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Healthy Regimen is a healthy solution

Healthy Solutions Regimen
Healthy Solutions Regimen

Shaklee is kicking off their celebration of 100 years of innovation with new products that everyone should know about!

MindWorks: 3X improvement in memory, focus & reaction time versus a control group** and supports long-term brain health*

MindWorks is a revolutionary program that provides nutritional support + brain training software.  MindWorks key nutrients have been shown in three clinical studies and dozens of laboratory studies to immediately enhance mental sharpness and focus and protect against normal age-related mental decline.* MindWorks also comes with a month of CogniFit, a brain training program – a $12.99 value free.

MindWorks is included in the Healthy Solutions  Regimen with Vivix and OmegaGuard and the Healthy Solutions Plus Regimen with Vivix, OmegaGuard and Nutriferon, both of which are eligible for free membership with new join orders. And with the Use Share Build promotion, new people can also get free shipping (up to $20) when they join by September 30.

Blood Pressure | Help retain healthy blood pressure*
Blood Pressure is a scientifically supported nutritional solution to help retain healthy blood pressure by addressing 2 of the key mechanisms that impact already healthy blood pressure.

Blood Pressure is included in the SmartHeart Blood Pressure Regimen along with OmegaGuard and CoQHeart. The SmartHeart Blood Pressure Regimen is eligible for free membership with new join orders. And with the Use Share Build promotion, new people can also get free shipping (up to $20) when they join by September 30, 2014.

For more on this go to my website. http://bartell.myshaklee.com

 *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**At six hours versus control.

Are you getting your daily dose of vitamins?

The Vitamin Challenge

The key to good health is a commitment that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise—as well as the daily use of a multi-vitamin-multi-mineral supplement.

Why take a vitamin pill? Great question!!

Because despite our best efforts, most of us fail to get all the vitamins and minerals we need from diet alone.

In fact, fewer than 25% of adults eat the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. And over time, poor nutritional intake can lead to impaired immune function, feelings of fatigue, and overall suboptimal health. Leading nutrition experts from multiple organizations—including the American Medical Association and Harvard School of Public Health—acknowledge the importance of a daily multi-vitamin-multi-mineral supplement.

The Vitamin Solution

The best of Shaklee science in one of the most comprehensive and balanced supplements you can buy, Vita-Lea® is specially formulated to provide you with 23 essential vitamins and minerals to promote overall health and vitality.

Taken daily, Vita-Lea supports long-term colon, heart, and eye health, promotes strong bones and a healthy immune system, and provides protection against free radical damage.

A superior formulation compared to other leading multivitamins,

Vita-Lea vitamin provides:

  • 2 times the calcium to support bone building and maintenance of bone density†
  • 2 times the vitamin D to support calcium absorption and healthy bones and teeth†
  • 2 times the beta carotene, the natural, plant-based form of vitamin A†
  • 2 times the vitamin E to promote immune, heart, and cellular health†
  • 2 times the magnesium to help maintain heart rhythm, as well as muscle and nerve function†
  • 3 times the vitamin K to support bone metabolism and blood coagulation†
  • 6 times the boron to aid in the metabolism of vitamin D and support bone development†
  • 10 times the biotin, a catalyst for energy production†

† See chart below

Who will Benefit from a vitamin

  • Adults interested in promoting long-term health and vitality
  • Anyone whose day-to-day diet is not always optimal
  • Those who are concerned about providing added support for immune function
  • Those who live an especially stressful lifestyle
  • Women who are trying to conceive

Scientifically Advanced vitamin

  • Vita-Lea is supported by seven clinical studies and provides 23 essential vitamins and minerals for comprehensive and balanced nutritional support.

For More information on the Vita-Lea vitamin

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Multivitmamin - vitamin - Vita-Lea
Vita-Lea – a high potency vitamin (multivitamin)

Keeping your health with Shaklee

 

Artificial dyes may induce adverse effects
What kind of adverse effects could be lurking in these products?

When it comes to your health, it is important that you maintain it on a minute by minute basis.  I know what you are thinking!  “You’re crazy,” you say! Let me explain!

When you get up in the morning, you go brush your teeth.  Did you know that your mouth is one of the biggest harbors of wildlife in the form of bacteria? Much of the bacteria comes  from what you eat.  A substantial amount of mouth bacteria is primed to do real damage.  Think of your mouth as the doorway to the rest of you. Poor dental health can contribute to other very serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and even cancer.  How long does it take to decide if you’re going to brush your teeth twice a day?

Now that you’re up and ready, you start thinking about getting some food in your stomach.  What are you going to eat?  Maybe start with a stop at a local fast food store? Starting with a soft drink that contains sugar and caffiene.  Both of which are added to the right mix of other ingredients that help you get hooked.  Along with phosphoric acid, malic, and tartaric acid, all kept with a controversial additive known as brominated vegetable oil, also known as a flame retardant.

On with the bacon.  Yes, one of my favorite breakfast foods.  What is it that gives that taste, that flavor that has been used in just about every food imaginable?  Could it just happen to be those nitrites, which inhibit bacteria and lengthens the shelf life as well as the food’s appeal?  When we cook it, it combines with other chemicals to form carcinogens which many health organizations warn against.

Our busy lives may preclude taking the time to prepare many of our meals.  Our children may be whining for that junk snack that their friends get to eat.  In moments of weakness, stress, or just plain desire, we open up the freezer and pull out the TV dinner or go out to eat.  What we don’t don’t doesn’t hurt us and chemical listings be damned.  However, if we knew a little bit more about what chemicals were in the food, what they might do to us, and why they were there, maybe we would a bit more discerning of of what eat and what we prepare for our families.

Take artificial dyes for instance.  Almost all processed foods contain some type of artificial coloring to make it more attractive.  Now studies are showing links between hyperactivity in children and these dyes.  Studies in the 1950s showed a particular link between the yellow #5 and asthma symptoms.   Whether it is true or not is always being debated. Yet we still don’t know what other links to disease may exist by putting these dyes into our bodies merely to make the food look good.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a sweetener that is derived from corn and is much cheaper to make than sugar from cane.  This is being used in an infinite number of products and beverages.  Some experts believe that it is HFCS that may be the cause for our veritable epidemic of obesity.  The claim is that our bodies metabolize it differently than cane sugar.  It is my belief that just as the HFCS has made many more products a more affordable, it seems to be that the reduced cost means they can consume more.  Why not take a specific route to do two things?  Eliminate or reduce HFCS and sugar intake.

Aspertame is another sweetner that is in many of our products and beverages.  Claiming the fact that there are fewer calories,  you can once again enjoy more of the product.  Once again it is a difference of opinion as to what it can do your your body.   Maybe it isn’t a disease or cancer or other illness, but things like headaches, migraines, vision problems, tinnitus, depression, joint pain, insomnia, heart palpitations, and muscle spasms.  Is it worth your health to ingest these foods if you would experience these side effects?

Last, but not least is the whole Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) controversy.  These transgenes are capable of producing proteins in the plants that have never been in the human diet over the course of human evolution, stretching back thousands, even millions of years.  It would stand to reason then that you are ingesting these glyphosate residues.  Once again, why would we want to consume products that have been genetically modified with a gene that is designed to kill every plant that it is sprayed on except the one that it is supposed to resist?

Every day, every minute, we are faced with these health choices and I have just named a few.  In my Shaklee business, I can eliminate many of these issues by simply buying Shaklee products, knowing they are all natural, without artificial  dyes, preservatives, sweetners, and are non-GMO.

Sure, they don’t have all the products that we use everyday, so it behooves us to be diligent in examining the other foods we eat and be cognizant of the fact that we are constantly being tricked by every advertising and marketing company to hide or conceal the identity of many of these artificial or synthetic additives

What kind of adverse effects could be lurking in these products?

.  Buyer, beware!

For more information about Shaklee and it’s non-GMO stance, visit my website!!

 

 

A Special Report on Vitamin D

That One Critical Nutrient Your Multivitamin May Not Have Enough of

Did you know that vitamin D is not really a vitamin?  Vitamin D is actually turned into a hormone by the body.  This hormone is called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.”

Your body will make vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D found to influence over 200 genes, highlighting links to disease

I grew up in Washington State where it always seemed to rain a lot.  As a kid I was forced to take cod liver oil as a supplement.  I was too young to figure out why at the time, but it contained vitamin D and I wasn’t getting enough of it.  This was to help my bones as well as to prevent rickets.   Research is now showing that vitamin D may be a very important part of treating a whole list of serious long term health problems.

It is estimated that 75% of Americans are deficient in this vitamin

Yet, experts estimate that adequate supplementation with this nutrient can reduce your risk of developing cancer by up to 77%, and cut your risk of developing heart disease by as much as 53%.

You may be wondering what is this incredibly important nutrient that can reduce your risk of cancer and heart disease, but is not included in sufficient amounts in virtually any of the multivitamins out there?

It’s actually a vitamin that our bodies can produce, yet most of us don’t have enough of.

You may have guessed it – it’s vitamin D.

The problem with ALL multivitamins on the market is that they don’t have enough of the “sunshine vitamin”.

You see, most multivitamins only include the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of the various vitamins and minerals. 

The RDA is a minimum number set by the government to ensure people don’t develop acute vitamin deficiency diseases like scurvy, pellagra, and beriberi.

Personally, I am not interested in merely surviving — I want to thrive. I want to enjoy OPTIMAL health.

Therefore I take MORE than the minimal amount of each vitamin. 

And so should YOU.

To achieve OPTIMAL health, you need to take the OPTIMAL amounts of vitamin D.

Currently the RDA (minimum amount) for vitamin D is set at 400 IU.  

They haven’t revisited that number in more than 20 years.  

When these numbers were set in the mid-1990s, most members of the medical community didn’t look at vitamin D as being all that important.  

They agreed we needed some of it to aid in the absorption of calcium in order to maintain strong bones and healthy teeth. 

Here’s the problem with the amounts, though… 

In the last 10 years, numerous studies around the world have shown that vitamin D is a lot more important than we once thought.  

In fact, it could very well be THE most important vitamin there is.  

It reduces the risk of developing most cancers. 

It fights heart disease, diabetes and bone loss. 

It cuts the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. 

How?

By unlocking over 200 DNA blueprints needed by your body’s cells for growth and immunity. 

But don’t take my word for it. See the results of the latest research from the Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford in the UK: 

What does this mean for you?

It means that supplementing with vitamin D can help keep you healthy for much longer. It will also greatly reduce the risk of developing debilitating diseases.

There are no shortcuts. 

Lying out in the sun exposing your entire body to sunlight will absolutely raise your vitamin D levels. 

There are, however, risks that could counter the effect of any vitamin D you create doing that.  

Risks like sunburn and skin cancer to name just two. 

Getting some sun is fine. In fact, it’s a great idea.  

Just be smart about it and give your body the proper support with a good vitamin D supplement.

Vitamin D
Promotes Heart, Immune And Bone Health

 

Evaluating the vitamin

Why are there so many vitamin supplement companies?  Fifteen years ago, there were just a few companies on the market.  Once I started my research on vitamins, there were suddenly hundreds, or even thousands, of vitamin nutritional companies available.  How would anyone begin to choose what would be right for them?

Today, it is so easy to get caught up in the media, the hype, the fads that we see on TV, and who is sponsoring what product.  With the internet, we can research every company until our eyes cross.  If any information is on the internet, then it is obviously “true” because it has been written down in black and white.  Whenever an endorsement from an athlete, actor, or internet guru is made, then we assume that their product is the best, whether they use it or not.

First, I would like to share some government standards: (taken from http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/nutrition/all-vitamins-are-not-created-equal)

FACT: A consumer would assume that a vitamin contains the potency listed on the label.

GOVERNMENT STANDARD: Only 90% of the vitamin potency listed on the label has to be in a product at the time of shipping.

FACT: A vitamin starts losing its potency the minute it’s made. If not manufactured properly, a vitamin can be up to 50% weaker than the label’s claim by the time you purchase the product.

GOVERNMENT STANDARD: There are only minimal government guidelines, not requirements, regarding product storage (light, temperature, moisture, etc.),  inventory rotation, particle granulation or product coating, all of which affect the potency and quality of a vitamin.

FACT: Even though vitamins are perishable items, manufacturers are not required to prove that their products last for an extended period of time. Remember, light, heat, moisture and oxidation rapidly destroy vitamin potency.

GOVERNMENT STANDARD: After a vitamin is manufactured, vitamin companies are not required to conduct shelf life testing to see how product potency is affected over time.

FACT: Even though vitamin supplements are essential to your health, there is no law requiring that vitamin supplements be tested during the manufacturing process.

GOVERNMENT STANDARD: A quality control laboratory is not required in a vitamin manufacturing facility.

So what kind of criteria would you use to differentiate between the various vitamin manufactures?  I used a website called http://www.multivitaminguide.org.  Using current scientific literature and peer journals, Greg Marshall compared multivitamins on four scientific criteria. The following are excerpts taken from this to evaluate vitamins:

  • Composition – Based on the fact that your body needs 13 type of vitamins and at least as many different type of minerals, Marshall followed the Optimal Daily Intake index for the most effective combinations and dosage amounts.
  • Bio-availability – Are the nutrients easily and effectively absorbed by the body and in their most absorbent forms?
  • Safety –  This should be considered first.  The supplements should not contain any harmful additives or a potential risk of overdose.
  • Store brands – Over the counter vitamins typically contain low-quality forms of nutrients and the potency of the ingredients should meet or exceed the Optimal Daily Intake index.

Although this is a guide to many popular supplements, such as Shaklee, Melaleuca, Centrum, One-A-Day, GNC, Amway, Nature Made, etc, it includes over 100 other brands.  Researchers found that the majority of vitamins and nutitional supplements you find in  stores are practically worthless and would be a waste of money.  To find the few that are truly effective and will give you highest value for your money, I suggest that you forego the hype, the endorsements, and the fads of what is “hot” on the market .  Do your own independent research and discover for yourself what would be best for you.

For me personally, after 15 years of trying many different brands and manufacturers, and using this guide to support my findings, Shaklee comes in second place with an overall score of 9.4, ranking second place.

For more information on the Shaklee Vitalizer, visit my website and see for yourself the available research, bioavailability, potency, composition, and safety of the Vitalizer.