Fighting with Fibre

Share This Post

Fibre fibre fibre… what is the deal? It is plastered all over products in the supermarket and the media tells us we should eat it but why is it good for us?

Fibre is defined as the material in our plant foods that our digestive enzymes cant break down into absorbable nutrients. There are two types of fibre – soluble and insoluble.

Soluble fibre is what the name says – soluble but it is also undigestible carbohydrates. What does it do I hear you ask?

  • slows digestion (great for weight loss and feeling full!)
  • moderates blood insulin
  • moderates blood sugar levels
  • reduces cholesterol
  • provides energy for beneficial intestinal bacteria which alters the environment to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria
  • and improves the overall health of intestinal cells
  • Therefore in a nutshell it -protects against heart disease and diabetes.

Insoluble Fibre – speeds the passage of food through the digestive system by adding bulk to the intestinal contents. It also reduces the absorption of carcinogens and other undesirable molecules as the contents spend less time in this highly absorptive area.

Fibre is found in pretty much all of our fruits and vegetables. It would be a mistake to think that a juiced orange or carrot (taking out the fibre content) is as valuable as the whole fruit or vegetable.

EAT WHOLE FOODS and now you know why your mum got on your case as a kid – “EAT YOUR FRUIT AND VEGES!”

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get updates and learn from the best

More To Explore

Motivation

Use it or lose it…..

Maybe some of us have kind of dabbled in health and fitness. You know ‘The Amazing Watermelon Diet of the Stars’ in the weekly mag, or ‘Pilates is the answer to that flat belly you’ve always dreamt of’ on the prime time ‘health show’ or perhaps it was ‘Go hard or go home’ flyer of the ubiquitous 6 week challenge at the local gym that hooked you in, albeit until it got too hard or just finished.

Your Lifestyle Has Consequences
Motivation

Your Lifestyle Has Consequences

Have you ever heard the saying, ‘that you become what you think about all day long’? The same also applies to exercise, ‘you become what you do or don’t do on a regular basis’. Hence the headline today. The trick with this ‘consistent exercise gig’ we all know we need is to find your motivation. If you can achieve that, you will no longer need ‘will power’, as the reason for doing it drives the action on auto pilot.