Fiber & Your Gut: How to Add More Fiber in Your Diet
May 9, 2016•9 min
Fiber is key in feeding the healthy bacteria in your gut. The problem is that most people don't eat enough fiber.Your gut contains trillions of healthy bacteria. These friendly bacteria not only keep your digestion in check, but also promote overall wellness.Fiber is key in feeding your healthy bacteria. The problem is that most people don't eat enough fiber. Most individuals should be getting 35-40 grams of fiber per day. How can you easily add five extra grams to your diet? Registered Dietitian Liz Weiss has some simple ideas:1/3 cup of black beans. Can be added to salads, soups, quesadillas, even brownies. 1/3 cup of almonds. Grind up to put on salads, use almond flour, incorporate into trail mix. Broccoli. Steamed, sauteed with garlic. Pears. Add to smoothies, smoothie bowls.Avocados. Can be added to almost anything from avocado toast to brownies.As long as you're getting plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, and fruits every day, you can rest easy knowing you're doing your gut a favor.And, as you shift your diet from all the pre-packaged, processed foods, your fiber intake naturally increases.Liz joins host Lisa Davis to share why fiber is so important for both gut health and overall health, as well as simple ways you can get more fiber into your diet starting today.