The Role of dietary fiber in hormonal balance and anti-aging


Its astounding how easily hormones can become out of balance. Such a complex and one of a kind system in the body that functions together and often times when one hormone generating gland is out of balance the others sooner or later follow suite.

The 3 biggest ways that fiber can help normalize hormones is by

Stabilizing blood sugar
Reducing cortisol levels
Flushing out excess estrogens

The following tips will be useful to help you deal with unbalanced hormone levels.

1. Cut down on animal fat in your diet.
2. Eat more fiber rich food such as wheat bran and flaxseed powder.
3. Take multi-vitamins pills.
4. Take a female hormonal support product that has at least 80mg black cohosh.
5. Try some aerobic exercises at least three to five times a week to increase blood circulation to your body.

Changing your diet to ensure that you are getting enough of the vital nutrients is essential, and with that you should learn the importance of fiber. It is absolutely necessary to have a healthy body and mind in anti-aging.

As you may or may not know, fiber cannot be digested by the body and it hasn’t any nutritional value. Having said that, you may be wondering why it is so important. Before going further, you should also know that there are two kinds: soluble and insoluble fiber and it all comes from food.

Soluble fiber helps reduce cholesterol. Bad cholesterol is directly linked with heart disease. Another benefit that comes with this is directly related to the blood sugar and how it slows down the process of the absorption of glucose.

It’s found in a variety of foods, including oats, oat bran, brown rice, fruits and vegetables, some having more than others.

Insoluble fiber is also a very important part of anyone’s diet because this helps the body by softening the stools, thereby aiding in eliminating waste. It’s great for those who deal with constipation, and can help avoid hemorrhoids and even colon cancer, because the waste is removed from the body on a more regular basis. Leaving that waste within the body can allow harmful bacteria to cause health issues, like colon cancer.

Make sure you get a good amount of whole wheat breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables, corn and wheat bran in your diet.

Benefits of Dietary Fiber. Myth or Medicine?

In recent years, many health claims have been made about dietary and supplemental fiber. However, some reports (eg, those regarding oat bran) have been controversial. A review of scientifically rigorous studies shows that fiber has some preventive or therapeutic benefits in irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulosis, colorectal cancer, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia. However, it appears to have no direct benefit in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, gallstones, or obesity.

The United States has one of the lowest per capita intakes of fiber in the world. Therefore, increasing daily fiber intake either through diet or with supplements is recommended for most Americans. Consumer interest groups should lobby for more fiber-enriched foods. The challenge for education and healthcare professionals alike is to remold the nation’s interest in and understanding of dietary fiber.

Dietary Fiber Decreases Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Among Women

CORONARY HEART DISEASE (CHD) is the leading cause of death among women. Epidemiological studies of men suggest that dietary fiber or foods rich in fiber protect against CHD but data on women are sparse. High intake of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, decreases low density lipoprotein cholesterol. Diets high in dietary fiber also may have other beneficial physiological effects, such as increased insulin sensitivity, lower triglyceride levels, and favorable effects on plasminogen activator type I and factor VII activity.

Research findings in women support the hypothesis that higher fiber intake, particularly from cereal sources, reduces the risk of CHD.

Fiber Dietary Strategies for Cancer Prevention

There is scientific and policy agreement about three priority dietary goals to reduce cancer cases in America: increase fruit and vegetable consumption to 5 or more servings every day, increase breads, cereals, and legumes to 6 or more servings daily, and decrease fat to no more than 30% of total calories.

Case-control studies in diverse populations around the world have reported a lower risk of breast cancer in association with higher intake of dietary fibre and complex carbohydrates. Although this has not been confirmed in prospective studies in the USA, the observations have prompted the hypothesis that prolonged use of dietary fibre supplements might reduce breast cancer risk in high-incidence populations.

Several possible mechanisms of action have been suggested, all involving a reduction of bioactive oestrogen levels in the blood. The various mechanisms are not necessarily mutually exclusive.

First, a high-fibre diet might reduce circulating oestrogen levels by reducing the enterohepatic recirculation of oestrogen.

Second, many plants and vegetables contain isoflavones and lignans capable of conversion in the bowel into weak oestrogens that may compete with oestradiol for target binding-sites.

Third, a high-fibre diet is less often associated with obesity, which tends to increase availability of the biologically active 16-alpha metabolites of oestrone.

Finally, diets rich in fibre and complex carbohydrates have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity, with an associated reduction in circulating oestrogen levels. [study]

Synergism between these effects offers a possible mechanism by which a high fibre intake might suppress breast cancer growth in women.

Comprehensive benefits of fiber in restoring hormonal balance

Fiber allows you to lower cortisol levels which helps keep hormones balanced, blood sugar in control and prevent weight gain. High cortisol levels result in unwanted weight gain which leads to estrogen dominance ie: whacked out hormones!

And ultimately a healthy dose of fiber in the diet will assist you to get rid of excess estrogens that throw off hormone balance, increase weight gain, and lessen progesterone levels establishing an unlikely environment for fertility. Dietary fiber essentially helps the body to flush out these excess estrogens creating a more nicely balanced hormone environment.

Recommended Fiber Diet

We recommend the Smoothie Diet as the best fiber diet for restoring hormonal balance.