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You Don’t Need Vitamin Pills; You Just Need to Recognize These 10 Fiber-Rich Organic Foods

You Don’t Need Vitamin Pills; You Just Need to Recognize These 10 Fiber-Rich Organic Foods

Is your food hanging around your body longer than you’d like? Do you get a stomach ache after eating even when you don’t completely stuff yourself? Surprise: it might not be your body’s fault.

An even bigger surprise? You might be able to skip the doctor’s office and simply eat more foods high in fiber.

The Indications of a Healthy Digestive System

You can’t see your food during the digestion phase, but your body gives you plenty of clues as to how well it’s processing the foods you eat. A healthy digestive system:

  • Doesn’t give you food-related side effects like heartburn or nausea
  • Maintains regular, easy bowel movements
  • Keeps your body odor-free
  • Regulates your appetite

Digestion is directly impacted by the foods you eat and lifestyle choices you make. If you are exercising, drinking enough water, avoiding smoking and alcohol, and still experiencing digestion issues, you might not be getting enough fiber.

The Many Benefits of Fiber to Your Body

Eating foods high in fiber can improve 3 core aspects of your digestive health:

1.Better Bowel Movements

Yes, it’s gross to think about. But it’s something we all do, and eating enough foods high in fiber can help you do it better. Fiber keeps food flowing through your digestive tract, resulting in regular bowel movements and helping you avoid stomach aches and cramps associated with food loitering in your body for too long.

2.Less Gas

Again, it isn’t pleasant to think about. The truth is, even healthy digestive systems experience gas. But eating foods high in fiber can give you less of the gut-wrenching smelly kind and the discomfort that comes along with it.

3.Fewer Stomach Aches

Stomach aches can happen for a number of reasons, including gas and constipation. Fiber helps alleviate both of those digestive issues, which means you can expect fewer stomach aches, and fewer trips to the bathroom.

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For most of us, digestion isn’t something we consciously think about; rather, we just expect it to happen. But for people who get frequent stomach aches, heartburn, nausea, bloating, or irregular bowel movements, it’s important to realize your digestive system could be in peril.

10 Foods High in Fiber That Might Surprise You

Raspberries

    Nature’s most delicious candy just so happens to be chock full of fiber. Just one cup gives you 8 grams, or 32%, of your daily recommended fiber.

    Eat them whole, or try this delicious recipe for a raspberry almond and oats breakfast.

    Lentils

      Lentils look like peas or tiny beans, but don’t let their size fool you. One cup of cooked lentils packs nearly half your daily recommended value.

      Try this classic recipe for lentil soup.

      Brussels Sprouts

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        One cup of cooked Brussels sprouts gives you over 4 grams of fiber, or almost a fifth of your daily dose.

        This yummy recipe for Balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts makes them even more delicious.

        Avocados

          As if you needed more reasons to love avocados, just one half will give you 6 grams of your daily fiber.

          Whip up some quick guacamole with this tasty recipe.

          Oatmeal

            Oatmeal is a no-brainer for folks needing more fiber, especially when you can mix in other high-fiber foods like chia seeds or raspberries for a one-two punch.

            Skip the instant oatmeal and go for the homemade version with this easy recipe.

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            Chia Seeds

              Chia seeds are the superheroes of food, hands down. Along with a healthy dose of fiber in every spoonful, they’re high in antioxidants, omega 3’s, and minerals, and they’re perfect for gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian diets.

              Best of all, you can sprinkle them on literally every food imaginable. Try them in this recipe for raspberry chia seed breakfast pudding.

              Blackberries

                Blackberries make an excellent raw fiber source – just pick off the bush and enjoy over 7 grams of fiber per cup.

                If you want to add a little more flavor to your fiber intake, try this recipe for these blackberry and oat breakfast bars.

                Pears

                  A medium-sized pear contains around 5.5 grams of fiber, which is about a fifth of what your body needs each day.

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                  If you want to sweeten the deal a little, this recipe for glazed pears should do the trick.

                  Broccoli

                    These miniature tree-like vegetables pack many different nutrients, and 5 grams of fiber is one of them.

                    This recipe for broccoli soup also includes fiber-rich avocado. You could also add some lentils for a fully fiber-packed meal.

                    Beans

                      Black beans, lima beans, baked beans – they all rank high in the fiber department.

                      If you want to show off your culinary skills, this recipe for black bean oxtail and lima beans looks tempting.

                      Suffice it to say, you can skip the Metamucil and pharmacy checkout lines and get your fiber the way nature intended. You’ve got to eat anyway, right? Might as well do it the right way.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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