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By now, must of us are well aware that fiber is good for your gut health. It’s been shown to reduce your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and constipation. Not to mention that it helps you to stay fuller, longer which can help with weight loss.

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Fiber, which is found in fruits, vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains is a potent tool for keeping the gut microbiome in tip top condition. Here’s a
closer look at what it’s actually doing in the body.

What is Fiber Anyway?

Fiber is an important component of plants, says Dr. Josh Axe, founder of DrAxe.com and co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, also a certified doctor of natural medicine (DNM). “Fiber is a part of the structure of plants and helps build plant molecules, including cellulose, lignins, and pectin,” says Dr. Axe.

“Due to its structure and our inability to absorb it, fiber passes through our digestive system unabsorbed by digestive enzymes within the stomach, taking with it toxins, waste, fat, and cholesterol particles out of the gut. In the process, it helps improve our heart health, makes us feel full, and, of course, helps with digestion and detoxification.”

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