Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
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Fiber helps lower blood cholesterol levels and stabilize blood sugar levels.
It helps prevent colon cancer, constipation, hemorrhoids, obesity, and many other disorders.
Fiber is also good for removing toxic metals from your body.
The refining process removes a lot of natural fiber from our foods, so the typical American diet lacks fiber.
There are 7 basic classifications of fiber: bran, cellulose, gum, hemicellulose, lignin, mucilages, and pectin.
Each form has its own function.
It’s best to rotate among several different fiber sources.
Start with small amounts and gradually increase your intake until your stools are the right consistency.
Be aware that consuming too much fiber may decrease your absorption of zinc, iron, and calcium.
Always take supplemental fiber separately from other medications or supplements.
In addition to using a fiber supplement, you should make sure to get fiber through your diet.
Make sure your diet contains these high-fiber foods:
>Whole-grain cereals and flours.
>Agar agar (made from the algae species gelidium; also called dai choy goh)
>All kinds of bran.
>Fresh, raw vegetables.
Eat several of these foods daily.
When eating organic produce, leave the skin on apples and potatoes.
Coat chicken in corn bran or oats for baking.
Add extra bran to cereals and breads.
Unsalted, unbuttered popcorn is also excellent for added fiber.
Bran, Gums, and Mucilages
Both gums and mucilages help regulate blood glucose levels, lower cholesterol, and remove toxins.
They’re found in oatmeal, oat bran, sesame seeds, and dried beans.
They’re soluble fibers and foster the growth of healthy bacteria, which in turn discourage the growth of harmful ones.
If you’re taking probiotics, it’s best to take it with one of these fibers.
One of the following should be part of your daily dietary plan:
Fennel is an herb that helps rid your intestinal tract of mucus and relieves flatulence.
Glucomannan picks up and removes fat from your colon wall.
It’s good for diabetes, because it normalizes blood sugar.
It expands to 60 times its own weight, which helps curb your appetite.
Taking 2-3 capsules with a large glass of water 30 minutes before meals helps reduce allergic reactions and symptoms of high and low blood sugar.
Always be sure to drink a large glass of water when taking glucomannan, because capsules can lodge in your throat and expand, causing breathing problems.
Glucomannan is tasteless and odorless, and can be added to foods to help normalize blood sugar.
Guar gum is good for treating diabetes and curbing your appetite.
It can also reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and low-density lipoproteins in your blood, and it binds with toxins and carries them out of your body.
Guar gum tablets must be chewed thoroughly or sucked gradually, not swallowed whole, and should be taken with lots of water, because guar gum can ball up in your throat when mixed with saliva.
It shouldn’t be used by people who have difficulty swallowing or who’ve had gastrointestinal surgery.
Some people with colon disorders may have trouble using guar gum.
Oat bran and rice bran.
Bran is the broken coat of the seed of cereal grain separated from the flour by sifting or bolting.
It helps to lower cholesterol.
Psyllium is a grain grown in India used for its fiber content.
A good intestinal cleanser and stool softener, it’s one of the most popular fibers used.
It thickens very quickly and must be consumed immediately.
Cellulose is an insoluble fiber found in the outer layer of vegetables and fruits.
It’s good for hemorrhoids, varicose veins, colitis, and constipation, and for removing cancer-causing substances from your colon wall.
It’s found in apples, beets, Brazil nuts, broccoli, carrots, celery, green beans, lima beans, pears, peas, and whole grains.
Hemicellulose promotes weight loss, relieves constipation, prevents colon cancer, and controls carcinogens in your intestines.
It’s found in apples, bananas, beans, beets, cabbage, corn, green leafy vegetables, pears, peppers, and whole-grain cereals.
This form of fiber is good for lowering cholesterol levels.
It helps prevent gallstones by binding with bile acids and removing cholesterol before stones can form.
It’s beneficial for people with diabetes or colon cancer.
People who eat a lot of lignins have been shown to have better cognitive function than those who eat a low-lignin diet.
Lignins are found in all plants but especially in alfalfa, berries, Brazil nuts, broccoli, carrots, green beans, peaches, peas, potatoes, seed oils, strawberries, tomatoes, and whole grains.
Because it slows the absorption of food after meals, pectin is good for people with diabetes.
It also removes metals and toxins, reduces the side effects of radiation therapy, helps lower cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease and gallstones.
Pectin is found in apples, bananas, beets, cabbage, carrots, citrus fruits, dried peas, and okra.
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