Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Fiber and Cellulite - What You Need to Know

By El Bilson

Youve heard that getting enough fiber is an important part of your daily routine. But is their a connection between our daily amount of fiber and cellulite on our bodies?

Research has shown that fiber and cellulite do have a connection to one another. Fiber is an important part of our meals. Without enough fiber, the body often does not feel full and satisfied. This causes over eating which can lead to weight gain and low energy levels.

Fiber comes in two main forms " soluble and insoluble. The insoluble fiber moves through the digestive track and acts as a vacuum cleaner as it goes. It cleans out waste products left over from the meal you just ate. The more waste that is cleared out of the body, the less waste the body is forced to store in the cells. Cellulite often occurs because of extra toxins and waste products left in the body.

Soluble fiber dissolve into a gel type substance and it is responsible for lowering cholesterol or fat and plaque in the blood vessels. This is important for not only heart health but the appearance of your skin as well. Good circulation improves not only the performance of your heart (which can help prevent a heart attack) but it can also help to get rid of toxins within the body as well.

Both types of fiber are an important part of your diet. Doctors state that we consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. However with the high amount of processed foods found in many diets, most of us only get 5 to 10 grams of fiber per day. The results of not getting enough fiber are seen everyday in America: obesity, heart problems, diabetes and a host of other diseases. In addition other areas of the body can be affected as well such as the skin.

There is a way to take advantage of the relationship between cellulite and fiber. The following is a list of foods with high fiber content. By consuming some of these foods on a daily basis you can start to see the benefits of enough fiber in the diet!

10.3 g fiber - Cooked Artichokes

A cup of split peas, cooked - 16.3 g fiber

A cup Lentils, cooked - 15.6 g fiber

6.3 g fiber - Spaghetti, whole wheat cooked

A 1/2 cup raspberries - 8.0 g fiber

Pear, with skin " 5.1 g fiber

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