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Soluble Fiber as related to Endurance…Staying Power

Understanding the Glycemic Index
What are the Benefits of the Glycemic Index?
How does Fiber (FiberWater) Affect the Glycemic Index?
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A quick understanding of the glycemic index is in order to see how foods and beverages affect the rise in blood sugar, as well as an understanding of how Fiber (FiberWater) slows down the absorption of those sugars, thus providing energy over longer periods of time.

Understanding the Glycemic Index
How quickly do foods raise your blood sugar?

The glycemic index is a useful tool that measures how fast a particular food is likely to raise your blood sugar.

It can be very helpful in managing your blood sugars.

For example, if your blood sugar is low or it is dropping during exercise, you would prefer to eat carbohydrates that raise your blood sugar quickly.

On the other hand, if you want to keep your blood sugar from dropping during a few hours of mild activity, you might prefer to eat extra carbohydrate with a lower glycemic index and longer action time. And, if your blood sugar tends to spike after breakfast, you would want to select a cold cereal with a lower glycemic index.

What are the Benefits of the Glycemic Index?
Eating a lot of high GI foods can be detrimental to your health because it pushes your body to extremes. This is especially true if you are overweight and sedentary. Switching to eating mainly low GI carbs that slowly trickle glucose into your blood stream keeps your energy levels balanced, and also means that between meals, you will feel more full for longer.
· Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
· Low GI diets increase the body's sensitivity to insulin
· Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
· Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
· Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
· Low GI carbs reduce hunger and keep you fuller for longer

How Does Fiber (FiberWater) Affect the Glycemic Index?
While it is known that High GI carbs help re-fuel carbohydrate stores after exercise it is also known that Low GI carbs prolong physical endurance
FiberWater addresses endurance (staying power) on the basis that much of endurance has to do with the stability of blood glucose levels, and not with the rapid rise in blood sugar which may cause a dramatic “low”, following the body's outpour of insulin to counteract the ingestion of glucose.

Glucose is given a value of 100---

A low-fiber meal is absorbed quickly into the blood and causes a surge in blood-sugar levels. Faster carbs (higher numbers) are great for raising low blood sugars and for covering brief periods of intense exercise.

A high fiber food, and or beverage, slows down the absorption of food. Slower carbs (lower numbers) are helpful for preventing overnight drops in the blood sugar, as well as for long periods of exercise.

FiberWater taken alone, or in combination with a higher Glycemic Index food or beverage, helps to keep insulin levels stabilized (helps the body handle changes in blood-sugar levels).

FiberWater is perfect for endurance. 

Hydration is critical for those who exercise as one looses much water throughout the system. The soluble fiber in FiberWater slows the absorption of glucose and adds staying power during endurance.

The soluble fibers in FiberWater moderate (slow down) the post-prandial rise in blood glucose levels thus providing energy over a longer period of time.

More information is provided on the following websites:

· Glycemic Research Institute (GRI) Web Site
· Glycemic Index On-Line


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