The Value of Dietary Fibre (part 1)

Can you imagine someone not washing their body for days, weeks or even months? Just imagine how they would look or how they would smell. Can you imagine how prone to disease such individuals would be?

The truth is that is what most of us are guilty of this, albeit ignorantly. It is also the reason for increased frequency of bowel cancers and chronic diseases like chronic constipation, irritable bowel disease, etc.

If you were asked the question "Is your gut – gullet, stomach, intestines and all – part of your outside or is it part of your insides?", what would your answer be? To the average person, the gut is thought of as inner part while it is actually a continuation of the external body surface. If you have the time to look at the developmental biology of the gut – click here.

The truth is that our gut needs to be cleaned regular and Nature has provided dietary fibre as a "sponge" for this purpose. I am not a proponent of colon cleansing, but it is necessary for us to ensure that we have enough fibre in our diets in order to improve bowel motion, reduce possible effects of "dirt" in the gut and reduce the absorption of potentially harmful substances.

How much fibre do we need? Experts say a healthy adult needs 20 – 35 grams of dietary fibre every day. An apple has about 5 grams of fibre, an orange about 2.7 grams and 80 grams of boiled cabbage contains about 1.7 grams.  In order to fill the gap, dietary fibre supplements are worth considering (I’ve personally found this to be helpful).

Protect your health by learning more about the value of dietary fibre and take positive action. And remember to consult your physician for guidance.

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