There are two broad types of fiber (soluble and insoluble). Soluble fiber helps slow the digestive process, contributing to satiety, blood sugar balance, regularity, and more. Certain soluble fibers also serve as prebiotic nourishment for beneficial bugs bacteria residing in our gut.
Insoluble fiber helps build stool bulk and supports motility by speeding up gut transit time. It’s important to include both types of fiber in your diet via a variety of fiber-rich plant sources.
When choosing a fiber supplement, integrative registered dietitian Whitney Crouch, RDN, CLT recommends starting your search with your specific poop health goal in mind. “There are a few different types of fiber supplements available, so knowing your goal with using a supplement is important. Decide if you need more bulk or softer stools,” she says.
From there, you can narrow down your search. “Trying to bulk up and improve regularity? Try a psyllium, guar bean, or methylcellulose product,” Crouch says. If you have specific GI health concerns, Crouch recommends limiting or avoiding FODMAPs like fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
A premium, daily fiber supplement that features soluble and insoluble plant fibers, like mindbodygreen’s organic fiber potency+, is a smart way to promote healthy digestion, gut motility, stool form, and regularity.*