According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, humans need to eat between 20-35 grams of fiber a day. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans only consume about 10-15 grams a day. So why is fiber so important and why should we add more to our diet? Let’s find out.
Because fiber helps move toxins, carcinogens, and stool through the digestive tract, it can prevent colon cancer and other health problems. A diet high in fiber has been found to help lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels, reduce the risk of heart disease, and aid in weight loss.
That’s not all, however. There are even more great benefits of fiber.
Can Prevent Stoke. Your risk for stroke drops by 7% with a high fiber diet.
Helps with IBS. Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be relieved by adding more fiber into your diet.
Limits Kidney Stones. Because of fiber’s effect on blood sugar, adding more fiber to your diet may help limit the amount of kidney stones you get.
Gives You Better Skin. Fiber helps move yeast out of your body so that is won’t be released through your skin. When yeast is released through your skin it causes acne – so fiber can aid in stopping breakouts.
Prevents Diverticulitis. Your risk for diverticulitis drops by 40% when you eat the recommended amount of fiber a day.