Fiona McMahon, DPT, PT What is fiber? Fiber, it’s the hot ticket. It is being marketed to us like crazy. But why is fiber is so important? What fiber is best? Should you get more fiber with supplements? Let’s take a closer look into the benefits of fiber in this edition of BBPT’s Health tips. Fiber is the part of food that we cannot digest. It is separated into two types, soluble and insoluble. Both bulk up the contents of your stomach and colon, which can help you feel more full but after that, the similarities end. As the name implies, soluble fiber dissolves in water but insoluble does not. Insoluble fiber increases the mass of the stool and helps to get things moving, in terms of passing feces. Soluble fiber absorbs water. The truth is, most people are not getting enough fiber. Less than half of people in the United States consume the recommended amount of fiber. Let’s discuss the benefits of fiber and how to make sure you are getting enough. So what if you don’t have issues going number 2? What else can fiber help you with? Fiber has been shown to help with reducing the risk of the following conditions:
- Coronary artery disease
- High blood pressure
- Improve insulin sensitivity in people who have diabetes
- Enhance weight loss
- Improve GI conditions like acid reflux, duodenal ulcers, diverticulitis, constipation, and hemorrhoids
- Enhance the function of the immune system
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