Why Should You Have More Fiber?

Getting enough fiber is something people don’t think about all that often. Let’s face it: Most of us haven’t a clue how many grams of fiber we’re taking in on a typical day. That’s why most of us aren’t even close to meeting the recommended intakes of 20 to 35 grams a day for healthy adults. The mean fiber intake in the U.S. is 14 to 15 grams a day.
We get fiber from unprocessed foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans, and most Americans aren’t exactly loading their plates with these items. You’d be hard pressed to find any of them in your average fast-food value meal. And Americans are definitely eating more prepared and processed foods. Eating out has also become routine – all this “away” food not only has more calories and fat per meal than home-prepared foods, but also less fiber (on a per-calorie basis).

Why Do We Need Fiber?

It’s hard to believe that something we can’t even digest can be so good for us! A higher-fiber diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels and prevent constipation . High-fiber foods also tend to contain more nutrients and fewer calories, are digested more slowly, and help us feel full sooner.

But that’s only the beginning of fiber’s story. Here’s what else it may do for us:

Symptoms of low fiber diet

Though the symptoms of a fiber-poor diet aren’t always clear-cut, there are four key warning signs to watch for:

  1. Constipation: If you’re having fewer than three bowel movements a week, and the stools are hard and dry, you’re constipated. Constipation can result from lack of fiber, but also from too little exercise and certain medications and supplements . Boosting your fiber intake can help form soft, bulky stools, relieving and preventing constipation.
  2. Weight gain: Fiber contributes to satiety. Satiety is that feeling of comfortable fullness you get after a meal. If you’re not experiencing that feeling, you may be eating more than your body needs.
  3. Blood sugar fluctuations: If you have diabetes and find controlling your blood sugar difficult, you may not be getting enough fiber.
  4. Diet related nausea and fatigue: Feel disgusted and tired after your meals? You may not be getting enough fiber.

When limiting our consumption of whole grains, cereals and nuts to avoid weight gain, or when we are on a low calorie diet trying to lose weight – we are most definitely not getting enough fiber. In these cases a supplement is advised in order to get a healthy amount of daily fiber!

At Calla Slimspa in Orlando, our patients benefit from taking FiberPress Capsules to help them get their daily dose of fiber.