Debunk Myths…

Question: Can someone break down and explain to me that if Isagenix products are supposed to be all natural, why does Want More Energy have Tartic acid, dextrose, xylitol, citric acid and fructose? Also, the bars have maltodextrim?


Reply: The ingredients questioned are all derived from whole food sources rather than man made synthetically. When questioning ingredients, its important to remember the source of where they are derived is of utmost importance. Isagenix contains no synthetic ingredients. In addition, the ingredients in question are used in such minimal amounts that they are barely measurable. About the ingredients you questioned….Citrus acid occurs naturally in foods such as lemons, oranges, etc. It is also produced by the body and is essential to life. When derived from whole food fruit sources rather than synthetically manufactured in a laboratory, it is considered a health food and excellent source of vitamin C. According to a study published in Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, it has been shown to reduce physical fatigue and decrease physiological stress. It also is a key factor in the Krebs cycle, which is what occurs metabolically when your body converts fats, carbs and proteins into water and carbon dioxide to produce energy. Exercising uses up a lot of our ATP (adenosine triphosphate) and citric acid helps to boost the ATP that is depleted. It is also an alkalizing agent that helps to reduce acidity in urine and break down and/or prevent kidney stones. Dextrose is a monosaccharide, otherwise known as a glucose carb that is found naturally in plants, fruit, pasta, wheat, potatoes, apricots and honey.Man-made sources of dextrose include anhydrous and monohydrate glucose (again, all Isagenix products contain naturally sourced ingredients form whole foods only) It is not a complex carb, so the body absorbs it very quickly, This is why dextrose is so important for athletes who need recovery and to quickly absorb carbs. This is bc it when isolated from whole foods, it delivers the nutrients to the body rapidly. In addition to providing a ready source of energy, dextrose also works to increase muscle mass. When dextrose is eaten, insulin levels increase. Increased insulin increases blood flow and delivery of nutrients to cells. Cells that receive adequate nutrition tend to be healthy and function more effectively. Xylitol is a natural sweetener found in many plants and fruits. It is produced in nature in small amounts, but can be manufactured in large amounts from xylose. Again, Isagenix derives its xylitol from natural plant sources. Xylitol is obtained from the fibrous material of a number of common fruits and vegetables, as well as mushroom, berries, oats, corn husks, sugar cane, and birch. Xylitol can be created or extracted in a number of ways, including tapping a birch tree for birch sap. It has been shown in many clinical studies to prevent cavities and there is evidence that xylitol is likely effective in preventing or reducing ear and sinus infections. Because Xylitol is metabolized very slowly and does not raise insulin levels, its use reduces many health problems associated with high-sugar intake. Diabetics can safely use xylitol as a sweetener. One of the basic chemical applications of xylitol is as an alkalizing agent. It increases the alkalinity and decreases the acidity in the body and mouth. Fructose found in Isagenix products is derived from organic apples, beets and pears in small amounts, less than the equivalent of one organic apple. Unlike table sugar or HFCS, fructose does not cause a rapid rise and subsequent large fall in blood glucose levels, which means it has a low glycemic load or glycemic index. Fructose as a source of sugar is essential in our products bc sugar is necessary to transport nutrients to cells in the body. sugar is used as a carrier nutrient to make vitamin and mineral deliveries to the cells. Tartaric acid is an organic acid that occurs naturally in foods such as avocados, grapes, apples and some seeds. After extracted, it appears as a white crystalline solid at room temperature. Tartaric acid is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory. It can help strengthen the immune system and increase overall wellness. Studies have shown it can improve glucose tolerance and lower overall glucose levels. It can help aid digestion by improving intestinal absorption. This can then help to dramatically increase absorption rates of nutrients. All of the ingredients in question are derived from natural sources, no synthetic. They are used in minimal amounts that are so negligible they are barely measurable. You would consume a much higher amount of these nutrients by eating the whole food source they are derived this case…foods like fruits, pasta, seeds, honey, etc. If you are not concerned about these nutrients in the foods you eat you should not be concerned about them in the Isagenix products.

Response from Nutrition Expert and Professional Health Writer for Livestrong, USAToday etc. – Delialah Lotich


1) “I already eat healthy”

2) “I want REAL food”

3) “I don’t like processed foods in a container”

4) “I eat only eat organic foods”

5) “I need food that I can chew, I’m not a shake person”

(Delialah Lotich – Nutritional writer for Livestrong/USA Today).


By Jade Teta November 29, 2014

First off, I realize the title of this blog is a bit inflammatory. The intention was to get your attention NOT to disparage anyone in the industry.

Second, I too am one of those “dumb weight loss gurus”. What I mean by that is that I too have said similar things in the past. I also am likely saying some pretty silly things right now about weight loss and body change.

Why you ask? The reason is we learn more every single day. It is impossible to know everything. And because of that I may be saying things right now that I will realize later were not so smart.

I am a bit unique in the world of health fitness and fat loss in that I am a biochemist, integrative physician, and a strength and conditioning specialist. My major expertise is in functional medicine, nutrition and weight loss.pressure_to_be_thin

The reason I am giving you a bit of background on my education is so that you realize the critique I am about to give comes from someone who speaks from experience. I am someone who is a natural health educator and have spent my life studying this stuff.

What I have noticed in my career is that many things are declared but few things are questioned. The 5 things in this blog are a testament to that. You have likely heard all of these statements.

You probably even think they make a lot of sense. But as soon as you look at the arguments from a slightly different angle you might see they are not as wise or accurate as you thought.

The point of this blog is to get us all thinking a little more critically about the things we say and promote. This is especially true of the professionals who will be reading this.

One warning though, this blog is going to challenge your biases and beliefs and psychology research tells us that when that happens……..the natural tendency of the human brain is to defend and critique instead of ponder and consider.

One-way of reacting stifles growth and learning. The other, even if you don’t change your mind, leads to furthering your understanding.

So here we go………

Only eat real food

It is important to understand who you are talking to when you make statements. Are you talking to an initiated well-educated natural health and fitness junky?

If so, this statement might make some sense.

Or are you speaking to an overweight and out of shape person who does not have the first clue about nutrition. If you are talking to this person, the statement may make zero sense.

To the latter person anything you can put in your mouth and chew and contains calories is “real food”.

So that is the first issue here. But it gets more confusing. How are we going to define “real food”. Is it only food that adheres to your view of dietary dogma?

For example, if you are a paleo or primal person real food means things like bacon and butter. If you are a vegan or vegetarian, those foods may not be considered “food” and perhaps tofu is.

If you are an Atkin’s devotee, then real food could be a bacon double cheeseburger from McDonald’s with the bun stripped off.

Who defines what this real food is? Is real food anything that you can gather or hunt? If so, than how do we define a turkey sandwich?

Wheat can be gathered? Turkey can be hunted. Mayonnaise can be made from free-range eggs and mixed with fresh hand smashed olive oil?

See the problem? I am not trying to be difficult. This is a serious question. Is a banana more real food when compared to precut, bagged and frozen organic broccoli?

And is telling someone to just eat real food that helpful without further clarification and education?

What if, for example, a young working mother does not have time to cook her kids fresh eggs with organic coconut oil and organic blueberries before she sends them off to school and gets herself to work?

What if she needs something more convenient? Which is more “real food” in her case?

Would a protein powder smoothie with almond milk and frozen berries be so much worse than eggs and bacon? Would oatmeal and nuts or Greek yogurt and berries not be real food?

Good nutrition is only good nutrition if the person following the eating plan can actually do it. The idea that convenience foods are not “real food” is not a helpful idea in my opinion.

I can tell you in my clinical practice I have always had the most success when I make change easier NOT harder. It is time to consider that the “real food” message may not be helpful for all people. In that case, it is important to amend your approach to meet people where they are.

You may disagree with this next statement, but science does not. While science is not perfect, the consensus among the research we currently have is that health and weight loss seekers should be eating nutrient dense, calorie sparse foods that have properties that increase fullness and satisfaction during and between meals.

In general, this means a diet plentiful in protein, fiber and water rich foods that contain less fat and starch. Yes, this looks an awful lot like a diet of things you can gather and hunt (wild animals tend to be much leaner). These same properties can be duplicated in modern day convenience foods.

In fact, as much as my natural health background biases me to this “eat real food” dogma, my real world clinical experience tells me it may not be feasible for all people. In fact, it may not be best for most.

And just to give you a little bit of objective data, research actually shows including convenience based, “processed foods” while on a diet, may be healthier than not including it. (Just a brief aside….I used the Isagenix pic here on purpose, as a test to see if it pisses anyone off. If it did, you need this article more than anyone. As soon as your bias for and against things gets that strong, you are no longer credible in my opinion).

IMG_1862A study published in the June 2007 issue of Nutrition Journal followed 97 female dieters over the course of a year. One group followed a traditional diet approach that did not include processed meal replacements (in this case shakes and bars). The other group included 1-2 meal replacement drinks and/or bars.

At the end of the year there was no difference between the groups in weight loss. However, the traditional food group was shown to be inadequate in several nutrients putting them at risk for deficiencies. The meal replacement group did not have these issues.

Kinda of blows your biases up a bit doesn’t it? But if you buck the natural human trend to ignore that, which does not agree with you, you become open to a new and perhaps a better way.

Meal replacement shakes and bars are fortified with vitamins and minerals. The average human tends to eat a very narrow range of foods. Some research suggest we eat mostly the same 10-15 foods day in and day out. These two things taken together could explain why the inclusion of convenience items provided more nutrition.

And when you consider that we now live in a fast paced, convenience driven world where people are overwhelmed and overworked, you begin to understand the utility of convenience-based foods. If there is not a healthier more convenient option, people will choose the less healthier convenience option over reverting back to an inconvenient more healthy option.

In other words, if your choices are a nutrient enhanced protein bar, a candy bar or a homemade and prepared chop salad with grilled chicken, a busy time starved person is going to go with one of the two convenience-based options more times than not.

This is something to consider next time you or someone you know goes on a rant about whole foods and real foods.

Sometimes a processed protein powder mixed in water is better than organic kale and salmon when the possibility of the kale and salmon actually manifesting into a reality is slim to none for many people.

The perfect plan that cannot be executed is not the perfect plan.

Eat Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Lose Weight

I am not sure where this came from. The idea that inflammation causes obesity is gaining ground. This has now led to many people saying to eat anti-inflammatory foods.

And I certainly have no argument with this since many of these “anti-inflammatory foods” are the same nutrient dense protein, fiber and water rich foods we talked about above.

But that then begs the question, is it about the low calorie, high nutrient and hunger suppressing effects of the foods or their “anti-inflammatory” properties.

Science tells us it is likely about the former, not the latter. There is no evidence that adding anti-inflammatory foods into a regular diet is going to result in weight loss. Go ahead and add all the blueberries, fish oil and other anti-inflammatory foods you want into your diet.

The fact is if you are eating too much food than your body can burn off, you are not only not going to lose fat, but perhaps gain it.

So where did this come from? Well there is a correlation between obesity and inflammation. But the idea that inflammation causes obesity? I am not sure we can at all make that claim.

If anything, it is likely the other way around. The process of overeating and not exercising leads to obesity and inflammation comes along with that or as a result of it. Which then causes metabolic changes that could negatively impact hormonal signaling and other factors that may make further weight gain more likely and weight loss less likely.

This relationship, however, is still being teased out. Until we have a randomized trial of two groups of people on diets including or not including “anti-inflammatory foods” and then looking at weight loss results, we can’t make a claim like this.

But it’s so tasty and sweet!The other thing to realize is how would you even know if the foods you were eating were indeed lowering inflammation? You would first have to establish which foods are anti-inflammatory and measure inflammatory markers (hsCRP, IL-6, etc) before and after their inclusion, as well as see did this also result in weight loss?

Now, I realize I am coming of as real contrarian here, but this is important stuff. Obesity is an epidemic and we have very little in the way of effective tools to deal with.

It is critical we don’t provide advice that is wrong or incomplete that can distract from the big movers in the obesity equation.

This is why I am attacking this idea. Even if there is some truth to it, it is likely of little impact compared to the big movers of hormonal imbalance (i.e. controlling hormones that impact hunger, cravings, etc) and caloric excess.

If you can’t pronounce it, you should not eat it

I am going to give you a list of ingredients for two different foods. You tell me which one you should eat.

Food one:

Helical amylose, milk solids, short and medium chain triglycerides, natural protein, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, amylopectin, cellulose, glucosinolate, glucoraphanin, pyridoxine, pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine, other natural vitamins and minerals, natural flavors, sugar alcohols, sea salt.

Food two:

Natural protein, monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharides, isomaltooligosaccharides, medium chain triglycerides, cellulase, lipase, protease, pyridoxine, pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin and minerals, natural flavors, lactobacillus acidophilus, cinnamon and other natural herbs, sweet leaf.

Can you guess which of these two foods comes in a package and which does not? Food number 1 is broccoli with a little pat of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. Food number 2 is a packaged protein powder.

Are you shocked? There is no trick here really. Let me decipher for you what these labels really say.


Starches and sugar= monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharide (these are just different names for naturally occurring starch)
Butter= milk solids (another way of say whey and casein), medium and short chain triglycerides (naturally occurring fat in butter)Fibers= helical amylose, cellulose, amylopectin
Phytonutrients= glucosinolates, glucoraphanin
Protein= naturally occurring protein is present in broccoli.
Sugar alcohols= yes brocooli has trace amounts of things like xylitol and sorbitol in it
Natural flavors and salt= broccoli contains naturally occurring flavors that give it its distinct bitter flavor.
The Protein Powder:

Natural enzymes= lipase, cellulose, protease (these are enzymes that help you digest the protein in the product. When you eat broccoli you release many of these from your own pancreas)
Starches and sugar= monosaccharides, disaccharides, polysaccharide, isomaltooligosaccharides, maltodextrin (these are just different names for starch. They are not manmade chemicals that will kill you)
Vitamins= pyridoxine is vitamin B6, Pantothenate is B5, thiamine is B1, riboflavin B2,
Natural protein= whey protein from milk.
Probiotic= lactobacillus acidophilus (a natural probiotic found in yogurt)
Sweet leaf= stevia (a natural sweetener from the leaf of a plant called Stevia rebaudiana)
So, why do I go through all of this? Because the average person looking at a label will see all of this stuff they can’t pronounce and be told these things are poisons or some other non-sense. When the reality is most of these “scary chemicals” are just the scientific name for vitamins and minerals or natural starch or protein, etc.

Once I wrote down for you all the chemicals in broccoli you could not pronounce them or knew what many of them were? Does that mean you should not eat it?

Now again, I purposely rigged this game to illustrate an important point I hope you now understand. It might be good advice to tell people to not eat anything they cant pronounce until you realize what exactly these things are.

There certainly is some wisdom in keeping our foods simple. However, given this discussion and everything else we have discussed so far, you should realize that not all packaged foods with stuff you cannot pronounce are an issue. In fact many may be very beneficial.
If it has more than a few ingredients you should not eat it

After all the preceding information this one should now be self-evident. A salad with 10 different vegetables in it and some chicken along with a nice homemade dressing has from 11-20 different ingredients in it? Should you not eat it?

It borders on silliness. Again, I get the point. Don’t eat processed food. But even that is not a great way to look at things in today’s world.

Frozen vegetables are processed. Organic free-range grass fed meat is processed. Bread is processed, butter is processed, etc.

Also, the last discussion helped us realize that if you listed all the vitamins and minerals in something you will have a very long list of “ingredients” in that thing.

And if you listed those vitamins in their scientific names you would not likely be able to pronounce any of them or know what they are.

Sugar is toxic

This one, in my opinion takes the cake. First, define toxin. Do you even know what that means? For the average person a toxin is synonymous with poison.

Sugar is not toxic. In fact it is a major fuel for the human body. Some would argue it is the preferred fuel for the body. Certainly it is the brain’s preferred fuel (the ketogenic people may argue with this).

Now if you amend the statement to say, “sugar CAN be toxic” you are getting closer to the truth. Excess sugar in a diabetic person is getting much closer to the true definition of a poison.

However, eating a Twinkie loaded with sugar after running a marathon in a fit individual is not only not toxic, but dare I say…nourishing…..GASP!!

And that is the next thing to understand. Eating extra broccoli after you have already consumed 5,000 calories that day MAY be more toxic than eating a Twinkie when you have exercised all day and barely consumed 500 calories.

If you are starving a Snickers bar is more nourishing than toxic.

In fact by the definition of toxic, the way many people are using it to describe sugar, water would be just as toxic.

If you begin drinking as much water as possible all day long without stopping, you will likely die of hyponatremia before freebasing sugar all day would put you in a diabetic coma.

So are you now going to start saying “water is toxic”? Then please stop saying sugar is toxic. We need solutions and realism in these discussions not sensationalism and hype.

Final thoughts

I realize this article could rub some people the wrong way. After all, we humans enjoy having bad guys and setting up these extreme dichotomies. They speak to our natural human tendencies towards black and white, bias and exaggeration.

And there is some wisdom in each of these statements. But they have been taken too far and too literally by many. It is time to think more critically and be a bit savvier.

If you really want to take your knowledge of health, fitness and weight loss to the next level, you have to move beyond your biases and limited understanding and start thinking more critically.

When thinking about nutrition I suggest you stick to the ideas that we know make a big impact and leave the simplistic less helpful ideas behind.

The ideas that we know make the biggest difference are the following:

eat a diet that is nutrient dense
eat a diet that is calorie sparse
eat a diet that helps keep you full and satisfied at the current meal and future meals
eat a diet that fits your metabolic expression, psychology and personal preferences
Based on everything we have learned this approach likely means:

Eat a ton of non-starchy vegetables (nutrient dense and loaded with water and fiber)
Eat plenty of fresh fruit (nutrient dense and loaded with fiber and water)
Eat enough protein to keep you full and satisfied from meal to meal.
Eat enough fat and starch to round out your nutrition and enjoy your food. Find your tolerance for each.
Finally, do not be afraid of convenience foods. Protein bars and shakes, greens drinks, and other convenience items may be the very thing that, when used, allows you to eat real food most of the time.

Good Luck

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Gluten Free? What’s there for me?

How Isagenix Fits Into Your Gluten-Free Lifestyle


More and more people are seeing the need to avoid gluten. Perhaps one of those people is you. But, did you know gluten is not as scary as you may think?

Let’s start with the facts. Gluten is a nutritious source of protein found in wheat, rye, oats, and barley. It’s the “glue” that helps those oh-so-good foods, like bread, maintain their shape.

Some people have allergies to gluten. For those with sensitivities or intolerances, gluten can have an adverse affect on the body. More on that here. You should know that two of our popular snacking options DO contain gluten: Whey Thins™ and SlimCakes®.

Regardless of your reasoning for steering clear of gluten, Isagenix has several gluten-free products you can enjoy daily.

Here are a few of our most popular gluten-free products:

Best Product to Start Your Day

CleanseForLife-1200x1200Natural Rich Berry Cleanse for Life®—This synergistic blend of natural cleansing herbs and botanicals gently rids the body of everyday impurities when taken during Cleanse Days and has no artificial flavors or colors. It’s available in three different sizes and is best when used as part of a system.

Best Products for Meals

IsaLean® ShakeFueled by our premium Myo-IsaLeanShakes-1200x1200IsaLean Complex™ protein, each 240-calorie meal replacement shake contains 24 grams of undenatured whey and milk protein, low-glycemic carbs, and good fats to curb hunger and support lean muscle. Shakes are available in four great-tasting flavors; one specifically for those living a dairy-free lifestyle.

IsaLeanBars-1200x1200IsaLean® BarsAlso formulated with 18 grams of the highest-quality whey and milk protein, these great tasting meal replacement bars are ideal for busy on-the-go lifestyles, especially during Shake Days, keeping you satisfied for hours. Available in six great flavors.

Best Products for a Snack


FiberSnacks!™Packed with 24 percent of your daily recommended amount of fiber (both soluble and insoluble), these appetite-curbing snacks are perfect to grab and go. Available in Peanut Chocolate Chew and Honey Almond Crisp.

IsaDelightPlus-1200x1200IsaDelight Plus™—Chocolate lovers, eat your heart out. Each power-packed, green tea-infused, creamy chocolate square increases energy levels, combats hunger, and improves mood. Available in milk and dark chocolate.

Isagenix Snacks!™—Formulated with the perfectIsagenixSnacks-1200x1200 balance of nutrients to help naturally curb hunger, these vanilla- or chocolate-flavored Snacks! provide a perfectly portioned, everyday treat.

Best Products for Energy

Ionix-1200x1200Ionix® SupremeAvailable in liquid or natural fruit-flavored power, this nutrient-rich herbal tonic was carefully formulated by Isagenix Founder and Master Formulator John Anderson. The performance-enhancing formulation is complete with natural vitamins, minerals, and plant-based Adaptogens from around the world and is a powerful asset for building endurance and improving overall personal performance.


Ageless Essentials™ Daily Packs—  Each individually wrapped A.M./P.M. pack (for men or women) provides the daily recommended amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and special age-defying nutrients. The 30-day supply helps protect you from the effects of aging while providing the best in total-body support.

IsaGenesis-1200x1200Product B® IsaGenesis®Newly reformulated, the fourth generation of Product B features a powerful blend of complex botanicals and vitamins designed to offer superior telomere support for youthful aging. Now available in a softgel.

Best Systems to Fit a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Below is a list of all the systems and paks that are available to those living a gluten-free lifestyle.

The Total Health and Longevity System with Product B IsaGenesis

30-Day Cleansing and Fat Burning System

Healthy Lifestyle Pak

Shake and Cleanse Pak

Athlete’s Pak™

Kosher Products Pak™

9-Day Deep Cleansing and Fat Burning System

To learn more about how Isagenix products can fit in your lifestyle, take a look at our Allergen Table.

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Holiday Health Protein Recipes….

You can use IsaLean Pro within any of these recipes too!

Holidays Shakes

Egg Nog Delight
2 scoops IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Vanilla
1/2 of a Banana
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Fall Festive Shake
2 scoops of IsaLean® Shake in Creamy French Vanilla
Dash of cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Few drops of almond extract
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Fig Smoothie Shake
2 fresh figs
Splash of unsweetened coconut milk
2 scoops of IsaLean® Shake in Creamy French Vanilla
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Pumpkin Pie Shake
2 scoops IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Vanilla
3- 3 1/2 scoops of cooked organic pumpkin
1/2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, all spice)
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Harvest Apple Pie Shake
2 scoops of Natural Creamy Vanilla IsaLean®
1 whole organic apple, par cooked and cooled
Dash or two of cinnamon
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Peppermint Patty
2 Scoops IsaLean® Shake in Natural Creamy Chocolate
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
8-10 oz of ice and water combined

Athletes and Building Stronger Immune Systems

Athletes can guard their immune health with targeted nutrition.

Whether training for a race or competitive sport, one of the worst challenges that athletes can face is sickness or injury. But athletes come with the added risk of a compromised immune system because of frequent and extreme trainings.

A strong immune system depends on a healthy, balanced diet rich in nutrients, but it’s not always easy to achieve. For athletes, who are often looking for ways of pushing themselves to the limits, a little extra support is needed. This is where Isagenix can help—with four steps using convenient nutrient-dense products that provide various ingredients that nourish the immune system.

Step 1: Push protein whey up

Protein may not be the first nutrient people think of in regards to the immune system, but it’s the most critical. Like other systems in the body, the immune system depends on adequate intake of protein and amino acids for optimal functioning.

Whey protein, in particular—a foundation for several of Isagenix protein options—can better help the body maintain optimal protein status because of its rich content of essential amino acids. Whey protein also helps in other ways, as in supporting muscle maintenance and growth, as well as in stimulating the immune system directly to encourage an optimal response (1-3).

Step 2: Think zinc, echinacea and colostrum

Extreme bouts of training are when the immune system is at highest risk. Fortunately, studies have found that there are a few ingredients that can target the immune system in key ways to give it a boost in nourishment.

  • Athletes should consider zinc their best friend for staying healthy. The mineral has a critical role in proper function and development of immune cells, such as T-cells. Any deficiency of zinc comes with unnecessary risk of a compromised immune system (4, 5).
  • Echinacea, a flowering plant whose roots and leaves have been used for centuries by Native Americans for their medicinal qualities, is also shown in randomized controlled studies to have beneficial effects on the immune system (6).
  • Colostrum, the first form of milk produced by a cow after giving birth, contains a range of immune-protecting substances. These include immunoglobulins, proline-rich polypeptides, and lactoferrin that can help protect the immune systems of athletes after long trainings (7, 8).

All these ingredients are available in the form of a spray like Isamune® Plus with Zinc. The product makes for a convenient way to bolster defense daily, before and after exercise.

Step 3: Get the sunshine vitamin all year round

For athletes who often train outside in the sunshine, obtaining enough vitamin D is not a problem normally. But during winter months, levels can drop significantly. The decline can mean problems since the body depends on the hormone-like vitamin for proper immune system response (9, 10).

Getting adequate amounts of vitamin D from diet can be a challenge since so little foods contain enough, but any low status is easily corrected through supplementation. A convenient way to get a daily dose of 2000 IU is available with Ageless Essentials™ Daily Pack and it comes along with another vitamin closely associated with immune status, vitamin C.

Step 4: Sleep it off with melatonin

Perhaps one of the most influential lifestyle habits to support an athlete’s immune system is getting adequate sleep every night. Research has shown that even just one week of insufficient sleep alters the activity of some 700 genes including genes involved in the immune system response (11).

When getting proper shut-eye is a problem, choosing a good supplement like Isagenix Sleep Support and Renewal Spray is the solution. It provides melatonin and other calming compounds such as tart cherry and valerian root in a unique peppermint spray formula that’s fast acting and convenient.

Keeping the immune system strong should be a daily pursuit and one made easier with the nourishment provided in products like those of Isagenix.


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Cauliflower Chowder Soup

This delicious recipe for Cauliflower Chowder is low carb, creamy, warm on the belly for these colder days and can be compared to Potato Soup The recipe below is an adaptation from to eliminate as much of the GMOs, Preservatives and other nastiness that so much of our produce and food often contain in the U.S…Bon Apetit!

  • 4 slices applegate nitrate free bacon, diced (it tastes good without it, we didnt have any)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted organic butter
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, minced
  • 1 organic onion, diced
  • 2 organic carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks organic celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose wheat flour
  • 4 cups organic chicken broth or stock
  • 1 cup 2% organic milk (we used fat free organic milk)
  • 1 head organic cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; set aside.


Melt butter in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and bay leaf. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.


Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth and milk, and cook, whisking constantly, until slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.

Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until cauliflower are tender, about 12-15 minutes; season with salt and pepper, to taste. If the chowder is too thick, add more milk as needed until desired consistency is reached.

Serve immediately, garnished with bacon and parsley, if desired.




Nutritional Healing from Cancer: The Fundamentals of an Alkaline Diet


There is something that every cancer patient should hear from their oncologist when they are first diagnosed. They should be told that by making certain dietary changes, they could increase their chances of healing from cancer dramatically, no matter what course of treatment they pursue.

Cancer patients should be informed that nutrition is their first and best defense when starting down the path of healing from cancer. Information should be provided about how to switch to an alkaline diet,[i] composed of primarily vegetables, with a small amount of fruit, grains and protein. This diet is similar to the ketogenic[ii] diet, which is much discussed in the oncology press, but with further reduction in total protein consumption as well as grains, processed fats and sugar, to help control inflammation in the body.

Instead, the dietary information provided to cancer patients is an afterthought, and amazingly, usually includes foods and meal preparation techniques that are known promoters of cancer progression.[iii] Clearly, there is a disconnect between very well documented information on diet and cancer progression and those who communicate most often with cancer patients – the oncology teams.

The modern way of life, particularly in fast-paced Western countries, does not lend itself to an anti-cancer, alkaline diet. Convenience food products, microwave meals, packaged snacks and fast food dominate many people’s daily menu. It should come as no surprise that these foods are not optimal if you are battling cancer.

But what should a newly diagnosed cancer patient do, right away, to help themselves prepare for the treatments to come and increase their chances for healing?

Here are the six most important dietary changes every cancer patient should make. While they seem daunting at first, really what the cancer patient needs to do is to go back to eating in the way that people have done since the beginning of time: fresh food, in season, simply prepared.

Eat an alkaline diet to reduce inflammation and improve intracellular pH
Most people in the Western world today eat a diet that promotes inflammation and increases intracellular pH, a condition called latent acidosis – understood to provide a perfect environment for cancer to proliferate. A properly constructed alkaline diet will improve your intracellular pH over time, and is the best defense against continuousinflammation in the body. It is composed primarily of organic leafy green vegetables, herbs and spices, root vegetables, onions, garlic, leek and chives, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbages, beans, lentils and peas and nuts and seeds, combined with a small amount (a cup or two per day) of non-gluten grains such as rice. A serving of between two and four ounces of clean fish, organic poultry or grass-fed meat, several times per week, can be part of a healthy, alkaline oriented diet. Two to three pieces of whole fresh fruit a day help balance your vitamin and mineral consumption. The more of your vegetables and fruits you enjoy raw, the better.[iv]

Eliminate sugar.[v]
Cancer cells use more glucose (sugar) per unit of time than other cells. Sugar metabolism creates acid, which also supports cancer progression. Further, a diet high in sugars, including fruits, triggers the insulin response. If you frequently eat sugar or fruit throughout the day, you suppress your immune function while increasing the insulin levels in your body, creating insulin resistance. Insulin resistance has been directly tied to cancer proliferation. Processed sugar depletes magnesium in the body, another contributor to cancer proliferation. High fructose corn syrup, because of its processing methodology, is high in mercury, a cancer-promoting toxin in the body. The recommendation to eliminate sugar includes sugar in all its forms, even “natural” sugars like honey and agave, as well as white sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Enjoy unsweetened applesauce, two or three figs or dried apricots, or a piece of fresh pineapple if you need a sweet treat. Moderation with fruit is important, as fructose has been shown to increase the rate of cancer cell division as much as two-fold – more than other forms of sugar.[vi]

Eliminate gluten.[vii]
Glutinous grains cause inflammation. Inflammation promotes cancer progression. This means avoiding high-gluten grains such as wheat, spelt or rye, including the whole grains. Pastas, cereals, bread, muffins, cakes, crackers, cookies and other baked goods are excluded from an alkaline, cancer-suppression diet. Cancer patients should enjoy whole, non-gluten grains such as rice, buckwheat, quinoa, millet and amaranth. However, using “gluten free” prepared products is a mistake, as most of them have added sugar or processed oils and will therefore fall outside of the alkaline diet parameters for cancer.

Eliminate dairy products.
Cow dairy has been identified in a very large study compiled by Prof. (Emeritus) T. Colin Campbell, PhD, Cornell University as one of the most cancer promoting foods.[viii] Strangely enough, it is the protein that is the culprit – casein protein. High protein yogurts made with added powdered milk or whey are even more cancer promoting than plain milk, yogurt or cheese. However, all dairy products should be eliminated from the diet when you are fighting cancer. Dairy products create inflammation, cause bone deterioration (yes it is true, because of the high acid production during digestion of dairy) and promote cancer progression in a similar fashion to sugar.

Use only olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil in your diet
Use only natural, cold-pressed olive oil, coconut oil or avocado oil – organic where possible. These oils are naturally anti-inflammatory, thus provide a soothing and healing benefit to inflamed and potentially cancerous cells in the body. Coconut oil in particular has also been shown to have a mild antibacterial/antifungal effect, helpful for cancer patientswith a lowered immune function, as well as direct anti-cancer properties. Oils that should be eliminated from a cancer-suppression diet include corn, soy, canola, safflower or sunflower oils. Not only are the commercial versions of these oils produced from genetically modified plants – believed to increase cancer risk – most of them are highly processed. Processed oils, including hydrogenated (hard) oils and margarines, have been prepared at high heat to improve shelf life. This changes the oil molecules so that instead of acting as a natural conductor for all the electrical messaging in your body, these molecules create “dead spots” in your cells because they cannot conduct electricity. This interferes with healthy cell function and can promote cancer progression. Essentially cancer cells are cells that no longer respond to intracellular messaging and proliferate without purpose, impacting other cells.


About Author:

Nancy Elizabeth Shaw is a full-time professional researcher, meta-analyst and strategist and the founder of The Cancer Alternative Foundation, a not-for-profit educational organization making it easier for cancer patients to feel comfortable selecting effective cancer-recovery strategies.  She also started The Cancer Alternative Wellness Wellness Center, a patient advocate service which counsels with clients by phone, through e-mail and in person.