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The Benefits of Fiber in Your Diet

by Noah Lam, Chief Operating Officer of CWI Medical

 

Fiber in a diet has been known to relieve constipation, lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and digestive diseases. Fiber helps you pass foods like meats and carbohydrates and prevent the absorption of those foods. It is very important to have enough fiber in your diet.

There are two types of dietary fiber, insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber (also known as ruffage) is not dissolved in water, and helps move things along the digestive system by absorbing water which increases stool bulk. You can find insoluble fiber in whole grain, whole wheat, bran, seeds, nuts, green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, celery, and the skins of potatoes and yams. Soluble fiber is dissolvable in water and creates a viscous material which can trap fatty substances in the intestines and slows absorption in the body. Soluble fiber can be found in peas, soybeans, oats, rye, barley, apples, bananas, and berries.

The American Dietetic Association’s (ADA) recommended guidelines for fiber intake are at least 20-35 grams per day for a healthy adult diet. Yet the typical American adult takes only about 15 grams of fiber per day.

Fiber supplements can come in a powder form such as Nutrisource Fiber (Fomerly Benefiber) and in a liquid such as Fiber-Stat . Nutrisource is a concentrated source for fiber in a versatile powder. It is both an innovative dietary fiber supplement and a revolutionary way to meet the fiber needs of residents. Tasteless and odorless, Nutrisource will not alter foods or beverages, and each serving offers 3 grams of soluble dietary fiber. Fiber-Stat laxation liquid looks and tates like prune juice, and delivers 15 grams of natural soluble fiber per ounce (30 ml) for gentle and reliable bowel regulation and prebiotic intestinal health.

By slowly increasing your fiber intake over time, you can prevent gas, cramping and bloating. In addition liquids help the body digest the fiber better. It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses of water each day.

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Noah Lam has over 15 years of experience of providing high quality medical supplies and healthcare products from Acute Care Facilities to parents and children. His company, CWI Medical is a leading provider of clinical diabetic nutrition to healthcare facilities, dialysis centers, and for home use. In addition, CWI Medical is an ACHC Accredited organization maintaining standards of excellence in the Healthcare Field. For more information, please visit http://www.cwimedical.com

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