Are you getting enough fiber in your daily diet? Leading experts recommend consuming between 20 and 35 grams daily for better digestion and health, but many Americans fall far short of that goal. In case you need another reason to bulk up on fiber, let’s talk inflammation.
Scientists have determined that a diet high in fiber may help reduce inflammation. Why is this important? While typically associated with a reaction outside the body (such as a rash or an inflamed cut or scrape), inflammation also refers to a wide range of immune functions occurring inside the body that protect us from illness and disease. Most immune responses last only a few days, such as when you are fighting a cold, but when your immune system is out of balance, inflammation can persist and may affect your physical and mental health.
Data shows that people who follow a high-fiber diet have lower blood levels of certain chemicals that indicate the presence of inflammation in the body, suggesting that fiber has a positive effect on our natural immune response and may help support a balanced immune system. Based on this information, experts recommend getting plenty of fiber in the diet through daily fiber supplements and by eating plenty of fruit, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds.