The Truth About Fiber (for Yoga Students)

Dear Yoga Student,

Fiber is the secret to eating more, weighing less, and feeling better.

“But what is fiber, anyway – is it just bran?”

There are 2 types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Both are undigested meaning they are NOT absorbed or metabolized (as opposed to something like sugar that IS metabolized or stored).

Instead, fiber moves through your body’s gastro-intestinal tract like that weird-o at a party who bumps into things on his way out the door, dragging his friends with him as he goes.

With food, fiber does the bumping and dragging – and it’s generally VERY heathly.

Soluble fiber forms a gel when mixed with liquid. You’ll find it in foods like:

– Oat bran
– Dried beans and peas
– Nuts
– Barley
– Chia & flax seeds
– Fruits such as oranges and apples
– Vegetables such as carrots
– Psyllium husk

Insoluble fiber does NOT gel and instead passes through your intestines intact. Here’s where you find it:

– Vegetables (like green beans and dark green leafy vegetables)
– Fruit skins and root vegetable skins
– Whole-wheat products
– Corn bran
– Seeds & Nuts

As a yoga student, here are the important things to remember.

SOLUBLE FIBER slows down digestion and regulates hunger (this is good). It also helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. A diet high in soluble fiber can help reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and may help you lose weight.

INSOLUBLE FIBER (imagine eating tree bark) is the type that helps prevent constipation, colon problems and other digestive diseases.

Cavemen ate 100-150 grams of fiber each day. Modern man eats just 15 grams. You should aim for 30-50 grams daily, ideally with a sizeable dose for breakfast.

Stay bendy,


p.s. If you’re eating whole, unprocessed foods all the time, fiber is easy. When you can’t get fresh veggies or if you’re in a rush in the morning (yes, I am suggesting you eat veggies for breakfast), I always just drink a glass of chia lemonade.

It’s super easy to make and it sorts out your bowels too. You should be able to find it at your local health food store.