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Boniva (Ibandronae Sodium)

Fibre in its natural form is helpful in balancing blood sugar levels, but it is mainly known for its action on the bowel and the beneficial effects on problems such as constipation. Fibre binds water and increases the bulk of the stools so that they are easier to eliminate from the body. This prevents putrefaction of food. If food stays in the bowel too long, it starts to putrefy and ferment (produce gas) inside you, leading to problems of bloating and flatulence which are common during the menopause. Fibre also aids digestion, increases your feeling of fullness and removes toxins from your body.
Although there has been a great deal of interest in fibre over the past twenty years, the focus has been on adding bran to a bad diet to increase the fibre content. However, this misses the point. Bran is a refined food because it is contained in the grains of cereal plants and then stripped away to be sold on its own. Bran contains phytates which have a binding effect on certain vital nutrients such as iron, zinc and magnesium and this makes these minerals less absorbable. The phytates also bind calcium, making it harder for the body to absorb this mineral which is so essential for bone health during the menopause.
It makes much more sense to eat the bran in the form that nature intended by eating the grains in their whole state.
Recommendations for increasing natural fibre in your diet
• Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables (cooked and raw).
• Whole grains (brown rice, whole-meal bread, wholegrain crackers and pasta), beans, nuts and seeds. When you eat muesli (containing raw flakes of various grains) it is necessary to soak it beforehand, preferably overnight, to enable the phytates to be broken down so they do not affect mineral metabolism.
Avoid or reduce:
• Reduce your intake of refined carbohydrates including cakes, bread and biscuits containing white flour and sugar.
• Avoid the use of bran on its own and when added or made into breakfast cereals.

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