One of the best things you can do for your health is something most Americans ignore. I’m talking about eating enough fiber. Most people eat just 15 grams per day even though the Institute of Medicine says that women should have 25 grams per day and men should have 38 grams.
Fiber has some wonderful health benefits besides helping you move your bowels regularly – although that’s important too! Research shows that a high-fiber diet:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Controls blood sugar levels
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps prevent colorectal cancer
- Lowers risk of arterial disease and Metabolic syndrome
- Aids in digestion
With these awesome contributions to your good health, it’s easy to see why you should throw out the sugar, white flour, and trans-fats and replace them with all-natural high-fiber foods.
Fortunately there are countless high-fiber fruits, vegetables, nuts and whole grains to keep your menu interesting and your taste buds happy. While these foods are your best sources of dietary fiber, they’re also loaded with disease-fighting antioxidants and trace minerals that keep your immune system strong and healthy.
Here’s something to remember. As you add more high-fiber foods to your diet, do it gradually and you’ll avoid bloating and gastrointestinal issues. Try adding 5 grams per day until you reach your desired intake.
Good nutrition is one of the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer’s Prevention™, and sticking to a healthy diet is one of the best ways to prevent any disease.
Wishing you great health,
Published On: August 06, 2012