Importance of Fiber During Detoxification
Fiber. We all know we need it, but do we know why? It’s estimated that 90 percent of people in the United States don’t get the recommended 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily. In fact, most of your patients are likely only getting about half that amount. As a result, fiber supplementation may be warranted for many patients, especially for the purpose of detoxification.*
Fiber in the diet supports the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract in several ways, and it’s important to the body’s detoxification process. Toxins pulled from tissues which make their way through circulation into the GI tract, can be pulled out of circulation and bound up by fiber so they are eliminated. Fiber also directly binds cholesterol, and is an important part of any cholesterol support protocol. But in addition to binding toxins, fiber supports overall health and detoxification by positively influencing the microbiome. This is especially true when fiber is combined with beneficial bacteria.*
Combining fiber with probiotics is effective because the fiber acts as a prebiotic food for the bacteria. A 2017 review in the journal Nutrients explains how probiotics help with both the inactivation and removal of toxins from the body.
A 2018 paper published in Current Developments in Nutrition summarizes the health-supporting benefits of prebiotic dietary fibers and concluded, “Prebiotic dietary fibers act as carbon sources for primary and secondary fermentation pathways in the colon and support digestive health in many ways.” Among the eight different benefits identified, the authors point out that these prebiotic fibers are shown to increase beneficial bacteria in the gut, as well as produce many beneficial metabolites. Through a variety of pathways, prebiotic dietary fibers can positively influence the gut microbiome when combined with probiotics.*
It’s important to consider using fibers such as pectins, acacia, and glucomannan during a focused detoxification for two reasons: fibers assist the body with the removal of toxins directly, and indirectly supports the detoxification actions of the gut microbiome. When combined with probiotics during detoxification, the health of the human microbiome will also be supported.*
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