Fiber is the part of a plant that our bodies can’t digest. There are two main types: insoluble and soluble. Think of insoluble as the body’s broom, adding mass to stools to move things along and keep you regular. Soluble fiber is more like a sponge attracting water and turning to gel during digestion. This helps slow digestion, leading to feelings of fullness, steadier energy levels and better blood sugar control. It also soaks up cholesterol for better heart health. Eating a variety of high-fiber foods such as legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables will ensure you get your fill of both types.
When ramping up your fiber intake make sure to also down plenty of water or other calorie-free liquids such as tea. Fiber attracts water, so you need to gulp down extra H2O to help sidestep digestive woes such as cramping and excessive gas.