soluble fiber.

Diverticulosis can be prevented and treated through fiber rich diet. Diverticulosis actually forms pouch like sacks in the large intestine. An undue pressure is formed on intestine by the pouches. These pouches normally get inflamed, cause pain, and can cause bleeding in stool as well. In such condition, liquids and fiber rich diets can help in preventing constipation.

Multiple clinical studies have shown that certain type of fibers can help in losing bad cholesterol from the body. The fiber present in the food actually binds the bad cholesterol with it and it goes out of the body. Although, everyone does not agree to this theory as many people believe fiber can reduce cholesterol. This doesn’t affect directly but it helps indirectly as high saturated fat diet is avoided when these diets are taken. Therefore, cholesterol level automatically reduces in the body.

Fiber rich foods normally have low calories. When low fiber containing food is part of your regular diet and the cholesterol level remains low. This is quite an effective way to keep you safe from many heart diseases. There is one clinical trial in which fiber rich diet has contributed in reducing the blood pressure.

Types of fiber are generally heard by everyone; soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. It is actually the saturated fiber that dissolves in water and causes less glucose and cholesterol absorption. In this way saturated fiber actually decreases the risks of heart diseases.

Insoluble fiber can cause bad effects on digestion and health. Insoluble fiber rather absorbs the water and fluid thus causes the constipation. Fiber is digest through fermentation process therefore, gas is produced as byproduct. As a result of this, flatulence is also produced.

One thing you must keep in mind before increasing the fiber intake, which is to increase the fiber intake gradually. A sudden increased fiber intake can also cause diarrhea. Concentrated fiber present in the supplements actually becomes the cause of diarrhea. Fruits and vegetables, however, are the best source of fiber intake. Water must be taken with the fiber containing diets. It will prevent you from dehydration and constipation as well.


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