A lot of you have asked me why I love Shakeology so much. I wish I could explain it in a way that you could actually feel what it does for me. I say that because the biggest reason I love Shakeology is because of what it does for my digestion system. Yes it fills me up, and yes it curbs my sugar cravings which are all good and dandy but mostly it make my tummy feel good. As you all know I have a gluten allergy so my digestion system has been through shall we say “HELL” over the last decade or two. It has taken me years to repair my stomach lining and Shakeology has been key in this process. The probiotics and superfood combination is just what my stomach needed. Plus I have to tell you I absolutely love the taste. I have had a few friends or customers tell me it is not for them and that is ok, but for me it is actually something my body and taste buds crave on a daily basis. Here are just a few of the reasons I love it so much.
Shakeology is packed with superfoods.
What’s a superfood, you ask? Superfood is the collective name given to the most nutrient-dense foods on our planet. They go beyond meeting basic nutritional needs; in addition, they have high concentrations of multiple nutrients, such as antioxidants, phytonutrients, or adaptogens that work together to support the immune system and help fight aging.*
Shakeology’s ingredients fall into these powerful nutrient groups:
Proteins and Amino Acids
Prebiotics and Probiotics
PROTEINS and AMINO ACIDS
(Whey, Pea, Chia, Quinoa, Amaranth, Flax, Sacha Inchi; Vegan Protein blend also includes Pea and Rice Proteins [Rice Protein replaces Whey in vegan formulas])
These two very important elements help build and repair muscles, reduce hunger and food cravings, support optimal brain function, improve your mood, and promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. The bottom line is, your body NEEDS proteins and amino acids to thrive—and Shakeology has lots and lots of them!
ANTIOXIDANTS (Cacao, Coconut Flower Nectar, Acerola Cherry, Pomegranate, Camu-Camu, Bilberry, Goji Berry, Blueberry, Açai, Green Tea, Rose Hips, Cinnamon, Luo Han Guo)
Antioxidants are incredibly important in one’s diet because they neutralize molecules known as free radicals. These destructive little devils damage your body the same way oxygen in the air rusts exposed metal on a car. Unfortunately, free radicals are natural by-products that our cells produce, and if you don’t have enough antioxidants to absorb free radicals, they overwhelm your cells, oxidizing and destroying them.
Moral of the story: Load your body up with antioxidants and super-fruits (via Shakeology) to help keep you happy and healthy for a long, long time.
(Moringa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Spinach, Kale, Barley Grass, Kamut Grass, Oat Grass, Wheat Grass)
Phytonutrients are the active elements found in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, and teas. All the green superfoods in Shakeology contain phytonutrients that are known to promote a healthy immune system, healthy aging, and help to detoxify and alkalinize the body.
Alkalinize? What does that mean?
Think back to science class when you were a kid and did that litmus paper test. If something was too acidic it turned the paper red. RED = BAD. If it was too much of a base it turned the paper purple. PURPLE = BAD. But right in the middle is the neutral zone (which is where we want our bodies’ pH levels to be). To be in that happy zone we need to “alkalinize” our bodies. And the alkaline nature of phytonutrients (which are packed in Shakeology) helps promote alkalinity in your body.
Unfortunately, the American diet is comprised of waaaaaay too many acidic foods—things like soda, energy drinks, coffee, alcohol, pasta, and processed deli meat. And an acidic environment in the body may lead to disease. So if you’re a self-proclaimed veggie hater (like our CEO Carl Daikeler claims to be), DRINK SHAKEOLOGY and you won’t even know you’re drinking phytonutrients that help alkalinize your body. You’ll just be happy and healthy.
(Maca, Astragalus, Ashwagandha, Maitake Mushroom, Cordyceps, Reishi Mushroom, Schisandra, Ginkgo, Tulsi [Holy Basil])
If they sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, they kind of are. Adaptogens are special herbs that often grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations and on mountaintops where the soil is rocky and oxygen is thin.
Because these plants have to adapt to very harsh conditions, they have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, and help neutralize harmful free radicals. Plus, they fuel your body with energy while promoting a strong immune system.
Shakeology has a total of 9 adaptogens! So if you want superpowers, consume adaptogens.
PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS
(Yacon Root, Chicory Root, Lactobacillus Sporogenes [Bacillus Coagulans])
Prebiotics pretty much act as “food” that fuels the growth of probiotics (the good bacteria) that are naturally found in your intestines.
Probiotics are strains of good bacteria that assist your body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bringing an overall balance to the digestive tract while helping support your immune system.
Forget what those cleaning product commercials tell you about bacteria being bad, because these kinds of bacteria are important for proper digestive health and a strong immune system.
(Amylase, Papain, Cellulase, Lactase, Lipase, Protease, Bromelain)
Digestive Enzymes help your body break food down into its individual components, making nutrients easier to absorb. Because cooking can destroy foods’ natural digestive enzymes, there’s a very good chance that you don’t get enough of these enzymes in an average diet.
Then we loaded Shakeology up with VITAMINS and MINERALS.
The truth is, most of us don’t get the complete range of vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, like vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, which means they need to be replenished regularly. And other vitamins, like vitamin D, can be difficult to get enough of in food.
And there you have it, the magical ingredients inside of every Shakeology.
Now try explaining all that to your friends when they ask you why you drink Shakeology every single day! That knowledge really is a good party trick. Or, you could just say: it’s the Healthiest Meal of the Day® and I love the way it taste and am so thankful my family does as well.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Article adapted from Shakeology.com