Fiber is essential to assist with digestion and cleansing the digestive system. Since humans are without the proper enzymes to digest some foods, fiber is added to assist with digestion. If the digestive system is not maintained, it can cause various issues. Some of these issues are; constipation, bowl disorders, stomach and abdominal pain. It can also turn into cancer or cause ulcers.
There are two basic forms of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibers dissolve in water and allow for better absorption of vitamins and minerals. They also assist with the management of diseases like diabetes, hyperglycemia, hyperglycemia and other issues that are caused by the quick breakdown of carbs that turn into sugar. Insoluble fibers assist in blocking the absorption of certain minerals and vitamins like calcium, magnesium and iron because they do not dissolve in water. They reduce toxins, bacteria, and lower serum cholesterol in the body.
Foods with the highest fiber content are, lentils, beans, potatoes, pears, apples, Brussel sprouts, all bran cereal and peaches. Fiber is found in many foods. There are many types of soluble and insoluble fibers, like pectin, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignins, gums and mucilages. Each one assists with different conditions and illnesses. For example, pectin assists with the management of diabetes and absorption. Cellulose assists with diverticulitis, constipation and hemorrhoids. Lignins assist with the lowering of cholesterol.
In conclusion, adding fiber packed foods is essential for good overall and digestive health and should be part of every person’s daily diet.
Dr. Challotine Cius-Bonds, DNM, ND, HHP, NHP, MH, NC