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High Fiber Diet

The Standard American Diet may be common but it’s neither beneficial nor healthful. In fact, the Standard American Diet is known by its acronym S.A.D., and most dietary experts agree the nickname is quite appropriate. S.A.D. is widely accepted term used by nutritionists, food and diet experts, and “. . . health food advocates to describe the dietary habits of average Americans” according to Wikipedia.

Characteristics of the Standard American Diet

The S.A.D. is generally high in fat—including from animals, hydrogenated, saturated, and trans fats—refined sugar, other refined products, processed foods, and a host of additives and preservatives. On the other hand, this diet fails also for being deficient in essential vitamins and minerals, plant-based foods, complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and especially fiber. What most people need to adopt is a whole-grain, organic food, plant-based, high fiber diet.

But what’s so bad about the normal diet enjoyed by most people? Americans tend to enjoy a greater variety of foods and certainly in larger portions than many parts of the world, and this may seem a blessing at first glance. While this mode of eating may be simpler, more convenient, sometimes cheaper, and perhaps “tastier” to some, it’s an extremely poor manner of eating leading to rampant digestive problems upon further study. This poor health effect is further worsened by the sedentary lifestyle maintained by most Americans.

Foregoing regular, stimulating physical activity promotes:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Increased risk for cancer
  • Heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • A wide assortment of intestinal disorders

Improving Upon the Standard American Diet

Americans need to learn how to start eating right! Shouldn’t one of the most resourceful and intelligent populations in the world be concentrating on awareness to improve diet rather than spending billions of dollars on disease research?

One of the biggest problems with the Standard American Diet is the lack of dietary fiber. The S.A.D. does not promote fiber consumption; on the contrary, it’s replete with fatty, processed foods and low in fresh fruits and vegetables. Low-fiber foods include all refined and enriched “white” products, such as breads, cereals, crackers, pasta, and rice.

Other low-fiber culprits include “punch-like” fruit juices, baked goods, sweets, starchy vegetables, meats and other protein-based foods, and dairy products. Of course, some of these items are important for a balanced diet and should be retained in small amounts.

Other choices important for a balanced diet include:

  • lean protein sources (fish and poultry are good)
  • low-fat dairy products (unprocessed goat’s milk, mozzarella cheese, and sugar-free organic yogurt)
  • sugar-free fruit juices (pure cranberry and pineapple juice)

Components of a High Fiber Diet

A high fiber diet is essential to good health. The primary purpose of a high fiber diet is to regulate the bowels by adding bulk to waste. Fiber is known to regulate weight (or help overweight people lose a little).

A high fiber diet may also prevent of a number of gastrointestinal conditions and diseases such as:

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Hypercholesterolemia
  • Diverticulosis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Colon Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Heart Disease

Many common foods, like whole grain breads and fresh fruits and vegetables, provide fiber. However, many people seeking improved health have difficulty incorporating a high fiber diet into their lives, mostly because they are “addicted” to the Standard American Diet.

Complementing High Fiber Diets

Another option for incorporating fiber into your diet is to take supplements. Many fiber supplements are available, and using them can increase your fiber intake so you can receive the related health benefits. Colon cleansers also provide many of the same attributes, including helping your body to clean the colon, relieve constipation, and provide optimal digestive function. Try a recommended, high-quality colon cleanser to complement your high fiber diet for maximum effect.

Oxy-Powder®, an all-natural colon-cleansing compound, provides outstanding constipation relief and is a great complement to a high fiber diet. Oxy-Powder® is safe yet powerful, and works by gently cleansing, flushing, and detoxifying the colon. Furthermore, Oxy-Powder® provides its benefits without the unpleasant, uncomfortable, embarrassing, and unwanted side effects caused by chemical laxatives and herbal colon cleansers. Oxy-Powder® helps relieve the clogged-up feeling and sluggishness of your digestive system, so your body can restore it to good health and optimal efficiency.

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