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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Natural vs. Synthetic Vitamins - What is the Difference?

Hi all,
I wanted to share with the rest of you a letter I sent to someone who was taking some different vitamins and was experiencing all kinds of scary problems. He also wanted to know what the difference was between natural vitamins and synthetic.
Below is a copy of my letter to him. I hope it helps you all understand and hopefully avoid the same problems he encountered.
Julie

Hi,
I came across this info while doing some research for someone else and it reminded me of what you told me about how you initially felt bad when starting your vitamin regime. Since we discussed natural vs. synthetic vitamins and what was the difference, I thought I would share with you what I learned.
Here is the difference between a natural vitamin and a synthetic one:
When you eat an orange for example, you get more than just the natural vitamin C. You get a whole range of vitamins including some nutrients that scientists do not know all what they are yet, but we know the body uses them. So though we haven’t yet learned what these nutrients are, we know they are in the orange for a reason and our bodies know how to utilize them.
Natural vitamins essentially use the entire orange. They basically remove the water and fiber, which is the bulk and what remains are ALL the nutrients which you then take. The body recognizes these nutrients and utilizes them as it needs them.
Synthetic vitamins are just that, synthetic versions of the real thing. For example, using the orange again:
Synthetic vitamins isolate just the Vitamin C compound in the orange and replicate it in a laboratory. Yes, technically it’s the same formula on paper, but without all the other “natural” compounds to go with it your body does not recognize it as Vitamin C. It looks at the chemical and says, “What’s this?” It then will either excrete it or on some occasions it will store it in your fat cells. And with some chemicals, that can lead to a buildup of toxins.
The other problem with synthetic vitamins is they always have other artificial ingredients used as fillers and binders, including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. These additional “chemicals” often act as stimulants which can cause the problems you experienced – dizziness, lightheadedness, general poor feeling. Many people go on to feel heart palpitations, trembling and nausea. These are all warning signs that the body is reacting to the synthetic chemicals in the vitamins that were ingested.
These chemicals as you can imagine can prove to be ineffective and bothersome at the least and be quite dangerous at the worst. And since your body is trying to rid itself of these chemicals, you are basically wasting your money since you are absorbing very little of any nutrients.
When it comes to vitamins you truly get what you pay for.
Synthetic vitamins may be cheaper to buy because they are cheaper to make. They isolate the chemicals, synthetically reproduce them in a lab and then mass produce that chemical.
Natural vitamins take the whole food and provide you with the natural compounds found in nature. But with the natural vitamins, your body utilizes all the nutrients thereby making the initial investment payoff with better health and no side effects like with the synthetic.
I encourage you to view this short video of why I recommend these types of vitamins and how they merge the best of natural ingredients with the best of science on the best form of delivery to the body. They may not be the cheapest, but they are certainly the best and they have the science behind them to back up their claims. They also provide a 100% money back guarantee if you are ever unsatisfied. You can’t get that from a cheap drugstore vitamin.
View this video to learn more here: The Shaklee Difference
Your health is one area where you should never try to go cheap with. The initial investment may be higher than with the cheap synthetic versions, but you get a better payoff by using products that actually work.
I hope this helps with understanding of what the difference between natural and synthetic and why you may experienced some problems.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Take care.
Julie
P.S. Oh, I also forgot to mention that make sure you are not taking any vitamins with iron in them. Men and most menopausal women do not need to supplement their diets with iron and a buildup of iron in the system can cause problems including heart related issues.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Shop from Home this Holiday!


If you’re like me, the holidays, though wonderful and joyous, can also be a source of added stress as we try and pack more things into our already busy lives. And holiday shopping can be one of those things that can add stress and take so much of our time.
The last thing most people need is more “stuff” and gift cards can be a little impersonal, so what do we buy the people on our list?
How about giving something unique this year that will be very much appreciated?
How about giving the gift of good health this year?
Shaklee has designed a couple of wonderful gift packages that are easy to wrap and go as they come in a festive box and you can order them all from the comfort of your own home.
Just click on the links and learn more or to order. Remember, membership saves you 15% that can pay for itself in one order! And if you order any Vitalizer membership is free!

A year of Cleaner, Healthier Water - Cheaper than bottled and healthier, too!
Spa Shea Butter & Stress Relief Complex – Relax and soothe
Ø  Pamper Me Now Gift Set – Item #59767 - $57.70 Member Price

We are also offering these other special gift packs that may not come in a fancy box, but we are offering a fancy special - buy 3 packs, get one FREE!* See below for details. All prices listed are Member prices.
You can shop for 4 people or even for yourself while you save money and time! Below are these special packages along with some gift ideas to go with them if you like.
Ø  Spa Package – Go to the spa without ever leaving home! Put in a cute basket or box with a bath pillow and maybe some nice chocolates.
                        Shea Butter Cream – Item #32536 - $30.20
                        Shower Sponge – Item #50554 - $2.55

Ø  Baby Package – Something nice for that new addition! Put in a plastic tub with a baby bath book, rubber duckie and a soft bath towel.
                        Concentrated Gentle Wash – Item #30108 - $19.20
                        Soothing Lotion – Item #30106 - $19.20

Ø  More Energy Package – Give someone the gift of more energy! Include a nice tea mug or water bottle.
                        CorEnergy – Item #20632 - $32.10
                        Cinch Energy Tea Mix –         Unsweetened – Item #20345 - $25.45          
OR                                         
                                                                        Pomegranate – Item #20337 - $25.45

Ø  Immune Booster – For those who are always sick! Give with a warm hat and gloves.



Ø  Get Clean Household Kit – Perfect for those with a new home or apt! Put into a carrying caddy with sponges and microfiber cloths.
Get Clean Household Mini Kit – Item # 89108 - $40.00                                            

Below are three packages that are not part of the buy 3 get the 4th free, but they are wonderful packages to buy for that hard-to-buy person or to reward yourself for being so nice!
Ø  Skin Care System – 8 products for a younger looking you! Put in a nice basket or tin with a pretty flowering plant.

                                                OR
                        Normal to Oily – Item #50914 - $187.45

Ø  30 Days to Feeling Better Package – Feel better in 30 days or money back! Include an I-tunes gift card to download music to walk to.
                        Vitalizer for Men – Item #20282 -$79.25       
OR
                        Vitalizer for Women – Item #20283 - $79.25

Ø  Weight Loss – Lose for less than a fast food meal a day! Include an I-Tunes gift card to download music to walk to.
                        Cinch Starter Kit – Item #59105 - $193.80

If you or someone you know is looking for some extra holiday cash or just a way to pay for the products you already use, contact us today for our part time opportunities!
Happy Shopping!
Julie
*We are personally offering the 4th pack free special to our new or existing customers only and only on the packages listed. Packages must be ordered in their entirety. To get your 4th pack free you must order 3 packs, notify us when you order with your order # and what 4th pack you want. The 4th pack must be equal to or less than the most expensive pack you ordered. We will then order and pay for your 4th pack and have it shipped to you. You pay for the first 3, we pay for the 4th. Some limitations apply. Please contact us if you have any questions.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November Health Update

In this issue:
·         Eat Healthier & Cheaper
·         Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Shake
·         Profile: A mom who dreamed of staying home with her kids
Eating Healthier & Cheaper
November is here and the holidays will soon be knocking on our door. Cooking, eating and finding ways to pay for all that food are on most of our minds.
The price of food is outrageous! You may be trying to eat healthier, but finding the price of it all a bit too much.
We are the only country in the world whose poor are fat and the rich are thin. The main reason is that the cheapest foods available are the over processed, over re-fined, high fat, high sodium, convenience foods. A healthy diet can cost more and when your cash is limited, you go with what you can afford.
So how do we afford to feed our families and eat right at the same time?
Well, it requires a bit of work.
I can see your shoulders slump and hear your sigh. It’s really not that much work. It just takes a bit of planning.
We all tend to fall into the rut of making the same meals over and over again and I bet a lot of those meals include pouring some kind of sauce over some kind of pasta. Am I right?
Then there’s eating out. Wow! That is not cheap! And let’s be honest, if we knew and saw how that food was being prepared, we wouldn’t have the courage to eat it. The safest and healthiest way to eat is to fix it ourselves. Somehow knowing who touched our food and knowing it was prepared safely goes a long way to enjoying our meals.
Taking some time to plan out meals ahead of time, collect coupons, shop and stock up when items go on sale and cooking, yes cooking your own meals at home is how to eat right and save money.
This will take approximately 1-2 hours a week. More if your family keeps interrupting you as you try and plan this all out on Sunday evening. Warn the next person that interrupts you will cause the family to eat nothing but beans and brussels sprouts the rest of the week!
Now that the kids have left you alone for awhile, take out a simple cookbook, or go online and look at a few simple recipes. Remember to keep the meals simple. Most should be able to be made in less than 30 minutes. Look at the grocery ad for the upcoming week and plan your meals around what’s on sale. Clip your coupons and make your list.
Remember to cook more than what you need for tonight’s dinner. Cooking for two or ten takes about the same amount of time and doesn’t cost all that much more, so cook more and freeze the leftovers. You’ll save money by re-heating leftovers rather than ordering pizza or picking up takeout on your way home. Plus it’s healthier.
When you buy meat, cook it all up at once, divide it up into separate containers, date and freeze. That way, when you have a recipe that calls for meat, you will have the long part, which is cooking it, already done.
Remember to always add veggies or fruit as a side dish. Make it a habit and instruct the kids before they can have seconds of their favorite food, they must finish what’s on their plate first. They may baulk at first, but over time good habits will eventually be learned.
Want to have a quick, easy and affordable convenience food for those nights where there is absolutely no time to cook? Try Shaklee’s Meal Shakes or Cinch Shakes. They’re affordable, they’re good for you and best of all they’re fast and delicious! Kids love them and they are also portable. Something pizza and drive thru tacos are not.
Cinch also has their Snack Bars or Meal in a Bar which are great to tide you over till you get home.
Oh, and sometimes when we change our diet to better food our stomachs and digestive system sometimes go into shock. Your body is so happy to have good stuff that it will excitedly purge the bad stuff causing bloating, gas, etc.
To help your tummy feel better and not drive off your friends, try EZ Gest
So see, there are ways to eat healthier, save money and your sanity all at the same time! Talk about multi tasking!

Spice Up Your Holidays with a Cinch® Pumpkin Spice Shake

Love pumpkin pie, but still trying to stick to your Cinch plan over the holidays? Try this Pumpkin Spice shake recipe to add some variety to your shake. It tastes just like pumpkin pie! 
Pumpkin Spice Shake Recipe
2 scoops Cinch Vanilla Shake Mix
8 oz non-fat milk or low fat soy milk
2 tbsp canned pumpkin
½ tsp pumpkin spice
Dash of vanilla extract
Dash of cinnamon
4 – 6 ice cubes
Blend until creamy.
286 calories, 24 g protein, 42 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat*
*Nutrient values when non-fat milk is used
Visit http://cinchclub.com for more tasty and inspiring recipes you can enjoy during the holidays!

Profile - Tori Minder

Tori Minder dreamed of a different life…a life where she could be present for the important moments in the lives of her children. And she wasn’t sure it was possible, until a friend told her about Shaklee.
I have always dreamed of being able to stay at home and raise my children. But when my husband Nic and I found out I was pregnant with our first child we knew that there was no other option for me but to continue working. I continued to teach after my daughter was born and all through my second pregnancy, but I cried most days. I was so afraid I was going to miss all her firsts—the first time she sat up, the first time she stood alone, the first time she walked.
And by the time I came home from work, meetings, late afternoons of grading/planning, or conferences, I was totally exhausted and had no energy for my daughter or my husband. I felt like I couldn’t be a good mom, wife, or teacher because my heart was at home. After my son was born, we decided I wouldn’t return to teaching. I thought my prayers had finally been answered.
But after a couple of months of worrying about finances and finding that our money was running out, my husband and I knew I had to go back to work. I sent in applications to different schools and daycares but I hadn’t heard anything yet. I would often call my friend Kara Sears (Senior Director, IN) to talk because I knew we had the same passion—to be at home with our children.
While I was in Tennessee on a family trip, Kara called me and told me she knew a way that I could live out my passion. As soon as I returned home, I called Kara and met with her and her mom. It was then she presented the Shaklee Dream Plan to me. I kept thinking, “This sounds way too good to be true. Is it?” I talked to Nic when I got home and we thought maybe this is the answer we’d been praying for. We continued to meet with Kara and her husband, Kyle to learn more and discovered that Shaklee could give us the life that we want for our family.
We started building in August of this year and thanks to Shaklee, we are creating a healthier and wealthier life. And we’re also sharing Shaklee with others to help them achieve their own dreams.

That’s it for this month’s newsletter! To learn more about the products or opportunity mentioned here, you can visit our website at www.tobehealthy.myshaklee.com or fill out our Contact Form for a free, no obligation Info Packet.
 I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and go ahead and indulge a little. Just remember, everything in moderation, which is better than having to wear elastic pants the next several months!
To Your Good Health,
Julie

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Children Need Bedtime Stories; Parents Need a Wake-Up Story

Please take the time to watch this short video. It's time we woke up.



For more information on the cleaning products recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World, Oprah & Dr. Oz, The Cousteau Society and many more, please visit our website Shaklee's Get Clean

An Example of Some Scary Problems When Taking Synthetic Vitamins

Hi all,
I wanted to share with the rest of you a letter I sent to someone who was taking some different vitamins and was experiencing all kinds of scary problems. He also wanted to know what the difference was between natural vitamins and synthetic.
Below is a copy of my letter to him. I hope it helps you all understand and hopefully avoid the same problems he encountered.
Julie

Hi,
I came across this info while doing some research for someone else and it reminded me of what you told me about how you initially felt bad when starting your vitamin regime. Since we discussed natural vs. synthetic vitamins and what was the difference, I thought I would share with you what I learned.
Here is the difference between a natural vitamin and a synthetic one:
When you eat an orange for example, you get more than just the natural vitamin C. You get a whole range of vitamins including some nutrients that scientists do not know all what they are yet, but we know the body uses them. So though we haven’t yet learned what these nutrients are, we know they are in the orange for a reason and our bodies know how to utilize them.
Natural vitamins essentially use the entire orange. They basically remove the water and fiber, which is the bulk and what remains are ALL the nutrients which you then take. The body recognizes these nutrients and utilizes them as it needs them.
Synthetic vitamins are just that, synthetic versions of the real thing. For example, using the orange again:
Synthetic vitamins isolate just the Vitamin C compound in the orange and replicate it in a laboratory. Yes, technically it’s the same formula on paper, but without all the other “natural” compounds to go with it your body does not recognize it as Vitamin C. It looks at the chemical and says, “What’s this?” It then will either excrete it or on some occasions it will store it in your fat cells. And with some chemicals, that can lead to a buildup of toxins.
The other problem with synthetic vitamins is they always have other artificial ingredients used as fillers and binders, including artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. These additional “chemicals” often act as stimulants which can cause the problems you experienced – dizziness, lightheadedness, general poor feeling. Many people go on to feel heart palpitations, trembling and nausea. These are all warning signs that the body is reacting to the synthetic chemicals in the vitamins that were ingested.
These chemicals as you can imagine can prove to be ineffective and bothersome at the least and be quite dangerous at the worst. And since your body is trying to rid itself of these chemicals, you are basically wasting your money since you are absorbing very little of any nutrients.
When it comes to vitamins you truly get what you pay for.
Synthetic vitamins may be cheaper to buy because they are cheaper to make. They isolate the chemicals, synthetically reproduce them in a lab and then mass produce that chemical.
Natural vitamins take the whole food and provide you with the natural compounds found in nature. But with the natural vitamins, your body utilizes all the nutrients thereby making the initial investment payoff with better health and no side effects like with the synthetic.
I encourage you to view this short video of why I recommend these types of vitamins and how they merge the best of natural ingredients with the best of science on the best form of delivery to the body. They may not be the cheapest, but they are certainly the best and they have the science behind them to back up their claims. They also provide a 100% money back guarantee if you are ever unsatisfied. You can’t get that from a cheap drugstore vitamin.
View this video to learn more here: The Shaklee Difference
Your health is one area where you should never try to go cheap with. The initial investment may be higher than with the cheap synthetic versions, but you get a better payoff by using products that actually work.
I hope this helps with understanding of what the difference between natural and synthetic and why you may experienced some problems.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other questions.
Take care.
Julie
P.S. Oh, I also forgot to mention that make sure you are not taking any vitamins with iron in them. Men and most menopausal women do not need to supplement their diets with iron and a buildup of iron in the system can cause problems including heart related issues.

Monday, October 3, 2011

October Health Update

Fall is here and along with the beautiful autumn colors and crisp breezes comes the beginning of flu season. The dreaded flu with its achy all over, fever, chills, run down feeling and sick feelings that go with it. What you do now to prepare your body for the onslaught of viruses heading your way will determine if you escape the flu or succumb to it.
Many think getting a flu shot is all you need to do to prevent from contracting the dreaded illness. While the shot may offer you some immunity it doesn’t provide a 100% protection. If it were only that easy – one shot and you’re in the clear, but we all know that getting a flu shot is just one of the many things we need to do.
Here are some other things you must do to keep healthy:
1.    Wash your hands…..a lot – Become a bit of a germaphobe. Washing your hands and washing them often, helps prevent the spreading of germs and helps to keep us from contracting those germs in the first place. When our hands come in contact with germs on a surface then we rub our eyes or eat food with our hands we get the virus. 
 
Many people don’t wash properly or long enough either. Soaping up and scrubbing good can help keep many of us from getting sick and we need to teach children how to scrape their fingernails on the palm of their soaped up hands to get to under the nails because we all know how kids love to put their fingers in their mouths.

You also want to scrub long enough. Singing the ABC’s is the right amount of time to scrub. If you can’t sing then sing to yourself in your head. If teaching children, go ahead and sing out loud anyway as kids don’t care if you can’t carry a tune and it makes the chore that much more fun.

Keep in mind that antibacterial soap is no more effective at killing germs than regular soap is. Using antibacterial soap may even lead to the development of bacteria that are resistant to the product's antimicrobial agents — making it harder to kill these germs in the future.

A good, gentle hand soap like our Hand Wash Concentrate is great for getting hands clean without stripping valuable oil and drying them out. Washing your hands often can dry them out, so use one that makes them soft and happy.

2.    Get plenty of rest – It’s more than just feeling happy and less cranky, your immune system can be very negatively impacted by inadequate sleep.

School age children require at least nine hours of sleep each night so be sure that becomes a routine. And Moms and Dads, you need eight hours yourself!

You may say you can only dream about getting that much, but you need to set a good example and just think how much nicer you’ll be when you feel well rested and healthy! Who wants to be around a cranky, tired, sick person?

And for those occasional times where sleep eludes you, try our Gentle Sleep Complex. You’ll sleep like a baby so you won’t act like one when you don’t get enough sleep.

3.    Clean with a germicide – Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces is very important especially during flu season or when someone in the household is already sick.

Attacking the commonly touched areas like handles, countertops, phones and even microwave buttons with a good germicide helps prevent the spread of someone else’s cooties thereby helping to stop the “sickness storm” that can spread in a home in less than a weekend.

Try our Basic-G Concentrated Germicide or our Germ Off Fragrance Free Disinfecting Wipes – a little goes a long way. They are convenient to use and what’s really great is Basic-G kills many of the viruses that cause the flu and other illnesses for up to 3 days on a hard surface--Lysol lasts for 10 minutes after it dries and Bleach lasts for about 1 hour after it dries. Take that germs!

4.    Eat a healthy diet full of antioxidants and immune supporting nutrients -
Eat at least FIVE servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day.

That’s right FIVE! One tomato slice and one piece of flimsy iceberg lettuce on a hamburger with 3 pickles doesn’t really count so make sure it’s fresh fruit and vegetables if you can get it and frozen if you can’t. Go organic as much as possible especially on fruit where you eat the skins – grapes, apples, etc.

Eating a healthy diet is crucial to a healthy immune system. We all know eating right can help us lose weight and lose it in a healthy way as opposed to losing it from being sick where whatever we eat comes out both ends – ugh! Right?

5.    Be sure you are taking supplementation to support immune health – You knew this was coming. Supplementing your diet with immune protecting nutrients is absolutely critical in ensuring a healthy immune system to help prevent getting sick in the first place.

I can personally vouch for these products that help keep my family from getting sick a lot less often than most people and for the few times we feel something coming on, they help us from getting as sick as other people around us are.

Here are our recommendations:

Ø  Nutriferon – I can’t say enough about this product, it is great! You can read all about it on the website, but here are a few of its wonderful features - Exclusive patented formula providing our highest level of daily immune protection; The only supplement created by the discoverer of interferon which is critical to healthy immune function; Naturally increases levels of interferon; Proven by 4 human clinical studies.

Ø  Immunity Formula I - Contains a blend of six immunoactive vitamins - vitamin A in the form of beta carotene, vitamins C, E, B6, B12 and folic acid; Mineral support for a strong immune system includes copper, selenium, and zinc. Zinc, vitamins E and C, and beta carotene also provide dietary support for healthy skin - your first line of defense.

Ø  Defend & Resist Complex - To supercharge the immune system when you feel that first tickle, you only take it when you feel like you’re coming down with something and till you feel better. This product when taken when you start to feel something really helps to kick the virus “where the sun doesn’t shine” before it gets a strong hold in your body.

Ø  Sustained Release Vita C ( or chewable Vita C) – We all know that Vitamin C is very helpful in the fight against illness as well as Zinc. Need I say more?

That’s it. Not really hard and most of these ideas I bet you already knew. It sometimes though needs repeating till we get it through our heads that preventing illness is really a whole lot easier and more fun than trying to deal with actually being sick.

Be one of those proud people that come through the flu season unscathed and don’t keep it a secret! Be sure to tell your family, friends and most of all your co-workers who we know are the worst offenders at spreading illnesses, right?

To Your Good Health,
Julie
*For more information on health and wellness visit our website – To Be Healthy



* 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.


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