I had never heard of Shakeology until a little over a year ago. My first thought was "I don't do weight loss shakes". All I could think of was the numerous other shakes I had been offered and I wanted to eat clean, so why would I drink this stuff. My coach offered some information on it and shared with me her view. I decided to research the heck out of it before consuming it and of course ask my doctor. First off there were a few things I noticed right away. There was no soy in it (which I have chosen to no longer consume), no artificial flavors and no artificial ingredients. So that impressed me right off the bat. Then I came across these benefits:
Protein and Essential Amino Acids to help build muscle and reduce food cravings*
Help build and repair muscles
Reduce hunger and food cravings
Promote healthy skin, hair, and nails
Chocolate and Greenberry Shakeology include whey protein isolate, an easily absorbable source of high-quality protein that's ideal for building and maintaining lean muscle mass. Tropical Strawberry and Vegan Chocolate include high-quality plant proteins from brown rice, pea and other sources. Essential amino acids, found in these proteins, help the body repair muscle tissue and heal wounds; and reduce hunger pangs. The protein in all Shakeology products provides a highly bioavailable source of essential amino acids.
Prebiotics, Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes, which aid in improving digestion, regularity, and nutrient absorption*
Support a healthy intestinal tract
Increase absorption of nutrients
Shakeology contains many ingredients that are beneficial to the digestive system.
Prebiotics, natural components of certain plants, help support the "friendly" bacteria in your digestive tract.
Probiotics are strains of live good bacteria that help with the digestive process. They assist the body in absorbing nutrients and minerals, bring an overall balance to the digestive tract, and help support the immune system.
Digestive enzymes, from sources such as pineapples and papayas, help your body break down food into its individual components, making the nutrients easier to absorb.
Help promote a strong immune system
Help increase energy
Help protect the body from stress
Help balance endocrine hormones and the immune system
Adaptogens are special herbs that grow in harsh climates and conditions, at high elevations, atop mountains where the soil is rocky and oxygen in the air is thin. Because these plants have to adapt to harsh conditions, they have highly concentrated nutrients that can help your body cope with stress, provide energy, and maintain a strong immune system. Shakeology has a total of 9 adaptogens. Which is more than any other shake out there.
Antioxidants and phytonutrients (plant-sourced ingredients) may help maintain health*
Help neutralize harmful free radicals
Help decrease inflammation
Help maintain the immune system
Potentially decrease the risk of degenerative diseases
Many of Shakeology's fruit and vegetable sources have been chosen for their high concentration of healthy natural substances known as phytonutrients, including flavonoids, polyphenols, anthocyanins, and catechins. These substances have antioxidant properties, meaning they help neutralize molecules known as free radicals, which damage cells and may contribute to the aging process. In laboratory tests, phytonutrients have shown promise in helping prevent a wide variety of degenerative conditions.
23 Vitamins and Minerals your body needs to function for optimal health*
Get a wide range of essential nutrients
Get your necessary vitamins every day
Make up for dietary deficiencies
Most of us don't get the complete range of essential vitamins and minerals in our daily diets. Some important vitamins, such as vitamin C and the B vitamins, are water-soluble, meaning they're flushed out of your body after a short time and need to be replenished regularly. Others, like vitamin E, can be difficult to get enough of in food. Shakeology Chocolate and Greenberry provide all these nutrients in an easy-to-take form, so you never have to worry. (Tropical Strawberry and Vegan Chocolate do not have the vitamin and mineral ingredients added.)
After I did my research I tried to find something comparable and I could not find anything that offered everything Shakeology does. So I decided to give it a go for 30 days. If I didn't like it, even on an empty bag the company would refund all my money back within 30 days. I had nothing to lose by trying it. I started drinking it. I immediately felt satisfied, filled and discovered my sugar cravings were gone when I drank it. I also quickly discovered I went from the biggest skeptic, to the biggest fan. My whole family drinks Shakeology. I can tell you there are things I have drank in the past I would never let my kids drink, so why did I think it was okay for me to consume? I have friends that are nursing and pregnant drinking this. There are also cancer patients I know drinking it. I no longer looked at it like an expensive form of slim fast, because once I became educated I realized it was so far from that. Shakeology is a non-negotiable item in this household. I budget for it in with my groceries. You get what you pay for and that is how I justify purchasing this over any other shake. I have it everyday for lunch and my husband everyday for breakfast.
Here is what I also love about it. It takes less than a minute to make. It is the one healthy meal I don't have to think about or spend a whole lot of time (that I don't have) making it. Quick and easy.
I cannot claim that Shakeology will change your life or heal you from any illness. All I can do is share with you what it has done for me and the people I know. If you would like to try it then sign up for a free account at www.beachbodycoach.com/katieabryant or place your order www.shakeology.com/katieabryant Save the box and the bag, if you are unhappy with it for any reason, get 100% of your money back.