Tips on How to Flatten your Tummy & Get the ABS you want

Summer is fast approaching and us women are looking to flatten our tummy before we strip down to our bikini’s! Yes I am one of them, so I have been doing research to Tighten my extra skin and flatten my tummy in record time!


#1 Tip: Improve your Posture: “If you slouch, your stomach pooch” says a fitness gooroo, Ellen Barrett

Poor posture is hug for many people, you should be walking with your heart in front of your shoulders, not your ears! For better posture while standing, align your ears over your shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles. Keep the fronts of the shoulders open like a shirt on a hanger, instead of a shirt on a peg. Draw your navel to your spine and keep your weight even on the balls and heels.


“With your shoulders back and chest up, the abs pull themselves in,” Barrett tells WebMD. “Your energy level improves when you have good posture. Your lung capacity is better. You’re open and more awake.”


#2 Tip: Don’t think abs= floor crunches

When most people think “I need to strengthen my core.” They relate that to being on the floor doing 1000 crunches when in reality they should be thinking WHOLE BODY EXERCISES! “If we could spot reduce, our jaws would be hollow,” Barrett says. “We probably work the jaw muscle in talking and eating more than any other, and none of us have hollow jaws.”

Pilates is huge for this, but so are many of our Beachbody programs! One that I have loved for my tummy is Insanity– you are on the floor in planks and up running and jumping but always reminded to keep your core tight because those ab muscles help you in your performance!

Work your core in 3-D, hitting the sides, back, and middle,” Liz Neporent suggests.

Plank: Start on your hands and knees and come up into a push-up plank position, balancing on hands (or elbows) and toes (or knees). Align wrists under shoulders; keep your back straight and the abs and glutes tight (to keep the back from sagging). Hold the position and breathe out for 10 seconds, exhaling to tighten the abs and draw the navel to the spine.

Leg Lowers: Lying supine, curl the upper body, chest over ribs, with your hands behind your head. Lift the legs up with knees bent at 90 degrees, knees over hips, ankles level with knees. Keeping the hips down, slowly lower the legs toward the floor without changing the bend in the knees, then lift them back up.

Seated Rotations: Sitting up, bend knees and legs together and place arms across the chest or in front of you. Tuck the tailbone and roll back slightly as you alternate rotating the spine right and left.

#3 Tip: Nutrition

Did you know nutrition is 80% the problem in most adults today? You will never have a 6 pack if you still have a layer of fat over top of them! So examine what you are eating, how much and when! I suggest you eat 6 small meals a day, limit your processed foods (slowly wean away and get into a CLEAN Eating Diet), also make sure you are eating a protein and complex carb at eat meal! I have sample meal plans HERE! Are you just starting out and want to cut out processed food and sugar cold turkey? Follow the Stripped Diet

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*** I feel if you can follow these 3 tips you will have a flat tummy before you know it… but follow the last 3 for faster results


#4 Tip: Equipment… not necessary

Props are optional, yes when you have to balance and concentrate you are more likely going to hold your tummy in and keep your posture on key!

Ex: Stability balls, Bosu balls, bands and straps, and weights

BUT you do not need these things or any fancy membership, you can hold your core tight while walking- lifting groceries or boxes in your house- while cleaning or washing the car… be AWARE!


#5: SLOW and Consistent is KEY

This is a GOAL… There is no quick fix- it will take time for you to get in the habit, the more consistent and aware of your tightened core, the sooner you will see the results

Most people will experience set backs, roadblocks, and utter frustration along the way. Rewards come with time and consistency.


#6: Be realistic

Be realistic when you are setting your goals! Ex. Week 1 improve posture, Week 2 press play and get a full body workout in daily, week 3 get eating on track… Always be aware of what you are doing and how it will effect your body =)


I hope these tips have helped! If you have any question please feel free to message me!




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Insanity Challenge Pack Promo for April- 60 day program

How many of you have heard of Insanity or saw the informercials on TV and said “WOW, that looks crazy intense!” ? I know I have, but when I did it, I LOVED IT!!!! This is one of the many programs Beachbody has to offer and is a GREAT cardio program! It is all done at home and in the comfort of your space! FOR THIS MONTH ONLY IT IS $25 off, a TOTAL of $93 in savings!!!! Summer is only a few weeks away =)

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What is it?

INSANITY® is a 60-day cardio- based total-body conditioning program that’s the most intense workout ever put on

DVD. Fitness expert Shaun T drew on his collegiate track and field training, plus his subsequent years of experience as an elite trainer, to create a program that takes total-body conditioning to an extreme level.

Just as P90X is the height of resistance training, INSANITY is the pinnacle of cardio training.


Why is it effective?

Interval training allows you to beat the “stress adaptation response,” which is what happens when your body gets used to exercising at one level of exertion and stops improving. An interval workout includes a set where you perform at your maximum, followed by one of lower intensity, with the cycle repeated to achieve a cumulative effect.

INSANITY uses MAX Interval Training, which replaces your moderate- intensity exercise with maximum-intensity exercise, and your short intervals of intensity with short periods of rest. Adding high-intensity exercise, during which your heart rate increases to 80 percent or more of its maximum capacity, forces your body to use fast-twitch muscle fibers not normally engaged in cardio exercise. These fast-twitch fibers continue burning extra fuel even during lower-intensity exercise.

INSANITY’s high-intensity activity is likely to have you working out at over 85 percent of your maximum capacity, instead of the lower rate recommended in other programs. As a result, you’ll experience faster increases in fitness and more efficient burning of carbohydrates and fat—as much as 1,000 calories per hour.

What can it do for you?

INSANITY pushes you beyond what you thought was possible with explosive cardio and plyometric drills and nonstop intervals of strength, power, and resistance. Additional ab and core training techniques will help you transform your body in just 60 days.

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Beachbody Challenge Packs are the complete package, offering total support for achieving health and fitness goals. The formula? Fitness + Nutrition + Support = Success. With the Insanity Challenge pack, customers will receive the Insanity fitness program, one of four delicious Shakeology flavors, and a FREE 30-day trial membership to the Team Beachbody Club, where customers will find all the support they’ll need to complete The Challenge!

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Best of all, I became a Coach because I feel like my results can inspire people to become fit and healthy. I learned that I am much stronger than I thought and am capable of achieving my goals through hard work. I’m happy.

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Shakeology Spotlight: Goji Berry: Healthy Heart

Goji Berry provides antioxidant support and promotes healthy heart and optimal blood pressure!




Research shows that eating berries — like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries — offers some definite health benefits. Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease. Antioxidants may also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process as well. It does this by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.

Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.

Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health. These are preliminary studies that need to be repeated before definitive conclusions can be drawn.

While goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants — and early research shows a potentially powerful health benefit — it’s still unclear how they stack up against other berries. Researchers also don’t know whether goji berry supplements have the same health benefits as the actual berries.


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Shakeology Spotlight Ingredient: Quinoa

Quinoa is one of my favorites! Many people have never heard of it nor know how to pronounce (I didn’t either about 2 years ago)! It is pronounced keen-wa. 

What is quinoa?
While quinoa is usually considered to be a whole grain, it is actually a seed, but can be prepared like whole grains such as rice or barley. Quinoa is my favorite whole grain for three reasons: First, it takes less time to cook than other whole grains – just 10 to 15 minutes. Second, quinoa tastes great on its own, unlike other grains such as millet or teff. Add a bit of olive oil, sea salt and lemon juice and – yum OR vegetable broth! Finally, of all the whole grains, quinoa has the highest protein content, so it’s perfect for vegetarians and vegans. Quinoa provides all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Quinoa is a gluten-free and cholesterol-free whole grain, is kosher for Passover, and is almost always organic.

Culinary ethnologists will be interested to know that quinoa was a staple food for thousands of years in the Andes region of South America as one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at such high altitude. Who would not want to reap the benefits of this amazing superfood?

1. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It is a complete protein containing all nine essential amino acids. (already stated above)

2. Quinoa contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains. Fiber is most widely known to relieve constipation. It also helps to prevent heart disease by reducing high blood pressure and diabetes. Fiber lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, may lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids and may help you to lose weight as it takes a longer time to chew than does other foods because it makes you feel fuller for longer and is less “energy dense” which means it has fewer calories for the same volume of food.
3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron some more of which include neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, aids enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.
5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation,detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.
7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.
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Shakeology Spotlight- Shisandra, help deal with stress better plus much more

Schisandra Benefits- deal with stress better, help your organs function properly, and get help with fatigue- increase your energy without the jitters!
Schizandra (sometimes spelled Schisandra) berries are a powerful adaptogen. This means that they will help you adapt to your environment allowing you to better handle stress, whether mental or physical. An adaptogen is used as an overall wellness tonic. It is beneficial to the whole body. Like any adaptogen, Schizandra exerts a normalizing effect on the entire body. It will take you from any extreme back to a balanced state. In China, it is said to be the most protective of all herbs and plants.

Schizandra can have a very beneficial impact on your health. It can increase capacity for physical and mental exercise and protect you from environmental stress. This herb can increase your energy by stimulating the central nervous system without making you nervous like caffeine would. But since it’s an adaptogen, it can also calm the nervous system when facing stress. Many people take this herb to increase energy. It is especially popular with athletes as it boosts nitric oxide levels in the body. It fights fatigue as well, making it even more beneficial. Schizandra increases energy at the cellular level.
The Health Sciences Institute states that schizandra berry can raise the body’s enzyme, glutathione. This enzyme detoxifies the body in a way that improves mental clarity. It is widely taken by students in China for this reason.
Probably its best known property is as a protector of the liver, due to the lignans it contains. It helps maintain its proper functioning and regeneration and is also used to prevent liver damage. Schizandra uses its fat soluble compounds found in the core of its seed to protect the liver from toxins. Schizandra is often used in the treatment of hepatitis C. Besides its liver protecting properties, it is also beneficial to the kidneys as it helps balances the fluid in the body. This amazing herb also contains antioxidants, such as gomisin A and Wuweizisu C, to protect your cells from free radicals and prevent oxidation. This is why it’s often used in longevity formulas in Chinese medicine.
Schizandra is very popular among woman for its ability to make the skin soft, smooth and beautiful. It has been taken for many hundreds of years in China for this purpose. It is believed to work by balancing the fluids of the skin. This herb is popular with people who suffer from mental disorders such as anxiety, depression and mood swings. Though it’s unknown how it works for these symptoms, Schizandra has been used for these ailments for many hundreds of years with much success.
Though not enough research has been done in this area, there is some preliminary evidence that Schizandra my inhibit cancer cell growth for some types of cancers, such as leukemia. Much more research needs to be done before this will be considered a truly effective treatment.
For men, this herb may be beneficial for impotence and erectile dysfunction since it has the ability to dilate the blood vessels, helping men achieve erection.
As far as heart health goes, this herb’s blood vessel dilating properties are also good for lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and improving heart function in general. Schizandra is beneficial to the respiratory system too. It rids the body of lung mucus by acting as expectorant. It is also used to treat coughs.
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Shakeology Ingredient SPOTLIGHT: Sacha Inchi

Need to reduce depression, lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, and have an aid to prevent cancers? This is the ingredient that will help you!

Have you heard of Sacha Inchi nuts? Also called Inca peanuts, these nuts are making a big splash in the world of superfoods.

The Sacha Inchi is a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. It produces a seed that tastes like a nut when roasted. Like many healthy nuts, it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as omega-6s and omega-9s. It also contains vitamin A and E. Can you say healthy snack?

A Little More About Sacha Inchi
Though the nuts and oil may be new to many of us here in North America, Sacha Inchi has been cultivated in the Amazon rainforest and along the east slope of the lower Andes for 3,000 years. Archaelogists found evidence of them in carvings on Incan tomb vessels. Plants are said to have a long production time, with some producing year after year for decades. Crops are harvested throughout the year, though costs are lower than those of other oil-producing plants.

The cold-pressed oil is said to contain about 45 percent omega-3 fatty acid, 36 percent omega 6, and 9 percent omega 9, with 27 percent protein. Some experts are calling it the tasty alternative to fish oil supplements.

The oil is used for cooking. It’s said to have a crisp, nutty flavor that’s perfect for salads, meat, fish, poultry, and sprinkled over vegetable dishes. You can use it like olive oil, though it’s said to be lighter, better tasting, and easier for your body to absorb.

Sacha Inchi pulp is a by-product used for soap, flour, bread, and in cosmetics and medicinal creams.

Health Benefits
If you know omega-3s, you can guess at the health benefits of these tasty nuts and oil. Foodies are especially excited about them because the nutrients are apparently easier to digest than those from other sources, so your body can easily take advantage of the healthy properties. Fans say that the oil does not cause gas or irritation, yet it contains more protein than olive oil, and far more omega-3 fatty acids (in the form of linolenic acid) than olive, soy, sunflower, or flax oils.

Because of the omega-3 content, Sacha Inchi nuts and oil are likely to positively benefit cardiovascular health. Specifically, they may lower cholesterol levels, boost brain function, ease joint stiffness, help maintain healthy glucose levels, support healthy skin and hair, relieve inflammation throughout the body, and support the eyes and optimal vision. Scientific studies specifically on Sacha Inchi are minimal at this point, but considering its composition, these are the likely advantages to be gained by incorporating more of this superfood into the diet.

Vegans and raw foodist’s are especially excited about this food as it provides a plant-based way to get a good supply of omega-3 fatty acids. In addition, the oil is extracted by simple cold pressing, so no refining process is necessary. Because of the antioxidants vitamin E and A, it may also help battle the free radical damage that can lead to premature aging. The nuts are high in protein and amino acids—another plus for vegans. They contain nothing toxic or damaging to good health, so you can eat as many as you like!


· Act as natural antioxidant

· Maintain the immune system

· Lower cholesterol

 · Aid colon and breast cancer prevention

 · Regulate nerval transmission and communication – extra brain power

 · Help to maintain a weight loss program by helping to control blood sugar  level

 · Reduce depression and symptoms of other mental health problems

 · Help the arteries and other parts of the body stay inflammation free – boosts the body’s natural immunity

 · Improve arthritis – reduces inflammation

· Regulate hormonal balance during menopause

· Enhance growth of healthy hair, nails and skin

 ·Relieve the PMS symptoms, including bloating cramps and breast tenderness

 ·Clear acne by reducing the number of clogged pores, stimulating the contraction of the blood vessels and reducing the inflammation

 ·Prevent blood clotting by keeping saturated fats mobile in the blood streams which helps reducing the risk of coronary diseases

 · Maintain proper kidney function and fluid balance

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Shakeology Power Balls- Chocolate Craving Killer

 No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Shakeology Balls


8 tablespoons PB2, (low fat, high protein powdered peanut butter)

3 tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter

½ cup Shakeology

3 tablespoons raw honey

½ cup quick oats


Mix PB2 with water until it is a paste like consistency. Mix all ingredients, including PB2 mixture together in a mixing bowl. It may take some time to blend all of the ingredients together. If it’s to sticky, sprinkle in additional protein powder so that it’s a pretty dry/crumbly texture.

Next, roll mixture into small individual balls and place on a wax sheet. Makes about 12 balls, 1 oz each. Put them in the freezer until firm.

(These taste even better when made with 6 tbsp of PB2 and ½ cup of natural peanut butter, but the calories and fat are higher. If you find the recipe above is too chalky tasting, add the extra peanut butter and do a few more jumping jacks.

PB2 is great for baking and protein shakes. 1.5 grams of fat, no additives…they just strip out the fat.

I always keep these in the freezer around that time of the month when I need a dreamy little snack to kill that chocolate craving!

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15 Tips to help you stay on track to Reach YOUR MOMENT

Take your training to the next level – whether that means upping your game by signing up for an extreme challenge or just getting off the couch and into your workout shoes for the first time. I’ll be here to guide and support you along your journey by providing expert diet and fitness plans, inspirational videos, informative tips and much more to help you Train for Your Moment.


Eat less, exercise more.That’s the simple solution to anyone’s weight loss questions. But if it was that easy, more people would be in great shape. Turns out, some of your other behaviors play a big role in fat loss. Try these 15 tips—including several surprises—to fire up your metabolism speed up your lean body transformation.

1. Have a Plan

The old saying goes: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Have a realistic goal and set specific targets for your week to reach that goal, says Emma-Leigh Synnott, M.B.B.S, an exercise, nutrition, and metabolism specialist. However, make sure that you don’t end up being too strict with yourself. Life is about more than your diet. So be sure to find that balance between reaching your goal, and enjoying the moment too.

2. Sleep More

Sleep does more than help your body recover from a long day — it actually helps you fight fat. In fact, researchers at the University of Chicago reported that sleeping less than 7 to 8 hours can increase your appetite (forcing you to overeat), slow your metabolism (causing you to burn fewer calories) and make the body retain more abdominal fat. Need another reason to sleep more? Lack of shut-eye is also associated with bad workouts. Do yourself a favor and get some rest. Your body will thank you.


3. Eat Less More Often

Eating 5-6 small meals a day will speed up your metabolism and teach you how to eat in portion. Studies have said several things but when you eat smaller meals throughout the day (clean, raw, and healthy), you will rev your metabolism up and it will help you lose weight!

4. Know How Much You Are Eating

Part one of the energy equation is to simply restrict your fuel intake. But unfortunately, most people do very badly with this. Research has shown that most people grossly underestimate how much they are eating, sometimes by up to 50 percent! There are a number of ways you can track what you are eating, such as using MyPlate through or Myfitnesspal,com, but whatever system you use the key is consistency and accuracy.

5. Move More (LOTS more!)

This is, essentially, the second half of the equation – the calories-out side.Unfortunately, most people struggle with this process. In today’s society we are largely sedentary: We travel in cars, we work in front of computers all day and we relax in front of the television. Add incidental exercise (like talking the stairs or tapping your foot) in addition to formal activity (such as playing sports, lifting weights, running, a Beachbody Program) to see the greatest benefits

6. Remove Liquid Calories

You want the truth: 65 percent of Americans drink beverages that are heavy in calories. Not only are these drinks less likely to keep you full, thus leaving you hungry, they are oftentimes loaded with sugar. Yes this means your crystal light, juices, alcohol, pop, sweetened tea, and anything with artificial sweeteners in it!

7. Plan a Cheat Meal

This will help your body see that you are not depriving it from what it is use to and you can splurge, will losing weight!- it is ONE MEAL, not a WHOLE DAY!

8. Make Yourself Accountable

Surround yourself with tools to help you with your journey. Tell your friends. Tell your family. Join my support group or Challenge group! Let people know your goals and ask for their support in helping you achieving them. The more supported you are, the better.

9. Practice Carb Swapping

Carb swapping is is one of the easiest (and fastest) ways to jump-start weight loss. Replace foods like pasta, rice and bread with fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables have fewer calories and carbohydrates than their processed counterparts. That means you can eat more total food without adding weight.


10. Eat More Fat

Did you know that the Institute of Medicine recommends that a diet be made up of 25 to 35 percent fat? Turns out, high-fat foods like nuts, avocados and healthy oils can help you lose fat faster than other diet approaches. Just make sure you figure out how much fat you need in your diet to prevent yourself from overeating. And, as always, avoid the trans fats. They’re still not healthy.

11. Eat More Protein

Protein helps you maintain lean body mass (muscle, not fat), and increase the thermic effect of your diet. That is, protein requires more energy for your body to process than carbohydrates or fat. This can subtly contribute to the calories-out side of the energy equation. As a bonus, eating protein keeps you fuller longer, and researchers have shown that it can reduce how much you eat per day by hundreds of calories.

12. DRINK MORE WATER: Become a Heavy Drinker

No we’re not talking about alcohol. While there’s nothing magical about water, the process of consuming lots of liquid can trick you into feeling less hungry. What’s more, when you’re dehydrated you burn 2 percent fewer calories per day, says University of Utah researchers. So if you struggle to control your appetite, drink up before your meal. Then drink some more. You’ll be more likely to fight off fat. You should be drinking 50% of your weight in ounces!

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13. Drink Shakeology

Your diet should primarily consist of whole-food sources like meats, veggies, fruits and nuts. However, research published in the Journal of Nutrition found those who consume whey-protein shakes lost almost twice as much fat as those who didn’t have the shakes. Magic? Hardly. The protein in shakeology isn’t any more effective than protein found in solid meals. However, most people don’t get enough protein in their diets, and the shakeology is a convenient way to meet your body’s needs.

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14. Be Patient and Give Yourself Time

You didn’t gain weight overnight, so you will not take it off overnight either. Give yourself time and know that the weight will come off if you stick to your plan.

15. COMMIT to a program

Sticking to a program will give yourself the best results, whether that is getting involved into a support group or a challenge group. COMMIT and write down your goals that you want to reach- share them with me and I will help you succeed.

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Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight: Amaranth

Want to Lower your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure? Reduce Labor Pains? or Get help with Asthma and Respiratory Problems??? THIS IS THE INGREDIENT IN SHAKEOLOGY THAT WILL HELP YOU WITH THAT!


Amaranth is a genus of herbs that contain over 60 species with a variety of colors and uses. Many of these species are considered weeds; however, people around the world consume amaranth as grains, vegetables and cereals for their many health benefits. Amaranth has a long history and has been in use for many centuries by many different cultures.

Amaranth around the World

Most species of amaranth are believed to have originated in South America and Mexico. Pre-Columbian Aztecs regarded amaranth as having supernatural powers and used it in their religious ceremonies. The various species are now sold throughout many countries including India, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Caribbean. While still new to Europe and America, amaranth seeds, such as buckwheat and quinoa, are becoming more popular in restaurant dishes and food stores. In Mexico, the popped seeds are made into a sugary treat called Algeria. In Nepal, amaranth is made into a gruel named sattoo. Peruvians ferment these amaranth seeds to produce a type of beer. A common food source in Africa, grain amaranth is valued for its ability to improve nutrition while supporting rural development and sustainable farming. In Africa, this vegetable is even recommended by doctors for people who have low red blood cell counts. Other health benefits of amaranth include:

1. Vitamins

Amaranth is highly vitamin-rich and is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate and riboflavin.

2. Minerals

Amaranth includes numerous minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus and especially manganese.

3. Protein

Amaranth contains large amounts of protein, up to 30% more than wheat flour, rice and oats. The protein contained in amaranth is also unusually complete when compared to other plant sources, containing a complete set of amino acids. Therefore, different sources to obtain the daily recommended dose of protein is not needed. Also, amaranth lacks gluten, which is a problematic protein contained in many true grains.

4. Dietary Fiber and Amino Acids

Dietary fiber and essential amino acids, including lysine which has clinically shown potential for cancer treatment, are prominent in amaranth. It also contains relatively low cholesterol levels.

5. Palatability

Grain amaranth is very palatable and is easy to cook and include in snacks and dishes. Amaranth is grown and consumed as a leafy vegetable in many countries around the world. It is commonly boiled, steamed, or included in soups and stir-frys. Cooked amaranth is 90% digestible.

6. Disease Prevention

The oils in amaranth have been shown to help prevent and treat those with hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Regular consumption of amaranth can reduce cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure.

7. Immune Support

Amaranth has been noted to help boost the body’s immune system.

8. Medicinal Benefits of Amaranth

Asthama and Respiratory Problems: Amaranth is very helpful in for asthma and other respiratory disorders . When taken in form of fresh juice with honey is a good remedy for acute bronchitis , tuberculosis and emphysema

Pregnancy and Lactation During pregnancy and mothers lactation it highly beneficial natural supplement. Amaranth ,honey and cardamom powder should be mixed and taken during this period to help in the normal growth of the baby , this fortifies the calcium and iron deficiencies in the body and reduces labour pains during delivery.

Children’s Growth For growing children fresh juice of Amaranth can be given as a natural tonic .This vegetable is a storehouse of proteins and Amino acids such as arginine , isoleucine, ,cystine, leucine ,histidine ,lysine , methionine, theronine and phenylalanine.

Premature Aging Amaranth is useful to prevent premature old age. Calcium and iron metabolism is regulated by it during the period of old age.As the age increases the calcium molecules start depositing in bone tissues rather than bones and this random deposition is caused due to irregular supply of iron in the food. The consistent supply of iron and calcium through amaranth prevents this disorder and thus is a powerful anti-aging food.

Antibleeding Amaranth is useful in all cases of bleeding ailments. A combination of Amaranth and Lime juice should be taken every night to prevent such conditions as bleeding nose ,gums, nose , anal piles and monthly periods.

Heart Diseases Regular use of Amaranth in diet has shown to be helpful in reducing cholesterol levels and lower the blood pressure levels.


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Overall stable health is the key benefit of Shakeology. The meal replacement shakes assist your body’s systems with absorbing the proper nutrients necessary for good health and disease prevention. In addition to the digestive improvements the shakes provide, there are many other benefits of incorporating Shakeology shakes into your daily diet – including anti-depressant benefits.

Shakeology shakes are made with a proprietary blend of highly nutritious vitamins and minerals that function together to increase your overall health and provides the following essential health benefits:

  • Improves digestive health
  • Improves bowel regularity
  • Lowers overall cholesterol as well as bad cholesterol
  • Eliminates harmful build-up of toxins
  • Prevents internal damage from free radicals in the environment causing disease and health complications
  • Aids in effective weight loss and reduction of stored body fat
  • Boosts daily energy levels

You can see these benefits with the 14 day Challenge and decide if you want to further the benefits by ordering your Shakeology on HD where it will come monthly! (this way you save $10 on shipping as well)


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BEACHBODY Chalean Extreme + Shakeology Success Story!

Anna Marie Lost 19lbs and 4 pants sizes in just 90 days!!! HOW AMAZING! By Changing her ways, she changed her life! To drink 1 shake a day and workout TOPS an hour a day and get results like these in just 3 months is fantastic! She started her journey @ 174lbs, and a size 12… on day 90 she weighed in at 155lbs and a size 8!!! CRAZY =)


How would your life change if you would be able to get to where you wanted to be in just 3 months? I know my life changed dramatically when I completed P90X and Shakeology! I was in a better mood, felt better in my skin, and got complements when I went out!



  • You can permanently and safely lose more than 100 pounds in just 9 to 10 months.
  • You can cut body fat by 50% in less than 90 days.
  • You can drop a pant size in one month.
  • You can lose 5 pounds this week.
  • You can change the way you feel and increased energy in just 3 days.
Your mental disposition greatly impacts your success. Instead of focusing on how far away you feel, focus your attention on how close you are to your very short term measurable goals. You’re closer than you think! Set some goals for the next 3 days, 5 days, 1 week.

Sometimes it feels like we will never hit our mark. So instead of asking “are we there yet?” Continue to tell yourself you are closer than you think! You can do it!



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Shakeology and How it can Benefit you this Holiday Season!

5 Ways to Fight Fattening Holiday Habits

Ah, the holidays. Or as we those of us who are too fond of cookies and traditional big meals say, AHHHHHH! The holidays!

No one decides to gain 5-15 pounds between November and January. But when family recipes, busy schedules and friendly get-togethers put fat-filled temptations in your face at every turn, who can resist?

You can, with the help of Shakeology! It’s your super power, giving you the strength to pass up that extra cookie or sugar-filled cocktail. And that’s not the only way Shakeology makes your holidays happier. Here are five ways Shakeology helps you stay on track during the most wonderful time of the year:

Shakeology helps curb cravings so you won’t overeat.
1) Shakeology helps curb cravings so you won’t overeat.
Want to ease up on the eggnog and back off the brownies? Drink Shakeology before a holiday event. The whey protein isolate in each creamy glass keeps your blood sugar steady and crushes junk food cravings. That buffet table can’t hurt you now—go ahead and stroll past it. You’ll find that resisting temptation will be easier and feels way more awesome than any candied yam tastes.

2) Shakeology boosts your energy just when you need it.
There are never enough hours in the day, but somehow time seems even scarcer in November and December. If you’re like us, you’ve got to run around from sunup to bedtime to get everything done. Thankfully, the vitamins, minerals and protein in Shakeology give you the stamina to keep going. Digestive enzymes in every serving speed up the body’s absorption of nutrients, too, so you can feel the benefits faster. And use any extra energy to prepare a healthy meal instead of grabbing the nearest holiday cheese tray.

3) Guard against illness.
There’s something magical in the air—something viral, too: cold and flu germs making the rounds in the shopping malls and holiday parties. Happily, Shakeology provides a powerful cocktail of natural ingredients to help support immune system function: super-greens, super-fruits, adaptogen herbs, pre- and probiotics and digestive enzymes. I’m not saying Shakeology will make you completely impervious to the flu bug, but it could support your immune system when you share hugs with sniffly loved ones. Come to think of it, maybe THEY could use some Shakeology.

4) Take the stress out of the season.
Let’s face it: the most wonderful time of the year comes with expectations that can cause anxiety. Shakeology’s got your antidote, with protein and amino acids to promote alertness and adaptogen herbs that can reduce feelings of stress and fatigue. So relax with a glass of Shakeology. It’s a healthier way to handle stress than over-indulging in holiday spirits and/or pecan pie.

Take the stress out of the season.
5) Replace a fattening holiday tradition with a healthy one. 

Instead of piling on the calories with Christmas pudding, try Chocolate Mocha Mousse with Shakeology:

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 Tbsp. instant coffee
1?4 cup blueberries
2 egg whites
1?2 cup water

Mix water, blueberries, 1 scoop of Chocolate Shakeology, and instant coffee in a blender. Beat egg whites (with a whisk or electric beater) until stiff. Fold chocolate mixture slowly into egg whites, keeping as light and airy as possible. Pour into small bowl, garnish with more blueberries, and eat with a spoon. (Serves 1)

Treat yourself right with this lean alternative to traditional eggnog, Berry Yule Log:

1?4 tsp. cinnamon
3 drops of almond extract
1?2 cup pitted black cherries
1 cup vanilla almond milk
1 scoop Greenberry Shakeology

Mix together in blender until smooth, serve chilled.

For a whole month of delicious Shakeology Holiday-themed recipes, click below:
Chocolate Holiday Recipes
Greenberry Holiday Recipes



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Is Shakeology a Scam?!?- My thoughts and Why I LOVE IT!

Is Shakeology a scam?

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Is Shakeology a scam?  I have seen this question asked many times so I think it is only fair to share with you my thoughts about Shakeology along with the reasons I love it so much.  A fellow Teammate, Scottie Hobbs, had outlined this and I figured I would touch on it as well, because I think it is important and needs to be shared =) I started using Shakeology to replace one meal a day as I began my journey in April of 2011 and to be honest I was hesitant about it because of the cost, because I thought there are so many other things out there that I can get cheaper, but I had never tried a meal placement shake- so I didn’t know what to look for in the shake that was going to benefit me.  WELL, This IS NOT LIKE ANY OTHER SHAKE OUT THERE BECAUSE Shakeology IS NOT comparable to anything else!!!!  I decided I would give it a shot because it has a 30 Day Bottom of the Bag Guarentee and because my coach Kati Heifner believe in it so much and I believed in her and knew she wouldn’t stare me wrong.  I decided that if I was going to do P90X and actually commit this time, I would commit 100% so I could get the BEST RESULTS!!!

I absolutely LOVE the taste of the Chocolate, It IS MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!!!! I also like the Greenberry, especially when I need a fruity flavored shake!!! The new Tropical Vegan is great tasting, but does not agree with my stomach (just being honest). I have been using it daily ever since I started and my results were great, but my body and mind felt more amazing than ever!!! My energy levels and health are better and higher then they have ever been in my life, I can wake up at 5am to workout, be a mom ALL DAY LONG without a nap, and stay up until 11:30pm when my kids decide to go to bed. My mood has been POSITIVE and my body feels NORMAL!!!! My whole family, YES my 50+ year old parents, my brother-29, and husband-29 and most of my friends are all using Shakeology to replace one meal per day.

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What I love is I actually ended saving money by replacing my breakfast or lunch with Shakeology instead of going to the drive through on my way ANYWHERE or while I was running errands. EVEN BEST YET, I SAVE by not stopping at Starbuck’s everyday to get my afternoon “pick me up”!!!! Is Shakeology a scam?  Absolutely not!  If you are a current client of mine doing a Beachbody workout or even just drinking Shakeology to replace a meal a day to increase your health situation please make sure to read below and see how you can save money on your continued orders. 

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I appreciate your continuous order on Shakeology and it leads me to believe that you love it such as much as I do.  You also know the answer to “Is Shakeology a scam?”  I’d like to extend an opportunity for you to receive it at a 25% discount.  How is that possible?  By signing up as a Coach!  Once you sign up as a Beachbody Coach, you can purchase Shakeology and all other products at a 25% discount immediately. 

There are some fees associated with being a Beachbody Coach, but it quickly pays for itself.  It is $39.95 the first month, and then it is $15.95 a month thereafter (this covers your Business Starter kit, a subscription to Success Magazine on demand, as well as the expenses to maintain your 2 websites) while still saving you money.  ($120 w/25% discount = $90 + $15.95 = $106 total) One of the biggest advantages to being a Beachbody Coach is that you not only get a 25% discount on all Beachbody products, but you can earn some extra income by recommending and sharing  Shakeology, Beachbody Fitness programs, and nutritional products with your friends and family. Ways to Get Extra Money 150x150 Is Shakeology a Scam?

It is inevitable that as your friends, family, and coworkers see you drinking that strange “green” smoothie or enjoying that yummy, creamy chocolate shake they will ask questions and want to know what it is.  That is then, your chance to tell them about it and your experience with it and sharing with them how it has helped you. It is really as simple as that, and it’s a great way to earn some extra income.  There is even the option of being a Coach just for the discount without pursuing the business end.  Thank you again and feel free to contact me about becoming a coach with the option of having the $39.95 fee waived.

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Glutamic acid- Shakeology Spotlight Ingredient (one of the Amino Acid’s)



Glutamic acid (abbreviated as Glu or E) is one of the 20-22 proteinogenic amino acids. It is a non-essential amino acid. The carboxylate anions and salts of glutamic acid are known as glutamates. In neuroscience, glutamate is an important neurotransmitter that plays a key role in long-term potentiation and is important for learning and memory. It is an important excitatory neurotransmitter, and glutamic acid is also important in the metabolism of sugars and fats.

It helps with the transportation of potassium across the blood-brain barrier, although itself does not pass this barrier that easily. It also shows promise in the future treatment of neurological conditions, ulcers, hypoglycemic come, muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, and mental retardation.

Glutamic acid can be used as fuel in the brain, and can attach itself to nitrogen atoms in the process of forming glutamine, and this action also detoxifies the body of ammonia. This action is the only way in which the brain can be detoxified from ammonia.

The fluid produced by the prostate gland also contains amounts of glutamic acid, and may play a role in the normal function of the prostate.



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How Do I Really Know If Shakeology® Is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?

How Do I Really Know If Shakeology® Is Worth the Money When Everything Else Costs Less?- From the Shakeology website!

There are many protein shakes and meal replacements that are less expensive than Shakeology. But comparisons based on the simple “protein shake” or even “health shake” are usually off the mark and don’t stack up to Shakeology.

Shakeology was designed for people who want more than protein, and for people who want the health benefits being represented by the ingredients on the label. To really know whether a product measures up to Shakeology, you need to keep some things in mind:

How much is enough?

We are proud of Shakeology’s 70+ ingredients. Other shakes will trumpet the number of ingredients they have too. But are the ingredients they are counting actually good for you? Are there any artificial flavors or colors listed in those ingredients? Not in Shakeology!

Are they derived from whole-food sources? They are in Shakeology! Too often the “magic ingredient” has been isolated from the enzymes and phytonutrients that actually make the ingredient useful when consumed.

And does the competition formulate for the synergistic benefits between the ingredients, or just slap together whatever is hot in the media? Shakeology was specially formulated for the collection of ingredients to work together like a symphony; this combination is so effective, some people report dramatic benefits within the first week. Other supplements point to one or two individual ingredients and build a “story” around their superfood attributes.


Pay attention to a product’s protein source or blend. Protein sources like whey protein hydrolysate have been shown to trigger a much higher insulin response in the body. That’s not an outcome we would tolerate in Shakeology.

Our protein source is whey protein isolate, which is more than 90 percent pure protein. Plus, Shakeology is loaded with digestive enzymes and lactase—that’s the enzyme that breaks down lactose and is found in over-the-counter products like Lactaid®. Don’t confuse whey protein concentrate with isolate. Whey protein concentrate is the least pure form of whey protein made. The benefit of isolate versus concentrate is that the fat has been removed to achieve isolate. The fat in whey protein is what carries toxins consumed by the animal. That’s the reason Shakeology can be used by so many people who are lactose-intolerant—because those toxins have been removed through the isolate process.

For our vegan formulation, we use sprouted brown rice protein, not soy. Does the competition use ANY soy in their formulation? Soy protein contains estrogen, mimicking compounds that can interfere with your hormones. On top of that, most of the soy in the marketplace is GMO (genetically modified). These are two important reasons why we don’t use soy in Shakeology.

Glycemic index tested . . .

In terms of sugar, many protein shakes contain 1 gram of sugar or less. This is because they are using artificial chemical sweeteners. (Check the label for sucralose, aspartame, or sugar alcohols.) Shakeology’s small amounts of sugar comes from natural sources and whole superfoods like coconut flower nectar and luo han guo, which are easily processed by the body and, in fact, have been tested and certified by an independent lab to have a low glycemic index of 24—that’s lower than most fruits! (An apple is 36, and an orange is 43.)

What’s not in the base, they may suggest you add later

Other shakes don’t cost as much as Shakeology at first glance, but they also don’t contain the full profile of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for some vitamins and minerals, or whole-food sources of antioxidants, phytonutrients, adaptogen herbs, prebiotics, probiotics, or digestive enzymes. We’ve seen competitors make you buy a separate vitamin pack for $150 per month! Once you add it up, this is hardly a “good deal,” and it’s usually hardly even a good product.

To achieve the benefits of Shakeology we’ve seen, competitors charge between $250 and $335 per month! $120 doesn’t seem expensive when you realize all of the benefits Shakeology delivers.


Formula: 70+ of the healthiest ingredients from whole-food sources from around the world VERSUS protein, fillers, artificial coloring, and isolated glamour ingredients
Winner: Shakeology

Protein Source: Shakeology’s pure whey protein isolate or plant-based sprouted brown rice protein VERSUS soy, hydrolyzed whey, and/or whey concentrate blend
Winner: Shakeology

Taste: Rich Chocolate, tangy Greenberry, or fruity Tropical Strawberry Shakeology VERSUS chemically-derived, artificially-flavored competition
Winner: Shakeology

Price: $120 for Shakeology VERSUS—Oops! It’s impossible to compare lesser formulations on price. But if you add in all the separate vitamins and flavoring agents the other companies ask you to buy to match the benefits and nutritional content of Shakeology, you would easily spend over $300 every month—that’s 2 and half times the cost of Shakeology!

Winner: Shakeology

But the best comparison is results. From weight loss, to reduction in cravings, to regularity, to healthier cholesterol levels, to increased energy levels, to an overall sense of well being . . . We give a bottom-of-the-bag guarantee on Shakeology because we KNOW people will be amazed by how they feel. Shakeology is the winner by a total knock out!

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Shakeology Spotlight: Tryptophan (sleep and PMS HELP)

Shakeology Spotlight Ingredient: Tryptophan is one of the standard 20 amino acids, as well as the essential amino acid in the human diet. The body uses tryptophan to help make niacin and serotonin. Serotonin is thought to produce healthy sleep and a stable mood. Tryptophan is an amino acid needed for normal growth in infants and for nitrogen balance in adults. It is an essential amino acid, which means your body cannot produce it — you must get it from your diet.

Tryptophan is Claimed to have several beneficial uses, such as helping with depression, PMS, and teeth grinding. Other tryptophan benefits include helping people to quit smoking and enhancing athletic performance.


Tryptophan is an amino acid, which is important for building proteins.  The body also uses it to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays an important role in depression and anxiety.


AND this ingredient is in Shakeology! The healthiest MEAL REPLACEMENT shake OUT THERE!!!

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Spotlight on new Tropical Strawberry Shakeology ingredient: Coconut Flower Nectar!

Spotlight on new Tropical Strawberry Shakeology ingredient: Coconut Flower Nectar! This naturally sweet, nutrient-rich nectar comes from coconut blossoms and contains amino acids, minerals, vitamin C and vitamin B. It’s so sweet that it actually took the place of fructose as a sweetening agent for the new blend! Plus, its low on the glycemic index scale so it produces slow energy release which may help maintain normal blood sugar levels.


The superfood name is a new one describing different foods that meet high concentrations of essential nutrients. An example of a superfood is coconut flower nectar. The flowers of the coco nucifera produce a naturally sweet flavor and holds vitamins C and B and 17 of the 20 amino acids. What exactly does that mean? Well if you’ve ever had a sugar rush and then a crash? That effect is not something that you will get from the coco nucifera.

Even though it is sweet, it releases its energy slowly so that there isn’t a radical crash that can interrupt a day where things need to get done. Not everyone has access to coconut flower nectar so in some parts of the world, it is going to be a real challenge to find food this in your local market.
This superfood is in one shake. The tropical strawberry meal replacement shake has the coconut flower nectar as one of its ingredients listed. There are three flavors in the Shakeology brand. Chocolate and greenberry are the other two but the tropical strawberry is the newest vegan shake available. There are many other good points about the tropical strawberry flavor. This is just one of them.

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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Vitamin D3

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Vitamin D3. Calcium and phosphorous levels in the blood stream are maintained by vitamin D. This makes the vitamin an important part of bone growth, liver and kidney health. Vitamin D also contributes to the health of your thyroid gland and immune system.
Many other Benefits discussed by Dr Bob Sager:

1. Anti-cancer benefits. A large study about a year ago showed that people who kept their vitamin D3 levels above 55 ng/ml would have a 50% reduction in their risk of stomach, lung,colon, breast and prostate cancer. No side effects and a very cost-effective way to reduce cancer risk.
2. Immune modulation – I routinely find very low levels of this vitamin in patients with lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Clinical improvement can occur when the level is restored to normal.
3. Regulate hormones – women with polycystic ovary syndrome who are not menstruating usually get a return to normal period cycling and become fertile when I include Vitamin D in my treatment approach.
4. Insulin effects – studies with Vitamin D and calcium have shown these two can reduce your risk of diabetes.
5. Asthma – children supplemented with adequate Vitamin D show improvements in their asthma, presumably because of it’s immune effects.
6. Arthritic & fibromyalgia pain – research supports the testing of vitamin D and use in high enough doses to reduce the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia up to 50%.
7. Flu – it has been known for years that flu outbreaks are highest in countries with least winter sunshine. Research into the ability of Vitamin D to improve your resistance to H1N1 (swine) flu is going on now.

These are just some of the many benefits already established for Vitamin D3.

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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pomegranate Powder!

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pomegranate Powder! Studies have shown that drinking pomegranate juice regularly has been shown to decrease blood pressure and improve blood flow to the heart. This means that it is a great ‘heart health’ supplement and its effective in reducing heart disease risk factors. Drink up!
Pomegranate is used to treat a variety of conditions because it is a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin C, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center or UMMC. Antioxidants can help to protect cells from damage by dangerous chemicals known as free radicals and may also reduce inflammation. But there is little research evidence in humans to prove the benefits of pomegranate juice dried powder and there may be some risks. Talk to your doctor before taking pomegranate.

Heart Disease

Some early research indicates that pomegranate may improve blood flow to the heart but it does not appear to prevent the narrowing of the arteries that can lead to heart attack and other heart problems, according to MedlinePlus. There is conflicting evidence on the benefit of pomegranate for both lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, risk factors that can lead to heart disease. All of these studies have been preliminary, and more thorough research is needed to prove whether pomegranate works to either prevent or treat heart disease, according to UMMC.


Early research in animals suggests that pomegranate might slow the growth of tumors, according to UMMC. But too little of this research has been done in humans to judge whether there is a real benefit to pomegranate. A study in men who had been treated for prostate cancer found that those who drank pomegranate juice every day might have delayed the return of the disease. But the finding is preliminary and more research is needed to confirm it.


Pomegranate may block inflammation in the joints that leads to arthritis, according to UMMC. But so far the only studies that suggest this have been done in animals. Without research in humans it is impossible to say whether pomegranate works to treat arthritis or not.

Other Uses

There is some preliminary evidence that pomegranate may be useful to treat gum disease, according to MedlinePlus. But there is not yet enough research to prove a benefit. Pomegranate is also used for a number of other conditions, including intestinal worms, weight loss, diarrhea, dysentery, mouth infections, sore throat and hemorrhoids. There is too little research on these conditions to know whether there is a benefit to pomegranate.

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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Lactobacillus acidophilus

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Lactobacillus acidophilus which is beneficial bacteria that you definitely want living inside your small intestine. It produces the natural antibiotic Acidophilin and inhibits the growth of 23 toxic producing micro-organisms, reduces overgrowth of pathogens in your digestive tract and relieves Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and gut dysbiosis.


Lactobacillus acidophilus –it’s a mouthful to be sure, but this particular probiotic and its other helpful associates in the tiny microscopic world of beneficial “germs” have become buzzwords in the mainstream media because they can fight infection and enhance your immunity.

Yogurt contains the probiotic lactobacillus acidophilus, but many people can’t digest conventional yogurt. Kefir, which you can read about below, is an even better source of this beneficial bacteria.

Lactobacillus acidophilus, also known as L. acidophilus, is a beneficial bacteria that you definitely want living inside your smallintestine.

It is very acid-resistant and tolerates bile quite effectively. Besides nestling into the mucosal lining of your small intestine, you’ll also want L. acidophilus “colonizing” and protecting the lining of your vagina and cervix, (if you have them) and your urethra. In these places acidophilus will work to produce lactic and other organic acids inhibiting the adherence and multiplication of pathogenic microbes.

It competes against or “antagonizes” an array of pathogens including Escherichia coli (E. coli, the cause of “Montezuma’s Revenge”), Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella (common causes of food poisoning), Candida albicans (yeast infections and syndromes), and other pathogens such as Shigella, Clostridium, Listeria, and Helicobacter species.


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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Acerola powder

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Acerola powder. This antioxidant is derived from cherries and is one of the highest sources of natural, non-synthetic vitamin C



Acerola powder derives from the fruit of the West Indian cherry tree that is native to southern Mexico, Central and South America. The fruit of the cherry tree is dried and the powder is formed from the inside of the seeds and sold as a nutritional supplement in capsule or tablet form by many supplement manufacturers. Acerola powder is purported to be a powerful anti-oxidant that is especially high in ascorbic acid, or vitamin C, and has many health benefits. As a nutritional supplement, acerola is not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, therefore, consult your physician prior to use.

Cancer Prevention

The vitamin C and quercetin found in acerola powder may have anti-carcinogenic properties. Carcinogens are compounds that may cause cancer due to their ability to damage the genome or to disrupt cellular metabolic processes. According to the “Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology,” acerola cherry extract may have a protective effect against cancer in the lungs of mice. More studies are needed to determine if there is a link between acerola extract supplementation and cancer prevention.


Acerola powder has been used in many topical skin treatments and medications, due to its high vitamin C content. Topical vitamin C may help in the formation of collagen, fibrous tissue that makes up healthy skin. Vitamin C also helps promote the growth of skin cells, as well as increasing the healing rate of scars. Acerola powder may also block the production of melanin, which may enhance the appearance of healthy skin.

Maca Root- What is in Shakeology?

The Benefits of Maca

Studies have shown that one of the main Maca root powder benefits is that the plant can work to balance hormones by directly working with the body’s endocrine system. The plant is most often used as a way to combat erectile dysfunction that is caused by hormone disruptions, but is also used for other conditions.

For example, a benefit of using Maca is that the plant can improve libido in men and can also improve the quality of sperm produced. While the plant hasn’t been studied extensively, it is most often used to treat sexual dysfunction related to the use of SSRI anti-depressants in both men and women. The powder also has been shown to reduce cholesterol and improve good cholesterol in humans.

Maca is a plant that is known for being very high in glucosinolates, and its regular consumption can exacerbate goiters if enough salt and iodine aren’t also present in the body. The regions where Maca grows naturally include Peru and other areas where iodized salt may not be as readily available as in other, less remote, areas of the world.

In general, Maca is just as safe to eat as any other natural growing plant. Maca root powder has actually been used as a base for flour in many dishes in regions where the plant naturally grows.







Working in tandem with the body’s natural rhythms, Maca root helps rebuild

weak immune systems, re-mineralize poorly nourished bodies, and increase energy and endurance.

Maca root powder is used as a medicinal herb rather than a food.  The plant grows in the Andes Mountains and some other regions in South A

merica. The plant is typically found growing naturally in high altitudes and is harvested, dried and powered to be sold in capsules to people around the world.


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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Amylase

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Amylase. This is group of enzymes’ function is to breakdown sugar and starch. Amylase digests carbohydrates units, eventually converting them into sugar. Amylase also works as an anti-inflammatory.

Amylase is present in human saliva, where it begins the chemical process of digestion. Food that contains much starch but little sugar, such as rice and potato, taste slightly sweet as they are chewed because amylase turns some of their starch into sugar in the mouth. The pancreas also makes amylase (alpha amylase) to hydrolyse dietary starch into disaccharides and trisaccharides which are converted by other enzymes to glucose to supply the body with energy. Plants and some bacteria also produce amylase.

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pea Fiber




Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pea Fiber. It provides one of the highest sources of natural soluble and insoluble dietary fibers known. It has been known to to help improve cardiovascular health by reducing cholesterol and stabilizing blood sugar levels by providing steady burning energy. Pea Fiber mostly helps in weight loss by giving one the feeling of fullness and reducing the appetite!




• contains insoluble dietary fiber which has been associated with a
reduced risk of colon cancer and coronary heart disease
• decreases and levels out blood glucose curves significantly,
assisting in the effective management of type-2 diabetes
• cholesterol-lowering effect both on total serum and LDL-cholesterol
levels• assists in weight loss as it delivers food products with more bulk
and less energy (calories)
• relieves constipation and has been shown to reduce the need for
laxative medications and enemas in seniors


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Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pantothenic Acid (also known as vitamin B5).

Spotlight on Shakeology ingredient: Pantothenic Acid (also known as vitamin B5). This ingredient helps metabolize nutrients, produce vitamin D and stimulate the healing of wounds. Vitamin B5 is critical to the growth of red blood cells as well as sex/ stress-related hormones. This supplement has also gained a lot of press for treating a wide range of skin conditions including acne.


Pantothenic acid is a vitamin, also known as vitamin B5. It is widely found in both plants and animals including meat, vegetables, cereal grains, legumes, eggs, and milk.

Vitamin B5 is commercially available as D-pantothenic acid, as well as dexpanthenol and calcium pantothenate, which are chemicals made in the lab from D-pantothenic acid.

Pantothenic acid is frequently used in combination with other B vitamins in vitamin B complex formulations. Vitamin B complex generally includes vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin/niacinamide), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), and folic acid. However, some products do not contain all of these ingredients and some may include others, such as biotin, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), choline bitartrate, and inositol.

Pantothenic acid has a long list of uses, although there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whether it is effective for most of these uses. People take pantothenic acid for treating dietary deficiencies, acne, alcoholism, allergies, baldness, asthma, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, burning feet syndrome, yeast infections, heart failure, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory disorders, celiac disease, colitis, conjunctivitis, convulsions, and cystitis. It is also taken by mouth for dandruff, depression, diabetic nerve pain, enhancing immune function, improving athletic performance, tongue infections, gray hair, headache, hyperactivity, low blood sugar, trouble sleeping (insomnia), irritability, low blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, muscular cramps in the legs associated with pregnancy or alcoholism, neuralgia, and obesity.

Pantothenic acid is also used orally for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, nerve pain, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), enlarged prostate, protection against mental and ph
ysical stress and anxiety, reducing adverse effects of thyroid therapy in congenital hypothyroidism, reducing signs of aging, reducing susceptibility to colds and other infections, retarded growth, shingles, skin disorders, stimulating adrenal glands, chronic fatigue syndrome, salicylate toxicity, streptomycin neurotoxicity, dizziness, and wound healing.

People apply dexpanthenol, which is made from pantothenic acid, to the skin for itching, promoting healing of mild eczemas and other skin conditions, insect stings, bites, poison ivy, diaper rash, and acne. It is also applied topically for preventing and treating skin reactions to radiation therapy.


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