Fiber — or roughage — is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest and yet is so important to eat. Why would I stress eating something that your body can’t absorb? Well, therein lays the trick: Fiber actually does a lot for you. Consider it the MVP of the digestive tract. It helps move food along quickly so it doesn’t stagnate, thus preventing toxins from being absorbed into the body — and its bulk will fill you up without adding a whole lot of calories to your diet.
You need at least 35 grams of fiber each day, but the average American gets only about 20 grams, leaving so many of us with constipation and other digestive issues. By making a few key changes to your diet, though, you can easily increase the amount of fiber you eat and help keep your body free of toxins.
•Just say no to white flour. When whole grains are refined — as they are to create white flour and white rice — the fiber is removed as well as all the benefits that come with it. Look for whole-grain bread, pasta, and brown rice, which retain the original fiber.
•Stock up on produce. Nutrient-packed fruits and veggies also come with plenty of fiber — especially cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower.
•Consider a supplement. If you can’t get enough fiber from your regular diet, supplementation is possible. Look for all-natural fiber supplements that don’t contain unwanted chemicals.
•Determine if you need a little more help. Some people suffer from insufficient peristalsis — which means that no matter how much fiber they eat, their colon lacks the strength to contract and complete elimination. Drinking vitamin C powder that’s buffered with magnesium or potassium on an empty stomach several days a week can actually help stimulate your intestines and keep you regular.
Eating the correct amount of fiber is one ultra-easy way to keep your body in good health. By staying regular you’re supporting your gastrointestinal health, which is crucial to keep in tip-top shape if you’re truly interested in losing weight and becoming Sexy Forever. Continue committing to a new, healthy you, and you’ll have the body you’ve always dreamed of in no time!