Fiber is one of those things you probably know you need in your diet to stay healthy. But do you know why? And how it helps support regularity?
Let's first define fiber, and in particular, dietary fiber.
Fiber is a substance that your body can't digest and adds bulk to your diet. It is an essential part of a healthy diet. Dietary fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. On a day-to-day basis, fiber can make you feel full faster, helps with digestion, and helps keep you regular.
There are two types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both are important for digestive and overall health.
Once it's consumed, soluble fiber draws in water and becomes a gel, which slows digestion. It can be found in a variety of foods including oat bran, barley, and some fruits and vegetables. Insoluble fiber is found in a number of foods as well, including wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains. This type of fiber helps move food through the stomach and intestines and adds bulk to the stool, which helps keep you regular.
If you aren't getting enough fiber in your diet from food alone, fiber supplements are an easy way to increase your daily intake. Phillips'® offers soluble fiber supplements that are both convenient and great-tasting to help support regularity:†∗
Even though fiber is generally good for you, getting too much in a short amount of time and not drinking enough water can have side effects such as gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps. It's best to add fiber to your diet slowly, which can help your digestive system gradually get used to the change in diet.
†Two gummies taken twice per day helps you get the daily fiber you may need to help support regularity.