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Green Tea in Shakeology

 I want to share this post from my good friend David who is also a fellow Team Beachbody coach and stay at home Father/coach.  We get the question about Green Tea in Shakeology all of the time so I wanted to make a blog post about Green Tea in Shakeology so that it was easier to find and share with those that have this question as they start their journey with their fitness and health transformation.

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“I’ve had a few LDS customers/coaches ask about Green Tea in Shakeology and if this may conflict with the Word of Wisdom. What does the Word of Wisdom actually say?

http://lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/89?lang=eng 

5 That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you, behold it is not good, neither meet in the sight of your Father, only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him.

6 And, behold, this should be wine, yea, apure wine of the grape of the vine, of your own make.

7 And, again, astrong drinks are not for the belly, but for the washing of your bodies. Strong drinks has been interpreted to mean alcohol, coffee and some teas.

10 And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome aherbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man—

11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with aprudence and bthanksgiving.

Well verses 10 and 11 are very interesting. What does the Lord Promise by Obeying the Word of Wisdom?

To those who keep the Word of Wisdom, the Lord promised: “All saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones; “And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; “And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.

What is in Shakeology?

The Green Tea in Shakeology Shakeology is actually Green Tea Extract and it is the non-caffeinated part of the plant.

What IS Green Tea Extract? (according to Wikipedia) A green tea extract is a herbal derivative from green tea leaves. Containing antioxidant ingredients – green tea and its derivatives are sought-after amongst people who pursue health.

What does it do?

Green tea extract is 20 times more antioxidant-active than Vitamin C. Green tea extract eliminates lipid-derived free radicals and is noticeably stronger (almost 50 times) than that of ginkgo biloba extracts. In many experiments, green tea extracts show inhibitory effects on cancer cells. In addition, green tea extracts also contain a wide-ranged anti-inflammatory characteristics, so it may be helpful in treating chronic inflammatory states.

My take: The intent and spirit of the Word of Wisdom is to treat your body like a temple and don’t consume anything that is addictive or harmful to the body. I personally believe that Shakeology is in perfect harmony with this because it contains no stimulants or ingredients that are addictive. In fact, it reduces cravings for many kinds of junk foods and sugar.

My body has never been healthier in my 30 years and I think Heavenly Father is well pleased with that. If you think about the spirit of the Word of Wisdom and many other products that people consume today, I’d venture to say that monster energy drinks, stimulant supplements and potentially even mountain dew, excessive fast-food and candy are much closer to breaking the word of wisdom than green tea extract in Shakeology.

At the end of the day, I feel perfectly fine with consuming Shakeology but I encourage you to research and pray about it so you can make a good decision for your body.”