In order to absorb nutrients from the food you consume, it must be broken down by enzymes which are primarily absorbed through the small intestine. A clean intestinal system will absorb nutrients faster and jump-start your metabolism. How do we do that? Consume fiber!
Fiber does so much to foster good health and here’s a great illustration to explain why:
If you have a garbage disposal in your home and nonchalantly threw scraps of food particles into it but never turned it on, what would happen? It would build up, attract bugs and start to smell right? And then when you finally did turn it on, it would start grinding so slowly it might even stop if it’s too clogged. Then you would have to snake out the trapped particles or use something chemically to unclog it.
This describes how our body system works as well. When one consumes mainly meat, fats, junk food and low fiber foods, the intestines get clogged. It’s harder to move those foods through the colon because food just kinda sits there. Since your body can’t absorb nutrients which are vital to life, your brain’s hypothalamus nags you to eat more food in search of those needed nutrients, thus you eat more calories but absorb fewer nutrients.
Strive to eat more fiber and keep your entire system working on less! Normally we need 25-35 grams of various fibers daily. (approximately 4 grams equal one teaspoon.)
God advised Adam in Genesis 1:29 “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” That’s why He placed Adam in a Garden – that’s where all the nutrients are to sustain life!
Fiber is only found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Sorry, no matter how tough that piece of meat is, there is no fiber in its content. Neither is there any fiber in protein or fat.
There are two kinds of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Usually fruits, vegetables and whole grains include combinations of both.
Soluble fiber turns into a gel and helps lower one’s cholesterol. Think apples, oranges, pears, beans and oats, which are excellent sources of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber keeps our blood sugar levels steady so it’s easier to stand up to temptations. It also reduces the treacherous LDL cholesterol! Think of it as Liquid Plumr.
Insoluble fiber stays intact, it doesn’t break up as it travels through your system. Think corn which basically exits intact. Whole grains such as potatoes, legumes, apple peels, beans and bran cereals are other excellent sources. Insoluble fiber draws water into the intestines, making stools bulkier and easier to pass. It’s like Roto-Rooter.
If you ever dropped pizza crust or a piece of bread into the sink and watched it swell as water touched it, that’s what happens to fiber in your system. Fiber expands, creating a feeling of fullness.
There are seven forms of fiber: pectin, bran, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, guns and mucilage. I won’t bore you with all the details. Rest assured though, if you eat 60% of your daily calorie intake containing fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you’ll reduce your risk of colon cancer, heart disease, constipation, obesity, hemorrhoids and many other diseases. Remember, a man reaps what he sows, so strive to eat healthier!
Warning: Increase fiber gradually. Excessive fiber intake may decrease the absorption of zinc, iron and calcium as well as promoting more gas. Take vitamin and mineral supplements separately from fiber.