Healthy Cleanse

As I wrote in a recent blog post, Shaklee has just released its Healthy Cleanse.  This is a 7-day program of clean eating and supplements to help reduce toxins in the body.

I figured if I were going to recommend the Healthy Cleanse to anyone else I’d better try it out for myself!  Since I had appendicitis almost 5 weeks ago and can tell I still have anesthetic medications floating around in my body, it’s a great time for me to do the Cleanse.

Today is Day 6 of my Healthy Cleanse.  I’d like to tell you a little bit of my experience with the Cleanse.

First of all, why would someone choose to do a cleanse in the first place?  Are you having problems with fatigue, food cravings, brain fog or digestive issues? A cleanse may help.

We are all exposed to toxic substances all day, every day.  Over time they can build up in the body, especially in the body fat.  Anyone who has had a hangover knows the effects of a buildup of toxic substances.  You can get similar but milder effects with long-term buildup.

A cleanse is a short time of less-garbage-in and more-garbage-out.  It pairs a very clean diet of vegetables, fruits, small amounts of protein and healthy fats with supplements to assist the liver in clearing toxic substances from the body.

Shaklee’s Healthy Cleanse has been validated with a pilot study.  Study participants had better digestion, better energy and focus, better sleep and felt less hungry after completing the cleanse.

The Healthy Cleanse is a great way to jump-start weight loss and fight cravings.  I’ve been struggling really hard with my sweet tooth lately, and have gained a few pounds over the summer.  My hope is that the Healthy Cleanse will turn things around for me!

Today is Day 6 of my Cleanse.  I have been very pleased with how the Cleanse has gone so far.  The first day was rough for me.  I had pretty bad fatigue, body aches and headaches.  A detox reaction is expected during a cleanse so I wasn’t concerned.  The only other cleanse I’ve done had the detox reaction at Day 4 so I was pleased it was over so quickly.

Each day since then has been better.  Today I had my martial arts class and it’s really the first time I tried to exercise since starting the Cleanse.  I got out of breath very quickly but generally managed OK, which was a surprise to me.

On Monday I will weigh in and find out how many pounds I’ve lost.  My rings are fitting much more loosely so I know I’ve lost some water weight.

Hopefully as I come off the Cleanse I’ll be able to carry forwards some of the clean eating habits I’ve used this week.  I do have some weight to lose so I will be starting back on the Life Plan this week.

Are you looking to start a weight loss program but struggling with cravings and fatigue?  Shaklee’s Healthy Cleanse may be just what you need to get you on the right track and increase your chance of success!

QUESTION:  Do you have problems with cravings that have made it hard to lose weight?

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Staying Healthy In High School

Here we go!  High school is definitely the biggest adventure our teenagers have ever had.

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However, it is also the time when they have the most opportunity to get in trouble that they have ever had.  My son started high school this week and I am TERRIFIED!

Well, excited and terrified.  Proud, excited and terrified.  I know he’s going to be pushed to grow beyond anything he thinks is possible.  Expected to perform academically and personally at the highest level.  Held to the highest ethical standards.  He will gain skills he will need to succeed as an adult.  I wouldn’t want anything less for him!

I also know he will have much more opportunity to do unhealthy things.  As parents our teens need us to continually encourage them to take better care of their bodies and minds.

There are 3 main things we can do to give our teens the best shot at staying healthy in high school and building good habits they can take into college and beyond.

Sleep

Teens are teens, they are NOT adults.  They still need 9 hours of sleep or more per night.  I know it’s not cool but they really need a strong bedtime in order for them to have the energy and mind power to learn and perform at the highest level.

Sleep deprivation not only makes people tired and irritable but it interferes with learning and retaining new information.  It slows reaction time (like when driving!) and interferes with good decision-making.  And it suppresses the immune system and promotes weight gain.

The most neglected health measure in teenagers is sleep.  There is no substitute for it, no pill you can take to replace it, and no single thing you can do to help your teen succeed than make sure they get enough sleep.

Nutrition

No one can perform without good fuel.  It’s not realistic to expect that teenagers aren’t going to eat pizza, drink soda, and indulge in other junk foods especially when they’re out with their friends.

However, encouraging them to get their fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts and seeds whenever possible is very important.  Also making sure they take a good quality multivitamin is smart.

There are other nutritional supplements that can help manage stress such as B complex, magnesium and fish oil.  Shaklee’s Stress Relief Complex is awesome for extra stressful times.

Connection

Teens have opportunities to get into all kinds of trouble in high school.  Drugs, alcohol, smoking, sex.  Studies have shown that they are much less likely to engage in risky behavior if they have strong social connections.

Whose opinion matters to your child?  Who would they NOT want to explain themselves to if they wind up in trouble?  It doesn’t have to just be you.  Keeping them involved in church and youth group, a sport, a volunteer organization or a job that is very important to them gives you leverage to help them think twice before taking dangerous risks.

The old adage that “It takes a village to raise a child” is very true.  You don’t have to do all the heavy lifting.  Engaging your teens with strong positive role models will help reinforce the messages you’re giving them at home about responsibility, safety and making good healthy choices.

Imagine you’re going to ride a roller coaster, the biggest and fastest one in the world.  When that restraint bar comes down, you push at it, right?  You don’t push at it hoping it will give way, do you?  You push at it to make sure it’s secure, that it will hold you safe when the ride turns you upside down.

Please remember that you are your teens’ restraint system.  They just climbed onto the biggest, fastest, most dangerous roller coaster they have ever ridden.  When that ride turns THEM upside down by throwing new decisions and dangerous choices at them, they depend on you to hold them safe.

Pushing at your rules is teenagers’ way of testing the restraint.  Don’t give.  They depend on you to keep them safe, even when they act like that’s the last thing in the world they want.

QUESTION:  Any words of wisdom for me as my baby climbs onto this roller coaster?  What helped you help your teen negotiate the joys and perils of high school?

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Nutrition And Thyroid Function

As noted in an earlier post, we are seeing an absolute epidemic of autoimmune thyroid disease.  Many patients have low levels of antibodies but I have seen some patients with antibody levels so high they are not measurable by my lab.

In general patients with low levels of anti-thyroid antibodies may have no symptoms at all.  However many patients are tired, constipated, depressed and gaining weight in spite of a healthy diet and regular exercise.

What is the link between nutrition and thyroid disease?

The addition of iodine to table salt was one of the first attempts to prevent a disease through a public health measure.  Its success led to other such measures, such as the addition of fluoride to city drinking water and folic acid to bread and other grain products.

Iodine is an essential mineral for thyroid function.  However, it is a double-edged sword.  Soon after the problems of iodine deficiency subsided, it was noticed that more and more cases of autoimmune thyroiditis were being seen.  Autoimmune thyroiditis is now the most common cause of thyroid disease.

It seems that iodine is a nutrient that has a narrow window of safe intake.  Too little and the thyroid can’t function well because it can’t make thyroid hormones.  Too much and it is associated with an autoimmune reaction that attacks the thyroid tissues.

(To be clear, it is not understood how autoimmune thyroid disease comes about.  A clear cause has not been identified and it’s entirely possible that excess thyroid intake is ASSOCIATED with autoimmune thyroiditis but not a CAUSE.  An association does not prove a causative relationship.)

How much is enough, and how much is too much?  As of right now, the recommended daily intake (RDI) of iodine is 150 mcg, 220 mcg in pregnant and breastfeeding women.  It seems that more than 300 mcg of daily intake is associated with increased risks of autoimmune thyroid disease.

So for iodine, it seems like less than 150 mcg per day is too little, and more than 300 mcg per day is too much.

What about selenium?  Selenium is a trace mineral that is very important for thyroid function.  Changing thyroxine (T4) to the active form of thyroid hormone (T3) requires an enzyme that depends on selenium to function.

Low blood selenium levels are more common in patients with Hashimoto’s disease and Grave’s disease, two of the most common autoimmune thyroid diseases.  Selenium supplementation reduces inflammatory molecules and also decreases blood levels of antibodies against the thyroid gland.

Can you get too much selenium?  The RDI is 70 mcg but when I have a patient with Hashimoto’s disease I ask them to take 200 mcg in addition to their multivitamin.

Iodine is present in particularly rich amounts in foods that come from the sea.  Fish, shellfish and seaweed are excellent sources.  Check here for more information about foods that are good sources of iodine.

Blood tests are not reliable for iodine intake, although they are accurate for selenium.  The best test to check your iodine status would be a 24-hour urine excretion.  You can ask your doctor to order these tests if you have Hashimoto’s or Grave’s disease or hypothyroidism.

It is good to take a multivitamin that has 100% RDI of iodine, especially if you avoid using the salt shaker or if you prefer to use sea salt or Himalayan salt.  Neither of those salt products have iodine in them.

If you have autoimmune thyroid disease (or want to avoid getting it) make sure you are getting the right amount of iodine in your diet.  You should also consider taking extra selenium.  Asking your doctor to check levels of these two nutrients may be helpful, but isn’t absolutely necessary.

Source: Duntas LH. Horm Metab Res. 2015 Sep;47(10):721-6

QUESTION: Do you have Hashimoto’s disease or Grave’s disease?  Do you watch your iodine and selenium intake?

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Update From Shaklee Live

I have been spending the last 3 days at Shaklee Live surrounded by amazing people committed to improving the lives and health of everyone around them.  Shaklee has really outdone themselves with the new products and tools to help create a healthier life for everyone and a better life for everyone!

There are 3 major updates that I wanted to share with you today.  The first is a way for anyone to get a personalized nutrition plan to address your health goals.  The second is an exciting update to one of Shaklee’s workhorse products to address issues vital to EVERY woman of childbearing age.  And the third is a new program to jumpstart weight loss and improve mental focus, energy and sleep.

  1. HealthPrint

I recently developed a questionnaire to help me get a better handle on what my customers’ goals and health needs are.  Shaklee swiped my idea, LOL!

In fairness, they had the idea first.  They’ve been working for months to create a web-based questionnaire to really drill down into your current health status and your goals to give you a personalized nutrition plan.

Want to see?  There’s no cost, no commitment and no reason not to check it out!  It takes about 5 minutes.  Click this link to start.  Current members of the Shaklee Family will log in to the website.  Here’s a video about it!

  1. New prenatal labeling for Vitalizer Women and Vita Lea with Iron

So many young women trying to start a family rely on Shaklee supplementation, but often they are told by their obstetrician that they need to switch to a prescription prenatal vitamin when they are pregnant and breastfeeding.  Not anymore!!

Shaklee has increased the amount of folic acid and iodine in Vita Lea with Iron (and Vitalizer Women, which includes Vita Lea with Iron).  This brings the nutritional support of these products up to prenatal standards!  They are very well tolerated even by women in the first trimester, who don’t tolerate ANYTHING.

Since the most critical time to provide strong nutritional support to a developing baby is actually BEFORE a woman even knows she is pregnant, this is a HUGE advance in protecting the health of growing families.  If you are a woman of childbearing age (or know and love a woman of childbearing age) please take a look at these products!  Click here to read more or watch this video!

(Can you tell I just figured out how to embed videos in my blog?  Skill acquired, Blogger Level Up Achieved!!  LOL!)

  1. Healthy Cleanse

Last year Shaklee had started working on a healthy cleanse for detox purposes.  We live in a toxic world, where the liver is constantly bombarded with food additives and other toxic stuff in our diet, drinking water and skin care products.

Many people turn to harsh laxatives, juicing and other questionable practices to try to detox their bodies.  Often this leads to diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue and overwhelming hunger.

Shaklee has released the Healthy Cleanse, a 7-day program of healthy eating and nutritional support to jumpstart weight loss, improve energy and sleep, and create better mental focus.  It should decrease cravings for unhealthy foods like sugar and salt.

If you’re ready to get serious about weight loss, this is a great way to start.  It’s a nice precursor to the Turnaround Kit and can be used with Vitalizer or the Vitalizing Plan.  I’ve created a Facebook group of people who want to do the Healthy Cleanse together, and will set a start date for the Cleanse soon.  Support makes everything easier!

Want more info?  Here’s the How-to Guide, the FAQ, and the the Order Form.

August is always an exciting time in Shaklee, the energy from our annual conference is contagious and all the new tools and new and upgraded products create such a buzz.  But ultimately what gives us all a charge is helping people live healthier lives.  Living longer, living healthier and living better is what it’s all about.

QUESTION:  I threw a ton of info at you.  What do you need to know?  Ask away!

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