Fibre is found in the indigestible parts of food (stuff your body can’t break down) and its main role is to keep the gut healthy and add bulk to your stool (so if your constipated – having small droplet stools – this will help!). However you need to make sure you have plenty of water to make your stool soft and prevent further constipation. When increasing your fibre you may experience flatulence (wind) and abdominal pain.
How much fibre and fluid should I be having?
Fibre requirements: 25-30g/fibre per day
Fluid requirements:2+ Litre/day
Two types of fibre:
Insoluble fibre (includes cellulose, hemicelluloses and lignin) – adds bulk to your stool. Good sources: wheat bran, rice bran, skin of fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, wholegrain foods – mainly all the skins or fruits, veg and nuts and seeds!
Soluble fibre (includes pectins, gums, mucilage) – soaks up water to help bulk…
View original post 188 more words