People tend to reach for laxatives only when they are having problems or digestive issues, and even then it’s usually a chemical or stimulant laxative that will bring immediate results. The root of the problem is digestion, and it’s something that many overlook.
Getting the gut balanced takes time for repair. Probiotics are a good place to start, and enzymes will help too, but fiber is often overlooked in regard to digestion. We usually think about fiber only benefiting our bowel system, but when you look at it holistically all these systems are interrelated. Fiber doesn’t just help constipation, it helps support digestive regularity too.
The Dietary Reference Intake for fiber is 38 grams for males and 25 grams for females. In America we get about half that. Eating foods high in fiber is the best way to take it, but that’s not always possible for everyone.
Psyllium (or psyllium husk) is one of the most well known and used forms of fiber, but many nutritionists and doctors warn of the harshness of psyllium and say that it’s not for everyone, especially when taken by itself. Some people have no problem with fiber mixtures containing psyllium, but others try to avoid it all together.
There are many fiber mixtures and supplements–it’s a matter of finding one that works the best for you. Renew Life makes several high quality organic fiber products, including a flavor-free and grit-free clear mixture. Adding this or another mixture to your tea, water, or juice each day can be an easy way to make sure you get enough fiber into your diet.
One surprising source of fiber is chia seeds, which are usually touted for their rich omega-3 content and anti-inflammatory properties. This source of high fiber enables you to get two necessary elements in your diet with one source. Chia seeds are also sold as water-soluble mixtures.