What Are Shakeology’s Benefits?

Shakeology is Rocket Fuel for the Body

When Beachbody first introduced Shakeology several years ago, it was advertised as a meal replacement shake. This was necessary due to the limitations of the market, because there was simply nothing available at the time which was comparable to Shakeology. It was a singular product and awareness of its benefits simply did not exist. The closest approximation to Shakeology was the lowly meal replacement shake. Through the years, this comparison has not served Shakeology well in my opinion because it has little in common with the meal replacement cans and powders that you could find at your local supermarket. The comparison is like rocket fuel to crude oil. Sure, they’re kinda the same thing, but one can get you to the moon and the other doesn’t. One contains explosive energy, the other is sticky sludge.

This meal replacement label that Shakeology is stuck with can be a turn off for many men. Let’s face it, we don’t want to drink a meal replacement shake anymore than we want to drive a pink VW bug (unless we’re being ironic). Those things are for chicks. Thus, some of us may feel a little resistant even though we may intellectually know that Shakeology is good for us. The hardass in me would say: “Get the hell over your girly issues and drink up, dirtbag.” But the more understanding side has a better way of seeing things. Shakeology is the energy drink that will fuel your day. If you want to work out harder and get better results, drink Shakeology.

While Shakeology can be used as a healthy meal replacement shake, it is so much more than that. When I’m on the run in the mornings (and that’s often with my workout schedule, a growing family, and a busy work life), I would mix myself a Shakeology smoothie with my favorite fruits rather than fixing a proper breakfast. I am comfortable doing this because I know that with just one smoothie, I am getting the equivalent of a super nutritionally dense meal. In fact, one serving of Shakeology can supply me with over half of all the recommended vitamins and minerals, as well as a large serving of protein. No meal replacement shake can even come close. I’m not filling up my gas tank with just anything so I can get a “full” reading, I’m giving it the highest octane possible so that it can run more efficiently.

How Does Shakeology Really Benefit You?

So you know that Shakeology can be an excellent source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but what else does it do? Many of my friends, before trying Shakeology, have asked me what Shakeology is actually supposed to do for them. While each person’s body is unique, there are some real benefits which you can expect to receive from drinking Shakeology on a regular basis.

Antioxidants. Shakeology contains some of the most potent antioxidants: flavonoids and phytonutrients such as spinach, blue green algae, carrot powder, strawberry powder, and vitamins E and C. These help to prevent free radicals from oxidizing and destroying cells. The ingredients in Shakelogy’s antioxidant blend such as pomegranate, acai berry, camu-camu, goji, and blueberry help to support your immune system and protect your body from normal inflammatory response. This is one of the greatest benefits of antioxidants. Less inflammation and healthier cells means a slower aging prShakeology Nutritional Value and Benefitsocess. Who doesn’t want to feel good longer? I’m proof that Shakeology works because at 44 this year, I am as fit and strong as I was in my 20’s. Fact is, I no longer believe in aging.

Energy. Shakeology contains a range of B vitamins and trace minerals, like zinc and magnesium, from whole food sources that regulate metabolism and increase energy. Shakeology also contains maca root, an adaptogen herb known to promote endurance and stamina. If you want to know why I have so much energy that I can workout with extreme intensity each day, look no further than what’s in Shakeology. I have never felt so robust until Shakeology came into my life, even while I was in the Marines.

Digestion. Shakeology has non-dairy prebiotic and probiotic blends which contain fiber and different enzymes like amylase, papain, cellulose, and lactase, which all support digestion. These ingredients aid in breaking down food molecules into smaller molecules that can be properly digested, so all of the nutrients can be absorbed into your system. The better your digestive functions, the more nutrients you can extract from everything you eat and the less likely that your body is holding on to toxic waste products.

Mood. One scoop of Shakeology provides 100% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B12. B12 is often linked with good mood maintenance; B vitamins are also essential for the production and proper functioning of neurotransmitters like dopamine, crucial to the experience of pleasure. Shakeology also contains cacao, which is very high in phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA acts as a neuromodulator to enhance one’s mood. Nice, mood enhancement without lava lamps or narcotics.

Detoxification. Many of the ingredients in Shakeology (spirulina, chlorella, flaxseed, barley grass, spinach) contain powerful detoxification compounds such as chlorophyll and alpha-linolenic acid. These ingredients may help rid the body of environmental toxins such as smog, heavy metals, herbicides, cleaning products, and pesticides. They also aid in liver detoxification. Shakeology also includes kamut grass, an ingredient coined “nature’s most powerful detoxifier.” This grass has been known to cleanse the body and detoxify the cells to restore health and vitality. Shakeology gets the gunk out of your gas, so to speak. That accumulated gunk can decrease your performance so it’s nice to have them gone.

Immunity. The antioxidants, bioflavanoids, and flavanoids in Shakeology work to support immunity. Some of these ingredients include ashwaganda, acerola cherry, rose hips, and goji berries. The goji berries in Shakeology are one of the richest sources of antioxidants; not only does goji berry promote eye, reproductive, and circulatory health, but it also supports your immune system and promotes longevity. Even though I have three young school age children who are always bringing home diseases from their classmates, I rarely get sick myself. I had only one minor cold all of last year. This hasn’t always been the case. I used to hate the cold season because I would come down with something every other month.

Satiety/cravings. Satiety is just a fancy word that means you feel satisfied from eating. The protein, chromium, and nutrient-dense calories from the superfoods in Shakeology work to help decrease your appetite. Chromium is important because it helps maintain blood-sugar levels, which reduces sugar cravings and promotes fat metabolism. Plus, protein-rich meals are a great way to keep you feeling full, longer! I know that after drinking Shakeology for almost six months now, I am free from the sugar or salt cravings which used to take me over. I can have a box of chocolates in front of me without feeling the need to eat any. In fact, there’s a bag full of Halloween candy that I haven’t touched since October of last year.  It feels awesome to be able to control food, as opposed to being controlled by it.

Complete nutrition. Each Shakeology ingredient plays an important role in feeding your body on a cellular level, but it is important to remember that the synergy of the 70+ ingredients working together is what truly fuels your body to keep you looking and feeling your best. Best of all, Shakeology’s nutrients come from plants and roots, not a laboratory. Unlike regular supplements, you’re not taking a pill that contains extracts of vitamins and minerals. Rather, you are eating the vitamins and minerals in their whole form, as nature intended.

Protein. Protein is the building blocks for building muscles. Each serving of Shakeology contains about 17 grams of protein, which is equal to any high grade protein supplement currently on the market. That means Shakeology is not just a great energy shake, it is also a premium protein shake, in addition to all its other benefits.

This is just a snapshot of all the fantastic things Shakeology does for your body. I know that it works as advertised. When Beachbody makes the claim that Shakeology “helps you lose weight, curb cravings, lower cholesterol, and increase energy,” I can happily back up this statement with my own experience.

I have previously wrote about Shakeology here and here. For a complete listing of all related articles, visit this link. If you have any questions about Shakeology and what it can do for your health, contact me at buildahardbody@gmail.com, or send me a friend request and private message through Facebook. Let’s get the conversation started!

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About Khoa Nuyen

Aging and feeling crummy are for people who don't know any better. If a middle aged dude with a sedentary job can get these results, you can too.
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