What do you know about fiber? If you’re anything like me, you might know you need it to be healthy, but maybe you don’t really know why. Since fiber is such an important part of digestive health, here’s what you need to know about fiber, fiber supplements, and healthy poops to keep you and your family healthy!
*This post is sponsored by Regular Girl. All opinions are mine.*
Regular Girl is Not Your Grandma’s Fiber Supplement
Who takes fiber supplements? Only old people, right? Gloppy, gritty, nasty – that’s what comes to my mind when I think about fiber supplements. Last fall I had the great pleasure to meet Dr. William Sears, the doctor my kids never knew they had. I have a total fan girl crush on Dr. Sears and I really enjoyed a talk he gave on a topic I never thought I’d enjoy – poop! I know what you’re thinking, but it’s totally true. His talk was so great.
If you’re anything like me, you might not consider fiber supplements at all. However, if you aren’t getting enough fiber in your daily diet, and many people don’t, it might be time to make some healthy changes. While I’m sharing tips today that are working for my family, please understand that I am not a doctor. If you have severe gut health issues, please consult your trusted medical professional.
Together with his wife, Martha, Dr. Sears published an informative book called Dr. Poo – The Scoop on Comfortable Poop in 2018. I even have a signed copy, but I digress. After his talk about keeping guts healthy, I started paying attention to my body (and my poops), and I realized that I need more fiber in my diet too. Although I try to eat as healthy as I can, I have not been getting enough fiber either. Luckily, Regular Girl Prebiotic Fiber & Probiotic Blend busted every preconceived idea I had about fiber supplements and I’m excited to share what I’ve learned!
Why Do You Need Fiber and How Much Do You Need?
Dietary fiber is an important part of your health. You need it to keep regular and keep your gut happy and healthy. Adults need up to 38 grams of fiber a day, toddlers need 19 grams, and school-age kids need 25 grams of fiber a day. I really recommend that you get your fiber from a healthy diet, but we live in the real world and that’s not always possible, is it?
Fiber Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet
Fiber is found naturally in a lot of foods like the ones listed below.
- whole grains: oats, brown rice, popcorn
- nuts: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews
- seeds: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
- berries: blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
- fruit: bananas, apples, pears, oranges, figs
- veggies: broccoli, spinach, peas, sweet potatoes, potatoes
- beans: black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, garbanzo beans, lentils
- and water is very important too when consuming fiber!
Sadly, most of us only get about half the needed fiber from our diet. That means many people are constipated or strain to poop and their guts aren’t happy. Have you ever examined your poop before you flush it down? You might be surprised to learn what a healthy poop even looks like. It was a shocker to me. 😉 You can download Dr. Sear’s family friendly poop chart here.
Looking for the Best Fiber Supplement?
If your poop is not happy, and you can’t get enough fiber in your day-to-day diet, I really recommend Regular Girl! Made with clinically proven Sunfiber (a highly soluble guar fiber), Regular Girl provides 5 extra grams of fiber per serving, and it also contains 8 billion active probiotics too. It’s available in a scoopable powder and a pre-measured on-the-go packet to provide relief from occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas or bloating. You can trust me when I say it’s taste-free, odor-free, and totally dissolves in water.
I’m super picky about my water and I will admit that I was a little scared to try Regular Girl in it. Several years ago we found out our well water was full of nitrates and other nasty chemicals. The nitrate level was so high that even a reverse osmosis system was not enough to make it safe. We work hard with a water purifying company to this day to filter everything out of it.
The last thing I want is a gross additive messing it up, so trust me when I say I was worried. I reluctantly filled up a water bottle with water and ice, added a Regular Girl packet and shook to combine. Then I drank it, and I really couldn’t tell it was in there – maybe a teeny tiny bit, but nothing to turn me off. My kids can’t tell when I sneak some in their water bottles either.
Regular Girl is also low FODMAP, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, Non-GMO Project verified, and vegan. It’s absolutely nothing like the gritty, gloppy mess that may come to your mind when you think of a fiber supplement! Beyond all of that though, it’s recommended by Dr. Sears and that just means a lot to me.
How to Add Regular Girl to your Diet
If you’re traveling or just need that extra added boost, it’s so easy to add Regular Girl to your diet. I’ve already mentioned that you can add it to water without telling it’s there – and it’s really true! I’ve also added a scoop to smoothies, and I’ve put a scoop full on the yogurt, fruit, granola mix I love to eat for breakfast too. Super easy! Because of the added probiotics, it’s better to eat the Regular Girl cold than to heat it. And the portable packets are perfect for taking along when you’re traveling and might not be able to eat as well as you eat at home.
Where to Find Regular Girl
You can find Regular Girl in a lot of the standard places – Amazon, on line, and they just recently launched at HyVee too! If you’re in Iowa, you can find now find Regular Girl in the Vitamin Aisle of Hy-Vee’s Health Market too! Not only can you find Regular Girl at Hy-Vee, but they also have registered dietitians available for a whole host of food and nutrition needs as well! Learn more about Hy-Vee dietitians here.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on fiber and yes, even pooping. Do and your family members get enough fiber? What healthy changes can you make for your family’s gut health?