Fiber regulates bowel movements, normalizes blood sugar and cholesterol levels. There are many foods that can be used in our bodies for natural forms of fiber. Here are some of these:
Whole grains: They come in many forms, such as bread, muffins, and breakfast cereal. The great thing about them is that they are inexpensive, and they are easy to come by. It should be noted however, that if you decide to eat a large amount of whole grains, that you should also drink lots of water. Whole grains can get clogged up in the bowels, and then this will counteract the reason why you ate this fiber in the first place!
Fruits: Besides the fact that fruits just taste great, and are naturally sweet, they are full of fiber. Fruits are also 50%+ water, so this is truly a great natural combination. You should eat fruits like raspberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, and apricots. The last 3 fruits work really well when you eat them as dried fruit (ex: raisins). Plums are in the peach family, and they are well known for their fiber. (dried plums are prunes). Prune juice is known for its fiber, and for getting your digestive tract moving. The apple is the king of fiber... The skin of apples is especially rich in fiber, and the flesh has pectin and malic acid.
Nuts:Eat them all, they are all full of fiber, and they contain natural oils, which are good for your heart health, and your mental well being.
Vegetables: Like fruits, they are packed full of nutrients, flavor, fiber, and water. The best types of vegetables for fiber are your dark greens, potatoes with skin (yes, you can and should eat the skins), celery, salad greens, and cucumbers. These are all also full of water, so you can't lose with any of these.
Beans/Legumes: If you like beans, then you are in luck (if you hate the gas, try pre-soaking them in water for a few hours). Beans have a great dietary profile, being full of protein and fiber and they are also pretty cheap. It only cost pennies to make a meal out of beans that will feed the whole family, and that will keep everyone healthy.
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