3 Important Reasons to Amp Up Your Fiber Intake
Fiber, fiber, fiber! You’ve likely heard you should be eating more, but maybe you don’t know all the reasons. It’s important for keeping you regular, to be sure, but its benefits spread far beyond the bathroom.
Fiber is one crucial component for successfully losing weight and keeping it off. Weight management is all about consuming less energy (calories) than you use. Fiber is going to help you do just that. How?
Soluble fiber dissolves in water and forms a gel-like substance in your intestines that slows digestion, giving your body more time to absorb nutrients and keeping you full longer. Feeling full and satisfied cuts down on food cravings and overeating.
A healthy gastrointestinal tract does wonders for your overall health. Bacteria in your intestines break down food and extract nutrients to feed your cells. Not only that, your gut has legions of immune cells that trap and kill pathogens before they can make you sick.
Studies show that fiber feeds and supports the good bacteria in your GI tract. Keep those bacteria happy—keep yourself healthy.
Sufficient fiber helps balance blood sugar and can help reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides (fat circulating in your blood). Reduced cholesterol means less buildup in your arteries and less strain on your heart.
Research shows that high-fiber diets greatly reduce a person’s risk for cardiovascular disease and death.
Rich sources of fiber
Now that you know about fiber’s power for health, how are you going to get the recommended 25g of fiber per day for women and 38g per day for men?
It’s the regular lineup: fresh fruits and veggies (including the skin), whole grains, avocados, and beans and legumes.
To make things even easier for you, we’ve got a dynamic trio of natural products that will boost your fiber (and taste great doing it).
Skinny Yummy Gummy: A mini mixed-berry fiber bomb to keep you full and support digestion.
Super Slim Café: Delicious Columbian roast infused with superfoods to help you burn calories. It also boasts a proprietary prebiotic fiber: inulin.
Inulin is unique because it’s a prebiotic, so it feeds those immune-supporting good bacteria in your intestines. Food sources of inulin are hard to come by, so getting it in your morning cafecito is a big win.
A 2015 study found that people who supplemented with inulin lost more weight than did those who had a placebo.
Nopal: A fiber-filled supplement that does a body good. One study found that consuming nopal for 8 weeks lowered participants’ LDL cholesterol by 15% and their triglycerides b
Focus on incorporating more fiber into your daily diet—you’ll see the scale dip, your digestion improve, and your heart health improve.
Let’s get healthier, together,
Your Santo Remedio team
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3. Guess, N.D., Dornhorst, A., Oliver, N. et al. A randomized controlled trial: the effect of inulin on weight management and ectopic fat in subjects with prediabetes. Nutr Metab (Lond) 12, 36 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12986-015-0033-2
4. Wolfram, R. M., Kritz, H., Efthimiou, Y., Stomatopoulos, J., & Sinzinger, H. (2002). Effect of prickly pear (Opuntia robusta) on glucose- and lipid-metabolism in non-diabetics with hyperlipidemia--a pilot study. Wiener klinische Wochenschrift, 114(19-20), 840–846. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12503475/
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