Best Form of Fiber
Are you diligent about eating leafy greens and whole grains with every meal? Consuming enough berries and raw vegetables to the point you’re too gassy to go out in public? And bran? Yet, you’re still constipated? Do you continue to suffer from irregular or messy bowel movements? You’re not alone.
All of us at Steel Stool have felt your pain both literally and physically at some point. We understand you’re probably feeling frustrated and are anxious to find a solution.
To find the best form of fiber, don’t think in terms of the quantity of fiber you're consuming. Instead, think about the type of fiber. Not sure what we mean? Read on to learn more.
Why do we need fiber?
Fiber is a term that is used to describe any carbohydrate that your body can't digest. However, the fact that your body doesn't use fiber is not an indication that it's any less critical to our overall general health. Fiber offers tremendous benefits, including reducing cholesterol, controlling blood sugar, and lowering the risk of gastrointestinal cancer. However, fiber is best known for helping with digestion and regulating our bowel movements. “Irregular” bowel movements include, but are not limited to, constipation, diarrhea, messy wipes, and so on.
There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. It is the bulky fiber that helps prevent constipation. It is most often found in wheat cereals, whole grains, and vegetables. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and helps slow digestion. It is found in beans, seeds, peas, and barley and gives you that full feeling.
The best form of fiber is a diet that contains both soluble and insoluble types of fiber.
How much fiber do I need?
According to the American Heart Association, women 50 and younger should consume 25 grams of fiber a day. Women that are 51 and older should have at least 21 grams. Men need at least 38 grams of fiber a day if they are under 50 and at least 30 grams of fiber a day if they are 51 and older.
Start with Mother Nature
The best natural sources of fiber can be found in the foods we eat. Fiber-rich foods include fruits (i.e., avocado, strawberries, raspberries), leafy green vegetables, whole grains (whole wheat pasta and bread), and legumes (i.e., lentils, chickpeas). There are many kinds of cereal, including bran flakes and oatmeal, which are tremendous fiber sources.
If you're not used to eating whole foods, add these fiber-rich foods to your diet slowly. Eating too much causes bloating and cramping. Increase the quantity of high-fiber foods gradually over a few weeks to avoid that inflated feeling.
Also, make sure you're drinking enough water. At least 2 liters of fluids each day. Fiber pulls in water which is a good thing. However, if you're not drinking enough, this can make constipation worse.
Supplementing Mother Nature
If, despite your best efforts, you're still not getting enough fiber in your diet, don't beat yourself up. Some people need more than the daily recommended intake to regulate their bowel movements, to alleviate constipation or diarrhea. Or they simply can’t get the suggested amount of fiber into their diet on a daily basis. You're not alone. An estimated 95% of American adults and children don’t meet the recommended daily fiber intake. That daily intake is currently estimated to be 16.2 grams.
Whatever your situation is, the best form of fiber, in this case, is a supplement, a Steel Stool supplement.
Whether you choose to take our supplement in capsule or powder form, our proprietary blend will have your bowels moving within a week. Say goodbye to constipation, leaky and messy stools. Our product (taken 2-3 times a daily) paired with a healthy diet will keep you regular. It will allow you to spend less time agonizing in the bathroom and more time getting on with your life!
The Best Form of Fiber
Fiber is essential to our overall health and wellbeing. If, despite your best efforts to increase your natural fiber intake with leafy greens, berries, and whole grains, needs an added boost, Steel Stool is here to help. Our unique blend of ingredients will have you forgetting about the bran sprinklings on your food and have you focused on what's more important. That is enjoying the company of people with whom you're seated during the meal.