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The Unexpected Beauty Benefits Of Fiber

A recent report by the NY Times has highlighted the ongoing work by scientists to discover why fiber is so good for you.  While scientists are still trying to pinpoint exactly why, they are clear as to its benefits: a diet that is rich in soluble fibers such as oatmeal, beans, and nuts – as well as insoluble fibers found in vegetables, cereals, and whole grains – can help lower the risks of cancer, type 2 diabetes, and arthritis, as well as improving heart health.  For this reason, fiber has always been recommended as a staple ingredient in balanced diets; it’s hard working and sensible, rather than faddy or glamorous.  Remarkably, though, Americans are still only eating around half the daily amount recommended by the American Heart Association (25-30g). That means the majority of people are missing out on the many health benefits it has to offer.  Maybe it’s time to celebrate what fiber can do for the rest of your body. Can it really make you more beautiful? Tipping the scales A commitment to looking good often includes adopting a healthy, balanced approach to your weight.  Not only do insoluble fiber-rich foods fill you up and keep you feeling satisfied for longer (no more snacking on biscuits here and there!), they can also take longer to chew, giving you time to realize that you don’t need to keep eating.   Fiber can also bind...

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Tackling the Myths That Surround Fiber in Your Diet

The following is a free contribution from Jennifer Dawson. Enjoy! In 2012 an EPIC study smashed away all remaining doubts over the health benefits of fiber. EPIC, (the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) studied the diets and health of 477,312 people (of whom 4,517 contracted colorectal cancer) and concluded that there is a direct link between low fiber diets and an increased chance of contracting cancer. To put it simply – the higher the levels of fiber in your diet from cereals and vegetable the lower your risk of colorectal cancer. Superb Soluble Fiber One of the greatest myths surrounding fiber is that all fiber is the same. Many insoluble fibers have been considered by some to be little more than junk for our bodies whereas the role of soluble fibers has been all but ignored by the mainstream media. Foods such as coffee can play a vital role in our diet by providing vital soluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a prebiotic and as such can promote a healthy gut fauna. By feeding your gut bacteria your general health improves in multifaceted ways. Multiple myths There are a large number of myths surrounding our diet such as the persistent idea that a high carbohydrate and low fat diet is in some way healthy (when the opposite is actually true). The benefits of high levels of fiber in some fruits can be negated by the high levels of...

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How Coffee Can Improve Fiber Intake

The following is a free contribution from Jennifer Dawson. Enjoy! How Coffee Can Improve Fiber Intake Fiber is an important yet often underrated part of a balanced diet. Soluble fiber helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels, while insoluble fiber is essential to healthy digestion. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t meet the Institute of Medicine Adequate Intake recommendation that adult men get at least 38 grams per day and adult women get at least 25 grams. The most common way to increase fiber intake is by making dietary changes. Most nutrition experts recommend eating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, but...

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A Healthy Diet for Athletic Adults

A guest post from my friend Joe over at ViveHealth.com- For active adults, a healthy diet not only helps enhance and maintain your overall health but can also improve overall athletic performance. If you don’t maintain a healthy diet, you’ll get tired, perform poorly, and your health might also deteriorate gradually. Whether you’re in competitive sports or just enjoy a casual activity every now and then, keeping a few simple diet tips in mind can improve your health and help you achieve better results. A healthy diet for athletic adults isn’t greatly different from that for a normal, healthy person. It is an ideal mix of calories, protein, carbohydrates, fluids (especially water), iron, vitamins, and other minerals. An ideal diet depends on three key factors:  The type of physical activity or exercise you do. A runner’s diet will be different from that of a weightlifter. Likewise, someone who just does simple cardio, like running, vs. someone who does advanced workouts, like toning their muscles with resistance bands, may need different diet plans. The amount of training you do every week. Do you have a 3-day split or do you hit the gym five times a week? The amount of time each workout lasts. How much to eat and how long before the workout? The answer depends on your digestive system. You could eat a well-balanced, nutrition-packed meal one or...

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How a High-Fiber Diet Can Improve Heart Health

Guest post by Jennifer Dawson. Thanks for reaching out and writing up an awesome post! 🙂 In America, heart disease is the leading killer of both men and women alike, accounting for about one in every four deaths in the United States. Globally, heart disease is responsible for nearly a third of adult deaths. With the prevalence of cardiovascular health disease on the rise, it’s important that families take steps to reduce their chances of developing high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors. While severe cases of heart disease and stroke may need to rely on medical intervention for improvement,...

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