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Is it important to take a daily fiber supplement? And what should I look for in a fiber supplement?
October 30, 2009
11:59 am

Because the majority of Americans consume less than half of the recommended 20-35 grams of fiber each day, taking a dietary fiber supplement is often incredibly beneficial. Among its many health benefits, fiber helps support healthy bowel elimination.

To understand how, let's look at the two different types of fiber. Soluble fiber (found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains) dissolves and breaks down in water, acting like a sponge and soaking up toxins as it passes through your gastrointestinal tract. Insoluble fiber (found in dried beans, whole grains and seeds) is not water-soluble. Instead, it passes through your gastrointestinal tract almost intact, sweeping away waste and harmful toxins in the bowel as it encounters them. For these reasons, you should look for a supplement that contains a blend of both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Fiber is also a powerful weight loss tool. Consumed daily, fiber can help manage your hunger and slow down the rate at which your body converts carbohydrates into sugar. It can also help eliminate calories from the foods you eat by blocking the absorption of calories and leading those calories out of the body.

For more information about Fiber or Fiber Supplements, visit the ReNew Life Digestive Care Education Center.

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