Did you know that there are two different types of fiber? One type takes on a gel like consistency in your GI (gastrointestinal) tract and the other type can take on more of a laxative effect. Therefore, depending on the type of discomfort you may be experiencing, knowing which foods to turn to may be helpful in maintaining a happy GI tract and healthy body.
Benefits of Fiber
Fiber encourages colon health by helping to speed food through the digestive system by serving as a bulking, softening, and cleansing agent. It provides an effective aid to eliminate unwanted toxins from the body. Fiber increases your feeling of fullness & satiety so you eat less and wait longer between meals. Understanding the different types of fiber will help you reach your digestive goals.
This type of fiber tends to absorb water and expand. It can help to slow down digestion because it takes on a gel like consistency. You can find soluble fiber in some nutritional shakes as they help you to feel fuller longer which helps with weight management. An example of a nutrition shake with soluble fiber is Total Lean Shake.
Foods Containing Soluble Fiber
Oatmeal, oat cereal, lentils, apples, oranges, pears, oat bran, strawberries , nuts, flax seeds, beans, dried peas, blueberries, psyllium, cucumbers, celery, and carrots.
There are many more foods that contain soluble fiber so be sure to check your labels.
This type of fiber will help move things through the GI tract quicker than soluble fiber as it has a laxative type effect. Unlike soluble fiber, insoluble fiber remains mostly in tact through the GI tract; therefore, it does not dissolve in water or expand.
Foods Containing Insoluble Fiber:
Whole wheat, whole grains, wheat bran, corn bran, seeds, nuts, barley, couscous, brown rice, bulgur, zucchini, celery, broccoli, cabbage, onions, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, dark leafy, vegetables, raisins, grapes, fruit, and root vegetable skins.
These foods are sources of insoluble fiber to help speed things up in your gastrointestinal tract.
The GNC Difference
Probiotics are a great adjunct to adequate fiber intake. In the role of digestion, Probiotics help to promote healthy digestion, support natural resistance and replenish beneficial, healthy bacteria that may be depleted as a result of poor diet, taking certain antibiotics, food poisoning, travelers diarrhea or poor overall digestive health. Visit our new probiotic guide to learn about the benefits of probiotics and find the best one for your lifestyle.
Bulk up your fiber intake! Fiber contributes to keeping our hearts healthy and our stomachs full. Try to get at least 25 grams of fiber daily through supplements and foods, such as whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. For a double dose of efficacy, use fiber and probiotics together to remedy your digestion woes; spend more time doing the things you love.
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