What is fibre? Fibre is the part of fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains and legumes that we are unable to digest.

There are two kinds:

  • Soluble
  • Insoluble

Soluble fibre dissolves in water and forms a gel, whereas insoluble fibre does not.

Two forms of soluble fibre are:

  • Acacia fiber
  • Psyllium fiber

The gel is responsible for:

  • slowing digestion
  • creating a feeling of fullness
  • eating less, benefiting weight control

Acacia fibre is the gum extracted from different species of the acacia tree and is a good source of soluble fibre.

Acacia:

  • acts as a prebiotic – increasing friendly bacteria in the gut
  • protects against diarrhea, constipation, inflammation in the intestines and colon cancer
  • has been used successfully to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • decreases gas and bloating

This fibre has been used medicinally over time to relieve symptoms of:

  • coughs
  • colds
  • sore throats

It is also credited with lowering cholesterol. Acacia fibre comes in a tablet or a powder. Acacia can be mixed with water or added to food.

Avoid:

  • when taking amoxicillin – body won’t absorb
  • if you have a respiratory disorder
  • when on certain drugs – ask your doctor

Take with iron cautiously.

Psyllium fibre is also a good source of soluble fibre. Even though the fibre comes from a grain, it is not a member of the wheat family; it is gluten-free.

Psyllium:

  • improves digestion
  • removes toxins from body by binding them in the colon
  • increases fecal bulk, pushing out debris
  • loosens stools, preventing constipation
  • is cleansing