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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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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 – ToBeHealthy.MyShaklee.com 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.


*The above is NOT a prescription, and should not be treated as such. Please consult with your doctor if you have medical questions.

* 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.




Monday, June 11, 2018



Join Home Office Team Member Chris Bartholomew and special guest Bronze Medal winning Pentathlete Ismael Hernandez as they share what’s so special about Shaklee Performance Sports nutrition and how they use the products to support their fitness goals.


Now get the same products the top athletes use at 15% off until June 30th 


Monday, June 4, 2018

The Importance of Hydration Before, During & After A Workout


Did you know the human body is made up of 60% water?

Fluids assist in the transportation of oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream.

Fluids also provide lubrication in our joints and cushioning for our organs, and they carry heat generated by exercise to the skin where it can be dissipated as sweat to cool the body.

An adult loses about 2 liters of fluid per day through sweat, urine, respiration, and bowel movements, and that's why we often make the recommendation to drink eight glasses of water daily for proper hydration.

But as individuals, we all have different metabolic rates, we all live and exercise in different environments, and we all experience unique rates of sweat loss.

Failure to replace lost fluids raises the risk of dehydration and increases the chance athletic performance and even health can be compromised.

In addition to water, sweat contains electrolytes such as sodium and potassium that need to be replenished to support optimal fluid balance in the body.

Consider these hydration strategies to help get the most out of your workouts:


PRE-HYDRATION

Pre-hydration is to prevent dehydration from occurring by properly hydrating and assuring normal plasma-electrolyte levels prior to exercise.

Pre-hydrating can be accomplished by drinking water or electrolyte drinks, and by consuming foods with a high water content several hours before exercise.

Most of us can benefit by drinking two to three cups of fluid in the hours before exercise.


HYDRATION

Hydration during exercise helps to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.

It also minimizes the adverse effects on athletic and mental performance.

Drinking cool liquids early and often, and opting for sports drinks that contain electrolytes and energy-sustaining carbohydrates can be beneficial.

In hot and humid conditions, you should drink half a cup or more of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes that you exercise.


RE-HYDRATION

Re-hydration after exercise is important to enhance the recovery process and to make up any remaining fluid or electrolyte deficits.

In the hours after exercise, try to rehydrate with an electrolyte sports drink that contains the right ratio of ingredients that will offer your body proper fluids and electrolytes.

Lack of proper re-hydration can cause muscle soreness and cramping.

Making sure you replenish lost fluids is essential in preventing those problems. 


Staying hydrated before, during and after working out is important in sustaining energy and maintaining peak performance.


So let's all get out and exercise—and drink up for peak athletic performance!

*For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance Endurance Electrolyte Drink – a great hydration sports drink - check out our website:





Tuesday, May 8, 2018

5 Easy Ways for Moms (& All Women) Can Get Healthier



1 - Kick the Stress

Most of us experience stress every day. Daily stress and anxiety wreak havoc with our sense of well-being and the impact of prolonged stress can have severe consequences on our health.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control estimates 75-90% of all visits to the doctor's office are stress related. 
One key to good health is to keep levels of stress in check.

Get started by:

Identifying Your Stressors - 

Whether it's money issues, traffic or the piles of laundry, the first step to managing stress is knowing what is causing the most stress in your life. 
Once identified, you can begin to figure out how to overcome stress or manage it better. 
So what’s bugging you?

Setting Priorities -

Take stock to determine what's really important and learn to say "No". This can be one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself. 
You can’t do it all, so choose what is most important to you and learn to let the rest go. 
It’s OK if you start singing, “Let it Go, Let it Go…”

Delegating Responsibilities - 

You don't have to be "Supermom". 
Learn to ask for help and assign tasks to other family members. 
The best “managers” are those who know how to delegate. 
Teaching kids about responsibilities helps you, but it is also good for them. You are not helping them any by doing everything for them. 
One of the best lessons a mom can teach her children is how to take care of themselves.

Relaxing and Meditating 

Research has shown that taking time out of each day to relax and meditate can help reduce stress. 
This is so true. 
Taking just a few minutes a day to just sit and relax; breathe deep and empty your overcrowded brain can do wonders for your mood. 
Even if it means locking yourself in the bathroom with earplugs.

Exercise -

Don’t forget the benefits of exercise. See our tip on exercise below.

*Try Shaklee’s
 
Stress Relief Complex*, a botanical combination which includes a powerful stress reliever from green tea to help promote relaxation, alertness and concentration, and help relieve everyday stress in as little as 30 minutes.* 
This stuff works great. 
A Mom’s best friend during trying times.


2 - Get Enough Sleep 

Scientific evidence indicates that insufficient sleep can be harmful to our health.

Sleep Well and Re-energize - 

Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule; establish a relaxing bedtime routine; and try not to eat a meal, drink alcohol, caffeinated beverages or exercise within a few hours of bedtime. 
There is nothing like a good night’s rest to help with your day. It can be hard though when there are so many things on your mind. 
Try meditation, reading and hey, here’s an idea! - talking with your spouse! Just keep the talks light, nothing stressful.

*To contend with occasional sleeplessness and to help you get a good night's rest, try 
Shaklee Gentle Sleep Complex* which uses natural botanicals to promote a calm and restful sleep.


3 - Eat Right

Good nutrition is essential to health and poor food choices contribute to health challenges including weight gain. 
Start by improving your diet by eating a variety of foods, choosing whole grains, beans and legumes and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
Don't forget to include some lean protein from fish, chicken, soy and nonfat dairy and select heart-healthy omega-3 fats from fish, avocado and nuts.

*It’s hard to eat right and who has time to cook a big meal every day? 
So to help fill in the gaps don’t forget your vitamins. Shaklee’s Vitalizer is a complete daily vitamin regimen in a convenient easy to take pack. 
Just toss them in your purse or pocket and off you go – with energy! 
Plus we guarantee you will feel better in 30 days or your money back!

For women of child bearing years and teens –
 Vitalizer for Women
For men – 
Vitalizer for Men
For men and women over 50 – 
Vitalizer Gold with vitamin K for adults 50+ and Vitalizer Gold without vitamin K for adults 50+
For kids – Chewable for Kids 


4 - Exercise 

No brainer here. 
We all know that exercise is a healthy habit and it's never too late to start. 
You don’t have to train for a marathon to feel good. 
Just a 30 minute workout can boost your mood and you can literally kick stress out of the way. 
Walking is a great activity for everyone, too. Start with a 10 or 15-minute walk, especially if you haven't been exercising regularly and build up from there. 
Lifting light weights 2-3 times a week is a must for strong bones and keeping muscle. 
Do your best to be active every day. 
Exercise helps lower stress, lose weight and increase strength, which helps our stress level too.

*Shaklee can help your exercise program with their weight loss program and sports nutrition products.
 

Lose the weight & keep the muscle with
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5 - Take a "Timeout" with Friends

A landmark UCLA study suggests that hanging out with friends can actually counteract the kind of stress most women experience on a daily basis. 
When women engage in this 'tending or befriending' with children and other women, studies suggest that the hormone oxytocin is released, which further counters stress and produces a calming effect.

We always knew that friends made us feel good and now there is actual evidence that they are good for our health!
So the next time you need a lift-me-up or simply want to relax, call up your closest group of girlfriends for a fun gathering.



Watch our fun, short video of Moms and what we do here: 


Take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of those you love.



Want to learn more about how Shaklee helps to keep you healthy with products that come with a 100% money back guarantee?

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*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.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Are You A Lonely Mom?



Being a stay-at-home mom is wonderful.

Being there when the kids wake up and also being there to snuggle and read bedtime stories is a feeling of blessedness.

The mom (or dad) at home arrangement has many benefits. We all know what they are, but it also can have many drawbacks. 

Some of those would be a tighter budget, loneliness and probably one of the most troubling is the feeling of lowered self-esteem.

Many stay-at-home moms and even moms who work outside the home may have given up their dreams for their families.

They often have given up fulfilling careers that may even pay better and have more job satisfaction. 

They may also have given up the dream of further education and pursuing a specific career.

It is common to find that women feel their very identity gets lost, especially if the woman ties a lot of her identity to what she did in her career. I know I did.

While it’s been touted many times that if a mother was to get paid for all the “jobs” she did, it would be well over $100,000 or even incalculable, those statements fall flat when the realities of life are staring back at us.

It can be easy for a mom to get lost in the day to day grind of diapers, dishes, laundry and all the endless chores.

Some women continue with their career and some women don’t. No mommy wars will be raged in this article, I assure you.

But whatever the path a mother chooses, there always seems to be huge sacrifices she has to make and that is simply not fair. Either choice can cause a sense of low self esteem, depression and loneliness. 

I see both sides because I have been both a working mother and a stay-at-home mother and I’ve cried over the sacrifices I’ve made in both.

I've cried when I had to leave my baby to go to work and I've cried at missing seeing a paycheck with my name on it and the feeling of accomplishment I got from my work.

I thought - you cannot win. Either way feels like a loss.

One day years ago while I was complaining about all this to another mom, a woman who actually was able to merge both worlds of working and raising her 5 children successfully asked me questions that changed my life. 

She asked, “Have you ever considered doing what I do? Have you ever wanted to have your own business?”

I halted mid complaint and thought, “Well, maybe. I mean who wouldn’t want to be their own boss, make a lot of money and still stay home with the kids?”

Is that even possible?

Then she began to show me what she did and how she did it.

She painted a picture for me and I could see myself in it. Slowly at first, then more clearly.

I actually saw, “me”.

I saw me not being so lonely, so isolated, so lost in being a mom, which I loved being so dearly, but felt I lost me in the process.

I saw me accomplishing my dreams, making my own money again and making a difference in the lives of others, all while still being there for my family.

Maybe you’re there.

Maybe you’ve been tearing up a bit as you read this because it describes you.

Do you feel you’ve lost, “you”?

Do you feel all you do is work, both in the home and out taking care of others?

Do you feel you are just treading water, barely keeping afloat?

Do you miss making your own money, or more money?

Do you feel unfulfilled and your talents are going to waste?

Then I will ask you the same question that someone was kind enough to ask me, “Have you ever wanted to have your own business?”

If the answer is yes, even a weak yes full of doubts and trepidation, then why don’t you take a leap of faith and learn more about it?

I know it’s scary contacting someone you don’t know and leaving your info to have someone contact you, but I assure you we have a legitimate business you can check out and check up on to verify what we say is true.

If you feel the time is right, check out our website here: WhyShaklee

and then click the “Contact Me” tab up at the top of the website’s page and ask to set up a phone interview to evaluate our business plan and see if it might be a fit for you.

There’s no obligation and we don’t automatically add you to any lists or share your information. 

We just offer a welcome option to moms who may feel there’s something missing in their life.

I promise you we are real moms who run their own businesses helping other moms just like someone helped us.

Watch this short video of moms who understand about isolation that moms feel sometimes and how they feel about having a business that helps others. 
Then check our company out and let us know if you would like to learn more.





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