We don’t see it, we don’t taste it, but fiber is a necessary part of a healthy, balanced diet. To put it simply: it’s an indigestible component of plant foods that helps us digest and pass the foods we eat, keeping things moving smoothly and efficiently through our bodies. That means less built-up waste material in our colon and fewer health problems from poor digestion. Great! Fiber also helps us in other ways—like the ones listed below:
Improves our skin
Since fiber-rich foods flush out toxins and waste from our bodies (eliminating inflammation and constipation), they, therefore, prevent skin conditions like breakouts and clogged pores! A healthy digestive system equals clear, radiant skin.
Protects against cancer
Several studies have suggested that an increase in fiber intake can help decrease the risk of various cancers, including colon cancer, breast cancer, and mouth, throat, and esophageal cancers. For instance, a study published in the Pediatrics journal found that women who ate high levels of fiber had a 24 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer before menopause than women who ate low levels of fiber.
Fills us up faster
Similar to a sponge, fiber helps us feel fuller longer by absorbing water and swelling the inside of our intestine, which in turn slows our digestion and prevents us from overeating! (So no more going back for seconds and thirds even when we know we shouldn’t.)
Controls blood sugar
It’s been tested that fiber-rich foods have little to no effect on blood glucose levels because the fiber can’t be digested. Likewise, Prevention magazine says, “You can blunt blood sugar-raising effects by taking advantage of natural substances in foods—like fiber in fruits and veggies—that slow carbohydrate digestion and entry into the bloodstream.”
Keeps us regular
There are two types of fiber that are used to treat and prevent constipation. The first one, soluble, allows more water to remain in our stools, while the second, insoluble, adds bulk to our…material, working together to cleanse the colon and keep our digestive system in check.
Top high-fiber foods:
So, with just a simple change in your dietary habits, the power of fiber will make a world of a difference for your health. After all, we strive to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle here at HealingRadius!
Allyson Miller is a bookworm, history nerd and outdoor enthusiast who loves writing creative and informational content for SBT in Rock Hill, SC. Depending on the day, you can find her with her nose in historical documents, shopping for trendy exercise outfits or trying new cooking recipes. Allyson dreams that one day, engineers will figure out a way to build roller coasters sans the incline, ridding her of coasterphobia.