Poopin Up a Storm with Fiber

Poopin Up a Storm with Fiber

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One of the most crucial components of healthy eating is ensuring sufficient intake of fiber. So what is fiber, you say?

Well, I’m about to educate you, my padawan!

What is Fiber?

Fiber is an indigestible form of carbohydrate. Our bodies are unable to breakdown this magnificent carbohydrate and so instead of utilizing it for energy, we poop it right out! And it feels damn good.

There are two types of fiber:

1. Insoluble Fiber

2. Soluble Fiber

They are exactly how they’re named. Soluble fiber are able to be mixed in liquids. Insoluble fibers are not. Now, you should not have to worry about how much of each insoluble and soluble fiber you’re consuming, but if you’re neurotic about every nutrition aspect of your body, then keep it to 66% soluble fiber and 33% insoluble fiber.

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How Much Fiber Do I Need and Why?

Men and women need a different amount of fiber. I would advise that males consume around 25 grams to 40 grams of fiber daily and women consume between 15 grams to 30 grams of fiber daily. Don’t try to increase your intake from 5 grams to 40 grams in a single day! Both of your colon and anus will thank me. Instead, slowly increase your intake daily up by 5 grams to 10 grams.

Fiber isn’t required in a diet and humans do not physiologically need to consume fiber, but the benefits of fiber are plenty so this is why I, along with pretty much every other nutrition guru, advise it.

Fiber slows the rate of digestion in your system so that your intestines are able to absorb more nutrients. Fiber also helps keep you full for longer periods of time. Fibers also help clean your colon from all that nasty build up that may be sitting there for who knows how long.

If you’re satisfied with your daily poop, you’re probably consuming enough fiber. But if you need fiber supplementation, I highly advise taking some psyllium husk. I prefer the natural husks over the pills, but everyone has their preference. The natural husks are more difficult to drink, but seem so much more natural. Either way, I would recommend that you obtain, if you are able, your fiber dosage from REAL food like nuts, seeds, most fruits and berries, virtually any vegetables, oats, bran, whole grains, and whole unprocessed rice.

Fiber Misconceptions

One of biggest misconceptions of fiber is that it has no calories. Some diets will say subtract the calories from fiber or grams from fiber from your carbohydrate count. Well, sorry, but fiber does have calories, albeit a little. Depending on your meal composition and meal size, calories from fiber can range from 1.5 to 2 calories per gram. This may not be much, but it is something to take under consideration to ensure your goals.

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