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The Second Day of Health & Wellness

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me... Beans, legumes, leafy greens, chia seeds, oats, nuts and you guessed it --- fibre!!!🎶♥️

Are you getting enough fibre? Just like yesterday... all I'm asking for now is that you go through the next few days and think about how much fibre you're getting.

Fibre, a complex carbohydrate, performs a number of functions to keep you healthy. Getting the recommended daily dose of fibre -- 25 to 35g, is important for a number of reasons. There are two types of fibre -- soluble fibrr and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre is found inside plant cells. When mixed with water, it forms a gel that slows the emptying of your stomach, helping to lower your blood glucose and cholesterol levels and keep you full longer so you eat less. Consuming soluble fibre lowers your risk for health conditions like diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Insoluble fibre is found in the cell walls of plants. It adds bulk to your stool, makes it softer, and keeps it moving through your digestive tract, limiting your risk for digestive issues like constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulosis.

I, like most, did not get enough fibre. So, with help from my dietitian and nutritionist I have found ways to get the 30g my body needs each day...and I totally cheat. In the pic you can see how. In the morning I have a shake made with a protein powder I like (it's pretty inexpensive too at $20 approximately) and a has 6g of fibre per scoop. To that I add 2 taps of Store Brand Benefibre, 3 cups of greens and almond/cashew milk for a total of 14g of fibre... yes... in the beginning I farted quite a lot! 🤣 but, it's getting better, plus my body is functioning better than it really ever has and I'm not getting sick like I used too.

Fibre is prebiotic. I'm sure you are aware of Probiotics. Gut health has become the *in thing* but what's the point of supplementing with Probiotics if you're not going to look after them (feed them) with Prebiotics? We need both for optimal health.

As always... think on this and talk to your doctor. I'm sure they won't be against you adding fibre but they may have some other helpful tips ❤ Like mine did, that's why I take the *benefibre* and not chia. I need to lose some weight so benefibre has no calories compared to the chia that has about 70 calories per tbsp and 5g of fibre. Not a lot and there are other good for you things in chia, but when you're trying to lose weight in can add up. Just an fyi. So still have them if you like them, just remember they have calories too and when trying to lose weight a calorie deficit is required.

Happy Farting!! 😉🤣🏃‍♀️💨

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