Good health can only be achieved through proper exercise, good diet and a healthy lifestyle. Adding a fiber rich diet is beneficial to health in many ways. The roughage of all plant foods, legumes, whole grains, nuts and fruits are the abundant source of fiber. It comes in two forms, the soluble and insoluble fiber.
Soluble fibers are richly found in oatmeal, nuts, beans, apples, and blueberries. It mixes with water to form a gel-like texture in the gut, that trapped the harmful food components and make them less available for absorption. These soluble fiber helps control the blood sugar level by interfering the breakdown of carbohydrates and including the absorption of sugar. The fat-binding action of fiber also reduces the low-density lipoprotein or the bad cholesterol which is also helpful for managing and preventing diabetes.
Insoluble fiber generally requires longer time to chew that promotes eating less. It provides bulk and act as a broom in the colon and regulates the bowel movement. The likelihood of developing constipation and other bowel-health related problems is lowered. These type of fiber are commonly found in seeds and the skins of fruits as well as whole-wheat bread, brown rice vegetables, such as cauliflower, ark green leafy vegetables, celery, carrots, green beans and potatoes which does not dissolve at all. Ones consumed, it provides the feeling of fullness, thereby controlling the appetite. Like soluble fiber, it play a key role in controlling body weight, for it contributes no calories.
Both types of fiber are not absorb in the body. The indigestible property of these carbohydrates that boost the immune system of the gut. It makes the digestive lining healthy, by feeding the good probiotic bacteria that helps digest and excrete excess hormones, cholesterol, fat and toxins from the body. Therefore, the key to ensure a healthy diet is to eat whole and natural foods that supplie sufficient amount of fiber.