soluable Fiber and Gut Health

How these foods may help you avoid Weight Gain, Lower Cholesterol and Reduce Inflammation

Looking to keep the weight off? According to recent studies you should look to adding soluble fiber to your diet. According to a paper published in the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, mice put on a diet with low soluble fiber had poor gut health and experienced weight gain.

What does soluble fiber do exactly? It absorbs water in the gut, which creates a substance that can bind to cholesterol and bile acids helping the body eliminate them. This helps to lower cholesterol. A diet high in Soluble fiber also helps in slowing digestion and regulating blood sugar.

The question now becomes what foods are rich in these soluble fibers? Those foods are:

• Oat Bran
• Barley
• Nuts
• Seeds
• Beans
• Lentils
• Peas
• Certain fruits and vegetables like apples, blueberries, and carrots

According to the authors, Benoit Chassaing of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State, past research has indicated that a diet low in soluble fiber could change the gut microbiome. The gut microbiome is a community of trillions of microorganisms living in our gut. A low soluble fiber diet may cause inflammation that in turn would lead to weight gain. Altering a diet and increasing soluble fiber in a diet may lead to reduced inflammation and help fight weight gain.

If you are having gut issues or wanting to know how to lead a healthier lifestyle, do not hesitate to give our office a call for an appointment with me.

Dr. Shah, MD

Sources: Medical News Today: Diet high in soluble fiber may prevent .., (accessed December 01, 2015).