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Tips for Immune System Support

Cold and Flu Season is here again!  Keeping healthy during the Winter and early Spring makes for a happier Holiday Season and start to the New Year.  Since your immune system is complicated, there are many components to keeping healthy.

One part is Lifestyle.  If you smoke, are stressed, eat the wrong kinds of foods, drink too many Sodas,  don’t get enough sleep and so on, your immune system can be compromised.  Make a few simple changes over the course of a month or so. I know, I know, change is not fun, but then neither is the Flu!  So you decide:  Make a few changes or get sick.  The choice is yours.  I choose to be healthy!

Start with getting enough sleep.  Go to bed a bit earlier.  Turn off the TV!  In fact, don’t even have a TV in the bedroom.  Replace your pillow with one that properly supports your head and neck.  Keep the room at a comfortable temperature for sleep.  I don’t like to be too warm when I sleep, but you might like a warmer room, so adjust the temperature to your needs.  Get those 8 hours each night and your body will thank you!

Now look at your diet. Keep your weight at it’s optimum number. According to a blog post by Dr. Jamie McManus, “Supporting your immune system with great nutrition is one of the best ways to get a leg up in keeping you well.”

Dr. McManus suggests  “the first place to start is to ensure your body is getting enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Protein is especially important and essential for the health of the immune system. Healthy fats (EPA and DHA) are important to the immune system as well.”
Look for foods withMushrooms the nutrients your body needs to stay strong such as vitamin C, vitamin A, antioxidants, zinc and magnesium.

For an extra boost, remember foods have medicinal properties!  So include these often in your diet and enjoy the goodness of taste and immune system support.  Here is Dr. McManus’ list of medicinal foods:

1.  Mushrooms (shiitake, matsutake, and others) have a long history of helping support the immune system, especially the reishi mushroom in traditional Chinese medicine. Modern science has shown that mushrooms contain substances (such as beta-glucans and others) that can enhance immune system function.
2.  Garlic and onions not only taste great but research suggests they have the ability to modulate immune function.
3.  Herbs such as turmeric, ginger, and others have long been used as spices and to preserve foods; these herbs also have benefits for our immune system.Vitalized_Immunity

Of course I use several products from Shaklee that target the immune system components.  I take Shaklee’s Vitalizer each day which is filled with antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and so much more.  In addition, I add NutriFeron each day and Vitalized Immunity.  I keep the good fats high such as EPA and DHA found in the OmegaGuard and Vitalizer.   Visit my Shaklee site for more immune system products.

Staying healthy year round is possible when you make smart choices for your good health!  Don’t wait till you start feeling bad, start now and enjoy a healthy Holiday Season and New Year!

Fueling Options for Sports Events

Before, during and after events, be sure to hydrate with cool liquids in small amounts,early and often.  According to Les Wong, Shaklee’s VP of Health Sciences, Shaklee Corporation, Shaklee has been working with Elite Athletes for over 30 years.  Shaklee Powered Athletes have won over 100 medals in the Winter and Summer Olympic games along with many other elite athletic competitions.  Sports drinks like Shaklee Performance can be especially helpful but should first be tested in training before use in competition.
Pre-Event:  Nutritious foods including sandwiches, salads, fruits, and Shaklee Cinch Meal Bars or Snack Bars are best consumed 2 – 4 Hours before exercise.  More rapidly absorbed Nutritional Shakes including Cinch Shakes or Meal Shakes may be consumed as little as 1 Hour before a event depending on an individual’s digestive comfort.  Continue hydration right up to the start of training or competition  (Energy Chews may be considered an energy boost 15-30 minutes prior to competition.)

During:  Continue hydration every 15 – 30 minutes, depending on conditions. For events lasting more than an hour, nutrition bars, gels and rapidly digested carbohydrate rich foods, including fruits like bananas, apples and bagels, may be consumed in addition to fluids.

Post Event:  Protein, carbohydrate, and fluids should be consumed immediately after exercise to maximize muscle energy refueling, muscle repair and ,muscle rebuilding.  Physique is proven to trigger the body’s anabolic state and enhance the body’s recovery process in response to exercise.  Continue to hydrate post-exercise and consume additional Physique (or other foods) an hour or two after exercise, especially if you have daily or multiple workout sessions.

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!

How I said Good bye to Colds & Sinus Infections

What A Powerful Breakthrough in Immune System Science has done for me!

I have been using NutriFeron from Shaklee Corporation since it debuted and will not be without it.  Having suffered through so many colds, sinus infections, ear aches and bouts of flu, using NutriFeron seemed liked a natural progression in my “wellness” care.

At the time, I was taking prescription anti-histamines, prescription decongestants, prescription inhalers, major prescription anti-biotics and was still sick!  I had a monthly meeting with my druggist and knew more about his children’s sports scores than I wanted to know.  So much for wellness in the medical community.  Masking my symptoms made me feel drowsy with a irritated stomach and intestinal tract.  All the medications I was taking did not get rid of the sinus and cold problems.

Then with the addition of NutriFeron and Shaklee’s Alfalfa Complex, my sinus woes disappeared.  Now they are a faint memory.  No more antibiotics! No more anti-histamines, no more decongestants.  I can breathe no matter where I am.  I travel a lot with my business, so I am in and out of all sorts of different pollens, germs, viruses and such.  But my immune system is so charged with the NutriFeron, I rarely even get a tickle in the back of my throat.  And when I do get that odd tickle, I take a few more NutriFeron, a few more Alfalfa Complex and add in a few days of Shaklee’s Defend and Resist.

Below is some information from Shaklee about how NutriFeron works in your body.  10 Reasons to make that addition now.  Try it and if you don’t notice a difference, you can get your money back with Shaklee’s 100% Money Back Guarantee.  All natural from the Japanese scientist who help find interferon in our bodies, NutriFeron really works.  Stay Well, Elise.

A Shaklee exclusive,NutriFeron®is a patented, clinically proven blend of immune-strengthening plant extracts. When used daily, it increases the production of your body’s natural interferon, a critical activator of the immune system. NutriFeron works at the cellular level, by rapidly activating your immune system’s defenses.*

Shaklee NutriFeron

10 Reasons to Support Your Immune System with NutriFeron®

Now more than ever is the time to take care of yourself. Every day your immune system has to protect you from millions of microbes that inhabit your surroundings—microbes you may be breathing, eating, touching, or sharing.
     1. Naturally Boosts Interferon Levels
Scientists have identified interferon as being critical to healthy immune function. NutriFeron is the ONLY DIETARY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. created by the immunologist who discovered interferon THAT NATURALLY INCREASES THE PRODUCTION OF INTERFERON IN THE BODY.*     

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     2. Created by the Discoverer of Interferon
Dr. Yasuhiko Kojima, the world-renowned immunologist who discovered interferon in 1954, dedicated 40 years of research to finding natural compounds that would provide a boost to interferon production. This patented botanical blend is found in NutriFeron. NutriFeron from Shaklee is the ONLY IMMUNITY SUPPLEMENT IN THE U.S. CREATED BY THE DISCOVERER OF INTERFERON.

    3. 40 Years of Research
After 40 years of painstaking research testing hundreds of natural compounds and herbs, Dr. Kojima developed a UNIQUE BLEND OF FOUR POWERFUL PLANT EXTRACTS that boosts the body’s natural production of interferon.*
     4. Patented Blend of Interferon-Boosting Plant Extracts
NutriFeron boasts the MACH® patented blend of interferon-boosting plant extracts, AN EXCLUSIVE FORMULA that includes pumpkin seed extract, safflower flower extract, Asian Plantain seed extract, and Japanese Honeysuckle flower extract. Each serving provides 500 mg of immunity-bolstering ingredients.* 

     5. Supported by Four Human Clinical Studies**
Four published clinical studies confirm the extraordinary health and immune-supporting benefits of the proprietary blend of plant extracts found in NutriFeron. This potent-yet-safe phytonutrient blend provides immune support right at the cellular level.*
     6. Exclusive Formula Protected by 3 Patents
NutriFeron is supported by THREE patents and is available only through Shaklee Independent Distributors. This unique, patented formula is a Shaklee exclusive. Being my Shaklee Customer opens you to 100% Money Back Guarantee, 15% discount when you are a Shaklee Member, plus amazing Customer Service.  You Deserve the Best, don’t you?!
     7. Made to the Highest Quality Standards

Purity Potency Performance

A powerfully effective supplement, NutriFeron has been subjected to a stringent set of scientific tests for safety, purity, potency, and performance.
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Preliminary studies suggest that NutriFeron balances your immune response against
environmental irritants and airborne pollutants.*     
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What Does Interferon Do?
Interferon serves two important functions:*
✔ To signal surrounding cells to trigger their response mechanisms.
✔ To activate immune cells to respond.  Interferon is essential to the immune system and helps protect us from the daily exposure to millions of potential invaders that we confront each day.
Who Should Use NutriFeron?
✔ Anyone over 12 years of age with busy, stressful lifestyles who wants to unleash their immune system*
✔ Those who want to balance their immune response to environmental irritants and airborne pollutants*

Join me in good health with your purchase of Shaklee’s NutriFeron!  I use NutriFeron daily and have benefited from the immune boost.  Join me!  Visit my personal Shaklee Store, http://Elise.MyShaklee.com , to purchase and find more information on Shaklee’s NutriFeron.

**Human Clinical Studies
1. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. Clinical efficacy of EH0202, a Kampo formula, on the health of middle-aged women. Am J Chin Med. 2004; 32(5):755-770.
2. Ushiroyama T, Yoshida S, Tadaki K, Ikeda A, Ueki M. A pilot study of a Kampo formula, EH0202, with intriguing results for menopausal symptoms. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Apr; 10(2):397-399.
3. Kaji K, Yoshida S, Nagata N, Yamashita T, Mizukoshi E, Honda M, Kojima Y, Kaneko S. An open-label study of administration of EH0202, a health-food additive, to patients with chronic hepatitis C. J Gastroenterol. 2004 Sep; 39 (9):873-878.
4. Kubo M, Hashimoto Y, Yoshida S. The effect of health food containing EH0202 on physical and mental symptoms accompanying menstruation in women with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Clin Pharm Ther. 2004; 14(2):129-142

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 




The Ultimate Foundation for a Healthier Life

I have been using Shaklee’s Vitalizer since it deputed and I feel great!  When something works you naturally want share that product or service with everyone you know!

Shaklee says that Vitalizer is the ultimate foundation for a longer healthier life.  Now I am all for being healthier longer.  Illness and disease control is not interesting to me.  What I like best about Shaklee’s Vitalizer is that it is easy,and I am all for easy and quick.  Since all the 80

Bio-optimized vitamins, minerals along with 77x’s more polyphenols ounce per ounce than juice and an amazing amount of anti-oxidants are all delivered in one strip, I get a great foundation for a healthier life in one easy to use strip!  How easy is that.

Feel Better in 30 Days or Your Money Back!

According to Shaklee, “Vitalizer is the most advanced multinutrient supplement pack in the marketplace today, and it features a patent-pending delivery system designed to enhance absorption of key nutrients. Vitalizer is more than just a single multivitamin—with 80 bio-optimized nutrients clinically proven to create a foundation for a longer, healthier life, it’s the only comprehensive multinutrient supplement pack you need. There’s a Vitalizer that’s right for everyone.

Backed by 55 years of nutrition science, a first-of-its-kind Landmark Study, 12 clinical trials, and with formulas that target the specific health needs of men, women, and active adults, Shaklee Vitalizer is the first step toward an optimal nutritional foundation.”

Now for the best part.  Shaklee has a new offer for you.  When you purchase any of the 4 Shaklee Vitalizer products as a new member, you will receive Free Shaklee Membership.  Not only will you save $19.95, you will also receive a 15% discount on all your future Shaklee product purchases.

So join me in feeling better, join me in having more energy, join me in filling in those nutritional gaps we all have in our diets!  Vitalizer is a great foundation to a longer healthier life, guaranteed to make you feel better in 30 days, or you get your money back.  You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.  Join me!

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.

Be Healthy

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!

Phthalates Linked to ADHD in Study

A recent study by Korean researchers found a link between Phthalates and ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder).  Dr Yun-Chul Hong, MD, PhD, senior author of the study said that this study is the first documented association between Phthalates and ADHA in school age children.  In this study of 261 Korean school children, age 8 to 11, the higher the level of Phthalates in the urine, the worse the ADHD symptoms.

Phthalates are often found in toys, cleaning materials, personal care products such as shampoos, air fresheners and lotions and plastics.  While this study is not the final word on the relationship of Phthalates and ADHA, is does gives reason for more study and caution in using products with Phthalates.

Children are particularly sensitive to chemicals in since there bodies are so small.  They do not have the same ability to deal with toxic exposure as adults.  So be careful and mindful when choosing products for children.  Stay Well!

Dealing with Stressfull Holidays

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

Fountain and Lights by Elise Hearn 2009

So how is it going this December?  Is your calendar full of parties, family gatherings, programs at school, church, community?  Is your shopping complete? Perfect presents chosen and wrapped for everyone on your list?  You did make a list didn’t you?  How is the house looking?  Decorations up and looking good?  Trees decorated?  Cookies made? Cards signed, addressed and mailed?  Bedrooms ready for the in-laws?  Casseroles waiting in the freezer for all those holiday meals?  Turkey, ham, goose, duck waiting for final preparation?

This could go on and on and on!   We all know what extra pressure the holidays bring to our lives.  Often we forget the real reasons we are doing all these activities!  Stress takes over and we end up grumpy, tired, irritated, depressed and miserable.  What to do!?!

Stress can be dealt with in several ways.  One thing is to make a list of things you need to accomplish each day, keeping 3 to 5 chores on the list, no more.  Don’t overload your day.  Keep the tasks each day in a reasonable amount of time and effort, spreading the harder chores over time (and maybe people too) will help keep you energized.

Ask for help and expect help with bigger projects.  Dinner for the extended family means others can bring different dishes, the kids can set the tables, your spouse can do the last minute dusting and vacuuming!  Asking for help is a good thing!  People like to feel useful and part of an event.  So delegate those chores!  You are making others feel needed and wanted. Perfect.

Choose Healthy Snacks

Choose Healthy Snacks

Another way to help with stress is to exercise and eat good food each day.  Keep up the membership to the gym and use it during the holidays!  You will be able to work off that extra cookie and not gain weight during the holidays!    Look at the events on your calendar and plan light meals before these events.  Choose a protein shake and drink a warm cup of green tea!  Then when you are at the event, all those high calorie finger foods will be easier to limit.  Choose your calories and carbohydrates with care and enjoy those seasonal treats with no guilt.  Keep your immune system happy and healthy, while lowering stress.

Enjoy the time with family and friends!  Time flies and hot summer will be here next week! Stay well.

Just how much Protein do We Need?

HealthApple

Eating Healthy is Our Choice

As we enter the holiday season, we will be presented with many opportunities to eat things that are not healthy for us.  Yes they taste good, but our body does not always need or process these “foods” really well.  We have been talking about Protein in several previous posts and in this post we will get ideas on how much Protein we need each day.

“Although no one-size-fits-all answer exists for that question and research on the topic is still emerging, the current recommended dietary allowance for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight per day for healthy young adults. That comes to about 62 grams of protein a day for a person who weighs 170 pounds. Although growing children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and older adults may need a little more (1.0–1.3 grams per kilogram of body weight), getting the minimum daily requirement of protein is fairly easy. Cereal with milk for breakfast, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and a piece of fish with a side of beans for dinner adds up to about 70 grams of protein.

It’s also important to pay attention to what comes along with the protein in your food choices. An eight-ounce broiled porterhouse steak is a great source of complete protein—54 grams worth. But it also delivers 44 grams of fat, 16 of which are saturated. Saturated fats raise blood cholesterol, and high blood cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease. On the other hand, a cup of cooked lentils has 18 grams of protein, but less than one gram of fat.

Vegetable sources of protein, including soy protein beverage mixes, are also an excellent choice and many also provide healthful amounts of other essential nutrients such as fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The best animal protein choices are fish and poultry. If you are partial to red meat, such as beef, pork, or lamb, stick with the leanest cuts, choose moderate portion sizes, and make it only an occasional part of your diet.”

Have fun during the Holiday Season, celebrate with family and friends and stay healthy at the same time! The choice is yours.  You Deserve Health!

Source:  Health Sciences Bulletin from Shaklee Corp.  2009

Protein–A Powerful Necessity for the Human Body

Cafe Late Cinch Shake

Cafe Latte Cinch from Shaklee

Over the next few posts we will delve into Protein and the impact that Protein has on the human body.  My main source for this series is Shaklee’s Health Bulletin by Dr. Jamie McManus.  Dr. McManus puts the need for protein and its benefits in easy to understand terms. I hope that  you learn as much from this information as me!

Protein is essential to the growth, repair, and maintenance of all body tissues. It’s also required for making enzymes – catalysts essential to all life processes, and hormones – powerful chemical messengers that circulate through your bloodstream to specific target cells, where they generate a wide range of biological responses.  Protein also helps your body maintain fluid and electrolyte balance, provides a source of energy, and helps your body fight off disease. These are the powers of protein!

These powers are made possible by consuming adequate amounts of dietary protein from a variety of lean meats, fish, and poultry, as well as soy and milk, which supply the body with amino acids, the basic building blocks from which the body can make its own body proteins.

More to come! Stay well!

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