Mind, Body, Spirit

Who holds the key to your heart? For me it’s my hubby Mark. Did you know there is also a what that holds a key to your heart?  The who is different for all of us; the what, however, is the same for you and me.

Fiber holds a very important key to your heart. Yep, an unlikely love. Actually, fiber is the key in the love relationship your heart has with your bowels. Ewww…that’s disgusting, you say! Maybe you think so, but read on — your heart is worth it. Your heart loves your bowels! When they are working smoothly, your heart ticks with renewed energy and excitement. Doesn’t that sound like a love relationship you would like to have? Yes, you say!

Let me explain: Fiber is an indigestible type of carbohydrate that cleanses your intestines as it travels through to your bowels. This cleansing that fiber performs in your intestines proves to be beneficial to your heart. The consumption of fiber has been shown in numerous studies to protect your heart by lowering blood cholesterol levels, removing toxins from the body and helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. Fiber slows the digestion of foods which promotes the use of the food for energy rather than depositing it as body fat.1 Our hearts love to support less body fat!

Recommended daily intake of fiber is 35 grams. Most of us consume 10-20 grams.

Love your heart with these high fiber foods and it will love you back:

  • Fruits and veggies
  • Flax seeds (link below if you’d like to purchase)
  • Beans and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Garlic and onion
  • Barley
  • Oatmeal

1. Ames BN. Science 1983;221:1256

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