Let's talk about fiber! Will a glass of Old Orchard help me avoid having to use those gritty powders?

Your question is a good one. I am assuming that you consume the “gritty powder” in order to have regular bowel movements. I speak with patients every day about eating a diet that will promote healthy digestion and help prevent constipation. The best way to help keep the bowels working properly is to stay hydrated! Adequate fluid intake will help promote healthy bowel movements. So, a nice tall glass of Old Orchard Juice every day (in addition to lots and lots of water) can certainly help keep you regular. Fiber is also an essential part of our diet. It not only helps promote a healthy digestive system, it also helps stabilize our blood sugar levels and can play an important role in helping us stay fuller longer. I am not sure if you are consuming enough fiber (is that why you need to use the gritty fiber powder?) The American Dietetic Association suggests that we consume around 25 grams of fiber a day for a 2,000 calorie diet. If you don’t feel that your diet is adequate in fiber and if you are looking to increase your intake, do it slowly. Sometimes the addition of many high fiber foods can lead to some gastrointestinal distress (diarrhea, nausea, bloating, gas). Bran is a fantastic way to get fiber. Oat bran and wheat bran contain approximately 12 grams per ounce! Beans are another avenue for fiber, with various beans (lima, white, black, kidney, navy beans, etc.) containing anywhere from 15-19 grams per cup. Increasing your intake of fruits can not only add fiber, but also provide you with disease fighting antioxidants. One cup of raspberries and black berries provide about 8 grams of fiber. There are a number of other high fiber foods including nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), seeds (flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds) whole wheat products (spaghetti, bread), and salad greens (spinach, turnip greens, collard greens etc).

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