Everything You Need to Know About Fiber Supplements

Your body needs fiber-- period. And we’re pretty sure everyone knows it’s a fact. But underneath that is a rather sad truth: regardless of its availability and accessibility, most people don’t get enough fiber that’s right (or needed) for their age.

While knowing its plethora of health benefits like preventing constipation, aiding in weight loss, and improving heart health, taking fiber daily is not as important as taking vitamin C to most people.

So if you think you’re one of them, it’s time to make that health-changing decision of taking fiber daily! Here’s what you need to know before everything else:


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What happens if I don’t?

If you don’t get enough fiber in your body, that’s simple. You won’t get its benefits. Well generally, apart from not having regular bowel movements there are some other things that we’re certain you don’t want to happen to you:

Without enough fiber in your body, you’ll have more cravings; leading to excessive snacking and eventually to weight gain. You’ll be more likely to have high cholesterol. You’ll have more acne troubles and dull skin. You’ll have less energy and won’t be able to sleep well. And if you have diabetes, you could expect more complications.


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Now why do I need supplements?

Don’t get us wrong, it IS good to get your fiber from food. Foods that are rich in fiber give us other essential vitamins and minerals at the same time. But because it’s quite impossible (and sad) for someone to eat only fiber-rich foods every single day, and there are other factors like allergies, gluten-intolerance, and the like, experts developed ‘supplements’--hence the name.

Simply put, fiber supplements aren’t meant to replace fiber-rich foods. They’re meant to make sure your body is getting exactly the right amount of fiber it needs. And don’t forget, taking supplements is never an excuse for poor eating habits.


So what exactly will I take?

Let’s get set aside the good eating habits and balanced diet off the table for now because we all know that’s pretty much the golden rule. Not all fiber supplements are the same. They come in many forms, from capsules to powders to chewable tablets. They contain what’s called “functional fiber,” which may be made from a lab or extracted from natural sources, just like our Zero for Him capsules.

Before choosing which supplements to take, it’s best that you understand soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber absorbs water for food and slows down digestion, making you feel full for a longer period of time. While Insoluble Fiber is the one responsible for accelerating the passage of food and waste in the body and it doesn’t absorb water.

To get all the benefits, here’s what you need to do: eat a healthy variety of fiber-rich foods and choose a fiber supplement that both has soluble and insoluble fiber.


What More Do I Need to Know?

They say ‘too much of something is bad enough’. With the case of fiber supplements, that still is true. Although there’s no concrete evidence showing that taking fiber supplements is harmful, some do have side effects, and these you need to be aware of.

Fiber supplements can cause abdominal bloating and gas, at the very least during the first few days or weeks, depending on your health, diet, and body. And if you do have a history of having intestinal problems, talk to your doctor first before taking any.

Some supplements can also make it harder for your body to absorb some medications like aspirin and certain diabetes medications.

In conclusion, if you’re planning on taking fiber supplements (especially for the first timers), consult your physician first and start with small amounts or dosages. And always remember that when your body has more fiber, you need to drink more water.

Start your body’s fiber journey with our very own Zero for Him Fiber Supplements - available in 60 and 150 capsules per bottle. Here’s a simple guide for you to take home:

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