You can pretty much start anywhere when it comes to the benefits of oatmeal. Oatmeal has been a staple in my life since I was a kid. Aside from it tasting great, being a great source of fiber and easy to make, there are so many ways to make those delicious meals without it getting old.
Here are 5 quick benefits of oatmeal and how you can take advantage of them today.
While there are many things on the market to help with constipation, oatmeal can ease constipation. Oats are loaded with soluble fiber and that fiber allows water to remain in your stool. The more water you have in your stool, the softer it can be which makes it easier to pass.
Just 1 cup of raw oats can provide up to 43 grams of fiber. It is important to note that there are different types of oatmeal to consume. One is steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are a little bit more complex and you don’t need as much as traditional oats….and trust me, they get the job done.
On the other hand old fashioned oats have a low glycemic index, which makes it wonderful for the digestive system.
Then you have instant oatmeal. Now this oatmeal is the best if you don’t have a lot of time to prepare in the morning and you need something quick and something that’s going to keep you regular throughout the day.
If you are an adult you want to have your traditional old-fashioned oats or your steel cut oats. Instant oatmeal is best for children dealing with constipation.
Helps to lower blood sugar
Oats contain B – glucans, which help maintain glycemic control. With a G1 score of 55 and lower, they are great for maintaining your blood sugar without dips or rises.
If you are diabetic, oatmeal is also great because it helps to reduce the amount of insulin.
Helps itching and irritated skin
Oatmeal’s benefits are not just limited to an internal use. Oatmeal has the ability to bind to the skin and perform a protective barrier. In the same effect, this holds in moisture and can put an end to unwanted inflammation.
Itchy skin can be a result of many things like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry skin and even sunburn. In this case you can make an oatmeal bath to soothe that irritation. You will want to get the kind of oats specifically for this purpose and not the kind for consumption.
Helps You Manage Your Weight
When you eat oatmeal, you’re going to feel full when you’re done. This is a good thing because it will help you with weight management.
Also, don’t just stick to straight oatmeal either. There are so many delicious ways to prepare oats. You can use apples, blueberries, peaches, walnuts, almonds, cane sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, bananas, etc…
I can go on about the benefits of oatmeal, but I’d like you to start experimenting with different recipes. See what kind of combinations you can come up with. Oatmeal doesn’t have be boring or bland. Jazz it up.
And don’t forget about the topical uses as well. See how it improves your skin and then make it part of your periodic self care routine.