Eat more fiber for better digestion.
Ever heard that? Of course you have.
Ugh. Why am I so bloated an miserable? I’m only eating broccoli, salads and beans.
Ever thought that? Of course you have.
So let’s chat a quick minute today about fiber.
I’m not a doctor, a scientist or a magician.
But I have studied food to the nth degree, and I am the face of digestive disease and managing it completely with food and lifestyle vs. drugs and medication.
Now that we’re clear, here are 2 points surrounding fiber to consider whether or not it’s hurting your gut/gut healing.
Fact: fiber helps to slow digestion.
This fact is the reason “weight loss” gurus recommend that people eat more fiber – so that they stay fuller for longer.
Think about it, then. If you have IBD/IBS-C, why would you consume a lot of “fibrous” foods?
Fact: certain ingredients in our foods cannot be digested by a human gut at all without the help of beneficial bacteria.
(That fact is taken from the book, “Gut and Psychology Syndrome.”)
Fiber is phenomenal for those without gut imbalances. In fact, for those who are not consuming large amounts of fiber and have a normal digestive system, I’d urge you to get moving with your fiber immediately.
But for those of us with compromised guts, who are still on our gut healing journey, we must be aware that fiber is one of the natural habitats for bacteria in the gut. In fact, they feed on it. Thus, the fiber we are getting can ultimately provide a good habitat for the bad bacteria, aggravating the inflammation in the gut wall.
And what happens next with inflammation? You got it. All of the unpleasant problems that continue to drain you daily.
But I need the nutrients that are in fibrous foods.
Yes you do! But you don’t need those foods to get them. Last I checked, the only thing I was somewhat deficient in was Vitamin D, which most of us are anyways (I supplement with it now).
The way I ensure my body is packed with nutrients is by juicing. I have done it like this for a long time. Why? Because juicing (not smoothie making, even though I love a great smoothie) removes the fiber, “which impairs absorption of many nutrients in fruit and vegetables and aggravates the condition in the already sensitive digestive system. The digestive system has virtually no work to do in digesting juices, they get absorbed in 20-25 minutes, providing the body with a concentrated amount of nutrients” (GAPS book, page 205).
Beyond juicing, I simply work really hard to remove the fiber as much and as often as possible while I’m healing. Take for instance, dinner last night. I do my very best to never allow “no fiber” as a sneaky way to not eat and/or not get the maximum amount of nutrients my body needs.
You shouldn’t either.
And with that, I’ll leave you with some juice recipes!
(If you follow my Instagram, I give recipes all the time.)
And one more….
Cucumber & Apple Mint Juice
- (bonus would be spinach, which I didn’t include in mine)
Full disclosure: I do currently work with the NutriPro brand, but I am never paid or told to mention the brand in anything I do. I simply choose to because it’s a wonderful juicer that has truly made a difference in my life – in my gut – and for my health. All opinions are my own.
p.s. “Fiber” foods can be tricky. This is why, I do a lot of hand-holding with my clients to help them determine which foods are likely still causing them a ton of distress. I can help you, too….(obviously ). Remember, my LAST ever group health coaching program begins September 3. There are now just 4 spots left. You will not regret feeling so much better. SIGN UP NOW!
Love your guts,