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Adequate Fiber is Essential to a Healthy Diet

Dietary fiber, originating in plant tissue, is indigestible. Although it has no calories and no nutritional value, fiber in the diet plays a tremendous role in preventing disease and maintaining good health.

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How Fiber Works in the Body

As fiber is consumed and passed through the body organs, it acts as a sponge, absorbing many times its own weight in liquid. This causes the feces to become soft and bulky and more easy to be expelled from the body. This quick passage through the intestines and out of the body is important, as constipation is a source of discomfort and the beginning of many illnesses.

The fiber also acts as a buffer against colon of the cancer as if reduces the contact that the toxin-filled feces has with the walls of the colon. Likewise, it is believed by some scientists that the increases liquid-content of high-fiber stool will be effective in diluting carcinogen-causing agents.

Types of Fiber and How They Function in the Body

There are two types of fiber.

Soluble fibers dissolve quickly and become sticky as they dissolve. They include pectin, which is found in fruits, legumes, nuts and some vegetables. Some soluble fiber can lower blood cholesterol levels which will, in turn, reduce the possibility of heart attacks and heart disease. The addition of soluble fibers in the diet should be coupled with the decreased intake of fat to be effective. Soluble fibers can also help control blood sugar levels in individuals suffering from diabetes.

Insoluble fibers are found in bran, vegetables and whole grains such as brown rice and whole-wheat bread. Insoluble fiber is important for moving bulk through the intestines quickly and also helps to control the pH level in the intestine. This action alleviates constipation by producing regular bowel movement.

Increase Fiber Intake Naturally

Although it is important to include an adequate amount of fiber in the diet, it is not recommended to take huge fiber supplements on a regular basis. Fiber pills are also not recommended as they lack the nutrients naturally found in high-fiber foods. Too much fiber can be the cause of bloating, digestive problems and intestinal gas. Excessive fiber can also lead to zinc, iron and mineral deficiencies.

Become knowledgeable of which foods are high fiber and begin to add them slowly to the diet. The skin of fruits and vegetables can be scrubbed and eaten to increase fiber intake. Vegetables should not be boiled, but rather eaten raw or lightly steamed. Eliminate products with white flour from the diet completely. Instead consume whole-grain cereals and breads and brown rice.

Fiber for Weight Loss and Weight Control

Eating fiber can be helpful when trying to lose weight. It provides a feeling of fullness that will help reduce hunger. Using fiber for diet or weight control can help with overall body tone because extra water is also being added to the diet. Be sure to include enough protein and fat with each meal to ensure a balanced diet.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Strawberry

Strawberries
Strawberries have cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. These berries are beneficial for the spleen-pancreas and improve appetite. They moisten the lungs and generate body fluids. Strawberries are used for thirst, sore throat, and hoarseness. Eat before meals to treat poor digestion accompanied by abdominal pain and swelling. They relieve urinary difficulties including painful urination and inability to urinate. Very rich in silicon and vitamin C: useful for arterial and all connective tissue repairs. To strengthen the teeth and gums and help get rid of tartar, cut a strawberry in half and rub onto the teeth and gums; leave on 45 minutes and rinse with warm water. One of the first fruits to emerge in the spring, strawberries are good for spring cleansing and body detox. Allergic reactions to strawberries are often caused by berries that are not vine-ripened.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Peach

Peaches
Peaches have cooling thermal nature, sweet-and-sour flavor. These fruits build body fluids; moisten the lungs and intestines. Peaches are used for dry cough and other dry conditions of the lungs, they relieves high blood pressure. The slightly sour quality of the peach is astringent and tends to bound perspiration while tightening tissues. For a "peaches and cream" complexion apply a poultice of blended fresh peach on the face, let dry, rinse, and pat dry. The kernel inside the peach pit strengthens blood circulation and is used to clear congealed blood, it appears in tumor formulas including those for uterine fibroids. Peach leaf taken as a tea destroys worms. The very soft nature of peach flesh makes it ideal for those with acute gastrointestinal inflammations and in this case it should be cooked and pureed.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Lemon and Lime

These fruits have cooling thermal nature, they are very sour, astringent flavor and antiseptic. Perhaps these are the most valuable fruits therapeutically speaking for people who have eaten a high-fat/protein diet. Lemon destroys putrefactive bacteria in both the intestines and mouth; used to purify the breath. Its antiseptic, anti-microbial, and mucus-resolving action make it useful during dysentery, colds, flus, hacking coughs, and parasite infestation.


Lemon and lime have benefits the liver, encouraging the formation of bile, they improve absorption of minerals, promote weight loss, cleanse the blood, treat high blood pressure, thick, poorly circulating blood, and weak blood vessels. Lime alleviates flatulence and indigestion in general. Lemon increases the production of fluids in the body. Its juice, diluted with water, is often used for reducing the effects of summer heat, calming the nerves, treating sore throat, cramps, and diabetes, which are often marked by fluid deficiency.

Lemon and Lime
Lemon is used externally to heal sores (apply juice), to relieve itching from insect bites (rub in juice), and to soften and reduce corns (poultice). One drop of fresh juice combined with warm water makes a cleansing eye wash. Generally, limes can be substituted and are grown with fewer chemicals. The citric acid content of lemons and limes is 4-6 times higher than oranges and at least three times that of grapefruit. Thus these fruits should not be used by those with too much stomach acid or ulcers. Besides, citric acid thins the blood, and so citrus should be used cautiously by those with weak blood signs such as pale complexion and tongue, insomnia, irritability, and thinness.

Start with 1-3 lemons daily for one week and increase according to need and desire (9-12 lemons daily can be tolerated by the robust person in need of their properties).Lemon peel is used similarly to grapefruit peel, although it has stronger ability to move stagnant liver, while lime peel has even more specific action on the liver.
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Healing Properties of Fruits: Fig

Fig
Fig has neutral thermal nature, it is a fruit with sweet flavor. As a healer it influences the stomach and spleen-pancreas and moistens the lungs and large intestine. Fig has detoxifying action and is used for skin discharges and boils. It is one of the most alkalizing foods, it balances acidic conditions that result from a diet rich in meat and refined food.

For dry cough, signs of lung heat, asthma, or sore throat, drink a cup of the water and eat 1-2 figs from a lightly cooked fig soup several times a day. The high mucin content of figs makes them a soothing laxative for treating constipation, especially the "fluid deficiency" type. Figs also clean the intestines and treat dysentery and hemorrhoids. Milk from the unripe fruit applied twice daily straight to warts helps to remove them. For toothaches, fresh fig can be rubbed into the gums for healing effect.
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