NUTRITION FUNDAMENTALS-WEEK 4
WHOLE FOOD FIBER
The recommended intake of fiber for adults is 21-38 grams per day. Data suggests that the typical Western diet runs consistently low in fiber (approximately 15 grams per day) due to the high consumption of refined wheat flour and a reduced intake of true whole grains, fresh vegetables and fruit.
One of the most important aspects about fiber is its profound effect on digestive health. The digestive system, the fundamental key to good health, needs fiber to function as an integral part of the digestive and absorption process. Also, add to that, up to 70 percent of the immune system is located in the large intestine.
SO HOW DOES FIBER IMPROVE HEALTH?
Bacteria in the gut will actually ferment fiber, especially the soluble type. This creates an environment which is hostile to various pathogenic disease causing bacteria, viruses and yeast. As the pathogens die off it creates a more suitable environment for healthy bacteria to grow and thrive. Hence, a better place to absorb nutrients into the body.
WHAT CAUSES DIGESTIVE IMBALANCES?
Many things can upset the delicate balance in the intestinal system-stress, traveling, not drinking enough fluids, medications (antibiotics, steroids, antacids, etc.) and especially improper diet.
WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF FIBER SUPPLEMENT?
Whole food fiber is the best source of soluble and insoluble fiber available. It contains fiber from six sources, which promotes optimum health. Soluble fiber such as beets and carrots act as prebiotics which encourage to growth of beneficial bacteria. Apple pectin along with beets help with digestion and regular elimination, while protecting the liver and colon from toxins. Carrots and beets have the ability to protect against free radicals and support healthy immune system function. These fibers along with oat fiber can slow the absorption of sugar, supporting health blood sugar levels.
In conclusion… Fiber has a very profound effect on the overall health of the body. If you are having trouble with constipation or bowel irregularity, please speak to one of the Doctor’s at Middlesex Chiropractic Center and they help you to get the correct fiber supplement.