(NC) - When it comes to overall wellness, maintaining digestive health is just as important as maintaining a healthy heart or strong bones. Good digestive health helps to avoid the discomfort of occasional constipation and promotes regularity. Plus, when you're regular you may feel lighter and happier. And, when you feel good, you look good.
Check out the following facts to learn how fibre can help you stay regular:
Not all fibres are created equal: There are lots of different types of fibre, like fibre from oats, legumes, vegetables and fruit. They all function a little differently in your body.
Fibre for regularity: For a fibre that contributes to regularity, your best choice is wheat bran fibre. It's easy to add to your diet just by eating products with wheat bran fibre and adding them to your meals and snacks throughout the day. Visit www.all-bran.ca for delicious recipes with wheat bran that can help you stay regular.
"Gold Standard" digestive system cleaner: In scientific studies on regularity, wheat bran is generally seen as the "gold standard". As the "gold standard", wheat bran is what every other fibre is measured against to judge if it has any effects on regularity. Since it isn't digested, it travels through your system and speeds up the movement of food, sweeping away undigested materials.
High fibre cereals with wheat bran: Eating high fibre cereals with wheat bran as the primary source of fibre is a great way to help you stay regular. But just because a cereal is high in fibre, doesn't guarantee it has wheat bran. So make sure you check out the ingredients list on food products to see if they contain wheat bran.
Whole grains don't always provide fibre: The fibre content of whole grain foods can vary greatly and not all types of grain provide a significant amount of fibre. Some high fibre foods don't have any whole grain ingredients at all. Always read the "Nutrition Facts" to find out how much fibre is in your food.