It is important now more than ever to take care of your colon. Colon cancer kills more and more people every year, and it is the second most serious and deadly cancer in America today. There are many things you can start doing now to protect yourself from colon cancer that will also help get your colon much healthier and working better. Everything in your body was designed to work efficiently, but sometimes what we choose to put in our bodies really only hinders instead of helps the process along. A large percentage of the population doesn’t even come close to the recommended daily intake of the “good” stuff, especially fiber.
Fiber technically falls under the area of carbohydrates, and some people make the mistake of trying to cut out as many carbs as possible from their diet, not taking the time to separate the good carbs and the bad carbs. Fiber is definitely on the good carb list! Did you know that if you have a food with 25 grams of carbohydrates, and 5 of those are fiber grams, you don’t have to count the fiber grams? So if you are on a low carb diet, and you want to eat this food, you only have to count 20 grams instead of the 25. Fiber doesn’t count as a carb because it is a good carb. It always gets used by the body instead of being turned into sugar and stored for fat.
Changing your eating habits to include more fiber is a good idea, because this can greatly reduce your risk of getting colon cancer. Fiber is really good for the colon, and it helps to get rid of all the junk lying around inside it.
Here is a list of healthy foods that are high in fiber:
- Bran – Go to your local bulk or grocery store and buy some bran. If you sprinkle a bit on your oatmeal in the morning, you won’t notice the taste at all. Some people actually cook it up and eat it like they would oatmeal.
- Fruits – All fruit is a source of fiber, but apples, avocados, raspberries, blueberries and grapefruit contain the most fiber. Some diets will tell you that you shouldn’t eat too much fruit because it has a lot of sugar, but what they don’t tell you is that it is natural sugar. Eat as much fruit as you want, and don’t worry about it!
- Veggies – Again, all vegetables are a source of fiber, but greens, kale, squash and sweet potatoes have the most.
- Beans – I’m sure this one is no surprise to most people! Beans that are particularly high in fiber are lentils, black beans, kidney beans and soy beans.
- Whole grains – bread, oats, bran, pasta and rice; these all come in whole grains now, and although you still need to limit your portions of some of these foods, you can still eat them.
- Nuts and Seeds – Be careful not to eat the unhealthy version of these, but buy them raw or dry roasted instead. Flax seeds, almonds and pumpkin seeds are the best choices for fiber.