My primary care doctor is a keeper. Sharp, gracious, and no-nonsense, she frequently impresses me with how well she’s kept her human shine intact after a long career in clinical medicine. After all, as many docs will readily acknowledge, the grind of patient care and ensuing burnout can suck the gentle goodwill right out of you.
Six months ago, Dr. Amazing enlightened me about something I won’t soon forget: “We should all be pooping about a pound a day.” Okkkkay. Because she’s so cool, I listened as she got excited about the topic — nodding slowly and repressing my urge…
This story is a part of The Elemental Guide to Vitamins. Here are the vitamins and supplements that are covered: multivitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, calcium, B vitamins, omega-3, vitamin E, fiber, protein, and probiotics.
Fiber is a funny thing. The human digestive system can’t absorb it — or even break it down very effectively — and the human body doesn’t put it to use building cells or doing any of the other jobs nutrients typically perform. But arguably no dietary component is linked with so many health benefits.
“Fiber has benefits throughout the digestive tract,” says Joanne Slavin, co-author…
Today I’m going to talk to you about one of the most beloved subjects of all time: fiber.
Wait! Don’t go! I swear, this is going to be fun!
I know fiber doesn’t have the sex appeal of, say, the ketogenic diet, the pegan (paleo + vegan) lifestyle, or mindful eating. (Although, let’s be honest: Does mindful eating really have sex appeal?) But it does provide a number of impressive health benefits, including promoting weight loss, reducing constipation, and slashing your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer.