Continuing on with the importance of fiber, for most people more is better when it comes to fiber intake. However, people experiencing acute inflammation in their gut, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, and diverticulitis, lower fiber intake during times when flare ups occur. After these times subside, having a higher fiber intake is helpful in stopping acute flare ups. People with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea is another group that should follow a similar pattern. Those with IBS-D may also be sensitive to certain fermentable carbohydrates, like beans, wheat, dairy, soy, onions, apples, and broccoli. If someone has IBS-D and has problems with three or more of the for mentioned foods, it may be a sign they should try a low-FODMAP diet.
In conclusion, most people should do their best to boost their fiber intake if they are not reaching the fiber intake standards of 25g for women and 38g for men. It’s easiest to obtain this goal by eating a variety of whole foods such as beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Beans are particularly high in fiber, but are often “linked” to gassiness. Soaking beans overnight with aromatic herbs like cumin, cinnamon, ginger, and fennel can reduce this effect.
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As always, do not make any changes in your diet or lifestyle without first consulting with your preventive healthcare provider. We pray for your health and prosperity, 3 John 2, blessings, Donna.