The Role of Fiber in Improving Digestive Health
July 8, 2014
By Corey Gates
It is a general misconception that fiber is only needed by people who have constipation. In reality, fiber does much more than just support regularity. There are multiple digestive benefits that fiber provides. Read on to learn why fiber is so critical for your digestive health and overall wellbeing.
Why is Fiber so Important for Everyone?
Research suggests that fiber is not only important for those who are suffering from constipation but that it can help the overall health of everyone, irrespective of gender and age. When you have fiber in your diet, you are more easily able to remove toxins from your body, and you can actually help manage your weight as well. Fiber even acts as food for the probiotics that you may be taking.
Regularity and Increase in Healthy Bacteria
Fiber is of course one of the best things you can add to your diet to ease constipation. What it does is keep the movement of the food constant and even so that it can easily pass through the digestive tract to be excreted from the body. It is also believed that there are certain kinds of soluble fibers that are made of prebiotics which help in the development and survival of health bacteria in your body. These healthy bacteria aid the process of digestion and also improve the immune system of the body.
What Fiber Actually Is
So what really is fiber? And where can it be obtained from? Fiber is mostly found in vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These are the nutrients that cannot be fully digested by our digestive systems. There are two kinds, soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is one that reaches the intestines and breaks down into gel form. It is present in apples, blueberries, oatmeal, beans and nuts.
Insoluble fiber is one that does not break down but increases the speed and efficiency of digestion. It is present in grains, seeds and skins of veggies and fruits.
Both kinds of fiber are beneficial for you. That’s why ProbioSlim’s Psyllium Fiber actually contains both soluble and insoluble fiber to promote your digestive health and weight loss goals.