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					How Soluble Fiber Foods Help
        Your Body
You might have read or seen somewhere that it is important to
  include fiber in your diet.

Before you devour all of those green, leafy vegetables and oats,
  you must know first about some facts regarding fiber.

Fiber has two forms: soluble and insoluble. The latter is not
   digested by the body, which mainly functions in adding the
   bulk of stool.

The former, on the other hand, is useful in a variety of ways,
  such as reducing cholesterol levels, soothing the intestines,
  and even eliminating toxins from the body. In this article,
  soluble fiber and soluble fibre foods will be discussed.
  The major soluble fibre foods sources are legumes and soy
  products. Examples of legumes are soybeans, beans, and peas
  while soy products include soy milk and soy cheese.

Other soluble fibre foods include potatoes, root vegetables,
  pears, berries, plums, apples, broccoli and carrots. Knowing
  where to get soluble fiber is not enough, though. You must
  have an idea of what these products can do to your body to
  know just how important they are.
How do soluble fibre foods help your body? The answer lies in
  the properties of soluble fiber. Unlike its insoluble
  counterpart, soluble fiber can be dissolved in water. Although
  it can be dissolved in water, it cannot be absorbed by the
  intestines so you are not exactly adding your consumption of
  carbohydrates.

Because the soluble fibre foods remain in the intestines, it tends
  to absorb the water in the colon. This is very helpful when you
  have constipation or diarrhea. When are constipated, your
  stool will be hard and dry, making defecation a nightmare.
  When you introduce soluble fibre foods into a constipated
  person’s diet, it will make his stool loose, so that he can
  eliminate it easily
. When the person has diarrhea, on the other hand, soluble fiber
   acts to add bulk to the stool. This thickens the consistency of
   the stool.

Soluble fibre foods are tremendously helpful in treating Irritable
  Bowel Syndrome or IBS. IBS is a condition characterized by
  abdominal pain, bloating, and alternating constipation and
  diarrhea. It has no organic cause, so the treatment is focused
  on the diet of the patient.

When soluble fiber is given to the client, his constipation and
 diarrhea is minimized if not eliminated. Studies also show that
 soluble fiber has relieved the patient from the other
 symptoms of IBS such as headache, back pains, and fatigue.
Other purposes of soluble fiber include the regulation of blood
  glucose, hastening of the action of pancreatic enzymes,
  maintenance of insulin function, increase of good bacteria in
  the intestine, balance of body energy, weight loss, and
  protection against diseases such as cancer.

Though soluble fiber is very beneficial to the body, it is also
  important that you take it in moderation. If excessive amounts
  of soluble fiber are present in the body, it can cause an
  aggravation of diarrhea and reduced absorption of vitamins
  and minerals. This reflects the importance to check the fiber
  content of the food you buy in the market.

http://www.macronutrients.net/soluble-fiber/

				
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