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What Are The Benefits of a Diet High in Fiber?

Fiber is widely-known as an important nutrient. But, many people don’t realize that a high-fiber diet can benefit your long-term health. In this article, we’ll discuss why you should consider increasing your fiber intake for greater overall wellness

What is Fiber?

Fiber is a carbohydrate that your body can’t digest. So, it moves through the body undigested instead of being converted into glucose, like most other carbohydrates. Due to the way, it’s processed by the body, fiber is considered an essential nutrient.  

The Benefits of a Diet High in Fiber

Some of the key benefits of a high-fiber diet include:

Weight Management

Foods that are high in fiber make you feel fuller faster (and for longer) than low-fiber alternatives. This can make it easier to decrease your caloric intake and shed extra pounds. 

Bowel Health

Fiber helps regulate bowel movements, making them more regular and easier to pass. It can also decrease your risk of bowel disorders like diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, and colorectal cancer.

A Healthy Gut Microbiome

The gut microbiome is the combination of good and bad bacteria in the gut. If the balance of bacteria is thrown off, it can lead to inflammation, gastrointestinal discomfort, and even moodiness. Dietary fiber feeds the good bacteria in the gut, helping to keep the microbiome in balance. 

Blood Sugar Management

Since your body can’t process and absorb fiber, it doesn’t trigger blood sugar spikes. This makes it a unique carbohydrate and an excellent nutrient for blood sugar management.  

What Foods Are High in Fiber?

Many foods are naturally high in fiber, including:

  • Beans and lentils
  • Celery
  • Pears
  • Leafy greens
  • Broccoli
  • Berries 
  • Apples
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts

The experienced physicians at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine can help you optimize your diet for greater health and longevity. Reach out to us today for an appointment!

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