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Why you should care about Metabolic Syndrome.

October 29, 2009

What the heck is Metabolic Syndrome, and why should you care?

Well, if you’ve been told you have any of the following:

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  • Central obesity (aka: You have a spare tire around your waist!)   fat_270
  • Elevated cholesterol

Then, you should care…..A LOT. You may have metabolic syndrome.

            Metabolic syndrome is also known as “Syndrome X” or “Insulin Resistance Syndrome”. It is a cluster of symptoms, that together, increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. If you have JUST ONE of the above conditions, you are at an increased risk to serious disease. If you have multiple….then your risk just increased exponentially.

            Experts don’t always agree on the exact definition of metabolic syndrome, but the combination of risk factors have been talked about in the medical profession for years – regardless of the definition. The problem is, these risk factors appear to becoming more prevalent in today’s society. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans have metabolic syndrome.

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            The American Heart Association and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommend that metabolic syndrome be identified as the presence of three or more of the following:

  1. Elevated waist circumference:
    1. Men – equal or greater than 40 inches
    2. Women – equal or greater than 35 inches
  2. Elevated blood triglycerides:
    1. Equal or grater than 150 mg/dL
  3. Reduced HDL (good cholesterol):
    1. Men – less than 40 mg/dL
    2. Women – less than 50 mg/dL
  4. Elevated blood pressure:
    1. Equal to or greater than 130/85 mm Hg
  5. Elevated fasting glucose:
    1. Equal to or greater than 100 mg/dL

Whether you have ALL the risk factors, or one, diet, weight management and lifestyle are great places to make changes. Commit to a healthier diet, getting more physical activity, losing weight, and quitting smoking.

So, here is what you can do 

  1. Diet! Dieting isn’t a complicated calculus formula. Your diet should be balanced. Eat things like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein foods like fish and white meat chicken. Cut back on foods high in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. Avoid fast foods, sugar laden sodas and cut back on using the salt shaker! You can also use meal replacement shakes for on the go – rather than stopping to get fast food. Shaklee’s Cinch shakes are a great place to start. They help you lose pound and inches while preserving muscle. Bottom line
  2. Exercise! Find activities you enjoy: walking, jogging, or swimming. Do this for 30-60 minutes most days of the week. If you have not been physically active, have physical limitations or a chronic health condition, talk to your doctor first about finding the right exercise program for you.
  3. Supplement! These can provide additional value when dealing with Metabolic Syndrome. Omega-3 fatty acids contribute to healthier triglyceride and blood pressure levels. Magnesium supports healthy blood pressure (and by the way – more than 80% of Americans may be deficient or consuming inadequate amounts).

            We can all do a better job of taking care of ourselves. That is what our family is doing. We sure are not perfect at being healthy, but we are trying! Small changes lead to big results…..so start small, rather than not starting at all!

Importance of Vitamins

October 21, 2009

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The FDA states that vitamins are essential nutrients that play an important role in living a healthy life. Millions of people worldwide take vitamin supplements as a part of a healthy living regimen.

There are numerous reasons WHY to take vitamin supplements. Your body uses vitamins for growth, digestion, and nerve function. The body actually HAS TO HAVE 13 vitamins to function: A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B-6, B-12, and folate).

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that many people consume more calories than needed without taking in recommended amounts of nutrients. The best way to intake the recommended amount of nutrients is by eating a healthy diet. According to the Director of FDA’s Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling, and Dietary Supplements, Barbara Schneeman, Ph.D., ”The Guidelines emphasize that supplements may be useful when they fill a specific identified nutrient gap that cannot or is not otherwise being met by the individual’s intake of food.” She adds, “An important point made in the guidelines is that nutrient supplements are not a substitute for a healthful diet.”

Americans are becoming more and more overweight. In the early 1980’s – 45% of Americans were overweight. Now, that number has ballooned to 66%. The consequence of poor diet’s and lack of exercise. These things are leading to an increased prevalence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, respiratory difficulties and many cancers (McClellan, Mark, MD, PhD, Changing the American Diet – Harvard School of Public Health).

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The majority of Americans are NOT even reaching minimums of nutrition through food intake. Dr. Gladys Block of UC Berkeley School of Public Health states that surveys confirm that most U.S. adults consume LESS THAN 2 servings of fruits and veggies per day (Hint – we should be consuming 7-9!!). Why is this happening:

  • Fast foods, convenience foods and take-out meals. These tend to be high in calories, saturated in trans-fats, salt and sugar.
  • The processing and refinement of foods, leading to dietary deficiencies when consumed regularly.
  • Cravings creating a vicious cycle of overeating and a sad reality of overweight and obese individuals who are actually malnourished!

So, what have we leaned: WE ARE WHAT WE EAT!

Looking for a reputable company to provide you and your family the supplements you need? For more than half a century, Shaklee has been pioneering the field of health and nutrition with innovative, quality products using state-of-the-art technologies. Today, Shaklee Corporation employs over 60 highly qualified scientists who ensure unsurpassed quality, safety and efficacy of all product lines. Shaklee has invested over $250 million in product research and development, and clinical trials. Each year, over 80,000 laboratory and quality assurance tests are performed on our products and ingredients.

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The first ever landmark study on a rare population of long-term dietary supplement users showed that people who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better health than both multivitamin and non-supplement users. If you would like detailed information regarding this study, please email me and I will forward the information to you.

Homemade protein bars

October 13, 2009

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Preparation time: 5 – 10 minutes

Yield: 1 – 9×13 inch dish, cut into squares

  • 1 cup Instant Soy Protein Mix*
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ, flax see, or flax meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded wheat, granola, or more oats
  • 1 cup Agave (or honey)**
  • 1 tsp pure Vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter or almond butter***

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. In a sauce pan, bring Agave to a boil then immediately remove from heat and add peanut butter or almond butter and vanilla. Stir until combined. Pour peanut butter mixture into bowl of dry ingredients and stir until combined – you may need to use your hands. Pres down into un-greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Cool in the refrigerator. Cut into squares.

Variations:

  • Add fruit to dry mix (1/2 cup chopped dates, raisins, cranberries, or cherries)
  • Add nuts to dry mix (almonds, walnuts, pecans, or other nuts)
  • Add 6 Tbsp. cocoa powder to dry mix
  • Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips ON TOP of mix after it is pressed into pan. Turn oven on broil. Place bars into oven for about 1 minute. Remove and use a knife to spread melted chocolate chips around on top of bars. Refrigerate.

* Shaklee Instant Soy Protein. You can use any Shaklee protein and it will turn out pretty much the same (ie: Cinch vanilla protein)

** Agave is the ideal sweetener because it does not raise your Glucose level like honey does, which will help your insulin level not rise as much.

*** Almond butter is the better option. If you use peanut butter, try to use natural or organic peanut butter.

 

 

A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Cellular Anti-Aging

October 8, 2009

Doesn’t  everyone  dream  of  FEELING  YOUNGER  and  LIVING  LONGER ?

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Exploring longevity is truly the ultimate quest, and researchers are spending billions of dollars to help us do just that. Emerging laboratory research reveals that polyphenols – such as those found in red wine – may be able to influence the cellular aging process in a positive way.

VIVIX:  A  REVOLUTIONARY  BREAKTHROUGH  IN  CELLULAR  ANTI – AGING

Researchers all over the world have attempted to slow down the aging clock. Biological changes related to aging may start as early as birth! Emerging research reveals that we may be able to influence these biological aging processes in positive ways.          

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                                    Live to 150

 

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Scientists at Shaklee, the #1 natural nutrition company in the U.S., have worked for years to create and isolate a unique profile of polyphenols shown in laboratory studies to fight cellular aging. Only Shaklee uses an exclusive, patent-pending extraction process to deliver this full spectrum of concentrated polyphenols, isolating key ingredients from the most bioactive parts of grapes. Not only have they filed multiple patents to protect this innovation, they have assured that Shaklee will have the entire output of the largest and best growers of one of the key ingredients, so that they can deliver these exclusive benefits to you!

Vivix fights cellular aging and more:

  1. Protects and repairs cellular DNA – Every cell in the body is bombarded daily by up to a million DNA – damaging assaults that can harm the cell’s genetic database, creating a “typo” that may compromise cell function and longevity.
  2. Positively impacts genetic regulators – Genetic regulators contribute to age-related cellular deterioration by controlling the dynamic balance between damage and repair, including whether a cell lives or dies.
  3. Promotes mitochondrial biogenesis – Mitochondria in our cells create energy we can’t live without. As mitochondrial efficiency decreases, cell function declines.
  4. Slow’s AGE protein formation – Excess accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGE) can cause cellular damage that can compromise cell integrity and longevity.

A 30-day supply of Vivix delivers the equivalent amount of resveratrol found in 3,000 GLASSES OF RED WINE

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♦♦♦ 2,000 Research publications ♦♦♦

Just one of the ingredients in VIVIX alone has ben referenced in over 2,500 research publications, including multiple studies conducted by Harvard University, The National Institute on Aging, and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

VIVIX ingredients also:

  • Support heart health
  • Support brain health
  • Support immune health
  • Support joint health
  • Promote cellular longevity
  • Promote good health and well-being
  • Supply antioxidants; fight free radicals
  • Increase cellular energy

Above information provided by Shaklee’s Vivix product bulletin 2009.

 

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September 22, 2009

 

 

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The DIRT on “Clean”

September 22, 2009

Are you living in a healthy home? You know that good, healthy feeling you get when you’ve

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just cleaned house? Sorry to spoil it, but you may have just made your home dirtier.

Think of it this way. You wouldn’t let your kids play with toxic chemicals, so why would you let them play on a floor that’s just been wiped with them? That’s much more dangerous than the cheerios that were just there.

 

 

 How dangerous? Just take a look:                                                                         Bleach

  • Over 90% of poison exposures happen at home.
  • Common chlorine bleach is the #1 household chemical involved in poisoning.
  • Organic pollutants, found in many common cleaners and even air fresheners, are found at levels 2 to 5 times higher inside your home than out.
  • A person who spends 15 minutes cleaning scale off shower walls could inhale three times the “acute one-hour exposure limit” for glycol ether-containing products set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
  • Common cleaners give off fumes that can potentially increase the risk of kids developing asthma, the most common chronic childhood disease.
  • 1 in 13 school-aged children has asthma. Rates in children under 5 have increased more than 160% from 1980-1994                                           Child using inhaler
  • Children are highly vulnerable to chemical toxicants. Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults. The implication of this is that children will have substantially heavier exposures than adults to any toxicants that are present in water, food, or air.
  • If your home is anything like the average U.S. home, you generate more than 20 pounds of household hazardous waste each year (the EPA designates toilet cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, oven cleaners, and bleach as hazardous waste).

 Toxic cleaners

Shocking!!!! Chemical ingredients to look out for:

Are you ready for a safe alternative?

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 These products are not only green, but they help you save your $$ green $$.  Get Clean products are super-concentrated, saving you money – ounce for ounce. You would have to spend more than $3,400  on conventional, ready to use products from major name brands to get the same amount of clean you’ll find in the Get Clean Starter Kit for $150.

 

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