I am a big supporter of fiber and how important it is in the diet. Fiber has more benefits than a lot of people know about. One of the biggest positives of fiber is that it is very important in helping to prevent colon cancer as well as some studies show that it can help prevent other types of cancer including uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, and even breast cancer. Other benefits include helping to control weight, relieving constipation, and lowers blood cholesterol levels. I am all about trying to prevent cancer as cancer terrifies me so anything I can do to help prevent it, I do it!
Every morning I always have a bowl of oatmeal – oatmeal is super rich in fiber and is a nice way to wake up my stomach, intestines, and bowels and get them going. Graphic, I know. Being incontinent does not mean you should not keep your intestines and bowels running good. Its still extremely important. I usually by the High Fiber Quaker Oatmeal – it has about 40% of the recommended fiber intake (10 grams). Through out the day I also try to eat a lot of vegetables and fruit even though I don’t always succeed. But, I probably consume at least 25-35 grams of fiber each day…some days more and some days less. Forces me to change my diaper a bit more since it makes me even more “regular” you could say – but, its worth it to me to be healthy.
I encourage everyone here if you are not getting enough fiber that you should. It will just make you feel better, trust me. Try eating more whole grains. Simple things like substitute your white bread for 100% whole wheat bread and throw some nuts into your daily intake…preferably almonds! Almonds are one of the best foods for you – good for protein, fiber, and healthy fats. Healthy fats are super important too but that is another post for another day.
Plus, if you eat healthier and more whole grains, etc etc; your poop will be “firmer” (we are all adults here, graphic but only way to describe) and will come out easier and actually will not smell as potently. One of my tricks 🙂 Anyways, the point is that ever since I have been making sure to get fiber I typically poop at least once or twice a day which for me is healthy because I know my body. Some people may go more or less – there is not set number for everyone. Just be sure you have a good diaper to contain it all if you have been constipated or what not and you start taking fiber – because more than likely at first you will go a lot – like I did 🙂 I know this post was all over the place but hopefully you gleamed the important facts from it.