We explain why fibre is the unsung hero of nutrition and how you can safely increase your intake.
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Yes fibre helps to “bulk your stool” if you’re constipated, but it also feeds your good bacteria – double win!
We’re supposed to be getting around 30g per day but as there is no legal requirement to state fibre on food packaging sometimes it’s a bit tricky to work out. To put this into context, one medium apple is approximately 2.1g – so it’s a high number to hit. ⠀
So it has so many benefits beyond helping you “go”!.
Your gut microbes need a variety of different types of fibre to thrive but luckily nature has packaged lots into plant-based foods. Variety of fruit and veg is key, as different types have different benefits and feed different bacteria!⠀
If you don’t think you are getting enough fibre, increase the amount you consume slowly, by around 5g a day for a week and then up it by another 5g per day the following week. You’ll also need to ensure you are drinking enough water too. Read more on hydration here.
We’ve created a handy fibre table to help you tally up your fibre intake and work out how much you’re getting. Download it from our shop for free.
* Note: some medical conditions, such as IBS, can mean some sources of fibre exacerbate symptoms. If in doubt, speak to your doctor.
disclaimer: The information on this website is provided as an information resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic, treatment or medical purpose. All health issues should be discussed with your GP and/or other qualified medical professional.