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How a High Fiber Diet Can Save Your Life
By now many know the benefits of a high fiber diet. Although there are many that do follow a high fiber diet the majority of people do not. I believe the reason why many people do not follow a high fiber diet is that they truely don't realise what fiber does within the body and how beneficial it is in keep them healthy
The main reason for a high fiber diet is that it is essential for the digestive system and the elimination process.The coarseness of fiber, and the fact that it is not digestible, gives it the capacity to cleanse the internal digestive track.
Most people do not get enough fiber and this could be the reason for many diseases and for the problem of obesity in the world. So how much fiber is enough?Through extensive research scientist have determined, on an average, a person should consume approximately 30 grams of fiber per day. Most people have no idea how much fiber they consume daily. Well if you are a typical person you probably consume approximately 15 grams of fiber per day. Now it does vary from diet to diet and culture to culture but if your diet is not one that consist of 5 to 6 serving of fruits and vegetables per day and if you are not consuming whole wheats and whole grain cereals and breads chances are you are not getting the recommended daily amount of fiber in your diet.
So whats the big deal? We have all heard this for years to consume more fiber and even though we may not be, we are all still living, right? Yes, this is true but are you as healthy as you could be? Are you really consuming the diet that will actually keep you healthy for years to come, or will the lack of fiber in your diet contribute, and maybe its currently contributing, to a level of health that is below optimal levels.
Most people have no idea what fiber is.Fiber is actually the part of our food that cannot be fully digested. Fiber comes in two forms soluble and insoluble. Each type of fiber plays a certain roll in your digestive track and
aids your body in different ways.
When soluble fiber dissolves in water, it forms a jelly like substance which creates bulk within your digestive track. As this jelly substance moves through your small intestine is absorbs cholesterol from your digestive track and eliminates it through your waste. Since this cholesterol is pulled out of the digestive track the body then pulls cholesterol from the blood system regulating the digestive system and lowering your cholesterol level in your blood stream. Consuming soluble fiber can reduce you bad cholesterol by approximately fifteen percent.
Some ways to get soluble fiber is by eating foods like apples, pears, citrus, oat bran, psyllum and beans.
The other type of fiber, insoluble fiber, does not dissolve in water, it is actually the more course and bulky fiber that moves through and cleanses your digestive system. Insoluble fiber has the qualities to slow down the speed in which sugar is absorbed into your blood stream and is also great to treat constipation. People who are diabetics can benefit from consuming insoluble fiber since it regulates the blood sugar levels and curbs sugar spike overloads. Cabbage, root vegetables and wheat bran are excellent sources for insoluble fiber.
Another benefit of a high fiber diet is weight management. Typically you will consume less calories when eating a high fiber diet because the fiber will make you feel fuller quicker and for a longer period of time. It also helps in faster elimination of waste which can reduce weight. Some additional health benefits of a high fiber diet include the reduced risk of cancer, alleviates hemorrhoids, reduces or cures constipation, and the reduction of glucose levels.
There are so many health benefits with an increased fiber diet which will help you feel better, look better and reduce or eliminate the risk of many diseases. By doing a few new things like consuming more fruits, both dried and fresh,eating more green leafy vegetables and reading labels to see how much soluble and insolube fiber is in the foods you consume, one can start to assist their body in functioning at an higher level of health.
About the Author: The author is in pursuit of the complete life. A life that works on all levels, abundant in health, personal growth, relationships and a spiritual connecting to all that is. You can visit his site at http://www.mycompletelife.com to find other great resources on health, personal development, spiritual growth and anything that will help you improve your life.