Hi guys. So today's topic is fiber and, yes, I know that we've talked about fiber before but we're going to talk about it again today. And the reason is because I just had my very first colonoscopy. Yeah, that was a fun experience! And I'm gonna to tell you right now it's memorable.
You have a lot of gas. And when the the pharmacist says, "So, this is an extremely potent laxative", you might want to plan on staying at home! Really, what he should have said to me is you might want to just stay in the bathroom for the next 24 to 48 hours because, oh yeah, poop your brains out! That's all there is to it.
But, on the flip side of that, when the sedation takes hold, you get to take a really good nap and you lose a few pounds, too, because you know you don't get to eat for a while!
But let's go back to that fiber and why it's important. The American Heart Association recommends that we have anywhere from 25 to 35 grams of fiber per day. Most Americans only get about 15 grams of fiber per day, which is way too little.
So, we need to increase that fiber intake. And one of the reasons why is because colorectal cancer is the number three most diagnosed cancer among men and women per year. Did you know that? I didn't know that.
As a matter of fact, there are about one hundred and thirty five thousand cases diagnosed yearly and, unfortunately, this past year I lost a high school friend to colorectal cancer. So, make sure that you get enough fiber in your diet and make sure that you get those screenings, as unpleasant as they are. Other reasons why we need to increase it (our fiber intake) is because it also helps prevent Cardiovascular disease and Diabetes.
One of the most talked about conversations with me right now, especially this time of year, from my friends and family and clients is, "Regina, I just can't seem to lose this weight." Well, believe it or not, fiber actually helps promote weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight! And how does it do that? Well, if you are eating foods that are high in fiber, it actually causes you to chew slower which equals you eating slower. And that causes you to eat less food because it gives your stomach a chance to tell your brain, "Hey, I'm full!"
The next time you reach for that white bread, why don't you go for a piece of whole grain bread instead? And when you go for that apple juice, just go for the whole apple! I've said it before people - the skin wins!
So make sure that you are pooping properly, which means regularly, and that you're getting enough fiber in your diet. Make sure you're getting enough water, especially in the winter. We don't want to dehydrate ourselves.
I know that was a super exciting topic today but it is super important! Make sure you do those things. Love you guys and I hope you have a great day!