- Fibre is a key player in improving and maintaining digestive health
- There are 2 main forms of fibre soluble and insoluble, each play a slightly different function so it is important to get both in your diet.
- Soluble fibre helps to soften the stool to allow food to pass through your body easily; this can be obtained from fruitssuch as bananas and apples, root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and potatoes and grains such as oats and barley.
- Insoluble fibre can’t be digested, this helps to bulk out the stool and slow gastric emptying or the rate at which food passes through the gut. This can help you feel fuller for longer. Most grains that contain a skin or “bran” contain insoluble fibre such as; brown rice, lentils, flaxseed and legumes.
- If the majority of your diet is made up of whole foods and you are getting a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and grains, you should be hitting your fibre target without worrying too much about it.
- In order for fibre to do its job it requires that you must stay hydrated at all times.
- Large shifts in fibre intake can cause bloating and stomach upset so be sure to increase or decrease fibre gradually