Insufficient fiber intake can increase your risk for many health problems, including constipation, high cholesterol, weight gain, irritable bowel syndrome, and even cancer of the colon. Here are more fiber-rich tips:
- Choose fresh fruit and/or vegetables over juices.
- To get more fiber and nutrients, eat the skin of cleaned fruits and vegetables.
- Include bran and whole grain breads daily.
- Drink more water to accommodate your increased fiber intake and reduce indigestion.
- Eat fewer processed foods and more whole foods.
- Try to meet your fiber requirements with foods rather than supplements.
- A large increase in fiber over a short period of time could result in bloating, diarrhea, gas, and all-around discomfort. It is better to add fiber to your diet gradually over a recommended period of about three weeks, to avoid abdominal problems.