Do you get your fiber in every day? It sometimes seems like fiber is one of the least appreciated things in our diets.
What is fiber? Basically it’s a carbohydrate that our body can’t process. But don’t worry – it’s not bad, because, by not being processed, it can pass through our intestine system and clean it out.
Fiber is divided into water soluble and water insoluble. “Good” bacteria in our gut uses water soluble fiber to feed (and you want that, because if these bacteria are happy, then your gut works well and even your mood improves), but water insoluble fiber just passes through your system and cleans it. Women should get 25g of fiber per day and men should consume 38g. of fiber.
But be careful and don’t get too much fiber. If you have a bacterial overgrowth (like, SIBO), then you don’t want to feed your bacteria too much. Try to get the overgrowth under control, before you go nuts on your fiber.
Basically – if it’s a fruit or a vegetable, your body will love it. If the source of the fiber is artificially made – bread, oats etc. – then think twice before consuming it.
Stay close to real foods and enjoy it!