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ActivatedYou Morning Complete Review

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Green Smoothie with strawOn my adventures in Super Greens I have read a number of product reviews that mention prebiotics and probiotics so I thought I would take a look at some of the more complete wellness products on the market.

ActivatedYou may be a bit of a mouthful for a brand (personally to me it sounds a little like an alarm clock – but perhaps that’s the point!) but they are certainly gaining a following.

I want to know a little more about whether adding prebiotics or probiotics to a supergreen powder is as beneficial as it sounds. Do people taking a ‘whole’ nutritional product feel it is giving them everything they need in their diet?

Let’s take a look at the company ActivatedYou, their holistic approach to creating wellness products and more specifically the whole-person wellness blend: ActivatedYou Morning Complete.

First Impressions

The three ‘promises’ on the landing page of ActivatedYou are that everything they do is: Plant Based, Scientifically Proven, Environmentally Sustainable. I like that they have put their values up-front and that their branding is simple and the navigation of their site clear and clean.

They are pitching Activated You at a contemporary, successful audience who are time-pressured and need to have their nutritional needs met quickly and efficiently.

The four blends on their landing page, Advanced Restorative Probiotic, Morning Complete, GI Prime (is this a comic character??!) and AdrenaLife, tell us that these products are more than just a simple, proprietary supplement.

Rather than naming their blends after a generic blend of ingredients (such as ‘probiotics’) they give a sciencey-twist, placing their brand firmly in the 21st Century.

Background on ActivatedYou

The founder of ActivatedYou is an Actress and Wellness advocate. Their About Us page tells us that the vision of the brand is rooted in holistic, whole-person approaches, and echoes an Eastern (traditional medicine) approach to treating health problems. But they don’t bamboozle customers with science-speak, with a section offering more information for those who may be new to the areas of holistic health or supplements.

There is very little information about the enigmatic actress and founder (I am very much a fan of hers since seeing her in early Hong Kong cinema!), in fact beyond the homepage their ‘Learn More’ tabs just click through to product pages.

So that’s all I can pass on to you about their brand, except to mention that they support a charity (the Unstoppable Foundation) which strives to secure access to education for children around the globe.

So, back to Morning Complete, their one-stop nutrient blend. What is inside it, and what are people saying about it?

ActivatedYou Morning Complete Ingredients

Apple and cinnamon flavorSo, taking a look at the measurements alone I’m already disappointed for a number of reasons. Firstly the serving size.

I’m not sure that 7.6g (about a teaspoon and a half) of anything is really going to be a big enough serving for a day’s-worth of anything, unless it was a single supplement.

I’ll explain further below in my section ‘Does Morning Complete actually work?’.

Unfortunately ActivatedYou have fallen into the common trap of wanting to include too many individual ingredients, but not including a meaningful enough amount of anything to actually make a daily difference.

There is another issue too.

The individual ingredient amounts are not disclosed as they are wrapped up in proprietary blends!

What does this mean? Well you won’t know how much ingredient is actually inside – so is the minimum effective dose present?

The 7.6g serving comprises the below:

  • Prebiotic and High Fiber blend (4.05g): Chicory root fructooligosaccharides, cinnamon bark
  • Green Superfoods blend (735mg): Spinach, broccoli, kale, mulberry leaf extract, alfalfa leaf, barley grass, berberine HCl (from Berberis aristata root)
  • Metabolic Enhancing blend (390mg): Green tea leaf extract, ginger root, white tea leaf extract, turmeric root extract, bitter melon fruit extract, black pepper
  • Antioxidant blend (100mg): Lycium berry, pomegranate fruit extract, Polygonum cuspidatum root extract (50% resveratrol)
  • Sugar Balancing support (100mg): Gymnema sylvestre leaf, fennel seed, pine bark extract
  • Adaptogens (55mg): Astragalus root extract, Rhodiola rosea root extract, DIM (diindolylmethane)
  • Cellular Function and Liver support (30mg): Organic aloe vera leaf, milk thistle seed extract
  • Probiotic blend (10 billion CFU): B. coagulans, L. gasseri, L. plantarum, L. rhamnosus, B. bifidum, B. longum, L. acidophilus, L. casei, S. thermophilus

Also included: natural flavours, guar gum, citric acid, rice hull concentrate and monk fruit extract.

How Does Morning Complete Taste?

I’ll have to rely on some reviews to tell me how this product actually tastes, although ActivatedYou tell us that it is Apple-Cinnamon flavoured. I’d like to try this one as it’s not a flavour I would normally associate with a Super Greens blend.

Side Effects

If I were new to taking super greens, supplement blends or any new product for that matter I would pay close attention to the ingredients and think carefully about any existing sensitivities or known side-effects to any of the ingredients.

You may find that on taking ActivatedYou Morning Complete you experience a little digestive discomfort due to the high (in percentage terms) fiber content.

Interestingly there is a note on the product page warning about the potential side effects of aloe vera.

Does Morning Complete Actually Work?

This is a complicated area. ActivatedYou suggest that Morning Complete has the following advantages for health:

Designed to help support total-person wellness, including supporting healthy digestion, sugar levels, liver function, energy, and more.
Loaded with vital nutrients derived from healthy green vegetables, as well as fiber, probiotics, and wellness-boosting antioxidants

These are generally pretty big health claims, so I’m just going to look at a few examples of the ingredients included and how they might support these claims.

As I’ve previously researched, prebiotics act as food for probiotic cultures (source) and the research is ongoing in terms of whether there is a tangible and evidenced effect on digestion (or, specifically on digestive disorders).

Dietary fiberMorning Complete contains its highest percentage of ingredients in dietary fiber (4.05g) so it stands to reason that this might be considered to be its strongest selling-point.

Added to this, Morning Complete also contains 10 billion CFU of probiotic strains. So you can really boost your probiotic (‘good bacteria’) in your gut by taking this product.

But what I struggle with is the addition of other superfood-type ingredients and the attempt at making this product a ‘catch-all’ for our dietary needs. The general aim of the product is to be a starter for your day, with a metabolism-boosting blend also included (390mg). So I took a look at some of the ingredients included in this proprietary blend.

Green tea and White tea leaf: both have been studied for their properties for weight loss and this may be due to the compound EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which in test tube sampling has been found to stimulate fat breakdown and prohibit new fat cells from being formed (source).

So far so good, but why not just drink a cup of tea? Funnily enough, ActivatedYou suggest you mix their powder with green tea!

Other ingredients in this particular blend are included for similar properties, such as Black pepper, ginger and turmeric. But my main concern, as with the other proprietary blends is how much of each ingredient can be included in such a percentage of the whole portion.

For example, Examine.com recommends that a serving of 1-3g Ginger root can be seen to have effects on digestive health.

Morning Complete Customer Reviews

Some reviewers can’t seem to decide if they are taking ActivatedYou Morning Complete for weight loss, digestive reasons or as a superfood blend. I’ve taken a look at some reviews I found on the web, but ActivatedYou haven’t chosen to share customer reviews of this product on their product page (unlike some of their other products).

Reviewers on HighYa say the following:

After using 6 months, I found that the product, although very good, did not fit into my lifestyle. People should give it a try’. 5 stars

This product is truly phenomenal and has changed my life. For years and years I had bathroom issues and this stabilized everything in a week’s time’. 5 stars

I feel like my waist got larger from so much gas, lol. If this problem stops and never comes back I will recommend it. If this is a side effect that will last forever, I will not recommend it’. 2 stars

This product is not for everyone. For myself, these two products caused a great deal of digestive problems, including serious abdominal pain along with bloating that would not stop’. 1 star.

Money Back Guarantee / Returns Policy

ActivatedYou have a 100% money-back guarantee, which entitles you to just that (100% money back, excluding shipping) if you are not satisfied with your purchase. They do, however, require you to call their refund line and to return products within 90 days of purchase.

Where to Buy Morning Complete?

You can but ActivatedYou Morning Complete from the official website. I actually couldn’t find any merchants selling this product on Amazon.

Is It Worth the Price?

I have an immediate response to seeing a portion size of 7.6 grams on a packet, and that is to look at how this breaks down into individual ingredients. I always look at the amounts of each ingredient as this is critical to knowing how effective it could be.

If I see instead a proprietary blend which doesn’t break down the amount of each ingredient included then I get a bit grumpy.

ActivatedYou Morning Complete retails (on their website) at $79 (USD) for one jar (30 servings – so one months’ supply). There is a saving for buying 3 jars at $213 (10% saving over three months), or save 15% when you buy 6 jars (but for $403 this represents a huge investment in this one product!!).

Morning Complete is definitely on the upper-end of the spectrum when it comes to similar products.

So, if you are looking for a product which is high in fiber, and may – or may not – have benefits due to the amount of pre- and probiotics, then this might be a product you’d like to take.

But if you would like to search for a whole-food product which represents slightly better value for money you might find there are other brands which are more transparent about their ingredients (such as Supergreen Tonik or Green Vibrance), and perhaps more generous with the portions!

The Bottom Line

On the one hand I am impressed by the brand, ActivatedYou, as they are intensely pro-holistic in their approach to wellness. Added to which their products are researched, well-sourced and tested.

But as with many other brands I struggle to see what really sets them apart in terms of value-adding ingredients.

The whole issue around pre- and probiotics is a real head-scratcher as we know so little about how much needs to be taken in order to have a real and tangible effect on our health.

Added to this, if I were to be looking for a specific product to assist my digestive health, I probably wouldn’t opt for one which included so many other ingredients and claimed so many things.

I probably need to look at products with more nutrition in terms of a higher quantity of more potent ingredients. And so, sorry but I will be checking out other brands on my journey for my daily supplements.

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Ken k - a few months ago

Well written review. Thanks.

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    Life Hacker Guy - a few months ago

    Thanks Ken, glad you liked it!

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Cynthia - a few months ago

On the topic of probiotics, I just read the results of a scientific study that gives me pause about using available room temperature or even refrigerated probiotics as a huge waste of time and money.
Here is the link to the study results: [Link missing] (you have to provide an email address to access the full report)

Bottom line: The study results seem to support that, though probiotics are proven to help restore the human gut biome, many/most available to us can’t withstand the human body temperature and the gastric system to arrive and do their work effectively in the colon, after the 25-mile intestinal journey. This report surmises, that bacterial spores show the best likelihood of completing the task.

Have you researched this at all? Would love to hear your opinion.

Thanks,

Cyn ~

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Luis Ubiera - a few months ago

What would you recommend for a complete morning drink with all the good stuff we need to lose weight and feel.Thanks for your time

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Angela Hardy - a few months ago

So I am in school for nutrition and fitness and am always searching for the most natural as well as affective weight loss, mucle gain, multi vitamin, overall healthy balance without just taking a bunch of different vitamins. I have done a little homework here and there learning about pre and probiotics and they’re positive use of them as well as greens and hormonal balance all together health and wellness to be more short. So I will get to my point! I was very excited to try ActivatedYou’s morning complete. The first week was bloating and painful gas as well as what felt like retaining water…well having had digestion problems my whole like being backed up and never regular regardless the diet. I continued to use it well 3 days ago I stopped it COMPLETELY! Now for 3 days no matter what I eat or drink I have had very painful stomach cramps and constant diarrhea and am exhausted. So of course I’ve lost a few pounds in less than a week I’ve also had to buy over the counter anti diarrhea medicine just so I can do my every day “living” I am running to the bathroom every time I take a drink of anything and every time I eat.

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    Life Hacker Guy - a few months ago

    Hi Angela, thank you so much for sharing your experience with Morning Complete here. It really doesn’t sound like great from what you have said. I would suggest visiting your physician or medical practitioner if the symptoms persist (I am not a doctor just sound advice).

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Regina - a few months ago

Great article!
What comparable supplement would you suggest to get that has pre and probiotic plus greens?

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    Life Hacker Guy - a few months ago

    Thanks Regina.
    I am currently researching probiotics, ones that I have seen so far are from Onnit. Watch this space as should have some articles up for this soon.
    Adam

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Gayle - a few months ago

I was hoping for a review from someone who had actually tried the product. How can you give an honest review of any product without personally trying it?

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    Life Hacker Guy - a few months ago

    Thanks Gayle for your comment. In an ideal world I would try every single one but it’s very difficult to do so, plus the cost would be huge (I have already spent hundreds of dollars doing so). Thats said, I still believe you can review supplements without taking them everyday.

    I take a scientific approach by looking at the ingredient foremost as you absolutely need the right ingredients in the right amounts. If a supplement fails to fully disclose the ingredients and amounts then immediately am wary. If you’re happy to rely on the supplement company to have your best interests then thats fine. For me I want to know exactly what I am taking and how much.

    The evidence is out there for ingredients and there amounts, so I take a look at them. If studies say you need 300mg to produce a result and a supplement only has 100mg in there, then it’s unlikely it will work in the same way claimed.

    I also look at other things like money back guarantees and cost.

    I hope this clarifies my stance.

    Adam

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Ronni - a couple of months ago

I really appreciate your honest review. Personally I have found a few “probiotics” are helpful for regularity, but that is only benefit I’ve noticed. Yes, the amount of “good stuff” is relevant, just a dab is probably not useful, just something to put on your label.

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    Larissa - last month

    I think for women probiotics are a must. Activated You helps with that and I feel less bloated and backed up. Taking probiotics helps me fight viruses I’ve been less sick or have not had any colds.

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      Life Hacker Guy - last month

      Hi Larissa,
      I am currently writing an article on Probiotics and there is certainly a place for these. I do question whether you need to spend $79 per tub to get a decent probiotic though, especially considering the options out there.
      Adam

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JJ - a couple of months ago

Here is a review from someone who actually tried the product. I have taken Morning Complete daily in the morning on an empty stomach for 9 months. I have had a totally positive experience. Regularity is the biggest improvement. Not like a laxative, simply subtle changes such that I no longer feel constipated in anyway. My digestive system seems effective at eliminating according to the varying foods and mealtimes I enjoy. I recommend this product highly. I am a slender 60 year old male.

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    Life Hacker Guy - a couple of months ago

    Thanks JJ appreciate your feedback here. It would be great to know what other benefits apart from improving bowel movements you have experienced?

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Trina - last month

This article is interesting considering it appears you haven’t tried the product. I guess I was looking for a well thought out review from someone who has actually tried the product and debunked some of the intent the company revealed. On the other hand, there were a couple of things you pointed out that I may ask the company, so thank you for that. But in the future, if you are going to do a review, it would help us readers if you have experienced it for yourself. Otherwise it appears you are guessing at its effectiveness to push your own product.

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    Life Hacker Guy - last month

    Thanks Trina for your comment I appreciation the feedback. Ideally I would like to try every single product but it’s simply not possible. It would take weeks (or even months) to personally test and also a lot of money (I have spent $$$$ already on products). I do believe you can review a supplement without taking it though by using science.

    We know that the type and amount of ingredients is crucial to whether a product works or not. So a simple look at the label gives an idea of whether there is sufficient amounts to work. Along the same lines if certain ingredients, and again in certain amounts, are likely to cause side effects.

    Then looking into the company with such things as money-back guarantees and transparency of the company etc etc.

    All these points I looked at after spending many months researching for my product, all of which I believe I have addressed.

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