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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
I would have never believed it. To hear this kind of news, you must be kidding. I eat right, or think I do. I’m not tremendously overweight, at least if I compare myself with the general populace. I exercise sometimes, in spite of the fact that the media tells me that I only have to do 20 minutes of vigorous exercise everyday. I must remember that everyone has a different definition of vigorous!
About 15 years ago, my wife and I were attending a health fair at one of the local hotels. I had been thinking more seriously about what I would look like when I got to be in my 60’s and beyond. Looking at the people around me, I realized that I was pretty healthy and really didn’t have any serious health issues (or so I thought). Sure, I had some heart problems, my joints hurt due to a bad knee injury left over from basic training, took Tums for my stomach after evening meals, and was pushing 200 pounds for my 6 foot frame. Wasn’t this the norm? Isn’t this America where it was okay to be 20-30 pounds overweight and talk about all your health issues?
It was at the health fair, that I took one of the devices you hold in your hands at chest level for a minute or so and the readout came: OBESE. What? You are kidding, right? OBESE at 26 percent body fat? OBESE? I didn’t like that word. For me it was the start of my quest to be healthier. I needed to do something about it. But what do I do? I had been at this weight for over 30 years! Why would I want to change? This was my wake-up call. However, it wasn’t one of those instant changes where you decide to go on a crash diet by not eating, drinking only water for a week straight to get back into shape. There was no way I was going to do that. I had seen other people try it, and after a week of dehydration, they would typically go back to eating like they had always done as that was their “comfort zone” and they were not about make a change.
For my wife and I, it was more about taking a look at where we were, assessing the situation, and starting to make subtle changes. I was content with my weight at that time. I did not realize that I would be more content, as well as comfortable, if I lost some of those extra pounds that were classifying me as “obese.”
The first thing I did was to start reading labels and counting calories. Not that I knew anything at the time about what I was reading, but it sounded good. The next thing was to eliminate things I didn’t really need like candy, sugar, sodas, junk food, etc. Needless to say, just by doing that, I reduced that number of Tums I was taking every night.
The next step, I hypothesized correctly, was the need for some sort of vitamin supplementation. There are a million different variations of nutritional vitamin supplements on the market. Everyone advertises theirs as the best. I started with a vitamin network marketing company that said they could prove they were the best. They had the documentation, the doctors’ endorsements, and at the plenty of testimonies endorsing the products.
That was now the opportunity to begin a new career!
Every day I am reading about a new way of losing weight – a new diet plan. Have you ever done a Google search on diet plans? Some of them have the audacity to claim themselves as diets that work specifically for men or specifically for women, etc. Then you have the best diets, the 10 best diets, the 5 essentials of a diet, 8 ways to start a diet, etc. The list goes on and on.
What is it about our daily “diet” that we have to be on a daily diet? What ever happened to simply eating foods that we know are good for us? What about having Hot Doritos Jalapeno chips for breakfast? Is that good for you? They taste good. Sure, lots of things taste good and that is what the manufacturers want us to eat – anything that tastes good. If the taste is not to our liking, then we probably won’t eat it. Take kale for example. Read up on the nutritional value of kale. Have you ever even tasted kale? I used to think that even the word kale didn’t taste good in my mouth just because it was a green leafy vegetable. Try it by cooking it or even eating it raw with other vegetables. You will be surprised how there is very little taste to it. Much of this has been in your upbringing.
Do a Google search on kale. You will read everything on how nutritious and delicious it is, to how to take a distasteful vegetable and make it edible, and to why you shouldn’t eat kale. So it comes down to whatever opinion a person has for this vegetable. Who are you going to believe? If you go to any farmers’ market, I’m sure you will find it for sale. Would you want to make it part of your diet? If so, why? For me, it was simply being educated on what kale was all about. Then it was a matter of choice if I wanted to incorporate it into my eating habits.
What is the right diet plan for you? Great question and I don’t believe there is even a single answer that can apply to one individual or everyone. Obviously that is the reason for all the various kinds of diets that you read about. Even doing your research on the best diet plan for you may not be the best diet for you. I would not even want to recommend a diet plan to anyone. However, by using a little common sense, reading labels, doing research on your own, eating sensibly, and even using the government food guide as a template for your menus, no one should have to go on a specific diet plan to lose weight.
Even though we might be eating right, using our common sense, being logical about our eating habits, and eating junk food in extreme moderation, we still need daily supplements. Once again, research has shown time and time again that we are not getting the full daily requirement of nutrition that our bodies need. That is why I take the Shaklee Vitalizer on daily basis.