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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!

Preparing for a Long Drive

Well, conference is coming up soon and I have been thinking about that long drive.  While I love to travel, driving can be tiring at times, especially in this late summer heat.  This particular journey is going to be confined to Interstate travel, so the scenery will not be as “scenic” as my camera would like.  Friends and colleagues are coming with me on this journey, sharing the driving responsibilities as well as the gas money!  Map reading will be at a minimum.

This could be a car from Shaklee!

Making a car trip  takes planning for me.  I don’t like to eat fast food as I travel for several reasons.  One main reason is the price for fast food when close to an Interstate Hwy is usually higher than when the same food is in a neighborhood.  Plus, the fat content and carbohydrate levels are usually high also.  Driving does not use that much energy, compared to the number ingested with hamburgers, fries and cokes.  Oh how I love good french fries! Yummy.  But not healthy.

Now I have to plan my snacks and meals along the way so I can stay energized and ready for conference when I arrive.  I am making my list already, planning my shopping trip, and wishing the car was larger!  For this trip, which we will do in 2 days of 7 or so hours of driving, I am taking some of my favorite Shaklee Cinch Products, popcorn (watch the salt), apples, Get Clean Water pitcher for fresh water on the road, green tea bags and Cinch Tea Packets, and some cookies.

Be Healthy

The Cinch Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bars are my favorites!  Along with the Peanut Butter Snack Bars, I will have a good balance of protein and carbohydrates since the bars are low glycemic. They make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack anytime, but are really good for travels.  On airplanes they really fill that hungry spot!

Since I travel with the Get Clean Water Pitcher, I have fresh filtered water when I am thirsty.  Adding Cinch Tea or a green tea bag to my water bottle adds some good anti-oxidants as well as flavor to my water.  Staying hydrated while traveling is important.  When you become dehydrated, your brain is effected.  The one thing you need to have working well while driving is your brain!  Make good decisions while on the road.

Get Clean Water

Get Clean Water

I keep a cooler in the front seat with sliced apples, peanut butter and extra ice for my tea.  Having the cool apple slices and the peanut butter gives me a good snack with fiber, flavor and crunch.   When I stop along the way I take a few minutes in the rest area to spread some of the peanut butter on the ends of a few of the apple slices for a quick snack.  Keeping the fuel and water coming in, keeps me awake and ready to drive safely.  When flying, I do something similar, but don’t have the cooler.

Some of the traveling I do is lengthy. Using the Cinch Shakes along those long journeys really keeps me fueled and focused.  Cinch Shakes are filled with good protein, vitamins, minerals and flavor.  I use the Cinch Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry Shakes.  When traveling in a car you can use the canisters.  But for airplanes, I find the packets work best.  One packet per meal and you are done!  Makes the luggage lighter as you continue on your journey.

So when you get ready for your next trip, whether it is across town or across country, take a few minutes to plan your meals, take some healthy snacks, water bottles with your filtered Get Clean Water and have fun in this beautiful country!  Fuel for you is as important as fuel for the car!  Stay well.

 

How does Shaklee’s Performance Perform?

Shaklee’s Performance Hydration drink has long been used by elite athletes to help with their performances during training and competition. According to Dr Stephen Chaney, dehydration is the Number 1 problem in vigorous exercise and endurance activities.  Studies show that a body can lose 5 to 6 cups of fluid while exercising in less than half an hour.  That amount of fluid loss can lead to poor performance and even physical ailments.

Drinking water alone will not replace the electrolytes, protein and carbohydrates needed to keep an elite athlete at the prime.   Keeping your energy at maximum output during competition is the goal of all athletes whether an elite Olympic competitor or the weekend golfer.

Shaklee Performance® is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink. Our proprietary OPTI-LYTE™ electrolyte blend plus our unique mix of carbohydrates delivers instant and sustained energy and supports optimal hydration.  Performance is part of a Trio of Sports Nutrition Products:
Clinically Proven
Minimizes fluid loss for enhanced hydration
Maintains blood-glucose levels to sustain intense energy output and to increase stamina
Increases endurance for better athletic performance
No artificial flavors, sweeteners or added preservatives.

In a study published in the Journal of Urological Research in 2009,  Shaklee’s Performance was tested against Gatorade.  It was a 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.”   The researchers 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 Cinch Tea.  Yummy!  Enjoy and stay well.

A New House Every 7 Years!

How would you like  a new house every 7 years?  Wow, that would be a great perk wouldn’t it?  Imagine getting a new home every 7 years, all fresh and clean.  It would be a dream come true for so many.  But there is a catch to this dream.

The catch is that the new home is only as nice as the way you have kept the current one you have.  So if your plumping is bad in your old home, the new house will also have bad plumbing.  If you have upgraded the heating and cooling systems in the old house then the new house will have new, upgraded heating and cooling systems!  So the trick is to keep your current home in the best possible condition so that when you get the new home every 7 years, it is the best it can be!

Not a bad deal now is it?  Keep your current home in great condition in order to get a new home in the same condition!  New home with a new “start” date.  You would not want a new home that was not in perfect condition would you?  I don’t want a new home that is not in the best condition possible.

However,  we all have a home that we don’t treat as well as we can.  We all live in a home that is replaced every 7 years and we don’t even think about how we really take care of it most of the time.  That home is our body, our only true home.  And since our cells renew frequently, we get a “new body” about every 7 years!  Wow, think how nice it would be to take care of our current body so that our new body will be healthy and ready to take us into next phase of our lives, healthy and ready to go!

So how do we accomplish this healthy new home?  Well, it takes work and planning.  I know, work is not “fun” but healthy bodies are fun!  Working on your body can be easier than you think.   Thinking about what you eat, how you exercise and how you supplement your diet.  Three easy things to do,  lifestyle choices that reflect healthier choices will pay dividends for years to come.  Be diligent now will avoid many illness later.  And that new body you get every 7 years will be ready to work for you for 7 more healthy years!

So get off the couch and walk the dogs, play with the kids, walk around the block, take the stairs instead of the elevator, park further away from the building, move!  Then look at your food choices.  Drink lots off filtered fresh water, eat organic foods (no artificial, processed foods), and keep add soy protein to your daily meals.

Then look at the absences in your nutrition and add whole food supplements, natural & organic supplements to fill in the nutrition gaps.  Supplementing your nutritional gaps is necessary since no one eats every nutrient their body needs.    So carefully add whole food nutrients to your daily routine to fill in the blanks in your nutritional gaps.  That way your new “body” will be healthy and ready to give you a healthy life!

 

A New Way to Think about Supplementation

As you know from my many posts, I take Shaklee Supplements each day.  I have been doing this since 2004.  The many benefits of proper supplementation with whole health supplements have been everything from good cholesterol to no more sinus infections to more energy and focus each day.

When I speak with others about adding Alfalfa to their daily regime to lower their inflammation and help their sinus problems, they often start grumbling about taking 10 little tablets! 10 little tablets, not 10 giant horse pills, little tablets to help you breathe better and feel better.  Sigh….

But today I heard an interesting explanation of why we need to supplement with vitamins.  I heard a gentlemen say that since the body needs certain nutrients that we often don’t get in our food, we need to take supplements as well as seek high quality sources of our daily food.  His reasoning was that our cells are constantly renewing themselves.  If we don’t have the proper nutrients for the cells to reproduce correctly, we will begin to get bad cells reproducing!  Disease will follow and old age will accelerate.  So in his mind, taking good supplements only made sense!

And he is a very young looking and young acting Senior!  So follow his advise if not mine and supplement with good nutrition such as my Shaklee products, eat organic local produce and exercise frequently!  Stay well and healthy.

 

 

You Should See This Scale!

Oh my gosh!  My friend just got a new scale so she can keep up with her weight and you will not believe what it can do.

Now I come from a simpler time since I was born in the early 50’s.  Life was simple.  Scales worked on springs, not batteries.  Back then, a scale was just that, a scale.  You stood on it in the morning after your shower and groaned or smiled.  Simple.  No buttons to push.  No digital read-outs.  No kilograms.  Pounds was all that existed.

Then in came this new scale today.  It came with an Instruction MANUAL!  Really?! You need an instruction manual to use a scale?  And to add insult to injury, the instruction manual was about 10 pages in English!  Oh My!!  Really???!!!! 10 pages of instructions to use a scale?  How complicated is this thing?

Well, when we tried to use it we found that it not only tells you your weight,  it tells you your hydration percentage.  Lower than 45 is too low, higher that 65 is too high.  Who knew.

Then it tells you your BMI, that is your Body Mass Index.  That is the measure of body fat based on height and weight.  Usually an ugly number with unrealistic expectations of what real bodies are like.

As if that wasn‘t enough, this “Scale” also tells you your bone density percentage.  Fortunately you can get all this information in a matter of a few seconds.  Well, after you have pounded on it to turn it one, selected your personal user number and waited for the double “0’s”, you then get to stand on the glass panel and wait for all those numbers to appear on a digital display.

The numbers are plenty large, in weight and font size for easy reading.  However, the little words that tell you the BMI, fat, hydration and bone density are so small it is  hard to know which is what.  Now we get to shop for better glasses or weigh ourselves with binoculars so we can read all the information!  The things we do for health and beauty.

So the next time you need a scale, head for an antique shop and look for one that works on a spring and weighs you a few pounds lighter.  Stay well!

 

How Supplements Are Regulated by FDA

Taking any kind of supplement, eating any kind of food, drinking any kind of beverage or using any kind of personal care products all come with a certain level of risk. Most of us never think of there being a risk with something that is sold in our friendly neighborhood grocery store, pharmacy or on the internet. The pictures on the bottles and bags depict healthy folks enjoying the benefit of whatever the product is supposed to do.

As I have posted on before, we often buy products based on the picture on the label rather than reading the ingredients list on the back! It is wise to read and do your own research into a company’s claims. I have seen many in my time that promise all sort of benefits that Dr X is touting, but there are rarely any published, peer-reviewed scientific studies supporting Dr X’s claims. Testimonies are not clinical studies. And having a clinical study published in a peer-reviewed journal is having the study vetted by a large group of scientists from all over the world. Peer-reviewed studies that are published take time and have to be done to high standards of testing.

The FDA does regulate supplements. But not in the same manner as prescription and over-the-counter medications. This from the FDA website:  ” FDA regulates dietary supplements under a different set of regulations than those covering “conventional” foods and drug products (prescription and Over-the-Counter). Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA), the dietary supplement manufacturer is responsible for ensuring that a dietary supplement is safe before it is marketed. FDA is responsible for taking action against any unsafe dietary supplement product after it reaches the market.
Generally, manufacturers do not need to register their products with FDA nor get FDA approval before producing or selling dietary supplements.*  Manufacturers must make sure that product label information is truthful and not misleading.

FDA’s post-marketing responsibilities include monitoring safety, e.g. voluntary dietary supplement adverse event reporting, and product information, such as labeling, claims, package inserts, and accompanying literature. The Federal Trade Commission regulates dietary supplement advertising.

*Domestic and foreign facilities that manufacture/process, pack, or hold food for human or animal consumption in the United States are required to register their facility with the FDA.”

DSHEA places dietary supplements in a special category under the general umbrella of “foods,” not drugs, and requires that every supplement be labeled a dietary supplement.  FDA regulations require that certain information appear on dietary supplement labels. This includes: a descriptive name of the product stating that it is a “supplement;” the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor; a complete list of ingredients; and the net contents of the product.

In addition, each dietary supplement (except for some small volume products or those produced by eligible small businesses) must have nutrition labeling in the form of a “Supplement Facts” panel. This label must identify each dietary ingredient contained in the product.
Ingredients not listed on the “Supplement Facts” panel must be listed in the “other ingredient” statement beneath the panel. The types of ingredients listed there could include the source of dietary ingredients, if not identified in the “Supplement Facts” panel (e.g., rose hips as the source of vitamin C), other food ingredients (e.g., water and sugar), and technical additives or processing aids (e.g., gelatin, starch, colors, stabilizers, preservatives, and flavors).

So take a good look at your supplement labels, read them well.  Do some research and see if the claims are backed by real science or are they just from testimonies only.  Do yourself a favor and make wise choices when you supplement.  That is why I like my Shaklee supplements, the science is there for each product, the purity is there and the potency is always there. Stay Well!

 

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

Cleaning our homes and work spaces is an ongoing project.  It is a reward to look at our sparkling clean kitchen or bathroom for that minute or two before some decides to cook another pot of spaghetti sauce or take a long hot shower!  So much for our sparkling looks now.

But looks can be deceiving.  We have heard that one before.  But with clean it is true.  The advertizing people have done a good job of convincing us that clean must smell like something, pine, floral, lemon or the breeze.  What does a breeze smell like?

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes.  Most products on the market do one or the other.  Some do both.  I have discovered a type of cleaning and disinfecting products that are effective in killing germs and cleaning surfaces at the same time.  These cleaners are called Quartenary Ammonium Compounds.  Long name, but they are effective.

These Quartneary Ammonium Compounds or “Quats”, cleaning products disinfect as well as clean the surface.  Chlorine bleach disinfects but you have to clean the surface separately adding another expensive step to the process.   Quats are also have a neutral ph so they do not damage surfaces being cleaned and disinfected like chlorine bleach.  They are also effective order control agents when used according to label instructions.  For more general information on Quats see an article by Roger McFadden who is Technical Director for Coastwide Laboratories.

I am excited since I only just realized that I have been using a Quats for years.  I knew the product worked well around my house, especially with the kitties.  But I never really understood how amazing the product is!  I have been using Shaklee’s Basic-G® Concentrated Germicide. It is a registered EPA germicide and is effective against 56 pathogens comprised of viruses, bacteria and fungi.  Since Shaklee’s Basic G carries the EPA registration number on its label you can be certain that is has been proven, under scientific conditions to be effective against various bacteria and other pathogens listed on the label.  MSRA and Influenza A are just 2 of the pathogens that Basic G is effective against.

Since chlorine bleach has so many negatives, it is easy to see why the Basic G type products are so popular with consumers.  Remember, chlorine bleach products may be cheap in upfront costs, but they are not detergents so they don’t clean, only disinfect.  Chlorine bleach products react with other chemicals that might be present when cleaning to product toxic gases.  Attack hard surfaces causing damage especially on flooring.  And worse, they have unpleasant orders and while they lose their strength rapidly make them not so cheap after all.

The one quart container of Basic G from Shaklee dilutes to 64 gallons of non-toxic cleaning solution when diluted according to directions.   In its concentrated state it is a toxic substance and must be handled as such.  But once diluted properly, Basic G has cleansing functionalities along with the disinfecting so there is no need to mix with other solutions.

So when you really need to clean your home, purchase some Shaklee Basic G along with the accompanying Spray Bottle for dilution, read the label carefully and clean, disinfect and deodorize your home.  I am careful around the kittes, but use the diluted spray around their litter boxes making certain the solution is dry before the kitties return.  I also use Basic G in my vacation home,  when I travel in staying in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin.  Shaklee even has some wipes that you can carry with you as you fly to help keeps the germs away.  The wipes are from the Get Clean line and  are called Germ Off Fragrance Free Disinfecting Wipes.

Stay safe as you travel and have a safe, germ free home.

 

 

Questions to Ask Your Supplement Company

I was recently asked by a friend. “What makes  your Shaklee vitamins so much better than my multi-vitamin/mineral tablet?”  It is a fair question.  Most people don’t understand the difference between natural and artificial vitamins.  Even the supplements from the “Health Food” stores are often not as wholesome as one would think.

My friend has been taking the regular multi-vitamin/mineral tablets that you get in those huge bottles at the wholesale clubs and discount stores. The ones with the important sounding words on the bottles, filled with artificial colors.  Another friend is looking at some multi-vitamins from a Health Food store and was chiming in on the same conversation.  Just how is Shaklee different?

After talking about the quality of the Shaklee products, the safety built in to each of the Shaklee products, the published peer-reviewed research backing Shaklee products, I gave the ladies a few questions to ask their supplement company so they would then have more information.

Here are some Questions to Ask Your Supplement Company:

1. How long has your supplement company been in the nutritional supplement business?  What is your track record with recalled products?

2. Are your supplements made by your company under the guidance of your staff or are they made by a third party with your label added to the bottle?

3. Are the ingredients in your supplements naturally and organically sourced or do you use synthetic substitutes for naturally available ingredients?

4. Are your products based on your own peer-reviewed scientific studies, or do you “borrow” science from other companies?

5. How about testing on ingredients and final products?  Do you test the ingredients all along the process, at the end or rely on vendors for testing?  Is the final product in the bottle what is listed on the bottle?

6. Does your company offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee, even on open bottles or used product?  Do you have a free Product Hotline for customer information?

I am certain that once you start asking these questions, you will find more to ask.  Being informed is your responsibility.  It is your right to know about the products you ingest.  Don’t take anything that is not up to the highest standards available.  You deserve the best!

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.

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