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IN­CREAS­ING our di­etary fi­bre in­take is one of the most im­por­tant ways to keep our stom­achs work­ing well. Fi­bre is the part of plant foods that is not bro­ken down dur­ing di­ges­tion. It is like the traf­fic po­lice­man whose job is to make sure ev­ery­thing keeps mov­ing along.

When the ‘ traf­fic’ stops mov­ing freely along our in­testines we ex­pe­ri­ence ‘traf­fic jams’ re­sult­ing in con­sti­pa­tion, dis­com­fort and bloat­ing, as well as long-term prob­lems like piles and var­i­ous bowel dis­eases. Fi­bre in­creases the weight and size of our stools and, by soft­en­ing them, al­lows them to move quickly and eas­ily out of the body.

Ideally ev­ery­one should go to the toi­let at least once a day and it should be with­out any strain­ing. Yet many people eat so lit­tle fi­bre that they only have a bowel move­ment ev­ery cou­ple of days or longer.

We all know what hap­pens when we don’t empty our dust­bins reg­u­larly; they be­come smelly breed­ing grounds for all sorts of germs. This should re­mind us all to make sure we treat our bod­ies prop­erly by mak­ing sure the rubbish is emp­tied on a daily ba­sis.

Fi­bre only oc­curs in plant foods such as whole grains and ce­re­als, legumes (dried beans) fruits and veg­eta­bles. When grains are milled and re­fined most of the fi­bre is re­moved. For in­stance when whole wheat grains are turned into white flour and whole maize ker­nels are turned into white maize meal very lit­tle fi­bre re­mains. It is there­fore im­por­tant to eat more whole wheat bread in place of white bread and whole maize ker­nels (samp) in place of white maize meal. Fi­bre also helps the good bac­te­ria in your gut to flour­ish which then keep the harm­ful bac­te­ria un­der con­trol. Keep the traf­fic mov­ing.

Try McNab’s Su­perBrew if you are look­ing for a quick and con­ve­nient way to main­tain your stomach health. McNab’s Su­perBrew is the new, all­nat­u­ral pro­bi­otic de­signed to cleanse the stomach with­out caus­ing di­ar­rhoea. Helps to re­lieve the symp­toms of bloat­ing, heart­burn and in­di­ges­tion. Ask for Su­perBrew at your near­est spaza or re­tailer!

Beverly Maphangwa, who has been with Marawa s show for over 10 years, has also been recog­nised at the awards.

Com­pe­ti­tion is in­tense this year, and so­cial me­dia can at­test to that. Many lis­ten­ers say they find it hard to stay tuned to one sta­tion and switch be­tween their (com­pet­ing) favourite ra­dio shows and hosts.

With the fierce com­pe­ti­tion in mind, the awards have added three more cat­e­gories: mul­ti­ple chan­nel pro­mo­tion; sports re­porter award, which was by pop­u­lar de­mand; and ra­dio ad­vert of the year.

Ra­dio pro­gram­mers and con­tent pro­fes­sion­als would vote in the ra­dio ad­vert of the year cat­e­gory, said Roth­schild.

The awards cer­e­mony will take place at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on April 12.

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