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Why Is Fiber Good for You?

Updated on July 18, 2011
Why is fiber good for you?
Why is fiber good for you?

Why Is Fiber Good for You?

Here are just a few ways fiber is good for your health:

Eating a high fiber diet will help a weight problem. When you eat fiber, your body sends out signals that you are full sooner. This prevents you from overeating, as well as helps you to lose weight if you need it. Since you feel full after eating high fiber foods, you will also feel like less of a martyr while trying to lose weight. This will make your odds of successfully losing weight much higher.

Another way eating high fiber foods helps you to lose weight is that it revs up your metabolism. A higher metabolism is also good for you because it helps you to feel more energetic and less tired.

Fiber eliminates toxins from the body.

Fiber aids the digestive system by helping to push food through the intestines. Eating more fiber can be helpful for many painful and embarrassing digestive diseases and health conditions: constipation, diarrhea, hemorrhoids, water retention, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, and many other unhealthy conditions. High fiber intake reduces the risk of colon cancer. It is thought to work by getting rid of carcinogens present in the colon more quickly, so the body has less of a chance of absorbing them.

Getting enough fiber throughout the day helps to prevent blood sugar spikes. This is helpful in losing weight, especially belly fat. But this also helps to prevent diabetes. Belly fat is a strong predictor of a diabetes diagnosis in the future.

Fiber is also very helpful for someone already diagnosed with diabetes, as blood sugar spikes are one of the most harmful aspects of diabetes. And eating a high fiber diet lowers blood sugar levels in general. Adding fiber to a meal that has lots of carbohydrates is especially beneficial to diabetics, as it helps to slow down the blood sugar rise that usually accompanies carbohydrates.

Eating lots of high fiber foods can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Bad cholesterol levels, called LDL, are lowered if you eat a high fiber diet. High cholesterol contributes to and causes many heart conditions. Soluble fiber is the type of cholesterol to consume to lower cholesterol.

Another way that soluble fiber is good for your heart is that it helps lower blood pressure. As little as seven grams of fiber a day may help reduce both the systolic and diastolic blood pressure numbers.

What's not to love about fiber?

How Many Fiber Grams Should Be Eaten Daily?

A high fiber diet is beneficial to your health in a myriad of ways. The recommended amount of fiber to be consumed daily is at least 25 grams. Most of us don't get half of that amount.

If you don't like high fiber foods or have a difficult time getting enough fiber in your diet, try taking a fiber supplement. Psyllium seeds are an excellent natural choice.

High Fiber Diet Tips

When you start trying to add fiber to your diet, do it slowly. If you add lots of high fiber foods too quickly, the result can be lots of abdominal discomfort, gas, cramps, and diarrhea.

Also, drink more water when you start a high fiber diet. This helps the fiber accomplish its many health benefits.

High Soluble Fiber Foods

A person needs both soluble and insoluble fiber daily. Some high fiber foods that contain decent amounts of soluble fiber are broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, prunes, onions, apples, berries, peas, beans, and oats.

Foods High in Insoluble Fiber

Insoluble fiber used to be referred to as 'roughage'. Foods high in insoluble fiber are various seeds and nuts, celery, dried beans, cauliflower, brans and whole grains.

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      medwalls 6 years ago

      very nice but i am looking forward to more information on this topic thanks

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Great hub! Fiber really is important for your body. Your hub does a good job outlining the basics.

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      Michael Jay 7 years ago

      Great hub! Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful and informative hub.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your very interesting information.