Most people understand that fiber plays an important role in our overall health, but this form of carbohydrate is actually beneficial to body builders as well.
Fiber is found in plant cells and can be obtained from food sources such as fruits, vegetables, oats, beans and cereals. Due to its chemical structure, fiber is not digestible and remains fully intact as it moves through the body.
- What is fiber?
Fiber is the indigestible polysaccharides which include cell forming substances (cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin and lignin) as well as excreted and reserved substances in the cell. Additionally, wax, cutin and glycoprotein are also classified as a food fiber. Whether these substances are soluble in water or not, they all play a very important role for the body. Fibers are not consumed and metabolized as other substances, they will form a gel in the intestine and perform many useful functions for the body.
- Why is fiber so important to the body?
– When you are trying to build muscle, you will consume at least one gram of protein for each pound of body weight each day. One of the main sources of protein comes from animal meat like chicken and beef. And the problem is that if meat remains in the digestive tract too long, it can produce toxins that cause negative effects for your health. An adequate intake of fiber each day will ensure that the foods are moving smoothly along your digestive system.
– Fiber is beneficial to slow stomach cleaning speed. Stomach cleaning is a process in which food is moved from stomach to the small intestine. And of course, the small intestine is a place where most of the nutrients are absorbed and pumped into the bloodstream. When you consume foods that contain fiber, it will become gelled in your stomach and slow down the process. As a result, your body will be able to extract nutrients more efficiently.
– The most important effect of fiber is to help build muscles. Under the effect of fiber, amino acids methionine will burn fat as well as increasing the amount of hormone testosterone, supporting to combat exhaustion and arthritis. In addition, fiber also increases the absorption of isoleucine, a type of amino acids which specifically helps you recover energy after practice, regulate sugar, support hemoglobin formation and help with clotting.
Moreover, fiber will crush food before they go down the gut, reducing the absorption of small intestine with food, especially fats. And as a result, it helps decrease fat accumulation and firm up muscle tone effectively.