Eating well is the next important element to a healthy body from physical exercise. One needs to eat fibre, if one aims to improve the exercise performance and health while aging. But the current world is a fibre-deprived world. We are totally dependent on processed food, in which all the valuable nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and fibre, have been washed off during preparation. This makes it difficult for anyone to know how to get enough fibre in their diet in order to reap all of the awesome benefits.
Fibre is a form of indigestible carbohydrate, which is of two types: soluble and insoluble. We can digest the soluble fibre as it attracts water and converts into a gel during the digestion process. This can be found in nuts, vegetables, legumes, and grains. We cannot digest the insoluble fibre because our body does not produce the enzymes necessary for breaking down of the bonds in fibre. It is found in vegetables, whole grains, and seeds. This fibre reaches the large intestine intact and acts as food for good bacteria in the gut. There are multiple benefits of maintaining healthy gut bacteria which help synthesize vitamins (B2, B5, B6, biotin, and vitamin K). These indirectly contribute towards a good performance at the gym. Good bacteria are also helpful in eliminating the toxins from the body.
Fibre helps rid the body of toxins. It bulks up the stool, which is then pushed along through muscle contractions. Bulked up stool is easier for the intestines to move. In absence of fibres, the waste sits in the intestinal system and sometimes long enough for the body to begin reabsorbing those toxins. As more toxins continue to accumulate, the body starts to face numerous health issues. Thus eating fibre is important for health and for performance.