Psyllium is an ancient source of fiber that can be traced back to South Asia and India.
Fiber is good and everyone knows it. However, most adults and especially children are reluctant to increase fiber intake simply because they don’t have enough motivation to get them naturally through fiber-rich whole fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
This is unfortunate, as fiber intake is truly very important now that new findings indicate how complex the health potential of fiber as part of one’s diet truly is. In fact, new studies suggest that the type of fiber ingested can actually affect a person’s gut health. The type of fiber one ingests also adds additional depth in terms of how one can view fiber as part of one’s diet. This is especially important when it comes to digestion.
For instance choosing soluble fiber, which is found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans and nuts, dissolves into a substance of gel-like texture. Because it comes in gel form, it helps slow down digestion and provides that feeling of fullness that aids in weight control and management.
On the other hand, insoluble fiber, which is found in green leafy vegetables (e.g. kale), green beans (or long beans), celery and carrots does not dissolve and remains bulky in the digestive tract. This is especially good for moving food through the digestive tract—resulting in healthful elimination of waste.
Not surprisingly, some food items—like fruits and vegetables, have both soluble and insoluble fiber. Thus providing a double-whammy when it comes to healthfulness, that may have contributed to the rise of some surprising benefits attributed to the intake of fiber. What are these? Well, aside from weight management and control, here are a few benefits that may surprise a fiber-newbie:
It’s good for diabetes, gallstones and kidney stones
Some have inferred before that fiber is actually good for diabetes. Recent finding suggest that this is the case, as fiber has been proven to control blood sugar. It seems that soluble fiber can actually help slow down the body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and thus, by extension, sugar. It may not be a cure for this dreaded condition, but face it, fiber makes diabetes more manageable that it could have been in the recent past.
As gallstones and kidney stones sometimes result from the too much sugar in the body, the risk of gallstones and kidney stones is likewise lessened.
Heart Health and Stroke. Recent findings have indicated that a high-fiber diet resulted in lowering the risk of heart disease by as much as 40 percent! Although quite excellent, fiber’s effect on decreasing the risk of stroke is equally impressive. It seems that just ingesting just an additional seven grams of the suggested daily intake of fiber can diminish the incidence of stroke by 7 percent.
Fiber assists in the removal of fungus and yeast from the body which would otherwise be secreted by the skin, thus preventing acne and rashes
Surprise! Fiber is good for the skin, but don’t expect its effect on the skin to be on the sphere of skin whitening and lightening—although it could make skin tone and texture better. How? Well, it seems that it helps move yeast and fungus out of the body. Since it moves these out of the body fast, the excretion of both through the skin is thus effectively stopped, preventing the occurrence of rashes and acne, that they normally cause.
Healthy digestion and digestive tract
Considering that the digestive tract is the area that receives the most benefits from the passage of fiber through the body, it is understandable that numerous conditions are affected and given relief through its healthful benefits. Among these is fiber’s (soluble fiber) ability to reduce the risk of the inflammation of polyps in the intestine; reducing the risk of hemorrhoids, and providing relief for irritable bowel syndrome (IBC),
Fortunately, the appearance of fiber supplements in the market has made it easier for a lot of people to increase their daily intake of fiber. This is particularly true with BFC Laboratories’ Fibermaxx Psyllium Fiber and Dietary Supplement—a convenient source of soluble fiber that one can mix in water or any choice of beverage. It is made from 100 percent organic psyllium fiber and has zero calories, making it ideal for those mindful of extra calories in their diet.
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