Fibre has been known to be very healthy but people do not simply include it in their diet. Fibre helps the body to prevent diseases such as colon cancer and cardiovascular illnesses. Food that are rich in fibre are difficult to break down and stay a little longer in the stomach. Additionally, it helps the body by binding cholesterol and other toxins while it is in the digestive tract and goes out of the body with it.
Since fibrous foods are difficult to break down, it prevents the body from feeling hungry for a longer period of time. This may help those who are on diet as it lessens cravings especially of sweet food. Fibres not only help people to control weight but it also helps in the regulation of blood sugar. For people with diabetes, eating foods rich in fibre will help them maintain normal blood sugar levels. Hemorrhoids, constipation and other stomach problems may likewise be prevented. Dietary fibres may help prevent colon cancer, coronary diseases and cancer though claims are not yet backed by solid evidences.
Anyone who is currently suffering from any chronic disease should ask his or her doctor and dietician if changes in the diet like the addition of fibres would be beneficial. People who are not used to high fibre diet will have to do it gradually to help their body get used to the new diet regimen.
Children as well as adults need a sufficient amount of dietary fibre each day. As more fibrous food is eaten, more water intake is needed to help the digestive system keep the fibre moving. But just like any other macronutrients and micronutrients, the body needs the right amount of fibre. Too much or too less of it can cause some health problems. Excessive intake may result to bloating and diarrhoea.
Dietary fibres come mostly from plants and some from fruits and vegetables and the body can only digest it partially and sometimes it may not be able to digest it totally. There are two kinds of fibres: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibres are those that are fermented in the large intestines. They produce some gasses and other substances too. Insoluble fibres are not digested at all. They absorb more water but help the body in eliminating waste products.
A lot of foods though do not have enough fibre content. People need to know which foods are rich in fibre. Whole grains as well as concentrated grain products are some good sources of fibres. Some fruits and vegetables such as pineapples, bananas, oranges, berries, flax, beans and peas are rich in fibre. Oatmeal, some nuts and seeds are sources of fibre too. Sufficient amount of fibre is needed to keep the body in a good health stance.
Fibre supplements are available in the market. Laxatives or stool softeners are also fibre supplements. However, natural sources of fibre are still the best. If people need to take supplements, they must exercise with care and caution. To conclude, a well-balanced diet, regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle is always recommended so that you can stay in the pink of health