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Fiber’s Role in Digestive Health

[5 Jul 2009 | No Comments | 2 views | Author: Dee Braun, DrR, CA, CCT]
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Fibers Role in Digestive HealthAbdominal pain is not something that should be taken lightly. Most of the time there is nothing serious going on but if the pain is chronic then you should consult your doctor right away.

Chronic abdominal pain might signify a more serious condition such as peptic ulcers, Gallstones, dyspepsia or diverticulitis. Minor abdominal pain is usually caused by heartburn, excessive acid in the stomach, heartburn or indigestion.

A good way to avoid turning a minor stomach problem into a major one is by taking a homeopathic approach. Eating food that is high in fiber is possibly one of the most important things you can do to keep your abdominal area healthy.

One of the best herbal supplements that you can use is matricaria recutita. It has been used to treat abdominal pain for many centuries. Matricaria recutita is both an excellent anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory.

Keeping your digestive system in top shape is extremely important to your body’s overall health. There are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your digestive system working properly. American’s tend to not get the recommended amount of fiber in their diet.

If you are not sure about whether you are getting enough fiber then you should double your intake to around twenty to thirty five grams a day.

Keep in mind that there are two different kinds of fiber. Soluble fiber can be found in Fruit, vegetables, bran and oatmeal. Insoluble fiber is found in Wheat, whole grains, cereals and wheat bran. Get in the habit of reading labels so you are sure to get the right amounts and types of fiber.

Replace some of the low fiber food you have been eating with more sophisticated grain’s. At least be sure to do this for two of your three daily meals. If you do that then you should be right in your target zone of twenty to thirty five grams per day. It is important to be sure you are increasing your daily intake of water or juices alongside the fiber.

If you are going on a road trip be sure to take along a fiber supplement. Also, if you normally go out to lunch while at work you can keep a fiber supplement with you at work. This way you will not always be stuck with getting all of your nutrition from eating out.

When adding fiber to your diet you should do it gradually. The last thing you want to do is to send a shock through your system. For the first week maybe you can make one meal a day higher in fiber and then go from there.

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