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Are You Getting Enough Fiber?

Fiber is your friend!

Do you struggle with digestion?

Always constipated?

Got the runs?

If your digestion isn’t on point, you will not be on point.

One of the best ways to help your digestive system is by eating enough fiber.

You get fiber from carbohydrates.

More specifically complex carbs.

So eat carbs.

Your total fiber intake is made up of dietary fiber + functional fiber.

Dietary fiber:

Indigestible parts of plants like grains, rice, seeds, fruit, and legumes.

Functional fiber:

Indigestible form of carbohydrates which is extracted from plants and added to food.

Think cellulose, guar gum, psyllium.

Dietary fiber is broken into 2 categories.

Soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble:

Dissolves in water
Helps you feel full
Slows down digestion
Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
Found in fruits, oats, nuts, flaxseed, veggies, and beans

Insoluble:

Don’t usually dissolve in water
Promote regular bowel movements
Promotes healthy gut
Found in whole grains, and many vegetables.

Fiber…

May reduce risk of colon cancer
May reduce risk of heart disease
May lower risk of type 2 diabetes
May enhance weight loss
Helps gut health
Promotes good poops
Help you feel full

The amount of fiber each person needs is going to be different.

We are not all the same.

A good goal for most women is at least 25 grams per day.

For men, around 40 grams per day is a good goal.

But play around with the amounts and find what works best for you.

Or better, hire a quality coach or dietitian to help you out.

How much fiber do you eat daily?

Do you even know?

Let me know in the comments.

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