Holistic Lifestyle with Leigh Ann Lindsey


This Article Covers:
  • Definition of Fiber
  • Benefits of Soluble Fiber
  • Benefits of Insoluble Fiber
  • How Fiber Benefits Skin Health
  • List of High-Fiber Foods
  • List of Fiber Supplements

Statistics show that 95% of people don’t get enough fiber (men 38g/day, women 25g/day). Not only is it critical for everyday health, fiber and skin health are more closely connected than you would think. Below is a full look at the types of fiber, their benefits, how they play a role in skin health and where to find fiber in foods and/or supplements.


Fiber is actually a carbohydrate found in plant foods that plays a critical role in our digestion and detoxification processes. Fiber can be broken down into two general categories: soluble and insoluble.


Soluble fiber can be dissolved with water and become a gel-like substance with several specific benefits:

  • Reduces hunger because it swells when in contact with water
  • Feeds the good gut bacteria
  • Supports the immune system
  • Stabilizes blood sugar levels through lower sugar and carbohydrate absorption
  • Lowers fat absorption often leading to weight loss


Insoluble fiber is usually found in the skins of fruits, in grains and nuts. This type of fiber cannot be absorbed by the body and has benefits of its own:

  • Prevents constipation
  • Binds to toxins and bile that need to be eliminated
  • Can lead to reduced inflammation
  • Can boost the immune system

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