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Dietary Fiber

In cultures where fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are consumed in abundance, there is less obesity, colds, cancers and intestinal polyps, as well as appendicitis. Today’s diets have many refined and processed ingredients, which eliminate fiber or roughage, along with many nutrients. This fiber adds bulk and speeds the transit time of bowel contents.

The quicker the food is eliminated through the bowel, the greater the benefit, thus making the body less susceptible to storing free-formed fatty acids. Fiber can keep the toxins from building up in the colon by speeding the transit time. Both fats and animal proteins are absorbed primarily in the intestine, which will eventually lead to constipation.

A fiber-rich diet keeps the intestine healthy and cleaner of mucoid plaque. It also offers many other health benefits. High fiber foods are lower in calories and unwanted fats than other foods. They also promote the feeling of a full stomach, reduce calories and possible toxin absorption.

Diets lower in fiber allow foods to remain longer in the system, causing toxins to build up ad disease to begin. Consuming food rich in fiber will not cure all the physical problems, but it may help in preventing some illness in susceptible people.

A high-fiber diet includes sprouted beans and an ample quantity of fruit and vegetables. Fast food is more likely to be higher in fat, lower in fiber and lacking nutritional value. The gradual addition of fiber supplements, pills or powder will reduce diarrhea, bloating and gas. One teaspoon of organic psyllium powder mixed in water is an effective supplement.

Source: To Your Health Natural Foods. Location: 212 N. West End Blvd. Quakertown, PA. For more information, call 215-538-3480 or visit

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