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Eating a high fiber diet is good for your health, but you might run into trouble unless you drink enough water to go along with all that extra roughage. Take a look at how fiber affects your hydration needs, and how to stay comfortable while you're improving your diet.

Maybe you started eating more fiber because you wanted to stay regular, but now you’re feeling bloated, gassy, and constipated. Don't give up on fiber! The problem isn’t the nutritious whole foods you're eating. Your discomfort is due to a lack of adequate liquids.

Fiber needs water in order for your body to digest it properly. If you're like most people, you're probably only eating about half the recommended daily amount of fiber, which is at least 25 grams for women and 38 for men. As you increase those levels, your hydration needs increase too.

Keep in mind that it's well worth the effort. Fiber lower the risk of heart disease and diabetes, helps to stabilize blood sugar, and can promote weight loss by making you feel full while eating fewer calories. One Australian study found that fiber was the single most important dietary factor for predicting successful aging. The easiest way to get started with eating more fiber is to cut back on processed foods, and switch to eating more whole grains, vegetables, and fruits.

In addition to drinking more water, there are several things you can do to help your body adjust to your new diet. Increase your fiber levels gradually, adding about 2 to 3 grams a week. Try to get your fiber from natural foods rather than supplements, and talk with your doctor about your individual concerns.

Eating well and drinking enough water are part of healthy living. Contact us today to learn more about how Pure1 Systems provides the best tasting, cleanest water you can get.

Posted by Mark Sutera