Fiber is a very important element for healthy living. It solves a wide range of problems, including heart trouble and cancer. However, the most important role that fiber plays for your body is that it keeps the digestive functions running without a hitch.
There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber attaches itself to the waste contents of the intestines and bulks up the stool. It helps the wastes pass through the bowels smoothly and without much stress. Soluble fiber absorbs water inside the tummy and fills up the stomach. It glides through the gastrointestinal tract and slows digestion, making your body crave food less often. In other words, soluble fiber reduces hunger. Fiber is also known as ‘bulk’ and ‘roughage’, which are not entirely accurate since you already know that not all fibers add bulk or are rough on the bowels.
Role Of Fiber in Digestive Health
Either soluble or insoluble, fiber is vital for a healthy digestive system. It heals constipation. If you are suffering from painful passing, fiber is your best solution. It eases the pathway and makes the constipation go away as long as you keep the fibers flowing in. Fiber enriched food lowers the risk of hemorrhoids. It lowers the risk of your anus swelling up that can be really uncomfortable for you.
You already know fiber helps reduce hunger. Overeating is somewhat difficult when you ingest a considerable amount of soluble fiber. Therefore, you can lose weight in a healthy way, without a bunch of health drinks and bland food intake. Of course, a diet rich in fiber is a comparatively slow diet, but at the end of it, your body remains healthy and slim. Crash diets and under eating can make the body look fit from the outside, only to wither it out on the inside.
If constipation is not treated for a long time, small hernias develop in the digestive area. It is called Diverticulitis, a mouthful name for a severe and painful condition. When pouches form in the walls of the colon, it is named Diverticulitis. When these pouches become infected, or sometimes inflamed, it is called Diverticulitis. If there is no fiber to bulk up stool, the colon has to put more stress to make the food pass through it. That causes the colon to develop weak points. The feces get stuck inside these weak points and form pouches. Bacteria infect and cause inflammation in the pouches. Now, the key word in this awful disease is fiber. A high fiber diet can prevent all these things from happening.
Probiotics are a healthy type of bacteria that live in the intestines and help with digestion. Some specific kinds of soluble fibers are believed to boost the number of these bacteria, thus making digestion even easier.
Along with all these bowel-related benefits, fiber also helps prevent high cholesterol and control blood sugar.