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The benefits of a high fibre diet
June 7, 2011

If you're wondering how to become a personal trainer, learn new info on nutrition and do a massage course you are in the right place! Here at the Australian Institute of Fitness you can find out about all of those things.

One aspect of health nutrition is the benefit of adding high-fibre foods to your diet. There's no doubt that a diet rich in fibre improves your intestinal health and digestion. Fiber helps our digestive system to function better by helping food to go pass through the digestive tract more efficiently. As we expel waste more rapidly on a high fibre diet, toxins are also removed resulting in better overall physical, mental and emotional health.

High fibre foods make us feel full and are often included in weight loss programmes for their nutritional value and positive effect on satiety. There are many healthy, filling and yummy recipes that use high-fibre foods, giving our systems a rest from over processed, sugar-laden or greasy comfort foods.

Foods that are rich in fibre include wholegrain breads, muesli, weetbix, oatmeal, baked beans, wholemeal pasta, brown rice and vegetables such as sweet potato, spinach, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli. Fruits that are packed full of fibre include apples, bananas, blueberries, pears, strawberries, raisins and oranges. Studies on people who follow a high-fibre diet have shown a reduction in cholesterol, lower rates of coronary disease, improved bowel functioning and lower rates of bowel cancer.

You can find plenty of delicious fibre-packed recipes online just search on your favourite food sites or Google your favourite ingredient for some appetising treats!

This content is not intended to be used as individual health or fitness advice divorced from that imparted by medical, health or fitness professionals. Medical clearance should always be sought before commencing an exercise regime. The Institute and the authors do no take any responsibility for accident or injury caused as a result of this information.

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