Isagenix Helps You Cut Sugar With These Five Swaps

A typical American consumes almost 32 teaspoons of sugar a day.

A typical American consumes almost 32 teaspoons of sugar a day.

In the U.S., the average person consumes more sugar than anywhere else in the world. According to market research firm Euromonitor, daily sugar intake is now up to 126 grams. That is almost 32 teaspoons of sugar or about 500 extra calories every day. Health experts agree that too much sugar is bad for our well-being. Scientific research points to potential links between too much sugar, especially in the form of sugary drinks, and problems like weight gain and the risk of developing heart disease (1-3).

Cutting back on sugar is a healthy choice, but sugar isn’t all bad either. In fact, sugar and carbohydrates in general, are vitally important for the basic functioning of the body’s cells. Sugar is especially critical for the optimal operation of the brain and immune system. Some body systems simply can’t run on any other type of fuel. Aside from physiology and metabolism, it is also important to mention that sugar has one essential function that tends to be overlooked in discussions about health—it makes food taste good. It can be hard to eat something that isn’t satisfying to your taste buds despite how healthy it may be.

If you don’t want to be weighed down by too much sugar anymore, Isagenix can help.  Starting the Isagenix 30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System can help you cut your sugar intake by half or more daily, without compromising on flavor.

These top five food swaps will help you get started.

1. Shake it up.

IsaLean® Shake has only about as much sugar as ½ an apple or a small peach. It’s a satisfying, nutritious meal replacement that provides low-glycemic carbohydrates, good fats, undenatured protein, vitamins, and minerals for only 240 calories. Protein satisfies cravings and helps you stay full longer.

2. Raise the bar.

IsaLean Bars are a protein-packed option that have less than half the sugar of typical snacks like candy bars or cookies and make a great meal on the go.  When you chose an IsaLean Bar to satisfy your sweet tooth you’ll also benefit from 18 grams of undenatured protein, vitamins, and minerals with only 7 grams of sugar.

3. Hydrate like a pro.

Stop drinking sugary sports drinks. Replenish™ has less than half the sugar of a typical sports drink and provides vitamins and electrolytes.

4. Skip the soda.

Sugary drinks are among the worst offenders when it comes to added sugar in the typical American diet. Part of the reason is because they make it so easy to consume excess calories (4). Instead of soda, try an ounce of Ionix® Supreme stirred into a tall glass of water with ice.  You’ll enjoy a refreshing fruit taste for a fraction of the sugar found in a typical soda, fruit punch, or juice drink that also makes a healthful alternative to diet sodas.

5. Choose better snacks at night.

Instead of reaching for that late-night pint of ice cream, find a better way to satisfy your sweet tooth. Blend IsaPro® and Isagenix Fruits or a banana for dessert before bedtime for a delicious treat that will help you stay on track.

How do you find a good balance between taste and nutrition? Perhaps the most useful way to think about sugar and how it impacts health is in terms of nutrient density.  Foods that are nutrient dense provide the most nutrition for the fewest calories. Imagine choosing between a piece of fruit or candy. Let’s say that each choice has the same amount sugar. If you pick the fruit, you get vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and other beneficial nutrients. In addition, you’ll experience the benefits of the naturally occurring sugar that is part of that total nutrient package. If you pick the candy, you get calories from sugar and not much else. In short, nutrient density is all about getting the most bang for your nutritional buck.

When considered by itself, sugar isn’t necessarily bad or good. The real problem with sugar is that so many of us are in a constant sugar overload. Too often, the foods we eat are packed with extra calories and sugar but fall short on the essential nutrients our bodies need. If too much sugar has been weighing you down, let Isagenix help you swap out your old habits for more nutrient-dense, healthy choices without compromising taste.

 

 

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It’s Hot! Do You Know HOW to Stay Hydrated?

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With summer in full swing, hydration is more important than ever. However, a lot of people will carelessly drink a ton of water thinking they’re saving themselves from potential dehydration. Isagenix Product Education Coordinator Sara Richter joins the show to teach you the importance of hydration and how to do it the right way. “It’s important to make sure you’re getting the right amount of water daily to truly keep your body hydrated,” Sara explains. She’ll also discuss other foods and beverages that might help you ward off dehydration this summer.

For more great podcasts on Isagenix products visit IsagenixPodcast.com.

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Circadian Rhythms Control Your Life

Treat your circadian rhythm with great respect, and it will yield the best performance of your life.

Treat your circadian rhythm with great respect, and it will yield the best performance of your life.

By Michael Colgan, Ph.D.

As did all life on Earth, humans evolved in concert with the rhythms of the light. The retinas of your eyes transmit the light to a biological clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the middle of your brain.  The SCN then triggers thousands of physiological functions of hormones, nerves, muscles, organs, and brain 24 hours a day, lifelong (1,2).

Resistance exercise, for example, is best done from 6 to 10 a.m., the time of the circadian cycle when anabolic hormones are at their highest peak. Skill training, balance, coordination, speed, and agility practices are best done from 4 to 6 pm, the time of your cycle when the brain, hormones, and muscular reactions supporting these abilities are most readily accessed (1,2).

All the migrations of animals and birds, nest building, mating, birth, occur to the rhythms of the light. All the great cycles of Nature occur to the rhythms of the light. So does the cycle of human life, even including reproduction, if left undisturbed by artificial light and inactivity (3).

Most of us live under the illusion that we scamper through life voluntarily. In fact, the rhythms of light control every aspect of human physiology, especially sleep/wake cycles, energy levels, hormone release, brain growth, muscle growth, body fat, and health.

This activity, 24 hours a day, uses expression of more than 20 percent of your total genome, making light the largest control system in human physiology (4-6). If you can’t believe it, try ignoring your circadian cycle entirely for a week. Decades ago ignorant studies subjected lab rats to such abuse: no food, no water, no activity, no sleep for a week. Most of the rats died.

The daily rhythms of light and dark control almost every aspect of human physiology.

The daily rhythms of light and dark control almost every aspect of human physiology.

Yet, the majority of folk pay scant heed to the light and its demands on our design for daily cycles of exercise, real nutrition, expulsion of waste, and long nightly sleep for recovery and growth. The National Institutes of Health, for example, reports that one-third of Americans get insufficient sleep.

The NIH also recommends 10,000 steps per day (equivalent to a 45-minute gym workout) as the minimum exercise for good health. The North American average – a tad over 5,000 steps (5-6).

The NIH also report that 29 million Americans are now suffering adult-onset diabetes, despite clear evidence that the majority of cases of this disease are self-induced by faulty lifestyle. Principal causes:  lack of exercise, garbage nutrition, and insufficient sleep (7-9).

You might think it takes years of such neglect to develop diabetes. Not so. Insulin resistance and cardiovascular degeneration need less than a week of inactivity or poor sleep to begin. Less than a week (8-9).

In the latest study, young healthy volunteers skipped exercise for just five days, while researchers measured the function of blood vessels in their legs. During even this short inactivity, the blood vessels degenerated rapidly. It took several days of return to activity equivalent to 10,000 steps a day before the legs improved to normal (9). The answer for athletes is simple. Treat your circadian rhythm with great respect, and it will yield the best performance of your life.

About Dr. Colgan

Michael-Colgan-107x135Dr. Michael Colgan is a world-renowned research scientist, leading expert in the inhibition of aging, and a member of the Isagenix Science Advisory Board. Dr. Colgan has provided nutrition, training and anti-aging programs to more than 11,000 athletes, including many Olympians. He is director of his eponymous Colgan Institute, a consulting, educational and research facility concerned with the effects of nutrition and exercise on athletic performance, along with prevention of chronic degenerative disease, and prevention of degeneration of the brain. Dr Colgan’s sports articles are published on his blog www.drmichaelcolgan.com.

 

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All You Need to Know About New Isagenix Coffee®

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Find out what makes Isagenix Coffee better than the rest.

Now that we’ve launched Isagenix Coffee®, we know you’ll have questions! So we’ve put together answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that we anticipate you’ll have surrounding the newest addition to the Isagenix product line.

What Makes Isagenix Coffee Stand Out From The Rest? 

Isagenix Coffee is a gourmet blend lauded by professional coffee graders for its outstanding taste and wonderful aroma. Isagenix Coffee is a stand-alone delight, easily enjoyed hot or cold and without any added sugars or creamers. Isagenix Coffee is infused with green tea, trace minerals, and creamy MCT oils. It is slow-roasted and “cool-ground” to ensure that every delicate component is captured and arrives into your cup. Isagenix Coffee is available in both Premium and Organic medium roasts.

Why Should I Use Isagenix Coffee?  

Isagenix Coffee is a delicious and naturally caffeinated boost for the body and brainRecent scientific research has linked daily coffee consumption with brain health, cardiovascular health, lower body weight, and insulin sensitivity (1-3). Coffee is a known ergogenic aid, studied for its effects on exercise performance, and its effects on power and endurance (4-7). Coffee also supports endurance, keeping you going longer (8).

Most recently, the 2015 U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee evaluated the latest scientific literature surrounding the study of coffee and determined that moderate coffee consumption (three to five cups per day) can be easily incorporated into a healthy nutritional system (9).

Is Isagenix Coffee Safe And Sustainable?

Isagenix Coffee is considered safe and “clean,” rigorously tested to ensure the lowest counts of molds, pesticides, heavy metals, acrylamide, and other potential toxins. Isagenix Coffee provides convenient, ground 12 oz. Premium and Organic bags. Isagenix Coffee contains no artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, is fairly traded, and is blended with healthy and delicious natural adjuncts.

What Additional Ingredients Are In Isagenix Coffee?

Each bag of Isagenix Coffee is infused with three flavor-boosting adjuncts: green tea reinforces coffee’s natural antioxidant strength, trace minerals offset acidity, and coconut oil adds a nice, buttery finish.

How Do I Use Isagenix Coffee?

Enjoy up to five cups of Isagenix Coffee daily. Isagenix Coffee can be brewed and enjoyed hot, or cooled and added to IsaLean® and IsaLean PRO® Shakes. For best taste, follow the brewing directions listed on the bag or box. Remember, coffee is 98 percent water. The quality and taste of the water used in brewing will affect the quality and taste of the coffee. For best results, always use purified water to make your cup of Isagenix Coffee.

Can I Drink Isagenix Coffee On Cleanse Days And Shake Days?

Yes. Isagenix Coffee is approved for both Cleanse Days and Shake Days. Coffee is a zero-calorie beverage and will not interfere with cleansing or weight loss. But be sure your cup is only from the highest-quality coffee, like Isagenix Coffee, best enjoyed without calorie-dense cream or sugar. Coffee has been found to have thermogenic qualities and have benefits on the liver, the main detoxifying organ in the body (3,10).

Isn’t Coffee Or Caffeine A Diuretic?

Being made up of 98 percent water, coffee is actually quite hydrating as a beverage. One study reported coffee and/or caffeine as a diuretic; however, the majority of the scientific literature did not support the same conclusion (4-8). Newer, better-designed studies have found that coffee or caffeine does not cause diuresis or any harmful change in fluid balance (4-8).

Who Can Drink Isagenix Coffee?

Isagenix Coffee is recommended for all healthy adults looking for greater energy levels and athletes looking for enhanced performance. Generally, coffee is not recommended for children under 12.

Why Is Isagenix Coffee Different Than Other Types Of Coffee?

The exceptional Isagenix Coffee products are artisanal, singularly batched, and medium-roasted under sophisticated environmental controls. Isagenix Coffee is never over-roasted or burnt and retains all of the phytonutrient properties that make for a distinguished flavor.

How Is Isagenix Coffee Made? 

The coffee beans that make up Isagenix Coffee are fairly traded from Mexico, Central, and South America. They are rigorously tested to ensure the lowest possible levels of molds and pesticides. The Isagenix Coffee beans are selected by a licensed coffee grader, medium-roasted to perfection, and ground, using a cool-grind technology. The cool-grind technology preserves flavor and is followed with a nitrogen-flushing process. Nitrogen flushing, which occurs during packaging, is used to prevent any oxidation and to maintain the coffee grounds’ freshness.

What Does It Mean That Isagenix Coffee Beans Are Fairly Traded? 

Fairly traded is defined as a transparent and equitable trading partnership contributing to environmental sustainability. Fairly traded coffee fosters better trading conditions and equal rights for both producers and workers. When you enjoy Isagenix Coffee, you are also supporting the better working conditions and rights of those individuals who picked the beans while contributing toward environmental sustainability.

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