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I’m In for 10!

January is traditionally the month to start a new weight loss program.  We all over-ate during the holidays.  You know the drill, Halloween candy and Fall Festivals start the slide to over-eating and it continues IMG_2624 webthrough November with Thanksgiving with all that pie, stuffing, dressing, candied-who-knows-what and gravy over everything!  December is filled with every excuse in the book to have a get together.  From those office parties, charity events, family reunions, weddings, anniversary parties, graduations, Chanukah,  Christmas and so on, food is the center of our attention for about 3 months.  And does it ever show by New Year’s Day.  Sigh….

So here we are again, looking at that same 10 pounds we looked at last year, sitting on our butts and bellies.  Our clothes are tight, we feel sluggish and the TV is loaded with commercials for every sort of weight loss miracle. ” Just do this for 10 minutes a day and you will look like some thin, over-developed blonde in a smaller than need swim suit.”   Not going to happen, but we can delude ourselves that there is really a magic, miracle pill that will make all this extra fat go away with no effort.

Benefits of Weight Loss     There are many reasons to get rid of those pounds. Some are pure vanity, we want to look our best.  Spring Break is coming soon and the beaches of FL need our slim bodies to soak up some sun for a week.  Our heart would appreciate not having to support such a large mass of fat, so our blood pressure would drop.  Our cholesterol would improve, the risk of diabetes would lower and we would sleep better.  None of those is bad!  The long term benefits of weight loss has been studied by many, even the CDC published studies showing the positive effect of weight loss on chronic diseases.  I don’t like to be ill, how about you?

Well this year I am taking charge early to rid myself of those extra pounds and maybe a few more of their friends by ImInfor10_button_3x3_600participating in Shaklee’s I’m in for 10!  Challenge”.    The goal is for the company to set a record by losing 40,000 in 3 months.  So Shaklee is inviting folks like me and you to sign-up, get moving, get motivated, plug into their program this 1st Quarter and together we can get rid of those pesky pounds.  For more information visit my personal Shaklee siteJoin me as part of my team to lose the weight and let’s set the record!  Elise  Elise@EliseHearn.com

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.

Now is the time to do something different with your weight loss plan.  You have tried everything else, now do what works, Shaklee 180!  Take your Shape in a Whole New Direction!  Go from before to after with clinically tested weight loss products—and a program designed to burn fat, not muscle. 

Join me in losing ONE POUND a WEEK!  That’s 52 Pounds in a year—and with Shaklee 180, those pounds can stay away!  Join in on my Shaklee 180 Journey.  Visit my website for more information and special offers   Elise.ShopShaklee180.com180_independent_Web_banner

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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Targeted Solutions to Aging

Aging.  Well, we are all aging if we are over 18 years old or so!  Some of us age more “gracefully” than others.  Gracefully, meaning that we don’t physically show the signs of aging like gray hair and wrinkles as soon as others.  However, those Hollywood mandated signs of aging are only superficial.  Aging is at the cellular level and is happening everyday.

Recent research has found that anti-oxidant support can shore up your defenses against aging diseases. Oxidation and inflammation are at the heart of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, digestive problems and every other degenerative disease.

Inflammation is not always a bad thing, like when you scratch your finger on a tack and the white blood cells jump into action with the body’s inflammatory chemicals to rush in and take care of the invasion caused by the scratch. However, these same inflammatory fighting compound also go into emergency response to gradual cell damage from free radicals.  Chronic inflammation is the results when the body does not know when to stop.

According to author Jonny Bowden, PhD, should you find that you are overweight, have diabetes or dementia, you definitely have chronic inflammation. To find a measure of inflammation, you can look at your C-Reactive protein test (CRP). The CRP test measures the liver’s response to inflammatory conditions. Even though the test is not perfect, it tells you whether you have inflammation in your body. Unfortunately it does not tell you where the inflammation is in your body.

So what supplements help with aging and anti-inflammatory responses? What can I do to age better?  Here are some supplements that help slow aging by reducing inflammation.  We are fortunate that Shaklee has Targeted Solutions for Aging!  Here are a few of my favorites supplements that I take each day to help maintain a healthy body.  I may be aging, but I am going to do everything I can to slow aging and fight against those free radicals that cause cell dShaklee's CarotoMaxamage.

Astaxanthin: a powerful and potent Carotenoid found in salmon, krill, algae and yeast and is known to scavenge free radical.  Protects against damage to LDL cholesterol, cell membranes, cells and tissues in the eyes, prostrate, cervix, lungs and heart.

Found in Shaklee’s CarotoMax

N-acetlylcysteine (NAC): A primary building block for glutathione, n-acetylcysteine helps boost immunity, detox the liver, and lessen the effects of infection and oxidative stress.

Found in Shaklee Vitalizer Gold, with and without Vitamin K, also in VitaLea Gold with & without Vitamin K

Trans-Resveratrol:  The active part of Resveratrol, this anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory compound is found in red grape skins and red wine.

* Key ingredients in Vivix have been shown in a clinical study and numerous laboratory studies to improve cell defense, cell energy, cell repair, and cell performance*
* Delivers a broad spectrum of over 15 polyphenols—including ellagitannins, one of nature’s most potent antioxidants*
* Ingredients that are 10X more powerful than resveratrol alone in slowing a key mechanism of cellular aging*
Found is Shaklee’s Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement.

Proanthocyanidins: Strong anti-oxidant that protect against oixidative stress. One of the two stong anti-oxidants found in grapes seeds and skins, (resveratrol is the other), Proanthocyanidins have been shown in clinical research to have anti-oxidant protection from oxidative damge caused by smoking, pollution and free radical damage formed in our body during normal metabolism. Studies have also show anti-cancer, anti-tumor and anti-allergic protection along with prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Proanthocyanidins are compounds that appear to have more powerful antioxidant properties than both vitamins C and E*

Found in Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex and Vivix Liquid Dietary Supplement and Shaklee’s FlavoMax Complex.

Curcumin or Tumeric: Strong anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The National Institutes of Health has four clinical trials underway to study Curcumin, the active ingredient in Tumeric, for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s and colorectal cancer.

Found in Shaklee’s Liver DTX Complex

Good Health is a choice we make each day.  Are you making the correct choices to have a healthier life, a longer life, a better quality of life as you age?  Don’t you deserve the best life has to offer?  My choice is prevention.  I am doing all that I can to prevent disease.  Prevention is better than disease care any day.  So make you choice and join me in prevention.  Stay well!

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

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“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!

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

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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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