Spring Cleaning: How to Cleanse your system and help it against disease!

FIBER

Bumping up the fiber in your diet can help you avoid these conditions, or deal with them in a healthier way!

Diabetes: Fiber helps improve the way your body handles insulin and glucose. That means you can lower your risk of diabetes by eating whole grains rather than refined carbohydrates. Dark rye bread, whole wheat crackers, multi-grain bagels, and bran muffins are good choices.

Heart Attacks and Strokes: The soluble fiber in foods like oatmeal, okra and oranges helps eliminate much of the cholesterol that can clog your arteries and cause a stroke or heart attack.

Constipation and Hemorrhoids: Apples, sweet potatoes, barley, and pinto beans provide this roughage. This type of fiber keeps the stool moist, soft and easy to eliminate.

Appendicitis: Treats like apricots and peaches are a tasty way to keep the bowel content soft which is the best safeguard against appendicitis.

Diverticulosis: As your body processes fibrous foods like peas, spinach, and corn, it tones your intestinal muscles. This helps prevent pouches, called diverticula, which can cause abdominal pain if they become inflamed.

Weight Gain: The best way to lose weight is a low fat, low calorie vegetables and grains. The more bulky fiber-rich foods you consume the less fat you will consume. Fiber swells and makes you feel satisfied faster. If you want dessert, choose fruits like plums or strawberries.

Impotence: Navy beans, brussels spouts, and zucchini squash and other fiber-rich vegetables help maintain strong blood flow by lowering cholesterol and keeping vessels unclogged. Beans, in addition, contain L-arginine, a protein that helps improve impotency.

Cancer: A high fiber diet defends against colon and rectal cancers in two ways. The more animal fat in a diet, the higher the incident of bowel cancer. Healthy portions of fiber speeds cancer causing compounds out of the digestive system more quickly, before they can cause trouble.

People who load their plates with whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables will stay healthier for it. Fiber is a protector against other considerations, like gallbladder disease, varicose veins, and hiatal hernia.

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