Nutrition is a complex topic.
We’re always learning more about what we should and shouldn’t be putting in our bodies.
Today, we want to focus on fiber.
There are a few reasons you want to take your fiber intake seriously.
For one, fiber reduces the risk of diabetes.
It slows down the rate that sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream.
Second, it speeds up digestion, which means a healthier gut.
Reason number three is that fiber is a cleaning agent for your colon. Think of it like a scrub brush.
Okay, now how much fiber do you really need?
For men, the typical recommendation up until now has been 30-38 grams per day.
But a Stanford study has revealed that things are not that simple.
The study shows that the effects not only depend on the amount of fiber consumed, but also on the type of fiber and individual consuming it. [R]
Like I said, nutrition is a complex topic.
Your best bet is to hit that 30-38 gram window by consuming a variety of fiber.
This way, you’re covering all bases.
Here are 4 different sources of fibre you can incorporate in your diet right away:
1 – Apples
This is especially helpful if you have a sweet tooth.
Next time you get a craving for something sweet, reach for an apple.
For bonus fiber points, slice it up and dip the pieces in peanut butter.
2 – Popcorn
Not only is popcorn a delicious movie snack, but a tiny cup packs up to 5% of your daily fiber requirement.
All the more reason to get the family together for more movie nights!
3 – Oatmeal
What better way to start your day than with a delicious bowl of oatmeal?
The oats themselves pack in a ton of fiber, but it’s easy to kill multiple birds with one stone.
Mixing in some flax seeds and chia seeds is a great way to instantly increase the variety of fiber in one bowl.
4 – Vegetables
Think dark and crunchy.
Carrots, broccoli, and beets are great options here.
Pair them up with lunch and dinner and you’re good to go.
Oh, with all this talk of getting more fiber – make sure you’re also increasing your water intake.
As great as fiber is, having too much while dehydrated is a one-way ticket to unnecessary (and unwanted) constipation.