The Importance of Fiber
Fiber is more than a cure for constipation, it is the key ingredient to a healthy diet.
Fiber is the $#!T! If you don’t want to take my word for it, ask your doctor. 😉
Fiber has SO many benefits. Over the past few years, the importance of fiber and the importance of it being in the foundation of a healthy diet has been making waves in the health and wellness world. Many think fiber is only important for people who struggle with constipation, or the elderly. WRONG. The truth is, fiber is an extremely important component to every diet. It’s packed full of benefits that you don’t want to miss out on.
If weight loss is on your to-do list, listen up! Fiber is your new BFF.
First, let’s talk about where you can find fiber. Dietary fiber can be found in fruits, legumes, vegetables, and whole grains. Think of fiber as the bone of a plant. Fiber is the part of the plant that makes it a WHOLE food. It’s where the nutrients live! You’ve probably seen those fiber supplements that dissolve into water, but my recommendation is to stay away from them. My reasoning? Fiber supplements are simply not whole foods. Stick to a whole foods, plant-based diet to get your fiber – it’s beyond easy, I promise!
A few things to know about fiber:
- Your body doesn’t actually digest fiber at all. Instead, it passes through your entire digestive system while fueling your gut microbiome (in a great way) and then it leaves your body through bowel movements. Fiber makes stools larger and more dense, making it much easier for the body to expel. Constipated? You NEED MORE FIBER. Fiber is the vehicle that transports all of the gross things out of your body.
- Fiber helps control your blood sugar when you eat. It does this by acting as a buffer and slows down the rate of absorption of sugar in the body. We LOVE this because it helps us avoid those sugar rushes and sugar crashes. Do you know what happens when you eat fake, processed foods that have little to no fiber? Cravings. Fiber helps keep things balanced so we can avoid those miserable food binges.
- High fiber foods are MUCH more filling than foods that are low in fiber. This is why high fiber diets help people maintain an overall lower body weight. You feel full quickly so you end up eating less. Now, I’m not proposing a fiber weight-loss diet miracle here. There are plenty of other factors that go into weight loss, but incorporating high fiber foods into your diet is one of them.
When it comes to medical issues like diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol, there are PLENTY of studies that show a high fiber diet is a great weapon for avoiding these scary possibilities. Our favorite boss babe, gut doctor, Dr. Angie Sadeghi shares a lot this research and data on her Instagram account.
Like I’ve said before, I want to live a high quality life for a VERY long time. So, bring on the FIBER! Oh, what’s that? You want to know ways to consume fiber in the form of whole foods? I gotchu, boo.
Fruits and vegetables are PACKED with fiber, BUT not if you juice them! Eat them whole or throw them into a smoothie. Everyone, and by everyone, I mean 99% of the world’s population needs to be eating more fruits and vegetables than they are currently eating. This is why BB smoothies are so important! Whole grains are known for being rich in fiber and are great for the gut, but make sure you are eating 100% whole grains. Some marketing can be really deceptive, so always check the ingredient list.
Beans, peas and other legumes are excellent sources of fiber and bonus – they will fill you up. Nuts and seeds are always a good option too if you’re looking for a fiber-rich snack.
Wanna know what doesn’t have ANY fiber? Meat and cheese. Nada, zip, zero, zilch.
How do you plan to incorporate more fiber into your diet? Comment below. XX