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Astaxanthin — A Powerful Anti-Oxidant

Recently 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. This is one anti-oxidant you will want to start taking!  WOW.

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. 

Astaxanthin improves skin elasticity, smoothness and more.  It has also been linked to eye health and cell health!  Best of all it helps reduce pain and inflammation as well as helping with fatigue.  Good for your overall health and well being.

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 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.
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Back to School…Already!

August is well underway and Back to School ads are filling the airways!  Kids of all ages are excited about new school supplies:  backpacks, fresh notebooks, pencils, laptops, new clothes and maybe even a new school.

To help your kids have a productive school year, plan for healthy starts to their days with a protein and vitamin rich breakfast.  Your mother was correct when she told you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  According to an article in WebMD,   “Their growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for long periods of time without food and this period of semi-starvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems for them.”

Cost savings and those few minutes of extra sleep are excuses for skipping breakfast, but as you can see, breakfast is the most important meal of the day for kids!  So what can you do?  I suggest doing what I do each day to get my day off to strong start.  I use a variety of Shaklee 180 Smoothees andSmoothees_peaches_3x3_72 Meals-in-a-Bar!  Yummy and healthy start, with just the right amount of protein, carbs and vitamins.  Each Smoothee delivers:    24 grams of hunger fighting protein when prepared as directed,
    6 grams of fiber
    Powered by Leucine TM
    23 vitamins and minerals
    Non-GMO soy protein
    Low glycemic.
    No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
    Gluten free, lactose free.

These come in 5 flavors, the newest being Vanilla Chai, and can be enhanced with different fruit and peanut butter or such.  One of my favorites is Strawberry Smoothee blended with an organic banana and some extra Instant Protein Soy Mix instead of Soy Milk.  The Instant Protein Soy Mix is cheaper than typical soy milks, along with being an IPP certified non-GMO soy protein.

Now for those days when time is short and even making a quick Smoothee to drink in the car is not an option, grMeal_Bar_3x3_72ab one of the Shaklee 180 Meals-in-a-Bar!  Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Blueberry Almond Crisp.  Both are delicious, easy to eat on the go and again, provide the nutritious start to the day you and your kids deserve.  Each bar provides:  20 grams of hunger-fighting protein6 grams of fiber,  Powered by Leucine TM,  24 vitamins and minerals,  Non-GMO soy protein
Low glycemicNo artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives added, and is Gluten free.

And for afternoon snacks, there are 4 flavors of Snacks_3x3_72Shaklee 180 Snack Bars and Crisps, providing a healthy alternative to junk food.  My new favorite is the Toffee & Chocolate Crunch Snack Bar, beyond yummy!  The bars and Crisps provide protein, fiber and best of all, flavor.  Add a glass of iced Shaklee 180 Pomegranate tea and your afternoon is refreshed. 

So start the school year with a head start on nutritious breakfasts and give your child the best breakfast on the planet, Shaklee 180 Smoothees and Meals-in-a-Bar.  Stay Well, Elise

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Traveling and Eating Well: Fuel for the Body

Summer is the time when we all seem to be on the road, in the air, or cruising to exotic lands.  I like to travel, but find I have to watch my eating or I will gain more pounds than I need.  Road trips and airports have many things in common:  fast food and stress! 

I have in the past experienced a weakness for french fries from several different fast food eateries.  Burger and Fries jpgHowever, the overall effect of those high calorie, high fat goodies is not especially positive.  I find that eating french fries is less satisfying now since they tend to be a heavy carb load that is difficult to digest when seated for extended periods of travel.  Sign…sad but all too true.  Just because the taste buds once liked a food, doesn’t mean the food was particularly good for me.  And now that I don’t eat them often, the taste buds don’t seem as enamored of them!

So now I avoid the fast food carbs, but still need to eat as I travel about the South in my automobile or fly across country.  Food for me has long been fuel for my body.  I have worked hard to remove the “treat” side of thinking about food, and moved to looking at what I consume each day from a fuel efficient point of view. 

It is kind of like shopping, you want the best value for your dollars spent when purchasing new cars, houses, and clothing. Purchasing quality fabrics in clothing with classic styles rewards me with items that outlast trends, acting as the backdrops to accessories for a modern look.  I do the same with food in a way, I look for the best value of protein and fiber to the carbs in each food.  That way I get a food that fuels me with good amounts of protein, enough good carbs for energy and fiber to keep me from getting hungry too quickly. 

Traveling is fun when you think ahead, planning what to take in the way of clothing, shoes, jackets and accessories.  Making lists of what to wear each day for each event, packing according to the list and sticking to the list, makes for an easy vacation.  No decisions to be made, it is all on the list!  But if a new souvenir in the form of a great scarf invades, of course the list gets modified and the new scarf is added to the rotation.b22030

Same thing with food on the trip.  I plan ahead, bringing Snack Bars, Meals-in-a-Bar, Smoothee packets and Pomegranate tea pouches with me.  The Snack Bars etc are all part of the Shaklee 180 Weight Management Program, designed with the right balance of carbs, protein and fiber to make for the perfect traveling companions!  Packing these items in my carry-on suitcase makes sense to me.  I also put them in the cooler of the car when I am traveling locally.  And a Snack Bar is alchocolateshakeways in my purse.

So join me in traveling safely and easily the rest of the year by spending a few minutes planning ahead.  Plan your itinerary, your clothing combinations and of course, your food options! It is a pleasant surprise to find a wonderful salad with grilled chicken, but there are times when a greasy burger is the only option in the airport unless you think ahead and bring the best Meal Bars and Smoothees packets with you.

 

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Kidney Stones and Shaklee Performance

Shaklee’s Performance , a re-hydration drink, has long been used by elite athletes to help with their performances during training and competition.  Now it is being used to help prevent kidney stone formation!  And that is something everyone who has ever had a kidney stone can appreciate.

Performance b20496In a study published in the Journal of Urological Research, Dr. Jeffrey W. Goodman, Dr. John R. Asplin and Dr. David S. Goldfarb compared the effect of Shaklee’s Performance against Gatorade on reducing the formation of kidney stones.  The study independent of the Shaklee Corporation. The conclusion states: “Ingestion of Performance, but not Gatorade, led to an increase in mean urinary citrate excretion and pH as compared to water. The increase in citrate is likely to be a clinically significant effect. pH is an important determinant of alkali load in beverages containing organic anions. Performance, with more citrate and a higher pH than Gatorade, could represent a superior alternative to water for reducing urinary lithogenicity.”  Eyes crossed and confused by now, me too.  So I found an expert who could translate for us!

What all this means in simple terms, according to Dr. Stephen G. Chaney, PhD (Full Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Nutrition, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), is: “The researchers 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.

Shaklee’s Performance significantly increased the amount of citrate and the pH of the urine (which is good), 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 deceasing the risk of kidney stone formation.”

Now that is important to me since many of my family members and friends as well suffer from Kidney Stones! So if keeping hydrated by using Shaklee’s Performance has an extra benefit, then so much the better. Shaklee’s Performance does perform well and out-performs Gatorade and other sports drinks. You will enjoy the two options, Lemon-Lime or Orange. Both mix well with water and I sometimes add a packet of Shaklee 180 Tea. Yummy!
Enjoy and stay well.

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Real Dirt on Clean Water

Everyone knows that water is essential to life. But what’s coming out of your tap or bottle may not really be your healthiest choice.

Sure, your water may look clean but is it?

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn

Most people think that governmental agencies ensure that our water’s clean. And while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Clean Water Act to safeguard our water supply, it only set standards and testing requirements in our municipal water treatment facilities for 114 different contaminants out of literally hundreds more.

In fact, the Environmental Working Group obtained test results from a database of over 20 million records from state water officials to determine the quality of drinking water in 45 states. The results revealed 316 contaminants were present in our water supplies. Among them were 202 chemicals that aren’t regulated by any safe water standards.i

Checking the quality of your local water is easy to do. Just visit the National Drinking Water Database.

So yes, your water looks clean. But really, it’s not.

Why Filtration?

The simple answer? You either use a filter or you are the filter.

Only 2% of all treated water is used for drinking water. The rest is used on your lawn, shower, laundry, or used for farms or industry. It’s simply too time-consuming and expensive to test and remove the thousands of chemicals that may be present in any particular water source.

And even if your water was perfectly clean before it left your municipality, it still has miles to travel in pipes before it gets to your home. Who knows what it runs into along the way?

What are you really drinking?

Here’s what may be in your water, and some of its hazardous effects:

Industrial Pollutants (such as benzene, nitrates, and petrochemicals): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as blood, nervous system, kidney, and liver problems.

Agricultural Pollutants (pesticides such as atrazine, lindane, alachlor, and others): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as eye, liver, kidney, spleen, blood, and nervous system problems.

Heavy Metals (such as lead, copper, mercury, arsenic, and cadmium): Even at low levels, long-term exposure may cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities. The EPA estimates that between 10 and 20% of total lead exposure in young children comes from drinking water.ii

Disinfection By-products (such as: trihalomethanes, chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane,and bromoform): Long-term exposure may cause increased risk of cancer, as well as liver, kidney, or central nWater Bottlesrvous system problems.

With all these problems with tap water, you might think that bottled water is the answer—but you’re wrong. What most people don’t know is that there’re no regulations regarding the quality of bottled water. That’s right, none. Bottling companies don’t even have the same regulations to follow that your local municipal water supply does. That means that despite the clean look of your bottle, in many cases the water it contains isn’t any better than tap water.

The bottom line is that you can’t control what happens to your water before it gets to your house. But you can control what happens after. If you want to make sure you have r

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

eally clean drinking water, you really have to use a filter—a good one.

Why Get Clean® Water?

Because it’s safe, powerful, green and smart—and it outperforms both Brita® and PUR®*, hands-down:

Safe:  It reduces 59 harmful contaminants—at least 21 of which Brita doesn’t even touch—including up to 99% of water-borne lead.

Powerful:   It’s incredibly thrifty, delivering over 80 gallons of purer water from every hardworking, environmentally friendly filter—twice as much as big-name brands—for just a little over a penny per glass**.

Green:   It uses a unique refillable filter system, so there’s less waste in landfills.†

Smart:   It features a convenient smart-meter that shows you exactly when to replace your filter, so there’s no more guessing. And on top of all that, it’s ‘Gold Seal’ certified to tough ANSI/NSF Standards 42 and 53 by the Water Quality Association (WQA).

Ready to feel better with good Clean Water?  Visit my site  Elise.MyShaklee.com for purchasing options and more information!  Good health is a choice we make all through the day, make Shaklee Products part of those choices. Stay Well! Elise

i http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/executive-summary.php

ii http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/lead1.cfm

* Comparison of current WQA and NSF certified reduction claims conduced on May 26, 2011, referencing Brita® pitchers using OB03 cartridge and PUR® pitchers using CFR-950Z cartridge and is valid only for the named products marketed at that time. Product data claims obtained from the NSF and WQA website certification listings. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. “Big name brands” defined as Brita and Pur.

** Compared to Brita and Pur pitcher filters at 40 gallons.

† Compared to traditional carbon production.

Source: Shaklee Corporation 04/10/13

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Alternative to Juicing, Easy & Simple

vegetables natural_smallIn December, I had a fun get-together with a former co-worker.  Adrienne and I decided to meet at the beach for a much needed restful weekend.  Adrienne wanted to share with me her new juicing machine and how she was enjoying the juicing experience.

When we got to the resort, her car was filled with this huge juicing machine, a large cooler with organic fruits & vegetables, cutting boards, colander and knife. We lugged all this stuff up to our room which fortunately had a small kitchen area with a good size refrigerator.

Adrienne was excited to show me how she was making her shakes each morning.  She began cleaning and chopping fruits & veggies, adding protein powder and soy milk.  The small kitchen was a mess from preparing all the different items, then all the washing-up and drying of the machine and other tools.

As I was watching her make this shake, I was asking questions about why she was wanting to add juicing to her routine.  Adrienne said she was interested in adding more anti-oxidants to her diet, more fiber along with readily available vitamins & minerals. Made sense, but the process was too involved for me, and really for Adrienne too since she was a bit overwhelmed with the whole lengthy process.

Wanting to help Adrienne achieve her goals easier, we explored some of the Shaklee products that I use daily.  To get all the vitamins and minerals she was wanting I suggested using Shaklee’s Vitalizer, Vitalizer Gold for her since she is over 50 yrs old.  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 adultVitalizer from Shaklee
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 Vitalizer met her needs for antioxidants, vitamins & minerals that were readily available and easily absorbed, plus added omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.

Now to meet her need for protein and even more fruit, I had her use Shaklee 180 Smoothees.  She liked the Vanilla Smoothee since she can add apples with cinnamon for an apple pie flavor or add oranges for an “Orange Julius” taste. Make them to your taste for the season you are in. Great protein, easily absorbed, with the right kinds of fiber for healthy digestion.  Perfect!  

Vanilla Shaklee 180Smoothee_b2124224 grams of hunger fighting protein when Mixed in 1 cup of nonfat milk or light soymilk
6 grams of fiber
Powered by Leucine TM to signals body to retain muscles
23 vitamins and minerals
Non-GMO soy protein
Low glycemic. GI Value: 31
No artificial flavors, sweeteners, or preservatives added
Gluten free, lactose free

Now her days are filled with good protein, easily absorbed vitamins and more free time! Shaklee 180 Smoothees, fresh fruit and Shaklee Vitalizer fill the bill! Wow, “juicing” is now simple and easy for Adrienne and others who want to have a healthy start to the day without all the mess and bother.  For more information on Shaklee products mentioned here, visit my Shaklee website  Elise.MyShaklee.com    Stay well, Elise

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Throw away that Heart Shaped Box!

It is that time of year when we are accosted with ads for candy, diamonds and more candy.  This year is the year to throw away that Heart Shaped Box and do something Out of the Box!pictures_of_hearts

Now what could that be, you might be asking yourself since you were wanting to have a few choice pieces from that heart shaped box.  Well, thinking of new and fun things to do just takes a few minutes of looking around your local area to see what opportunities await your senses.

Look for a cooking class, something fun that you two can do together.  Cooking a fun, different meal together can lead to a whole new side to your relationship.   Who knows what talents you both might have when working together in the kitchen.  Experiment with different spices, different vegetables, different recipes.  Have fun and laugh.  This could be the start of many new traditions.

Volunteer in your area or the surrounding areas.  There have been so many storms IMG_3620 Old Barn 150dpi 5x7and fires this past year that many people are still struggling with repairs to homes and businesses.  Reach out to one of the local churches or Habitat for Humanity for their volunteer programs.  You may have talents in building or painting that would be of help, or you could partner with others to move much needed supplies to a stricken area.  Bringing a hot cup of coffee and a hot meal to those working to repair their lives can make a big difference in the day of a survivor.  And the benefits to yourself are immense

Plan a day trip to one of the local “tourist sites” that most locals never visit.  Many people live in a town with a wonderful museum, park, factory or historic site that they have never visited.  So “play tourist” for a day and visit something local.  Tour that dairy farm outside of town that makes that wonderful cheese you both love.  Wineries and Vineyards are popular tours, look for a new wine to share with that meal you cooked from your cooking class!  Our area is full of Revolutionary and Civil War battle grounds, so if you are a history enthusiast, visit your local historic sites.  Have fun doing something out of the ordinary!

Get creative, have fun, plan the budget so you don’t get in trouble with the costs, laugh as you explore new things together!  Elise

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Handling Holiday Stress

Handling Holiday Stress is a full time job for some of us!  It seems to build more each year, starting earlier and staying around longer.  Stress is not healthy for anyone, so reducing stress is a must during the Holidays.  Now don’t think that you have to give up everything and take a vacation during the month of December to avoid all that stress.  No, but you do have to re-think the things you say “Yes”to as well as the amount of cooking, decorating and shopping you are doing. Our goal is to enjoy the holidays, not endure them!

Saying “No” can be a good thing!  It is hard to say “No” at times, especially when you like to please people and you are good at the task you are asked to fulfill.  But often we take on additional tasks that others can do as well or even better, leaving us with less stress and more time to really enjoy the event.  So look carefully at your schedule and don’t be afraid to say “No” to some of those many requests for help you get each year.

Delegate!  Alright, you don’t want to say “No” to some things, but you don’t really have the time to fully accomplish that task either without going sleepless for several night.  Rather than show up sleep-deprived, delegate the task to another member of your family or your office staff.  Look around and see who has been waiting in the wings to learn a new skill and show what they are made of!  You will be pleasantly surprised at the talent that is around you waiting to grow and learn new skills.  From your spouse to your children to your mother-in-law, there are many hands available to help if you will only ask.  Teaching someone else is fun, rewarding and less stressful than always doing it yourself.

Watch your spending!  Again, saying “no” to a present is often hard.  Reality is cold and not always filled with boxes of presents for everyone in your life.  Avoid buying gifts because you feel obligated.  Have a frank discussion with friends and close family about gift giving to limit the amount spent or even eliminate gift giving all together.  Some larger family/friend groups often draw names so they are buying for only one in a large extended family/friend group.  Others do a “Dirty Santa” gift swap where each person purchases one gift of a certain dollar amount, not gender specific, for a gift swap game. It is a fun time, with lots of stealing of gifts as the game progresses, with everyone having fun and getting a nice gift.

Gifts that Keep on Giving!  Most of us have more “stuff” than we need or want.  Why not purchase gifts for the little ones, something small and fun, while making donations to your favorite charity in the names of those on your gift giving list.  Supporting the local Women’s Shelter, Orphanage, Children’s Hospital or a Scholarship fund for a deserving graduating High School Senior are just some of the many options.  Writing a personal note of Thanksgiving for someone in your life and letting them know about the donation you made in their honor is a special way to give gifts that keep on giving.

Keep focused on the reason for the season.  Don’t get so caught up in the must-dos and ought-to-dos that you loose sight of the reason you are getting together with family and friends.  Enjoy the time with them and forget the fact that the Christmas tree is not totally full of decorations or that the ham was cooked by the local deli and not you! 

Over the years, the memories created during these celebrations are more valuable than any store bought gift.  Time is a gift you can give everyone on your list if you plan well and forget the “shoulds and oughts” of life.  Enjoy where you are and who you are with at each event, remain in the present and forget about presents!  And if you need a little help winding down after the parties, take a Shaklee Stress Relief Complex like I do and you will release the stress naturally without negative side effects.  Have a Happy & Healthy Holiday Season!

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Like Playing Tennis with a Golf Ball

I had a thought the other day when I was talking with a group who were interested in having better health.  Several had started to take a basic natural multi-vitamin & mineral supplement called Vita-Lea.  Others were not taking anything, relying on their diet for all their nutrients.  Concerns were about the cold & flu season heading this way as the fall pollen is dwindling.  Many had had a sniffy spring and fall due to last winter being so warm.

As I was talking about the need to boost our natural immune system’s production of Interferon, I thought about the flu shots that several of the group had taken.  Then the image of playing tennis with a golf ball came to mind. Think of all the many games that involve some type of ball.  Football, baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, ping-pong, bowling, hand-ball, soccer, volleyball and more.  The list is long.  Each of the games requires a specific ball with specific qualities and properties to successfully complete the game.

Now imagine trying to play a game of tennis with a golf ball instead of a tennis ball.  The balls are similar in several properties such as size, with the golf ball being a bit smaller.  They both bounce well and are easily seen on grass or dirt.  But there is where the similarities end.  The tennis ball is soft to the touch, lighter and filled with a gas to help with the bounce.  Golf balls are hard to the touch, dimpled on the surface and filled with a special, hard core that allows for distance travel through the air and certain behaviors on the greens after they land. Similar but different doesn’t really work here now does it.

Playing a game of tennis with a golf ball would be a bit dangerous.  The golf ball would probably break the strings on the racket when hit.  And the bounce from the golf ball would be fierce and erratic since the dimples are not meant for the hard court surfaces.  The match would be short and probably dangerous!

Now how does all this connect with flu shots?  Well the flu shots created by the pharmaceutical companies are targeted to a few specific strains of the flu.  A guess as to which strains will be the active ones in a certain season.  An educated guess, but still a guess.  There are many types of flu that mutate as they move from population to population.  So what is made to work on one type of a specific strain might not work in a few weeks as the strain mutates. I realize that this is a simplistic explanation, but without getting into complicated science, this will suffice. Read more on this in a article about the University of Minnesota study on the flu vaccines and how ineffective they are, especially to the population who needs the protection the most.

So back to our tennis game with the golf ball.  The flu shots that we are offered each year sometimes is a effective as playing tennis with a golf ball.  The shots are aimed a specific flues but you may be infected with a entirely different stain of flu that is not covered by the vaccine.  So it is much like playing tennis with a golf ball.  It just won’t work!

How can you increase your odds of having a healthy flu season? Want to have a full arsenal of appropriate “balls” to use for the”game” you will play?  If you choose to take the vaccination or not is your choice.  I choose not to for many reasons.  Boosting the natural production of the interferon in our bodies is important.  Scientists and medical communities have identified interferon as critical to healthy immune function.  World-renowned immunologist Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima first discovered interferon in 1954, while he was conducting research at Tokyo University. After 40 years of painstaking research, testing hundreds of natural compounds, he developed a unique blend of four powerful plant extracts that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon.*

Interferon signals neighboring cells into action and also interferes with how foreign cells grow and multiply.  Interferon is also considered essential for optimal health because it can boost the immune system’s ability to recognize foreign invaders. It is because of this special role that interferon is used in drug form as an anti-viral agent to treat many different diseases.  Researchers have shown that interferon, given by nasal spray in daily doses, can prevent infection and illness. However, pharmaceutical forms of interferon cause side effects such as nosebleeds, fatigue, headache and aches, and may not be useful in treating established colds.

I don’t want nosebleeds or headaches on top of the flu or a cold, so I use a natural way to boost my natural production of interferon from Dr Kojima.  His discovery of the blend of 4 powerful plant extracts that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon has given the world a product called NutriFeron from Shaklee.  I take at least 2 of the caplets each day and have found them to be of great help in staying healthy throughout cold & flu season!  Try it yourself to all more options in staying healthy so you won’t have to play tennis with a golf ball!  Stay well.

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Mysteries of Your Refrigerator

If you are like me, then you know what I mean when I refer to those mysterious plastic containers that live in the back of your refrigerator!  We all seem to collect them for some reason, even though I have clear glass containers with snap-on seals.  Sigh… we have to get a handle on these boxes and discard them.  Life forms from not so healthy

Vegetables

strains of who-knows-what could be living in your refrigerator right now.

Refrigerators are convenient since they allow us to store foods at the proper temperatures and humidities.  Keeping your refrigerator at 40degrees Fahrenheit will keep bacteria from growing on your food.  According to the USDA FactSheet on Refrigeration, ” Bacteria exist everywhere in nature. They are in the soil, air, water, and the foods we eat. When they have nutrients (food), moisture, and favorable temperatures, they grow rapidly, increasing in numbers to the point where some types of bacteria can cause illness. Bacteria grow most rapidly in the range of temperatures between 40 and 140 °F, the “Danger Zone,” some doubling in number in as little as 20 minutes. A refrigerator set at 40 °F or below will protect most foods.”

The doors of newer refrigerators are made with all kinds of storage.  However, every time the door is open, these shelves are blasted with the warm air of the house! So place more stable items on these shelves such as condiments, not leftovers or beverages such as milk. 

Put milk and raw meat (well packaged) on the shelves close to the freezer unit or in the coldest part of the refrigerator.   Store raw meat in covered containers such as glass, and no more than a few days.  Below is a list from the USDA concerning food storage times so you and your family will stay healthier.  Don’t waste food and money by improperly storing your food!

From USDA site

www.fsis.usda.gov/FACTSheets/Refrigeration_&_Food_Safety/index.asp

Storage Times For Refrigerated Foods
Ground Meat, Ground Poultry, and Stew Meat
Ground beef, turkey, veal, pork, lamb 1-2 days
Stew meats 1-2 days
Fresh Meat (Beef, Veal, Lamb, and Pork)
Steaks, chops, roasts 3-5 days
Variety meats (Tongue, kidneys, liver, heart, chitterlings) 1-2 days
Fresh Poultry 
Chicken or turkey, whole 1-2 days
Chicken or turkey, parts 1-2 days
Giblets 1-2 days
Bacon and Sausage 
Bacon 7 days
Sausage, raw from meat or poultry 1-2 days
Smoked breakfast links, patties 7 days
Summer sausage labeled “Keep Refrigerated” Unopened, 3 months;
Opened, 3 weeks
Hard sausage (such as Pepperoni) 2-3 weeks
Ham, Corned Beef
Ham, canned, labeled “Keep Refrigerated” Unopened, 6-9 months;
Opened, 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, whole 7 days
Ham, fully cooked, half 3-5 days
Ham, fully cooked, slices 3-4 days
Corned beef in pouch with pickling juices 5-7 days
Hot Dogs and Luncheon Meats 
Hot dogs Unopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 1 week
Luncheon meats Unopened package, 2 weeks;
Opened package, 3-5 days
Deli and Vacuum-Packed Products
Store-prepared (or homemade) egg, chicken, tuna, ham, and macaroni salads 3-5 days
Pre-stuffed pork, lamb chops, and chicken breasts 1 day
Store-cooked dinners and entrees 3-4 days
Commercial brand vacuum-packed dinners with/USDA seal, unopened 2 weeks
Cooked Meat, Poultry, and Fish Leftovers 
Pieces and cooked casseroles 3-4 days
Gravy and broth, patties, and nuggets 3-4 days
Soups and Stews 3-4 days
Fresh Fish and Shellfish
Fresh Fish and Shellfish 1-2 days
Eggs 
Fresh, in shell 3-5 weeks
Raw yolks, whites 2-4 days
Hard-cooked 1 week
Liquid pasteurized eggs, egg substitutes Unopened, 10 days;
Opened, 3 days
Cooked egg dishes 3-4 days


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