I recommend that the average person get about 35 grams of plant-based fiber a day. This can keep you fuller longer, regulate your blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, improve your heart health, and decrease your risk of colon cancer. And yes, it can also help keep your bowel movements regular and drama-free.
Insoluble fiber usually adds bulk to your stool, and you pass it in its whole form. It’s found naturally in bran cereals and grains, and you can also get it from fiber supplements like flaxseeds and psyllium husk. Insoluble fiber helps you to stay regular and prevents constipation while keeping your digestive tract in check.
Soluble fiber is broken down and passed through your stool in a gel-like form. Examples of soluble fiber foods are whole grains, wheat, oatmeal, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), barley, and many fruits and vegetables. This type of fiber aids in blood glucose regulation and weight management.
I personally add fiber supplements to my baking for additive fiber benefits. It’s easy to add; just be mindful to increase either water or fat intake; otherwise, it will dry your food out. I also easily add it to soups, shakes, and even my oatmeal.
Getting just the right amount of fiber for your body can be a dance, but once you do, you’ll get the benefits of regular bowel movement, balanced blood sugar, and so much more.