With apologies in advance for asking a set of extremely personal questions of you, have you ever noticed that your poop clings to the toilet bowl stubbornly after you've flushed? Are you constipated? Do you suffer from hemorrhoids? (I told you it was a set of extremely personal questions!)
Incorporating more fiber into your diet is a good way to deal with those problems, and there are some tasty ways to do so. You'll also want to drink plenty of water to help keep it all moving.
Why you really should get some fiber
Based on that set of extremely personal questions, you can probably guess the reasons why you should endeavor to get more fiber in your diet. The biggest reason is that getting the right amount of fiber is going to make you poop like a champion. And who doesn't want to poop like a champion?!? Fiber is going to help you go more regularly, so if you struggle (literally) with constipation, incorporating more of it into your diet will grease the skids, so to say.
Speaking of skids! Sticky poop, the kind that leaves skid marks behind in the bowl, can be helped by the introduction of more fiber into your life. Hemorrhoid sufferers are also encouraged to get more fiber, which will allow you to go to the bathroom more easily, thus avoiding the straining that can lead to or exacerbate hemorrhoids.
How much fiber do you need?
Provided you're not a statistical anomaly, you need more fiber than you're currently getting. The average American consumes 15g of fiber a day, which is substantially less than the recommended amount of 25g of daily fiber for women and 38g for men. (Men! Catch up!)
But what do those numbers look like in real terms? Let's translate them into real foodstuffs to make it easier for you to know what to look out for.