Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:36 AM
I can say that adding fiber to your diet is probably a fairly effective solution and despite those who say there are not scientific studies to back this up, there really are.
Here are the scientific reasons:
1) Fiber helps to stabilize blood sugar. By gelatinizing in your stomach when taken with a healthy amount of water (water with a meal is always beneficial), SOLUBLE fiber turns into a viscous gel that lowers the rate that food leaves your stomach. This in turn reduces the glucose/blood sugar spikes that occur with otherwise a high carbohydrate meal. The scientific component to this is proofed and understood by how little acne afflicts those who eat the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet consists of high fiber, medium carbs, healthy fats (as well as a balanced Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio), and healthy sodium levels.
2) Fiber helps your GI tract as a whole by not only keeping it in tip-top shape, but also by reducing inflammation that can be caused by a wide variety of food sources. Instead of these irritants all 'hitting' (and being absorbed) by your body at once, it helps to let those foods slowly be absorbed, reducing the likelihood of problems.
3) Fiber helps to keep your system clean. We all know the punchline when we see someone eating a high fiber meal that they must be fixing 'exit' issues, but this is only to their benefit. People who have a smooth running digestive system, which means intake and exhaust have a healthier immune system. As we all know, acne is a common immune system issue as well as digestive issue tied in with hormonal issues. Fiber, wonderfully helps to treat this in all three ways, one by reducing blood sugar spikes which change hormonal levels, two by keeping the system running efficiently and reducing inflammation, and three by allowing your body the time it needs to process otherwise difficult to process foods.
When we all stop and look around these forums, we notice that the vitamin/mineral deficiency theory gets brought up a lot in the holistic section, but why don't we look more into how most people are not getting an adequate intake of fiber, which is in itself a deficiency.
Just my $0.02