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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Health Tip - Swallowing Tablets

If you think you are the only one who has trouble swallowing tablets, either medications or supplements, you are not alone. 

You may be surprised at how many adults struggle with this. 

Parents trying to teach children this can struggle with it, too. 

That is the subject I'm tackling live this morning so watch the video below for some tips. 

Feel free to share with someone you know who struggles with this.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Why Supplement?

So why should we use vitamin supplements? 
Can't we get all we need from a good diet?
Good questions.
Let's watch this video and see: 

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is Your Vitamin Expired?

The FDA does not require expiration dates on supplement bottles so many companies don't include them. 

While often the expired vitamins simply don't provide any benefit, there are a few that could become rancid, which isn't healthy to take.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in their desire to supplement their diet is taking inexpensive vitamins. 

Buy 1 get 1 deals or supplements at your grocery, pharmacy or products you can buy through the mail are rarely, if ever, worth taking.

In addition to often vitamins being expired, they can simply be so cheaply and poorly made, they may even be risky to take.

The reality is, that high quality raw materials are expensive.

This includes the research it takes to ensure they are of high quality, free of contaminants and that the ingredients in the products do what they're intended to do.

A company could actually spend several thousand to test just one ingredient. This is why bargain basement supplements are either near useless or downright dangerous.

This is one of the main reasons I feel safe using Shaklee's products

I'm not saying this just to be a commercial. I'm saying this because it's true.

Case in point. Not too long ago, bales of raw ginseng were found to be full of a carcinogenic herbicide used to keep mold from growing on it. 
The fields all through the area had experienced severe flooding and the grower was in danger of losing their crop, which is why they used the chemical.

Shaklee tested the raw ingredients and found the dangerous herbicide. 
Shaklee then rejected their batch and refused to sell ginseng for 2 years until they could get a supply that was guaranteed to be free of nasty contaminants.
There was none to be found for 2 years - none that wasn't contaminated that is.

Shaklee believed the health of it's consumers far outweighed the loss of revenue it could have had from the sale of ginseng.
They lost money because they believed people's health was more important than the bottom line.

What do you think that supplier did with the batch of ginseng that was full of that dangerous herbicide that Shaklee rejected?

Do you think they just threw it away?

No, they just ended up selling it to another vitamin manufacturer who does not test for dangerous chemicals.

For two years the suppliers continued to provide the contaminated ginseng to other vitamin manufacturers. 

To my knowledge, Shaklee was the only company that stopped selling ginseng until the raw ingredient could once again be provided without contamination.

Scary, isn't it?

You're taking your chances in hoping that cheap vitamin manufacturers will spend the money needed to test raw materials for contaminants like this.

If the FDA doesn't require it, they typically don't do it.

I suggest you do your research, like I did and check out the brand you are buying. 
Ask them questions about their testing of raw ingredients and the finished product after manufacturing.

In addition to not checking their ingredients for dangerous chemicals, many cheap vitamins often contain additives, food allergens, sugar, artificial food coloring and flavoring. 

Yeah, like we need to supplement with that!

Did you really think "gummy vitamins" were good for you?

Many are coated with shellac. Isn't that used in paint varnish? Yuck! Or they could contain potentially hazardous chemicals like chlorine.

Potency and purity can vary widely from pill to pill and bottle to bottle as well. With a lack of strict quality controls, you never know what you are going to get.

A study at Duke University examined 12 bottles of one popular supplement. It's hard to believe but these samples showed they contained 60% or less of the amount of nutrients claimed on the label!

Yes calcium and some other nutrients can last for years, however, others like vitamins B and C, are unstable.

The company better know what it's doing when combining vitamins together that both you and your children will eat.

This is why I believe in Shaklee.
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What did you think about all those tests?

I know I feel safe giving my family something that has been tested up to and even beyond some pharmaceutical standards.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

How To Pick The Right Multi-Vitamin For You

With iron? Without Iron? With K? Without K?

It's all so confusing! 

I share a few tips on how to know which one to pick.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Tip: How To Easily Remove The Seal Off The Liquid Laundry Bottle

All our bottles are shipped with this plastic seal to prevent the contacts from leaking out if the cap were to get broken. 

This is great, but sometimes those seals can be a bit tough to remove, especially if you are faced with any physical challenge, such as arthritis, etc.

Here I share my easy method to remove these tough seals.

(Please forgive my camera. I inadvertently was leaning against it and moving it slightly causing it to have to keep refocusing.)

If you would like to try our safe, non-toxic liquid laundry you can find it here: 

along with the rest of our laundry products.

They are great to use, especially for those who have sensitive skin, allergies, asthma, and more.

They also come with a money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Prefer A Liquid Vitamin? Try Shaklee's Liqui-Lea

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If you’re tired and run-down, the nutrients in Liqui-Lea charge quickly into the bloodstream, giving you a surge of energy.*

Promotes healthy red blood cells and is often used by those who have anemic tendencies.*

Contains 10 essential vitamins plus iron and is a vegetarian formula

Use at the first sign of cold, flu or sore throat as it helps to coat the back of the throat and boost the immune system.*

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These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Free EBook - The Vitamin Checklist

Shopping for a high quality supplement 
can be confusing and downright frustrating.

There are so many brands vying for your dollar and they all say they're the best. 

Every purchase you make is important to you.

You want to get the most for your money.

So how do you separate the good from the not so good?

The key is to know the right questions to ask.

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- Erika Cohen

Thursday, September 13, 2018

A Great Way to Get In Shape...& Have Fun Doing It

At 50 years old, I've decided to change my exercise routine. I actually am ramping it up and have decided to go with cycling as a different way to do more cardio and work those large leg muscles of mine. 

If you work those large muscles, you will lose weight faster!

Though I am used to riding a bike now and then for fun, I've decided to make it more of an everyday routine. And I love it!

We are fortunate to have a nice bike trail close to our home and I kick myself for not using it more.

I don't break any speed or distance records, but for the hour I spend on it and the hills/inclines I tackle, I get a really good workout in.

If you haven't tried cycling I highly encourage you to try it. 
Cycling is much easier on the joints than running and you get to see much more of the beautiful nature along a trail!
It really is a lot of fun!

Don't worry if you aren't the fastest and can only go a short distance because your thighs feel like they are going to explode!
I have cyclists pass me on their fancy road bikes all the time. Wait until you see a team of professionals with their sponsored uniforms pass you! I've felt the wake of their jet stream! 

Don't worry about all that. Just start. 
I promise you - you will get stronger and will be able to go further in a really short time. 

It's amazing at how much the body likes it!

Oh sure, your legs will feel like jelly when you get off the first few times, but if you start off slow and go just a moderate distance, the body will quickly build up strength and you will amaze yourself at what you can do.

That hill that made you breathe like the sound of a freight train will be such an exciting accomplishment in no time! You will be so thrilled you did it and will be looking at the next challenge to go after.

Talk about a rush of joy!

You don't need fancy equipment either. Just a bike that fits you, a helmet, some glasses (because the bugs hurt if they hit you in the eye!) some comfortable clothes and a water bottle. You can find inexpensive water bottle holders for bikes at local stores.

Don't try and do too much or go too far the first week. Go as far as feels comfortable and then turn around and head back.
If you feel it was easy then add to it in small increments the following days.'s OK to stop and rest! If you are new to cycling, it will be hard the first week or so and taking time to rest a few times along the way is just fine and it’s a great time to rehydrate.

Here are a few more tips I have:

  • Make sure your bike fits you well. If you aren't sure if your handlebars and seat are the right height, stop in to your local cycle shop for some advice. They know how to set you up on your current bike to make sure your ride is comfortable. You don't want your knees and back to be hurting because your form is wrong.
  • A cycle shop can also make sure your helmet is a good fit. You want to protect your noggin and it is money well spent to make sure that "skid lid" fits you right.
  • It's recommended to invest in bike shorts for comfort, but if money is tight right now, just wear clothes that fit you, that let your skin breathe and are comfortable. If you find yourself really getting into cycling later, you can always go back to the bike shop and add the accessories you want. 
  • I recommend taking a water bottle with some hydration drink mix in it to help replace the lost electrolytes you lose while sweating. I have a favorite mix I use I will share at the end of this article. At the very least, bring plenty of water.
  • You may also want to take a rag to wipe sweat off during the hot weather. I just tie mine to my handlebar.
  • Find a time that works for you and stick to it. It takes time to build a routine and make things a habit, so promise to give yourself 30 days to settle into a routine.
  • Don't eat a heavy meal before setting out. I try and do my ride before breakfast. I may eat just a few bites of something just so my stomach isn't growling at me. Then when I return I have my protein drink. (see below for what I use)
  • Decide what kind of an exerciser you are. Do you like to be with others? Then join a cycling club or drag, I mean invite, a friend along.
    Though I occasionally love to have some company, this is my personal challenge and I do best when riding solo. I find it easier to stick to my plan and advance when and how I need to and not have to modify it because a buddy isn't at the same level.
    No judgement either way - your buddy may be able to ride faster than you, just that everyone advances at their own pace.
    You may even come to enjoy the alone time, especially if your life is hectic.
  • Be nice. If you are sharing a trail with walkers, announce in a loud enough voice what side you are passing on. For example, I will yell out several yards before reaching them, "Passing on your left!" This allows them time to gather up their dog's leash or pull in their toddler giving you enough space to pass safely. I will also slow down if I see a mom with little ones or a person with a dog who may lunge at a bike. Just in case. Hopefully they will be nice, too in giving you room to pass.
    Just don't fly by someone. I know it startles me when a cyclist blows by me and I didn't hear them coming. Plus, so many people wear earbuds nowadays. Make sure they hear you, slow down and give plenty of room.
  • Speaking of ear buds, I suggest only wearing one of the buds in your ear if you do wear them. I wear just my right one and tuck the other one down in my shirt. I don't always listen to music or webinars, but when I do, I think this is the safest method. You will be able to hear other cyclists who may be passing you and due to safety reasons, any cars or even if some creepy person is coming up behind you while you are stopped and taking a breather.
    Regardless of whether you are walking, jogging or cycling, not being able to hear your surroundings is very dangerous.
  • Practice good road sense and follow all traffic laws. If you ride on the road, then you must follow the same traffic laws as cars do - stopping for stop signs and traffic lights, flowing the same direction as cars and using hand signals to indicate direction changes, etc.
    Stay close to the edge and don't ride on dangerous roads that have a lot of blind curves and hills. It's terrifying to come around a curve with another car in the opposite lane and a cyclist in my lane leaving me nowhere to go.
    I always worry for that splint instant I may be forced to choose - to take out the cyclist or the young family in the other car coming head on if there isn't enough room or if slamming on the brakes doesn’t stop me in time.
    I've had some really close calls in a car with those type of cyclists and it's made me very angry.
    While I believe in sharing the road, I also believe a cyclist should not put themselves and others in harms way. Choose your roads carefully and use good sense with common courtesy.
  • Also, as a horse enthusiast and who has trained horses, be very cautious when approaching horses on a bike. Horses spook easily at cyclists and if you rush up behind one or pass by too closely, you are liable to get kicked to the moon!
    Always slow your approach, ask the rider(s) if it's OK to pass and give them time to get their horse settled if it's getting antsy. It's a polite thing to do and it's the safe thing to do for all involved.

I hope you will be getting out on the trail soon with your bike. There’s no time like the present to get started!

Share with us your cycling adventures and tips either below in the comments or on our Facebook page: 

I look forward to reading them! 

Oh, I promised to share with you the hydration drink I use and protein shakes I drink. Here they are:

Happy Trails!


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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Test Your Cold/Flu Knowledge - Answer These 7 Questions

There are many misconceptions about the cold and flu.
Take our short quiz and see if you can answer these questions.

Answer true or false for these questions:

1. Getting wet in the rain will make you sick. 


There is no evidence that damp cold weather and the risk of getting a cold are related. 
Modern science does not support a connection between being cold and getting a cold or flu.

However, we've all had that time where we got chilled and whamo! We got sick!

So what gives?

Your immune system was already compromised by being exposed to a virus earlier. 
Then your body had to work hard on keeping your temperature regulated when you got wet and then chilled. 
This took away from the special fighting forces making you vulnerable to the virus taking over.

While getting chilled didn't "make" you sick, it helped to contribute to it by lowering your immune defenses.

So you will want to prevent getting wet and chilled if possible, and if you do get caught out in the elements, take the necessary steps to get dry, get warm and then consume healthy food and supplements that will build up your immune system. 

2. Flu is a virus, cold is a bacteria. 


Both cold and flu are viruses. There are well over 200 different strains of the cold virus (rhinovirus being the most common) and flu viruses mutate and change every year.

However, both the flu and a cold can transform into a bacterial infection. See your doctor if symptoms worsen or last longer than 7-10 days.

3. Antibiotics are no help for cold or flu. 


Both the common cold and flu are the result of a virus, and antibiotics cannot help reduce the severity or duration of a cold. 

Do not go into your doctor's office at the beginning of a cold or flu and demand an antibiotic. It won't help you any. 

Antibiotics kill all the bacteria in your gut, including the good guys responsible for helping to defend your body against viruses and bacteria, so taking an antibiotic is counter intuitive. 
Doing so could actually set you up for a worse infection.

Besides, a good doctor knows better than to prescribe an antibiotic for an obvious viral infection and you will have wasted your co-pay for nothing.

Doctors do occasionally prescribe antibiotics to people with colds and flu to help treat secondary bacterial infections such as sinusitis, ear infections, bronchitis, and other infections.

Again, see your doctor if symptoms worsen or last longer than 7-10 days. 
At that point the virus may be gone, but a bacterial infection may have developed and you will want to be sure to get proper treatment for that.

4. Once you have the flu, you won't have it again that season. 

The answer to this one is both false and true.

You won't get the same cold or flu strain once you have had it, but that doesn't mean you cannot get another strain. 

There are often multiple types of cold and flu circulating at the same time; it is very possible to have one and then have another. 

This is also the reason why the flu shot is not 100 percent effective: the flu shot is effective against one strain and there is always the possibility of another strain infecting you. 

Plus the flu strain is constantly evolving, mutating into a different strain than the original flu shot was developed for.

Your best bet is to build up your immune system so it can be ready to defend you no matter the strain of viruses invading.

5. The flu is harmless. 


The flu is far from harmless. According to the CDC, in a normal year somewhere between 3,000 and 49,000 people die from the flu (depending on the severity, the spread, and the type of flu virus). 
In 1918, approximately 675,000 people died in the United States from the Spanish flu. 

On the other hand, the common cold is rarely harmful—unless it leads to other infections.

This is why it is so important to make sure your immune system is healthy - by exercising, eating healthy foods and supplementing with extra immune boosting supplements, especially during the cold & flu season.

6. You are only contagious when you have symptoms. 


You can actually be contagious before you even feel any symptoms. This is why colds and flu can spread so quickly. 
We can be in close contact with people who aren't even showing any signs of sickness. 

You are most likely to spread the flu five to seven days from when you first feel bad. 

When you have a cold, you are the most contagious during the first three days of getting that cold (during that sore throat phase). 

You can transmit either virus to other people by touching your nose or mouth and then touching another surface they touch (doorknobs, phones, etc.) or by coughing or sneezing.

That is why washing your hands often and avoiding touching your face is clearly one of the most effective ways to prevent getting sick.

7. Kids get more colds and flu. 


According to the CDC, adults have an average of 2 to 3 colds per year, and young children may get as many as 8 to 10 each year before the age of two.

Children's immune systems, especially the very young are still developing. This makes them more susceptible to what's going around - their immune systems are still learning and identifying the bad guys.

Help the kiddos stay healthy by limiting sugar filled foods and drinks, keeping them hydrated with mostly water, feeding them healthy foods with lots of clean fruits and vegetables, and providing them with immune boosting supplements as well. 

Another tip is to have them play outside often. Staying cooped up indoors is not healthy for anyone. 
Kids need outdoor time for both a healthy mind and body. 
Dress them in layers appropriate for the weather and let them run around and be kids. 
It will do you good to join them, too!

Did you notice a theme on how to boost your immune system?

It was exercise, eat healthy foods and add good immune boosting supplements.

What are healthy foods? Try fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and plenty of filtered water. Avoid high sugar, processed foods and drinks.

Some immune boosting supplements would be a complete & balanced Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin C, Garlic, Zinc, Probiotics, etc.

So how did you do? Did you get most of them right?

It's OK if you didn't. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better you can be at protecting yourself and your family from the battles that are coming - the cold & flu battles.

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