It’s great to up your fibre intake – but do so gradually, since a rapid fibre spike in your diet can lead to unpleasant side effects such as bloating and flatulence.
Consuming sudden large amounts of fibre can also provoke abdominal cramps or even a bowel obstruction, particularly among older or sedentary people who already have a sluggish bowel function.
Most importantly, remember that it’s far better to consume fibre by eating real food, rather than pills. Supplements lack the fantastic nutrients and substances found naturally in high-fibre foods, which provide most of the benefits. So eat up!
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