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Ok lets be honest, when you think fiber supplement you probably don’t conjure up the most appealing images. Just saying. But the truth is that most of us are probably nowhere close to the recommended daily intake of 14 grams per 1000 calories consumed, and it could be hurting us. In fact on average we only consume 7 grams per 1000 calories!

There are two main types of fiber, a gummier version known as soluble fiber, found in things like oatmeal, bread and cereal, and a rougher version known as insoluble fiber, found in things like wheat bran and many veggies. The first type is linked to lower cholesterol and may be an important factor in preventing heart disease and type-2 diabetes. The latter version has the wonderful job of keeping everything moving along in the digestive tract.

Additionally, most of the foods that we find to be high in fiber tend to contain higher levels of the micronutrients our body needs. So because of how fiber is digested it allows more of the nutrients to be absorbed. Add in the fact that fiber can help us feel fuller longer and is helping us make better choices and you can see why it’s beneficial.

Simple changes in our diet can definitely help us get to where we need, but if not, and just to be safe, supplementing with a fiber supplement containing around 5 grams per serving should help ensure we are getting what we need. Check out the different availabilities next time your at the store. Your body will thank you!