Getting enough fiber is nothing new. We hear it all the time right? Fiber has so many health benefits that it is worth talking about again! And yes, there will be some poop talk….
There two kinds of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves and becomes gelatinous. It helps slow down digestion and ensures that we absorb all the nutrients before our food, um, passes. They also help lower the bad cholesterol which is awesome! Sources of soluble fiber include oatmeal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries, nuts, flax seed, beans, blueberries, cucumbers, and celery.
Insoluble fiber is really helpful too!! It says in a more fibrous form and helps food pass through the digestive system. It adds bulk to our poop (bulky poop is easier to pass!) and helps fight the constipation monster. Sources of insoluble fiber are whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, seeds, nuts, barely, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, broccoli, onions, tomatoes, dark leafy greens, raisins, and root vegetables.
Aside from keeping us regular fiber also helps decrease the risk of colon cancer and polyps. Fiber also slows the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. Both super great things!! It is also important to note that getting fiber from the natural sources (there is no dietary fiber in meat or dairy) is much better than getting it from a supplement!!