TAG | High Fiber Diet
Fiber. Seriously, is there any nutrient more boring than fiber? The mere thought of fiber conjures up images of Grandma’s clumpy, untasty glasses of fiber mix. Or perhaps you imagine the boring foods you will have to eat by the truckload—foods like bran flakes, beets, and beans, beans, beans. Think again.
ReNew Life is reinventing the way you think about, and eat, fiber. By now you’ve probably heard how much ReNew Life founder and President, Brenda Watson, wants you to eat more fiber. Fiber is the surprising appetite controller, the amazing heart health nutrient, and the great colon regulator. A high fiber intake does more for your overall health than all the low-fat, empty promise diet foods you can name and still Americans consume less than half of the fiber they should (around 15 grams daily instead of the recommended 20–35).
But really, who can eat that much fiber?
You can thanks to our new Fiber Smart Healthier Fiber line that really does offer a fiber supplement for everyone (not just Grandma). Fiber Smart supplements are made without any harsh fiber types such as psyllium and without any artificial ingredients, flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives. They are great way to boost your fiber intake along with a healthy, high fiber diet.
- Orange Clear Fiber – This 100% soluble corn fiber mixes clear in water without a thick or gritty texture. It tastes like a fresh orange for those who like a yummy fiber option and helps to promote digestive health and maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels. ǂ
- Clear Fiber – For the purists among us who just want a clear mixing soluble corn fiber that does its job without any fuss, flavor, or strange texture. At 3 grams of heart-healthy fiber per teaspoon it’s an easy way to mix more fiber into your diet.ǂ
- Super Fruit Fiber – Antioxidants anyone? This fiber includes 14 concentrated antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and a soluble/insoluble fiber blend from corn and apple fibers. It promotes healthy digestion, bowel regularity, and helps neutralize free radicals.ǂ
- Natural Triple Fiber – The triple threat fiber for occasional constipation and toxin build-up.ǂ There is nothing in this fiber blend except for soluble/insoluble flax, oat bran, and acacia fibers. It curbs appetite by helping you feel full, relieves occasional constipation, promotes healthy digestion, and helps remove digestive toxins.ǂ
Ultimate Chia Seed – Pure super food chia seed, which is not only a source of fiber, but also of protein, beneficial omega-3s, and antioxidants. Chia seed has a delicious nutty flavor and can be taken with beverages, soups, cereal, or yogurt, or enjoyed right out of the canister for a fiber boost any time. ǂ
The human gut is home to thousands of different bacterial species, totaling 100 trillion bacterial cells—that’s about four pounds of bacteria, or the weight of a brick. The composition of this bacterial population (also known as the gut microbiota), is currently being studied.
A new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, published in Science, takes the findings further. This new study found two major gut types—Bacteroides and Prevotella—based on gut bacterial population groups in 98 healthy volunteers who were asked to fill out questionnaires that assessed dietary habits. Stool samples were collected to determine their gut microbiota composition.
The researchers found a link between dietary habits and gut types. People who ate a diet high in meat and saturated fat were higher in Bacteroides bacteria, and people who had a diet high in carbohydrates had more Prevotella bacteria. Researchers then took ten volunteers and fed half of them a diet high in fat and low in fiber, and fed the other half a low-fat, high-fiber diet. By the end of ten days, the bacterial populations had begun to change but were still predominantly the same Bacteroides and Prevotella groups. This indicates that it’s possible to change the gut microbiota with diet, but it will take more than a short-term change to see any major difference.
Next steps will be to replicate these findings to confirm them and to take the studies further by looking at whether these gut types are associated with health. It’s an exciting area of research, working out the details of what health advocates like ReNew Life founder Brenda Watson has said all along—your gut is the foundation of the health of the rest of your body. It all begins in the gut!