By: Marty S.
Unless you have bowel issues, you probably aren’t aware of how much fiber is in your regular diet. In fact, fiber may be fairly low in your dietary priorities. When you consider how important nutrients like protein, Vitamin C, and fatty acids are to the health of your body as well as the health of your skin, it is understandable for fiber to get lost in the dust. You may not even know why fiber is beneficial so adding more into your diet wouldn’t make that much sense to you.
However, if your diet is low on fiber, your skin may be impacted. As with protein and these other nutrients we’ve mentioned, fiber is important for your skin, and eating more of it can improve the glow and vitality of your skin. Don’t worry, though; if you don’t know what fiber does and where you can find it, we are here to help you out. Today, we will share with you 5 of the best fiber-rich foods that are the best sources of fiber you should eat if you want glowing skin. There is always available food for glowing skin. Adding these 5 foods to your regular diet is a simple change you can make to get seriously stunning skin.
1. Whole grains
In Ayurveda, it is thought that a healthy gut can contribute to glowing, youthful skin. Since your gut is the home of millions of bacteria, what you eat can affect not just your digestive system but also your entire body. To keep your gut healthy and strong and get stunning skin in the process, it is important to take good care of your gut through your diet. This is where fiber comes in. Fiber acts as fuel for your gut bacteria, and the more fiber you eat, the better it is for your gut bacteria and your overall gut health.
One of the best sources of fiber is whole grains. Whole grains come in different shapes and forms - wheat bread, brown rice, quinoa, oatmeal, et cetera - so it is safe to say that you’ll never get bored with them to get your daily supply of fiber. Refined grains, on the other hand, are more processed than whole grains and won’t give you as much fiber.
Because of the effect fiber has on your gut, we think it is not a stretch to say that fiber has detoxifying properties. In fact, according to the American Liver Foundation, eating more fiber is good for your liver. Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your body, disposing of waste, toxins, and other hazardous materials from your blood. When your liver is in poor condition, which may result from a poor, unbalanced diet, it may not be able to effectively filter out these waste products from your blood as normal. In turn, this may take a toll on your health, and this may start appearing externally as dull, aged skin.
Ayurveda has stressed the importance of reducing the toxic load of your body in order to encourage greater vitality. Fortunately, getting enough daily fiber has never been easier once you know you can eat more popcorn. Popcorn is actually a whole-grain food, and thus, it is a good source of fiber. Of course, this only applies to air-popped popcorn (as opposed to microwave popcorn), but this means you can have a great fiber-rich snack whenever you want. Just be sure to go easy on the salt and seasoning.
As we mentioned in the introduction, protein is typically a high priority in our diets. Even if you aren’t using it to bulk up or tone your body, protein is important because of how it functions with collagen, one of your skin’s proteins. Simply put, more protein helps improve collagen production, which, in turn, can improve the elasticity of your skin and fade the appearance of early fine lines and wrinkles. Well, with legumes, you can get two for the price of one. From lentils to chickpeas, black beans to peanuts (which you might not have known is a legume), legumes can provide a good amount of both fiber and protein.
Of course, we all know that fiber is very beneficial in reducing bowel irregularity. However, did you know that having healthy bowel movements and glowing skin are linked? If you aren’t regular or you are constipated, there is a very good chance that you are bloated, which means that your body is retaining more water than usual. Despite all of this water retention, your skin can look dry, dull, and lackluster. If your bloating is related to your constipation, eating more fiber can help alleviate your bowel issues and boost the glow of your skin in the process.
Another healthy fiber-rich food you can either snack on or cook with is almonds. A good source of protein, fiber, good fats, and more, almonds are chock full of nutrients that are good for your body and skin.
We bet you were surprised to see avocados on this lis as it is one of the high fiber fruits! While the vitamin, protein, and good fat content of avocados often gets talked about, fiber is a significant part of this food that makes it so awesome. 1 cup of avocado contains about 10 grams of fiber. This superfood is already a part of many diets (maybe even yours!) and knowing how much dietary fiber you can get from your avocados is more than enough reason to eat more of it.