What was recommended to support digestion on a repeat episode airing last week?
D. Celery seed
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A. Pears - 9%
B. Fiber - 73%
C. Lettuce - 6%
D. Celery Seed - 10%
The Answer: Fiber
On the 2/10/12 episode of The Dr. Oz Show: Andrew Weil's Holistic Secrets, Dr. Weil discussed his holistic secret for digestive health. The information shocked Dr. Oz.
Dr. Weil recommends, and he himself eats, 40g of fiber every day. Dr. Oz says women should get 25g of fiber daily. [The Mayo Clinic suggests that men get between 30g and 38g of fiber daily.]
On the table in front of the doctors was two groupings of fruits, veggies, and whole grains. On group represented 25g of protein and the other represented 40g of fiber. There wasn't too great a difference between the two groupings and Dr. Weil said it's doable.
To get to 40g of fiber daily it's as easy as 4 fruits, 3 veggies, and 3 whole grains.
If you can't get to 40g of fiber with food, then Dr. Weil recommends taking a fiber supplement and specifically recommends psyllium. Be careful, when you take psyllium be sure to drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.
If you're not at 40g of fiber daily already then go easy. Gradually increase fiber intake to avoid gas and pain over the course of a month.
Pears and Lettuce
Both pears and lettuce can be great sources of fiber. According to the Mayo Clinic's website, one medium pear contains 5.5 grams of fiber. Click here to see the fiber content for popular foods from The Mayo Clinic.
Leaf for leaf, romaine lettuce comes in with the highest amount of fiber with 0.21g per leaf, according to HighFiberDiet.net with red leaf having the least fiber at about 0.02g per leaf. Although red leaf may not have as much fiber as romaine, mixing up greens to create a colorful salad will not only contribute to daily fiber totals but will also provide a rainbow of nutrients.
Celery seeds is known as a carminative seed and plays a role in supporting digestion and may help to ease discomfort caused by excess gas in the digestive track. Dr. Oz recommended celery seed on the 4/26/12 episode to support issues of bloating.
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