Fiber has a multifunctional purpose in our bodies. It binds environmental toxins, keeps our bowl movement regular, lower both insulin and optimizer our cardiovascular health.
This is one of the reasons why I prefer smoothies vs juicing – so that the fiber content is kept and doing its job inside body! A simple definition of a fiber is – a carbohydrate that your body can’t digest – so it is literally doing an inside for you to remove and restore you.
I frecuently notice that when clients get of gluten their fiber intake decreases and then can create other imbalances with the gut flora. One of the jobs of fiber is to keep your gut microbium in balance – fiber works as nutrition for the colon bacteria to produce SCFA – short chained fatty acid.
There are two categories of fibers;
- Soluble fiber – mixes with water to create a gel-like substance in your intestines.
- Insoluble fiber – the type that passes through, being used to bulk up your stool to aid in elimination.
Yet many different kinds of fibers, bu that all can be categorized into the above.
What kind of fiber makes all the difference, in the article linked below you can read more about how one typ of fiber the soluble can improve IBS and how the insoluble kind can worsen the symptoms.
When adding more fiber to your diet, don’t forget to drink plenty of water – we don’t what constipation at any cause. So yes, like everything else, too much af a goof thing will create imbalance!
This is an excellent dive into the world of FIBER – written by Dr Deanna Minichs Blog about FIBER, as always back up by science yet written by the heart!