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Dear Luba: Fiber

Dear Luba,

I heard that increasing my fiber intake can help with weight management.  Will I get the same benefits from taking a fiber supplement?

The short answer is … No. You will not get the same health benefits from a fiber supplement as opposed to getting your fiber from whole foods.

● Fiber-rich foods  contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

● Fiber slows down digestion, making you feel full longer.

● High-fiber foods tend to take longer to eat and generally have fewer calories.

● Gut bacteria will use fiber to make butyrate, which in turn increases levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor(BDNF). BDNF decreases inflammation and slows down brain and nerve cell loss. You will think more clearly, and improve your focus and memory.

TIPS:

GET YOUR FIBER ON: Get your fiber from eating these whole delicious foods:

Fruits: Raspberries, apples(with skin), strawberries, pears.

Veggies: The darker the vegetable the more fiber it has. Artichokes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower.

When you increase your fiber intake make sure to increase your fluid intake as well. Ask me why

Luba Surman is a Doctor of Pharmacy and has been practicing as a registered pharmacist for 17 years. 

Using a holistic individualized approach to healthcare, wellness, and nutrition, she empowers and educates patients on how to achieve and lead a healthy lifestyle.