I have researched supplements, vitamins, superfoods, and products for YEARS. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on products to invest in my health. Nourishing and healing the body at a foundational level is a passion of mine and one I love to teach others about. When I gave Shakeology a chance (I’m not going to lie it took me a while…) and really dug into the quality and content, I was BLOWN AWAY. The contents, you guys are REDIC! Here’s a general breakdown of the 5-part formula each serving of Shakeology contains…
1. Super Protein Blend
- This part of your shakeology will change depending on if you order the vegan formula (as shown above) or if you order the regular whey protein. In both cases, there is a protein complex used to develop the protein aspect of this shake. Even in the whey protein shakeology flavors, the other superfood plant based proteins are included. And NO SOY! Woohoo! The whey that is used is exclusively from pastured, grass-fed cows and processed at a low-temperature to ensure nutrient retention. This is AWESOME and often overlooked in most protein formulas.
2. Super fruit/ Antioxidant Blend
- I’m sure you’ve heard of antioxidants, they are popular for their anti-aging, cellular regenerating, and heart health properties. I wish I had the time to explain to you the benefit of each of the ingredients listed in this category. Just know…your vitamin C tabs have NOTHING on these superfood powerhouses! Beachbody has included the ALL-STARS of immune boosting antioxidants in this blend. Camu Camu ALONE is insane not to mention goji berry, acerola cherry, and then there’s ROSE HIPS which SPECIFICALLY are paired with high vitamin C herbs to enhance our body’s ability to absorb all that C goodness! See you got me started…this stuff is so fun!! (insert nerd emoji here).
3. Super Green/ Phytonutrient Blend
- “Phyto”= plant – “nutrient”= the stuff that makes you a super human! Super greens are like miniature gift bags exploding at the seems with all sorts of benefits for your machine of a body. I’m such a weirdo, I get SO excited about these incredibly nutrient dense foods! These supergreens aid in detoxification, purification, and alkalinization of the body. They feed our cleansing powerhouses (liver and kidneys) to function optimally and create homeostasis in our body. Let me also note here how critical pH balance is in the body… did you know in 1921 Dr. Ottoman won a NOBEL PRIZE for discovering that cancer cells cannot survive in oxygen-rich, alkaline environments, but THRIVE in oxygen deprived, acidic environments?!?! Say what? Why isn’t this all over the news?? Ya…I know!
“All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. “Deprive a cell 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” Dr. Warburg has made it clear that the root cause of cancer is oxygen deficiency, which creates an acidic state in the human body. Dr Warburg also discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen, as found in an alkaline state.
4. Adaptogen Blend
- This formula, I am SO excited about. America has the special characteristic that most other countries don’t quite have….we are all freaking stressed out all the time! We’re so stressed that we don’t even realize we’re stressed because stress is our “normal”. Go to Europe, and you’ll know what I’m talking about. We all move at a million miles a minute, are worried about deadlines, dates, projects, work, appointments, etc…we rarely rest. Well, guys, when we live these awesome lives of ours, we burn out our hormones, especially our adrenal glands (The adrenals control the release of the stress hormone cortisol and have a domino effect on the rest of our sex hormones as well as our thyroid). The herbs in this formula are in a class of their own called adaptogenic herbs. This essentially means that they help bring us back to baseline. If you are stressed & anxious, they’ll help bring you down; if you’re lagging, depressed, and have no energy, they’ll help bring you up. It’s that simple. These amazing herbs help NOURISH our hormonal system to find homeostasis, which in turn revs up our metabolism and helps us (especially women) lose that dreaded belly fat! These adaptogenic herbs go above and beyond helping with hormonal balance and stress management, but you’ll have to look them up individually on your own time to see what I’m really talking about. I could go on for hours…they’re SO incredible!
5. Prebiotics, Probiotics, & Digestive Enzymes
- The superstars of gut & immune health, these suckers are vital to decrease belly bloat and improve digestive function, moving out the gunk and creating a health flora within the intestines for optimal absorption of key nutrients. I could do a whole class on the importance of this area alone. There is a theory that all disease starts in the gut. The gut is where we absorb our nutrients and where we can create toxic sludge. If damaged, the digestive system can make our lives miserable! 70% of the immune system resides within the digestive system, which also makes addressing this area HUGE in preventing disease and illnesses of any kind. It simply cannot be overlooked in order to achieve optimal health. The probiotics available in Shakeology are specifically chosen and designed to survive the stomach acid and make their journey to the small intestines where they are really needed to clean house and heal the intestinal lining. Enzymes are also SO very important in aiding the body with absorption, decreasing inflammation, and so many other important benefits. THIS formula is why so many find digestive aid when they start Shakeology. It’s bomb.com.
Now that I’ve addressed the various formulas available in Shakeology, I also want to inform you that the QUALITY of these ingredients are held to an incredibly high standard. All ingredients are continuously tested to make sure they are not contaminated by GMO’s (SUPER IMPORTANT TO AVOID!), and that they are grown in nutrient rich soil free from toxins and pesticides. Do you know how HARD that is to find these days?! If you haven’t noticed already, the price of this bad-ass formula is incredibly reasonable for what you’re getting in each serving. If you were to purchase each of these 5 formulas seperately, even ON SALE, you’d spend WAAAAY more than what you’d spend on Shakeology, even before the coach discount! I did the math and it would cost between $180-$220 for a one-month supply of all of these nutrients seperately.
Now let’s talk science and research real quick!
Did you know in 2014, Beachbody paid for a third party clinical trial to be done on Shakeology? An actual science based, controlled study on the effects Shakeology alone had on participants. This study consisted of 50 participants who were selected after a rigorous selection process. The requirements? To drink Shakeology twice a day for 90 days. That’s it. No change in diet, no change in exercise.
The RESULTS? AMAZING!
Turns out, when participants drank Shakeology for breakfast they had a significant reduction in the desire to eat lunch. Over the course of 90 days participants lost an average of 9.3 pounds, with the highest weight loss coming in at 24 pounds. WOW—losing that much weight in 90 days is quite impressive!
Another interesting fact about the results is that participants continued to lose weight throughout the entire study. This shows that the continuous use of Shakeology resulted in the healthy type of weight loss—slow and steady. And those are the kind of results that are sustainable for the long haul.
In addition to lowering the digits on the scale, another very important number that shrunk was participants’ cholesterol. The average total cholesterol reduction was 7% with the maximum reduction being 50%.
Lowered blood sugar.
The study also monitored participants’ blood sugar levels. And rather than testing just a single day’s blood sugar (which can vary based on what you ate that day or even the day before) the study evaluated the average blood sugar for each day over the 3-month period (also known as HbA1c). Turns out, participants reduced their blood sugar (HbA1c) by an average of 5% while some reduced their numbers by up to 19%. And keeping your blood sugar levels steady is important in helping reduce the risk of diabetes.
For complete details on the study, refer to the Shakeology website here.
For those of you interested in the science/medical opinion of these superfoods, you should check out “100 Doctor’s Don’t Lie”, where 100 medical doctor’s were interviewed about their personal opinion of Shakeology. Pretty fascinating! www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg1AaAbQ3J4
If you have any other questions, I’d love to talk with you! Feel free to contact me at TheHealthPatriot@Gmail.com . It’s time to invest in YOU! Everyone will benefit!