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Dietary Fiber - Heal Your Gut - Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola the Fiber Guru

Dr. Mercola, who is a self proclaimed fiber guru and our featured authority, states that less than 10% of the people in the United States consume enough dietary fiber.

He states that a lack of consuming quality Dietary Fiber has more repercussions to our health than you can imagine ....

Did you know Fiber is absolutely essential:

  • to maintain a healthy heart,
  • to rid the body of harmful toxins
  • to develop a healthy digestive system

Have you ever heard that LIFE and health are in the GUT? So many health issues and serious sicknesses begin in the GUT - The health of the gut is dependent upon YOU eating enough fiber?

Did you know there are different types of fiber and a variety of ways to get the required amount?

Cancer is on the rise in the U.S.

The American Cancer Institute recommends eating 20-35 grams of fiber a day

Dietary Fiber is found in a variety of foods.

  • The highest quality of fiber is found in vegetables and the highest quality vegetable you can consume is locally grown and organic.
  • You can also find good amounts of fiber in dry (cooked) beans, oatmeal, whole grain products and bran.
  • The fiber source that Dr. Mercola suggests and highly promotes is called Psyllium, (water soluble and insoluble).

Psyllium is a wondrous, healthful source of fiber which has amazingly been approved and recognized by the US FDA .

Psyllium is a natural fiber grain, not related to wheat, that yields 60 to 70 percent soluble fiber, eight times that of oat bran.

  1. Psyllium has binding qualities which encourage normalization of your bowel movement while supporting your digestive function.
  2. Psyllium's anti-inflammatory activity is helpful with gastric ulcers and its binding properties are useful with treatments for diarrhea, hemorrhoids and cystitis. Cystitis can sometimes be caused by fecal bacteria created from the diarrhea that migrates up to the urethra.
  3. Psyllium can also relieve chronic constipation with habitual straining which often leads to hemorrhoids.
  4. The anti-spasmodic properties of Psyllium can also help with Intestinal spasms.
  5. Do you struggle with your weight? Psyllium bulks up and gives you a feeling of fullness.

Organic Psyllium

Be forewarned on the types of psylliums on the market today. Psyllium is one of the most contaminated crops out there and unless it is Certified Organic it will be loaded with pesticides and insecticides.

Do not buy just any psyllium. Dr. Mercola recommends a brand of Psyllium called Organic India, which has USDA Organic Certification.

When you purchase Psyllium from Organic India you will be supporting India’s 150,000 Farmers whose living conditions are hugely improved by the implementation of organic farming…

Start today to help create a healthy gut. A healthy gut means a healthy body. Take care of the body you have been entrusted with.

You can find Organic India in most local Health Food Stores - or you can visit them online.

Organic Farming

Organic Triple Fiber and Clear Fiber

Dr. Brenda Watson is a respected leader in the field of digestive health. Brenda recommends two types of fiber.

  • Organic Triple Fiber - This fiber is composed of Flaxseed, Oat Bran and Acacia with a total of 4 grams of fiber per serving. This fiber contains 1 soluble fiber and 3 insoluble. Relieves occasional constipation promotes regular elimination and helps remove toxins.
  • Organic Clear Fiber - organic Acacia Fiber 5.6 soluble fiber. This form of fiber helps maintain healthy cholesterol, supports normal blood sugar and helps remove toxins.
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Dr. Watson also recommends other nutritional's to get your gut healthy and working for you. To learn more about visit her website.

Garden of Life Raw Fiber

Raw Fiber - Garden of Life

This formula is an exceptional product designed by a physician who spent years of research as he desperately tried to find answers for his seriously ill son who was dying of Crohn's disease. The product is produced by his company called Garden of Life. The product name is Raw Fiber with contains 15 raw organic superfoods which support bowel Regularity and Elimination of Toxins and powerful probiotics for added digestive support. Also included in this power-packed fiber product are Omega-3 Fatty Acids from Flax and Chia Seeds. This product is Raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free and psyllium free.

To learn more about Dr. Rubins Son and the amazing turn around in his health after applying the discoveries his father uncovered read Jordan Rubin's, Recovery Story. This is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read.

Health is in the Gut

Another important agent for creating and maintaining a healthy gut is to supplement your diet with probiotics.

Did you know that when you take antibiotics it wipes your gut of all bacteria, good and bad? We need good bacteria in our guts. Probiotics put the good bacteria in your gut which fights off the bad bacteria.

There are many good brands to be found in Health Food stores or online. Do your research and buy only the BEST. If you don't want to do your research I highly recommend Garden of Life Probiotics or Brenda Watson's products as a superior brand.

I hope that this information has shined a light one of the BEST kept secrets to creating and maintaining a healthy body.

Remember that health and death lie in the gut. Keep your gut healthy with good fiber sources and help give your body what it needs to fight disease and maintain overall health.

There are many good brands to be found in Health Food stores or online. Do your research and buy only the BEST. If you don't want to do your research I highly recommend Garden of Life Probiotics or Brenda Watson's products as a superior brand.

© 2009 Susan Ream


Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on May 08, 2012:

Oh Sparklea, I am glad you found this. Don't buy it in the stores .. it will likely be filled with chemicals. I find the Organic India brand at my local health food store. I have also ordered it direct from Organic India on line. My cholesterol was high last time too. I go to a holistic health care practice. My provider said, okay let's address this cholesterol right now. She put me on Omega's 3-6-9 and on brown rice yeast. Both can be found in a health food store.

Thanks for your comments and encouragement dear sister!



Sparklea from Upstate New York on May 08, 2012:

THANK YOU SO MUCH for this information! My cholesterol is very high and I can't take cholesterol medications because of the side effects and a nurse suggested I try this, so I will truly check it out! Voted up, useful and interesting! THANK YOU, Blessings, Sparklea :)

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on November 07, 2010:

Welcome Eliza! It is a beautiful video .. I agree. I'm glad your friend warned you about the toxic inorganic type. Thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. I appreciate it!


Eliza on November 06, 2010:

Beautiful video!!! Fabulous that organic psyllium is available! Luckily someone warned me earlier today not to buy the toxic inorganic variety. Best of health to you.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 25, 2010:

Dino thanks for the tip. I still have issues with keeping things moving... :) I'll try your method and see if it helps. Blessings!

Dino on January 25, 2010:

I take a 1/4 cup (48 grams) of psyllium and the same amount of ground flax seed every day, together in a glass of milk. Flax is a soluable fiber with many benefits that augment those of psyllium. Don't stop taking your flax seed.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on January 19, 2010:

I have used ground flaxseed as well .. it is a good source of fiber. Just recently learned about Psyllium through reading Dr. Mercola. I switched from flaxseed after learning about all of the health benefits of psyllium. It was also interesting to note that unless it is certified organic, that psyllium can loaded with pesticides and insecticides. I found Organic India products at my local Health Food Store.

Hopmoney wizard from barak on January 19, 2010:

this is informative article. Im using a ground flaxseed to increase the fiber i hope it helps my body too.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 31, 2009:

I know it and so many people are unaware. Brownberry whole wheat bread is my favorite! Thanks for stopping by Pastor. Blessings for a happy and prosperous New Year..

Andrew Grosjean from Detroit on December 31, 2009:

We in American have so "defibered" our foods and society. White bread is like intestinal playdo. Thanks for the info.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 31, 2009:

healthgoji and Quill, sounds like both of you are up on the importance of colon health. I've heard it said that 'life is in the colon' ... healthy colon means proper absorpson of vitamins and minerals. Thanks for the additional hint Quill, Raw Flax Seed is a great source of fiber. Blessings to you both!

"Quill" on December 31, 2009:

Great hub, without proper fiber we would be like walking time bombs...a supplement I use as well is raw flax seeds, a teaspoon a day cleans the entire way.

Many Blessings in 2010

healthgoji on December 30, 2009:

Valuable information - there is a saying that death begins in the colon. It's important to keep the plumbing from becoming stopped up.

Susan Ream (author) from Michigan on December 30, 2009:

Good for you dohn - getting enough fiber is important! Dr. Mercola really opened my eyes to the different types of fiber. I had taken psyllium before and had no clue that psyllium is one of the most contaminated crops out there ... or that unless it is Certified Organic it will be loaded with pesticides and insecticides. I was happy to learn about Organic India's Brand and now I purchase it. It's an easy way to get enough in each day - perhaps your siblings and parents would be open to taking it this way. Blessings and thanks for stopping by!

dohn121 from Hudson Valley, New York on December 30, 2009:

I do fine in the fiber department thus far, but I see my oldest siblings now who seem to not get enough, just like my parents now. Reading this made me much more aware! Thanks for sharing this.

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