Monday, July 18, 2011

Green Foods Never Tasted this Good

Hello! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I had a very relaxing weekend and now I am ready to jump back into life, well semi-normal life since I am on summer vacation now and have all day to clean, blog, read, and exercise. Really it is the life I strive to achieve and each summer I get a brief glimpse at what I want that drives me harder to meet my goal. But that is not why I am here today, I wanted to share with you more about the ingredients that can be found in Shakeology.

Shakeology is a full meal supplement drink that provides you with a full serving of fruits and vegetables, antioxidants, protein, and 70+ ingredients that will help to keep you regular, help muscle growth and repair, and with the added benefit of losing weight because one packet has 150 calories and can replace any meal of the day without making you feel hungry, sluggish or tired.  In my previous posts I went of the Antioxidants which can be found here and here. I also explored the source of protein that are used in Shakeology which can be found here and here. Today I am going to move on to the Green Superfoods that can be found in Shakeology and how they are helpful to our bodies.

Green Super foods are also known as Phytonutrients. These are said to boost immunity, help fit diseases, slow down the effects of aging, detoxify the body and help to alkalize the body. The source of Phytonutrients in shakeology are: Barley grass, blue -green algae, Chia seeds, Chlorella, Flax, Grape seed extract, Hydrilla, spinach, Spirulina, sprouted quinoa and wheat grass.
Barley Grass
Barley Grass has been used since ancient Greeks discovered  the leaf of the Barley plant could be used to treat GI inflammation and disorders. But this plant doesn't only treat GI inflammation and disorders it is also a "green food" which means it has various health benefits.  This is one of the few supplements that will support someones health at any age.  Some of the vitamins that can be found in barley grass are,  B1, B2, B6, B12, Vitamins C and E, Folic acid. In addition to the vitamins barley grass also contains 70 different minerals as reported by These minerals include calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium.  Barley grass has other benefits to the body including providing protein, fiber, enzymes and amino acids.  Besides improving the health of the body help prevent diseases as well as  improving the overall health of the body. According to barley grass can scavenge free radicals, and help with diseases such as arthritis, gout and rhematoid synovitis. Chlorophyll can also be found in barley grass which  helps to stimulate red blood cells which can accelerate wound healing and tissues growth.

Blue -Green Algae
You may have heard of Blue-Green Algae and didn't even realize it because it is also called spirulina or aphanizomenon. This algae is grown naturally in fresh water ponds and commercial in Asia and North America. writes that blue- green algae  is a rich source of nutrients and contains 50 -70 percent protein. It also contains all amino acids, is high in Vitamin A, complex -B and Vitamin E.  MedLine claims that blue-green algae contains more beta-carotene than carrots.  The Sloan -Kettering Cancer Center uses blue -green algae to help combat fatigue in their patients.
In tests done on healthy humans it has shown that spirulina increases the natural disease fighting cells. In studies at the Sloan-Kettering center  algae has fought virus and mutant cells as well as  inhibiting the cell growth in herpes, cytomegalovirus and influenza, (these have not yet been tested with humans.) In early tests Spirulina has been shown to lower cholesterol levels in animals and the blood sugar levels in Type-2 Diabetes human patients.
Chia Seeds
Chia seeds, you the commercial come on sing it Ch...Ch...Ch..Chia. Who knew you could eat it? well the Mayans, Incas and Aztecs knew you could and valued them more than gold.  I didn't have a clue until last year when I started reading some healthy living blogs and found a mass of runners, workout divas and moms consuming these in their breakfast cereal for the Omega-3's and other benefits to be found in them. When I rushed out to get them I had no clue exactly how many benefits these had but knew I wanted to live a healthier life. Chia seeds contain  vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. It is also believed that besides being nutritious they also help to balance blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol. Chia seeds are full of omega -3's and fiber and unlike flax seeds, Chia seeds are more readily available and can be stored for longer periods of time without going rancid. Because of the amount of Omega -3's Chia seeds may help you to lose weight. They can also help to feel fuller longer and help with the elimination of toxins. When Chia seeds are consumed they form a gel in the stomach which helps slow the conversion of carbohydrates  to sugar.  This means that you will continue to feel satisfied longer, provide you with more energy,  and eliminates blood sugar spikes.

As I do more and more research on the ingredients in Shakeology I am blown away but what I find. I want to get every member of my family on this drink immediately. I care that much about every ones health that I know we would benefit from just one shake a day. At $3.99 a day this is a steal, it costs less than your favorite Starbucks blended coffee and it provides you with enough fuel to make it through your day rather than suffering from a sugar crash and few afters you finish the Starbucks.  Since you now know a little bit more about this drink don't you think its time to order your 30 day supply. 30 days could change a lot in your life and bring you one step closer to the healthier person you are trying to be.  Go Here.

Wishing you a Happy Healthy Day,

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