NUTRITION WHY’S #25: WHY FIBER? – Most people get only 10 to 15 grams per day of fiber and many complain of constipation and abdominal pain. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day and men need up to 38 grams depending on their body size.

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NUTRITION WHY’S #25: WHY FIBER? – Most people get only 10 to 15 grams per day of fiber and many complain of constipation and abdominal pain. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day and men need up to 38 grams depending on their body size. There are two types of fiber – Soluble, which is partially digested by gut bacteria and Insoluble fiber which passes through unchanged but stimulates the intestines to move by stretching the smooth muscles in the walls of the intestine. You need fiber for three reasons: 1) Soluble fibers feed the trillions of bacteria in your bowels to help maintain a healthy Microbiome; 2) Soluble fiber swells in the stomach to create a feeling of fullness which can help your weight management efforts; and 3) Both Soluble and Insoluble fiber together promote healthy bowel movements and elimination of toxins from the body. Soluble fiber by feeding bacteria increases the weight of the feces which are 99% bacteria by weight and Insoluble fiber stretches the colon muscles since it leaves the body undigested. Adding a fiber supplement to your shake every day and eating 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables can help you have healthy bowels and avoid common constipation which can lead to abdominal discomfort and a sour mood. Remember to drink a total 6-8 glasses each day of either water, tea, or coffee to allow the fibers to swell in the intestines and do their job. Fiber is not a macronutrient since it does not provide a lot of calories but it is an important nutrient for your Microbiome and part of Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle which includes both foods and supplements!! #drdavidheber #fiber #guthealth #microbiome #weightlossjourney to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com

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