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Why Fiber Is So Important In Our Diet

Updated: Feb 16

First of all, why do you need fiber and why is it so important in our diet?

And I don't know about you, but the first thing I think of when I know I need more fiber is eating more vegetables, which isn't always fun... however, I have included some other great sources of fiber at the end.

Fiber affects our whole body system, including your skin, gallbladder, heart and immunity. However, if you lack fiber intake, it can have a detrimental effect on your health. When you don’t get enough fiber the food you eat, the toxins you eliminate via your bowels get absorbed back into your bloodstream causing health issues. [1]

To go right along with that, here are 9 things to know about fiber.

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Nine Facts About Fiber

9) Fiber Fights Diseases.

  • A diet high in fiber can help to prevent colon cancer and heart disease by helping to take toxins from being absorbed back into your bloodstream.

  • High fiber helps the body to eliminate cholesterol by binding it in the digestive tract.

  • For thousands of years, fiber has been used to stop constipation.

8) Fiber can actually help with overeating.

This can be absolutely crucial if you are looking to lose weight and struggle with over eating. The simple action of adding more fiber can help you feel more more satisfied and full longer.

7) Most popular foods don't have enough fiber.

If you like the more popular foods that you find packaged and easy to grab and go are not likely to have very much fiber. If your diet consists of items that are quick and easy to grab and eat, make sure you read to the end where I give you a list of great fiber sources to help you increase your fiber.

6) Grains offer the most fiber.

Dietary fiber is actually plant matter that we cannot digest. The best sources are whole grains and concentrated grain products.

5) Kids need fiber as well.

Children that are older than 2 years of age should consume a daily intake of fiber. Kids are most receptive to fiber found in fruits, vegetables, and even fortified breakfast cereals.

4) More Fiber = More Water.