The Importance of Fiber
I guess by now most people who have at least a passing interest in their health are aware of the substantial benefits of taking in sufficient amounts of dietary fiber in their daily food.
However it has only been in the recent past that researchers have turned their attention form documenting the positive aspects of this to digging a little deeper to find out exactly why and how this is the case.
For example in a recent experiment in Britain the documented evidence of oats being good for heart health were examined more closely.
It was observed that regular intake of oats unquestionably improved cardiovascular health by just about all test undertaken but when asked to explain why, the researchers were at a loss to pinpoint exactly what was going on.
That later study found that the key ingredient in the oats was in fact the fiber.
They actually found that the increased intake of fiber dramatically changed the microbiome of the test participants. (The microbiome is the collective term used to describe all friendly bacteria within the digestive tract.)
The increased intake of the particular fiber that was being sourced from the oats affected two or three specific kinds of bacteria and caused their numbers to increase significantly.
Further investigation found that those specific types of bacteria produced certain chemicals in the body and the presence of those chemicals resulted in clear improvements in heart and circulatory health.
So the bottom line on all of this is that an increased intake of fiber is not just good for us from the point of view of maintaining a regular and healthy bowel system.
It is also very good for that friendly bacteria living in our digestive tracts that in turn provides even greater health benefits.
There has been a slew of articles flying around this week on the subject of sleep.
Some studies have shown getting enough sleep to have reduced cancer risk in some participants and well as a whole range of other benefits.
I guess this one really comes down to doing what your mom said and just getting enough sleep!
Unfortunately these days there are not just ample opportunities or needs to miss out on sleep but there are a range of new activities that can actually prevent it altogether.
Now most people do not have to deal with full blown insomnia but the simple act of drifting normally off to sleep has become an onerous task.
There are a number of reasons for this but two of the main culprits are light and activity.
Light in the bedroom from electronic devices switching to standby can add up to a room that is not sufficiently dark enough to trigger sleep.
Additionally exposure to certain types of light emitted by handheld devices can also interfere with the sleep process.
Similarly if your activity prior to trying to go to sleep is not the type of activity a person would engage in at the end of the day then your body can easily get tricked into thinking it is not the end of the day!
Check out these tips to get not just more sleep, but better quality sleep.
I really think that this craziness regarding sugar has to end.
The facts are that it is bad for you. The only evidence to the contrary has been produced by industry financed “studies” which endlessly churn out false or slanted information to the public to continually muddy-up what is crystal clear from the evidence.
I absolutely do not have a problem with anyone eating sugar but it is just infuriating to hear the sugar industry continually state how harmless it is (especially to kids) and then in the same sentence tell parents to act responsibly in an effort to shift the blame.
The vast majority of parents would act and make decisions responsibly if they had clear information to follow in the first place… but they don’t. Why not?
Because the sugar industry in cahoots with other big businesses an special interests make damn sure they will never have that information.