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Why Getting Enough Fiber is Crucial for Better Health

By Genevieve Cunningham

When most of us think about necessary nutrients for good health, we think of things such as Vitamin C, protein, complex carbs, potassium, and even fats. But there are actually quite a few nutrients that are needed by the body in order for it to function most efficiently. Some of these, like those mentioned, are no-brainers, while others are often easily forgotten in our daily diets. Things such as fiber are often overlooked, and therefore, our health suffers as a whole. But is fiber really necessary? Take a look at these reasons why you should make sure you’re getting enough of this nutrient in your everyday diet.

Fiber Helps Fill You Up

It’s a lot easier to keep the diet in check if you’re not walking around starving. Fiber is an excellent choice for keeping a person feeling full and satisfied. The more fiber ingested, the less likely heavy snacking or an unhealthy binge will be part of the day. But this doesn’t mean to go overboard. A little fiber at every meal plus a fibrous snack may be all it takes to keep the hunger away.

It’s Helpful in Speeding Digestion

Another great reason to eat fiber is because it has the ability to speed up digestion. People who have problems with keeping digestion moving are often given the advice to eat more fiber throughout the day, as it stimulates the digestive tract to get moving. Good choices might include peas, broccoli, black beans, and pears.

It Can Lead to Weight Loss

A speedy digestion along with that feeling of being full and satisfied leads to weight loss for a great many people. Fiber can help to control or manage weight loss goals when used properly. What does properly mean though? For most people, it simply means getting enough fiber through the normal diet. In extreme cases, a doctor might suggest a supplement, most of which can be found over-the-counter and are easy to add into the daily routine.

If you’re looking for a simple way to improve both diet and overall health, checking your current fiber intake may be a great place to start. Make sure that eating fiber throughout the day is a part of every day’s menu. Eating the proper nutrients and paying attention to what goes into your body is the first step to improving your health and the quality of life that comes with it.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. 

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