F=bombs are a daily occurrence in my house. At least three times a day these babies are being unleashed, starting first thing in the morning at breakfast. It's glorious...absolutely glorious!
Nooooo, I'm not talking about THOSE F-bombs. Sheesh!! I'm talking about these F-bombs.....
Fiber-bombs people....I'm talking about Fiber-bombs. This is the stuff that vibrant health is made of! We are living in a world in which everyone is so concerned about being protein deficient, consuming up to four times the amount of recommended protein on a daily basis and getting sicker and sicker as each day passes. Yet, if we gave that energy to concerning ourselves with the fact that most of us are walking around in a chronic state of fiber deficiency, we could literally give many chronic and debilitating diseases the kiss-off.
Let's go back to school for a moment and look at what fiber is, the two different kinds of fiber there are and where they're found.
Fiber comes from plant sourced indigestible carbohydrates which means that it cannot be broken down and absorbed by our digestive system. Rather, as it moves through the body, fiber slows digestion down making our poops softer and easier to pass.
There are two kinds of fiber; soluble and insoluble. All plant foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, but just in differing ratios. Soluble fiber is prevalent in foods such as oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, while insoluble fiber is more abundant in the skins and seeds of fruits, as well as whole wheat bread and brown rice. Soluble fiber turns gelatinous in our digestive system while insoluble fiber increases bulk.
What Fiber Actually Does for the Body:
So, we all KNOW that fiber is good for us and helps us poop right? But when we truly understand the importance of WHY fiber is so good for us, what it does and why it's so important that we actually poop MULTIPLE times every day, dropping many "Fiber-bombs" each day actually becomes a valued part of our daily dietary routine.
So Now What?
Now that we've covered some pretty wicked fiber and poop facts, you're probably wondering "well, how much fiber do actually need?". Well, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that we consume between 20 and 30 grams of fiber through our diet on a daily basis. The average daily dietary fiber intake in the Standard North American diet? A measly 15 grams. Is it any wonder why so many people are suffering from autoimmune disease, digestive issues, and other chronic illnesses? When we look at the indigenous people of Africa and other more isolated civilizations of the world, the civilizations with the least amount of chronic disease, these people are eating upwards of 200 grams of plant-based fiber every day. Now, we don't need to go quite to that extent but at a bare minimum we need to be getting a good 35 to 40 grams of fiber through our food every day. We can do this by:
Well there you have it my friends. Fiber is definitely your best friend when it comes to keeping that pooper of yours moving and giving your immune system the tools it needs to protect you. So get F-Bombing every single day. Start the day off right with a big old F-Bomb at breakfast and with each meal and snack throughout the day. Doing so will keep your body healthy, vibrant and blissfully "regular". Who doesn't want that?!
Jill Taylor is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of two pretty awesome teenagers, s very dramatic dog, a hedgehog and a snake (yikes!). Jill assists her clients in achieving true wellness through thoughtful and compassionate dietary and lifestyle coaching. Feel free to visit the "Contact" page to get in touch. Jill would love to hear from you!