Balancing a healthy diet with a busy schedule is no simple task. The easiest and quickest meals may not always be the best choice. So, if you’re always on the go and tend toward fast food or other, less-than-nutritious meals, your body may start paying the price.
Your energy levels, skin quality, and digestion all depend upon a consistent and balanced intake of vital nutrients. Dietary fiber, in particular, contributes in no small part to your overall sense of wellbeing. When it comes to fiber, most Americans fall short of the daily recommended intake. Women should aim for 25 grams of fiber, daily.1
Knowing the signs of fiber imbalance and adjusting your diet accordingly may considerably enhance your day to day life. If you are experiencing any of the following warning signs, you may want to take a closer look at how much dietary fiber you’re getting each day.
- Lack of Energy
If you notice that your energy supply isn’t quite getting you through the day, it may be the result of consuming too many simple carbs and not enough fiber. Ditch the extra servings of bread and reach for some granola instead! Swap fatty snacks for fruits, veggies, and legumes that are high in fiber. Fiber keeps blood glucose levels stable, which provides energy for your body throughout the day.2
Your fiber intake may be a contributing factor to the health and appearance of your skin. Fiber eliminates toxins by absorbing them in the blood and eliminating them through the digestive tract instead of your pores. Therefore, fiber consumption may help prevent the release of toxins through the skin in the form of a gnarly breakout.3
A diet that’s deficient in fiber can cause all sorts of digestive disturbances and irregularities. Eating enough fiber each day can help normalize digestive transit time by moving matter along the digestive tract.4
- Weight Gain; Hunger After a Meal
If you aren’t feeling full after mealtime, it may be because you aren’t providing your body with the nutrients it needs. Dietary fiber helps contribute to satiety or the feeling of fullness. Weight gain can occur when, in an effort to feel full, you overindulge in the wrong sorts of foods.4 Treat your body right by fueling it with food that makes you feel satisfied but also provides all the necessary nutrients!
1 Larson, H. Easy Ways to Boost Fiber in Your Daily Diet. Eatright.org. Published 2017. Available at: https://www.eatright.org/food/vitamins-and-supplements/types-of-vitamins-and-nutrients/easy-ways-to-boost-fiber-in-your-daily-diet. Accessed 16 September. 2019.
2 Roland, J. Eating and Blood Sugar. Healthline. Published 2017. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/and-after-effect-eating-blood-sugar. Accessed 16 September 2019.
3 Minnor M. 6 Signs That You’re Not Eating Enough Fiber. AAPTIV. https://aaptiv.com/magazine/6-signs-youre-not-eating-enough-fiber. Accessed 17 September 2019.
4 Fries WC. 4 Warning Signs Your Diet May Lack Fiber. WebMD. Available at: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/4-warning-signs-your-diet-may-lack-fiber#1. Accessed 16 September 2019.