If you are like most Canadians you may answer this question with a confident “YES.” However, the reality is that most Canadians are not getting nearly enough dietary fibre in their daily diets. In fact, a 2005 study done by Statistics Canada, showed that the average Canadian is actually consuming around 13 grams of fibre per day.

Part of the problem is that many people don’t actually know how much fibre they should be consuming. It is suggested, by different sources, that people should be consuming between 25 and 40 grams of fibre per day, quite a wide range. For ideal health, consuming 35 grams of fibre or more per day is perfect.

Is this what your average day looks like? If yes, then congratulations! If the menu above is not typical of your normal diet then you need more fibre!

There are two types of fibre, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre is used by the body to absorb excess cholesterol and toxins that exist within the intestinal tract and colon. Insoluble fibre performs the task of ‘cleaning and scouring’ the intestinal tract and colon. Both types of fibre are essential for good health.

Ideally, the average person should be able to fulfill their fibre needs from dietary sources (fruits, vegetables, seeds and grains). However, the majority of people do not eat a proper, well balanced diet and are therefore not getting enough fibre into their diet. Over time, this will lead to a buildup of undigested food in the intestinal tract and colon. This undigested food becomes toxic and begins to dump toxins into the blood stream; this is the start of almost all degenerative diseases. To complicate matters, a buildup of this undigested, toxic food material begins to cause constipation in most people. Now, the blood stream starts to become polluted with toxins from both the undigested food and the toxins and waste contained in the feces.

The most commonly available fibre supplements contain pysllium husks or seeds. While this is the most common, it is not the best choice for a daily fibre supplement as it is 97% soluble fibre, and does not cleanse adequately. Further, pysllium based fibres absorb a lot of the water that is in the colon and can cause, or worsen, constipation or other bowel problems. The best source of fibre is fibre from flax seeds. This type of fibre is 50% soluble fibre and 50% insoluble fibre, so it both absorbs toxins and cleanses the intestinal tract while leaving sufficient water in the colon to ensure stool remains soft and easy to pass.

FibreSMART is a unique fibre supplement in that it not only contains flax seed fibre, but also contains many other ingredients that help to ensure a healthy intestinal tract and colon. FibreSMART can be used daily to help supplement your daily fibre needs.