Eat your fibre
4 benefits of both soluble and insoluble fibre
The story at a glance: Dietary fibre is made up of two types: soluble, which easily dissolves in water and becomes gel-like, and insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve but stays basically intact as it moves through your colon; both types are important for digestion
- Fibre, especially that found in vegetables, is important for your diet on a daily basis because it promotes bowel movements and keeps your colon free of obstruction while benefiting your heart health and blood sugar control
- Fibre helps optimize your gut microbiome and your immune system, while resistant starches act as prebiotics, helping to feed healthy bacteria in your gut.
- The thick gel moves into every crevice in your colon and helps to slow down your digestion. This helps you to feel full longer and is one reason why fibre may help with weight control.
- It slows down the rate at which other nutrients are digested, including carbs, so they're not as likely to raise your blood glucose; it also helps stabilize your glucose levels and even prevent blood sugar spikes.
Helpsprevent constipation, as it absorbs fluid when it reaches your intestinal tract, which helps other byproducts stick to it, forming the waste you want to get rid of. Blockage and constipation are much less of a problem, and bowel movements become much more regular.
- Decreases your risk of developing diverticulitis, which occurs when your colon forms pouches or folds and greatly exacerbates intestinal blockages that further lead to constipation.