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How much fiber is too much?

“Fiber is key for proper digestion and supports a healthy balance of gut bacteria,” says Dr. Frank Lipman, MD, bestselling author and the founder of Be Well. “It assists in the elimination of metabolic waste and toxins, and helps create regular bowel movements.” Not only does fiber keep your digestive system operating at peak performance, it can also aid in weight loss, help stave off heart disease, and keep your blood sugar in check. So yeah, it’s pretty important. Keep reading for Dr. Lipman’s fiber recommendations. “We recommend sticking to fibrous foods that come from nature rather then processed and packaged ones. This means choosing real food opposed to packaged foods that are advertised as high in fiber.” Some of Dr. Lipman’s favorite high-fiber foods include fermented and cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage), leafy greens, nuts, and seeds. Beans, lentils, and legumes are also fiber heroes, but they may cause some digestive issues (beans, beans the magical fruit… you know the drill). You’d need to ingest over 70 grams, however, to experience the unpleasant symptoms that too much fiber can bring on (namely, GI distress like bloating, constipation, or diarrhea). “If you’re sticking to wholesome, healthy foods, there shouldn’t be concern for health risks related to fiber intake,” Dr. Lipman says. “Read your food labels and nutrition facts, know how much fiber is in your meal, and try slowly increasing and seeing how your body responds.” Your gut will thank you.

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Vertical aeroponic gardening at Tower Gardens.

Farms aren’t just in the country anymore. Rooftop gardens supply dozens of Chicago restaurants with just-picked veggies. In the lobby of Vin de Set restaurant in St. Louis, diners are greeted by tall white towers growing kale for salads thatnight. At New York’s...

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