Yesterday we spoke about "laxatives" and how they make us "dehydrated". We also spoke about how we need ample "fiber" to keep our pipes clean.
But the question for today is this . . . What kind of "fiber" is right for you?
So let's break it down . . . we all know eating enough "fiber" can prevent or relieve constipation and help waste to move smoothly through the body. It also encourages healthy gut microbiota, which increases the bulk of stool and helps promote regular bowel movements
That's simple enough . . . Right?
BUT . . . this may not be good for everyone . . . Why???
Because there are 2 different types of "fiber". "Soluble" and "Insoluble".
And you may be treating your constipation or diarrhea with the "wrong" one!
Now . . . both are important for optimal health, digestion and preventing diseases. But they do different things for the body. So the question is . . . are you taking the right "fiber" for your ailment????
Today let's talk about "Soluble" fiber.
You see . . ."Soluble" fiber attracts "water" and turns to gel during digestion which "slows" digestion down. That's a good thing for people with diarrhea. It also can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.
"Soluble" fiber helps keep your gut bacteria healthy. That's the "good" bacteria that I'm always telling you . . . you need for optimal health. "Soluble" fiber helps the defense system that aids the immune system.
You've heard me speak about "Pre" and "Pro"biotics a lot. Well . . . many "Pre"biotics are actually considered to be a form of "soluble" dietary fiber. And remember "Pre"biotics are the food for "Pro"biotics that are the body's defense system.
Okay . . . simply said . . . "Soluble" fiber helps "diarrhea" by absorbing water that passes through the digestive track, transforming into a gel-like substance that helps slow digestion down, and adds bulk to stools.
So what are good sources of "soluble" fiber?
Well . . . that would be oatmeal, barley, nuts, seeds, dried peas, beans, apples, oranges, strawberries, flaxseeds, cucumbers, celey, carrots, seaweed and psyllium.
Plus, there are many supplements out there that are just "Soluble" fiber. BUT buyer beware. They also may contain many additives and carcinogens that are detrimental to one's health.
It's always better to get your fiber from the food we eat.
So tomorrow, we'll talk about "Insoluble" fiber.
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