Have you been eating your fill this CNY? Hopefully, you’ve been looking after your gut, as there can be serious consequences to your gut when you don’t consume enough fiber.
Fiber has an excellent reputation for preventing disease and maintaining good digestive health. Most of us are familiar with the superstar health benefits of fiber such as relieving constipation, helping maintain a healthy weight, and even helping to lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.
However, very little was previously known about the mechanism fiber uses to protect our gut health. A new study by the Luxembourg Institute of Health, has found that diets low in natural fiber can lead to an imbalanced microbiome and create an environment ripe for pathogens and diseases to thrive, leading to being sick.
It turns out skipping fiber can cause a domino effect, as it was found that a low-fiber diet, or a diet consisting of the soluble fiber typically added to processed foods to increase fiber content, ended up decreasing the amount of fiber-eating good bacteria in the gut.
However there is good news as the negative effects of a low-fiber diet are totally reversible. It was found that when the diet changed to a high-fiber diet, the gut’s bacteria bounced back within a single day. So it’s clear that there can be immediate benefits of eating lots of vegetables, high-fiber fruits like raspberries, and whole grains.
Remember, your body is a machine designed to heal. So by supporting it with some friendly, fiber-feeding bacteria, our gut mucosal layer will be able to succeed at doing its job of protecting you through the season.