As the new year starts in earnest, many of us are looking for ways that we can rejuvenate ourselves and work towards a healthier, happier life. However, it seems that the more we learn about nutrition and health, the more difficult it becomes to make solid food decision. One month this food is safe to eat, the next month it is the bane of our existence. What kinds of advice about how to become a happier, healthier you actually stand the tests of science and time?
One of the best things you can do to improve your health is to eat better. A lot of our health problems, collectively, could be solved by an improvement in the diet of the average individual. Most of us eat too much of things we shouldn’t and not enough of things we should. One of the important elements that many people lack in their diet is enough fiber. Fiber is actually a pretty magical thing when it comes to keeping our bodies healthy and fit, but yet so many people do not get enough of this vital substance.
A high fiber diet is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy weight, the keep the blood sugar level, and to even reduce the risk of a number of cardiovascular issues like high cholesterol and heart disease. People who eat a diet high in fiber report fewer problems with weight control. It can reduce the risk of the development of Type II diabetes as well as reduce the risk of developing colon cancer. There are many reasons that fiber is so beneficial to the diet.
Foods that are high in fiber help to clean out the system, helping to explain that positive gastrointestinal benefits associated with the consumption of the appropriate levels of fiber. High fiber foods keep you feeling fuller for longer, making it less likely that you overeat and develop a weight problem and all the associated conditions that come as a result of over-indulgence.
The benefits of a diet that are high in fiber is almost innumerable. Many people are at a loss as to how to incorporate more fiber into their diets. What follows are three simple ways to increase really the amount of fiber you get in your diet.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables, both in their raw and cooked state, are full of vitamins and minerals, as well as high in fiber. Fruit and vegetable juice do not often contain the fiber that whole produce has, making it a sub-par substitution for whole fruits and vegetables. Whenever possible, do not remove the skin on your fruits and vegetables, such as on apples and potatoes, as this is where most of the fiber and other nutrients are located.
Refined grains, what most of us eat on a daily basis, are grains that have had the fiber-rich husk of the grain removed. With the removal of the husk, most of the nutritional value of the grain are also lost. While flour, when we ingest it, acts just like sugar in our body. Whole grains, on the other hand, are like whole fruits and vegetables in that it retains that highly nutritious fiber. Do not confuse 100% wheat with whole wheat. Be sure that what you buy says it is WHOLE wheat or WHOLE grain. Otherwise, it is likely just another processed substitute.
Beans and Legumes
Many dishes can easily have ground beef substituted for something like kidney or black bean without having to alter the recipe. Beans are a high-quality plant protein that is high in fiber, cholesterol free, and low in fat. Beans and legumes leave you feeling satisfied and full, with sustained energy, without all the negative aspects associated with meat. There are tons of different naturally meatless dishes that utilize beans and legumes, or beans and legumes can easily be substituted for a variety of meats in different recipes.
Fiber is an incredibly important substance. It helps us maintain a healthy weight, provides us with long-lasting, sustained energy, helps reduce the risk of some common diseases such as high cholesterol and colon cancer. It has been shown to help keep blood sugar regulated, which helps reduce the risk of the development of diabetes. A diet plan that is high in fiber is one that helps keep the body running in optimum condition, but unfortunately, many of us do not get enough fiber in our diets.
The advice noted above are quick, easy ways to get more fiber in your diet. Making fruits and vegetables part of all your daily meals provides the benefits associated with getting enough fiber, as well as the additional benefits of antioxidants and flavinoids. Whole grains help keep your digestive tract clear and help you feel fuller, longer. Meat substitutes like beans and legumes are another great way to increase the amount of fiber in your diet without the added fat and cholesterol meat entails,