Live Longer and Healthier by Doing THIS
by Peter Finkle
If you do THIS, you are likely to live longer and healthier.
What is THIS?
Is THIS a new high priced miracle drug with unknown side effects? No, it is not high priced, and the side effects are far from scary…quite the opposite.
Here are some typical side effects of THIS: better digestion, staying more regular, helping keep blood sugar within the normal range, helping support the health of your heart.
So what is THIS?
Eating more dietary fiber.
Yes, people who include more fiber in their diet live longer and stay healthier.*
“In conclusion, in the present meta-analysis, we demonstrated that an increased fiber intake is associated with a reduced risk of death.”*
What’s the next step?
It’s early in the year. It’s the time of year when we think about changing old habits, creating new habits and taking care of ourselves a little better.
One new habit that may help you live healthier and longer is a small adjustment in what you eat every day. Here are some simple ideas. Dip carrot sticks or snap peas into hummus or guacamole instead of potato chips into sour cream dip. Snack on an apple, pear or banana instead of a cookie. Add a small salad containing some colorful vegetables to lunch or dinner each day.
A couple times a week have a protein and fiber-rich soup made with lentils, split peas or beans. This winter, enjoy the sweetness and fiber-filled nutrition of baked acorn squash or butternut squash.
The goal with these small changes is to reach or exceed the recommended fiber intake of 25 grams per day for adult women and 38 grams per day for adult men.
How many of us eat need to eat more fiber?
Prepare to be surprised. 91% of women and 97% of men do NOT get the recommended amount of fiber! So if you are reading this article, odds are you need more fiber in your diet, and making that change could help you live healthier and longer.
Isn’t that worth a little effort? Following the eating suggestions above can help you get closer to the target for optimum health. But if it were “easy,” most people would already be doing it.
“These findings add to and extend the evidence that increased fiber intake may exert healthy effects and decrease the risk of all-cause mortality.”*
Can a fiber supplement help?
Yes, in addition to increasing the fiber content of your diet, you can get some extra fiber each day by taking a fiber supplement. The ideal fiber supplement would contain a type of fiber that is safe, has lots of research showing health benefits, and is pleasant to take because it tastes good. Is that possible?
A fiber supplement was recently introduced that meets all three criteria. It is a product called Fiber Gummy by the new company Vets Vites®. Fiber Gummy contains Chicory Root Fiber and tastes delicious.
Chicory root fiber (known as inulin in many scientific studies) is natural, safe, and has multiple health benefits. These days both adults and children are loving gummy vitamins, so a gummy fiber supplement is a great new way to make better health both tasty and “easy to swallow.”
“Thus, one should be encouraged to increase his/her dietary fiber intake to potentially decrease the risk of premature death.”*
*Reference: Yang Yang et al. Association Between Dietary Fiber and Lower Risk of All-Cause Mortality: A Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies. Am J Epidemiol. 2015;181(2):83–91.
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