A good balance of fibre in the diet is associated with a host of health benefits. These include reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and colorectal cancer, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, improved gastrointestinal health, help with weight management and fat elimination, and more regular bowel movements.
There are two basic kinds of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Although the body cannot digest either of them, they are both necessary for a healthy diet.
Soluble fibre breaks down in the water found in the digestive system and forms a gel. It helps keep stools soft and slows the digestive process. Insoluble fibre does not break down at all, as it passes through the digestive system. It adds bulk to bowel movements and helps to move food along.
Individuals can strive to reach the recommended daily level of dietary fibre by eating a diet rich in whole fruit, though fruit juice is low in fibre, vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and whole grains, all these being the best sources of fibre.
It is essential to include a variety of fibre-rich foods in the diet. This ensures that a person will obtain a wide range of nutrients in addition to fibre. It will also help them to eat a good balance of soluble and insoluble fibre.
Naturally occurring fibre is usually easier for the body to handle than foods made with added fibre. So, whole grains and fresh fruits are usually more effective sources than high-fibre supplements or energy bars.
The Food Reeducation and Behavioural Program and Body Modelling by Clínica do Tempo®, enables an individualisation of the alimentary regime and weight and fat excess reduction, in a healthy and permanent way. So it is possible to timely prevent different pathologies, of genetic origin or related to lifestyle and life experiences, hence prolonging longevity.
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