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Fiber: Fabulous Fiber

Updated: Apr 30

Fiber is an essential component of a healthy diet, especially for women going through menopause. Including fiber-rich foods in your daily meals can bring a multitude of benefits to your overall health and well-being.

 

Why is fiber necessary in your diet?

Fiber plays a crucial role in maintaining digestive health and regulating bowel movements, something that can become more challenging during menopause due to hormonal changes. It helps prevent constipation by adding bulk to the stool and promoting regularity. Moreover, fiber can also help in managing weight by keeping you feeling full for longer periods, reducing overall calorie intake.

 

There are two main types of fiber - soluble fiber and insoluble fiber.

 

Soluble fiber: This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance in the digestive tract. It helps slow down digestion and can aid in managing blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol. Good sources of soluble fiber include oats, legumes, fruits like apples and oranges, and vegetables like carrots and broccoli.

 

Insoluble fiber: Unlike soluble fiber, insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and adds bulk to the stool. It helps promote regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Examples of foods rich in insoluble fiber include whole grains, nuts, seeds, and vegetables like cauliflower and green beans.

 

My top 7 fibers:   Include daily where possible!

1. Oats: Oats are rich in soluble fiber, particularly beta-glucan, which has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including lowering cholesterol levels.  (I love overnight oats and when I make mine I add various nuts, sees and fruits as well as full fat Greek Yogurt/nut milk/coconut milk to keep it varied)

2. Seeds: Flaxseed: These tiny seeds are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, which are beneficial for heart health.  Another super healthy seed option is Chia, with multiple benefits, not only filled with fiber.

3. Beans and legumes: Beans like black beans, kidney beans, and lentils are excellent sources of fiber, protein, and various nutrients that can support overall health.

4. Berries: Berries such as raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are not only delicious but also packed with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins.

5. Whole grains: Whole grains like quinoa, brown rice, and barley are rich in fiber and provide a good source of sustained energy throughout the day.

6.  Avo:  Yes, avocados are indeed a good source of fiber. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, making them a nutritious addition to your diet.

 

I have found that by incorporating a variety of fiber-rich foods into your diet, you can promote digestive health, manage weight, and support overall well-being, particularly during menopause. Remember to drink plenty of water alongside a fiber-rich diet to help the fiber work effectively in your body.


I am not a health practitioner, I share my personal journey. Some foods and supplements have had great impact on my wellbeing and health, and some not. It is an ongoing trial and error, day-by-day experiment. Reach out if you have interesting nutritious and natural methods we can share!


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Fiber:  Fabulous Fiber

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