NUTRITION CORNER: Fiber is nature’s natural scrub brush

According to the Medilexicon medical dictionary, dietary fiber means “Nutrients in the diet that are not digested by gastrointestinal enzymes”. It is made up of non-starch polysaccharides, such as cellulose, dextrins, inulin, lignin, chitins, pectins, beta-glucans, waxes and oligosaccharides.

All plant foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and beans, have fiber which is divided into two categories: soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is found in dried beans, peas, oats and oat bran, flaxseed and psyllium husks and in fruits such as oranges and apples and vegetables like carrots. Soluble fiber is very important as it binds with fatty acids in our stomach and prolongs digestion time. This helps to regulate blood sugar.

Insoluble fiber is found in whole wheat, wheat bran, vegetables such as cauliflower and green beans and the skins of fruits and root vegetables. Insoluble fiber not only helps remove toxins from our colon and balance intestine acidity buy also moves waste through our intestines and bowel.

Fiber can not be digested. The fiber that we eat passes directly through our small intestine into our colon and then goes out of our body. By passing this route, high fiber foods help clean our insides, keeping our colon healthy and promote regularity.

It’s important to add high fiber foods to our diet as they clean out our digestive system. Some types of fiber bind with fats and toxins that help cleanse our entire body. Irregularity, constipation and diverticulitis can be avoided by getting enough Enough high fiber foods in our diet prevents irregularity and constipation.

Studies have also been shown that  fiber can help reduce our overall cholesterol count especially LDL, or bad cholesterol. LDL collects in the walls of blood vessels, causing the blockages of atherosclerosis resulting in heart attack.

Studies also helps prevent cardiovascular disease, obesity, hemorrhoids, some cancers, high blood sugar, diabetes as well as help us lose weight and keep our digestion working properly.#