Fiber for a Healthy Active Lifestyle

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Did you know that Fiber is a critical part of living a healthy and active lifestyle? Apart from the benefits of helping lower cholesterol levels, fiber also contributes to creating a healthy digestive system. Fiber has also been linked to fat and weight loss from what experts believe to be the link between fiber’s ability to slow the uptake of sugars, which reduces the body’s insulin response. Studies have shown insulin to be a major factor in the bodies fat storage system.

Fiber is found in both soluble (easily dissolved in water) and insoluble (unable to dissolve in water) forms and it’s important that your body gets a combination of both on a daily basis. Oats typically contain a bit of both, but a major source of insoluble fiber is Psyllium Husk a plant native of Asia. Psyllium packs a whopping 7g of fiber per 100g. It’s used in various health products but can also be found in raw form at many grocers and health food stores.

Other natural sources of fiber include fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and whole oats. So what are you waiting for? Head to the market now and load up on fiber for fat loss, increased health benefits and help bolster the results from your active lifestyle.

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About Rich Thurman III B.Sc, MA, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
Rich has a Bachelors of Science in Physiological Science from UCLA and a Masters of Sports Management from USF. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, (NSCA) as a Personal Trainer (CPT) and Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He is primary author of The Fitness Library and writes for various other publications, including the San Francisco Police Officer's Association. Rich is the founder of Xodus Fitness, which offers Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, Urban Body Transformation Bootcamps, Corporate Wellness. Rich also conducts Workshops and an annual lecture at the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. Please feel free to contact through any of the links below to inquire about professional services or opportunities.

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