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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.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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

At Shaklee we are offering our wholesale, members only benefits for FREE this month with any purchase.

A Shaklee membership means: 

NO recurring fees 
NO minimums to buys
NO obligations

The Benefits Are:

  • Save 15-25% off retail
  • Access to specials sales and promotions for members only
  • Free shipping offers
  • Access to up to date, leading scientific research on health & wellness
  • A personalized health assessment to get a snapshot of where your health stands today
  • Free access to a health guide who will help answer your questions and help you determine the best regime for you based on your individual needs
  • and much, much more!

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


If you know someone who would like to receive free membership

Then place an order for any amount, accept the free membership and get a 15% discount right away!

Click the "Contact Us" tab up top if you have any questions.

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

15 Steps to Better Cardiovascular Health

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

Step 1: Stop Smoking

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

Step 2: Exercise, Drink Water and Lose Weight

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Step 4: Increase Your Fiber Intake to Recommended Levels

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

Step 5: Ensure Adequate Essential Fatty Acids

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

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

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

Step 6: Maintain High Levels of Intestinal Microflora

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

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

Step 7: Calcium

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

Step 8: Vitamin E, Selenium and Grapeseed Extract

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

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

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

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

Step 9: Maintain Optimal Levels of B Complex Daily

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

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

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

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

Step 10: Garlic

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

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

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

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

Step 11: Alfalfa

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

Step 12: Soy Protein

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

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

Step 13: Milk Thistle

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

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

Step 14: Ginkgo Biloba and Hawthorn

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

Step 15: "CoQ10"

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

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

Information from: Nutrition Handout from HEALTHQUEST

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

*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 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 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 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:

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