What happens when your body does not have enough dietary fiber? Your digestion does not work so well. What happens when your body does not have enough fiber, or enough water? It stops eliminating harmful wastes and toxins causing immflamation, stores cholestorol, and damages your life-giving blood cells. Think fiber is just for older women? Think again.
Dr. Dino Prato wrote an awesome book called "The Stupid Diet" that succinctly states the essential nature of fiber for vibrant health:
"Fibers help us detoxify impurities, such as cholesterol, toxins, excess sugars and fats, from our bodies. They help us filter waste and cleanse our gastrointestinal tract. Fiber also helps move the bowels, which is a critical part of detoxification."
In other words, if you want a healthy diet that is actually helping you cleanse, balance and build your body, you REALLY need this critical element. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is very weak in fiber. WebMD cites the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans as saying most Americans need 25-38 grams of fiber daily, but get 15 or less. Translation, we get less than two thirds of our daily dietary need. Our bodies are starving for fiber!
In a country struggling with rising obesity, cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease issues, it should come as little surprise that we are not helping are bodies clean out the junk inside them. Not to put too fine a point on it, but when you don't have healthy dietary fiber intake, you're not eliminating waste very well (especially via bowel movements) which means your body is just storing it. You literally have a backlog of excrement inside you!
That is why the first step of a healthy diet is "cleanse." Before you can "balance and build," you need to literally clean out the crap. Increasing your daily intake of fibrous foods, along with proper hydration, can be of great assistance in this. Combine a diet rich in dietary fiber, good hydration, and aerobic exercise, and you'll help your body start eliminatig waste and toxins much more quickly.
What foods can you add to help makeup a fiber deficit? Think green. Fruits and vegetables contain high amounts of fiber as do whole grains, raw nuts and seeds. Stay away from canned, dried and otherwise processed foods as they have a lot of the fiber stripped away. Also, try to avoid fruits and vegetables that are on the high end of the glycemic index as you don't want to be adding a bunch of sugars to your diet at this point.
Continue reading about the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber...
Dr. Dino Prato, The Stupid Diet.
WebMd, "The Benefits of Fiber: For Your Heart, Weigth, and Energy."
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