One Year on Isagenix and Going Strong

24 04 2014

I received this today from an athlete I put on the Isagenix products in 2013:

I wanted to take this opportunity to share my testimonial about Isagenix.

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I recently completed Ironman Puerto Rico 70.3 (which is a half Ironman triathlon international event), as opening my 2014 racing season (which is usually from March to December). I have been on Isagenix for about a year now and what an incredible difference I have seen regarding my overall performance! I feel confident saying that, as I have been competing in triathlons since the mid-80’s! Before you introduced me to the products, I felt something was missing, as my prior progress has been somewhat at a slower pace than I had anticipated, and had nothing to do with training. Today, I can see how amazed I am in the progress I have made within this past year alone. And all had to do with adding Isagenix for a complete well balanced nutrition. Of the many components of my routine, nutrition is a very important part of my training and preparation. As a long distance and endurance athlete I eat healthy, but also eat what I want too! I eat a lot and often, as I constantly need fuel, to meet the demands of my daily workouts all year around. Needless to say, carbs are my best friends! And yes I can eat Pizza just about anytime of the day! LOL! But Isagenix products are now an integral part of my regimen ever since you introduced the products to me. I have noticed a better overall balance of my energy during the day, also before and during my workouts. More so, I feel I am recovering faster now, which is very important to me. My body fat percentage has gone down and it has also helped with muscle tone. When it comes to pre-hydration and during-fuel hydration, energy and performance are on top of my list, which I have my own formula and sports drinks for that. But a well balanced nutrition is important to me overall, which Isagenix helps tremendously in bringing that to me on a daily basis. The product B, Ionix, the shakes, protein bars, e+ shot and IsaPro powder, have done that very well and very effectively.

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I have many upcoming races and am grateful to also have an opportunity to compete at international events as well. Sure, sometimes things don’t go as planned during a race, but I am always excited to go out and have fun out there, regardless of the outcome. But one thing is for sure, I feel both happy and healthy, and glad Isagenix is part of that equation. Being both happy and healthy is what matters to me the most, which allows me to enjoy what I do. It is all part of my body-spirit-mind experience anyways. I want to thank you Krista for introducing me to Isagenix last year and challenging me to give it a try! You are very knowledgeable and thank you for always sharing your health and wellness expertise with me, hence helping improve my own way of life! You are truly leading by example and I admire both your guidance and passion for helping others achieving a healthier lifestyle!!! You rock Krista!

~Tomas Leclerc
Endurance, Multi-Sport Athlete

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Thank you Tomas! So excited for your continued success on the products!
Krista
isakrista27@gmail.com





Energy to Burn!

29 10 2013

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So many times I have been asked how I can do so much working out day after day and not burn out or at least need a nap!? The answer is my nutrition! I put the most nutritious and bio available food in my body every day and I time it precisely to maximize performance and recovery. It’s not hard or complicated. It just takes knowledge easily gained and the will to be your best and chase your dreams.

The Isagenix products in particular the vitamins, anti-oxidant/adaptogen drink and the organic grade 7 protein shakes on top of a diet full of fresh fruit and veggies has given me all the energy and recovery nutrition I need to keep up with three kids and do double workout days consisting of 2-3 of the following: swimming, biking, running, weight training and yoga.

But these products are not just for athletes trying to reach new heights in their sport. They are a great addition to any nutrition plan. They give moms the extra energy to actually play with and enjoy their kids rather than just survive the day. They give the 9 to 5 desk workers the focus and energy to be productive the whole day and still come home to be active with their families or hit the gym or both.

If you are looking for energy, increased feeling of overall health, lean muscle gain, fat loss or decrease in your physical and/or mental health, contact me and let me help you get what you need to live a healthier and happier active life!

Be happy and Be healthy!
Krista

isakrista27@gmail.com
(403)540-4793





Even If You’re Skinny, Extra Fat Puts Your Heart At Risk

20 10 2013

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Think you don’t need to go on an Isagenix system because you already fit into your skinny jeans? Think again. A new study suggests that carrying extra fat around, even at a normal weight, could put your heart at risk, especially if you’re an older adult.

The new research, using data from national nutrition surveys, found that a high body fat percentage is linked to a higher risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease (1).

To reach their conclusions, the researchers looked at National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from 1,528 normal weight (Body Mass Index, or BMI, between 18.5 and 25.0 kg/m2) men and women over the age of 60. More than one in five men and nearly one in three women were found to have normal weight obesity.

Previous findings have shown that younger adults (over age 20) of normal weight yet  with higher than normal body fat are also at greater risk of developing heart-related diseases, in addition to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and possibly even death (2).

Looks Can Be Deceiving

The new findings are important because normal weight obesity (sometimes called being “skinny fat“) is a growing problem worldwide. Under the traditional system where BMI—a measure of weight in relation to height—is used as an indicator of body fat, more and more people with normal weight obesity are being misclassified as “healthy” when actually they are at risk of chronic disease.

In normal weight obesity subjects, body fat is often hidden internally and around organs. This fat, known as visceral fat, is particularly damaging to health. Normal weight obesity is defined as having a within-normal BMI (18.5 to 25) yet a body fat percentage of more than 25 percent for men and 35 percent for women.

Compared to women with normal body fat, women with excess fat had 57 percent higher risk of dying from heart-related causes within 11 years of their assessment, and men with high body fat were more likely to die from heart disease after the 11-year period. The incidence of high blood pressure, impaired cholesterol, and metabolic syndrome also increased with increasing levels of body fat in both men and women.

Interestingly, the researchers also found that participants with higher body fat percentages had lower percentages of lean muscle. This is a telling observation because greater muscle mass and strength have been shown to be protective against several chronic diseases and death (3). The loss of muscle typically seen with aging (sarcopenia) has also been linked to greater risk factors of cardiovascular disease (including insulin resistance, oxidative stress, and inflammation) (4). The unhealthy consequences of excess body fat in older adults may be made worse by loss of muscle, neither of which is accounted for by BMI.

Fortunately, lifestyle modifications in the form of diet and exercise can be made to help keep body fat in check, build and maintain muscle, and avoid becoming “skinny fat.” This is important for people of all ages, but especially critical as people get older and experience difficulty hanging onto muscle. Isagenix products with quality protein such as IsaLean ShakesSoups, and Bars along with regular exercise, especially high-intensity interval training (HIT), can be instrumental in enabling people to reach these goals and improve their health.`

True health is obtained by putting less emphasis on numbers on the scale and more on becoming fit, strong, and lean with Isagenix.

References

  1. Batsis JA, et al. Normal Weight Obesity and Mortality in United States Subjects ≥60 Years of Age (from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey). Am J Cardiol. 2013 Aug 29. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2013.07.014. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Romero-Corral A, et al. Normal weight obesity: a risk factor for cardiometabolic dysregulation and cardiovascular mortality. Eur Heart J. 2010 Mar;31(6):737-46. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehp487. Epub 2009 Nov 20.
  3. Ruiz JR, et al. Association between muscular strength and mortality in men: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2008 Jul 1;337:a439. doi: 10.1136/bmj.a439.
  4. Stenholm S, et al. Sarcopenic obesity: definition, cause and consequences. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2008 Nov;11(6):693-700. doi: 10.1097/MCO.0b013e328312c37d.

Previously Posted on Isagenixhealth.net

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Vitamins: Natural Versus Synthetic

3 10 2013

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Over the years, health-conscious consumers have heard a plethora of marketing claims on multivitamin supplement labels regarding the source of their vitamins. Most are intended to denote a kind of relative closeness to what’s normally found in food; for example, “whole food sourced,” “food state,” “food based,” “bioidentical,” and even “all natural.” Upon taking a closer look, however, these claims that hint of nutritional superiority are misleading or based on little scientific evidence.

Clearly, companies making these sorts of claims are relying simply on false perception to market their products. Consider that sourcing vitamins directly from food sources is highly improbable and unsustainable. It would take a huge degree of processing and use of harsh solvents to extract these vitamins from food. For instance, manufacturers would have to go through several tons of kale just to produce enough beta-carotene or folate for a batch of vitamin supplements to meet the Recommended Daily Amounts.

Once produced and labeled, there’s also the problem of dosage and shelf life stability. It’s an unfortunate reality that several multivitamins in the marketplace either do not accurately label their dosages or they use forms that have poor stability. Vitamin B12, for example, is available in several different forms including cyanocobalamin, methylcobalamin, and adenosylcobalamin. However, only cyanocobalamin has demonstrated extended shelf life stability for use in products such as manufactured foods and supplements.

Furthermore, the efficacy of a vitamin, from whatever source—whether it be from foods, produced through fermentation, or synthetically derived—depends entirely on its chemical structure. Cyanocobalamin, which is produced through fermentation or synthetically derived, is easily converted to other B12 forms in the body (except in unusual circumstances) and is backed by strong evidence for efficacy and long-term safety. The supplement has demonstrated clinical benefits for the brain and nervous system, as well as for cardiovascular health (1-3). There also has been no toxicity associated with any level of intake of cyanocobalamin (4).

There are indeed circumstances when the chemical structure of a naturally derived vitamin shows greater biological activity than what can be produced otherwise. In the case of vitamin E, for example, the naturally derived form, d-alpha tocopherol, has clearly demonstrated benefits over the synthetically derived form, dl-alpha tocopherol (1). Likewise, evidence continues to grow showing that vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) is more effective than the synthetic or plant-based version ergocalciferol (vitamin D2) for improving vitamin D status in the body (5).

Vitamins with “No Compromise” Quality

When scientists at Isagenix choose what form of vitamins to use in their dietary supplements, they take into account several criteria: efficacy, stability, safety, and sustainability of supply. For these reasons, the vitamins in Isagenix supplements are either derived from natural sources (fat-soluble vitamins: vitamin E, D3, K2) or derived through the process of fermentation (water-soluble vitamins: vitamins C, B vitamins; and beta-carotene). Normally in food, in fact, many vitamins including B vitamins are supplied to our bodies through fermentation (or the same steps) naturally ending up as part of the food we eat.

Each form used is based on strong evidence in scientific literature. Because of special sensitivities of customers, the company takes the extra step to avoid any vitamins “synthetically derived” from petrochemicals, coal tar, or nicotine.

Additionally, Isagenix Quality Assurance pays careful attention to making sure dosages of vitamins are correct from batch to batch in product manufacturing. To ensure accuracy, Isagenix uses rigorous standards for testing raw materials and the company employs independent laboratories for finished product verification. These are important steps for providing real results for customers who depend on Isagenix products for their long-term health.

References

Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease. 9th edition. Lippincott; 1999:447-58.
Gropper SS, Smith JL, Groff JL. Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism, 5th ed. 2009.
Tice JA, Ross E, Coxson PG, et al. Cost-effectiveness of vitamin therapy to lower plasma homocysteine levels for the prevention of coronary heart disease: effect of grain fortification and beyond. JAMA 2001;286(8):936-43.
Hathcock JN, Troendle GJ. Oral cobalamin for treatment of pernicious anemia. JAMA 1991;265(1):96-97.
Tripkovic L, Lambert H, Hart K et al. Comparison of vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 supplementation in raising serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Clin Nutr 2012.

Previously published on isagenixhealth.net

Please contact Krista at isakrista27@gmail.com for more information regarding Isagenix and it’s products.





Exciting Transition from Marathon Runner to Triathlete

17 09 2013

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As I start my new journey into triathlons, I have also set up a new blog to share with everyone my adventures during this transition from one to three sports. The new blog is called Happy 2 Tri and the web address is www.happy2tri.com. I hope you will join me there as well as I discover the challenges and rewards of the triathlon world.

This blog will continue to run nutrition, motivation and fitness posts along with help me share the Isagenix products with anyone interested in improving their health, athletic performance or wealth.

 

 





4 New Reasons Why Vitamin C is Important

8 09 2013

When the cough, sniffles, and aches start, many people will load up on extra vitamin C. Helping boost the immune system is a familiar benefit of the vitamin. But do you know what else vitamin C is good for? Or how much vitamin C you need?

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Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning that it doesn’t build up in body tissues for later use like fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K). Rather, the body uses vitamin C when it needs it and then flushes the rest out. The benefit of this is that there is very little risk of toxicity from supplementation. However, that also means we have to constantly supply the body with vitamin C to reach effective concentrations to reap the health benefits it can provide.

How much vitamin C do you need?

Humans—along with primates and guinea pigs—are not able to produce the valuable vitamin. Instead, we must get it from our diets (bell peppers, kiwi, citrus fruits, etc.) or through supplementation. While the RDA is set at 75 milligrams per day for women and 90 milligrams per day for men, many scientists advocate doubling the RDA to 200 milligrams per day. In fact, doses of more than 1,000 milligrams have been shown to contribute to plasma and tissue saturation, optimizing the antioxidant properties of vitamin C.

Surprisingly, studies suggest that more than a quarter of people in the US are marginally deficient (not even reaching the RDA amount), and up to 20 percent are severely deficient in some populations.

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Benefits of Vitamin C

By not getting adequate amounts of vitamin C, there are health benefits you could be missing out on. Here are four areas of health where the vitamin plays a vital role you may not be aware of:

1. Heart Health: Because of vitamin C’s ability to combat oxidative stress, it can have significant benefits for heart health, particularly in maintaining the integrity of the cells that line blood vessels. Cardiovascular problems can develop when these cells become damaged. For example, when the cells dysfunction, blood vessels can become very stiff, weakening their ability to keep blood pressure under control and deliver blood to various parts of the body.

In 2012, researchers from John Hopkins University (3) reviewed over 25 published clinical trials and found statistically significant improvements in blood pressure in subjects who supplemented with 500 milligrams of vitamin C. For those identified as having high blood pressure, the drop was even more significant.

2. Skincare: Oxidative stress from environmental (UV exposure, pollution, toxins) and internal (stress, poor diet, genetics) sources can cause damage to your skin and accelerate skin aging. Because of vitamin C’s antioxidant properties and its ability to stimulate collagen synthesis, it can greatly contribute to the health of your skin. In fact, the skin layers contain high levels of the vitamin, although it tends to decrease with age and exposure to oxidative stress.

Oral supplementation of vitamin C can increase levels within the skin; however, greater benefits have been seen in topical application. These benefits include increased skin hydration and decreases in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines (4).

3. Respiratory Protection: One of the easiest avenues for toxins and chemicals to enter the body is through inhalation. Whether from car exhaust, cigarette smoke, or fumes from cleaning products, we breathe in hundreds of pollutants daily.

Vitamin C is present in high concentrations in the respiratory tract. One study found that the amount of vitamin C in the fluid lining the respiratory tract doubled just two hours after supplementation (5). With its high concentration in the respiratory system, vitamin C is your body’s first defense against the harmful chemicals that enter the body through the airway. These toxins can act as free radicals and attack your cells. As an antioxidant, vitamin C reacts with the chemicals and neutralizes them before they can harm cells.

One of the best examples of why vitamin C is needed in the defense against respiratory exposure to toxins is in cigarette smokers. In fact, the RDA for vitamin C is higher for smokers than for non-smokers because of the extra toxins smokers inhale and the protective properties of vitamin C in the lungs.

4. Exercise Recovery: Physical activity can be very stressful on the body both metabolically and mechanically. During strenuous activity, the body demands energy to perform, ultimately leading to increased oxidative stress and tissue breakdown. If the body is not supplied with proper nutrients to recover, muscle soreness, fatigue, and decreased physical performance can result.

In a four-week clinical trial, researchers found that 250 mg of vitamin C significantly reduced muscle damage and oxidative stress markers in trained female athletes (6). Reducing exercise-induced oxidative stress and muscle damage could allow athletes to recover faster and improve their endurance and power output.

With the growing body of research illustrating the many roles vitamin C plays in our health, its important to make sure that we are supplying the body with adequate amounts. Remember, our bodies can’t make the powerhouse vitamin so be sure to get enough from diet and through supplementation.

References

Sasazuki et al. Preventing the common cold with a vitamin C supplement: randomized controlled trial. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006;60(1):9-17.
Van et al. Preventing the common cold with a vitamin C supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey. Adv Ther. 2002;19(3):151-9.
Juraschek et al. Effects of vitamin C supplementation on blood pressure: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95(5):1079-88.
Sauermann et al. Topically applied vitamin C increases the density of dermal papillae in aged human skin. BC Dermatol. 2004; 4:13.
Behndig et al. Augmentation of respiratory tract lining fluid concentrations through supplementation with vitamin C. Inhal Toxicol. 2009;12(3):250-8.
Taghiyar et al. The effect of vitamin C and E supplementation on muscle damage and oxidative stress in female athletes: A clinical trial. Int J Prev Med. 2013;4(Supp 1):S16-S23.

 

This article was originally posted at http://www.isagenixhealth.

 





When to Use the IsaLean, IsaLean Pro, and IsaPro Shakes

31 08 2013

One of the great things about Isagenix is the variety of nutritional products they offer. The IsaLean, IsaLean Pro, and IsaPro shakes are high in the highest-quality whey protein and provide options that make living a healthy lifestyle delicious and easy. While it’s nice to have choices, making the right selection for your needs can sometimes be confusing. To clarify the differences between the shakes and the best time to use each, it’s helpful to know how they came to be.

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A brief history of the Isagenix Shakes

The Isalean Shake was launched in 2002 and is the original Isagenix meal replacement, containing just 240 calories and a healthy balance of 24 grams of high-quality protein, 24 grams of low-glycemic carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of healthy fat. The majority of protein in the IsaLean Shake comes from undenatured whey, the form of protein optimal for torching fat and building lean muscle (1;2).

In response to accumulating evidence supporting the ability of whey protein to increase fat loss and prevent age-related muscle decline, IsaPro was launched. Unlike the IsaLean Shake, which is a complete meal replacement, IsaPro is a protein supplement with one scoop containing 18 grams of pure undenatured whey protein concentrate and being virtually free of carbohydrates and fat. To create a meal replacement even higher in whey protein, Isagenix users began adding one scoop of IsaPro to one and a half scoops of IsaLean Shake. And that’s how the IsaLean Pro Shake was born.

Containing a whopping 36 grams of protein primarily from whey, this hybrid shake permitted even greater fat burning and muscle retention, helping users break through stubborn weight loss plateaus and maximize gains in hard earned muscle. To make consuming IsaLean Pro easier, Isagenix soon created convenient single-serve packages of the Isalean Pro Shake.

How and when to use the IsaLean and IsaLean Pro Shakes

The IsaLean and IsaLean Pro Shakes are ideal meal replacements because they contain the right type and amount of protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals to promote healthy weight management and muscle maintenance, curb hunger, and provide long-lasting energy. Although undenatured whey is the main type of protein in the shakes, they also each contain undenatured milk protein concentrate, which together form a winning combination for eliciting weight loss and preserving muscle. Whey is the superior form of protein for burning fat (1) and triggering muscle growth (2), but the milk protein concentrate (made up mainly of casein) is more slowly absorbed from the stomach, providing a sustained release of protein to inhibit muscle breakdown and help a person stay full longer (3).

Maximizing satiety and preventing muscle breakdown over an extended period is a key function of a meal replacement, since time between meals can often exceed four hours. The combination of dairy proteins in the IsaLean and IsaLean Pro Shakes does exactly that, with satiety and prevention of energy crashes being further promoted by the low-glycemic carbohydrates, 8 grams of fiber, and healthy fats from sources such as flaxseed and olive oil that are included in both shakes.

So how do you decide which shake to use as your meal replacement? The answer to this depends partially on taste preference and personal goals. Both shakes will provide quality protein and prolong feelings of hunger. But IsaLean Pro is a more specialized meal replacement option for those interested in reaping the benefits offered by additional dietary protein. Diets higher in protein are particularly beneficial for athletes interested in maximizing muscle, older individuals wanting to preserve or build muscle, and those looking for extra assistance in curbing hunger and breaking through weight loss plateaus.

How and when to use IsaPro alone—or with fruit

IsaPro can be added to anything, allowing users to benefit from the fat burning and muscle building powers of quality whey protein. The product was originally designed as a supplement to the IsaLean Shake and was not initially intended to be a stand-alone product. However, science evolves, and so does creating and recommending products based on available evidence. As the science of sports nutrition has advanced, consistently showing the benefits of consuming pure whey protein directly after exercise, the potential of IsaPro to serve as a stand alone post-workout product became obvious.

Not only can IsaPro be added anywhere in the diet to boost daily protein intake but it really is the perfect post-workout shake. After exercise, you want to get the right kind of protein, in the right amount, into your body as fast as possible. For a short period of time after a workout the body is unusually sensitive to nutrients—muscle is hungry for protein that will stimulate its growth and repair. The whey protein in IsaPro is the best form for triggering muscle growth because it’s high in branched-chain amino acids such as leucine, and is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream for delivery to muscle (4).

In addition, IsaPro has no fat or fiber to compete with and slow down protein absorption. When a source of carbohydrates such as fruit—like a banana or strawberries—or orange juice, or Ionix Supreme, is added to IsaPro, the whey protein stimulates rapid and efficient replacement of the stored carbohydrates (glycogen) depleted during exercise (2).

Whatever your goals are, Isagenix has the right type of proteins and the right type of meal replacements for you to choose from to achieve those goals. And now, with the dairy-free Natural Berry Harvest Isalean Shake, even more people can reap the benefits that Isagenix meal replacements and proteins provide. It’s just up to you to make that health-benefiting choice.

References

1. Acheson KJ et al. Protein choices targeting thermogenesis and metabolism. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar;93(3):525-34. Epub 2011 Jan 12.

2. Hulmi JJ et al. Effect of protein/essential amino acids and resistance training on skeletal muscle hypertrophy: A case for whey protein. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2010 Jun 17;7:51.

3 Tang JE et al. Ingestion of whey hydrolysate, casein, or soy protein isolate: effects on mixed muscle protein synthesis at rest and following resistance exercise in young men. J Appl Physiol. 2009 Sep;107(3):987-92. Epub 2009 Jul 9.

4. van Loon LJ, Gibala MJ. Dietary protein to support muscle hypertrophy. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser. 2011;69:79-89; discussion 89-95. doi: 10.1159/000329287. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

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