It’s not just how nutrient-dense your food is, it’s how well your digestive system is absorbing those nutrients that count too.
Poor digestion can do more than cause an upset stomach or give you the kind of gas that makes you skip a yoga class. According to holistic nutritionist, Alexandra Catalano, “Poor digestion can actually interfere with your body’s ability to absorb and properly utilize nutrients from the food you are eating.”
Negative effects of poor digestion can also include:
+ a compromised immune system
+ dry and brittle hair
+ pale, flaky skin
+ unusual spikes and drops in energy levels.
If you’re taking great care to ensure your diet is clean and nutrient dense or if you’re dropping half your paycheck at Erewhon each week on meals that get you glowing, you owe it to yourself to be sure your digestion is in top condition — and your absorbing everything going on your fork.
One of the keys for strong digestion is healthy fiber intake. A diet of whole foods is essential for that, but getting the daily recommended 30 grams a day can be tough to reach. Whenever we need extra support, the psyllium in Bellway Fruit + Fiber is the perfect way to support top our digestion and make things right again.
Soluble fiber is key for gut health, digestion, vibrant immunity and glowy skin. It also helps to keep blood sugar balanced and keep our gut protected from inflammation.
What Happened When We Added Fiber for 7 Days
Here’s what two of our own team members candidly shared after trying Bellway Super Fiber + Fruit for one week:
“I’ve actually spent thousands on traditional and alternative doctor’s visits for my digestive issues and have tried many probiotics, pre-biotics, digestive supplements and fiber supplements and I can tell you they are not all created equal.
In the month leading up to my Bellway trial I felt bloating after each meal and constant fatigue, plus my skin just wasn’t at its best.
Within a few hours of taking Bellway, I felt movement in my gut. Impressive! I continued taking it every morning for 7 days straight and the results were beyond what I had expected. I felt more energized, less bloated and by day 4, my gut felt like it was back to normal in a way I haven’t felt in months.” — Cameron
“Honestly, until this week, I thought that fiber powder was for ‘senior’ microbiomes only, but having just recovered from Covid, irregular digestion was on my mind.
Without being too specific, I’ll tell you that my regularity was prompted quickly and easily. Within days, my bloating had basically disappeared, making me feel like I had that “I just woke up” flat tummy all day long.
My naturopath said that fiber can help to rid excess estrogen out of the body, which was HUGE for someone like myself, who has been dealing with PCOS-like symptoms for years.” — Annie
PSYLLIUM HUSK 101 | Good gut bacteria need fiber to flourish. Fiber is a prebiotic required to digest and breakdown foods. Bellway is made with psyllium, the only pre-biotic that does not ferment, meaning you don’t bloat and have to run to the bathroom immediately. Most other fibers ferment in your gut which is what can causes unpleasant experiences, cramping and pain.
You can explore everything you ever wanted to know about psyllium in our piece with nutritionist Brigid Titgemeier MS RDN.
FIBER + WEIGHT LOSS REGULATION | A 2015 study by Yunsheng Ma et al. in the Annals of Internal Medicine consisted of 240 overweight people in two groups over the course of 6 months. One group followed the American Heart Association’s diet for preventing heart disease with specifics that included eating more high-fiber foods and reducing salt, sugar, alcohol and fat. The other group was not given any specifics to diet other than to increase their fiber intake.
Both groups averaged an intake of 19 grams of fiber per day. And both groups lost weight at an average of 5 pounds and maintained this weight loss for at least a year.
Supplementing our diets with fiber may helps us feel fuller for longer. And focusing on fiber-rich foods is a great way to crowd less nutritious foods off your plate. Fiber also feeds and balances the gut’s microbiome allowing for good bacteria to thrive which can improve digestion and reduce bloating.
Up Your Fiber Intake for 7 Days with Bellway
The simplest way to add more soluble fiber to your morning routine is with a stick of Bellway Super Fiber + Fruit.
Overall, we’ve noticed…
+ Increased energy
+ Major de-bloat
+ Brighter, clearer skin
+ Daily, regular movements
+ Easier digestion
Made with only psyllium and real fruit, one scoop or stick pack every morning is the most delicious way to serve up the superfood of the summer. This story is brought to you in partnership with Bellway. From time to time, TCM editors choose to partner with brands we believe in to bring our readers special offers. The Chalkboard Mag and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material on The Chalkboard Mag is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programs.