7 Reasons You Should Eat More Fiber

Fiber-rich diets are essential to good digestive health. In fact, the more fiber we eat, the less toxic, sick, overweight, bloated, and irregular we will be.

 

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Fiber is the indigestible portion of fruits, veggies and grains that we eat. Its nature is to keep the bowels moving regularly and prevent backups, toxicity and resulting illness. Read on for more ways fiber is beneficial to the body.

Why Fiber? 

As a result of adding more fiber to your diet, you will:

  1. Lose More Weight – Just a small amount of fiber gives you a feeling of fullness, so you won’t feel hungry all the time. Because fiber expands in the stomach, leaves little room for fat consumption, and is quickly expelled from the body, you won’t gain weight so quickly. In fact, you will start to shed pounds with less fat in your system and more fiber as a substitute.
  2. Reduce Your Heart Attack and Stroke Risk – Like water, fiber flushes out toxins and keeps your blood flowing smoothly. Consequently, artery blockages that could cause a heart attack or stroke are less likely.
  3. Have Normal, Regular Bowel Movements – Fiber keeps the bowels soft and malleable, so that they can easily move through the digestive system and be eliminated with no trouble. This means that you are less likely to experience constipation, diarrhea, appendicitis or hemorrhoids.
  4. Have Better Sexual Ability – Fiber allows men to have stronger, sustained erections as a result of increased blood flow to the penis. Women may also experience more sexual arousal as blood also flows to their sexual organs.
  5. Lower Your Cancer Risk – Lots of fiber consumption forces out toxins and carcinogens easily and quickly. The more fiber you consume, the quicker you will have a bowel movement and the quicker more toxins will be eliminated. Also, eating lots of animal fat is scientifically proven to increase your cancer risk. If you have lots of fiber traveling in and out of the body, you will likely have less fat consumption, making your chances for developing cancer go down quite a bit.
  6. Lower Your Risk For Diabetes – Fiber allows the slow release of sugars in the bloodstream, so that spikes in blood sugar are avoided. Over time this helps to regulate blood sugar levels and ward off diabetes.
  7. Be Less Cranky – When the bowels are compacted, backed up or not flowing properly, not only does the body get toxic; so does the attitude. As if a toxic body wasn’t enough, with all of the illnesses it can cause, but you may find yourself moody and quite irritable when you aren’t ingesting enough fiber. With fiber, think good foods in; bad stuff out.

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