Getting bound up is one of the most common indications that you need more fiber in your diet. However, before you have to deal with the uncomfortable signs of constipation, there are several other signals that your body is begging for more fibrous roughage.
So hold your gag reflex (sorry, some of them are not-so-nice) and prepare for the classic signs of fiber deficiency…
Why is Dietary Fiber Essential in Our Diets?
Fiber in your diet can help (or hinder if you’re lacking) several necessary bodily functions. For instance, eating fibrous foods (or roughage) via fiber-rich fruits and veggies, nuts, beans and legumes, leafy greens, whole grains, etc., aids digestion through aiding the elimination process.
According to research from the American Journal of Epidemiology, indicates that boosting your fiber intake by a mere 10-grams per day (that’s the equivalent of a single artichoke) will lower your risk of dying from a variety of chronic diseases (i.e., diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other types of metabolic-related illness) by 10-percent.