Posted in The Cozy Lifestyle

The Importance of Fiber

That’s a potentially scary picture!

Are you getting enough fiber in your diet? How can you tell? What kind of fiber should you have?

These are good questions and I hope to give you some helpful information in this post so you can be confident that your body is getting what it needs.

As a Certified Health Coach, I have studied a variety of health related subjects, some more thoroughly than others and this one I believe is one of the most important! Many of our diseases, including heart disease, come as a result of an unhealthy gut. It is SO important to cleanse the gut with your daily fiber intake!

According to Everyday Health, “The national fiber recommendations are 30 to 38 grams a day for men and 25 grams a day for women between 18 and 50 years old, and 21 grams a day if a woman is 51 or older. Another general guideline is to get 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories in your diet”

Medical News Today says “…most people in America do not meet this goal. The average fiber intake in the United States is 17 g, and only 5 percent of people meet the adequate daily intake.

People need to get both soluble and insoluble fiber from their diet. Eating a varied high-fiber diet means getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grain”

Check out this link for a list of foods that are high in fiber.

If eating that much food to get your proper fiber intakes sounds overwhelming, another option is to take a fiber supplement. In our household, we have one of the best out there! It has 4X as much fiber as Metamucil – using 7 different sources of fiber, psyllium, soothing herbs and antioxidants. It’s amazing! I love it because it also promotes healthy weight loss and helps lower cholesterol! (Not to mention it tastes delicious in an Orange Julius!). Oh! And it’s gluten free!

One thing to keep in mind. Fiber and vitamins should not be taken at the same time. Taking them 1-2 hours apart will allow for maximum benefit from each one.

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