IsaLean Dairy-Free Shakes Now Available in 2 New Flavors


 

We’re excited to welcome two new members to our Weight Loss Solution and IsaLean® product family today. IsaLean Shake is a staple of the Isagenix System and now even more people can enjoy these amazing meal replacement shakes with two new flavors of IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free in Vanilla Chai and Rich Chocolate. These new flavors are so delicious; you have to taste them to believe it!

The two new flavors will join Natural Berry Harvest to give you three great plant-based options. These shakes are perfect for anyone who is living a plant-based lifestyle or has dairy allergies or sensitivities. IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free uses high-quality plant-based protein, energy-fueling carbohydrates, and good fats to create a full meal replacement shake, so you can add it to your next Weight Loss System.

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Better Than the Rest

IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free uses high-quality plant-based protein, no-compromise ingredients, and a great-tasting balance of nutrition.

  • High-quality plant-based protein
  • 24 g of protein to keep you full longer
  • Great source of fiber
  • An option for our 30-Day System
  • Formulated as a full meal replacement
  • A smooth, great-tasting plant-based shake

Frequently Asked Questions

How does IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free compare to the other whey-based IsaLean Shakes for supporting weight loss and weight management? 

IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free offers a balance of high-quality protein, good fats, and energy-fueling carbohydrates to support weight loss and increase lean body mass. The Natural Berry Harvest flavor offers 22 grams of protein, while the new Rich Chocolate and Vanilla Chai flavors offer 24 grams of protein.

How much will the new flavors of IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free cost?

Both Vanilla Chai and Rich Chocolate will cost the same as Natural Berry Harvest—US$44.95/27 BV and CA$49.95/27 BV.

How does the taste compare to the standard IsaLean Shake?

A plant-based option isn’t very useful if it isn’t also delicious. The delectable, creamy taste of Vanilla Chai and Rich Chocolate is so good that we wouldn’t be surprised if even users of our whey-based shakes wanted to order them!

Check out our frequently asked questions regarding our dairy-free shakes.

 

How and When to Use the AMPED

Learn How and When to Use the AMPED Line of Athletic Performance Products

The latest line of high-performance products is here and ready to transform your workout. But what is AMPED™ exactly, and how does it work? The answer is simple. AMPED stands for Amplify, Muscle, Performance, Energy, Delivery. AMPED products are designed specifically for athletes, but that are great for the everyday active. The line includes AMPED NOx, Fuel, Hydrate* (formerly Replenish), and Recover to support users pre-, mid-, and post-workout.

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AMPED & Nutritional Timing

You can learn about the AMPED performance products and nutritional timing in one easy-to-share graphic—the AMPED Products Guide (Who Can Use It and When). It covers the different user personas and suggested products for the ideal routine, and you can find it on IsaProduct.com (also below).

Pre-workout products are taken before you being exercise—AMPED Power and AMPED NOx. During-workout products are taken throughout exercise—AMPED Fuel and Replenish. And post-workout products are taken after exercise is over—AMPED Recover.

There is really no wrong way to use the products. Simply follow the above timing guidelines and you’re good to go!

Endurance

Endurance training can be very taxing on your body. Long hours of running, biking, swimming, or other rigorous activity requires prime nutrition. Endurance athletes require more carbohydrates and constant nutrition to sustain performance and recovery well after long workouts. Products like AMPED NOx support blood flow and nutrient delivery to the muscles while AMPED Fuel delivers energy-fueled carbohydrates during longer workouts when the body needs them most.

Muscle Mass

Bodybuilders rely on a high-protein diet and effective supplementation to build muscle mass and maintain a lean physique. Pre-workout products like AMPED Power help them sustain strength in the gym and work through extra reps, and post-workout products like AMPED Recover use branched-chain amino acids to help muscles rebuild after workouts. Bodybuilders will also want to use IsaPro® and IsaLean® PRO Shake to up their protein intake and support muscle growth.

Strength & Resistance

Athletes need strength and agility to perform at a high level. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just an everyday athlete, building strength with resistance training requires time in the gym and proper nutrition to power you through. Athletes can use AMPED Power to sustain strength during training, AMPED NOx to support blood flow, and AMPED Recover to help rebuild muscles before the next workout or competition.

Everyday Activity

Maybe you’re not a bodybuilder or professional athlete, but you want to get in shape and improve your overall fitness—this is for you. Everyday active adults will use e+™ to kick-start workouts, AMPED Power to sustain strength during workouts, and AMPED Recover to protect muscles after exercising.

 

Isagenix Greens Recipes

Isagenix Greens™ is our latest Product in the Spotlight. If you haven’t tried it yet, Greens is one of the easiest, tastiest ways to boost your intake of essential phytonutrients and complement your daily intake of whole fruits and vegetables.

While many people love to blend Greens with cold water for a quick and easy drink, others like to mix it up with an IsaLean® Shake or other Isagenix products. If you’re looking for a nutrient-packed recipe to enjoy during the day or after exercise, here are some great options you’ll definitely want to try.

Hulk Juice
1 scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Juicy Orange Replenish™
1 scoop Ionix® Supreme
8 oz cold, filtered water
For an extra boost, add 1 shot e+™
Mix well in IsaShaker™ or IsaBlender®

Frozen Protein Creamsicles
2 cups fat-free Greek vanilla yogurt
1 scoop Creamy French Vanilla IsaLean Shake
1 scoop IsaPro®
1/2 cup purified water
2 scoops Isagenix Fruits™ or Isagenix Greens
6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract for added flavor
Add 3 scoops of Juicy Orange Replenish for an extra boost!
Combine all ingredients in your IsaBlender and blend until smooth.
Pour into individual molds, insert popsicle sticks, and freeze.

Energizing Elixir
1 scoop Cleanse for Life®
1 tsp Lemon Lime Replenish
¼ scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Isagenix Fruits
8 oz purified water
10-12 ice cubes (for super-thick, slushy effect)
Blend well and serve.
– Submitted by Andrea, Santa Rosa, CA 

Fruity Greens
8 oz purified water
1 scoop Isagenix Greens
1 scoop Cleanse for Life
8-10 ice cubes
Blend and enjoy.
– Submitted by Andrea, Novato, CA

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Smart Science Behind AMPED Performance Solution

As an athlete or someone who works out, chances are you’ve heard of nutrient timing. It’s the nutritional strategy that’s based on getting specific types of nutrients at specific times to maximize training adaptation or enhance performance.

By timing your intake of nutrients before, during, or after your workouts, you’ll amplify exercise gains and even speed recovery. So you can get more out of training every time, train more often, recover faster, and improve performance in your sport.

Now Isagenix is making it easy for you to take advantage of the latest science in nutrient timing with a new line of convenient products designed for athletes and exercise performance. We’re taking performance nutrition to a whole new level with our new, science-based, and delicious line of AMPED products.

How do the products work?

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Like no other pre-workout, AMPED Power combines creatine and other specialized ingredients that support nitric-oxide production. Together these bioactives increase available cellular energy and maximize oxygen and nutrient delivery to working muscles.

Taken before a workout, AMPED Power will increase strength and power for greater muscle and performance gains. The next step in nutrient timing happens during your workout.

 

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Hydration is a key to a successful workout. Replenish—to be re-launched as AMPED Hydrate at a future date—is a sports drink designed to optimize hydration, electrolyte, and vitamin status. With AMPED Hydrate you can keep your performance at a peak level by staying hydrated and maintaining electrolyte status. You’ll also keep muscles fueled with energy.

The last thing you want is fatigue during training!

 

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Here’s where AMPED Fuel also comes in. It has a mixture of easy-to-digest carbohydrates to fuel muscles during exercise.

When workouts or sports events are longer and energy needs are greater, AMPED Fuel has the nutrients you need.

This convenient and portable puree provides even more easy-to-digest carbs from apple, agave, and molasses to energize muscles. It also contains branched-chain amino acids that help keep muscles from breaking down during extended training or endurance events.

 

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After a workout is the time to give your body what it needs for optimal recovery and adaptation. The post-workout period is when muscle tissue goes into a process of rebuilding and growth, and it’s a perfect time to kick the process into high gear with AMPED Recover.

AMPED Recover is a drink mix featuring a combination of branched-chain-amino acids and l-carnitine to speed workout recovery and optimize muscle rebuilding. For maximum results, take AMPED Recover alongside a serving of IsaPro or IsaLean Pro Shakes.

 

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Finally, rounding out the AMPED line of products is AMPED NOx. AMPED NOx is a 2 oz. concentrate that can be taken anytime of day – as a way to support nitric oxide production and blood flow in an entirely different way than AMPED Power. It contains beet, celery, and red spinach extracts, plus an additional blend of dietary nitrate-containing vegetable and fruit extracts.

What will AMPED NOx do for your training? By supporting blood flow, it increases delivery of oxygen and nutrients to working muscles. So that you can go the distance in any training session or event.

 

By using the AMPED product line, you’re capitalizing on the latest science of nutrient timing.

Whether you’re a cyclist, a runner, a basketball player, or a power lifter, or if you just want your workouts to be more effective, AMPED products will take your athletic performance to the next level.

The AMPED family is your new Isagenix Performance solution.

 

Referances

From: http://team-isagenix.isagenixhealth.net/the-science-behind-amped-your-new-performance-solution/#sthash.xqmXbmlf.dpuf

Rawson ES, Stec MJ, Frederickson SJ, Miles MP. Low-dose creatine supplementation enhances fatigue resistance in the absence of weight gain. Nutrition. 2011 Apr;27(4):451-5. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2010.04.001 Aamand R et al. A NO way to BOLD? Dietary nitrate alters the hemodynamic response to visual stimulation. Neuroimage. 2013 Dec;83:397-407. Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res 2010;24:1215-22 Sawka MN, Pandolf KB. Effects of body water loss on physiological function and exercise performance. In: Gisolfi CV, Lamb DR, eds. Perspectives in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine: Fluid Homeostasis During Exercise. Indianapolis, Ind: Benchmark Press;1990:1-38. 2. Armstrong LE, Costil DL, Fink WJ. Influence of diuretic-induced dehydration on competitive running performance. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1985;17:456-461. Patterson SD & Gray SC. Carbohydrate-gel supplementation and endurance performance during intermittent high-intensity shuttle running. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2007 Oct; 17(5):445-55. Phillips SM, et al. Carbohydrate gel ingestion significantly improves the intermittent endurance capacity, but not sprint performance, of adolescent team games players during a simulated team games protocol. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2012 Mar; 112(3):1133-41. Saunders MJ, et al. Consumption of an oral carbohydrate-protein gel improves cycling endurance and prevents postexercise muscle damage. J Strength Cond Res. 2007 Aug; 21(3):678-84. Kim DH, et al. Effect of BCAA intake during endurance exercises on fatigue substances, muscle damage substances, and energy metabolism substances. J Exerc Nutrition Biochem. 2013 Dec; 17(4):169-80. Clarkson PM, et al. Exercise-induced muscle damage, repair, and adaptation in humans. J Appl Physiol 1988; 65:1-6. Du M, et al. Leucine stimulates mammalian target of rapamycin signaling in C2C12 myoblasts in part through inhibition of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase. J Anim Sci 2007; 85:919-27. Doi M, et al. Isoleucine, a potent plasma glucose-lowering amino acid, stimulates glucose uptake in C 2 C 12 myotubes. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 2003; 312:1111-7. Stephens FB, et al. Skeletal muscle carnitine loading increases energy expenditure, modulates fuel metabolism gene networks and prevents body fat accumulation in humans. The Journal of Physiology 2013; 591:4655-66. Giamberardino MA, et al. Effects of prolonged L-carnitine administration on delayed muscle pain and CK release after eccentric effort. International Journal of Sports Medicine 1996; 17:320-4. Bailey SJ et al. Dietary nitrate supplementation reduces the O2 cost of low-intensity exercise and enhances tolerance to high-intensity exercise in humans. J Appl Physiol 2009; 107:1144-55. Cermak NM et al. Nitrate supplementation’s improvement of 10-km time-trial performance in trained cyclists. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab 2012;22:64-71. Jones AM et al. Influence of dietary nitrate supplementation on exercise tolerance and performance. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser 2013; 75:27-40. Barona J et al. Grape consumption increases anti-inflammatory markers and upregulates peripheral nitric oxide synthase in the absence of dyslipidemias in men with metabolic syndrome. Nutrients 2012 Dec 6; 4(12):1945-57. Li SH et al. The acute effects of grape polyphenols supplementation on endothelial function in adults: meta-analyses of controlled trials. PLoS One 2013 Jul 24; 8(7):e69818. Ignarro LJ et al. Pomegranate juice protects nitric oxide against oxidative destruction and enhances the biological actions of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide 2006 Sep; 15(2):93-102. –

Nutrient Timing of AMPED Products for Endurance

Endurance athletes are unique in their nutritional requirements, largely due to the fact that endurance exercise requires greater amounts of fuel. Preparation comes down to ensuring you get the right amounts of carbohydrates and other supplemental nutrients at the right time. Endurance athletes also need to get adequate protein to offset muscle protein breakdown and hasten recovery.

Pre-Workout

For endurance athletes, the pre-workout period is all about preparing the body for exercise and providing enough fuel to keep the muscles operating at a high level.

When an endurance athlete exercises intensely or for long periods of time, the supply of oxygen-rich blood may have difficulty keeping up with the demand. Ultimately, the lack of oxygen and a buildup of waste can result in fatigue, exhaustion, and subpar athletic performance. Vasodilation and the resulting increase in blood flow aids all athletes by increasing nutrient delivery, oxygen levels, and the removal of waste products.

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Taking AMPED™ NOx before exercise can support blood flow by providing vasodilation during training. It works by providing vegetable-sourced nitrates that support nitric oxide production, critical for healthy blood flow. In addition, taking AMPED Power offers three main actives—Nitrosigine®, citrulline, and creatine—to increase strength and power while offsetting fatigue.

  • Nitrosigine® is a unique, patented complex containing the amino acid arginine bonded to silicon, the precursor to nitric oxide. Nitric oxide increases blood flow, which helps improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to muscles. For endurance athletes like runners, that means getting more oxygen and fuel to the working tissues while removing waste products all at a much higher rate.
  • Citrulline is a naturally occurring amino acid that enhances blood flow. Citrulline is shown to improve exercise performance and stimulate muscle synthesis by activating muscle-building pathways. Citrulline has also been noted to reduce fatigue by aiding in creatine resynthesis and enhancing the use of branched-chain amino acids during exercise.
  • Creatine has the ability to improve the quality of training and stimulate better gains in training adaptation, like increasing lactate threshold. Creatine can also improve recovery following extensive endurance training by limiting muscle damage. Finally, especially for endurance athletes, creatine can also help increase energy (glycogen) storage in working muscles.

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Mid-Workout

The purpose of this period is to keep energy levels stable to prevent dips in performance. Endurance athletes heavily rely on carbohydrates to fuel their performance before, during, and after competition. When exercising for long periods, athletes burn quickly through glycogen (stored carbs in muscle) and the sugar in their bloodstreams. Eventually fuel stores run low and athletes hit a wall, exhausting themselves while hindering their performance. Since endurance-based activity burns through your body’s stored fuel source (glycogen), replenishment midway through your race, adventure, or ride is essential to maintaining stamina.

AMPED Fuel is a puree of wholesome carbohydrate sources including apple, agave, and molasses to nutritionally support athletes during endurance events like running and cycling. The product supplies immediate energy during workouts, reduces fatigue, protects muscles, and promotes faster muscle recovery following training. The majority of studies investigating carbohydrate supplementation have found at least a five percent improvement in exercise performance when taken regularly throughout the exercise bout.

Studies also suggest that consuming a modest dose of branched-chain amino acids during extended exercise makes additional protein synthesis available to the body, helping to reduce and offset protein loss. Supplementation during training may also accelerate recovery and suppress exercise-induced muscle damage and muscle soreness. By supplying the body with 22 grams of carbohydrates in an optimal glucose-fructose ratio along with branched-chain amino acids, AMPED Fuel provides the right nutrition for energy replenishment and enhanced performance.

Another important part of your mid-workout nutrition plan is getting adequate fluids. Exercise performance is impaired when an individual is dehydrated by as little as two percent. Losses in excess of five percent of body weight can decrease the capacity for work by about 30 percent. There is little question that hydrating is one of the most important, yet overlooked, nutritional strategies for athletes. Water and fluids are essential to keep the body hydrated and at the right temperature, and your body can lose several liters of sweat in an hour of vigorous exercise. Therefore, consuming Replenish™ (soon to be AMPED Hydrate) during your workout is highly important.

Post-Workout

Intense endurance exercise affects muscles by depleting fuel stores like fat and carbohydrates. Waste products from metabolism increase and need to be removed. Muscle tissue needs rebuilding. The role of nutrients in the recovery process is clear. Consuming carbohydrates and healthy fats help restore fuel supplies for greater exercise potential while protein helps repair damaged tissue back to previous levels.

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AMPED Recover is a post-workout recovery aid designed to help trigger muscle synthesis with branched-chain amino acids, L-carnitine, and other supporting amino acids. These active ingredients trigger the cellular mechanisms for rebuilding proteins in muscle. Branched-chain amino acids are present in the muscles at high levels and consist of three important amino acids: L-leucine, L-isoleucine, and L-valine.

The hallmark of the AMPED Recover formula is the effective dose of L-leucine that has the ability to stimulate muscle protein synthesis and stop muscle breakdown. L-isoleucine helps the body absorb carbohydrates into cells and L-valine can be used as a readily available source of energy or building material. L-carnitine is involved in energy metabolism and mitochondrial protection that can support oxygen in muscle tissue and directly help in recovery after exercise.

Using AMPED Recover right after training with IsaPro® or IsaLean® PRO Shake helps to trigger muscle protein synthesis and provide the raw ingredients that the muscle needs to recuperate.

Summary: When and What to Take

Depending on digestion and comfort, consume a meal containing carbohydrates and moderate amounts of fat and protein no sooner than 90 minutes before training or competition along with at least 16 ounces of fluid. An example would be an IsaLean Shake with a banana and a tablespoon of almond butter.

  • Pre-Workout: 15 to 30 minutes before, take AMPED NOx and AMPED Power e+™ (Optional)
  • Mid-Workout: Take one to two servings of AMPED Fuel every hour, and drink Replenish throughout exercise
  • Post-Workout: AMPED Recover + one to two servings of IsaPro

To replenish muscle and liver glycogen synthesis, consume roughly half your body weight in grams of carbohydrates (from foods like fruits, potatoes, or rice) over three to four hours post-exercise.

Referances

Jones AM et al. Influence of dietary nitrate supplementation on exercise tolerance and performance. Nestle Nutr Inst Workshop Ser. 2013; 75:27-40. Pérez-Guisado J & Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res. 2010; 24(5): 1215-1222. Cynober L et al. Leucine and citrulline: two major regulators of protein turnover. World Rev Nutr Diet. 2013; 105: 97-105. Bendahan D et al. Citrulline/malate promotes aerobic energy production in human exercising muscle. Brit J Sport Med. 2002; 36(4): 282-289. Hickner RC et al. L-citrulline reduces time to exhaustion and insulin response to a graded exercise test. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2006; 38(4): 660-666. Sureda A et al. L-citrulline-malate influence over branched chain amino acid utilization during exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2010; 110(2): 341-351. Chwalbiñska-Moneta J. Effect of creatine supplementation on aerobic performance and anaerobic capacity in elite rowers in the course of endurance training. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2003; 13: 173-183. Santos RVT et al. The effect of creatine supplementation upon inflammatory and muscle soreness markers after a 30km race. Life Sci. 2004; 75(16): 1917-1924. Van Loon LJ et al. Creatine supplementation increases glycogen storage but not GLUT-4 expression in human skeletal muscle. Clin Sci. 2004; 106(1): 99-106. Burke LM et al. Carbohydrates for training and competition. J Sports Sci. 2011;29 Suppl 1:S17-2 Stellingwerff T & Cox GR. Systematic review: Carbohydrate supplementation on exercise performance or capacity of varying durations. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2014 Sep;39(9):998-1011. Kim DH et al. Effect of BCAA intake during endurance exercises on fatigue substances, muscle damage substances, and energy metabolism substances. J Exerc Nutrition Biochem. 2013 Dec; 17(4):169-80. Jentjens RL et al. Oxidation of combined ingestion of glucose and fructose during exercise. J Appl Physiol. 2004 Apr; 96(4):1277-84. Rowlands DS et al. Effect of graded fructose coingestion with maltodextrin on exogenous 14C-fructose and 13C-glucose oxidation efficiency and high-intensity cycling performance. J Appl Physiol. 2008 Jun; 104(6):1709-19. Jeukendrup AE et al. Multiple transportable carbohydrates enhance gastric emptying and fluid delivery. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 Feb; 20(1):112-21. Rowlands DS et al. Composite versus single transportable carbohydrate solution enhances race and laboratory cycling performance. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012 Jun; 37(3):425-36. Negro M et al. Branched-chain amino acid supplementation does not enhance athletic performance but affects muscle recovery and the immune system. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2008 Sep; 48(3):347-51. American College of Sports Medicine; American Dietetic Association; Dietitians of Canada. Joint Position Statement: nutrition and athletic performance. American College of Sports Medicine, American Dietetic Association, and Dietitians of Canada. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2000 Dec; 32(12):2130-45. Bonci L. Nutrition, pharmacology, and psychology in sports. In: DeLee JC, Drez D Jr, Miller MD, eds. DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2009: chap 8. Du M et al. Leucine stimulates mammalian target of rapamycin signaling in C2C12 myoblasts in part through inhibition of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase. J Anim Sci. 2007; 85:919-27. Drummond MJ et al. Rapamycin administration in humans blocks the contraction-induced increase in skeletal muscle protein synthesis. J Physiol. 2009; 587:1535-46. Doi M et al. Isoleucine, a potent plasma glucose-lowering amino acid, stimulates glucose uptake in C 2 C 12 myotubes. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2003; 312:1111-7. Doi M et al. Hypoglycemic effect of isoleucine involves increased muscle glucose uptake and whole body glucose oxidation and decreased hepatic gluconeogenesis. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007; 292:E1683-E1693. Letto J et al. Valine metabolism. Gluconeogenesis from 3-hydroxyisobutyrate. Biochem J. 1986; 240:909-12. Chang B et al. L-carnitine inhibits hepatocarcinogenesis via protection of mitochondria. Int J Cancer. 2005; 113:719-29. Stephens FB et al. Skeletal muscle carnitine loading increases energy expenditure, modulates fuel metabolism gene networks and prevents body fat accumulation in humans. J Physiol. 2013; 591:4655-66. Giamberardino MA et al. Effects of prolonged L-carnitine administration on delayed muscle pain and CK release after eccentric effort. Int J Sports Med. 1996; 17:320-4. – See more at:

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3 Ways To Get More Isagenix Greens Every Daily

Not only does Isagenix Greens™ makes a great-tasting beverage on its own, but it can also be used in different ways to pack your diet with those phytonutrients woefully absent from most Americans’ diets. For most of the U.S. population the average intake of vegetables is only about two servings per day (1).

Two servings daily does not leave a lot of room for variety. Our current lack of vegetable consumption is troubling considering that a recent study suggests that consuming a variety of vegetables is more important than consuming too much of the same kind (2). The reason is that consuming a wide variety of vegetables provides the body with a variation of unique phytonutrients and antioxidants not otherwise found in the diet. It’s also why it’s recommended that you consume six to nine servings of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.

Why should you use Isagenix Greens? The powdered green drink mix provides you with a healthy dose of phytonutrients to support your overall health and well-being, even on days when you don’t meet the recommendations. Just as there’s more than one way to enjoy your other favorite Isagenix products, Isagenix Greens is no exception.

1. Add Isagenix Greens to your IsaLean Shake.

It’s hard to imagine an IsaLean® Shake being even more nutritious and delicious than it already is, but adding Isagenix Greens to your shake is great way to get the added benefit of phytonutrients.

Adding whole fruits and vegetables to your IsaLean Shake is a great way to add fiber and phytonutrients; however, you can only fit so much in your IsaBlender®, so Isagenix Greens can help you achieve more variety with key phytonutrients from more than 30 ingredients. Now that’s convenient!

2. Replace your sugary beverages with Isagenix Greens.

A recent report shows that one third of Americans drink at least one soda or sugar-sweetened beverage every day. These sugary drinks are a major source of added sugars, providing on average eight teaspoons per serving without any nutritional value (3).

Enter Isagenix Greens—and don’t forget Isagenix Fruits™! Each serving contains only 30 calories and 1 gram of sugar and is a great-tasting alternative to sugary soda and juice. It’s not only for you, but can benefit your entire family.

3. Get creative with recipes!

It’s easy to find creative ways to get more nutrition from Isagenix Greens with innovative recipes. If you’re looking for some inspiration, see our recipes page for ideas on using Isagenix Greens before creating your own.

No matter how busy you are or what your day looks like, you can always find opportunities to benefit from the nutrition found in Isagenix Greens. But if for any reason you’ve missed taking your Isagenix Greens during the day, don’t worry—you can also use Isagenix Greens as a “night cap” on Shake Days as it’s also a core component of our Bedtime Belly Buster (BBB).

References

    1. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-20120. 8th Ed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 2016.
    2. Bhupathiraju SN, Tucker KL. Greater variety in fruit and vegetable intake is associated with lower inflammation in Puerto Rican adults. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;93:37-46. doi: 10.3945
    3. Park S, Xu F, Town M, Blanck HM. Prevalence of Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Intake Among Adults — 23 States and the District of Columbia, 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:169–174. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6507a1.

Nutrient Timing with Isagenix For Athletes

Nutrient timing with Isagenix products can give athletes an edge over their competition.

For athletes, when you eat may be nearly as important as what you eat. Nutrient timing is a popular concept among athletes and fitness gurus and refers to the timing of meals and supplements in relation to workouts. By strategically eating certain things at certain times, top athletes and fitness competitors can gain an edge over their competition.

Nutrient timing strategies will be different from athlete to athlete, depending on their goals. Here is a breakdown of how Isagenix products and nutrient timing can be a competitive advantage for different types of athletes:

Bodybuilders/Fitness Competitors

Bodybuilders and fitness competitors strive to build large, well-defined muscle groups that are in optimal proportion to one another. Gains in strength and muscle mass result from the rebuilding of muscle that is torn and damaged during intense workouts, and the body needs protein for this to happen. Because blood flow to the muscles increases during training, the best time for eating protein is as close to the end of a workout as possible—known as the “protein window” (1). Bodybuilders should look to consume around 30-40 grams of protein within 30 minutes of finishing a workout.

Remember, not all protein sources are created equal. IsaLean Pro is the ideal post-workout protein source for many reasons. Not only does it contain the perfect amount of protein at 35 grams, but it supplies whey protein, which is digested and absorbed more quickly than other sources (2). Whey’s amino acids rapidly enter the blood and reach the muscles so that they can initiate growth and recovery right away. In addition, the carbohydrate in IsaLean Pro will work with the protein to stimulate an increase in levels of insulin. Extra insulin after exercise encourages storage of simple sugars in the form of glycogen that will fuel activity for the next weight-training session.

Even though the post-workout period is the best time for getting protein to the muscles to fuel growth, protein should be eaten throughout the day as well. Protein is used for many other things aside from just mending and building muscle, including being a major structural component in all cells in the body and necessary for the formation of red blood cells.  When protein is needed by the body between meals, it’s taken from muscle, which can result in muscle loss. To avoid this, consume high-protein meals throughout the day such as IsaLean and IsaPro shakes.

Using antioxidant supplements to help speed muscle recovery is another favorite strategy used by bodybuilders. By consuming products rich in antioxidants before a workout and directly after, they can give their bodies the best chance to fight the free radicals created by exercise-induced stress. Ageless Actives is a great product for supplying the body with antioxidants such as resveratrol and CoQ10. CoQ10, in particular, has been shown in studies to reduce oxidative stress caused by exercise, which can help speed muscle recovery. The form of CoQ10 used in Ageless Actives is ideal because it’s eight times more absorbable than the dry powdered forms used in most other antioxidant supplements.

High-Intensity Athletes (Football Player, Sprinter, etc.)

High-intensity athletes are similar to bodybuilders in that they aim to build strength. But unlike bodybuilders, who are more interested in proportion and appearance, high-intensity athletes are trying to become more powerful so that they can improve quickness, agility, and technique.

Like bodybuilders, high-intensity athletes need to maximize muscle growth and recovery. They should make use of the 30-minute “protein window” in addition to eating three-to-four high-protein meals and snacks throughout the day. To help speed muscle recovery after training sessions, high-intensity athletes will also want to use an antioxidant supplement such as Ageless Actives before and after they exercise.

What differs between the strategies of high-intensity athletes and bodybuilders has to do with carbohydrates. Both need simple sugars after their workouts to spike insulin for replacing glycogen stores for later activity (3). However, high-intensity athletes tend to place a higher priority on eating more complex carbohydrates, because short bouts (usually taking place over a period of less than 30 seconds) of explosive exercise are their main focus. The body mostly draws on carbohydrates during these repeated, explosive bouts. Bodybuilders, on the other hand, will use glycogen stores to lift weights, but their cardio sessions are more fueled by fat because they often tend to be more slow and sustained. So, for high-intensity athletes such as sprinters and football players, there is a much higher reliance  on carbohydrates to fuel nearly everything they do, making it especially important for them to use carbohydrate timing as a strategy to improve athletic performance.

Endurance Athletes (Swimmer, Runner, Cyclist, etc.)

The goals of endurance athletes are different than that of bodybuilders or high-intensity athletes. Cyclists and marathon runners, for example, expect to improve performance by increasing stamina. Traditionally, endurance athletes have not placed the same degree of emphasis on protein intake and timing as other types of athletes, because of their concern that too much muscle will be gained causing them to be heavier and less efficient at their sport. Unfortunately, this view has been harmful to endurance athletes of the past because protein does so much more than just stimulate muscle growth. Repetitive movements and long strenuous training sessions are hard on the bodies of endurance athletes. By ingesting optimal amounts of protein and strategically using the concept of protein timing to enhance performance, endurance athletes can benefit from faster and more efficient recovery of muscles allowing them to have more frequent and higher quality training sessions.

Unlike bodybuilders and high intensity athletes, endurance athletes rely on carbohydrate timing as a strategy for delaying fatigue and improving performance. Endurance athletes use both carbohydrate and fat to fuel their activity, but since they are often moving for hours at a time without a break, their glycogen stores will eventually become depleted.

To increase the amount of glycogen stored in their muscle, endurance athletes often do something called “carbohydrate loading.” Carbohydrate loading involves trying to maximize glycogen stores by eating a large amount of carbohydrate in the days leading up to an endurance race, and by also taking advantage of the 30 minute-post workout window to rebuild lost glycogen.

Another advantage of consuming carbohydrate during and after training is that the stress hormone cortisol will be reduced, which helps prevent excessive suppression of the immune system that can occur as a result of prolonged and strenuous exercise (4,5). IsaLean Shake makes for a great meal replacement for endurance athletes. But instead of the two scoops as typically recommended, endurance athletes should use three scoops for about 36 grams of protein and 36 grams of carbohydrate. In addition, they should supplement with antioxidants to manage oxidative stress and support the immune system.

The Recreational Athlete

Because recreational athletes only work out one or two times a week, their bodies aren’t prepared to cope with the physical consequences of hard exercise. They are at increased risk of suffering from muscle soreness, damage from oxidative stress, and longer recovery times because they have not adapted defenses to deal with these things. It may seem that because they are not exercising as often as other types of athletes, their needs would not be as high. This is not true. Like other athletes, they should consume carbohydrate and protein in the 30-minute post exercise window. Particular attention should be placed on antioxidant consumption to help prime their defenses to hasten muscle recovery.

Nutrition is a critical aspect of any athlete’s training regimen. This fact continues to be recognized among college teams and even professional sports, who are now including nutritionists and dietitians on their staff. Athletes must receive quality nutrition to perform optimally and prevent injury. Nutrient timing in combination with high-quality products that Isagenix has to offer is a sure way for competitive athletes can to be at the top of their games.

Referances

  1. Phillips SM et al. The role of milk- and soy-based protein in support of muscle protein synthesis and muscle protein accretion in young and elderly persons. J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Aug;28(4):343-54.
  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. Acheson KJ et al. Protein choices targeting thermogenesis and metabolism. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar;93(3):525-34. Epub 2011 Jan 12.
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Nutrition for Gains in Strength and Power

Building Nutrition With Isagenix for Strength and Power

While speed and lightening-fast reaction time matter, improving strength and power is the ultimate goal of athletes, as well as those who want to build more muscle. Many athletes find themselves slaving away in the gym, on the field, and at the track, only to fall short of their goals. Even the best training plan can fail without the right nutrition.

Along with a well-planned training regimen, knowing what to eat, when to eat, and how to supplement with Isagenix is key in creating a winning dietary strategy for keeping body fat in check while building muscle, strength, and power.

Carbohydrates are the first source of energy for strength and power athletes. A limited amount of carbs are stored as glycogen in muscle. When glycogen stores are too low to meet energy demands the consequence can be early fatigue, greater susceptibility to overtraining, and impaired immune function. For strength and power athletes, carb intake should increase on days with a higher training load. Matching carb intake with activity level will improve performance and workout quality while promoting recovery of glycogen stores between training sessions.

Protein is the major structural component of muscle. When dietary protein intake is too low, muscles will break down and gains in size, strength, and power will be compromised. But not all protein is equal. Much research suggests that whey protein, which is high in branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), is a superior protein source for igniting muscle synthesis (1,2).

Consuming protein is not only great for promoting muscle gain, but also fat loss. Protein can suppress hunger more than fats or carbs (3,4) leading to reduced calorie intake. Protein is also highly thermogenic, meaning it requires a lot of extra energy just to absorb and digest. Whey protein is more thermogenic than other sources, which is a win-win for athletes trying to build muscle, burn fat, and get lean (3).

Healthy fats are also important for athletes. They’re used as structural components of cellular membranes, hormone production, and are necessary for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Similar to protein, fats can increase satiety to help prevent overeating and to keep body fat levels in check.

The importance of carbs, protein, and fat in the diet is clear, and every athlete should strive to meet but not exceed calorie needs. In planning a dietary strategy to build muscle and boost strength and power, it’s not just what you eat that matters—when you eat is also important.

Muscle building can be maximized, muscle breakdown minimized, and hunger curbed when high-protein meals (20 to 40 grams protein) are eaten at regular intervals, four to five times per day (5,6).IsaLean® and IsaLean® Pro meal replacements fit perfectly into this plan with 24 and 36 grams of protein, respectively. The shakes are high in whey protein—the best type for building muscle and burning fat—and also contain low-glycemic carbohydrates for sustained energy, along with healthy fats and fiber for curbing hunger.

Like IsaLean shakes, IsaLean Bars are a good source of protein (approx. 20 grams). For athletes with a faster metabolism requiring extra calories and protein, IsaLean Bars also make a great snack and are especially convenient for on-the-go athletes.

Pre-Workout Nutrition With Isagenix

Optimal pre-workout nutrition should fuel the body with quick carbohydrate energy and BCAA-rich protein to stop muscle breakdown. Nutrients to boost focus and stamina are also necessary. Enter a workout fully charged by eating an IsaLean Bar 30 to 90 minutes before training and an e+™ Natural Energy Shot within 30 minutes of training.

Providing 30 grams of carb energy, IsaLean Bars give you the fuel to lift heavier, run faster, and explode more powerfully. The payout is more gains in strength, power, and muscle mass as well as a quicker recovery. As an extra bonus, entering a workout fed results in greater calorie burning during the workout (7), a major benefit for athletes looking to shed fat. IsaLean Bars also supply about 20 grams of BCAA-rich protein to help stop muscle loss caused by hard training.

Getting the most out of your workout requires the right mindset, too. This means being focused, motivated, and energized – all benefits supplied by e+ Natural Energy Shot. The combination of caffeine and Adaptogens in e+ Natural Energy Shot provides sustained energy in the face of extreme training.

Post-Workout Nutrition & Isagenix

Combining whey protein with a source of carbs within 30 minutes of finishing a workout will stimulate muscle growth and improve recovery (1). Intense exercise damages muscle, triggering a chain of events where muscle is repaired and rebuilt stronger. Having IsaPro® post-workout amplifies this muscle remodeling, and adding carbs improves recovery by speeding the return of glycogen stores and the stress hormone cortisol to pre-exercise levels.

With 36 grams of pure whey protein concentrate in two scoops, IsaPro is your go-to post-workout solution for muscle building and recovery. High in BCAAs including leucine to ignite muscle-building pathways, and with no considerable amounts of fiber or fat to slow the absorption, IsaPro provides amino acids to muscle for immediate use.

Following a workout, the body is sensitive to carbs making it the ideal time to restore depleted glycogen reserves. For athletes who train daily or more than once per day, taking advantage of this window by adding carbs such as fruit or oats to IsaPro will ensure you go into your next training session well-fueled. Additionally, carbs can also help lower cortisol—the “stress hormone” that helps provide fuel during exercise but can be detrimental to muscle tissue if it remains high after a workout.

For strength and power athletes, Isagenix has high-quality products to prime you for your workout, power you through training, and help you recover quickly and effectively.

Referances

  1. Phillips SM et al. The role of milk- and soy-based protein in support of muscle protein synthesis and muscle protein accretion in young and elderly persons. J Am Coll Nutr. 2009 Aug;28(4):343-54.
  2. 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.
  3. Acheson KJ et al. Protein choices targeting thermogenesis and metabolism. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar;93(3):525-34. Epub 2011 Jan 12.
  4. Layman DK. Dietary Guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs.Nutr Metab (Lond). 2009 Mar 13;6:12.
  5. 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.
  6. Paddon-Jones D1, Rasmussen BB. Dietary protein recommendations and the prevention of sarcopenia. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2009 Jan;12(1):86-90. 
  7. Schoenfeld B. Does cardio after an overnight fast maximize fat loss? Strength Cond J. 2011 Feb;33(1):23-25.

Should You Take AMPED Power and e+ Shot Together?

Should You Take AMPED Power and e+ Shot Together?

Saying you’ll exercise more is easier said than done. Once you’ve managed to get to the gym, the next difficult step is making sure your workout is intense and long enough. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your workout, a pre-workout product with a powerful boost to get you to the gym and through a difficult workout is key.

Two pre-workout options that Isagenix offers are e+™ and AMPED™ Power. Isagenix users often ask whether the two products can be taken together. The good news is that they can both work on their own, but you can maximize results from using them together. Each product is comprised of its own unique blend of ingredients that can synergistically enhance your workout regimen.

e+ Energy Shot

e+ is a naturally caffeinated energy shot different from typical energy shots. It’s free of artificial colors, sweeteners, and flavors. Compared to other energy shots, e+ contains a moderate amount of caffeine, so there are no crazy jitters or energy crashes after taking it. The caffeine itself is derived from green tea and yerba mate. Plus, it contains a blend of adaptogenic botanicals that prime the body for increased mental focus and physical activity.

Numerous studies have shown that caffeine consumption prior to any type of exercise leads to a significant improvement in overall performance (1-3). Research has also found that those who consumed caffeine prior to exercise perceived the activity as less difficult and more enjoyable (4).

Adaptogens help the body adapt to exercise by helping to reduce and resist the effects of stress while also improving the body’s capacity to perform and function under stressful circumstances (5, 6). Because exercise exists as an actual positive form of stress, your body requires the right nutritional support to be able to best handle and recover from it. Adaptogens are part of that support.

AMPED Power

AMPED Power is a targeted pre-workout drink designed with active ingredients that work together to increase the amount of cellular energy in working muscles, while improving blood flow to allow more oxygen delivery to those muscles. The product’s ingredients include safe and effective doses of creatine monohydrate, Nitrosigine®*, and citrulline.

The creatine in AMPED Power is what works to actively increase cellular energy (as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP) in working muscles, meaning you will be able to work out longer and harder (7). The Nitrosigine® component combines the amino acid arginine and silicon to boost blood flow and improve delivery of oxygen to the muscles. Citrulline is the active ingredient that not only aids in supporting better blood flow, but also helps protect against muscle soreness (8).

The result from using AMPED Power before a workout is increased power output, decreased fatigue, improved blood flow, accelerated muscle gains, and improved performance. But when AMPED Power is taken alongside (or a half hour before) e+, the combo can work together to provide greater energy before and throughout your workout.

*Nitrosigine® is a registered trademark of Nutrition 21, LLC and is patent protected.

References

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  7. Van Loon LJ, Murphy R, Oosterlaar AM, Cameron-Smith D, Hargreaves M, Wagenmakers AJ, Snow R. Creatine supplementation increases glycogen storage but not GLUT-4 expression in human skeletal muscle. Clin Sci, 2004;106(1), 99-106.
  8. Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res, 2010;24(5), 1215-1222.