One of the biggest threats to our health is our own environment. Our nutritionally bankrupt food overladen with empty calories, combined with an ever-increasing toxic world, is wreaking havoc on our mental and physical health.
In addition to an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise, many scientists now question if the toxic overload may also be contributing to weight gain, obesity and accelerated aging. Everyone – even people who are fit and lean – needs to know how a nutritionally-bankrupt yet empty calorie-rich diet, and over-exposure to toxins can affect their long-term health.
While no one product can single-handedly remedy all of our problems, it’s imperative that we get serious about improving and maintaining our health through a system that provides nutritional cleansing, replenishing of nutrients and support for healthy aging.
Nourish Your Body
Nutritional Cleansing supports your body’s natural detoxification systems while providing nourishment with vital nutrients. Cleanse Days include abstaining from consuming full meals, and instead drinking Cleanse for Life throughout the day. Unlike other “cleanse” drinks, Cleanse for Life is not a colon cleanse or laxative. Rather than depleting the body of vital nutrients, Cleanse for Life actually nourishes the body as it cleanses, gently supporting the removal of contaminants from your body’s tissues.
Support Your Liver
Though all cells in the body have the ability to detoxify, the most important organ for detoxification is the liver. Abstaining from food on Cleanse Days gives the digestive processes a break allowing your liver to metabolize toxins. The polyphenol rich nutrients and plant extracts found in Cleanse for life provide plant-based antioxidants that support detoxification enzymes responsible for toxin elimination.
Visceral fat – the hidden fat that accumulates within and around your internal organs, is more dangerous than subcutaneous fat – the type of fat you can pinch. That’s because visceral fat is metabolically active, secreting a variety of inflammatory protein hormones and other compounds that can set you on a path toward chronic inflammation that can lead to disease. The UIC clinical trial has shown Isagenix Cleanse Days (Intermittent fasting) along with Shake Days (calorie restriction) are a winning combination for visceral fat loss. In the study, those on the Isagenix system lost more weight, a greater amount of body fat, and twice as much visceral fat (as evident in MRI scans) than those who were following a leading heart-healthy diet plan.
Respond Better to Stress
From the Greek word “adapto” meaning “to adjust” the term Adaptogen is applied to any botanical that enhances resistance to stress without the side effects of conventional stimulants. Unlike stimulants, Adaptogens increase the work capacity of the body or brain by being “stress-protective” or “restorative.” Products in the Isagenix system including Ionix Supreme, t+ Chai and e+ are all sources of Adaptogens and can be used on Cleanse Days.
As fat cells shrink, they release fewer cytokines (signaling molecules) that cause oxidative stress. Less total body fat also helps improve antioxidant status in the body. The end result of fat loss is improved health overall and lower risk of chronic disease. Oxidative stress, in particular, takes a heavy toll on telomeres (related to aging). When it comes to healthy aging, the lower the oxidative stress, the better.
Cleanse Days on the Isagenix system last for no more than two consecutive days. Following Cleanse Days, Shake Days, consisting of replacing two meals with a calorie-controlled, High-protein IsaLean Shake, stimulate protein synthesis and support muscle growth. The undenatured whey protein in IsaLean Shakes feeds muscle tissue and continues to increase thermogenesis and fat oxidation. By pairing short bouts of intermittent fasting with meal replacements high in quality protein, you can burn fat and maintain muscle.
A study among aging men found that after two-day fasts, their moods and perceptions were improved. The study, published in the Physiology and Behavior journal, involved a three-month clinical trial on calorie restricted diets and fasting. Contrary to prior studies relating diet with negative effects on mood, the study showed the benefits of calorie restriction and fasting on body weight, fat loss and mood.
Help Your Body Help Itself
One of the most important defense mechanisms the body has to guard itself against aging is a process called autophagy. Autophagy can be thought of as the body doing its own internal “housekeeping” so that all organ systems and processes continue to run smoothly. Old, damaged cell components are discarded so cells can continue to function optimally. Autophagy in the body decreases as we age, so the body’s ability to self-help itself is reduced as well. Calorie restriction, including fasting, has been found to promote autophagy to repair the body’s cells. It’s as if the consumption of fewer calories allows the body to rest and to go into repair mode. This has been proposed to be the reason why calorie restriction and fasting have a youthful aging effect.