Most of us don't even know the recommended daily amount for fiber, let alone what it does for our body. The plain fact is: we need fiber; it is a nutrient that regulates the digestive process, helps keep us energized and boosts health across the board. How much you need depends on your diet, but the general guideline is between 20-25 grams per day depending on calorie consumption.
High fiber foods are being shown to have great value in fighting cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. These properties aside, let's focus on how fiber affects you on a daily basis:
No surprise here: most fiber is derived from unprocessed foods. Grains, nuts, seeds, beans, fresh fruit and vegetables are your greatest sources of fiber so it is important to seek out foods that please you but still contain fiber. Here are some sneaky and some not-so-sneaky ways to add in fiber:
Fiber awareness starts now. Give our office in Milpitas a call to schedule an appointment and start feeling better today!
Dr. Gregory Lind, D.C.