Fibre for health
Fibre is more than nature’s scrubbing brush, it is also a sponge and bulking agent. Including adequate amounts of fibre into your diet keeps your digestive system and bowel movements in good working condition. Fibre comes in two forms: insoluble fibre and soluble fibre. Soluble fibre cannot be digested and passes through the digestive tract without being broken down. This ‘roughage’ aids the passage of waste through your gut. Soluble fibre absorbs many times its own weight in water, forming a sticky gel that lines the stomach and slows down digestion – and is thus helpful in regulating appetite. Soluble fibre also regulates insulin and has a beneficial impact on cholesterol. Fibre has another important role: feeding the bacteria that live in the gut. These colonies not only aide in digestion but play an important role in immunity. As a rule, aim for 20g to 30g of dietary fibre a day – and remember to drink plenty of water when increasing your fibre intake. If you are already including the meal solutions formulated by Xndo Food for Health, you’re already getting a healthful dose of fibre.