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Just One Pound a Week

How often do we make New Year’s Resolutions concerning our weight, deciding to lose 40 pounds by Valentine’s Day?  Yeah, right.  Not happening.  We get so caught up in all the commercial hype of the “weight loss” craze, that we forget how we got those extra pounds in the first place!

Cake & Berries 3 4 x 3  72Between Halloween candy, Thanksgiving meals & desserts and all those holiday parties that follow through New Years day and the following Bowl Games, all we do is EAT!  We eat and eat. Everything tastes wonderful since we have not has some of these food favorites for a year, so we eat an extra piece or two, or three.  As the weeks go by from the end of October through the first few days of January, we are slowly but surely adding pounds.

Slowly but surely adding pounds….did you see that?  Not that we went to a Halloween party and added 10 pounds in one night.  No, we slowly added those pounds over an 8 to 10 week period.  Hummm?  Now if we added them slowly, does it not make sense that we can take them off slowly?  Why YES it dose make sense to take those unwanted pounds off slowly so they will stay off.

Elise_InsertOld_4x4_72WebThat is one of the differences between successful weight management and yo-yo dieting:  Taking the weight off as slowly as you added it!  I have used the Shaklee 180 Weight Management Program for over 6 months, slowly loosing the weight I had added back in 2005/2006.   While using the Shaklee 180 Weight Management Program, I have lost over 22 pounds and over 12 inches.  I have increased my physical activity and modified my intake of desserts (my weakness).  I have lost about One Pound a week!  The same way it went on is the same way it is going off.

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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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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.

 

 

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!

Lower LDL Cholesterol Naturally!

Did you know that 1 in 3 Americans have high Cholesterol?
Did you know that high cholesterol can affect anyone at any age?
Did you know that high cholesterol can have negative affects on heart health and cardiovascular function over time?

Did you know that a 10% reduction of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol is equivalent to a 10-20% decrease in the risk of heart disease?
Did you know that eating such foods as pizza, steak or hamburgers on a regular basis may increase your chances for developing high cholesterol?
Did you know that men tend to have higher cholesterol than pre-menopausal women?

Did you know that the National Institutes of Health recommendation for lowering cholesterol is eating less saturated fat and cholesterol, exercise, weight loss, eat more soluable fiber and consume 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols daily?

Did you know that Shaklee now has a natural supplement that provides the 2,000 mg of plant sterols and stanols?  Shaklee Cholesterol Reduction Complex is a proprietary formulation with clinically proven ingredients that help prevent the absorption of cholesterol and lower LDL cholesterol.

Plant sterols and stanols have been clinically proven by more than 80 studies to lower LDL cholesterol.
Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex delivers 100% of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) recommendation for plant sterols and stanols which is 2,000 mg in two easy to take tablets.
Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex is made with a powerful blend of sterols and stanols which are found naturally in plants, fruits, vegetables and grains.
So how, exactly, do plant sterols and stanols work?
1. Plant sterols and stanols are ingested from food or supplements.
2. Because they are structurally similar to cholesterol, plant sterols and stanols compete for absorption in the intestines.
3. Plant sterols and stanols bind to receptors in the intestines, leaving cholesterol behind.
4. The net result is that less cholesterol is absorbed by the body, and less ends up in the bloodstream.

Take Action Today , Naturally !  Shaklee’s Cholesterol Reduction Complex can help!  Stay Well, Elise

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