Do I Need More Fiber? Signs and Symptoms of Fiber Deficiency

Are you having trouble with your digestion? Do you feel bloated, gassy, or experience abdominal pain? Are you having difficulty maintaining a healthy weight? If so, you may be suffering from a lack of fiber in your diet. Fiber is an essential nutrient that helps keep the digestive system regular, adds bulk to stools, and helps maintain gut and microbial health. In this article, we'll discuss the signs and symptoms of fiber deficiency and how to get the fiber you need. One of the most common signs of a lack of fiber is chronic constipation or diarrhea. This is because fiber helps add bulk to stools and generally keeps the digestive system regular.

A deficiency in fiber can also cause other digestive problems, such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain. Of course, there are many factors that can contribute to weight gain, but symptoms of a lack of fiber are often the culprits. Fiber can help reduce weight gain by maintaining a feeling of fullness after a meal (as mentioned above) and by balancing blood sugar levels. On the other hand, a lack of fiber can cause you to eat more because you'll never be satisfied, which will inevitably lead to weight gain. Not getting enough fiber in the diet leads to fiber deficiency. Fiber helps maintain gut and microbial health, so if you don't consume enough fiber, you may experience irregular bowel movements, constipation, blood sugar fluctuations, lack of satiety after eating, or an increase in cholesterol levels. There are a number of microorganisms that reside in our intestine and that are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system.

Fiber is what feeds these microorganisms and allows them to do their job. Without adequate amounts of fiber, the health of the immune system can also be compromised. Do you think you may have fiber deficiency? Ayu Health has several doctors and dieticians who can help. From drawing up a personalized diet to detecting deficiencies (if any) in the body, all services are provided. Contact 636-610-0800 for more information.