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
Infections of the respiratory system commonly present to the outpatient primary care setting. The first decision for the primary care provider is to determine the appropriate setting for treatment, in hospital or outpatient.1 The second decision is to initiate empiric therapy with or without an initial work-up for the microbial cause of the infection. In the outpatient setting, many cases of respiratory infection are amenable to naturopathic treatment as an alternative to the conventional standard of care. Where necessary, the standard of care treatment should be initiated without hesitation, yet in these circumstances naturopathic treatment may make an excellent adjunct to conventional care and may improve outcomes.
The world over, pneumonia is the most important infectious cause of death in children. Liu et al. (2012) analyzed global mortality figures from 2010 and determined that, of the 7.6 million children annually who do not reach their fifth birthday, two-thirds of them die from infectious causes; pneumonia is the leading cause of infection and death among them.2 In America, the combination of pneumonia and influenza remains the eighth leading cause of death, annually. This makes it the most common infection-related cause of mortality.3
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The sub-headings are mine, and a few edits have been made for space and context. Please see Dr. Michael Eades’ references and responses to questions in the comments.
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