16. Introduce fiber to your diet
A high-fiber diet has general benefits such as improved digestion. High-fiber foods promote the digestive process and eliminate issues such as constipation. Normalized bowel movements are essential for overall bowel health. This can prevent conditions such as hemorrhoids and diverticulitis.
Increased intake of fiber also helps the body to process the sugars you ingest. Improved processing of sugar reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Fiber also helps to reduce weight gain.
There are 2 types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and lowers cholesterol and glucose levels in your blood. Insoluble fiber facilitates the movement of waste through the bowel. It is essential for regular bowel movements. There are also studies suggesting that fiber might balance your estrogen production.
Gut health is essential to your overall health. Poor gut health can cause hormone fluctuations. Get your daily allowance of fiber from seeds, beans, legumes, avocados and vegetables. Adults should consume 12-14g of fiber for every 1,000 calories ingested.