Four Ways to Increase Your Fiber Intake
Think adding fiber to your diet means you have to add kale to every meal? Think again. Here’s our favorite suggestions…
1. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies
Fruits and vegetables contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, along with many nutrients. Depending on your diet commitment level and the reason you’re increasing your fiber intake, this may be a good option. Visit your local farmer’s market, start juicing, or just make some changes in your meal plans. Add avocado or sweet potato. Do some research into the fiber content of various foods and make some simple swaps.
2. Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit
Beans are actually magical for more reasons than the one usually comes to mind – they’re packed full of fiber and can be easily added to omelets, salads, soups and various other meals. But if you’re sensitive, this may not even be something you’ll want to count on.
Seeds are actually really high in fiber and can easily be incorporated into foods – sometimes easier than a powder supplement. Flax, chia, and hemp seeds are the most common and least invasive when added to food. Pumpkin and sunflower are great for snacks.
4. Take a Supplement
Dietary fiber supplements are not all just powders and mixes – and you can still reap many of the same rewards. A high quality fiber supplement could be the best option, but make sure you discuss which one with your functional medicine practitioner or doctor.