Why You Should Follow A High Fiber Diet

The Doctors at Colon and Rectal Specialists routinely recommend that patients follow a high fiber diet.  A University of Illinois study shows that dietary fiber promotes a shift in the gut toward different types of beneficial bacteria. And the microbes that live in the gut, scientists now believe, can support a healthy gastrointestinal tract as well as affect our susceptibility to conditions as varied as type 2 diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis.

When there is enough fiber in your diet, the fiber in the colon ferments and changes into beneficial bacteria.  This provides numerous health benefits including destruction of other harmful bacteria found in the colon.   Fiber also keeps your colon and gastrointestinal tract healthy by normalizing bowel movements and lowering your risk of developing hemorrhoids.

A high fiber diet also helps maintain blood sugar levels and controls cholesterol by blocking the absorption of fat and cholesterol from foods. Doctors suggest most adults eat 30-35 grams of fiber a day. Most people only eat half this amount.

Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains Contain Beneficial Fiber
Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are good sources of fiber.

Adding more fiber to your diet is easy and there are several options that make eating a high fiber diet tastier.   Most fruits and vegetables contain fiber, but you can also choose foods like whole grain breads, oatmeal, legumes, and nuts.  Even swapping regular pasta for whole-wheat pasta can boost your fiber intake.

So the next time you reach for a snack, choose a high-fiber option.   Your body will thank you!

Sources:
To read the full article click from the University of Illinois
http://news.aces.illinois.edu/news/dietary-fiber-alters-gut-bacteria-supports-gastrointestinal-health

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22649263