Keep track of how much fiber you
eat. Read food labels. Then aim to eat a large variety of foods high in fiber every
Start with breakfast. Ask your healthcare provider how much water you should drink
you start to eat more fiber. Water will keep your digestive system working smoothly.
The daily recommended value for
fiber intake is 25 grams a day. Some experts advise that women under 50 eat 25 to
28 grams per day. Men under 50 eat 30 to 38 grams per day. Your daily fiber needs
to 22 grams for women and 28 grams for men after age 50.
Before you reach for the fiber
supplements, think about this. Fiber is found naturally in healthy whole foods. It
you that feeling of fullness after you eat. Taking fiber supplements or eating
fiber-enriched foods will not give you this full feeling. Nor will it give you all
nutrients you need. Or vitamins and minerals that come from eating a whole food diet
high in fiber.
Your fiber intake is a good measure
of the quality of your overall diet. You may be lacking other important nutrients
well if you are missing out on your daily amount of fiber.