The good news? Results of a new study published this month in the journal BMC Public Health show boosting your daily fiber intake can not only have a positive impact on your digestive health—but on your wallet.‡
Analyzing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), researchers looked at factors such as daily fiber consumption and the prevalence of symptoms associated with occasional constipation, as well as medical costs before and after increased dietary fiber intake. Here's what they found:
But despite fiber's role in healthy digestion and elimination—as well as its link to healthy cardiovascular function, appetite control and more‡—the majority of Americans are getting enough fiber in their diets. Natural digestive care and nutrition expert Brenda Watson recommends at least 35 grams of fiber daily and offers two simple ways to increase your daily fiber intake:
Your digestive system (and your whole body) will thank you!