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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 August 21, 2018

                      6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

                      6 Ways Journaling Will Change Your Life

                      I have been writing something about myself or my everyday for almost 2 years now. It has been one of greatest and most freeing experiences in my life because I can actually slow myself down to think about what’s truly happening around me as well as my part in it.

                      Most people treat journaling as something they “know they should do” but rarely ever take up the practice and if they do, they fall off the wagon within a few months. But, it doesn’t have to be this way, especially when you learn about the amazing benefits of journaling.

                      Here are 6 ways that journaling will change your life.

                      1. How do you really feel?

                      Journaling can help you get out of the way of what you truly feel on the inside. In other words, taken the time to sit and write about something that is affecting you can lead to a deeper and more realistic view of what feelings you are actually feeling.

                      When we are caught up in the “rat-race” of life, we tend to disregard our feelings and keep ourselves, busy and jaded. It isn’t until we slow down for some time to let the feelings inside be what they truly are.

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                      2. Point of view

                      Another thing that journaling can give us is a better understanding of our own point of view as well as what others may think of a situation.

                      It’s always thought to know exactly what others are thinking, but journaling can allow us to slow down enough to start to try to understand someone else’s point of view.

                      3. A life worth living

                      I like to think of journaling as “my life’s story”. That alone makes it fun, enjoyable, and inspiring to write a little about myself and what is going on with me every single day.

                      After you have journaled continuously for sometime and you look back on the things that you have written you may realize that your life is much more interesting and deep than you once thought.

                      In fact, if you are down on yourself a lot, journaling is a great way to get around this and discover that your life is truly worth living.

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                      4. Hi, my name is…

                      Do you know yourself? Without thinking too hard about it, you may just simply say, “of course I do,” yet if you haven’t done some serious introspection and work on who you are, chances are you may only know who you think you are.

                      This was definitely the case for me before I started writing for myself every single day. I thought that I knew what I liked and disliked, who I was, and where I was going in life.

                      But in reality I these aspects of myself were what I thought I should be; not actually who I was.

                      With journaling, I uncovered dreams and goals that I never imagine would be mine. I realized that there were so many things that I just couldn’t stand to do and therefore gave myself boundaries to say “no” more.

                      Journaling can do this for you too. You can finally say hello to yourself.

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                      5. A cooler old person

                      The idea of being able to write for your life and then pass that writing onto someone else, whether it be old friends, children, grandchildren, etc. is inspiring.

                      I could only wish that my father or grandfather would have been able to pass on something like that to me. It wouldn’t have mattered if the words they wrote were deep or insightful; just as long as they were words that I could read and feel more connected to them.

                      You can journal every day and then pass this legacy on to loved ones later in life. They can learn about you and what made you tick as a human.

                      6. Build your serenity

                      Getting back to number one; when you start to write about your feelings and how situations in your life change your feelings you gain the ability to start to process those feelings.

                      Rather than leaving feelings completely bottled up inside, you can put them down on paper and get them out of your heart and mind so you can process and understand them more which will lead to a more serene existence.

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                      This especially works well with feelings like anger, jealousy, resentment, etc. Putting these feeling out on paper and letting them take their course is a great way to stay balanced.

                      The simple act of writing a few words, sentences, or paragraphs everyday can have a profound and instant effect on your life for the better.

                      Journaling can change your life and make you more interested and interesting through the years.

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