Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.” But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits. Here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.
Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.” And science has proved it time and again. Studies show fiber can help improve constipation, incontinence, and even bleeding hemorrhoids. So no news there.
But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits you may not have suspected. Whether you get yours as grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables or even bamboo shoots[i], here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.
1. Reduce Heart Disease
Mangoes may very well be the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean you skin, and make the perfect snack. Here are 17 healthy reasons why you should be eating a mango every day.
One cup of mangoes (225 gms contain) contains the following percentages that apply to daily value.
76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)
25 percent vitamin A (antioxidant and vision)
11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)
9 percent healthy probiotic fibre
9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)
7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)
4 percent magnesium
1. Fights cancer (more…)
Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S., and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke.1 However, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle disease – our food choices can either prevent or promote insulin resistance and resultant diabetes.
Many conventional diabetes diets rely on meat or grains as the major calorie source. However, these strategies have serious drawbacks (read more on Diseaseproof.com). High-nutrient, low glycemic load (GL) foods are the optimal foods for diabetics, and these foods also help to prevent diabetes in the first place: (more…)
Diverticulitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon caused by infection. The illness is age related and common in individuals over 40 who live in industrialized countries. The primary culprit for diverticulitis is a diet lacking in fiber. People who live in countries where the diet is rich in fiber have a very low incidence of diverticulitis. Since the cause for this condition is a poor diet, many of the remedies involve eating the right foods and getting plenty of fiber.
As an individual ages, the risk of getting diverticulitis increases. Whereas about 10% of Americans over the age of 40 suffer from diverticulitis, the number increases to around 50% of Americans over the age of 60. (more…)
Up to 77 percent of women have fibroids, according to “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Fibroids.” Many women have them and never know, but they can cause symptoms that significantly lower your quality of life. Eating the right foods helps to shrink fibroids by lowering estrogen levels naturally. (more…)