There is a big misconception in American that more fiber is better. The actual fiber you need is very individual. Some of us do not digest fiber well, and eating too much of it can lead to gas, bloating, cramps, sleep problems, heart palpitations, and much more. People who have IBS are particularly susceptible to fiber.
Fiber Marketing, Everywhere
Time and time again we are told, “eat more fiber.” TV commercials and magazine ads boast the value of fiber additives, drinks, and high fiber cereals. These ads always show glowing faces on happy people.
High fiber products have been touted as the fountain of health, fighting heart disease, constipation, and much more. But the truth is, not everyone needs a lot of fiber, and not everyone can comfortably eat a lot of fiber.
The Best Amount of Fiber to Eat Each Day
Are you actually making yourself feel sick by eating too much fiber? This is very possible. This very problem affected Kim’s health. She was suffering from daily bouts of stomach bloating and tachycardia (racing heart). The food she was eating was part of a medical treatment for what was suspected as too much histamine in her body. The foods she was told to eat by her nutritionist were heavy with fiber. As a result her digestive system was under constant stress and her health started to fail even more.
Doctor Cataldi helped Kim find her “fiber number,” the right amount for her individual body. You need enough fiber to produce a healthy bowel movement, but not so much fiber that you tip over the edge into the problems of bloating, diarrhea, cramps, and the other side effects that come with bad digestion. Finding the right amount of fiber for you will require experimentation. Go slowly and observe when you feel well and feel poorly. Remember it may take a few days before you notice a change, especially if you’ve been eating too much fiber, it can take several days for your body to calm down from the stress.