“H” of the H.O.P.E. Formula

The H.O.P.E. Formula by Brenda Watson is a program for everyone to adopt into their daily lifestyle. It’s not reserved for those with digestive problems. It’s a program to prevent future problems and keep your digestive system (and the rest of your body) running smoothly and effectively.

When addressing any health problem, most experts agree that the first place to start is the digestive system. Supplements, hormones, amino acids and other treatments will not work effectively if the digestive system is not functioning properly. Overlooking this important process could be the barrier to improved health.

Let’s start with the “H”, for High Fiber.

Why Fiber?

  • Absorbs toxins and gets them out of your body (soluble fiber)
  • “Sweeps clean” and tones the colon muscles (insoluble fiber), reducing/eliminating constipation.
  • Slows glucose absorption, helps keep blood sugar levels balanced and good for diabetics
  • Absorbs water soluble cholesterol, reducing cholesterol levels and helps reduce formation of gallstones.
  • Improves hemorroids, varicose veins and colitis.
  • Promotes weight loss, prevents colon cancer and controls carcinogens in intestine.
  • helps remove unwanted heavy metals and toxin and reduces the effects of radiation therapy.
  • A blend of soluble/insoluble fiber will both bind toxins and increase elimination. Using only one type of fiber will not give you all these benefits.

Insoluble Fiber Sources

  • Whole grains
  • Wheat bran
  • Veggies/fruit skins
  • Flax seed
  • Peanuts, brazil nuts

Soluble Fiber Sources:

  • Barley, oats, rye
  • Fruits/veggies
  • Legumes
  • Seeds (incl flax)
  • Guar gum
  • Psyllium husks (not recommended)

How much?

35 grams per day. Very difficult to get only from diet. Fiber supplements are almost always necessary to achieve 35 gm/day. Look for one with a blend of both soluble/insoluble fiber. Flax, acacia and oat bran make a good blend. You can find Brenda’s line of products at Whole Foods to make it easy.

Why not psyllium?

Psyllium is a popular type of fiber seen sold in stores. It absorbs 40 times its weight in water and can have a dehydrating effect on the colon and can cause costipation and bloating. Psyllium can increase intestinal permeability and possible contribute to stomach or bowel cancer. Additionally, psyllium can encourage overgrowth of the normal intestinal bacteria which can deprive your body of vitamin B12 and produce an increase in the concentration of bacterial toxins.

Information presented here is from The H.O.P.E. Formula by Brenda Watson.