What should I know about dietary fiber to help prevent digestive diseases?


The recommended amount of dietary fiber is 20-35 grams per day from various sources. You should include both insoluble and soluble fiber in your diet. Sources of insoluble fiber include whole grains, cereals, wheat bran, carrots, nuts, and the peels of pears and apples. Soluble fiber comes from vegetables, fruits, beans, oatmeal, barley, and types of bran other than wheat. If you need to increase your fiber intake, do so gradually, and increase your intake of fluids at the same time. While a diet high in fiber is healthy for the digestive health of most people, people with certain conditions and who take certain medications need to be careful about the kinds of fiber they consume. Talk to your doctor about your dietary fiber intake if you have ever been treated for digestive problems.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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