The Shakeology program is a significant trend in fitness and health. Now, they’ve also got the Cleanse to help people get their bodies flushed of toxins quick. But what are Shakeology and the Cleanse? What does it do? How does it work? Can I eat? All of these and more are answered within.
What is the Cleanse?
The Shakeology plan consists of proprietary powders with specific overall flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, Greenberry, and cafe latte. Each powder has a base set of ingredients. The Cleanse is a specific plan within the overall Shakeology program.
The Cleanse is designed as a 3-day program. However, unlike some other cleanse programs, the Cleanse also allows daily intake of fruits and veg and specific lean proteins. Someone can have 800-1100 calories each of the three days outside of the Cleanse shakes themselves.
Another point where the Shakeology Cleanse diverges from other programs is that it is made to work in conjunction with a fitness regime, specifically, Beachbody workouts as they are the producer of Shakeology.
The goal of the Cleanse is to remove toxins from the body. That includes all the harmful byproducts of things like soda, preservatives, alcohol, fat and food additives. It combines its shakes with other things like water, green tea, salads and other non-processed foods. While on the Cleanse one should not consume added sugars, bread, dairy, starchy-foods like corn, potatoes, rice and the like.
What’s in the Cleanse Powders?
There are several proprietary blends of ingredients in the Shakeology shakes. Here’s a quick breakdown of each category.
The Cleanse shakes include these herbs that are purported to have stress adaptation traits. That is, they help the body respond to stress and get back to normal faster. Shakeology Ingredients in this category include:
- Ashwagandha – Found in India, China, Nepal, and Yemen. Also called Indian Ginseng or winter cherry.
- Astragalus – There are thousands of specific herds in this group commonly called milkvetch
- Cordyceps – Found in China and Tibet and includes hundreds of species of a sac fungus.
- Ginko – A Chinese seed fern, commonly called Ginkgo Biloba in health applications.
- Maca – Peruvian medicinal herb also used as a root vegetable in cuisine.
- Maitake – A Japanese and American mushroom commonly called Hen of the Woods.
- Reishi – An Asian mushroom used for centuries in natural medicine.
- Schisandra – This is a fruit from an Asian and North American flowering vine.
- Tulsi – Used in herbal medicine in India for centuries as well as essential oils, and tea. Another name for Holy Basil.
the Cleanse antioxidant ingredients help remove damaging oxidization radicals in the body. This blend includes a lot of what are called super fruits. Oxidizing agents in the body are damaging to the liver, and cells by depriving the body of free oxygen that is used for various functions of the body.
Ingredients in this blend include acai (a palm tree berry), acerola cherry (grown in Barbados), bilberry (similar to blueberries), Camu-Camu (a South American fruit), goji (Wolfberry), grape seed, green tea, Luo Han Guo (a natural sweetener from east Asia), pomegranate (purported to be an anti-aging agent), rose hips (fruit of the rose bush).
Enzymes are molecules that help digest particular things, like lactose, etc. This help breaks down things that people may have problems with which is why they are included in the Cleanse shakes. For example, lactase is the bacteria that breaks down lactose, milk sugar. When people don’t have it in abundance in their gut, they are considered lactose intolerant.
Other included enzymes are amylase (convert starch to sugar), cellulase (eats cellulose), lactase (eats milk sugar), lipase (uses water to break down fat), papain (helps amino acid usage), protease (helps digestion of protein).
Pre and Probiotics
The reason that the Cleanse includes these is that they help your body take up nutrients and digest better. They contain a variety of proteins from fruits, bacteria, and plant roots. Their ingredient list includes bromelain (a pineapple-derived protein), Lactobacillus (bacteria that breaks down milk sugar), sporogenes (helps reduce cholesterol), yacon root (a plant root that supposedly helps with diabetes).
Super Proteins Supply Vitamins & Minerals
These are all the things that provide vitamins and minerals that the human body needs in small quantities to continue working correctly. The Cleanse blends are stacked high with these things including amaranth (grain), brown rice, chia (seed), flax (linseed), pea, quinoa, Sachi inchi (Incan Peanut oil), and whey.
How Does the Cleanse Help?
Everything in the powders is aimed at making the body work better, take up nutrients faster, eliminating the cravings for empty calories (junk food), and flushing all the toxins out of the body. The results of this manifest themselves as things like:
- Weight loss
- Muscle gain
- Better blood sugar levels
- Healthier skin, nails, and hair
- Increased energy
Each main category of ingredients in Cleanse shakes is aimed at a specific effect on the body as outlined above. Each of these particular benefits above will, of course, vary by user. Plus, one must also lead a more active lifestyle to ensure better health and a stronger cardiovascular system.
Does the Cleanse Have any Side Effects?
There are potential adverse side effects from the Cleanse as well. Since users are replacing standard meals with these shakes, their bodies might experience a bit of shock. Reported adverse side effects of the Cleanse include stomach and abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Others have also reported a bloated feeling or more frequent headaches. Since everyone processes food differently and everyone has a different lifestyle regarding activity, health, and diet, one may never experience any of these adverse side effects.
Beachbody suggests that people do the Cleanse every three or four months. Think of it like changing the oil in your car. You need to flush out all the bad stuff that you’ve accumulated over the last several months. That’s basically how the Shakeology Cleanse works. Take three days every several months and your body will continue to run well for a longer time. Many believe that some of the toxins that are not flushed increase things like aging and weight gain. So to be younger and thinner longer, get rid of them regularly.