Fiber Helps Weight Loss and Toxin Clearance

December 29, 2017

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Fiber Helps Weight Loss and Toxin Clearance
Boosting fiber intake should be a top priority for anyone wanting to live a healthy lifestyle, but especially for those who want to lose weight. Without enough fiber to absorb toxins being released from fat and help move them out through the digestive tract, weight loss efforts will inevitably stall.

On average, Americans only get about 7 to 8 grams of fiber a day, but the National Cancer Institute recommends 20-35 grams. To help weight loss, the recommended amount increases to 35-50 grams, depending on your size. That's a far cry from 7 grams! So, how can you get more fiber in your diet?

Dietary fiber comes in two forms and can be found naturally in the plants we eat as well as whole grains. Soluble fiber slows down digestion by delaying the emptying of your stomach, allowing for better nutrient absorption. As soluble fiber enters the intestines, it absorbs water and dissolves into a thick gel, helping provide bulk to the stool. Soluble fiber also helps lower cholesterol. Sources of soluble fiber include oat cereal, legumes, and fruits. Insoluble fiber primarily adds bulk to your stools, helping you clear toxins and prevent constipation. Whole grains and vegetables are the primary sources. Both soluble and insoluble sources of fiber are needed in a balanced diet.

Interestingly, the human digestive tract is unable to break down fiber. Therefore, it is a good way to provide ‘bulk’ to the diet without adding extra calories. Both types of fiber help you feel fuller longer so that you don’t have the constant urge to snack while simultaneously supporting detoxification of the bowels to aid with weight loss. High fiber foods also reduce blood sugar spikes after meals, leading to fewer cravings for sweets and junk food.

Fiber also helps you achieve a healthy body weight by supporting good bacteria in the gut. As undigested dietary fibers pass through the small intestine, they arrive in the large intestine and act as prebiotics, or food for the friendly probiotic bacteria already living there. Having healthy flora balance in the gut positively influences metabolism, hormonal balance and inflammation, all factors which are important for weight loss.

Along with increasing fiber in the diet, increasing protein intake is a good way to boost your metabolism and kick start weight loss. Wellness Resources provides two high quality fiber supplements, LeptiFiber and Fiber Helper, as well as an excellent protein and fiber combination, Daily Protein Plus. A morning protein shake made with Daily Protein Plus is a great way to get your metabolism revved up for the day, as it provides 21 grams of protein and will help keep you fuller longer with the extra fiber!

The best part of adding more fiber to your diet is that you can see and feel the results almost immediately. If your diet is lacking in fiber, it is best to start slowly with adding supplemental fiber and gradually increasing to give your body time to adjust. Increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause bloating, constipation or gas. Since fiber absorbs water, you may also need to increase the amount of water you drink to ensure things continue to move through the digestive tract. So go ahead add more fiber to your diet and reap the benefits!

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