Eat dietary fibre for fitness and good health!

EAT DIETARY FIBRE

EATING A DIET THAT DOES NOT CONTAIN ENOUGH FIBRE CAN LEAD TO BOWEL IRREGULARITIES AS WELL AS STOMACH DISCOMFORT.

As I have always said, we are what we eat and what we eat can influence our lives for better or for worse! In this article, I advise you to eat dietary fibre because it provides sufficient roughage to keep the digestive system healthy.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF FIBRE OR DIETARY FIBRE ONE MAY ASK?

The main function of dietary fibre is to keep the digestive system healthy and functioning properly. Fibre generally aids and speeds up the execration of waste and toxins from the body, preventing them from sitting in the intestine or bowel for too long,which could cause a build up and lead to several diseases.

"Insoluble fibre prevents constipation, which consists of small, hard and dry faeces that are hard to pass,by adding bulk and liquid to aid movement, and promote regular bowel movements. A larger and softer stool is able to pass through the intestines and bowel more easily and fluidly is easier to to evacuate"

Insoluble fibre passes through the body virtually unchanged along with other digested food until it arrives at the large intestine.What happens next depends on which type of fibre is present.

In the case of insoluble fibre, it promotes the growth of a certain friendly bacteria that ferments and makes the waste material soft and bulky, which in turn helps it to pass through the intestines quicker to the bowel and out of the body.

SOURCES OF DIETARY FIBRE:

Dietary fibres are naturally obtained from some of the foods we eat and such foods and diets include both fresh and dried fruits.It also includes vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lentils peas,beans, oats, barley; oatmeal,brown rice; wholegrain bread, potatoes,dried fruits, soya milk and soya products.

Dietary fibre can also be defined as the indigestible residue left over after eating fruit and vegetables. Dietary fibre includes cellulose, hemicellulose, gums, pectins and also lignin.

Naturally, we do not have the necessary enzymes to digest fibre, which passes through the digestive systems virtually unchanged. Some chemicals in dietary fibre are fermented by bacteria in the large intestine to produce acids and gas.

Dietary fibre may also be useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Fibre is generally known to protect against bowel and rectal cancer.

The easiest way to increase the amount of fibre in your diet is to increase your intake of unrefined carbohydrates, such as wholemeal bread, cereals, and grains, root vegetables and fruit.

You must do everything within your best to avoid many of these refined foods bought and sold in various supermarkets. You should equally avoid Fast food products because majority of the foods you buy from them are not only refined but junks!

As I have written above in the beginning of this article, I repeat, "Eating a diet that does not contain enough fibre can lead to bowel irregularities as well as stomach discomforts"

"Fibre or "roughage" as it is sometimes called is essentially a carbohydrate and is found solely in plants. It is also found in the walls of the plant's cells and is the only part that cannot be digested b y human body"

WHAT IS THE MAIN FUNCTION OF DIETARY FIBRE?

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