Even though I’ve been out of school for the past two years I still feel the excitement and buzz going around as parents and kids try to organize and prepare themselves to get back in gear for the fall.
When I was in school I always wanted to feel and look my best. So a couple weeks before school started I would cut out any summer junk and focus on eating foods that would not only excel my body but my brain as well.
I found that eating foods high in fibre gave me a sense of rejuvenation and cleansed my body pretty well from the inside out. But other than cleansing your body, it also provides you with a whack of other benefits like, decreasing your chance of intestinal cancer, diverticular disease of the bowel, hiatus hernia, appendicitis, varicose veins, and heart disease.
There are actually two different types of fibres and in order to get the most out of it you have to understand how both of them work.
Soluble Fibre: This type of fibre is found in foods like legumes, apples, and in grains such as psyllium, oats, rye and barley. When you eat these foods the soluble fibre swells and traps nutrients like starch, and sugars. By trapping these nutrients it will now take longer for them to be absorbed into your blood stream. This is a good thing because it will help stabilize your energy systems and blood sugar (especially good for diabetics).
Insoluble Fibre: These fibres can’t be dissolved in water. They consist mainly of a substance called cellulose and include foods such as wheat bran, and other cereals that promote going to the washroom on a regular basis. Because this fibre holds on to water, your stool will be much bulkier, which will allow it to pass through your body a lot more easily.
But because this fibre works in conjunction with water, it’s important to drink plenty of water. If not, you’ll more than likely suffer from some serious and unpleasant constipation.
Here are the Top 5 foods that provide your body with more than 7 grams of fibre per serving.
1. All Bran
2. Bran Buds
3. Bran Buds w/ psyllium
4. Baked Beans in tomato sauce
5. Kidney Beans
Take a bit of time to clean out your body from all that rib sticking summer BBQ food. Don’t start the fall season feeling all sluggish and lazy, get rid of all that built up crap and start the fall with a running start!