Happy Fiber Focus Month!
4 Fantastic ways Focusing on Fiber helps you FEEL Fabulous
As if National Blood Donor Month, National Hot Tea Month, and National Bath Safety Month, wasn’t enough, various places across the internet also cite January as Fiber Focus Month. Now, being the Fiber Fanatics we are here at F-Factor HQ, what are we to do? You best believe we’re celebrating, and we’re doing so by placing Focus on how Fiber helps us to Feel F-A-B FABULOUS! You can’t deny the appeal of alliterating, and in addition to the amazing weight management properties of fiber, the nutrient of the month has some pretty legitimate lifestyle benefits to discuss. Eating (or for the sake of alliteration, Focusing on) Fiber can help us Feel better. So, to shed some light on why you should Focus on Fiber, here’s Four ways Fiber can help you to Feel Fantastic:
(1) SLEEP BETTER
There’s no denying that a night spent tossing and turning and watching the clock is just miserable—and the next day usually isn’t so Fun either. One of the things that can cause such poor sleep: what you eat. Eating refined carbs late in the day cause your blood sugar level to peak and then crash during sleep, which is why some people get up in the middle of the night. Eating Foods rich in Fiber, on the other hand, helps support blood sugar levels already in the normal range, which in turn promotes undistributed rest. One recent study of over 77,000 postmenopausal women found that those who ate more vegetables, Fruits, and Fiber were less likely to develop insomnia*. So, eat Fiber instead of refined carbs, sleep better, and Feel better the next day.
(2) FILLS YOU UP
What do we do when we feel a hunger pang? We eat (or we whine about being hungry, ask everyone around us what they’ve eaten, and then spend much longer than we meant to trying to figure out what to order, and then we eat), often more ravenously than we planned. That’s because Feeling hungry isn’t Fun. When we experience hunger, we Feel weak, tired, nauseous, shaky sometimes, and even angry. Some of us get headaches, or we Feel Faint. It can be harder to concentrate, and our stomachs literally will make noises uncontrollably until we feed it – which on top of everything else can be mortifying depending on the situation you’re in. Well, this is where Fiber comes in. Fiber fills you up. Fiber adds bulk to food, so foods high in fiber are more voluminous, and it swells in the stomach, so it takes up more space in your belly before moving along the GI tract. High-fiber foods also require more chewing, which prompts the secretion of saliva in the mouth and gastric juices in the stomach that promote satiety by signaling to the brain that it is full. So, when we eat fiber, instead of feeling hungry, and irritable, you feel satisfied, and you can Focus, and go about your day as you should.
(3) PROMOTES REGULARITY
In an attempt to not to be too cheeky or too crude, when we don’t sh*t, we feel like sh*t. It’s as simple as that. Not being able to go to the bathroom and erm evacuate, leaves us Feeling bloated and gross. That’s why laxatives are an estimated $500mm per year industry; because constipation is downright uncomfortable. Well, fiber can help here too. Fiber increases stool bulk, and when it combines with water, it forms a soft gel, which leads to firm stools and allows for easy defecation. Eating a high-fiber diet helps you have complete and regular bowel movements, so instead of going about your day feeling weighed down, distended and gassy, you feel light, mobile, and proud to show off your Flat-Feeling mid-riff.
When we don’t eat carbs we’re like lethargic sloths, and that’s not exactly an ideal feeling, especially when you’ve got things to do. The reason this happens is that carbs give us energy, and they are our bodies preferred fuel source. The problem is, when we eat more carbs than our bodies need, we gain weight happens. So, how can you feel avoid feeling weak, shaky and cranky from lack of carbs, yet not gain weight? The answer is fiber. Fiber allows you to eat the carbs you need for energy, so you feel good and energized like normal, but still can maintain your weight. Fiber also supports blood sugar levels already in the normal range, which curbs sugar cravings and sustains energy.
So there you have it. Fascinating, huh? But to Feel these amazing eFFects of Fiber, you do have to eat it. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. F-Factor 20/20 FIBER/PROTEIN Powder is also a great way to to make sure you’re meeting your daily fiber needs. Need some inspo? We got you…
*James E Gangwisch, Lauren Hale, Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Lydia Choi, Erin S LeBlanc, Dolores Malaspina, Mark G Opler, Aladdin H Shadyab, James M Shikany, Linda Snetselaar, Oleg Zaslavsky, Dorothy Lane, High glycemic index and glycemic load diets as risk factors for insomnia: analyses from the Women’s Health Initiative, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, , nqz275, https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqz275