Do You Have a Fibre Deficiency

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Are you getting enough fibre? What does it mean to be fibre deficient, and how can you keep your diet packed with fibre for heath and longevity.

What is fibre?

In a (high fibre) nutshell, fibre is an essential complex carbohydrate found in veggies, fruits, and grains. What?s interesting is that fibre isn?t absorbed by the body. In fact, your body doesn?t extract any energy or nutrients from fibre at all!

So why do I need fibre?

If fibre simply passes through our system, why is it so important to our health? Well, fibre provides roughage. It helps our system remove waste and regulates the bowel and colon.

Fibre also keeps us fuller for longer, taking up a lot of space in our stomach , so we are less tempted to fill up on sugary, nutritionally void food.

What is a fibre deficiency?

Since fibre isn't absorbed by the body (and you can?t check your fibre levels), it?s not exactly possible to have a fibre deficiency. However, health experts say most Aussies aren?t getting enough fibre (we should eat between 25g and 35g each day).

This can put us at risk of constipation and other digestive issues, weight gain, colon and bowel cancers, and other complications. You may also experience bloating, digestive discomfort, hemorrhoids, fatigue, nausea and blood sugar fluctuations.

How do I get enough fibre?

It's easy to tell if you?re eating enough fibre you won t have any issues going to the toilet. Stools will be easy to pass, and you may experience flatulence (an unfortunate side effect of a high-fibre diet).

So how do we add more fibre to our diet? By filling up on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, seeds and nuts. One avocado is packed with around 12 grams of fibre. Half a cup of nuts is around 4 grams, and half a cup of beans can be up to 8 grams of fibre.

Animal products, processed foods, dairy, oil and sugar contain no fibre. Zero. Zilch. So it?s important to add high-fibre foods to every meal if possible.

Your nutritionist or dietican can help you include more fibre in your diet.

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