Number One Health Strategy

With all the gimmicks and fad diets available to improve health it is easy to overlook the basics.  One of the most important strategies in preventing disease and losing weight is to simply eat 20 to 30 grams of fiber a day.

Fiber cannot be digested by human enzymes.  However, its indigestibility is its health asset, as it scrubs out the intestines and carries out toxins with it upon excretion. Increasing both soluble and insoluble fiber in the diet will produce bulky, soft stools.  Of the two types of fiber, soluble fiber works to ease digestion.  It is found in oats, beans, and fruit – foods that dissolve in water forming a gel.  Insoluble fiber – mainly found in vegetables and whole grains – does not dissolve in water.  It passes through the gastrointestinal tract relatively intact, which increases stool bulk and promotes the transit of waste.

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