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High-Fiber Diet Keeps Gut Microbes From Eating the Colon’s Lining, Protects Against Infection, Animal Study Shows

A new study shows that the colon wall can become eroded by digestive system microbes that munch on natural layers of mucus lining the gut when they don’t get the fiber they need for food, according to Science Daily. The study was done on mice, but researchers believe it also applies to humans.

It also reaffirms the health benefits you get from fiber, and how your diet can influence the micronutrients and bacterial colonies residing in your intestinal tract. Soluble dietary fibers promote health by fueling beneficial bacteria to produce short chain fatty acids that help regulate your immune function and form ketones to fuel your tissues.

Mounting research suggests that a high soluble fiber diet can help reduce your risk of premature death from any cause, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Studies have also linked a high-fiber diet to beneficial reductions in cholesterol and blood pressure, improved insulin sensitivity and reduced inflammation—all of which can influence your mortality risk.

Organic psyllium is one of the best ways to increase your intake of soluble fiber. Psyllium contains both soluble and insoluble fiber for heart health, weight control, blood sugar support and healthy digestion. I believe most people could benefit from more fiber. I shoot for 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed and personally take about 6 tablespoons of organic psyllium a day, which supplies 75 grams of soluble fiber, about half of my daily fiber intake.
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