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High-Fiber Diet Shown To Boost Colon Health

High-Fiber Diet Shown To Boost Colon Health

Diets high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains are great when you're looking to lose weight, or keep it off. They're packed with energy, which comes in handy when you're trying to get in more exercise and be more productive in general. But they also are full of fiber, which does wonders for your colon health as well. Fiber works as a colon cleaner, picking up waste and debris left behind during the digestive process. And while you can buy fiber supplements at the grocery store, it's easy to get plenty of it in foods such as:

  • Whole-grain breads and cereals;
  • Corn;
  • Cabbage;
  • Broccoli;
  • Apples and pears;
  • Beans; and
  • Baked potatoes (skin on).

It's important to realize that there are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. The soluble type is what's found in oatmeal, nuts, beans and fruits like apples and blueberries, and it breaks down into a gel-like substance in the intestines. Insoluble fiber is the kind that's found in seeds, grains and the stringy parts or skins of fruit and vegetables. Both are important to the overall digestive process. Your options are only as limited as your imagination. Why not work up a meal plan for one week, and then see where you could swap out some of your standby food choices for those with a higher fiber content? You'll be adding plenty of vitamins and minerals to your dinner plate, and your colon will be glad to have the extra support.

posted on February 3, 2012 in news