Do I need to take a fibre supplement?

Do I need to take a fibre supplement?

As an essential component of a balanced diet, fibre is crucial to maintaining digestive health and overall wellbeing. Yet deficiency in fibre, often referred to as ‘the fibre gap’, is very common. It is estimated that 90% of people do not get enough fibre in their diet and women especially need to increase their fibre intake. 

While it's ideal to obtain fibre from a diverse range of foods, there are instances when a fibre supplement becomes a valuable addition to one's routine. In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of fibre supplements, including when they might be necessary, how to take them effectively and considerations for choosing the best supplement for your needs.

What are fibre supplements?

Fibre supplements are concentrated forms of dietary fibre that aim to supplement the fibre content of your diet. They come in various forms, including powders, capsules and chewable tablets, providing a convenient way to increase your daily fibre intake. Read more in 'Why fibre in your diet is essential' or discover the difference between soluble and insoluble fibre.

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When do I need a fibre supplement?

Before incorporating a fibre supplement into your routine, it's crucial to consider whether it is necessary for your circumstances. Here are some common scenarios where a fibre supplement might be beneficial:

How to take fibre supplements

When incorporating a fibre supplement into your routine, consider the following:

  • Timing: Taking fibre supplements with a large glass of water is generally recommended. Some prefer taking them in the morning to kickstart the day, while others find evening consumption more convenient.
  • Gradual introduction: Introduce fibre supplements gradually to allow your digestive system to adjust, minimising the likelihood of bloating or gas.
  • Consistency: To experience the full benefits, take the supplement regularly as directed. Consistency is critical for maintaining digestive regularity.
  • Side effects: While fibre supplements are generally well-tolerated, some individuals may experience mild side effects such as bloating or gas. Adjusting the dosage or the type of fibre may alleviate these symptoms.

How long does it take for a fibre supplement to work?

The time it takes for a fibre supplement to produce noticeable effects can vary. Some individuals may experience improvements in bowel regularity within a few days, while others may take longer to adapt. Patience is essential when incorporating fibre supplements into your routine.

When not to take a fibre supplement

Avoid fibre supplements if you have certain medical conditions, such as intestinal blockages or inflammatory bowel diseases, without consulting a healthcare professional. You may be interested in reading the 'Common & unusual symptoms of IBS'.

The best fibre supplements

Consider choosing a comprehensive fibre supplement with a mix of soluble and insoluble fibres, including those from Psyllium Husk, Apple fibre, Carrot fibre, Beetroot fibre and Blueberry fibre, like DR.VEGAN's Fibre Complex, for maximum benefits. 

Can you take a fibre supplement with probiotics?

Yes, combining fibre supplements with probiotics can benefit overall gut health. Fibre nourishes beneficial bacteria, while probiotics provide live microorganisms that support a balanced gut microbiomeOur nutritional therapist, Isabelle Nunn, who was a practising pharmacist for over 10 years, answers the 7 most commonly asked questions about probiotics.

Fibre supplements can be valuable additions to your diet under the right circumstances. Always consult a healthcare professional to determine whether a fibre supplement suits your needs. Fibre supplements can improve digestive health and overall wellbeing with careful consideration and proper use. Alternatively, you can get in touch with the team at DR.VEGAN®, who are always happy to help.

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