Certain nutrients from fiber such as cellulose go straight through our system and do not get consumed by microbiota. However there are other types of dietary fiber that microbiota use to degrade and ferment the sugars in our food. Protein fatty acids form and absorb into our blood stream as a result of microbiota activity. Once absorbed, these fatty acids are a key element to regulate our bodily functions.
Many people think protein fatty acids are simply a salvageable form of calories. Popular opinion states that fatty acids simply extract calories from complex carbohydrates. On the contrary, protein fatty acids do much more and are very important for our gut health. Immune system regulation in addition to reduction of inflammatory symptoms occurs with fiber. Lack of dietary fiber intake and protein fatty acid production results in poor health. We are also more likely to become sick as we develop a hyper-inflammatory immune system. This is an unfortunate health condition of the Western world caused by diets that consist of limited fiber and large amounts of processed foods. Fiber benefits us by working in conjunction with protein fatty acids to support optimal digestion.
Our digestive system is sensitive and prone to diseases. Antibiotic use and deprivation of complex carbohydrates are detrimental to digestion. Consequently this type of mistreatment of our gut creates an opening for pathogens to exploit and as a result make us sick. In addition, the mucous layer of our intestine becomes thin and inflammatory responses increase due to a lack of dietary fiber. Solve the digestive track sickness quickly with an increase of dietary fiber. Constipation is another common digestive condition which is resolved by eating more fiber. Bloating is a common issue you are likely to face in a high fiber diet. Add more fiber to your diet slowly and monitor your symptoms to control bloating.
Microbiota in our intestines are important for proper digestion. Increasing the amount of this cellular activity to accommodate an increase of fiber requires careful consideration. New microbiota which processes our dietary fiber may not accumulate as rapidly as we are ready to increase our fiber. Hence we must increase our fiber intake at a slow and moderated pace in order to accommodate our current microbiota count.