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Too Much Intake of Fiber is Unhealthy

Many are being said about the benefits of fiber in our daily diet and although few are being discuss about the distressing adverse reactions that is actually the effect of consuming too much of it. Fiber also called roughage or bulk is found in vegetables, grass, grains and fruits. It is usually advised for irregular bowel motions to help regulate bowels. Though bulk is known for its advantages for aiding in lowering cholesterol, good for losing weight and managing glucose levels, it’s still possible to give health hazards when in taking too much or misusing it.

When we are not cautious of how much bulk we are taking in, we may probably experience the side effects such as:


One of the greatest gains of bulk is enhancing the pace of the food that goes throughout the intestinal system. On the other hand, boosting your roughage consumption too quickly, when your body system has not been given enough time to adapt, if too much water is consumed alongside with the additional amount of the said element, tendency will be the slimming of fluids in the intestinal system which can lead to diarrhea. The situation can turn into a serious issue if it lasts over a number of days, as useful liquids and nutritional value are being wasted and can no longer be absorbed by the body.

Stomach and Intestinal Pain

Suffering from distinct discomfort in the abdomen and intestine can be very unpleasant. It’s either due to water deficiency which slows the movement of food in the stomach, trapping gas with it. Same thing goes to intestinal cramping when it’s having a hard time breaking down fibers due to its quantity. The opposite of lack in water intake is over drinking with the added bulk resulting to diarrhea.


Another case of consuming roughage with lack of water can lead to constipation. The digestive system requires liquids for it to work properly. Same goes with roughage, it needs enough water to absorb to be able to speed up digestion. Not enough liquid can slow things up for your intestines as well as going to the toilet.

Abdominal Blockage

Worst thing that can happen when consuming large quantity of fiber without drinking the right amount of water can build up to a blockage in the intestine enabling food to pass through. This is a serious case that needs surgical operation.

Always remember that increasing roughage in your daily diet takes time for your body to adjust. The normal intake should be 20g to 30g a day and 50g is considered a lot. So be careful and be smarter when it comes to these things, it’s better to know how to use things to your advantage.

Source: Acupuncture Arlington