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Digestive Health

Fibre is so important, and you’re probably not getting enough. Dietary fibre has arguably the most profound impact on our microbes and gut health. In truth, many of us eat less than half the recommended fibrous fuel, which is 25 to 30 grams per day. That’s quite a lot. 

Fibre is exclusive to plant foods

Also known as roughage, fibre is a component in plants that is vital in keeping your mind and body health.

There are three forms of fibre—soluble, insoluble and resistant starch. Oats contain soluble fibre. It’s the type of fibre synonymous with ‘being regular’ as it attracts water to develop into a thick gel, which slows digestion and makes you feel full for longer.

Foods rich in fibre also contain powerful protective agents, such as antioxidants and phytochemicals, that help neutralise free radicals in the body.  Nobody wants free radicals hanging about as they induce oxidative stress, which can lead to illness and disease. 

Fibre is your body’s major detox tool

All fibre eventually passes through the small intestine and only begins to ferment once it reaches the colon—our body’s septic system. Everything your body needs to remove gets discarded in the colon. If we are backed up, not only do we feel bloated, but all of our bodily processes slow down, including our metabolism.  

Scientists also call the gut our second brain because our nervous system runs through it. The large intestine is lined with neurons releasing neurotransmitters like serotonin (the happy chemical) that communicate with our brain. So eating more fibre can make you happier.

So really, fibre is perhaps the single most important compound in your diet, and you’re likely not getting enough. If you want to make your life easier and more delicious, drink an Oatshake!