USANA® MySmart® Boosters – Fibergy® Plus, Protein Plus
You probably already carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. You don’t need added pounds or a sluggish digestive system slowing you down. MySmart Fibergy Plus is an excellent source of 12 grams of fiber that can help keep you feeling light and healthy in a few key ways:
- Supports weight management by keeping you feeling satisfied
- Promotes good digestive health by aiding regularity and promoting a balanced gut microbiome
- Helps keep your heart healthy by supporting many aspects of cardiovascular function
Fibergy Plus is a convenient, naturally low-glycemic way to add more fiber to your diet. And unlike many other fiber supplements, Fibergy Plus contains several sources of dietary fiber. So, you’ll get the full range of benefits provided by different types of insoluble and soluble fiber.
Sources of fiber like psyllium and organic cane fiber are bulking agents that help food digest more slowly. This will help satisfy your hunger and contribute to the feeling of fullness after a meal. By taming your appetite, Fibergy Plus is a low-calorie solution that will help you skip the snacks, so you can maintain a healthy weight, when used together with a balanced diet and exercise.
Combining fiber with protein and fat is even more satisfying, making Fibergy Plus a great addition to your MySmart Protein Shake, too.
Slowing digestion with added fiber has other benefits. It may help avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes after eating. So, by helping your body digest food over a longer period of time, Fibergy Plus may help maintain healthy blood glucose levels, as long as they’re already in the normal range.
The bulking action of fiber also contributes to a healthy digestive system. Fiber sweeps the gastrointestinal tract and helps normalize stool consistency to promote regularity.
Good intestinal health and normal bowel regularity are crucial for health, because they move wastes and toxins out of the colon efficiently. If undigested food and metabolic waste build up due to delayed elimination, they may weigh you down and cause occasional discomfort. Fibergy Plus helps keep your body regular.
The agave inulin also supports a healthy gut microbiome by acting as a prebiotic. The non-digestible fiber promotes the growth of healthy bifidobacteria—a bacterial strain in the digestive tract. Beneficial bacteria are desirable in the gut, as they assist the digestive tract’s ability to break down foods and absorb nutrients.
†Additionally, soluble fiber from foods such as Fibergy Plus, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. A serving of Fibergy Plus supplies the 2.9 grams of the soluble fiber from psyllium necessary per day to have this effect.
Fiber has been associated with many aspects of healthy cardiovascular function. Research has shown fiber can help inhibit the absorption of cholesterol from the intestines or trap and eliminate excess bile. This action may help maintain healthy LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as healthy blood pressure, as long as they are already in the normal range.
How Much Fiber Do I Need?
Nine out of 10 people need to consume more fiber. The average adult only eats about 16 grams of dietary fiber a day. The recommended intakes for total fiber are much higher and only vary slightly by age and gender:
- Adults 50 years and younger: 38 grams for men and 25 grams for women
- Adults over 50: 30 grams for men and 21 grams for women, due to decreased food consumption
Designing your daily diet around fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains can help increase fiber consumption. Low-fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.
MySmart Fibergy Plus is also an easy way to boost your intake every day. Only one tablespoon provides nearly half of your suggested daily amount. The formula is made without added flavors, making it convenient to mix with your MySmart Protein Shake, juice, or water. For even more variety: Try mixing it with foods, too. If you enjoy baking, you can replace some of the flour in your favorite recipes with Fibergy Plus.
Frequently Asked Questions About MySmart Fibergy Plus Booster
Why does Fibergy Plus have a warning about choking?
One of the key attributes of soluble fiber is its ability to act like a sponge in the intestines. By absorbing water, soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance that lubricates the intestinal tract and makes it easier for waste to pass more quickly.
This same gelling capacity can be seen when mixing a fiber product (like Fibergy Plus) with hot liquids, or by letting the product sit in room-temperature liquids for an extended period of time.
Because of this, it is important to mix Fibergy Plus with cool liquids, and to consume the solution right after mixing it. This helps minimize premature gelling and minimizes the risk of choking.
Daily life takes strength. From lifting your latest haul of groceries to carrying your growing toddler up the stairs to conquering your choice of fitness goals. Whatever you need to accomplish, a strong, fit body will help you get it done.
Keeping your muscles strong requires regular exercise and consuming enough protein. This essential macronutrient provides the amino acids that are vital for building and maintaining healthy lean muscle mass.
A shake with MySmart Protein Plus Booster can help supply you with 10 grams of complete protein as part of a healthy diet. The whey concentrate in Protein Plus is 100 percent pure and comes from cattle that have not been treated with synthetic hormones (no added rbST or BGH). In addition, it’s processed using low temperature pasteurization to minimize denaturing of the protein, which could destroy its effectiveness.
Protein Plus is high in protein and contains all of the essential amino acids your body needs to help maintain lean body mass (also called fat-free mass).
Maintaining lean muscle mass is important throughout your lifetime—at every stage and every age. Consuming enough protein is vital for a number of reasons, including:
- Supporting a healthy weight
- Building and strengthening muscle
- Helping to maintain muscle mass as you age
Because protein helps you feel fuller, longer, it may help you eat less if you’re trying to cut calories. And protein’s benefits for weight management don’t stop there. Muscles tend to burn more calories than fat, even when you’re at rest. So, by helping to maintain your lean body mass, a diet with increased protein can help support efficient energy metabolism.
Athletes have greater need for protein to play at the top of their game. They expend more energy and need plenty of protein to repair and strengthen muscle tissue after exercise.
It also becomes especially important to focus on maintaining muscle as you get older. Muscle mass and function are gradually lost over the years. By age 60, you may begin to lose the muscle strength and function needed to stay independent and energetic into your senior years (especially if you tend to have a more sedentary lifestyle). And this decline can be even more pronounced in post-menopausal women.
The good news is that some muscle loss can be avoided. Mature individuals can help maintain a good quality of life through working to stay strong by exercising regularly and by supporting muscle maintenance by consuming enough protein.
How Much Protein Do I Need?
To maintain health, the Institute of Medicine recommends most people consume eight grams of protein for every 20 lbs. of body weight per day (.8 g/kg). Mature individuals should consume up to 1.2 g/kg of weight per day.
If you’re trying to manage your weight, higher intakes also may be needed. Research has shown that it’s important to consume more protein than your usual intake to see improvements. You may need about 37 percent more protein than the general recommendation, or 11 grams for every 20 lbs. of body weight (1.2 g/kg).
Athletes, too, need more protein. If you’re very active, aim to consume up to 18 grams of protein for every 20 lbs. of body weight per day, depending on the intensity of training.
Let’s look at a couple examples.
- Mary is 35 years old and weighs 150 lbs. She exercises daily, but otherwise works at a sedentary desk job. That means she would need around 60 grams of protein per day to maintain her health. She should aim for about 82 grams of protein per day if she is focused on managing her weight.
- Joe is a 150-pound professional athlete. So, he exercises strenuously and for extended lengths of time daily. That means he could need up to 135 grams of protein per day.
But that’s not all you need to consider to get the best results.
The key to maximizing the benefits of your protein consumption is spreading it into fairly equal amounts at every meal. This is a more effective approach for building muscle than skewing protein intake toward only one or two meals. So, once you’ve calculated how much protein you need, divide that equally across the number of meals/snacks you generally eat every day.
MySmart Protein Plus makes it easy to add protein to your diet when you need it. Consider adding it to your MySmart Protein Shake for breakfast, which is a good choice, since it’s the meal that typically has the least protein for most people. Or mix it with dairy, soy, coconut milk or another beverage for a snack. Every serving of MySmart Protein Plus will increase your protein intake to help keep you going strong.
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