The Benefits of a High Fibre Diet
The most obvious benefit of a high fibre diet is that it ensures regular elimination of waste, which reduces the likelihood of you reabsorbing toxins and developing pockets in your bowel. Fibre also makes you feel quite full after eating, and slows down the rate of breakdown of carbohydrates, which can help to ensure more stable energy and balanced blood sugar levels, all of which are important if you’re trying to adjust your weight.
A high fibre diet also makes it easier for your body to manage your cholesterol levels, as unwanted cholesterol is discarded via the bowel and absorbed into fibre to be excreted. Low fibre diets and poor transit times can result in re-absorption. A healthy bowel is essential for a healthy body.
Our Diet Today
The recommendation nowadays is that half our diet should be made up of fruit and vegetables, and other wholefoods. Ideally we should be taking in somewhere in the region of 20 – 30g of fibre daily, but studies suggest that a reasonable western diet only provides in the region of 12 – 15g, so it would appear that the majority of the population are not eating enough fibre. This is exacerbated if you don’t eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, as they are a major source of fibre.
This is where taking a daily fibre supplement can make a big, long term difference to the health of the colon, and therefore the health of the body overall.
The Importance of Water
As well as fibre, it’s really important for the bowel to stay hydrated in order to stay healthy. The process of digestion and elimination requires a lot of water, a large amount of which is reclaimed. The fluids you drink are mostly absorbed through the intestine, and the waste gets drier as it passes through.
If there’s not enough water to begin with, the stools will dry out and become difficult to pass, leading to constipation and toxicity. Drink up to 2 litres of clean fluids daily. Most experts don’t include tea, coffee and fizzy drinks in this as they are believed to have a diuretic effect and can makes things worse.