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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Test Your Cold/Flu Knowledge - Answer These 7 Questions

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

Answer true or false for these questions:

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


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

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

So what gives?

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

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

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

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


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

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

3. Antibiotics are no help for cold or flu. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The answer to this one is both false and true.

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

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

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

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

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

5. The flu is harmless. 


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

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

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

6. You are only contagious when you have symptoms. 


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

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

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

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

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

7. Kids get more colds and flu. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arm yourself today with the knowledge of what it takes to keep healthy BEFORE the season gets here.

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Fill out our contact form up top and make an appointment today with one of our consultants to get a free, personalized plan based on your individual needs. 

Some supplements are better suited depending on age, gender and medical needs. 

A consultant can help you choose what's best for you based on your needs, thereby giving you the best supplement program and save you money all at the same time.

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We hope you gained some knowledge to help you enter the battle of the cold & flu season better armed and ready to conquer those bad guys. 🙂

Our wish is for You To Be Healthy! 

Thursday, August 2, 2018

End of Summer & Back to School Tips

Ah August. The sun is shining, the grass is burning, the flowers are blooming (or wilting) and we all feel the winds of change off in the distance.

It will be back to school time soon for many students.

I can hear the collective moaning from kids and the rhythm of the happy dance the parents are doing all at the same time.

I had an older lady stop me in the store as I wearily exited the school supplies aisle and exclaim how grateful she was that she didn’t have to buy school supplies anymore! Bittersweet memories, I guess.

August is a month that is still hot enough to remind us it’s still summer time and it is also the month that bedtimes are reset as school schedules loom in the near future.

So we have compiled a short list of helpful tips to combine the two lifestyles as we enjoy the last month of summer.

Even if you don’t have kids, we still have some great info and offers for “you big kids.”

For surviving the heat, remember these tips:

Reduce Sun Exposure During Peak Hours

UV rays are the strongest and do the most damage between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so the less time you spend outdoors during these hours, the better. 

That doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun though. 

Just hit the pool or the beach later in the day when the sun is lower. 

You will still have plenty of time for fun and you won’t melt as quickly or risk sunburn as easily.

Apply Sunscreen Generously

Apply a liberal amount of sunscreen evenly on all areas of the skin—and don't forget your lips, nose, ears, neck, hands, and tops of feet. 

Apply at least 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and remember to re-apply every two hours, especially after swimming. 

It’s easier to apply the sunscreen before you get dressed, too. This way you will be sure not to miss any areas like under sleeves or under collars.

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Keep Hydrated

Dehydration can occur very quickly when we perspire. Babies and the elderly are especially vulnerable. 
Water is the best way to re-hydrate and the optimal amount to drink is ½ oz for every pound of body weight.
If you are exercising or working hard outside, you will want to add an electrolyte drink like Shaklee’s Hydrate or Hydrate+

The benefits of staying hydrated are:

Weight loss – the more you drink the less you will weigh. It helps our stomachs feel fuller longer and often times when we think we’re hungry we are really just a little dehydrated.

You look younger – the more hydrated you are the more youthful your skin looks. Fine lines, blemishes and dark circles are less noticeable.

You have more energy – when you feel yourself lagging especially in the afternoon, remember to re-hydrate with some water or a good sports drink that isn’t loaded with sugar.

Tips for saving money on back to school shopping:

Don’t Feel the Need to Buy Everything Right Now

Retailers will prey on you feeling the need to get all your shopping done right now and in their crafty ways have raised prices on fall clothes. 

They may lure you in with 25¢ notebooks and free glue, but they’re hoping to make it up on the higher prices you’ll pay for clothes. 

Wait for sales, and try to buy at end of season clothes for next year to score the best prices.

Learn to Buy Off the Rack

Your kid may be screaming for those private label jeans, but don’t give in, stay strong. 

We all know fashion is fickle and what’s in this week will be out before school even starts. 

So stick with the basics – pants, tops and shoes in color schemes and designs that all complement each other.

Try and reuse clothes from last year that still fit combined with just a few newer pieces to mix and match, thereby expanding their wardrobe. 

Again, buy next year’s clothes at the larger size at the end of this season when you can get them at 50% off or more.

Does your school require uniforms? 
Ask your school to start a uniform exchange closet. 
This is where parents bring in gently used, but outgrown uniforms and exchange them with other parents. 
It’s a great way to save money.

Wish your school required uniforms? 
Put together a short proposal to present at the next parent/school board meeting showing all the benefits to having uniforms. 
Other parents will love you for it!

Get the Kids Involved

Sit down with your children and show them the lists you have made for what they need now and in the future.

Let them have a say in what they want and have them make up their own lists. 

Have them write down both what they think they need and what they just want. 

Then do a little online “window shopping” at some of your favorite stores.

Tally up what your child’s list says and also tally up what’s on your list.

This will give you both a glimpse of what it’s all going to cost. (Just remember though you will be waiting for things to go on sale).

For the extras, have your child help pay for them.

If your child doesn’t already have a summer job to help pay for things, then you can “hire” them yourself. 

There are plenty of what I call “extra” chores that are always needing done.

When they have to work for it, your kids may come to find it’s not really worth all that extra effort for those overpriced and often really weird looking clothes. 

And the lesson we teach our children about working for and finding ways to pay for the things we need and want, will be one of the more important things they learn this year.

Our favorite tips though, would be to do little things to improve your health like cut back on soda pop, keep yourself hydrated, choose healthier foods more often and take time to enjoy this time with your family.

Like summer, life is short. 
Be sure to enjoy it while it lasts.

This month we will be introducing some great new products - so keep an eye out for updates from me.

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Are you a teacher or know a teacher? These are the products many teachers and health professionals recommend for those who dedicate their lives to teaching our children:

Vita-Lea Multi-Vitamin– fills in your nutritional gaps and is the foundation for health. All nutritional programs require a good multivitamin, like Vita-Lea to build your health on.

B-Complex– pulls the energy from the food you eat, & helps with stress and cravings. These guys will become your very best friend! They relieve stress and give you energy!

Stress Relief Complex– The name says it all. Helps relieve stress without feeling groggy. Promotes a calm state while keeping you alert. Great for those parent/teacher meetings! ;)

Energy ChewsWhether you are dragging from the early starts or slumping at 1:00, these little, tasty chews really help to perk you up to get you through the rest of your day.

NutriFeron – Helps promote the body’s natural interferon a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses. Teachers work in a petri dish of germs. Nutriferon helps build up the body’s defenses.

Get Clean Line – A clean classroom doesn’t require using toxic chemicals. Shaklee’s Get Clean line has what you need to clean safely and it works as good as and often better than the toxic brands. They are so concentrated they are even cheaper to use! They even come in wipes. Much safer, less irritating and cleans better than those toxic wipes! Ask parents to bring in the Shaklee Germ Off Disinfecting Wipes instead of the toxic ones!

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Are you a mom looking to go back to work once the kiddos are in school or do you know of a mom who is?

Contact us and see if partnering with us sounds like an interesting idea. We are setting up interviews right now for the month of August. 
Just click the "Contact Us" tab up top and fill out the short contact form. Tell us you would like to schedule an interview.

Schedule one for you today!

Have a safe and happy rest of your summer!

We want You To Be Healthy! 

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