Fiber-Greens: Microgreens as a Source of Dietary Fiber

Fiber-Greens: Microgreens as a Source of Dietary Fiber

Dietary fiber is essential to our overall health and wellness. It is widely known that most people do not get an adequate amount of dietary fiber from the foods they eat. According to statistics, only 5% of men, and 9% of women, get the necessary amount of fiber they need from their diets and an estimated 4 million people in the US experience frequent constipation. 

This might be asking too much personal information, but how many times per day do you have a bowel movement? You don't need to tell me the answer of course, but I'd encourage you to ask yourself this question and to consider the answer.  

Did you know that you should have a bowel movement after each meal everyday? 

While lots of sources online will tell you that having 1 bowel movement a day or every other day is "normal", this is not normal at all when we're putting more in than is coming back out. Our bodies should be able to eliminate waste very regularly, and when they cannot, we need to consider if we are consuming enough dietary fiber or not. 

This lack of dietary fiber is unfortunately partly due to, like so many other health issues in the US, the standard American diet- too many sugars, and ultra processed foods- chips and crackers, and not enough fruits and vegetables. Constipation is often a side effect of medications that are taken everyday as well. 

Fiber is not only largely responsible for good gut health and digestion, but it is also necessary for the proper delivery of nutrients throughout the entire body. Without enough fiber, the digestive system easily becomes backed up, and the result may be all kinds of digestive issues. 

This PubMed study displays the importance of dietary fiber on whole body health and says: "Perhaps at least in part stemming from the known associations of dietary fibre intake with a healthy gut microbiome, favourable body weight and overall metabolic health, dietary fibre intake also associates with a reduced risk for the development of cardiovascular disease and mortality. There have also been descriptions of further health benefits of dietary fibre, including reduced risk of malignancy and improved colonic health." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7589116/

While doctor internet might also tell us that the possible side effects of constipation are mostly outward, like hemorrhoids, fissures or impaction, we should also consider even more serious inward side effects of wastes and toxins sitting inside of the digestive tract for much longer than they should. 

Waste not being removed from the body fast enough can affect the entire excretory system which includes the kidneys, large intestine, skin and lungs. This means that symptoms like fatigue and skin disorders can be expected with constipation if waste is not excreted from the body in a timely manner. 

I think that most would assume that such a common symptom like constipation isn't THAT big of a deal. Take some Metamucil and you'll be fine, right? 

This is all wrong thinking, however, and is why so many Americans are highly dependent on medications that can only further damage their health, causing other unwanted side effects. Even children are prescribed Metamucil at an unbelievably common rate- because they eat fishy crackers and macaroni everyday without eating enough fruits and vegetables. Then their parents wonder why they can't go to the bathroom. 

I am not anti-doctor or anti-western medicine. I am thankful for modern science and western medicine, when it comes to necessary life saving treatments, surgeries and emergency care. 

But we need to understand that western medicine does not train its physicians in health and wellness. It trains its physicians to treat side effects and symptoms with medications, instead of considering the body as a whole and getting to the root cause of a symptom, which will cure disease, instead of putting a band aid on it. Allopathic doctors treat symptoms. And their most commonly used tools are pharmaceuticals. While pharmaceuticals can be a good option for some people, others can experience an array of side effects, which lead to other symptoms. Then they go back to their doctor and he prescribes additional pharmaceuticals, and this process becomes an ever revolving door or symptoms and general unwellness. 

What did people do before western medicine and pharmaceuticals? 

While it's commonly believed that life expectancy was much lower apart from the presence of pharmaceuticals, this is generally untrue. Hygiene and access to running water was, in past times, a large culprit for a lower life expectancy, and not an absence of pharmaceutical ls and western medicine. 

Before pharmaceuticals, plants were used to treat illness and disease most commonly. Did you know that the base of many pharmaceuticals is herbs? 

According to this PubMed study, "The first commercial pure natural product introduced for therapeutic use is morphine marketed by Merck in 1826, and the first semi-synthetic pure drug aspirin, based on a natural product salicin isolated from Salix alba, was introduced by Bayer in 1899."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560124/

Many herbs are used in the most popular pharmaceuticals that are prescribed. However, they also commonly include a variety of other added ingredients that are known to cause harmful side effects. One of the most common side effects of popular pharmaceuticals is, you guessed it- constipation! 

So you're prescribed a medication, it causes constipation and a sluggish digestive system, then you go to the good ol' doc, and he prescribes you another medication for constipation. 

So while Dani Greens is not at all anti- western medicine and pharmaceuticals, I do believe in getting to the root cause of a symptom, and using the most natural, whole, raw approaches, in order to heal the body, instead of keeping it in a state of unwellness by covering up symptoms or only causing more. 

I'd encourage all of you to look into this further, and to consider all of this and if this situation sounds familiar to you, to further consider if going through this ever revolving door has healed your ailments that you've sought treatment for from allopathic doctors. 

Constipation may seem like a light matter, but unless our digestive health is in good working order, our whole body can be negatively affected by built up waste that isn't properly eliminated. Constipation is a serious matter and should be corrected as quickly as possible. 

Why? 

The body's main route of elimination is the digestive system. It rids our bodies not only of the waste that it cannot use from foods we eat, but it also rids the body of environmental toxins that have been absorbed by the skin and lungs. 

When the digestive system is backed up, this means that waste, bacterias and toxins are sitting inside of the body for much longer than they should, and can then be reabsorbed and recycled which essentially poisons the body. 

When our digestive system is backed up, our whole body can be affected. 

So why not Metamucil? 

The issue with popular fiber supplements like Metamucil is that they often contain lots of harmful additives that can cause additional side effects, like any other popularly prescribed medication. Not only is the digestive system unable to eliminate toxins properly, but more are being added to it. 

Here are the non medical additives in metamucil:

-Acesulfame potassium, allura red AC, aspartame, citric acid, FD&C Blue No

Let's take a closer look only at the first additive here:

-Acesulfame potassium- some researchers are finding that this ingredient could have harmful side effects like weight gain and shifts in the gut microbiome, which can lead to obesity and chronic inflammation.....

And that's only the first additive. 

Common side effects of metamucil are:

Nausea, vomiting, gas, abdominal cramping and bloating, and diarrhea. 

A less common but more serious side effect is bowel obstruction, which is obviously extremely dangerous. 

When someone is prescribed Metamucil everyday, they can become dependent, further. 

Being dependent on fiber supplements and laxatives can have serious consequences as well. Since the body becomes dependent to remove waste only when these supplements are taken, it struggles to work properly on its own and is sluggish. 

We should all be aware that our gut health is absolutely essential for our overall health and wellness. When the digestive system is sluggish, an imbalance of unhealthy and healthy microbes in the intestines can become present to then encourage weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and other disorders.

Gut health is vital! When our gut is healthy, our whole body can be healthy. What many people do not realize is the connection between the gut and the brain. 

The vagus nerve, which controls messages to the gut as well as the heart, lungs, and other vital organs is the gut's direct connection to the brain.

This is why gut health affects our entire body's health. This is also why an imbalanced gut can be the cause of mental illness, since the brain's health relies so heavily on our gut's health. 

I have a sneaking suspicion that if we would first address gut health, when it comes to mental health, we could better treat people who struggle with mental illness disorders. That isn't too say that there aren't other contributing factors to mental health. However, we have seen through scientific study, how nutrition impacts mental health before. If you're interested in learning more about nutrition and mental health, go read my blog post "How Microgreens Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health." https://danigreens.com/blogs/news/how-microgreens-can-help-you-manage-your-mental-health

According to one study at Harvard University:

"A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That's because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected."

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/the-gut-brain-connection#:~:text=A%20troubled%20intestine%20can%20send,GI)%20system%20are%20intimately%20connected.

If you're interested in reading more about microgreens and gut health, check out my blog post "Microgreens & The Gut Microbiome" here 

https://danigreens.com/blogs/news/microgreens-the-gut-microbiome

There are natural supplements like psyllium husk, which is used in Metamucil, that can be taken to encourage elimination of waste and toxins via the digestive system. But the absolute best option for dietary fiber is always going to be to add more whole, raw food sources of dietary fiber to our diets and to consume them regularly. 

Microgreens are a great source of dietary fiber! Eating Microgreens each day encourages a healthy digestive system and the proper elimination of waste from the body. 

Not only are microgreens a great source of dietary fiber, but they're also packed with nutrients like polyphenols, omegas, B vitamins, magnesium, and zinc, which encourage a healthy gut and the elimination of waste from the body via the digestive system. 

Adding microgreens to your diet as a source of dietary fiber and other important nutrients for digestive health, however, is highly dependent on how often you're consuming them. If you want the best results for your digestion from microgreens, you should be eating them everyday, and even better- you should eat them multiple times per day. 

Microgreens are a superfood because of their high nutrient content and their endless possible health benefits when consumed regularly. 

Dani Greens offers 5 wonderful varieties of fiber packed microgreens, and delivers locally to the Yuba Sutter area. I grow Pea Shoots, Broccoli Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, Radish Shoots and Red Vulcano Radish Shoots and I offer a variety of size and mix options, to best meet your needs. 

Dani Greens offers a subscription option of weekly and every other week microgreens deliveries, which are discounted 20% for weekly deliveries, to offer you the best bang for your buck!

You just can't put a price on your health, friends. But Dani Greens understands the importance of making sure that our nutrient dense microgreens are available to all of our neighbors, no matter their financial situation. For a weekly delivery of 3 ounces of Sunflower Shoots, you'll pay a whopping 6 bucks per week! 

Dani Greens' microgreens are unlike any other product you'll find in local stores and are high quality. There aren't good comparisons that you can find on local grocery shelves, even at the health food store in Yuba City. What you'll find might be a pretty questionable option. If you go to the health food store to buy your greens, you might find a week old product of withered, lifeless, or moldy greens. But you also will get a small amount for a higher price than Dani Greens offers at the subscription price. 

Dani Greens aims for the absolute most beneficial greens to make available to all of my Yuba Sutter neighbors- to offer you the health benefits of microgreens at a reasonable cost, without any added pesticides, herbicides or harsh cleaners, and delivered to your front porch, with your health and convenience in mind. You just can't beat this service. 

I love knowing that the greens I am growing can impact your lives in such a powerful way. Each time I seed my trays, I am reminded of how impactful Dani Greens can be on the Yuba Sutter area. I not only place each seed carefully on the soft, nutrient rich soil, knowing that I can make a dollar off of this seed, but I place each seed atop the soil carefully, with love and intention, knowing how valuable these tiny shoots can be to your health. 

Your digestive health is so important to your overall health and wellness, and even affects your mental health,  whether it is properly eliminating waste or not. A backed up digestive system, means a backed up mind too….

Choose Dani Greens and get your digestive health on track, while also supporting a local, woman/ single mama owned business, a local Yuba Sutter family, and the health of the whole Yuba Sutter area. 

Place an order at www.danigreens.com and show your digestive system some microgreens fiber love. 💚

Dani 🌱 

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