soluable Fiber and Gut Health

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).