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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How Do I Know If A Detox Or A Cleanse Is Right For Me?

Many people ask the question, “How do I know if a detox or a cleanse is right for me?

They usually start with the questions of, 

“What is a detox?” 

Why should I do a detox?”  

“Can I safely do a detox?”

Let’s address the question, “What is a detox?”

A detox is where a person restricts their diet for a period of 5-7 days to eating either only certain food groups, such as fruits & vegetables, adding in special cleansing supplements or they can do a radical (& sometimes dangerous) detox restricted to just juice, water and/or herbs. 

There are many variations of these detoxes, ranging from healthy to the very dangerous, especially if the person has an underlying health condition or takes medications.

Let’s talk about the question, “Why should I do a detox?”

A few years ago, if you suggested to someone that they detoxify their digestive system by doing a short term, 7 day detox diet, they probably thought you’d gone off the deep end.
Today, detoxing is all the rage… and with good reason.
  • According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 2 in 3 adults and about one-third of children and adolescents ages 6 to 19 are overweight or obese.
  • One in three American adults are pre-diabetic… and only 10% are aware that they’re at risk.
  • Fatigue is the number one complaint doctors hear from their patients. (Does this describe you?)
  • Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease affect up to 50 million Americans. Because there is no curative therapy at this time, treatment for autoimmune diseases focuses on relieving symptoms.
  • More than 30% of the population suffers from insomnia and approximately 10 million people in the U.S. use prescription sleep aids. People who suffer from sleep deprivation are 27% more likely to become overweight or obese.
  • More studies are showing our bodies have far too many toxins built up in the cells.
    Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., in Raising Children Toxic Free, stated,
    "Since1950, at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity. We are, by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and [we], our children and their children are the experimental animals.”

So… what do all of these dire statistics have to do with detoxing? Everything!

When you go on a short term cleansing regimen, you reduce the amount of toxins going into your body, help your digestive system absorb the nutrients your body needs, and more efficiently get rid of everything that it doesn’t need.

A good detox will help to flush out everything that your body has been trying to get rid of.

Here is a short list of health symptoms that may be caused by too many toxins built up in the body:

  • Feeling sluggish
  • Fatigued throughout the day
  • Trouble sleeping at night
  • Not thinking clearly/brain fog
  • Cranky, irritable for no reason
  • Sick often
  • Skin blemishes, roughness
A good detox cleanse can often help relieve these common problems.

This detoxification process has many health benefits, including…

  1. Increased energy. When you “lighten the load” on your cells, your body no longer has to struggle to flush out both stored and incoming toxins. A healthier cell means a healthier body, which means increased energy.
  2. Sleep issues become a thing of the past. Detox participants report falling asleep easier and staying asleep longer.
  3. Improved mental focus. Toxins and free radicals that accumulate in the body can severely affect brain function. Participants report clearer thinking and better memory retention.
  4. Supercharged immunity. A detox measurably strengthens your immune system and lowers your risk of certain diseases. A healthier cell means a healthier immune system, which means you avoid getting every germ being passed around. Participants also a noticed a decrease in allergy symptoms. Allergies can be associated with a poor immune system.
  5. Your skin, hair and nails will improve. When you clean out your system, your skin quickly forms new cells, giving you a healthy glow again. Your hair will take on a new luster and problem nails will become strong and healthy again.
  6. If you want to lose weight, a good detox… followed by a healthy, mostly plant-based diet… is one of the best ways to do it. Combined with regular exercise, you’ll soon see the pounds start dropping away.
  7. Slows down aging. Oxidative stress, caused by free radical formation, results in cellular deterioration, making your skin look old and tired, your hair rough and lifeless, and your muscles and bones weak. A healthy cleanse or detox can help the body slow down the aging process by helping to slow the damage caused by free radicals.
  8. Helps you to break the sugar & carbs addiction. A healthy detox helps you to resist eating things like fast food and drinking soda and helps you re-learn ways to replace them with a healthier lifestyle. During the detox you do not eat fat or sugar laden foods, allowing your body to flush out the toxins those foods build up. This causes the body to stop craving sugar and carbs that so many people find hard to give up.
  9. It helps to give your digestive system a “rest”. This rest from toxic and damaging foods helps the digestive system to begin healing and rebalancing itself. Detox participants who had been suffering with digestive issues saw great improvement. 
  10. You simply feel better. Participants report that a better sense of well-being takes over.
While there are many health benefits that can result from detoxing, there are warnings, too. 

Let’s discuss the question, “Can I safely do a detox?

There are a plethora of detoxification programs available… from extreme water and juice fasting, to a raw fruit and vegetable diet.

Many health practitioners caution against radical detoxing that can lead to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

Some radical and dangerous detox diets can also negatively impact those being treated for a medical condition.

Some use harsh and dangerous herbs that can have dire consequences, especially if medications are involved.

So can you do a detox safely?

Yes you can.

The best detox diet is one that uses good, nutritious food, mostly fruits and vegetables along with lean protein.

A healthy detox diet will use only safe cleansing supplements shown not to interfere with most medications.

A safe detox diet will have been created by an experienced nutritionist and used by many health professionals.

A safe detox diet will provide you an experienced person who will be your guide throughout the process, who will ask the right questions and answer yours.

Does such a detox diet exist and how does it work?

There is a healthy way to detox that is safe to do even if you are taking medications and are being treated for a current health condition. (Anyone with existing health issues should, of course, consult their health practitioner before embarking on a detox program.)

It incorporates the 4-R Steps: Remove, Replace, Restore, Rebuild

It’s called the Fresh Start Cleansing Program

Fresh Start is a 7 day, safe, simple and successful protocol for better health, using the “4-R” steps:

  • A safe system which Removes those foods and lifestyle practices that have contribute to diminishing your body’s ability to function at its highest level.
  • A simple process to Replace nutrient poor foods with nutrient dense ones.
  • A successful step in beginning to Restore your sense of well-being.
  • Over time, and with the adoption of the principles of Fresh Start, you can move to Rebuild your body’s health from survive to thrive.

Here are a few things you can expect from the Fresh Start Cleansing Program:
  • A boost in energy
  • Better focus & clarity
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced cravings
  • Healthier immune system
  • A kick start in weight loss, if desired
  • Improved sleep quality
  • An experienced guide who will be available    to coach you and answer any questions you might have.

So how do I know if a detox cleansing program is right for me?

Contact us to set up a quick interview. We will ask you a few questions and answer any questions you may have. It’s easy to find out if it’s right for you or not.

To set up a time for an interview, please fill out the above form (top right of page or click the "Contact Us" tab up top to bring up the form) and tell us you would like to set up a time to see if Fresh Start is right for you.

Please provide your contact info of name, email and phone number. We will then provide you a list of available time slots.

You can then pick the time slot that works best for you and we will schedule an interview to be done via phone or email if you prefer.
(U.S. residents only)

We hope this article helped to answer some questions you may have had about a detox diet and that you'll consider doing a healthy detox/cleanse and take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.

It’s never too late for a Fresh Start

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Sometimes A Girl Just Needs Chocolate

Sometimes you just want some chocolate.
And that's OK, I do, too.
As long as you indulge with awareness.

If you are wanting a little taste of chocolate, but worry you'll slip off the wagon of healthy eating and end up head first in a vat of chocolate ice cream or a box of cookies, try pairing your chocolate with something healthy.

A good example would be strawberries and a little chocolate syrup.
I like the Hershey's Simply 5. While it does have sugar in it of course, it doesn't list any artificial ingredients, preservatives, etc.
And it's surprisingly low in calories.

After washing your organic strawberries - you did buy organic, right? Strawberries are very high in toxic chemicals, so you will always want to go organic with them.

After washing them, with leaves still on, cut the leaves off after washing, and drain.

Squeeze a little puddle of the Simply 5 chocolate syrup on a small plate and just dip the strawberries in it. 


After all, what you really want is just the taste and you don't need a giant amount to satisfy your craving, especially if you've been eating healthy lately - it takes less to satisfy.

So go ahead and indulge a little and enjoy your sweet treat. Pair it with healthy fruit, use less than most other people would and choose organic and simple ingredients that will allow you to feel special without feeling guilty.

Happy snacking!

I love Shaklee's Chocolate Energizing Life Shake mixed with a banana and strawberry to make it seem like I'm getting a sundae! It's a meal replacement, protein drink that really satisfies and makes you feel great!

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Independence Day America!
May we always be thankful 
to God for our freedom!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Is It Time For A Fresh Start?

It’s now July. How did you do on your New Year’s resolutions?
Did you reach your goal?
Did you get healthier? Lose some weight? Lower your cholesterol or blood pressure?
If you haven’t reached your goals, don’t fret. Most of us fall short of our high expectations at the beginning of the year.
When it comes to losing weight and getting healthier, it’s a process, not a big bang, one and done type of effort.
Little steps made each day will get you to your destination.
If you haven’t reached your goal, there is still time to start again and we can help.
Many people choose the Fresh Start Program to help them get back on track.
The Fresh Start Program is designed to provide you with:
  • More energy & enhanced concentration and focus
  • Improved digestion & more restful sleep
  • Increased absorption of essential nutrients
  • Reduced cravings for sugar, caffeine, fats & nicotine
  • A kick-start to your weight loss
  • Improved whole-body well-being

A week from today, Monday, July 9th we will be holding a little introduction into what the Fresh Start Program is all about.
We will explain how it all works, provide all the details and answer any questions you may have.
This introduction will be held on Facebook, but don’t worry if you don’t use Facebook, my husband doesn’t – he hates it, we will be happy to send you the information individually and can answer your questions via phone or email. Just tell us you won’t be attending online and to send you the information.
You can reach us by clicking the "Contact Us" tab up top, fill out the form and tell us you want the information on Fresh Start.
Feel free to share this info with your friends in case there is someone you know who is looking for a “Fresh Start”.
Won’t you join us to see if a Fresh Start is right for you?

Read below what benefits others have received when they began their Fresh Start:

"The feeling that I was not teaching my daughters the proper way to live by modeling good health habits was weighing on me."

"The Fresh Start program is so simple and extremely easy to follow. As I write this today, I am completely off of the blood pressure medication and maintain a healthy 118/71 with diet and exercise alone."

"I no longer have the bowel and digestive problems. In one week I went from sluggish and sick to regular bowel movements and feeling more energized!"

Friday, June 22, 2018

Rick's Shaklee Effect

Helping people is not rocket science.

The thing about Shaklee that excites Rick Seymour most is personal growth–not just his own growth, but the growth he sees in every life he touches with Shaklee.

Hear Rick in his own words:

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the products & the business, 
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Join For Free This Month & Receive 15-25% Off Retail!

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If you aren't yet a member, this month is a great time to take advantage of free membership


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Don't put this off! Free Membership offer ends June 30, 2018.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

15 Steps to Better Cardiovascular Health

We all know that having a healthy heart is crucial to a long and healthy life.  
Here are 15 steps you can take right now to help you along the path to a healthier heart.

Step 1: Stop Smoking

Ingredients in cigarette smoke are extremely oxidizing. 
High cholesterol is particularly dangerous when it is oxidized. 
Smokers have much higher need for antioxidants. 
The B Complex vitamins, including 2 forms of vitamin B3 (nicotinic acid and nicotinamide), can reduce nicotine cravings.

Step 2: Exercise, Drink Water and Lose Weight

Everyone knows that the keys to good cardiovascular health are exercise and maintaining your ideal weight. 
Just a few minutes of exercise per day can increase your level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL or "good" cholesterol). 
Just 10 minutes of exercise first thing in the morning can increase your metabolic rate for the rest of the day.
Also, consumption of water, so that you are fully hydrated, can increase your metabolic rate 24 hours per day.

Step 3: Reduce the Amount of Saturated Fat in Your Diet

The blood levels of cholesterol in most people is unaffected by the amount of dietary cholesterol; the real culprit is the consumption of saturated fats. 
Saturated fats stimulate the liver to produce cholesterol. 
At least two-thirds of the cholesterol in your body is manufactured in the liver.

Your body makes its own cholesterol because cholesterol is essential to perform certain functions such as:
  • It helps form hormones.
  • It is required for functions of transport & communication systems in cell membranes.
  • 90% is converted into bile acids for digestion 

Bile acids contain a lot of cholesterol. 
Think of bile acids as the natural detergents which our body makes to help us digest food, especially fat. 
After bile does its essential work in your digestive tract, it is re-absorbed into the bloodstream UNLESS you have a diet high in soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber binds with bile acids (containing cholesterol) in the small intestine to prevent them from being re-absorbed. 
This soluble fiber containing the absorbed cholesterol is eliminated from the body in fecal waste unless unfriendly microflora unbind the bile acids from the soluble fiber. 
(See Step 6 below.)

Soluble fiber zeros in on LDL (the "bad cholesterol") and leaves the HDL (the "good cholesterol") alone.

Step 4: Increase Your Fiber Intake to Recommended Levels

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recommends 25 grams of fiber daily for a 2,000 calorie diet. 
The typical American consumes only 10 grams of fiber. 
Low fiber diets are associated with heart disease and some forms of cancer.
You should also increase the amount of fruits and vegetables that you eat each day.

Step 5: Ensure Adequate Essential Fatty Acids

We have been told to cut down on fat, but the body needs some fats necessary for health called "essential fatty acids."

Omega-3 fatty acids, play a role in the formulation of prostaglandins. 
Prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that regulate a wide range of body functions such as blood clotting and inflammation, and help maintain normal blood pressure.

Lecithin is a natural emulsifier that allows the fat-soluble cholesterol to dissolve into the water of the bloodstream so that it may be eliminated.

Step 6: Maintain High Levels of Intestinal Microflora

The bowel requires approximately 100 trillion microflora at all times (that about 3 to 5 pounds). 
These high levels of microflora are very involved in reducing total cholesterol, improving the HDL/LDL ratio, and reducing triglycerides.

Harmful microflora undo the binding of fiber to bile acids that contain cholesterol. (See Step 3) 
The friendly microflora crowd out the harmful microflora ( by "competitive inhibition"). 
This allows the cholesterol to continue on its path toward elimination in fecal waste.

Step 7: Calcium

Calcium is required for normal heart muscle functions and calcium plays a role in maintaining normal blood pressure. 
Excess dietary calcium in the digestive tract can bond with the cholesterol-containing bile acids to form compounds that cannot be absorbed through the intestine thereby reducing the blood level of cholesterol.

Step 8: Vitamin E, Selenium and Grapeseed Extract

High blood cholesterol is known to be a major risk factor in cardiovascular disease.
High cholesterol is particularly dangerous when it is oxidized. 
The first step in protecting yourself from the dangers of high cholesterol levels is to prevent its oxidation. (Then work on lowering it.) 
Vitamin E prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol or "bad" cholesterol, and protects arterial walls from free radical damage.

This is a very important factor because LDL oxidation is the first step in the process that leads to hardening of the arteries. 
Results from a recent study showed that 400 and 800 IU of supplemental Vitamin E each day reduced the risk of heart attack in men by 75%.

Here is more Vitamin E can do: 
  • It causes dilation of blood vessels, thereby permitting a fuller flow of blood to the heart.
  • It also inhibits coagulation of blood and prevents clots from forming.
  • It decreases the oxygen requirement of a muscle by at least 43% thereby enabling the body to do the same job on less oxygen. (Remember: The heart is a muscle.)

The combined effect of Vitamin E and Selenium is a greater level of antioxidant protection than each of these nutrients would have separately. 
Grapeseed extract contains proanthocyanidins, which are compounds shown in recent studies to have extremely potent antioxidant properties.

Step 9: Maintain Optimal Levels of B Complex Daily

Studies show that the B vitamins folic acid, B6 and B12 help promote a healthy cardiovascular system by helping to maintain low homocysteine levels in the blood.

During normal metabolism, these B vitamins convert the natural biochemical homocysteine to an amino acid. 
Without this conversion, homocysteine levels accumulate. 
Research suggest too much homocysteine in the blood can cause damage to blood vessel walls.

Supplementary B6, B12 and folic acid have been shown to lower elevated homocysteine levels. 
High homocysteine levels can significantly increase the risk of the following severe health problems:
  • Stroke in the large blood vessels
  • Small strokes in the brain that result in mental problems
  • Direct damage to the lining of vessels, causing inefficient blood flow  to critical areas of the brain
  • Blockage in the deep veins (thrombosis)
  • Blockages in the arteries of the arms, hands, legs, and feet
  • A 50% increase in the risk of a heart attack.

Daily intake of B-vitamins is important because these water-soluble vitamins are not stored at significant levels in your body. 
It is best to consume B complex throughout the day to maintain high blood levels of these nutrients (for example, one or more tablet each meal).

Step 10: Garlic

Studies show that garlic promotes cardiovascular health by helping to retain normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels when used daily as part of a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet.

Garlic is reported to dissolve plaque and lower plaque-forming blood lipids. 
These lipids can clog arteries and can lead to atherosclerosis and heart disease.

Research has shown how garlic can lower the blood pressure through the actions of one of its components, methyl allyl trisulfide, which dilates vessel walls.

Two components in garlic, adenosine and allicin, are involved in inhibiting blood platelet aggression, plaque building and clotting. 
Allicin has also been found to maintain healthy levels of microorganisms.

Step 11: Alfalfa

Alfalfa tablets, made from the leaves of mature alfalfa plants, contain the fibers called “saponins" which soak up cholesterol like a sponge. The minerals in alfalfa are also important for nourishing the heart muscle.

Step 12: Soy Protein

Soy protein has many heart healthy benefits including lowering cholesterol. In 38 studies involving 730 participants adding soy to the diet had phenomenal results:
  • Total cholesterol dropped on average 9%.
  • LDL (bad cholesterol) dropped on average 13%
  • Triglycerides dropped on average 11%
  • HDL (good cholesterol) rose on average 2%

The soy isoflavones (rather than the protein itself) are responsible for the cholesterol-lowering effect. 
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says, "25 grams of soy protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."

Step 13: Milk Thistle

Milk thistle seed extract, in addition to schizandra, reishi mushroom, dandelion, artichoke and turmeric have all been shown to build a healthy liver. 
Studies on this product show both detoxification and regeneration of liver cells.

  • The liver is involved in the regulation of cholesterol.
  • A sluggish liver leads to high cholesterol.
  • The Reishi mushrooms and the Schizandra Chinensis have antioxidant properties.

Step 14: Ginkgo Biloba and Hawthorn

Ginkgo biloba improves circulation to every cell in the body, including the heart. Ginkgo biloba reduces homocysteine in the blood Hawthorn improves the ability of the heart to pump efficiently in FOUR ways: 
  • It allows more oxygen & nutrients to reach the heart
  • It causes blood to flow more smoothly
  • It increases the power of the heart
  • It dilates blood vessels (especially coronary)

Step 15: "CoQ10"

Coenzyme Q-10 is vital for heart health. 
It helps produce energy in every one of your cells. 
That is especially important to your major organs. Coenzyme Q-10 also helps prevent LDL cholesterol oxidation.

Resveratrol is believed to be one of the most beneficial compounds found in red wine. 
Resveratrol has strong antioxidant properties and complements CoQ10 in the prevention of LDL cholesterol oxidation. 
Resveratrol might help facilitate blood flow. 

Information from: Nutrition Handout from HEALTHQUEST

We can provide you with all the nutrients mentioned here and in the most optimal amounts. Shaklee’s science has done all the research for you.
Need more information? Not sure what’s safe to take if on medication? We can help with that, too.
Check out our Shaklee website – For more information or click the “Contact Us” tab up top to get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you personally.

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