Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review of Shakeology Boost Supplements


Beachbody has released a new line of supplements designed specifically to boost your Shakeology. They had been asked by their consumers to add some additional things to Shakeology. They played with the formula for Shakeology and found that adding directly to the formula was too much and changed the flavor profile of the shake too much. However, they persisted and now released three separate boosts for your daily Shakeology. Lindsay and I bought each of these at the Coach Summit last weekend so that we could give them all a try and let you know how they were. The first boost I will write about, is my personal favorite, Focused Energy.

The coach summit was a very rewarding experience but it was also a very long weekend. We got up Sunday morning to head back to Buckingham and I told Lindsay that I was going to give Focused Energy a try in my morning shake. I wanted to try it and see if I could use it in place of coffee and ditch coffee completely. If any of you know me, you know how much coffee I drink. So, we were up early Sunday morning and made a quick shake with Vegan Chocolate Shakeology, 2% Milk, and a scoop of Focused Energy. We packed up our stuff and hit the road. We stopped for gas about forty five minutes into the trip. As was routine for me, I grabbed a small cup of coffee since I was in the convenience store and off we went. I probably drank a few sips of coffee and realized that the Focused Energy was keeping my energy and focus up. I also didn’t notice the crash on the 8 hour trip home that I normally get with coffee. This was completely different than the trip down where our stops centered around Dunkin Donuts shops for a refill. Fast forward to today, I have not had a cup of coffee since that small cup Sunday morning. My energy level has been even all day and my focus has been awesome. I also used to take a supplement called Alpha Brain from Onnit(GREAT PRODUCT by the way), but don't feel that it is necessary with Focused Energy coupled with Shakeology. If you are a current Shakeology drinker, I can not recommend Focused Energy enough. It is an awesome product and kudos to the team at Beachbody for this formula.

I’ll next talk about the Digestive Health boost. One of the things that Beachbody has heard since 2006 was that there should be more fiber in Shakeology. I’ve never felt that way about Shakeology and have always thought that was a perk of drinking it(Increased Gastric Motility). However, Digestive Health is here to save the day for fiber lovers. Digestive Health boasts 7 grams of fiber, with 2 grams from soluble and 5 grams from insoluble sources. So what does that mean? Soluble fiber attracts water and forms a gel which slows stomach emptying and helps with feeling full longer and can also help lower “bad” cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol. Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water and adds bulk to your diet. Insoluble fiber acts as a “street sweeper” of your GI tract and speeds up elimination of waste from your gut. Enough about fiber, does this stuff work? I have had it in my shakes every morning since returning from Nashville to help eliminate some of the junk in my system. It has proven remarkable. It has definitely increased my gastric motility around a 2 hour window of drinking the shake. It also makes your shake thicker which I love and tastes great. If you drink Shakeology and are still searching the shelves for more fiber, Digestive Health is your answer. Most americans only get half of their recommended daily intake of fiber, so if you think you’re deficient, give Shakeology and Digestive Health a try.

Speaking of something Americans don’t get enough of, GREENS! The last Boost that Beachbody released is Power Greens! According to the National Institute of Health, fewer than 1 in 10 americans get their recommended daily servings of Fruits and Vegetables. Most of you I know, don’t have trouble with the fruits but can’t stomach the amount of greens. Shakeology, by itself, provides some greens but in a small concentration. So, enter Power Greens. One scoop of Power Greens is like eating 2/3 cup of leafy greens, 1/3 cup of cucumber and 1/3 large celery stalk. This is a great addition to your Shakeology that gives you a great dose of greens in a great tasting shake. I eat a fair amount of greens and still feel like I could eat more. Power Greens is the best way for me to add greens to my diet without putting extra burden on my stomach. When adding this boost to chocolate Shakeology, it will make your shake green and little bit denser but I barely notice it’s in there.

All of these boosts add great value to an already phenomenal shake. If you are already a serious Shakeology drinker, give these boosts a try. If you don't drink Shakeology on a regular basis or never tried it, I’d urge you to get started today. Lindsay and I have been daily consumers for years - it's the best part of our healthy lifestyle.
In Health,

Tim 

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