What is insoluble fiber?

What is insoluble fiber

Insoluble fiber includes plant cellulose and hemicellulose, which do not dissolve in water. Insoluble fiber stays intact as it moves through the digestive tract and is known for bulking stool. Most vegetables and fruits contain a higher amount of insoluble fiber than soluble fiber.

Insoluble fiber sources contain large amounts of nutrients and antioxidants essential for overall cell function and health. 

Medical professionals often give the advice to consume more fiber without discerning between soluble and insoluble fiber. They key role of insoluble fiber is to increase motility and bulk the stool so that its counterpart, soluble fiber, can work properly and provide a host of additional health benefits.

Insoluble fiber sources

Insoluble fiber is found in most vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

Where Florasophy comes in

The key benefit of insoluble fiber is to bulk the stool and provide key nutrients and micronutrients for the body. But to properly support the digestive process, insoluble fiber needs to be paired with soluble fiber. As a supplement Florasophy is an insurance policy for getting enough soluble fiber each day. Increasing soluble fiber can also address specific symptoms and help optimize overall health. 

About Megan Barnett, MS, CNS

Megan Barnett, MSMegan Barnett is a functional medicine practitioner in Portland, Oregon. In her clinical practice, she helps patients identify the root cause of their health problems, then designs individualized and evidence-based approaches to alleviate symptoms and help their bodies heal. She has a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Nutrition and Functional Medicine from University of Western States.