Dietary fibre provides a whole host of benefits to our health and studies have shown it to prevent against several diseases. In 2015, the Government set new guidelines for the recommended intake of dietary fibre we should consume daily to 30g (previously 18g) for adults.
According to research many people aren't consuming near this figure, so I wanted to show what 30g of fibre looks like in food forms. If you're only consuming 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), that means getting 10g of fibre per meal. Here are a couple of options for each meal where that is easily achievable:
1/2 cup of porridge oats (2g)
with a medium chopped pear (5.5g)
+ spoonful of chia seeds (5.5g) OR 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds (3.8g)
Gut Health has had a growing amount of attention recently, discussing it's impact on our overall health, as well as a spectrum of diseases an unhealthy gut can cause. I wanted to touch on this and elaborate on the importance of a healthy gut for athletes and their performance.
Our gut is probably one of our most important organs in the body, it is the long tube that starts at the mouth and ends at the anus. It Is involved in the initial processing of food (once entered from the mouth), to the storage, absorption, digestion and then the passing of food as faeces.
So why is it of importance in our health?
So you might have heard about good and bad bacteria and probably wondered where it comes from, how does it all work, what's good and what's bad...etc, etc.
Our Gut is inhabited by roughly 100 trillion microorganisms. Microorganisms can be divided into lots of different 'types', and one of these is bacteria. The gut contains 10 times the amount of bacteria than all the human cells...