Benefits of a High Fiber Diet by Guest Blogger Susan Brown

There is certainly nothing more beneficial for weight loss and overall health than a high fiber diet. Being overweight does not only affect your self-esteem but it can increase the risk of diabetes type 2, several types of cancer, obesity and heart diseases. Other risks are connected to being overweight, mostly to obesity like depression, breathing problems, and arthritis. A high fiber diet is beneficial to avoid these problems more easily and minimize the risks attached to weight. Fiber is beneficial to your digestive system and functions and also helps you control your weight.  Depending on the fiber type you can control health conditions. Dietary fiber can be found in nuts, whole grain, vegetables and fruits can resist digestion in the intestines and stomach.

There are two main types of fiber: water insoluble and water soluble. Water insoluble fiber adds bulk to the diet. This type of fiber can be found in cereals, whole grain bread and vegetables. Water soluble diet found in oat products, fruits, seeds and legumes is giving you the feeling of fullness for a longer time, because it exits the stomach more slowly.

Weight loss and a high fiber diet can help you reduce the risk of certain medical and health conditions. Insoluble fiber carries cancer causing substances quickly through your digestive tracks, reducing the risk of colon cancer. Because insoluble fiber gets out of your body quicker than other food types it can also relieve and prevent constipation. Soluble fiber on the other hand helps in reducing the risk of stroke; it can control diabetes, avoid gastrointestinal disorders and minimize the risk of some cancers. It can also lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases and lower your blood cholesterol level. While moving through your digestive tracks, soluble fiber absorbs fluids, getting dissolved, thickened and forms a gel at the end of its track. This gel helps in getting out the acids made from cholesterol.

Foods high in both, soluble and insoluble fiber are easy to find and purchase and also easy to include into your daily meal. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread and pasta, seeds and nuts and cereals can help you avoid cancer apparition, minimize the risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and improve weight loss efforts, giving you a healthy and beautiful body in the outside and inside too.