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Is fiber really important?

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We pay too much attention to the 3 macronutrients we´ve all heard about; fats, proteins and carbohydrates but we forget about fiber which is important for optimal gut health. I´ve seen so many people talking about all the amazing benefits of fiber while others do not consider it to be that important. From my point of view there are some reasons why it is helpful and beneficial.

Fiber is important and it´s possible that you´re not getting enough of it every day.

Some people consider fiber as one more macronutrient because of its importance and to make sure that they get the right intake.

Most of us when we start a diet or want to change our eating habits we think about calories or macros but it doesn´t matter which ones are we counting or focusing on we don´t think too much about fiber which is actually really important for our gut, not getting enough fiber daily has a negative impact on our health in a short term but also long term.

Fiber is a carbohydrate that is not broken down in the small intestine, it gets into the large intestine where it is broken down by bacteria. It can be divided into soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fiber dissolves in water, it can help lower glucose and blood cholesterol and it´s found in oats, beans.

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, it promotes the movements of material through our digestive system to feed he microbiome and it´s found on vegetables and beans.

Both have a lot of benefits making it an important part of our diet. There are so many benefits and it´s important for our health, especially our gut. Some of the benefits are that it elevates satiety which helps with fat loss, it lowers body fat and helps in managing diabetes and improving insulin sensitivity.

Vegan and vegetarian diets are great at keeping fiber intake high but they can be deficient in other nutrients which are also important for our health, people following ketogenic or carnivore diets can have more problems to keep adequate intake of fiber because they tend to avoid almost all carbohydrates.

Getting enough fiber daily is important but most of us do not get enough of it but it´s a big mistake to increase the intake considerably from one day to another which can promote bloating, cramping and other problems so you need to start increasing the amount of fiber you eat gradually so that the bacteria in your digestive system also adjust to the change.

It doesn´t matter which type of diet you follow you need to make sure that you give your body all the nutrients it needs from fats, to proteins and carbohydrates and by carbohydrates the more important being vegetables which are loaded with micronutrients and fiber.

Green and cruciferous vegetables are great options to add fiber to your meals and your nutrition program. Oats are also a great option if we´re following a more balanced diet, it is great for breakfast, legumes like beans, lentils are also a source of fiber.

Some people are intolerant to grain and gluten so you need to pay attention to your body, every time you make a change to your nutrition program you need to be aware of how your body responds and how you feel, we are all intolerant to some foods or we all have problems digesting some foods especially at the beginning when we make some change to what we eat, this can also happen with vegetables or when you start consuming healthy foods high in nutrients and eliminate or avoid unhealthy processed foods.

You need to be patient and make the changes slowly to give time to your body to get rid of all the poison and toxins and get use to a healthy diet.

You need to make sure that you give nutrients to your body, so you need to focus on getting healthy fats, protein and fiber which help you lose weight, maintain an amazing physique and also optimal health.

Let us know by leaving a comment down below and on Twitter if you are aware of getting enough fiber and how easy or hard it is for you.

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Pam

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