Lifestyle: The Benefits of Fiber on your Digestive System

My digestive system hasn't always been the best. In my early to mid-twenties I suffered from acid reflux, stomach pain, nausea, and constipation, later being diagnosed with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD, acid reflux) and lactose intolerance. I wasn't surprised when my doctor told me because the foods that triggered my symptoms were dairy, citrus and processed. Before college, I had rarely eaten these types of foods. Once living on my own, I ate them because the of convenience and cheap cost.

After a few months of taking prescription pills and over-the-counter Lactaid pills, I decided to take matters into my own hands. In my search for a holistic cure, I found the GERD diet, Mediterranean diet, and Alkaline diet. All of these diets contained similar foods, fruits, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. For many years I have been eating off of these food pyramids, and two foods in particular have benefited me in a mighty way, both of which contain fiber. These foods are whole grains, and seeds.

What is Fiber?

"Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can’t digest. Though most carbohydrates are broken down into sugar molecules called glucose, fiber cannot be broken down into sugar molecules, and instead it passes through the body undigested. Fiber helps regulate the body’s use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check." Fiber | The Nutrition Source | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

If Fiber can't be digested, how can it help my digestive system?

There are two varieties of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and creates a gel like consistency. It is in foods like oatmeal, chia seeds, barley, beans, and apples. Soluble fiber can help lower cholesterol and glucose levels. 

Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water, and is in foods like whole wheat, quinoa, brown rice, spinach, and seeds. Insoluble fiber can help food move through your digestive system.

3 great sources of fiber:

If you want to start implementing fiber into your diet, I suggest starting off with whole-grain breads or oatmeal.  Two of my favorite brands of multigrain breads are The Arnold brand 12 Grains and Seeds bread and Dave's Killer Bread Organic Good Seed Bread. These can be found at most grocery store. If you are currently taking any medication or suffering from disease, check-in with your doctor before introducing new foods or supplements. In addition, make sure to eat fiber in moderation (serving size portions and following the food pyramid), as too much fiber can cause constipation. 

Be Encouraged,



  1. Great information! I love using flax and chia seed to try and up my fiber.

    1. Thank you, Nikki. Thanks for all of your support. We'll have to try chia seeds.


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