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Commander Mark Kelly & Vitalizer in Space!

On May 16, 2011, Commander Mark Kelly had an historic flight on the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s last flight.  He has had a long and diverse career.  In 1987 he became a naval aviator and made two deployments  to the Persian Gulf on the aircraft carrier Midway, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm.   Captain Kelly attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School from June 1993 to June 1994. Logging more than 5,000 hours in more than 50 different aircraft, he has over 375 carrier landings.

Commander Kelly’s first mission to space was in December 2001 on the Space Shuttle Endeavor.  His final mission was again on Endeavor’s last mission.  It was a successful mission with the crew installing the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) to the ISS. AMS is a 15,000-lb cosmic particle detector that was installed on the outside of the space station. Its experiments will help researchers study the formation of the universe and search for evidence of dark matter and antimatter.  Sounds really cool to me!

Commander Mark Kelly at Shaklee Global Conference

On August 12, 2011, Commander Kelly took the stage at Shaklee’s Global Conference in Washington, D.C..  We were all captivated by his time with us, talking about his career and space travels as well as his marriage to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.  Inspired by his courage and determination, Mark reminded us that persistence and practice are the way to reach our goals.

Commander Mark Kelly & Vitalizer in Space

While out in space as well as on earth, Mark is a user of Shaklee Supplements!  He learned about the Shaklee products when he joined the Space Program.  Since 1993, Shaklee has been providing NASA with a customized re-hydration beverage for use by Shuttle astronauts in 1993 and its use continues today.   As you can see from the image, Mark takes his Shaklee Supplements seriously, by taking them into space with him on his missions!

Vitalizer from Shaklee

Vitalizer From Shaklee

Vitalizer is the most advanced multinutrient supplement in the marketplace today with 80 bio-optimized nutrients clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life.* Vitalizer is the powerful and convenient approach to complete supplementation providing the best spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-aging phytonutrients, omega-3 fatty acids, and probiotics*, all in one daily serving.

  • Custom formula created specifically for today’s healthy active woman, man or senior
  • Patent-pending delivery system designed to enhance absorption of key nutrients.
  • Based on 12 clinical studies and a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study

So join me and Commander Mark Kelly by using Shaklee Vitalizer each day!  Now you can take advantage of a special offer from Shaklee and save money now and each month.  Stay well and be persistent!

Endeavor and Shaklee Head to Space

Shuttle over Bay Lake

Wow, what a beautiful launch this morning!  Endeavor and its crew is on it’s last mission to the International Space Station.  Sad for me really.  I am a big supporter of space travel and would like to be able to experience space travel my self.  However, I don’t have the money nor probably the courage to undertake a trip just now!  But I can Dream!

My business partner, Shaklee, has a role in the continued success of the Space Program.  Shaklee has been supplying NASA with a special re-hydration product called Astro-Ade.  NASA came to Shaklee in the early 1990’s to  ask for assistance in keeping the astronauts while returning to earth.  Astronauts experience GRS, or General Re-entry Syndrome.  GRS’s symptoms include vertigo, fatigue,gastrointestinal discomfort, disequilibrium and general debilitation occurring during reentry to earth’s atmosphere and immediately after landing. AstroAde was specifically designed by Shaklee in conjunction with NASA scientists to combat this unique set of challenges facing the shuttle astronauts.

As we go about our busy, rushed live, we too face some interesting challenges.  Fast Food has too many calories, too much fat, not enough fresh ingredients, too many processed foods with too many preservatives.  We eat entirely too many processed meals, microwave, pre-packaged food.  We have stressful lives and don’t get enough exercise, good fresh foods and the correct supplements to fill in the blanks in our daily nutrition.

Cinch Snack Bars

Our options for good health increase when we add exercise, good fresh, organic foods and Shaklee Supplements to our daily regimen.  From the Cinch Shakes, Vitalizer (80 Bio-Optimized Vitamins and Minerals)  and Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic I take each morning to the Alfalfa Complex that keeps my sinus happy, to the Cinch Snack bars and Cinch tea that I enjoy mid-afternoon, I have more energy, better blood pressure, better cholesterol and better tri-gylcerides than before I started on Shaklee products many years ago.

I still need to walk more each day and reduce stress of course!  We all need to take better care of ourselves.  So to stay healthy like the Astronauts,  Join me in Shaklee for  better health.

Reducing Workplace Stress

We all have stress these days.  Stress just is.  However, as we go about our daily lives, there are steps we can take, choices we can make that will reduce the stress.  Stress is part of the “fight or flight” response that keeps us safe.  We are designed to handle stress, but with breaks in between instances.  However, if this stress lingers,  is not resolved, our bodies are still in the fight orflight mode and those hormones keep on coming.

Cortisol is released in our bodies to repair the damage caused by the stress.  Ongoing release of cortisol ends in this cortisol being stored in fat tissue around our middle section, otherwise known as belly fat.  The desired effect is the Cortisol turning into natural Cortisone used by the body during sleep to help repair and renew our bodies. Reduce the Stress.

We are spending more time in the workplace.  Now that workplace may be like mine, a space in my home, but it is still a workplace.  Whether you work in an office away from home or in a home office, the stresses are real.  Modifying your workplace to provide a calm surrounding is very important to your health.

Plants, comfortable furniture, pleasant paint colors, natural lighting, fresh air and quiet spaces are necessary for better moods, better morale and higher productivity.  Whether a home workplace or an office

Fern Tree Close-Up

“cube farm” or a traditional office space, the environment you create effects the output of that space.  Don’t skimp on the comfort and ambiance of the space as that will be counterproductive in the long run.

Plants have long been the champion in decorating workplaces.  Turns out that many Fortune 500 companies have chosen to add living plants, not those fake silk things, to their offices.  Plants bring life, pleasant scenery, air filtration and humidity control to the workplace according to an article by Interior Office Plants.  My plants are helped along by the kitties who do occasional pruning and suggest re-potting!  So bring in a few plants and enjoy the scenery.

How is the lighting in your workplace?  Do you have a window or skylight?  If so, maximize the benefits of the natural light.  Often in the South, we tend to put up heavy drapes and blinds to block the heat of afternoon sun.  Find ways to modify the heat by using window films and blinds to divert the sun, but allow the light to come into your workplace.  Natural light is easier on your eyes and will lift your mood!

Personalize your workplace as much as allowed.  Previously, my office space was an interior space with no window and no skylight.  Now that was hard, not seeing the beautiful weather during work hours.  To balance the lack of sun, we added plants and as many personal photos and artwork as tasteful.  Bringing in personal photos adds a calming touch to a busy work area.

Artwork is important to your workplace.   Choose images that are calming for waiting areas.  Brighter, more active images are good choices for work spaces.  And don’t forget the break areas and restrooms!

Talk with your boss to see what input you can have in reorganizing the workplace to take advantage of the light, fresh air and paint colors you have.  Active participation will give you a boost to your morale, your productivity and your general well being!

Are You Still Buying by the Pictures and Not Labels?

Last year I wrote a post about buying products based on the pictures and not the labels.  In that article I pointed out several instances where the pictures on the front of product did not jive with the labels.  It happens more often than we are aware.  The post is called “Are You Buying the Pictures on the Labels?” It is a good read.

Recently it was brought to my attention that this deception was still going on in the marketplace.  One of the most obvious deceptions is Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal from General Mills.  The trick here is there are NO blueberries or pomegranates in this “Blueberry Pomegranate” cereal. Fake blueberries! That is like having a chocolate chip cookie with no chocolate.  What General Mills does here is use “natural flavorings”  to give the taste of blueberries and pomegranates.  The bits that sort of look like fruit is actually “fruit flavored clusters”  made from various sweeteners, natural & artificial flavors and artificial colors such as Red 40 and Blue 2.  No real fruit here.

So wise up friends and read the labels.  Yeah, I know the print is small, so carry a magnifying glass with you if you have to, but read the label.  Or you could get your Real Blueberries from Shaklee’s Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar!  Real Blueberries!! Real Almonds!  Delicious.

Shaklee's Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar

Blueberry Almond Crisp Meal-In-A-Bar are packed with 20 grams of protein to help control hunger and 6 grams of fiber to fill you up, plenty of vitamins and minerals, plus delicious Blueberries to satisfy your taste buds.  No artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives added.  A delicious, healthy and satisfying meal at home or on-the-go.  Powered by LeucineTM to help preserve muscle while you lose weight.  Low glycemic.

And if you want to save a few dollars, there is a special offer from Shaklee that will save you an additional 10%!  GET 10% OFF! LIMITED TIME ONLY. Available March 7 – March 20, 2011. Must use this item code, Item #89141. Subject to discontinuation or change without notice.

I eat these each week and enjoy them for breakfast, lunch or dinner depending on how busy my day is.  I know you will enjoy them too.

Astaxanthin, Just What is It?

A few weeks ago a friend asked me if I knew anything about Astaxanthin.  I thought for a moment since it sounded familiar, but nothing really came to mind.  So I told my friend I would do some research.  I enjoy researching natural nutrients, I went to my sources and began reading.

What is Astaxanthin?
Commonly found in algae and phytoplankton, astaxanthin is an important carotenoid with superior antioxidant properties. Independent scientific studies have proven that astaxanthin exhibits strong free radical-scavenging activity and protects against oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol.* And its unique properties are continuing to draw the interest of the science and medical communities.   Astaxanthin contains numerous antioxidant benefits, including protection against the oxidative damage of LDL cholesterol. It has also been associated with additional health benefits related to immune function and cardiovascular health.

Most interesting for me was the discovery was that I was taking Astaxanthin already and did not know it!  Turns out that since 2004, Astaxanthin has been one of the natural ingredients in Shaklee’s CarotoMax®.  CarotoMax® is a rare blend of alpha-carotene, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin delivering of a broad spectrum of carotenoids.  These are fat-soluble carotenoids that helps maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin, lungs, prostate, and cervix while supporting a strong immune system.*

Although Astaxanthin is commonly derived from salmon, Shaklee harvests the carotenoid astaxanthin 

Shaklee's CarotoMax

Shaklee's CarotoMax

from marine microalgae, the purest and most potent source.  Shaklee harvests from Hawaii this important carotonoid.   The pigment in algae and phytoplankton that gives salmon its pink color.  Since most of us don’t eat salmon on a daily basis,  Shaklee’s CarotoMax® is a good source of Astaxanthin!

Paired with Shaklee’s FlavoMax™ gives you a powerful anti-oxidant duo.  FlavoMax™ is a comprehensive, high-powered antioxidant supplement* that guarantees delivery of six key classes of flavonoids: proanthocyanidins, anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, flavonols, and flavanones. Shaklee uses standardized extracts of each of these flavonoids to ensure potency and quality. Flavonoids are potent, water-soluble antioxidants that have been linked to healthy blood circulation, strong capillaries, and veins. Flavonoids also deliver antioxidant protection to blood and blood-rich tissues, such as the liver and the intestines.

So when you are thinking about trying Astaxanthin, take a look at Shaklee’s CarotoMax!  Stay Well!

* 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.
is Astaxanthin contains numerous
antioxidant benefits, including
protection against the oxidative
damage of LDL cholesterol. It has
also been associated with additional
health benefits related to immune
function and cardiovascular health.

Customer Service from Shaklee

I have to brag on my business partner, Shaklee Corporation.  They really understand customer service and take it to the highest level.

Recently a good customer of mine called and asked if there was something Shaklee could do for him.  Seems his supplements were delivered on time by UPS and left at the front door as always.  However, on that day, his dog, a curious black lab, got to the box first and began investigating.

As the investigation continued, the dog managed to eat his way into the box.  Cardboard is sturdy, but no match to a curious dog, or cat for that matter when given enough time.  Once the package was opened, the dog began to really have fun.  Sniffing around, he found one bottle of OmegaGuard, (which is full spectrum of ultra-pure, pharmaceutical-grade omega-3 fatty acids to support healthy heart, joint and brain function*. It is made with a proprietary multi-step molecular distillation process for the utmost purity and potency of omega-3s fatty acids, including EPA and DHA.)  The lab bit into the bottle, sampled a few of the capsules and decided that his particular need for fish oil was over rated!

Leaving the OmegaGuard for others, he then started in on the Cholesterol Reduction Complex (a proprietary formula with clinically proven ingredients that help prevent absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. It is made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols, which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables, and grains).  Knowing from all the evening TV commercials that high levels of LDL Cholesterol can be harmful to your health, he began to devour the capsules, bottle and all.  Capsules are all natural and the bottle is recyclable.  But I don’t think that was the kind of recycling Shaklee had in mind.

When my customer realized the dogs curiosity had gotten the better of him, he took the dog to his veternarian for a check-up.  Other than a few loose stools, the dog was fine.  However, my customer’s supplements for the month were gone.

I had him call Shaklee’s customer service and explain that his dog had eaten his supplements!  After a good laugh, he called Shaklee and was given a full replacement of his 2 supplements that were destroyed by his dog.  Now that is amazing service to me.  Since it was not Shaklee’s fault the customer’s dog ate his delivery, the company had no obligation to replace for free the lost supplements.  But they did without question!  And my customer now has his supplements delivered to a different address so his dog does not have a chance to beat him to his delivery from Shaklee.

So stay well and know that Shaklee Customer Service goes above and beyond.

Holiday Stress Relief

It is here, the holidays!  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or don’t celebrate at all, there is stress in our lives.  How we deal with that stress, the good old every day kind as well as the elevated levels during special events is important.

Be Healthy

Stress is part of living, but it does not have to kill us.  We need to learn to be aware of the triggers of stress and then reduce the stress.  Sounds easy, right?  Ever tried to get rid of a stress trigger when you are married to it or work with it?  I know, you can’t get away from those triggers some time.  However, how you react to those triggers is under your control.

Now, I am not saying it is easy to ignore those things that push your buttons and add to your stress levels.  But  you do have the power to change to way you look at things! (Thanks to Dr Wayne Dyer for that one.)   When you decide not to react to an external stress,  you can find ways to diffuse the reaction.  Even if you have to just smile and bite your lip.  By not taking the bait you are now in control of  your emotions.  Hold onto that control.

Stress is not healthy if we don’t release that stress daily.  Exercise is great for stress relief.  Play with the children, take the dog for walk, dance with a partner, play a few games of the Wii fit, have fun, laugh with abandon.

Leave the cell phone at home or off.  Getting the stress out of your day begins when you let the day go.    Keeping in-touch with everyone all the time does not give you time to let go of stress.  Emails, text messages, phone calls and IMs are great ways to communicate.  Letting these methods take over our lives is not healthy.  The OFF button is there for a reason, use it daily.

As I have explored in earlier posts, Diet, Exercise and Wise Supplementation are the ways to prevent up to 75%  of such diseases as Heart Disease, Stroke, Cancer, Obesity and Diabetes.  See Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired.   Stay well and enjoy your life!

Cholesterol is Not All Bad!

As we learned earlier, we need Cholesterol! We actually make cholesterol.
Cholesterol forms the outer membrane of each of our cells.  Who knew!?!  It is cholesterol that gives the cell membrane flexibility.  It also helps regulate the permeability of the cell which controls which substances flow into the cells.

Cholesterol is also important for the production of bile in the liver. The bile is used by the liver to break down fats and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the intestines. It is used to insulate nerve fibers so the nerve signals travel properly from place to place.

Cholesterol is also used to make hormones which carry chemical signals to our bodies. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone as well are the adrenal hormone cortisol are all created from cholesterol.
Without cholesterol we would be in poor shape.  Our body would not function.

Knowing your cholesterol level isn’t, on its own, enough to tell you your personal risk of heart disease. You also need to know about lipoproteins. These are special molecules that carry or transport cholesterol around the body.
There are three main types:
* Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), often known as bad cholesterol – this carries cholesterol from the liver to the cells and, if supply exceeds demand, can cause harmful build-up of cholesterol
* High-density lipoprotein (HDL), or good cholesterol – this takes cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver, where it’s either broken down or excreted
* Triglycerides–the chemical form in which most fat exists in food as well as in the body. They’re also present in blood plasma and, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids.

As  you can see, we need cholesterol, but not excess amounts and not out of balance.  The balance is important because of the proper functioning of our bodies.  Any system out of balance does not perform as well as it should.  So we need to be aware of the ratio of LDL to HDL so we can maintain a healthy functioning body!

Here are some things to do to take action now.  Follow these tips from the National Institutes of Health’s Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Program to help lower
your cholesterol:

1. Decrease your intake of saturated fat to less than 7% of total calories

Cholesterol Reduction Complex

2. Decrease your dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day

3. Lose 10 pounds if overweight

4. Add 5–10 g of Soluble Fiber to your diet each day

5. Add 2,000 mg of plant Sterols and Stanols to your diet each day

Now you have some information that will help you ask those important questions when talking with your doctor about  your health.  Knowing that the National Institutes of Health recommends using Plant Sterols and Stanols to lower your cholesterol naturally is a great alternative to statin drugs that have such a long list of really bad side effects.  Take care of your body, ask the hard questions and don’t be afraid to question the need for a prescription that has negative side effects. Stay Well!

A Look at Cholesterol

We have been talking about taking responsibility for our personal health in the past few posts.  Heart Disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity have been shown to be 75 % preventable.  So the burden is on us to do the preventing.  By the time we get a diagnosis of a disease, the prevention part is long past!

Cholesterol is always in the forefront of advertising and on your doctor’s mind.  One reason is that in 2007, it was estimated that between 30 to 36 million Americans were taking statin drugs to control their cholesterol.  Those prescriptions added up to about $34 BILLION per year!  No wonder it is getting so much attention.  $34Billion a year in revenue is a good take.  So the advertising is working.  We are taking those statin drugs.

But we need Cholesterol for our bodies to function properly.  Did you know that!?!  Our bodies manufacture Cholesterol for several important functions.  Did you know that the outer membrane of each of our cells is formed from cholesterol?  Cholesterol also controls the permeability of the cell walls.  This permeability allows various substances to flow into the cells.

Cholesterol is also used to make hormones which carry chemical signals to our bodies. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone as well are the adrenal hormone cortisol are all created from cholesterol.

And, did you know that Cholesterol is also important for the production of bile in the liver?  The bile is used by the liver to break down fats and helps in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins in the intestines.  It is used to insulate nerve fibers so the nerve signals travel properly from place to place.

So we need cholesterol! But we need to be careful that we don’t have too much or too little.  There needs to be a proper balance between the different types of cholesterol for our bodies to function at top form.  We will talk more about that balance in our next post!  Stay Well!

Still “Sick & Tired”?

My last post was about how we are so used to being “Sick & Tired” that we don’t know how to head to wellness.  We are so addicted to fast food, sweet things, carbonated beverages and high fat foods.  Our bodies don’t get the nutrition needed to be healthy and we are not doing much to help it!

Since the majority of Heart Disease, Strokes, Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity is 75% Preventable, we need to take control of our health now.  We have the tools, the information, the education to make a big difference in our own life.  And we are the only ones who can make those choices.  Our Health is Our Responsibility,  plain and simple.

Vegetables

What can we do to make ourselves healthier?  There are several simple modifications that will help to improve our health.  As we have said earlier, diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help prevent the development of diseasesPrevent the Development of Diseases. I like that.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy taking medications, having stays in the hospital and I certainly don’t like spending hours in the waiting room of a Doctor’s office.  So I will do what it takes to prevent the development of diseases!  Here are some suggestions of primary prevention:

• Heart disease: weight loss, fiber, soy, exercise, smoking cessation
• Cancer: weight loss, antioxidants & micronutrients, eliminating environmental toxins, including cigarettes
• Stroke: weight loss, omega3s, micronutrients
• Alzheimer’s: vitamins C, E, omega3s, resveratrol
• Diabetes: weight loss, fiber, exercise

Look over this list and make a decision on how you can positively impact your own life by making a few changes.  Since 75 % of the above diseases are preventable,  take a careful look at your lifestyle.  Increase your odds for good health!

More to come in the next post. Stay Well

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