Are You Sh*tting Me? Fun Facts on Fiber

As a young, single adult, nobody speaks about bowel movements; in fact, we deny even having them. Then we reach middle age and we can’t stop talking about our bowel movements, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, bowel obstruction, colitis…the list goes on. To nourish our obsession with pooping, the media feeds our fury with commercials telling us what medications, supplements and foods we need to cure our self-diagnosed syndromes.

Before you convince yourself that you are allergic to gluten (Celiac disease), or worse yet, dying from colon cancer, please make an appointment with your doctor to express your concerns. In the meantime, take steps that will help your overall health as well as your digestive system drug free while waiting for your next appointment.

FIBER: Out with the old…

There are two types of fiber: insoluble and soluble. The insoluble fiber is the type that can’t be processed nor broken down - think of this type as a Brillo Pad. This rough, organic scouring pad is made up of a husk or husk-l