Do you find that no matter what you eat you are still hungry? Well by having an intake of fibre it can enhance your health, stop you from overeating and help you to lose weight.
WHAT IS FIBRE?
Fibre is the indigestible part of plant-based food that your body can’t break down or absorb, which then pushes through your digestive system, absorbing water and making it easier for bowel movement. Although fibre is not digestible, it is good for the body in so many ways. Eating fibre increases the immune system in your stomach, feeds the good bacteria there, it keeps the digestive lining healthy and absorbs and pulls out excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body. Many of the health problems today are due to poor digestion caused by accumulated waste material in the colon. So basically fibre helps us digest and pass the food that we consume. By increasing our fibre intake, it also decreases the risks of common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
WHERE IS FIBRE FOUND?
- Fruits, Vegetables, Beans, Peas, Lentils
- Nuts & seeds
- Whole Grain
TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FIBRE
There are two types of fibre you need in your diet Soluble and Insoluble.
Insoluble Fibre – Acts like a sponge and absorbs water, which then swells inside your intestine and produces a feeling of fullness. The insoluble fibre moves through the digestive system to get rid of the waste, toxins and any materials your body does not need.
Soluble Fibre – Now this fibre comes from fruit and some vegetables, brown rice, beans, lentils, oats and also bran. Soluble fibre mixes with water and digests the enzymes created by the liver to create a gel. This gel works to prevent and reduce the body’s absorption of substances that may be harmful. It is also soluble fibre that helps control blood sugar and reduces cholesterol.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH
BENEFITS OF FIBRE?
- Helps maintain bowel movement
- Reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, including colon and breast cancer
- Keeps your digestive system healthy and regular, helping you to avoid constipation.
- Fibre keeps your feeling fuller, satisfied, more in control of your appetite and less likely to over eat.
- Slows the absorption of sugar to your blood stream which maintains a stable blood sugar levels and help prevent Type 2 diabetes.