From your weight to your mood, here’s why you should eat more fiber.

From your weight to your mood, here’s why you should eat more fiber.

We’ve all been bombarded with messages to eat more fiber. “There’s a fiber-fortified version of nearly every packaged good out there,” says Dr. Bryce Wylde, alternative health expert and medical advisor on The Dr. Oz Show. He considers three questions:

  1. Why is it so important?
  2. How can we ensure we’re getting enough?
  3. How can we ensure that we’re getting the right kind of fiber?

In addition to helping with constipation, Wylde lists the benefits of dietary fiber:

  • It helps maintain a healthy weight
  • It lowers your risk of diabetes and heart disease
  • It supports overall colon health

How you can meet the fiber challenge

Wylde acknowledges that for many of us, it is a challenge to meet the recommended 20-30 grams of fiber a day. That’s equivalent to seven cups of fruits and vegetables. “Most of us don’t even eat half of that much.” Compounding the problem are processed, fiber-stripped foods, which still dominate the American diet.

Before you give up on the idea, consider what Wylde says about how our gut health impacts our mood. “When we’re not regular, we feel anxious, unfocused, even uncomfortable. When we’re regular, we feel balanced, flexible, free and happy. …. Downing a bran muffin with your morning coffee doesn’t come close to enough fiber.”

Wylde says that a great number of his patients try the typical fiber solutions but this nearly always comes at costs such as gas and bloating. “But when I introduce them to Sunfiber, they are thrilled to learn that it will regulate them whether they are too loose or constipated, without the undesirable side effects they’ve come to expect.” Sunfiber can be easily added to everyday foods and beverages, such as coffee, juice and cereal. It can even be added to recipes, before cooking or baking. Simply stir it in, until it is dissolved. And unlike gritty, gloppy fiber supplements, Sunfiber is tasteless, odorless and colorless.

Feeding your gut’s friendly bacteria

Your gut is home to trillions of friendly bacteria called probiotics. “They make up about 80 percent of your immune function. They regulate many other systems in your body, making them imperative to your health. They need to eat too. … prebiotics are literally food for probiotics. Sunfiber turns out to be the perfect prebiotic.”

Helping to maintain a healthier weight

Smart dieters know fiber’s value to their weight-loss goals. “When food moves too quickly through your pipes, leaving your digestive tract empty, it can signal hunger in your brain,” Wylde explains. “When we consume the right type and right amount of fiber, our bowels work at the right pace, resulting in a comfortably full and satiated feeling.” This is the result of triggering the hunger-balancing hormone known as CCK.

Wylde recommends stirring gluten-free Sunfiber into your foods. Bake with it. Even sprinkle it onto your favorite salad or into your morning shake. “Sunfiber helps promote true regularity and optimum health.”