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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Eat Like a Man—For Better Health


By: Les Wong

June is just about my very favorite month of the year.  Not only does it mark the beginning of summer and family vacations, but there’s also Men’s Health Week, which occurs each year during the week leading up to—and including—Father’s Day, with a goal of heightening awareness of preventable health problems that affect men and boys.

This is a great cause and one that I support wholeheartedly!

Simple things we can do to help prevent important men’s health problems include staying physically active, getting sufficient sleep and rest, eating a healthful diet, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress, and getting regular medical checkups.

I love to eat, so let’s focus on good nutrition and healthy weight in men.  

According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of obesity in men worldwide has doubled since 1980.

Many of us have settled into sedentary lifestyles, and we tend to gain weight as abdominal fat, which increases our risk for hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes, and even heart disease.

One factor in our modern-day obesity epidemic is the ever-increasing portion size—or the “supersizing” of meals served in homes and restaurants over the past 40 years.  We desperately need to cut down on our total calorie intake, and this involves eating healthier foods and reducing portion sizes at the same time.

Here are some tips to “eat like a man” and maintain a healthy weight:

  • Eat a healthful breakfast that includes protein, whole-grain carbs, and fruit.  Whole-grain cereal, milk, and a banana, or a healthy protein shake blended with berries are both good choices to start the day.

  • Don’t be afraid to share that incredibly large entrée with your dining partner.  This decreases the likelihood of overeating and saves money, as well.

  • Eat mostly plant-based foods.  Author Michael Pollan suggests that we Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.  Great advice because plant foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, and can help reduce intake of fat and cholesterol.  Shoot for seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

  • Avoid high-calorie snacks such as chips, French fries, and other processed foods, and instead…

  • Choose smart snacks, including fresh and dried fruits such as apples, bananas, grapes, raisins, dates, or other healthful selections such as carrot sticks, air-popped popcorn, or unsalted nuts.

  • Cut out the high-calorie sugary beverages.  Try drinking more water or tea.

  • Consider supplements. Especially a good multivitamin, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids.


Today’s manly approach to eating needs to focus on healthful foods and portion sizes.  Along with regular exercise, “eating like a man” can help us to be the fit and healthy men we all aspire to be.

**For more information on or to purchase Shaklee supplements for men and everyone, visit ToBeHealthy.com



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Shaklee Health Sciences Conference Call - Fueling Your Performance with Sports Nutrition


When:  Date: Wednesday, June 13th

Time: 5:30 pm PT | 6:30 pm MT
7:30 pm CT | 8:30 pm ET

Dial-up #: 1-512-225-3211 / 724411#
(Please note the new Dial-up #!)   

Join Dr. Jamie McManus, Shaklee Chair of Medical Affairs, Health Sciences andEducation, Les Wong, Vice President of Health Sciences, and Pamela Riggs, MS, RD., Director of Medical Affairs, for this month's Health Sciences Conference Call.

With the arrival of summer, many of us will increase physical activity levels for both fun and fitness. As we're walking, cycling, swimming, or playing more golf or tennis, applying science-based nutrition strategies can improve the results obtained from working out. The Shaklee Health Sciences team will share with you today's sports nutrition guidelines to help you make the most of your summer activities.

In addition, we'll also be sharing exciting updates about some of our Shaklee star athletes on the Pure Performance Team!

All Shaklee Family Members and their guests are welcome to join us for this excellent call, perfect for the summer season! Join us!

After the call, check out our Sports Nutrition Products and contact us if you have any questions.

Here are the details again:

When:  Date: Wednesday, June 13th

Time: 5:30 pm PT | 6:30 pm MT
7:30 pm CT | 8:30 pm ET

Dial-up #: 1-512-225-3211 / 724411#
(Please note the new Dial-up #!)   

A recording of this conference call will be placed on rebroadcast shortly after the conclusion of the call at 1-512-404-1255, press 2.



Monday, June 11, 2012

Introducing New Triple Strength CoQHeart® with Q-Trol™


New Triple Strength CoQHeart® with Q-Trol™ delivers a powerful 100 mg of CoQ10 plus resveratrol in a bioavailable softgel. CoQ10 is vital for energy production in the heart and promotes and protects healthy arteries, while resveratrol helps relax blood vessels to promote healthy blood flow.*

 Now with 3x more CoQ10 and Resveratrol, new CoQHeart is available now and can be purchased at a 10% discount when added to your AutoShip. That's triple the strength for essentially the same cost on AutoShip!



What Makes Shaklee CoQHeart Unique?
  • Contains a unique blend of both CoQ10 and resveratrol which work to help produce energy and power your heart
  • Heart-healthy olive oil delivery system*
  • All natural

Shaklee Heart Health Products

·     CoQHeart: Contains a proprietary blend of CoQ10 and resveratrol, ingredients that help produce energy to power your heart   

OmegaGuard: Helps reduce the risk of heart disease by delivering a full spectrum of ultra-pure omega-3 fatty acids.**

Cholesterol Reduction Complex: Helps lower cholesterol naturally and provides 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily when used as directed.***



Need more info on Heart Health or these products?


You can visit our website - ToBeHealthy.com
or 
Email us at youtobehealthy@yahoo.com

We are happy to help and to answer any questions you may have.

Don't forget,


"Ignore your health & it will go away!"






**Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. (See nutrition information for total fat and saturated fat content)


***Products providing 800 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily, consumed with two different meals as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease. Cholesterol Reduction Complex provides 1,000 mg of plant sterols and standols per serving, and 2,000 mg daily when used as directed. 

* 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.



Friday, June 8, 2012

Powering You, from Start to Finish



With the arrival of summer, many of us will increase physical activity levels for both fun and fitness.  

As you are playing and working more outside in the heat, applying science-based nutrition strategies is sure to improve your results.

Today's sports nutrition guidelines are well-grounded in science and focused on proper hydration and smart nutritional intakes before, during, and after your workouts.

Even if working out isn't what you plan to do this summer, following these sports nutrition guidelines even when just mowing the grass will help keep you healthy and have extra energy to spare to enjoy a fun grill out with friends later.

Here are some great articles for you on Sports Nutrition:


*For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance – a great hydration sports drink - check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.

Don't keep us a secret! Share this with your friends who are interested in keeping healthy!

Smart Hydration for Better Workouts



Did you know the human body is made up of 60% water? Physiologically, fluids assist in the transportation of oxygen and nutrients through the bloodstream, provide lubrication in our joints and cushioning for our organs, and 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:
PREHYDRATION is a relatively new concept, but the goal is to prevent dehydration from occurring by properly hydrating and assuring normal plasma-electrolyte levels prior to exercise. Prehydrating can be accomplished by drinking water or sports 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 during exercise helps to prevent dehydration and electrolyte imbalances and to minimize adverse effects on athletic and mental performance. Losing as little as 2% of body weight (or just 3 pounds in a 150-pound person) during exercise has been shown to compromise athletic 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.  

REHYDRATION 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 2 cups of fluid (yes, 2 cups!) for every pound of weight lost during your workout. If weighing yourself is not an option, checking your urine color is a simple indicator of hydration status. A pale or clear color is usually a sign of proper hydration, whereas a dark yellow or tea-colored urine is a common indicator of dehydration.

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 – a great hydration sports drink  - check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.


Sports Nutrition Before, During, and After Workouts


We all know regular exercise is an important component of fitness and health, but how many of us know that what we ate last night and this morning can have a huge impact on the quality of today's workout?
Sports nutrition, the science of using simple dietary practices to help optimize athletic performance, combines all the best nutritional components and strategies to ensure your diet will efficiently fuel your exercise regimen—not slow it down.
Let's look at the components of a healthful training diet that supports athletic performance:
• Fluids help maintain normal body temperature and deliver energy and nutrients to hardworking muscles, so it's no surprise that well-hydrated athletes perform better and can sustain longer than their poorly hydrated counterparts.

• Carbohydrate is the fuel of choice for both recreational and competitive athletes because it is the most readily available fuel for working muscles. In fact, low-carbohydrate fuel stores are a common limiting factor in high-intensity and endurance exercise. 

• Protein is essential for increasing muscle mass and strength, as well as for recovering from prolonged exercise. 

• Vitamins and minerals don't provide energy, but they're essential for converting the food you eat into energy your muscles can use.

Timing the consumption of food and drink throughout your exercise session can significantly improve hydration, energy, recovery, and the quality of individual workouts. Following this hydration and nutrition regimen before, during, and after workouts can help to optimize exercise performance and improve recovery for subsequent workouts.   
BEFORE: Two to four hours before exercise, be sure to hydrate early and often, and eat healthful and nutritious carbohydrate-rich foods, including light sandwiches, pasta, salads, fruits, and nutritional bars. Consider more rapidly absorbed nutritional shakes as little as one hour before an event, depending on your individual level of digestive comfort. Continue hydrating right up to the start of an event and consider a natural caffeine boost 30 minutes prior to exercise.

DURING: Continue hydrating with small amounts of cool fluids, including water and sports drinks, every 15 to 30 minutes. For events lasting longer than an hour, consider rapidly digested carbohydrate-rich foods such as bagels, gels, bananas, apples, oranges, and nutritional bars.

AFTER: Try to consume a balanced intake of fluids, carbohydrate, and protein immediately after exercise to maximize hydration, muscle-energy refueling, muscle repair, and muscle rebuilding. The right balance of carbohydrate and protein can trigger and enhance the anabolic recovery process when consumed immediately after exercise and again an hour or two later—especially for those who have multiple daily workout sessions.

Sports nutrition—it's smart nutrition for elite athletes and smart for the athlete inside each of us.
*For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance – a great hydration sports drink  - check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.

The Evolution of Sports Nutrition



The world's best athletes will come together for two weeks this summer in London at the 29th Summer Games. There is certain to be a tremendous amount of focus on proper diets and nutritional regimens in an effort to optimize athletic performance, but how far back do we need to look to find the origins of modern-day sports nutrition?

Two thousand years ago, meat was a staple of the athlete's diet. Even alcohol was accepted for use during training and before competition. It has been reported that marathon runners drank cognac to enhance performance in the 1908 Games, and at least one German long-distance walker is said to have consumed 22 glasses of beer and half a bottle of wine during competition!
At the 1904 Games in St. Louis, Mo., the gold-medal winner in the marathon was given only egg whites, brandy, strychnine, and a wet sponge to suck on over the entire 26.2-mile course. And in the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland, the average athlete consumed a high-fat diet with 40% of calories coming from fat, another 40% from carbohydrate, and the remaining 20% of calories from protein.
Then in the 1970s, researchers began studying trained athletes, and much of the initial research focused on hydration, sports drinks, and carbohydrate intake. In the 1980s, as the value of proteins and carbohydrate for recovery became clear, strength athletes began to more carefully consider their carbohydrate intake, and endurance athletes were better educated on the importance of protein consumption.
And in the past 25 years, hundreds of research studies have helped us to better understand the true value of sports-nutrition strategies. As a result, most of today's athletes preparing for competition are well versed in the benefits of proper hydration—as well as a healthful diet rich in carbohydrates and lean, high-quality protein, but with a limited fat intake. Best of all, we know that elite and recreational athletes alike can take advantage of a smart approach to sports nutrition before, during, and after exercise to maximize athletic performance.
As we watch the Games in London unfold this summer, we can be certain that the latest science-based nutritional strategies will be applied by the world's best athletes to help fuel amazing feats of athletic performance! At the same time, we'll marvel as we think about just how far we've come in the field of sports nutrition over the past 2,000 years.
Two thousand years ago, meat was a staple of the athlete's diet. Even alcohol was accepted for use during training and before competition. It has been reported that marathon runners drank cognac to enhance performance in the 1908 Games, and at least one German long-distance walker is said to have consumed 22 glasses of beer and half a bottle of wine during competition!

At the 1904 Games in St. Louis, Mo., the gold-medal winner in the marathon was given only egg whites, brandy, strychnine, and a wet sponge to suck on over the entire 26.2-mile course. And in the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Finland, the average athlete consumed a high-fat diet with 40% of calories coming from fat, another 40% from carbohydrate, and the remaining 20% of calories from protein.
Then in the 1970s, researchers began studying trained athletes, and much of the initial research focused on hydration, sports drinks, and carbohydrate intake. In the 1980s, as the value of proteins and carbohydrate for recovery became clear, strength athletes began to more carefully consider their carbohydrate intake, and endurance athletes were better educated on the importance of protein consumption.
And in the past 25 years, hundreds of research studies have helped us to better understand the true value of sports-nutrition strategies. As a result, most of today's athletes preparing for competition are well versed in the benefits of proper hydration—as well as a healthful diet rich in carbohydrates and lean, high-quality protein, but with a limited fat intake. Best of all, we know that elite and recreational athletes alike can take advantage of a smart approach to sports nutrition before, during, and after exercise to maximize athletic performance.
As we watch the Games in London unfold this summer, we can be certain that the latest science-based nutritional strategies will be applied by the world's best athletes to help fuel amazing feats of athletic performance! At the same time, we'll marvel as we think about just how far we've come in the field of sports nutrition over the past 2,000 years.
 
 *For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance – a great hydration sports drink, check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 2012 Shaklee Newsletter



Forget the tie. Nix the aftershave. For Father’s Day give the gift of good health.

June is Dad’s month, but you don’t have to be just a dad to be a great guy. That is why June is about all men, not just dads. Think about all the men in your life and how they have helped you.

This month we would like to highlight men’s health. They do so much for others it’s time to help them back. Visit our website – ToBeHealthy.com to help you take care of the men in your life (and help yourself, too) by making sure they take care of themselves.

Here are some great articles for this month:





Meet the world-class Shaklee-sponsored athletes on the Pure Performance Team - Pure Performance

This video spotlights the amazing adventures and athletic feats that Shaklee Sports Nutrition products have powered over the years - Sports Nutrition

Here are some great gift ideas for Father’s Day!

Vitalizer for Men - the most advanced multi-nutrient supplement in the marketplace today!

Sports Nutrition – Use what winning Olympic athletes use to get the most out of their performance!

Heart Health – Protect your heart.

Prostate & Liver Health – for added help in areas that many men need.

Energy – Get your energy back!

Great Looking Skin – women aren’t the only ones who want to continue looking great as they age. Men want to look great without all the fuss or perfumes.

Own Your Life – moms aren’t the only ones who want to stay home and work for themselves. Do you dream of owning your own business? You can be an Entrepreneur.

So remember the great dad in your life and give him the very best in good health!

Questions? Contact us today and let us help you achieve better health.

Julie


~Healthy Nutrition – Changing brands can change your life! As the number one national nutrition company in America, we’ve been helping people live healthier for over 50 years. Are you ready to change your life? Visit our website and see how we can help – To Be Healthy




Thinning Hair and the Power of ProSanté






The CHALLENGE:

The effects of common internal and external stresses—including stress, poor diet and nutrition, oxidation from free radicals, and environmental pollutants—can shut down or depress hair follicles, shortening the active phase of hair bulbs and causing more and more bulbs to experience an extended resting phase.

Over time, the result is thinner, weaker, and less manageable hair. What’s more, heat and chemicals from styling and processing can severely damage hair. 50% of all men and 40% of women by the age of 35 will experience hair damage and thinning related to that damage.

Independent clinical studies have shown the following results with consistent use of the ProSanté system of products.
                                                                       30 Days      60 Days     90 Days
Reduction of hair loss during combing      11%             54%             65%
Decrease in the number of broken hairs   37%             61%             73%
Percentage of subjects that noted an
increase in the thickness of their hair         46%             52%             61%

What They’re Saying…..

 For the past five years, I’ve been steadily losing my hair... In August 2002, I was introduced to ProSanté by Shaklee and after reading about its clinical research, I decided to try the system. After about a month of using it, my wife observed that my bald spot was disappearing. Today, after six weeks of use, my bald spot has totally grown over! –Noel Gayle

The ProSanté Purifying Shampoo took all of the mousse, hairspray and wax buildup off of my hair, leaving it squeaky clean but not stripped and dried out…My hair felt thicker and had more volume. I cannot say enough about just this one product!–Linda Mann

ProSanté NOURISHING SCALP TREATMENT:
To support an optimal environment for healthy-looking hair, the whole range of stresses faced by the scalp must be addressed. ProSanté’s Nourishing Scalp Treatment contains highest concentration of Shaklee’s naturally derived exclusive Scalp Health Complex, containing 10 vitamins, minerals, and herbs. The Nourishing Scalp Treatment helps you restore and retain the vibrant and healthy appearance of thick, lustrous, bouncy and manageable hair.

WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM ProSanté NOURISHING SCALP TREATMENT?

_ Men and women of all ages and all hair types, even color or chemically treated hair
_ Anyone with thin or thinning hair
_ Anyone with damaged hair
_ People experiencing dry, itchy, flaky scalp
_ Anyone who would like to take a nature-based approach to enjoying thicker,
stronger, volumized hair

ProSanté Nourishing Scalp Treatment
Normalizes scalp to provide the optimal environment for thick, healthy hair

Nourishing Scalp Treatment gets to the root of hair problems with a highly derma-available serum that stimulates circulation, protects against environmental assaults,
and provides nourishing ingredients to the scalp.

The result is hair that stays strong from the inside out even when chemically processed,
more resistant to breaking and splitting, and maintains vibrant and healthy-looking thickness, bounce, and lustrous shine.

WHY CHOOSE THE NOURISHING SCALP TREATMENT?
_ Contains exclusive Scalp Health Complex, a unique combination of 10 derma-available vitamins, minerals and herbs that nourishes and revitalizes scalp and hair
_ Provides a nature-based approach to normalizing the scalp to provide an optimal environment for thick, healthy hair
_ No-rinse formula is gentle enough to use every day for immediate benefits and increasing results
_ Safe for all hair types, even colored or chemically treated hair
_ Clean, botanical scent; no added fragrance
_ Dermatologist tested
_ Clinically formulated
_ Allergy-tested
_ Won’t clog hair follicles
_ Not tested on animals

~For more information on or to order ProSanté Nourishing Scalp Treatment visit our website -  ToBeHealthy - ProSanté

Natural Bodybuilding



by T.S. ESCHHOLZ, Jr, President of Fitness Crafters located in Rockville,MD

In response to the query about natural body building and Shaklee products, I will provide some of my own insight and recommend that you also contact Bobby Brandenburg in Fayetteville, NC. He was a NPC drug free Atlantic Coast bodybuilding champion.

To give you some background, I am a Shaklee Senior Supervisor and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. At this point, I will not accept anyone for training unless they use Shaklee products. I can say without reservation, those people that I have trained over the years who have used Shaklee products are more consistent in their gains, suffer fewer injuries, and recuperate more rapidly than the people who do not use Shaklee products as the base of their dietary/nutrition program.

If I am training someone and that person is not in, or striving to obtain optimal health, that person can never attain the true peak performance of which he/she is capable. If a person is not on a strong Shaklee nutrition program, he/she is not coming close to optimizing his/her health. Consequently, that person is not optimizing his/her athletic performance.

My own introduction to Shaklee was a consequence of meeting Dr. Gary Mendelson through the vehicle of the martial arts. It was 1990, Gary as a 2d Dan was an instructor and he and I began a discussion about nutrition. At the time, I had been involved in investigating and using nutrition products/ supplements since 1973 with the focus of improving sports and combat performance. When Gary mentioned Shaklee, I told him that I had never heard of the company but because I respected him I would play his silly game.

I started with Instant Protein, Vita Lea, Physique, Herb-Lax, and Performance. Four weeks later my bench press was up 40 pounds for a personal best, my squat was up 60 pounds for a personal best, I was doing straight leg dead lifts on a bench with 80 pound dumbbells and in the down position my wrists were on line with the bottom of my feet (another personal best), my body fat dropped from 11% to 9%, my energy level increased, and I was not hungry all the time.

Instant Protein has a ratio of 2 grams protein to 1 gram carbohydrate. There is no other protein source which is better assimilated by the body. Back to the basic health issue (anticancer, cholesterol lowering, etc), everyone should have a minimum of 30 grams (3 of our clear plastic scoops, item code 50251) daily and preferably 60 grams of soy protein daily. An excellent article by Derek Cornelius, owner of Syntrax Innovations Inc, in the Dec 98 IronMan magazine pointed out the advantages of Soy proteins vs Whey.

Some excerpts from that article ... "every 100 grams of whey protein provides 20.1 grams of branch-chain amino acids (BCAA) and 4.9 grams of glutamine ---the amino acid bodybuilders can't seem to get enough of.

For every 100 grams of soy protein you get 18.1 grams of BCAAs -- only two grams less than whey – but you get a whopping 10.5 grams of glutamine, more than double what you get with whey. Glutamine aids in muscle protein synthesis, and because it exits the muscle after intense training, body builders need as much glutamine as they can get. Soy is definitely glutamine-rich, which makes it a bodybuilding super supplement.

Soy also has a number of other hard-to-beat benefits for hard training bodybuilders as well as health conscious people in the general population:

1) It's very inexpensive (my comment -- you cannot get a better value than Shaklee Instant Protein)
2) It has the highest Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS), which is quickly taking over from biological value (BV) as the most accurate measure of protein quality.
3) It's very soluble if processed correctly (my comment – No problem there)
4) It's bland, which is a good thing because it doesn't take much flavoring to make it palatable.
5) It improves kidney function.
6) It's anti-carcinogenic.
7) It's anti-estrogenic, which may help prevent the aromatization of pro-hormones.
8) It lowers low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol, and raises the high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the good cholesterol.
9) It improves thyroid function.
10) It's not an animal protein, so vegetarians can use it to augment their nutrition. Soy definitely has some outstanding and unique advantages over whey, especially in the muscle building department.

Moving on to Physique. Physique is an amazing product and the research is often quoted in muscle mags without crediting the source while others promote their products on the back of Shaklee research.

Your body builders likely do not realize the importance of the insulin response post training; however, they should be well impressed by the percent BCAA content of Physique.

Based on my reading, I currently use the following formula to determine the optimal post work amount of Physique to use after heavy training. Lean Body Mass (LBM) in lbs divided by 2.2 = LBM in kilograms(Kg); LBM in Kg = carbs required; carbs required divided by 9.5 = scoops (item # 50251) of Physique. 

Physique is optimally taken within five minutes post workout. Taken more than 30 minutes post workout, Physique will not provide the anabolic response. Timeliness with regard to Physique usage is critical. Physique works for both the strength/bodybuilding athlete as well as the endurance athlete.

See if your natural bodybuilders will use Performance for several workouts and get their feedback. I have yet to have anyone not get improved workouts. Optimally, it is used starting 15-30 minutes before starting the work out. Understand that they will likely want to cut back as they approach competition. 

Bobby Brandenburg could likely give you more refined information on that end of things. Performance's blend of electrolytes will help prevent water retention and alfalfa, DTX, and Herb-lax will also facilitate in that area.

T.S. ESCHHOLZ, Jr, President of Fitness Crafters located in Rockville, MD

*For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance – a great hydration sports drink, check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.

This information is not intended to replace medical care. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.

All About Stanols (and how they can help you lower your cholesterol naturally)



Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney

If you have been looking for natural approaches for lowering your cholesterol, you've probably been hearing a lot about plant stanols and sterols lately.

Just what are plant stanols and sterols and why does the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommend them as a natural approach for lowering cholesterol?

Stanols and sterols are natural substances found in plants that have a structural resemblance to cholesterol. Because they look a lot like cholesterol, they compete with cholesterol for absorption from the intestine into the bloodstream.

The NIH recommends that people with elevated cholesterol consume 2 grams of plant stanols and sterols a day because over 80 clinical studies have proven that they work.

Two grams a day of stanols and sterols is sufficient to lower LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) by 9 to 13%. And many other clinical studies have shown that lowering LDL cholesterol by that much will lower your risk of a heart attack by 18-26%.

No wonder the NIH is so bullish on stanols and sterols!

Here are answers to other questions that you haven't even thought of yet:

If 2 grams a day is good, would more be better?

No. Studies clearly show that 2 grams/day is optimal. Higher intakes do not lead to a significantly greater reduction in LDL cholesterol.

Are there any side effects from consuming plant stanols & sterols on a daily basis?

No. That's the great thing. Plant sterols and stanols are natural substances that we consume every day – and clinical studies have shown that they have no side effects.

Is there some magical stanol/sterol combination that is more effective than others (as some supplement manufacturers would have you believe)?

Again, the answer is no. Numerous studies have shown that stanols and sterols from many different sources have exactly the same effect and that it doesn't matter whether they are esterified or not.

Can I get 2 grams a day of stanols and sterols from my diet?

It's unlikely. Even the best natural sources (usually fruits and vegetables) only have 5 to 40 mg per serving. If you are a vegetarian you can expect to get around 700 mg from your diet. If you consume a typical American diet you get around 250 mg and if you eat a lot of fast food you are probably getting less than 100 mg.

I've noticed that food manufactures have started fortifying foods with stanols and/or sterols. Is this a good choice for me?

You need to remember that Big Food Inc is not always your friend.To get 2 grams of stanols from Benecol you would need to consume 280 calories, 4 grams of saturated fat and 1.2 grams of trans fat.

Two grams of stanols from Promise activ Super-Shot only costs you 70 calories, but it comes with artificial colors and 8 grams of sugar plus sucralose.

When should I consume stanols and sterols if I want to maximize my LDL cholesterol reduction?

Any time from 30 minutes prior to your meal to with your meal is ideal - but the plant sterols and stanols will exert their beneficial effects for several hours so the time that you take the stanols & sterols is not critical.

Are plant sterols and stanols a source of dietary fiber?

No. Plant stanols & sterols and dietary fiber work by different mechanisms - but they do complement each other in lowering LDL cholesterol. You should consider them a powerful one-two punch in your battle to lower your LDL cholesterol naturally.

I'm already taking a statin drug. Is it OK to take plant stanols & sterols as well.

Absolutely. The NIH recommends that people using statin drugs also follow their Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet - which includes 2 grams of plant stanols & sterols a day.
In fact, because the effects of statins and plant sterols & stanols are additive, you may be able to reduce your dosage of statins or eliminate them entirely - which means less cost and less risk of side effects to you. [Note: You should partner with your physician in determining the dosage of statins to take.]

Should I ask my doctor before taking plant stanols & sterols?

We always recommend that you keep your doctor informed about what you are doing. However, because the NIH recommends plant sterols and stanols for people with elevated cholesterol, your doctor is very likely to approve.

I'll bet you didn't even know that you had so many questions about plant stanols and sterols.

~For more information on how to lower your cholesterol naturally or order products, check out our website ToBeHealthy - Cholesterol Reduction


About The Author: Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in
Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major university where runs an active cancer research program and has published over 100 scientific articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Shaklee Performance & Kidney Stones



Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney

When you are the leader in the natural food supplement industry, people sometimes test your
products without you even knowing about it.

That was exactly what happen with a recent study comparing the effects of Shaklee's Performance and Gatorade on the risk of kidney stone formation.

This was the ultimate independent study.

Shaklee didn't initiate it. They didn't support it. And, in fact, they didn't even know about it until it
was published a couple of weeks after it was published (J.W. Goodman et al, Urol. Res., 37: 41-46, 2009).

Before I get into the results of the study, perhaps I should start with an explanation of why you
would even want to do that kind of study.

Let's start with the problem - kidney stones. They are extremely painful, and they can damage the kidney - particularly if they form over and over again.

To a urologist the solution is simple - just drink two liters of water a day.

The problem is that you have to really, really, really like water to drink two liters a day, and most
people just aren't that into water.

In fact, previous studies had shown that even when patients had a previous kidney stone and were told by their urologist to drink two liters of water a day, the beverage result was an increase of only 0.3 liters a day of water.

So this group of urologists asked what people were drinking instead of water.

The latest trends show that soft drink consumption is decreasing and consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks is increasing. And, there was absolutely no information on whether sports drinks increased or decreased the risk of kidney stone formation. 

So they decided to look at two well-known sports drinks, Shaklee's Performance and Gatorade, to see whether they would increase or decrease the risk of kidney stone formation compared to the consumption of an equivalent amount of water.

They looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of citrate in the urine and by how much they increased the pH of the urine because each of these decreases the risk of kidney stone formation.

They also looked at the effect of each sports drink on the amount of sodium and calcium in the urine because each of those increases the risk of kidney stone formation. Performance significantly increased the amount of citrate and the pH of the urine, while Gatorade had no effect on either of them.

Neither Performance or Gatorade had an significant effect on sodium or calcium levels in the urine.  Thus, they concluded that Shaklee's Performance was superior to either Gatorade or water alone at decreasing the risk of kidney stone formation.

Now you might be tempted to say that this study was of more interest to urologists than the general public, but my guess is that if you have ever suffered through a kidney stone this study is of great interest to you.

But to me the more important conclusion is that, once again, independent clinical studies show the superiority of Shaklee products.

About The Author : Dr. Chaney has a BS in Chemistry from Duke University and a PhD in
Biochemistry from UCLA. He currently holds the rank of Professor at a major university where runs an active cancer research program and has published over 100 scientific articles and reviews in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

*For more information on health and wellness as well as our full line of Sports Nutrition products including Performance – a great hydration sports drink, check out our website To Be Healthy – Sports Nutrition.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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