Here's the story....in the spring of last year (2010) a doula client whom I had kept in contact with had been talking up these products that had helped her lose her post baby weight. Tara chatted with me NUMEROUS times about them and I kept saying, yeah protein shakes been there done that. THEN the sneaky little person to whom I had sent a wedding invitation to said 'Amy I have a wedding present for you, could you come and pick it up'....the present was a 9 Day cleanse. Well not to waste a present or the effort/money that Tara put into giving it to me I started my 9 day cleanse and well on day 2 FELL IN LOVE with these products.
When I stepped on the scales last April 8, I weighed 291lbs, by May 16 I was down to 272. These products are amazing. (I am not going to go into why I haven't lost more in this blog-that's for another blog entry-but I have to say it's MY fault NOT the products fault just for clarity here)
So what is Isagenix and why am I so thrilled to be part of such an amazing group of people.
At it's simplest Isagenix is a cellular nutritional cleansing system that supplies ALL of the nutrients our body needs for healthy living. Each and every day we ingest toxins galore just from the air we breath, but also from the products we put on our skin, the food we eat, everything we do on a daily basis loads our body full of toxic products. These toxins are hopefully filtered out of our system by our filtering organs-the liver and kidneys are the top two. However, depending on how many of these toxins we put in, and our bodies ability to filter them depends on how strongly our body reacts to these toxins.
So why use Isagenix....well let's talk Toxins and Nutrition and see where that gets us.....
In order to save ourselves from ourselves...our body builds fat cells, these cells envelope the toxins and hold them and protect our body from their harmful effects. The more toxins in, the more fat cells created, the more overweight we become. Now wait....that doesn't mean that "skinny" people aren't toxic, in fact if they aren't living healthy lifestyles they are more unhealthy then someone with love handles. But why don't they have the protective layer of fat cells-metabolism overdrive. Their bodies eat through the fat cells faster, which unless they are cleansing the toxins out, actually results in a very unhealthy body. A thin person who doesn't cleanse daily has toxic overload that can directly affect their internal organs.
This is a great article that lists some of the toxins we unknowingly ingest on a daily basis and what they do to our body;
Every person needs to cleanse their bodies on a frequent basis. Here are some statistics that show how daily living results in toxic overload:
*Women who use make-up on a daily basis absorb upwards of 5lbs of toxic chemicals a year
*Men, women and children can absorb up to 3lbs of toxic chemicals a year from using commercial shampoos, bathsoaps etc that they use in the shower every day. Hot shower=open pores+shampoo etc=maximum absorption of chemicals in products.
*Tests have shown that infants are born with over 287 chemicals and other toxins in their blood stream. 76 of these chemicals cause direct cell damage, 94 are toxic to the nervous system and brain and a startling 79 are directly toxic to the development of the fetus.
*In the US 1.2 BILLION lbs of pesticides are used a year. These pesticides are sprayed on the foods we eat, but also released into the air we breath.
*Eating non organic fruits and vegetables will result in ingesting 1 Gallon or 16 cups of pesticides a year.
*Today, the administration of drugs and medicines is often through transdermal skin patches. This has been shown to be 95% more effective then oral administration. Cosmetic companies do not have to claim that their products are absorbed through the skin, if they did, their products would all be labelled as drugs.
*In 1901 Cancer was considered a RARE disease touching only 1 in 8000 people. Today in 2011, 1 in 3 people have cancer according to the American Cancer Society. Smoking only accounts for about 25% of that increase.
Ok enough about toxic build up for now. Isagenix is also about full out nutrition. The other part of Isagenix that I love is the fact that it is 100% nutritionally sound food. Yep food, by putting Isagenix into my families bodies I am feeding them. I've heard the "but if you eat all your fruits and veggies, and have a healthy source of protein you don't need to worry about putting extra nutrition in your body". WRONG!!!!!
On a daily basis our bodies require us to ingest at least 59 nutrients, including 13 from vitamins and 22 from minerals. Ok so again you say just eat your fruits and veggies. But our fruits and veggies are being grown in nutritionally bankrupt soil. When World War 2 ended, the farming culture changed drastically, but not for the better. Fertilizer companies inherited the huge quantities of nitrates and phosphates left over from making munitions during the war. Studies at that time showed that these chemical helped to ensure a lush crop growth, what they didn't show was that by adding too much of these chemicals actually ruined the soil. Add in pesticides designed to kill weeds (and everything else in their paths) and our soil has gone from providing the minerals and nutrients to the foods we eat, to barely being able to sustain their growth.
In 1992 the Earth Summit research indicated that entire earths soil was becoming minerally bankrupt, with North American soil leading the way.
Spinach is a great example, in 1948 a cup of spinach contained 150mg of iron, in 2011 that same cup of spinach only contains 2mg of iron-so basically you would have to eat 75 cups of spinach to get the same amount of iron.
Here are a few more examples that have happened since as recently as 1975:
• Apples: Vitamin A is down 41%
• Sweet peppers: Vitamin C is down 31%
• Watercress: Iron is down 88%
• Broccoli: Calcium and vitamin A are down 50%
• Cauliflower: Vitamin C is down 45%; vitamin B1 is down 48%; and vitamin B2 is down 47%
• Collards greens: Magnesium is down 85%
So the ultimate question that everyone asks me is this...How does Isagenix help ensure that we are receiving the proper nutrition our body needs?
Let's start with fruits and veggies. Health professionals have signified certain supergreens and superfruits that infuse the body with nutrients. Spirulina, chlorella and wheat grass, to name a few, are supergreens. Mangosteen, Star Fruit and Acai Berry are superfruits. These health professionals have indicated like above in order to ingest the proper nutrition we need to find ways of ingesting high quantities of super veggies and fruits, but how do we do that without ingesting 75lbs of spinach a day....the answer is easy when you use Isafruits and Isagreens products.
Take a look at them yourself:
Now.....what about protein.
Ready for some more scary statistics....
*80% of cattle raised for meat are injected with hormones, including HGH (human growth hormone)
*In 1950 the average dairy cow produced 5300 lbs of milk a year, in 2010 with the injections of HGH the average dairy cow was able to produce 18,000 lbs.
*In 2009-29 MILLION pounds of antibiotics were sold to farmers in the US, the majority of these antibiotics were not used to treat disesase, but the increase the growth of the animals injected.
All of these hormones and antibiotics find their way directly into the meat we eat daily. The only way to avoid this is to purchase meat from grass fed, organic local farmers.
Isagenix uses only the higest quality whey protein on the planet. They have chosen to go to a country that won't allow farmers to use the hormones and antibiotics that American farmers use, New Zealand. To my knowledge they are the only company that has this "Happy Cow Certified Protein" in their protein based products. You can actually taste the difference, and believe me I have tried many protein shakes over the years, I will never go back to those ones!
So....those are the beginning reasons why I chose to put Isagenix products into my body and into my families bodies on a daily basis. I could literally go on about the WHY you need to use them for hours and hours and hours...but I have learned that if a person can't see it just with the few facts I have posted above, then they won't ever see it.
For those who believe, no proof is necessary.
For those who don't believe, no proof is possible!