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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.

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

It’s a Matter of Life or Death

Your weight.  It is a matter of Life or Death.  Your Life or Your Death.  What will you choose?
Fact:  1 out of 2 obese people will die prematurely due to complications associated with their weight.
Health Consequences:    
Stroke
Dyslipidemia
Hypertension
Osteoarthritis
Type 2 diabetes
 Gallbladder disease
Coronary heart disease
Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Why most diets fail: You Lose Weight from Lean Muscle & Fat, That leads to a  Reduced Metabolic Rate, which leads to an Increase in Fat Storage
Then:  with a Reduced Metabolic Rate and the Loss of Muscle you Regain Weight from Fat.  YoYo.

This vicious cycle is repeated over and over each time you try to lose weight incorrectly.  To lose weight the right way, you need to prevent muscle loss.
Why?  Because Muscle = Metabolism.   Stop YoYo-ing!

Shaklee has a Weight Loss program that is powered with an essential amino acid called Leucine.  The products in the Cinch Inch Loss Plan are formulated to help you break the vicious diet cycle.

  • Cinch contains a proprietary clinically tested LEUCINE formula*
  • Leucine is an essential amino acid that helps you lose weight the right way
  • Leucine helps the body retain and even build lean muscle
  • Leucine supports a healthy metabolism by preserving muscle

In a pilot study, participants lost an average of 15 pounds in 12 weeks.  Thousands of people have lost weight safely with Cinch and kept it off for years! Join the Cinch Inch Transformation this year.  I have used Cinch Shakes, Snack Bars and Meal-in-a-Bars for several years with success.  The Cinch Protein Shakes for breakfast keep me going during my busy mornings while the Cinch Tea with a Lemon-Cranberry Snack Bar in mid-afternoon make for a successful day.

Free $100 Shaklee CInch Sampler with $70 order*

Join me in getting back to your healthy weight.  Having more energy, lower blood pressure and more fun are some of my reasons to get Cinched this year.  What are yours?  For details on 2 great Shaklee Cinch offers, visit my Shaklee online store.

Holiday Stress Relief

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

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

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

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

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

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

Still “Sick & Tired”?

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

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

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

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

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

More to come in the next post. Stay Well

Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired?

Recently my daughter and her husband went to a Halloween costume event at their workplace.  They went as “Sick & Tired”.  Daughter dressed in comfortable pj’s and carried a stuffed animal, and son-in-law put a light green tinted make-up on his face, darkening the circles under his eyes and  such.  They were quite the pair!

But they got me to thinking about all the people who complain about being “Sick & Tired”.  Folks everywhere complain about not enough sleep, sinus problems, allergies, stomach upsets,  colon problems, asthma and more.  Then the question arises as to what they are doing to combat all these ailments?  Do they even know what is causing all these problems?  Do they know that there are good natural solutions for most of these ailments?

Recent reports from Doctors and Public Health Experts have said that up to 75% of the heart disease, diabetes, strokes and arthritis, cancer and obesity are preventable! 75% PREVENTABLE. So to prevent a disease we have to take control of and responsibility for our own health.  So we can stop be “Sick & Tired”.

Taking responsibility and control of our own health means we exercise regularly, use wise supplementation and watch our diet.  Eating organic fruits and vegetables, walking or working out regularly and using natural supplements to fill in the deficits of our diet due to the loss of nutritional value because of the way our foods are produced.

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The good news is that small positive changes in our weight (weight loss) can give us huge benefits.  As we loose weight, we have increased mobility which makes exercise easier.  We have lower blood pressure since there is less area for blood to move through making less work for the heart.  We tend to have lower cholesterol since we are eating more fruits and vegetables and less fast food.  We have an increase in energy, our mood is better and our self esteem rises.  Our blood sugar lowers and and we reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

You deserve the best don’t you?  Why not take control of your health and do something good for your self!  Eat an organic diet, exercise regularly and use wise supplementation Health is your choice, make is a good one!

Prevention and Preparedness

I love to travel!  Road trips are fun to me. However, I must be ready for travel.   Before I travel I have my car checked out by my trusted mechanic.  Tires are rotated and checked, oil is changes, belts are checked for wear, fluid levels are checked, windows are washed and mirrors adjusted.  I check on road conditions for repair work and possible closures.  I also check the weather to avoid driving into a snow storm or heavy rain if possible.

When I travel I take with me maps for the trip, flashlights and extra batteries, food, water, cell phones, chargers, phone numbers written on paper,  a small amount of cash just in case I want a candy bar as a treat along the way and a blanket in case I get cold.  I check the local radio stations at the top and bottom of the hours for traffic and weather updates.

As you can see there are 2 separate but equally important parts of my trip. Prevention and Preparedness.  The Prevention is having the car checked out, belts tightened, oil changed and such.  The Preparation is having a map, a plan for the drive, having food, water and supplies for the trip and such.

While Prevention and Preparedness are different, they work together to make for a safer trip and an easier life.  Knowing the weather ahead of time I can arrange my travel time to miss most of the storm.  Knowing the roads I need to take, having the map with me, I am able to find alternate routes during the trip should there be an accident blocking the highway I am traveling.

Being flexible is important.  Road conditions change, unexpected repairs pop up, weather patterns shift, accidents happen.  But by being ready for those unexpected changes make for a smoother trip.  Having taken responsibility for knowing the route, having the car in good condition for travel and leaving early in case of a surprise on the road create an atmosphere of confidence and calm.  There is no Panic should something change along the route.

Now can you say the same for the way you approach your health? Remember, your

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health is the most valuable possession you have.  How much Prevention do you practice concerning your health?  How Prepared  are you for the aging process that begins to happen around age 20 or so?

Doctors and public health experts agree…..Heart Disease and Stroke, Cancer, and Diabetes—are among the most prevalent, costly, and preventable of all health problems. It is estimated tbat these diseases are 75% Preventable!

Primary Prevention: Diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help prevent the development of diseases.  Secondary Prevention or Preparedness:  Diet, lifestyle, wise supplementation and weight loss can help slow the progression of and/or decrease the consequences of diseases that already exist.

So check out your Prevention and Preparedness!  Don’t get caught in going the wrong way on a one-way street!  It has been said, ” In Youth we lose our Health in pursuit of Wealth, but in Age we lose our Wealth in pursuit of Health.”  We no longer need to follow that plan!

Diet, lifestyle, supplementation and weight loss can help
slow the progression of and/or decrease the consequences
of diseases that already exist

Obesity, Diabetes and Hypertension in US Population

In results from recent NAHANES studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it was noted that over one-third of the population over age 20 has a chronic health problem. Some are diagnosed while others remain un-diagnosed. Obesity, Hypertension and Diabetes, high Cholesterol were found to be increasing.  These diseases are life threatening  and are associated with cardiovascular disease.  A high percentage are preventable using diet, exercise and wise supplementation.  Prevention is something we can all practice.

The key findings were listed as:

*  Forty-five percent of adults had at least one of three diagnosed or undiagnosed chronic conditions—hypertension, hypercholesterolemia(high Cholesterol), or diabetes; one in eight adults (13%) had two of these conditions; and 3% of adults had all three chronic conditions.
* Nearly one in seven U.S. adults (15%) had one or more of these conditions undiagnosed.
* Non-Hispanic black persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white and Mexican-American persons to have at least one of the three conditions (diagnosed or undiagnosed).
* Non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white persons were more likely than Mexican-American persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and hyper-cholesterolemia. Non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American persons were more likely than non-Hispanic white persons to have both diagnosed or undiagnosed hypertension and diabetes.

The study found race and ethnicity disparities in adult obesity.  “Among women in 2007–2008, non-Hispanic black women (49.6%) were significantly more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similarly, Mexican-American women (45.1%) were more likely to be obese than non-Hispanic white women (33.0%). Similar disparities existed in 1988–1994 (22.9% of non-Hispanic white women, 38.3% of non-Hispanic black women, and 35.3% of Mexican-American women were obese).”

Similar disparities were found among men as well with “non-Hispanic black men showing an increase in obesity at 37.3%, while Mexican American men had an increase to 35.9%  and non-Hispanic white men had an increase to 31.9% of the population.”  Use the links to both studies to find out more.  Remember to keep up the diet, exercise and good supplementation to be healthier!  Stay Well, Elise

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