There are two types of dietary fiber: insoluble and soluble. Insoluble fiber does not break up in water. It comes from whole wheat products, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. This is the type of fiber that acts like a sponge, keeping things regular. A high fiber diets appears to lower colon and breast cancer risks.
Soluble fiber found in oats, beans, citrus fruits, apples, pears, barley, and psyllium absorb water, becoming a sticky, protective, gel-like material that binds to bile acids, lowering cholesterol and perhaps preventing gallstone formation.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide points out that while it is common knowledge that fiber is a part of a healthy diet, it is less known that diets rich in fiber may help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, diverticulitis, and deep vein thrombosis. One study of 40,000 male health professionals found that a high fiber intake was linked to a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease.
A diet filled with fiber-rich foods appears to lower stroke risk, and may reduce high blood pressure and elevated LDL cholesterol.
Along with stroke prevention, a fiber-rich diet also appears to prevent the plaque buildup, heart attack, heart failure and other complications of heart disease.
Research suggests that when gut bacteria digest and ferment dietary fiber, good things happen in the lungs. The immune system is better able to protect the lungs from strong allergic reactions. This may be protective against asthma.
Fiber helps keep blood sugar levels balanced and enhances general health. In addition to improving digestive health, researchers found that soluble fiber reduces the inflammation associated with obesity, and helps cells go from "angry pro-inflammatory cells" to "healing anti-inflammatory cells."
The National Cancer Institute, U.S. Surgeon General, and the American Heart Association recommend between 25-35 grams of dietary fiber per day. But the average person in the U.S. only consumes around 10 grams a day. Fiber is not found in eggs, milk, or meat, but in plant based foods.
One of the best ways to increase your fiber intake is to add fiber from psyllium into your diet. The Food and Drug Administration suggests a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet that include 7 grams of soluble fiber per day from psyllium husk may reduce the risk of heart disease. FiberWise Drink Supplement contains 12 grams of fiber, and 40% more psyllium husks than Metamucil Smooth Texture Drink, along with digestive soothing herbs, vitamins and antioxidants. FiberWise Breakfast Bars have 9 grams of fiber.
Increase Fiber Gradually
If you're looking at your diet and realize that you have a way to go to reach the goal of 25-35 daily grams of fiber, add fiber gradually. Increasing fiber too quickly can cause bloating and gas. Persons accustomed to high fiber diets have the right amount and type of bacteria that can handle fiber. FiberWise Drink Supplement contains prebiotics that encourage the growth of the right type of probiotics. There was a time in the history of modern man when it was thought that fiber was unnecessary! But on the other hand, Benjamin Franklin wisely coined "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." One apple a day may not exactly keep the doctor away, but it does add about 4.4 grams of fiber to our diet.
~ Richard M Barry
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FiberWise is my favorite product. I tell everyone how it has made a difference in my life. When my husband and I enrolled as customers in December 2011 we ordered the Value Pack because my husband knew it was the best way to try the products and the best value. For him it was a no brainier. Plus it was a great way to try many of Melaleuca's products which we knew nothing about. As we began using the products, FiberWise was a product that I didn't think I needed because I had never had any digestive problems, so it set on our shelf in the pantry. However, about a year later, I heard a team-training on the importance of utilizing FiberWise and the benefits it provided. So I began to be educated why this product was so vital in our overall health and began using it on a more consistent basis.
However, it was not until Melaleuca rolled out the "Vitality: Simple Steps to Your Ideal Weight Loss" in January of 2013 that I got serious about utilizing this amazing product. Taking FiberWise before your evening meal was one of the key components in this plan. As I consistently began to drink FiberWise before my dinner each evening along with the GC Control and Access Bar, over the course of about 3 months I dropped 2 sizes, 3 1/2 inches around my waist, and 25 pounds. I am happy to say that as of today I have lost a total of 35 pounds and am feeling great. FiberWise was the catalyst for me and I don't go a day without it. It naturally sweeps away excess sugar, cholesterol, and toxins from our bodies and aids in weight loss. I love that it comes in the canister which stays at home as well as the packets which are always packed away in my purse, so if I am eating out for the evening I will always have my FiberWise whenever I need it. Thanks Melaleuca for this incredible product and how it is helping me reach my wellness goals as well as help others reach their goals.
I felt that it was time to send a note of appreciation for all of the wonderful Melaleuca products. It is evidenced in almost every room in my home. But, if I had to pick out my favorite product right now I would have to say that I feel like a different person since drinking the FiberWise every morning for the past two months. I am very focused on healthy living and especially healthy eating. The FiberWise helps me know that I'm consuming much of the fiber that I need daily in just that small glass each morning. Not to mention that I no longer have that bloated feeling throughout the day. Blessings,
I firmly believe that a healthy colon is critically important to good nutritional absorption, a strong immune system, and overall good health and vitality. Along with eating fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water, FiberWise has been an invaluable supplement for digestive care. The drinks, (both the Orange and Peach flavors) are delicious, not gritty, and easy to swallow. Besides seven different types of fiber, there are also probiotics, herbs and vitamins. FiberWise does not produce excess gas, and is excellent in helping with regularity. If I am traveling, I take along the FiberWise Bars (Lemon is my favorite). They work just as well as the drink and can double as a dessert too. Everyone I have recommended these to also loves them. Thank you Melaleuca for such a high quality product!
FiberWise is a great product to supplement your diet. I remember trying to drink Metamucil. Even the flavored one was hard to swallow. But with FiberWise's rich ingredients it has a very smooth texture and much higher in quality. You can't beat it.
Hi - When I opened my Melaleuca shopping account, I started with an Essentials Pack that had the FiberWise in it. For some reason, I was a little fearful of taking fiber. It sat on my shelf for a couple of months, but I decided if I was going to share it with my customers, I'd better give it a try. I started taking it, and within six weeks, I'd lost 14 pounds. And I felt so much better! I've taken it regularly ever since starting on it, and those 14 pounds have stayed off. I love my FiberWise!
I have been using FiberWise for quite a long time now. I have a family history of heart disease and know the importance of daily fiber intake. On average most people get between 8 and 10 grams of fiber a day. This is 1/3 of what your daily intake should be. I take 3 scoops of FiberWise every morning. I also take a GC Control shake and this will be my breakfast. I used to be on a cholesterol medicine, but with this product and eating right, my doctor weaned me off. It has been a blessing being introduced to Melaleuca and their greatness of WELLNESS!
I like to say FiberWise changed my life. I had a terrible case of acid reflux and digestive issues for over two years. I would wake up every day with a sore throat. I went to several doctors and had many tests and tried many prescriptions to no avail. I started FiberWise and Florify daily and within 4 days my symptoms left me and have not returned! I use these products daily and am so happy to have my singing voice and most importantly my health back.
I have recently been to the doctor for an issue I have had for about 10 years. He diagnosed me with a type of colitis. He then put me on a medicine that was really expensive. I got to thinking about insurance and thought one day they may not think it's necessary to be on it and I would have to pay for it out of pocket, which I don't think I could, so I decided to try the FiberWise. What did I have to lose; it was good for me anyway. When my medicine ran out I continued the FiberWise and have stayed regulated. My husband can now take me on trips without me screaming for a bathroom! FiberWise has been a lifesaver.
(Customer for almost two years and loving it) I want to tell you that I have been having stomach troubles due to acid reflux for months and when I feel that burning in my stomach I go straight for my FiberWise. This product relieves my acid indigestion immediately and makes my stomach feel better instantly. I am so thankful for the healthy ingredients that calm my stomach and allow me to get on with my day or back to sleep at night. And with FiberWise, I know I don't have any harmful side effects to worry about later. This is a healthy alternative and provides me with the fiber I need to keep my digestive system healthy and my immune system ready to fight off germs. I work in an airport, around sick people every day from all over the country and I have never been healthier when it comes to cold and flu season. I am a lifetime customer because of this product!!