Fibre – An Essential But Missing Ingredient

By Dr Karen Vieira, PhD

Fibre is an essential part of a healthy diet. It comes in many forms, but all the word fibre really means is the non-digestible parts of plant cells. Therefore, sources of fibre are found in any edible plant materials. Our bodies do not break down fibre, so it just passes through the digestive system. This slow movement of fibre through the entire digestive system is extremely important for overall health. It works to maintain a healthy digestive system and is linked to a reduction in heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

Fibre adds bulk to our food, which increases feelings of fullness and satisfaction after a meal, and helps to decrease appetite. It also slows down digestion, to help the body avoid dramatic fluctuations in sugar levels, to increase energy and reduce the risk of developing blood suger conditions. Although fibre passes through the digestive system without being absorbed, it is essential in giving the body an opportunity to take in nutrients from beneficial foods and to reduce inflammation caused by potentially harmful foods. Inflammation in the digestive system can lead to many ailments, including cancer, obesity and inflammatory bowel disease, with all their accompanying health concerns.Common sources of fibre are fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Unfortunately, most people these days primarily eat processed foods that are high in fats and sugars and low in fibre. Nowadays it is often more difficult to eat fibre-rich foods on-the-go resulting in modern diets constantly becoming more fibre deficient.

Fibre supplements are commonly used by many people who find it difficult to consume adequate amounts of fibre as part of their daily diet. These supplements help with a variety of digestive problems and can also help prevent constipation. Psyllium husk, a common ingredient in fibre supplements, has been used for thousands of years throughout the world to help cleanse the digestive system naturally.

There are a few rules that help when taking fibre supplements. First, drink plenty of water! Drinking at least two glasses of water between meals or snacks keeps your system flowing smoothly. Whenever possible, ingest fibre supplements several times a day rather than all at once. Do not overdo it with your fibre intake – too much fibre at once can be harmful to your digestive system.

Beware: Eating food with fruits and vegetables does not mean you get enough fibre since many of them have been processed to remove fibre. Examples are strawberry pop tarts or cottage cheese with fruit jam.

Adding more fibre to your diet by increasing the amount you eat each day does not have to be difficult, or bland tasting. Exclusively available from QNET, FibreFit can be your best solution to an on-the-go fibre deficient diet. FibreFit can easily be added into the food you already eat, introducing soluble fibre into your body, enhancing your digestive system. Your daily recommended intake of soluble fibre can be achieved by eating ten bowls of oatmeal…or simply by consuming a mere three sachets of FiberFit.