As unexpected as it may sound, our gut health is foundational for all things beauty, especially for clear and glowing skin. While many foods and supplements work in concert to optimize our gut health from leafy greens to probiotics, fiber is a non-negotiable. In fact, without fiber we may have a hard time absorbing beauty supplements like collagen and vitamin C.
Almost 95% of us don’t consume anything close to the doctor recommended 30 grams of fiber a day. We can take all the new supplements and beauty potions we’d like, but if our fiber intake is off it will be tough to achieve anything near optimal gut health. And without a healthy gut, clear skin, good digestion and a healthy weight are hard to come by.
To get the doctor recommended 30 grams of fiber a day, we’d need to eat 3 pounds of baby spinach, 8 cups of blueberries, or 10 bananas daily. Supplementing with a simple drinkable version like Bellway is the easiest way we’ve found to keep our fiber intake up every day no matter what we’re eating or where we’re headed throughout the day. One serving of Bellway gets you 18% your daily recommended fiber. We love to pack along a stick pack of Bellway’s easy-to-dissolve powder in flavors like Raspberry Lemon, Mixed Berry and Lemon Lime to drink in the afternoons.
Getting enough fiber in our diets is one of those crucial pillars of health that is easy to overlook. We did a deep dive with Bellway to refresh ourselves on why this is so important and how to make it happen everyday to optimize our health. Here’s what you should know…
Bellway uses organic psyllium husk, a dietary fiber with special gelling properties used to help regulate digestion. Unlike other fibers, it doesn’t ferment in your gut and make you gassy, which definitely feels as uncomfortable as it sounds.
6 Daily Benefits of Dietary Fiber
Gut Health Your gut is the foundation for true health. New findings show that fermentable fiber or ‘prebiotics’ can balance our gut microbiome by feeding and maintaining healthy levels of good bacteria. If these levels are not maintained, it’s possible for microbes to break down the protective lining of the gut (this condition is often called ‘leaky gut’). It’s important for the gut to remain intact for optimal functioning and that’s where prebiotics can save the day, feeding the good bacteria and encouraging a diverse microbiome, a key indicator of good gut health.
Fiber keeps bowel movements regular, and studies have shown it has a key role in the prevention of colon cancer and relief of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms.
Beauty The presence of fiber during digestion increases absorption of vitamin C that promotes glowing skin. It also increases the absorption of the protein collagen that maintains elasticity in connective tissue, ligaments and skin. As soluble fiber slows digestion, the amount of protein or collagen absorption increases, which boosts beauty for glowing skin, hair and nails. Fiber also allows for elevated levels of antioxidants that decrease the telltale signs of aging and keeps skin looking dewy and young.
immunity According to Dr. Will Bulsiewicz 70% of your immune system lives in your gut. “Picture this — the majority of your immune system, separated from almost 40 trillion microbes in your intestines by just a single layer of cells.
“You cannot separate gut health from immune health, they are completely intertwined. In a study comparing the effects of a high fiber to low fiber diet in protection from influenza, the mice given the high fiber diet lived longer, with less effects from the virus, and with better lung function. Scientists were surprised that the fiber was so important, but they shouldn’t have been. Fiber feeds the gut microbes, who consume it and get stronger, then release short chain fatty acids which are known to optimize immune function. The solution for optimal immune function is to feed your gut microbes fiber.”
Both groups averaged an intake of 19 grams of fiber per day. And both groups lost weight at an average of 5 pounds and maintained this weight loss for at least a year. This study showed that a higher fiber diet is the simplest most healthy way to help you lose weight and feel better about your body.
The ways that fiber helps you achieve a healthier weight are, one, because of its bulk, you may not eat as much as you feel fuller for longer. Two, high-fiber fruits and vegetables are nutritious yet lower in calories than other foods, especially processed foods and meats. Three, fermentable fiber feeds and balances the gut’s microbiome allowing for good bacteria to thrive, digestion to be improved, and bloating reduced.
Blood Sugar Regulation Regulating our blood sugar is key in the prevention of diabetes. Fiber helps to slow the absorption of nutrients and sugars into the bloodstream over time, so that blood sugar levels increase more slowly as we eat. Because of this slower increase, the pancreas has time to produce insulin and blood sugar is regulated.
A 2009 study in the journal of Diabetes Care compared two groups, one that ate less than 20 grams of fiber daily versus the one that ate at least 31 grams of fiber daily. The group that ate less than 20 grams of fiber daily had a 50 percent higher risk of diabetes.
How Much Fiber To Have Daily
Now you know all there is to know about fiber, you’re probably wondering what amount is right for you every day. Dietary fiber can also be found in foods like: sweet potatoes (6 grams), pears (5 grams), and raspberries (8 grams per cup) to name just a few. However, most of us don’t get enough that way, so Bellway has come up with a solution.
Try taking Bellway 1-3 times per day, dissolving 1 serving of powder into at least 8 oz. of water — make sure the water it not too cold, or the powder won’t blend as well. Mix well and enjoy right away.
If you are not used to consuming enough fiber daily, you may experience some minor bloating with the first few servings of Bellway. Your body needs time to get used to the increased fiber intake. Like all new health habits, take it easy at first. Start with just 1 serving a day and gradually increase to no more than 3 servings daily as your body adjusts.
Dr. David Rosenberg, who treats and advises celebrity clientele in his Beverly Hills office remarks, “Bellway uses organic ingredients and provides the best quality fiber making it the first choice for my patients.”
The post The One Nutrient Missing From 90% of American Diets appeared first on The Chalkboard.