Do you get enough of this vital component?
Do you know just how much you should eat for maximum benefit?
Do you know what foods contain all that fiber?
Getting the right amount of fiber is essential for supporting your health. The fact is it promotes a healthy, balanced digestive system which in turn will help to guarantee maximum positive health. Yet, most people get far less fiber than they need. Another issue here seems to be the popularity of low-carb diets where larger amounts of protein become the mainstay. These foods have minimally low amounts of fiber.
It’s recommended that at least 25 grams of dietary fiber for women and 38 grams for men every day for optimal results, yet only about 5 percent of adults meet this recommendation. Surveys indicate that most people only get about half of the necessary fiber requirements.
It’s so vital for continuing good health that it’s been called a “game-changer” for ongoing well-being!
The problem with the Standard American Diet (SAD) is that many foods have been stripped of that critical element because of the processing many of them go through before getting to the market.
So it becomes critical to make sure you have many of the following foods on a daily basis. Healthy sources of fiber can be found in foods such as:
Beans, Whole Grains, Berries, Brown Rice, Sweet Potatoes (with skin), Nuts, Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, and Oats. A basic Mediterranean type of eating regimen becomes so important here in terms of getting enough fiber.
When you consume maximum amounts of fiber consistently, you will improve your health in the following ways:
♥ Can reduce constipation
♥ Promotes good healthy digestion
♥ Help with weight loss and maintenance because you feel full quicker
♥ Helps to lower cholesterol levels
♥ Aids in lowering your risk of diabetes and heart disease
Here are some good suggestions for improving the amount of fiber you eat daily:
♥ Include vegetables for lunch and/or dinner and eat them first as in having salad before dinner.
♥ Eat only raw fruits rather than fruit juices which contain large amounts of sugar.
♥ Fruits such as berries and apples are particularly high in fiber and lower in sugar than many other fruits.
♥Do not buy standard white bread which has been stripped of any nutrients; instead buy whole wheat bread.
♥ Eat popcorn – the air popped kind is the best. This is a good healthy snack.
♥ Keep the skin on when eating fruits and vegetables half of all the fiber contained is found in the skin.
♥ Eat avocados regularly as they contain extremely good amounts of fiber.
♥ Nuts and seeds provide healthy amounts of fiber.
♥ When baking, substitute whole wheat or coconut flour for white flour which has no value nutritionally.
♥ Beans – add them to your daily diet. They offer so much for your continuing good health. A cup of cooked beans can deliver up to 75% of your daily needs!
Do not underestimate the importance of including this miracle from nature in your daily diet. It’s a lifesaving part of your nutrition and should be considered the most important part of how and what you eat daily. I always talk about baby steps as in how you maintain and improve your health. This is one of the most important of those steps to take on a daily basis.