6 Health and Fitness Benefits of High Fiber Foods
It’s not breaking news that a healthy, balanced diet is a necessary component to your overall health and fitness, as well as a key element to a successful weight loss program. But there’s one star of a healthy diet that works over time to make your diet work hard for you: fiber. A diet high in fiber can do everything from provide you with energy to keep your digestive system running right on track and protecting you from illness. Here are six health and fitness benefits of high fiber foods.
1. Reduce risk of lung disease.
A diet rich in fiber is like an armor for certain diseases. According to the American Thoracic Society, adults who have a high fiber intake are more likely to perform well on breathing, lung function and airway restriction tests. These tests help doctors assess a person’s risk for lung disease. Outside of refraining from smoking, fiber is one of the few preventative measures that has been discovered to lower a person’s risk of lung disease.
2. Keep you regular.
Insoluble fiber, like whole wheat, bran, nuts, and vegetables, helps food move through your digestive track thereby keeping you regular. Good movement through your colon keeps potentially harmful food substances from sitting in your colon. This high fiber intake is thought to help prevent hemorrhoids, colon disease and even colon cancer. Fiber also helps those suffering from bouts of irritable bowel syndrome.
3. Lower cholesterol.
Fiber found in oats, flaxseed, bran and beans can help bring your overall blood cholesterol down a few notches by lowering your “bad” cholesterol levels (also known as LDL, or low-density lipoprotein).
4. Maintain or fight diabetes.
Soluble fiber helps your body absorb sugar more slowly, which then helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. This is particularly helpful for people living with diabetes and struggling with glucose spikes, or those in danger of developing type 2 diabetes. The regulation of blood sugar also helps decrease the chances of developing gallstones and kidney stones.
5. Help heart health and fitness.
Eating fiber can have a dramatic impact on your risk of developing heart disease, a top cause of death among both men and women. The fiber helps lower blood pressure and inflammation. The American Heart Association makes it easy to identify heart-healthy fiber with their heart-check mark on food products.
6. Lower weight.
Fiber is a key ingredient in any nutrition or weight loss program. It can add bulk to your diet without adding extra calories, helping you to chew more, eat more slowly and feel full longer. This leads to eating less calories.
Wondering what else you can do to make your diet work for you? MTVAC offers free nutrition and weight loss workshops and seminars, so you can learn how to make all aspects of your health work together. Check out the class schedule or speak to a client coordinator for details!
Need Nutrition Help? Want to know more about how the foods you eat effect how you feel on a day-to-day basis? With various nutrition seminars and group classes, the Personal Training department welcomes members and clients to work with Renee McGrew, our in house Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RDN. Renee can do 1-on-1 counseling and she does 2 complimentary workshops a month for all members!
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