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9 Benefits of Adding Fiber to Your Diet

June 27, 2016 | 788 views

Psyllium Fiber

By Dr. Mercola

A recent report by the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) Foundation presented an important finding: You only need to consume only 30 cents’ worth of fiber supplements daily to lower your risk of chronic heart disease (CHD).

The potential value of this finding is astounding. Psyllium fiber could have saved Americans an estimated amount of $35 billion in healthcare costs between 2013 and 2020.

These savings are derived almost entirely from a reduction of CHD-related events. This is remarkable news, as it shows that taking psyllium fiber is an economically viable option to improve your health.

Maximizing the Goodness of Fiber

There are two forms of fiber:

The generally recommended daily intake of fiber is between 20 and 30 grams. However, I believe that 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories is a better guide for a well-balanced intake.

The 9 Wonders of Fiber, Explained

As discussed above, fiber is a good way to reduce your risk of CHD, but there’s a lot more fiber can do for you. Recent research has brought the following benefits of fiber to light:

Best Source of Fiber: Organic Fruits and Vegetables

I strongly recommend purchasing from certified organic suppliers when purchasing foods rich in fiber. This is the most natural and healthy manner means of obtaining all of the benefits of fiber. If you’re not fond of the aforementioned choices for fiber, here are a few more options that contain both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Psyllium seed husks are also a good source of fiber. When taken three times a day it can add as many as 18 additional grams of fiber. Again, I must emphasize the importance of making all of your purchases from certified organic suppliers. Conventional farming inundates psyllium seed husks with toxic pesticides which can potentially harm your health.

Incorporating Fiber Into Your Intermittent Fasting Schedule

To further capitalize on the health benefits of fiber, I strongly recommend combining it with intermittent fasting.
If you’re not familiar with intermittent fasting, it essentially involves eating your daily meals within a specific window of time. I highly recommend this protocol as research shows that intermittent fasting:

Consume your first meal at noon and then schedule the rest of your meals at regular intervals within the next eight hours, while fasting for the rest of the day. By incorporating healthy fiber sourced from organic fruits and vegetables, you’ll be able to control your weight effectively, all the while gaining the benefits of intermittent fasting. It’s a win-win situation.

Combining fiber and intermittent fasting can have lasting positive effects for you. Learn more about burning fat for fuel and get a more in-depth look at psyllium dietary fiber and its economic and health benefits by reading my latest book, Fat For Fuel, and the article “Psyllium Dietary Fiber Could Cut Health Care Costs.”

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