If you’ve recently given in to the vast, delicious world of fibre (it is everywhere, you know), you may not be aware of just how good it is for you. Fibre is no longer just ‘that thing you eat when you’re old and irregular’, but we’ll touch on that in a moment. Getting it together, health-wise, is always a great life choice. While eating all these fibre rich foods you may not have thought of as deliciously nutritious (raspberries, anyone?), you are also unintentionally reaping a ton of health benefits.
Maybe you’ve asked yourself, after being against it for so long, “What can I do for fibre?” But, like the selfless little nutrient that could, fibre is instead asking what it can do for you.
Here are a few ways that fibre is keeping you happy, healthy, and generally awesome:
There’s a widespread misconception that fibre leads to constipation, when the exact opposite is actually true. What fibre can actually do is help with the movement in your digestive tract. Let the fibre be a kind of salsa lesson for your organs: it’ll dance all the things your body doesn’t want right out of your system! What a pleasant, not-gross-at-all visual image!
Not only is fibre good for that, but it can also help create healthy bacteria in your intestines. Prebiotics, not to be confused with the ever-popular probiotics, fuel these bad boys in your intestines and helps them multiply. Who doesn’t want any army of healthy bacteria hanging out in their intestines, keeping a watch on things? No one, that’s who.
This and digestion go hand-in-hand: consuming fibre not only helps with easier digestion, but it also helps prevent colon cancer. High-fives all around for perks! Consuming insoluble fibre (veggies, whole grain products, etc.) moves along any cancer risk substances from your body and sends them on their way. It’s kind of like a bodyguard for your digestive tract: no one wants any trouble here, move along.
It covers your entire body, it keeps your muscles, bones, and organs all kinds of tucked away, but sometimes skin gets neglected. It’s always there, but where’s the love? Diets containing certain kinds of fibre benefit the skin by grabbing onto yeasty, fungus-y bad things and sweeping them out of your system. It prevents them from forming a build-up of gross stuff that, left unchecked, would allow for breakouts and rashes to occur.
In a perfect world, weight wouldn’t be an issue; we’d all be floating at our ideal numbers and food could just peacefully exist and not be a constant tease. However, this is not a perfect world, and with that means some struggle with weight and weight issues. Higher fibre diets make losing and maintaining weight that much easier, which, let’s face it, is always quite the battle.
Higher fibre foods take longer to eat, which also makes you feel fuller for longer. The delicate balance of staying well fed but maintaining a healthy eating schedule is a tough one to strike, but fibre’s got your back. It loves you so much.