Keep track of how much fiber you eat. Start by reading food labels. Then eat a variety
of foods high in fiber. As you start to eat more fiber, ask your healthcare provider
how much water you should be drinking to keep your digestive system working smoothly.
Aim for a certain amount of fiber
in your diet each day. The daily recommended value for fiber is 25 grams a day. But
experts advise that women under 50 eat 25 to 28 grams per day and that men under 50
30 to 38 grams per day. After age 50, your daily fiber needs drop to 22 grams for
and 28 grams for men.
Before you reach for the fiber supplements, think about this. Fiber is found naturally
in healthy whole foods. It gives you that feeling of fullness after you eat. Taking
fiber supplements or eating fiber-enriched foods will not give you this full feeling.
Your fiber intake is a good measure
for the quality of your overall diet. If you are missing out on your daily amount
fiber, you may be lacking other important nutrients as well.