What happens between the eating of a meal and the undigested food being eliminated in a bowel movement has a major impact on a person’s state of health. Depending on individual physiology, transit time from ingestion to defecation can take between two to five days.
Back in ancient Egypt, the importance of transit time required physicians whose specialty was guardian of the royal bowel movement. Today, this field would fall under the expertise of a gastroenterologist, whose access to goes beyond crowned heads.
If all is well in the digestion department, regular bowel movements are the norm. Normal can be anywhere between three per week and three per day, according to a 2010 study of 268 randomly selected individuals between the ages of 18 and 70.
Ingested food provides a sizeable amount of macro- and micronutrients that are absorbed primarily in the small intestine, fueling the healthy function of body systems. The remaining undigested food transits through the colon, where it reabsorbs water and forms feces that are necessarily eliminated.
Low-grade inflammation, diet composition and health: current research evidence and its translation – PMC(opens in a new tab)
Waste removal from the body is comparable to taking out the garbage. Letting food waste pile up in your home over time would create negative side effects, including rot, odor, insects, rodents and the growth of bacteria and mould. By comparison, if food waste accumulates in your body, any number of health problems can arise. A major part of effective waste removal from the body is fiber: indigestible carbohydrates sourced from the plant kingdom.
One of the first signs of ineffective waste removal is constipation. Without enough fiber in the diet, relatively easy bowel movements become difficult. This condition affects around 63 million people in North America. Even greater is the percentage of people who do not have adequate fiber intake: well over 90 percent of Americans and Canadians.
Preventing constipation is just one of the many benefits of getting enough fiber. A high-fiber intake is associated with decreased inflammation. Several studies* have shown that people with high-fiber intakes have lower levels of inflammatory markers. And since chronic, low-grade inflammation is a core component of disease onset, it makes sense that high-fiber intake lowers the risk of chronic diseases.
You do not want inflammation “in transit” within your body on a long-term basis. Fiber is a pivotal factor in having regular bowel movements and reducing inflammation.
* [2007, 2008, 2010, 2021, 2022]
To supplement your fiber intake from whole, plant-based foods, AIM offers two convenient choices: Herbal Fiberblend (powder and capsules) and Fit ’n Fiber (powder).
Herbal Fiberblend is a cleansing choice for detoxification and thorough evacuation, promoted by a combination of psyllium fiber and effective herbs. Each 7-gram serving delivers 5 grams of beneficial fiber: insoluble (3 g) and soluble (2 g).
Fit ’n Fiber promotes regular bowel movements with fiber from psyllium, oat, apple, acacia, flax seed and konjac. Each 16-gram serving provides 10 grams of fiber: insoluble (2 g) and soluble (8 g).
|Adequate Daily Fiber Intake|
|Women under 50||25 grams|
|Women over 50||21 grams|
|Men under 50||38 grams|
|Men over 50||30 grams|
|Most people’s daily fiber intake is 15 grams or less!|
Fun Fiber Fact about Plants: During photosynthesis, carbohydrates (including fiber) are among the first organic compounds formed by plants, resulting in reduced carbon dioxide and the formation of oxygen.
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your on the right track,,, Everyone I know , eats wrong,,, filled with pasta’s , bread, etc. Fit and Fiber may help .
Everyone is constipated .. Taking laxatives… and still softeners… Thank you I will try it .