“Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous–how well I know it.” (Psalm 139:14)
In order to derive the most benefit from nutrients, food must be broken down by enzymes. Specific ones are absorbed through the small intestine. A clean intestinal system will absorb nutrients quickly to jump-start your metabolism. Thus physiologically we lose weight faster.
But how do we do that? By first consuming fiber!
Fiber is essential in fostering good health and here’s why:
Suppose you had 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 smell horrible! And then when you finally did flip the switch, it would start grinding so slowly it might even stop if it’s too clogged. Then you would have to snake out trapped particles or use something chemically to unclog it.
When one consumes mainly meat, fats, processed and low fiber foods, the intestines get clogged. It’s harder therefore to move those through the colon. Since your body won’t absorb nutrients which are vital to life, your brain’s hypothalamus nags you to eat more food in search of necessary energy, thus you eat more calories but absorb fewer nutrients.
(Our digestive system is extremely complex so this is a simplified explanation.)
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 to consume whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and herbs . . . all fiber producing elements. That’s why He placed Adam in a Garden – all our life-sustaining nutrients are available!
There is no fiber in protein or fat. Sorry, no matter how tough that meat was, there’s no fiber in its content.
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 – all 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 our 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.
Increase daily water content. If you ever dropped 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. Fiber allows insulin to be released more slowly into your system, discouraging uncontrolled cravings.
If you consume a piece of fruit, add a bit of protein along with it such as a touch of peanut butter or piece of cheese. When choosing bread, remember the heavier the bread, the more fiber it contains.
If 60% of your daily calorie intake contains 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 to increase energy and lose weight.
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.