You’ve all heard it before. Eat more fiber! Yet, are you someone that when you increase fiber, it seems you also increase your belly size? Yes, some people are hypersensitive to fiber such that it creates an inordinate amount of bloating and discomfort even when fiber is added slowly. For such people, I highly recommend avoiding fiber supplements as is so popular as part of weight loss and cleanse protocols. Rely on the natural fiber occurring in foods by creating smoothing with high fiber vegetables and small amounts of high fiber fruits such as papaya and banana (go easy as these are high in fructose). Try drinking and eating small amounts of these foods first, and gradually increase. Once a week, you might want to do an intestinal cleanse where you increase not only fiber but the amount of fluid that you take in to help detoxify the GI.
Try a probiotic/prebiotic formulation which has the probiotics along with the fiber. Probiotics need fiber to thrive but that can be a dilemma for people who are fiber sensitive. By using formulations that have fiber and probiotics once a week, it builds your tolerance to the fiber in a gentle way. “Trust Your Gut” is a good brand with a gentle blend of fiber and probiotics. Start with a once a week regimen and gradually increase to 2-3 times a week.
For those of you who are not fiber sensitive, load up your smoothies with high fiber vegetables like kale and spinach, and it is okay to also add ground flaxseed. I like flaxseed as a supplement because it is rich in brain nourishing oils–and the oil content tends to help move the fiber through the intestinal tract. You can also take as a daily supplement a good prebiotic/probiotic supplement like “Trust Your Gut.” The key is to make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids along with your fiber to move that fiber through your body.