Almost All Americans fall short on fiber intake.
The average American consumes less than 1/3 the recommended dietary fiber
intake. The American Dietetic Association and the American Cancer Society
recommends 25-35 grams of total dietary fiber per day, which is more than
double what the average American gets. Even for those individuals with a
healthy diet, there are some days when it might be difficult to meet the
There are so many solid studies that show the benefits of fiber and by
in taking more what it may do for your overall health. Here are a few:
Heart Health -
Research shows that those people eating a high-fiber diet have a 40% lower
risk of heart disease.
Researchers have found that for every 7 grams more fiber you consume on a
daily basis, your stroke risk is decreased by 7%. I guess it is lucky #7.
Blood Sugar Control:
Soluble fiber has been shown to help slow your body's breakdown of
carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar, helping with blood sugar
A high-fiber diet has shown it may lower your risk of hemorrhoids
Weight loss and management:
Fiber supplements have been shown to enhance weight loss among obese
people, likely because fiber increases feelings of fullness.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
Fiber has been shown to have some positive effects and relief from IBS.
Gallstones and Kidney Stones:
A high-fiber diet has been shown to help with and may reduce the risk of
gallstones and kidney stones, likely because of its ability to help
regulate blood sugar.
Fiber, especially insoluble, can reduce your risk of diverticulitis, by
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Studies show that those with the highest intake of fiber have a
significantly lower risk of dying of any cause. A recently published
study by the National Cancer Institute that included almost 400,000
participants found that for every 10-gram increase in fiber intake,
risk of death dropped 12% in men and 15% in women.
Fiber adds bulk to your diet without adding calories and helps to reduce
the calorie density of your diet, one of the most important strategies for
long-term weight loss. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol and a
high-fiber diet may help reduce blood pressure, inflammation and reduce
your risk of heart failure (especially fiber from whole grains).
Why is fiber so important to your health?
Fiber absorbs large amounts of water in the bowels, and this makes stools
softer and easier to pass. Anyone starting a higher-fiber diet will notice
the difference in stool bulk and in almost all cases, increasing fiber in
the diet will relieve constipation within hours or days. Because stools are
easier to pass, less straining is necessary, and this can help relieve
By improving the solidity and bulk of solid waste it also helps to keep
those who are aging more regular, less constipated. The result, supported
by many studies, is (among other benefits) a reduction in the odds of colon
is so-called because it doesn't dissolve readily in water,
can be found in nuts, wheat bran, whole grains, and many vegetables. But
there's another kind called, not surprisingly, soluble fiber. As the name
suggests it does dissolve readily in water. It, too, has benefits.
is found in citrus fruit like oranges and lemons, apples, beans, oats, and
barley grain. Among its other virtues, studies strongly suggest that some
soluble fibers (beta-glucan) can help reduce cholesterol.
Adequate fiber intake aids in weight loss!
Populations that eat greater amounts of fiber-rich foods are generally
healthier. While all of the reasons for this are not known, it may be
because the fiber-rich foods themselves are healthier. Perhaps fiber's
greatest value, however, is in helping to keep us slim. *
Fiber makes us feel full sooner and stays in our stomach longer
than other substances we eat, slowing down our rate of digestion and
keeping us feeling full longer. Due to its greater fiber content, a single
serving of whole-grain bread can be more filling than two servings of white
bread. Fiber also moves fat through our digestive system faster so that
less of it is absorbed. Fiber-rich foods also have a low glycemic index,
which means they deliver a slow and steady supply of sugar to your blood,
which helps control appetite, according to the Harvard School for Public
But, as with every other aspect of diet, it's best to have everything in
the proper proportion. What is that, in the case of fiber? The recommended
consumption for the average adult over 50 years of age is 21g for women and
30g for men. For those under 50 the amounts are 25g for women, 38g for men.
Of course, that's only an average (for men about 170lbs, women around
120lbs). You'll want to consult a physician to find out the needed amounts
for your weight. There are those rare individuals who are sensitive to
certain foods and they will need to seek out sources that suit their
High-fiber foods are good for your health. But adding too much fiber too
quickly can promote intestinal gas, abdominal bloating and cramping.
Increase fiber in your diet gradually over a period of a few weeks. This
allows the natural bacteria in your digestive system to adjust to the
change. Also, drink plenty of water. Fiber works best when it absorbs
water, making your stool soft and bulky.
LifeSource Vitamins - Ultra Fiber Gummies provides 5 grams of dietary fiber
per serving and is a convenient way to ensure you meet your daily intake
for dietary fiber. *
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As shown by the Mayo Clinic:
By Mayo Clinic Staff
A high-fiber diet has many benefits, which include:
Normalizes bowel movements.
Dietary fiber increases the weight and size of your stool and softens
it. A bulky stool is easier to pass, decreasing your chance of
constipation. If you have loose, watery stools, fiber may help to
solidify the stool because it absorbs water and adds bulk to stool.
Helps maintain bowel health.
A high-fiber diet may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and
small pouches in your colon (diverticular disease). Some fiber is
fermented in the colon. Researchers are looking at how this may play a
role in preventing diseases of the colon.
Lowers cholesterol levels.
Soluble fiber found in beans, oats, flaxseed and oat bran may help
lower total blood cholesterol levels by lowering low-density
lipoprotein, or "bad," cholesterol levels. Studies also have shown that
high-fiber foods may have other heart-health benefits, such as reducing
blood pressure and inflammation.
Helps control blood sugar levels.
In people with diabetes, fiber — particularly soluble fiber — can slow
the absorption of sugar and help improve blood sugar levels. A healthy
diet that includes insoluble fiber may also reduce the risk of
developing type 2 diabetes.
Aids in achieving a healthy weight.
High-fiber foods tend to be more filling than low-fiber foods, so
you're likely to eat less and stay satisfied longer. And high-fiber
foods tend to take longer to eat and to be less "energy-dense," which
means they have fewer calories for the same volume of food.
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