STARTING A HIGH-FIBRE DIET

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STARTING A HIGH-FIBRE DIET? BUILD UP SLOWLY

You may want to take several weeks to increase to the recommended amount of fibre in your diet. As you begin to increase your daily fibre intake, start slow and build up gradually. This allows your body to adapt. Too much fibre too soon can cause a bloated feeling and abdominal cramps. Fibre absorbs water that helps move it though the digestive tract. So as you add fibre to your diet, remember to drink plenty of fluids. This is especially true if you’re taking fibre supplements, which contain none of the liquids found in high-fibre foods.

*Always read the label, use only as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional.


** Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 7 grams of soluble fibre from psyllium husk, as in Meta products, may lower cholesterol levels. Reductions in cholesterol levels may contribute to reducing the risk of heart disease. Consult a doctor if you are planning to take Meta products as part of a cholesterol lowering program.


^ Whorwell Clinical Trial, UK 2006. Am J Gastroenterol. 2006 Jul;101(7):1581-90