How many of us have heard about the numerous benefits of fiber? Fiber, in its two forms, soluble and insoluble, is very
beneficial to our health. Although our bodies can’t break down this particular substance, its presence in our bodies
offers excellent digestive and weight loss benefits.
Some of the foods which are rich in fiber include beans, grains, fruit and vegetables. By eating foods rich in this
compound, we end up feeling full for hours upon hours. Since our bodies can’t break down fiber, it takes us much
longer to digest it. When our digestive track has to work extra hard to break down this compound it uses up more
energy which in turn helps us burn more calories. Aside from weight loss benefits, soluble and insoluble fiber
offers digestive system perks.
Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms glue like gel inside our bodies. This particular gel softens stools
and slows down stomach emptying for improved digestion. Insoluble fiber on the other hand serves as a natural
laxative. This particular compound holds on to water and pushes waste faster along the intestines. When waste
is pushed faster along the intestines it leaves less time for cancerous substances in your stool to have contact
with the lining of the bowel. Not only does this result in softer stools but it also decreases the chances of
colon cancer and hemorrhoids. So if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, gas, constipation,
hemorrhoids, or if you want to prevent obesity, colon cancer, gallstones, and other digestive troubles, you
should try to incorporate more fiber into your daily diet. Aside from its medicinal benefits, consuming foods
rich in this compound will help you lose those unwanted pounds faster. A fiber-rich healthy diet along with
exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle.