+1 604-461-6888
Mn-Fr: 9am-7pm, St-Sn: 9am-3pm, Sun: Closed

NutritionIf you ever felt alone when you had a meal by yourself, here’s some news: you were never alone. While this is hardly the place to bring up anything supernatural (which we will not), it is worth noting that our bodies are anything but a bunch of highly organized human cells performing their functions. They are, here’s the humbling truth: for every human cell there are 10 bacteria cells.

Among the many (and we mean many!) functions our resident bacteria are responsible for, keeping the gut healthy and with that our whole bodies and minds too, is one of the most important. They do the hard work but their work is half efficient unless we help along.

Which takes us straight to the point: food and the importance of good food (no, we do not mean just taste but that is important too) in keeping the human-bacteria alliance functioning at optimal levels. With the billions of bacteria inhabiting our body (it sounds worse than it actually is), it is no wonder that we are not alone, nor are we eating just for the pleasure of it.

Fiber is essential to humans and bacteria alike.  According to Dieticians of Canada, most Canadians get half or less of the amount they need. That would be the bad news; the good news is that there is no ‘danger zone’ when it comes to fiber. If you eat whole grains and a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, beans and lentil, on a regular basis…well, you will never be in danger of getting too much.

We need fiber because:

  • It helps lower cholesterol levels (soluble fiber found in oats, beans, peas, carrots, barley)
  • It helps reduce blood pressure and promotes cardiovascular health
  • It helps balance blood sugar levels (also soluble fiber) and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Promotes healthy intestinal transit (insoluble fiber found in whole grains, nuts, vegetables)
  • Maintains intestinal health (lower risk of colorectal cancer)

Our gut microbiome (the scientific name for the collection of bacteria found in our gut) thrives when we include enough fiber in our diet. Not only that, but research has shown that when we eat enough fiber, our gut bacteria help us keep weight gain at bay.

And the story is far from over. Gut bacteria feed on fiber and in doing so, they obtain short-chain fatty acids which we get to benefit from. That can help decrease inflammation in the body, increase the heath of our immune system health and protect against obesity. When our diets lack fiber constantly, some bacteria die off and others turn to eat…well, they turn and start eating the mucus in our colon, which causes inflammation and a whole range of intestinal trouble. Need we say more?

Bottom line: Keep track of your daily intake of fiber and you will notice an improved level of health.

How to include more fiber in your diet:

  • Clean the refined grain products from your pantry and kitchen and opt for whole grain products instead
  • Use natural sweeteners such as dates and bananas in baking, forgoing refined sugar altogether
  • Have a side of vegetables with your dinner and a small salad
  • For lunch, choose a whole-grain wrap with vegetables and sprouts along with your protein of choice and a vegetable-rich soup
  • Include more fiber in your breakfast: slow oats instead of quick oats, chia, berries, dates, citrus or apples; if you lean towards savoury, choose whole grain bread or a spinach/kale/mushroom omelet and some fruit on the side.

The possibilities are endless as long as you remember this one secret: keep your food options as close to wholesome as possible for optimal amount of nutrients and fiber.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.

What our clients are saying
  • "‘I've been a patient of Dr. Kelsick for the past 10 years, and Dr. Rite for the past 4, and the two are truly amazing at what they do! Although their titles are Chiropractors, they both have such a wide base of knowledge and understanding of the body, that I often feel as if our sessions are a combination of chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and occasionally even nutrition. As such, when I see them, I know I am being taken care off. As an athlete, and simply an injury prone individual, they have both truly made a difference in how my body functions. I definitely recommend =).’ "
    Sabrina Nettey
  • "‘Dr. Kelsick and his team are truly amazing. They’ve been putting me back together and keeping me moving for more than 15 years and now take care of my whole extended family, from my 86-year-old mom to my teenage daughters. Dr. Kelsick goes the extra mile to understand exactly what is going on with your body in order to provide the very best solutions. No problem is too complex or challenging. Think Dr. House with a far better bedside manner!’ "
    Peggi Peacock
  • "‘As an athlete my goal is to have a fit and healthy body, and Maxfit Movement Institute helps me maintain this goal. The team of Doctors are truly gifted, and their positive outlook on life is amazing. Thank you for making a difference in my life.’"
    L Murphy
  • "‘The difference with the staff at MaxFit, especially Randy and Wilbour: they take the time to assess and determine the source of your aches or pains. Not only do they treat whatever it is, they explain how to avoid it happening again. I have tried many physio-therapists but none of them come close to MaxFit. Highly recommended. ‘"
    Dave Harkness



Phone: +1 604-461-6888
Address: 2703 Clarke Street
Port Moody, BC V3H 1Z5
Fax: +1 604-461-6899