Kids And Martial Arts

Do you worry about your kids?  Do you worry that they will grow up overweight and/or obese?  Are you concerned they will be the target of bullies?  Worse, will they BECOME bullies?  Are you seeing a tendency for them to boss their friends and classmates around?  Are they clumsy and prone to injury?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, martial arts training would help.  There is lots of evidence that martial arts training helps children grow up healthy and happy, able to interact comfortably in groups and one-on-one.

My family has participated in martial arts for my children’s whole lives, and over half of my life.  I have seen with my own eyes remarkable results in behavior, self-esteem and self-confidence both in children and adults.

Children with autism-spectrum disorders who have shown improvement in their ability to tolerate touch.  Children with ADHD who are able to meditate quietly for short periods.  Children with little or no self esteem or self confidence who gradually bloom into skilled teachers and leaders on (and off) the mat.

What does the science say?  There are LOTS of scientific studies published on martial arts training in kids.  Kids who study martial arts tend to enjoy physical activity more than those who don’t.  Martial arts is effective for prevention of fall-related injuries.  Martial arts training improves creativity, flexibility, self-control, and discipline.

Martial arts training benefits adults too.  I’ve seen adults with asthma develop vastly better lung function.  Core strength and stamina are particular targets of martial arts training.  Mindfulness, meditation, and stress relief are core principles.

If you choose to enroll your child in a martial arts program, how should you go about it?  Look for a school that particularly emphasizes teaching children (not as an afterthought).

Go to your prospective school(s) and observe classes.  See if the children have plenty of time to ask questions and understand the exercises and techniques.  See if the master or sensei of the school teaches the children him- or herself, or if classes are taught primarily by junior instructors.  Talk to the other parents and get an idea of what improvements they have seen in their children, as a result of the training.

Two other concerns to make sure you address before enrolling your child:

  • What is the teacher’s attitude towards bullying?  Does he or she specifically address measures to prevent and handle bullying in and outside of school?
  • What are the safety measures taken?  Injury prevention is a huge issue in martial arts, especially with developing children’s growing bones and flexible joints.  Make sure safety equipment such as mouthguards and groin protection are worn whenever contact is expected.

If you choose to enroll your child in a martial arts class, you should consider taking classes yourself.  Spending time on the mat is a great way to relieve stress and build strength, endurance and confidence that you can handle challenges that come your way.  If you’re not interested in external, combat-style arts you can consider Tai Chi, which is gentle and meditative but still has great health benefits.

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Martial arts training is of benefit to the whole family.  Give it a try!  Your results should speak for themselves.

QUESTION:  Have you tried martial arts?  What was your experience?

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Gout Risk And Lifestyle Factors

Do you know anyone with gout? I do, unfortunately, quite a few people. It is one of the few illnesses I am willing to treat sight-unseen. It is on my top-five list of illnesses I NEVER want to have, right up there with kidney stones and cluster headaches.

We’ve known for a long time that gout risk is tied to lifestyle factors. It used to be known as the “disease of kings” and was associated with a rich diet, obesity, and alcohol intake. Recent research suggests that a huge percentage of gout risk is related to four risk factors: overweight and obesity, not eating a heart-healthy diet, alcohol intake and taking a diuretic medication.

First of all, what is gout? Gout is the most common inflammatory joint disease in the US. It is related to high blood levels of a substance called uric acid. When levels of this substance get high, it creates crystals in the joints that look like tiny needles under the microscope. Just looking at the crystals hurts! No wonder this illness is so painful!

A patient’s gout risk is directly related to serum uric acid levels. What makes uric acid go up? You got it – overweight or obesity, alcohol, a diet rich in meat, saturated fat and sugar, and diuretic medications.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School analyzed NHANES survey data and found that the most important risk factor for high uric acid levels was weight. People with a body mass index (BMI) over 35 were 3.5 times more likely to have high uric acid levels (and therefore increased gout risk) compared to people with a BMI less than 25. The higher the BMI, the higher the risk.

The closer people stuck to the DASH diet (the standard heart-healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium, sugar and saturated fat) the better, too. Alcohol use increased the risk, and so did taking diuretics (water pills) for blood pressure and water retention.

If you or someone you love has gout, there are real things you can start to do TODAY to lower your uric acid levels and reduce your risk of gout attacks. You DO NOT want gout attacks. Trust me, I’ve seen them, it’s not pretty, and it is VERY painful. It will destroy your joints.

  • Stop drinking alcohol
  • Download a guide to the DASH diet and start following it. Reduce your intake of soda, sugar, processed foods, meat, dairy, eggs and shellfish. Add more fruits, veggies, beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fatty fish.
  • Over time, work on bringing your weight down. It won’t happen overnight but you CAN do it!
  • Talk to your doctor if you take water pills. The risk of causing gout isn’t huge, but it is there.

QUESTION: Do you know someone who has gout?

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Vape Lung And E-Cigarette Use

It always sucks to see a young, healthy person die. Car accidents, homicide, suicide, overdose. There are so many dangers out there! What we don’t expect a young healthy person to die from is a sudden, severe lung illness that strikes out of the blue.

Well, six people in the US have died of this sudden severe lung illness over the last few months. The CDC has received 380 reports of so-called “vape lung” over the last several months. All the patients had a history of using e-cigarettes, most had used e-cigarettes that deliver THC, many used products that deliver both THC and nicotine, and some had used only nicotine products.

There is no evidence of infection in these patients. Right now researchers believe it is a direct toxic effect of inhaling the vape liquid on the lung tissue. Many theories are being discussed about which chemicals might be responsible, but the answers aren’t clear yet.

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What symptoms should people watch out for? If you use e-cigarettes or other vape products and get sick, these symptoms mean you should see the doctor to make sure you don’t have Vape Lung:

  • Respiratory symptoms like cough, chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Systemic (whole-body) symptoms like fever, chills, fatigue and a high heart rate
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms like abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Abnormal findings on chest Xray and chest CT scan.

Please consider stopping using e-cigarettes if you already use them. Ask your doctor for help, the same treatments that help with cigarette smoking cessation help with giving up e-cigarettes. They have NOT been proven safer than cigarettes.

The most important measure, though, is not to start using e-cigarettes in the first place. It is scary to realize how many tweens and teens use e-cigarettes: over 5700 kids start vaping every day! You have to talk to your kids about this. If you need help starting the conversation, the American Lung Association has resources to help.

Vape lung is real. Vaping is not safe. It is not a good way to try to stop smoking cigarettes. Vape products are marketed to children, easy to get, and easy to hide. It is important to protect yourself and your family from these dangerous products.

QUESTION: Have you heard of vape lung? Have you tried vaping?

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Measuring Biological Age In Humans

Have you ever heard the phrase “Age is just a number”? I have patients who are young at 80 years of age, and patients who are old at 59 years of age. What’s the difference? BIOLOGICAL age.

Diet, lifestyle, inflammation, disease and many other factors combine to influence someone’s biological age. Many of these factors actually influence the way our genes are expressed – the field of epigenetics studies this phenomenon.

There is a large group of researchers studying ways to measure biological age. One way is to study DNA methylation. Aging produces predictable changes in DNA structure. Measuring these changes can give ideas about an individual’s risk of developing age-related diseases like heart attacks, dementia.

Researchers at UCLA have found that there are a number of diet and lifestyle factors that influence biological age. A lot of it makes intuitive sense. Things like abdominal obesity, smoking, high rates of inflammation (measured by blood levels of C-Reactive Protein or CRP), high blood pressure, diabetes and prediabetes are associated with accelerated aging and a higher biological age than chronological age. High triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol, part of the metabolic syndrome (along with abdominal obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol) also are associated with more rapid aging.

Conversely, there are a number of factors that slow down biological aging. Exercise and eating fresh fruits and vegetables are protective. Fatty fish and light to moderate (NOT excessive) alcohol intake also seem to slow the aging process. Interestingly, higher levels of education and higher income also are associated with lower biological aging. I’m not sure why this is so, but it may be that more well-educated and well-off people choose healthier diets and lifestyle habits than those who are poorer and less educated.

So what conclusions can we draw from this research?

  • Exercise regularly! Choose something you enjoy and JUST DO IT!
  • Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables!
  • Maintain (or get to) a healthy weight. Your waist circumference should be less than 35 inches for women, and less than 40 inches for men. If you are very tall or very short, your waist should be less than half your height.
  • Stop smoking! See your doctor, there are treatments that will significantly increase your chances of success.
  • Choose fatty fish or take a fish oil supplement to increase your EPA and DHA intake.

If you have children, it is important to set up good habits now. Some interesting research has shown that in many respects health is more related to a person’s socioeconomic status and lifestyle in childhood than to what they achieve in adulthood. Setting a strong foundation of good lifestyle and diet habits now will help them be healthier their whole lives!

I think we all want to be the 85 year old with the health of an active 60 year old! I know I do 🙂 Epigenetic research is helping us understand how what we do today influences our biological age and how long we are able to maintain our good health.

QUESTION: Have you heard of epigenetics? Did you know your lifestyle choices influence your genes?

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Is Chiropractic Therapy Good For You?

A while back I noticed a recurrence of some mild neck and right shoulder pain, with less mobility in my neck than I’m used to.  I noticed it hurt to turn my neck all the way to the right and left (to check blind spots while driving, for instance).  There was some tightness of the muscles of my right upper back as well.

So…  Off I went to see my chiropractor.  I’m a bit of a slow learner about some things, you see.  I know in my head that regular treatments are helpful for keeping the body healthy, but actually making time in the schedule for it is a challenge sometimes.

As I was talking with Dr. Bobbi Taylor at Crossroads Chiropractic and Acupuncture, I was thinking about not much more than getting rid of this discomfort in my neck and upper back.  Then I started wondering why more people with neck and back pain don’t see chiropractors.

Unfortunately manual therapies like chiropractic therapy have a little bit of a bad rap in the USA.  Health care is dominated by western medicine and if a therapy doesn’t involve cutting the problem out or drugging it away, western medicine sometimes doesn’t have much use for it.

So what are manual therapies, and do they work?  Manual therapies involve a practitioner using parts of their bodies (usually the hands, but sometimes other parts such as elbows, knees, or feet) to treat, influence or change parts of the patient’s body.

Examples of manual therapy are massage, chiropractic therapy, osteopathic manipulation (OMT), and physical therapy.  The laying on of hands in manual therapy is a powerful treatment in its own right.  When a skilled therapist uses touch to soothe tight muscles, realign spinal vertebrae, or restore proper joint balance, the improvement can be startling.

What does the science say about manual therapy?  Since I am committed to advocating and promoting evidenced based treatments, I looked into the evidence.  Manual therapy is helpful for neck and back pain, headache, recurrent otitis media in children, colic in babies, preterm delivery, Parkinson’s disease, and even heart attack patients.

What can you expect if you decide to see a chiropractor or other manual therapist?  It depends on the problem you’re addressing.  As with other practitioners it’s important to be clear from the first visit about your goals for therapy.  What’s wrong?  What do you want done about it?  How often can you expect to see the practitioner?  What will you feel?  How long will it take to see results?

It is also important to remember that manual therapy practitioners are people just like anyone else.  Most of them are good.  Some are excellent and a few are quacks.  Get recommendations from friends or family or check with the practitioner’s regulating body before making an appointment.  If your condition isn’t improving like it should, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.

Manual therapy is an excellent addition to a holistic approach to wellness.  Give it a try and experience the healing touch!

QUESTION:  Have you seen a chiropractor or received other manual therapies?  What was your experience?

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Protein Intake Changes In Seniors

I don’t think it will come as a surprise to anyone that our diet changes over time. We like different foods, we tolerate different foods, we CHOOSE different foods at different stages of life. As we get older, these diet changes impact our chances of getting certain diseases.

There was a study published recently that looked at protein intake in seniors. They found that WHERE the protein in your diet comes from is associated with your risk of aging in an unhealthy way.

Researchers in Spain studied over 1000 seniors and had them fill out questionnaires about their diet and other habits and about their health status. Following them for over 8 years, they found that changes in where their dietary protein intake came from was associated with changes in their health status.

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Seniors who increased their calorie intake from vegetable protein showed healthier aging markers than those who decreased their plant protein intake. Similar changes were NOT seen in those who increased animal protein in their diet.

We have many instances of plant foods helping people improve their health and reduce their risk of disease. This is just one more example of the benefits of protein rich plant foods (like nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, soy, quinoa and others) for human health.

This won’t come as a surprise to many of my long-term readers who know I’ve been a plant-based eater for over 8 years. With my medical patients I recommend a plant-based diet for just about all humans. In fact I can’t think of a single condition that is improved by eating meat or dairy.

Looking for a simple way to get more plant protein in your diet? Yep, I’ve got a Shaklee solution! We’ve got both soy and non-soy options and they are super tasty – we guarantee you’ll like them. Want more suggestions? Shoot me an email at DrJen@jenniferwurstmd.com and let’s talk!

QUESTION: What are YOUR favorite protein-rich foods? Do you tend to reach for meat and dairy? Will this info change your habits?

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Tai Chi To Prevent Falls in Seniors

A few years ago I went running in my neighborhood on Mother’s Day. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and flowers were blooming. I wound up limping home with blood dripping off my hands because I caught my foot on some uneven pavement and went sprawling.

The worst thing that happened to me with that fall was skin off my hands and my left forearm and difficulty typing at work for a few days. (Yay for jiu jitsu training and knowing how to fall properly!) For older patients, though, a fall can result in a much worse outcome. Hip fractures from falls result in surgery and extended time in rehab. About 25% of elderly patients who suffer a hip fracture never are able to leave the nursing home and live independently afterwards. Fall-related complications are the fifth leading cause of death in people over age 65.

There is a gentle form of exercise that promotes strength, balance and relaxation. It also happens to be a formidable martial art for those who want to study that side of the practice. It is ideal for seniors because it is simple to learn a set of moves, can be done anywhere, and generally is taught in a group setting (thereby promoting social interaction). At the beginning it is not physically demanding although as one progresses in practice moves can be modified to provide more physical benefits.

This exercise has been practiced for thousands of years. It is Tai Chi.

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Multi-ethnic group of adults practicing tai chi in park. Main focus on senior man (60s) in blue shirt.

I’ve studied Tai Chi since I was a teenager and have found it very relaxing and helpful with stress management and with my health. On days when I’m tired or have an injury and can’t do a full gym workout (or full martial art workout for that matter) I can always do Tai Chi.

Researchers have found that seniors who practice Tai Chi are much less likely to fall than those who don’t. They reviewed 18 research studies looking at almost 4000 participants. The researchers found that those who practiced Tai Chi were much less likely to fall than those that didn’t practice. In fact the effect was so strong that one fall would be prevented for every 10 seniors who practiced Tai Chi. That’s better than statins for preventing heart attacks!

If you or someone you love is getting older, worried about falling, limiting themselves due to fear of falling, or otherwise in need of exercise and social interaction, please check out a Tai Chi class. There are introductory classes available just about everywhere through adult community education or you can look up private studios near you. Tai Chi players

If you are located in northern Ohio I would encourage you to check out the non-profit studio where my family and I study Tai Chi and other martial arts: The Silent Mind in Twinsburg. We have free introductory classes, membership assistance for those struggling financially, and a wide variety of programs for everyone. Kids, teens and adults, beginners and experts, anyone will find something of interest here. Come play with us!

QUESTION: Have you studied (or do you currently study) Tai Chi or another martial art? What has been your experience?

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3 Reasons You’re NOT Losing Weight

So you’re exercising 5 days per week, watching what you eat and not seeing success with your weight loss efforts. Trust me, I have these conversations with patients all the time. There are 3 main reasons why you’re NOT losing weight.

Diet Mistakes

Eating Too Much

It’s very easy to eat too much. Sitting in front of the TV snacking on chips or pretzels or popcorn. Eating out too much. Rewarding yourself with a treat after a good workout at the gym. Tracking your intake with an app like MyFitnessPal can help keep you mindful of “extras” that can sabotage your efforts.

Don’t forget your beverages. Soda is a waste of calories and promotes the development of fatty liver disease. Alcohol is also a very high calorie indulgence and hard on the liver too. The best beverage for those trying to lose weight is plain filtered water.

Eating Too Little

Over-restricting can sabotage your weight loss efforts because the body goes into conservation mode. If you’ve been tracking and very attentive to your intake and you’re not seeing success, try loosening up and adding an extra piece of fruit or two daily (about 100 calories each).

Eating The Wrong Foods

Too much protein, too much convenience foods, too much processed carbohydrates, too much saturated fat. All these can change the metabolic and hormonal state in the body towards storing fat instead of burning it. Remember that the best macro balance is 50% COMPLEX carbohydrates (like whole grains, beans, legumes and fruit), 30% healthy fats (avocados, nuts, seeds and oils that are liquid at room temperature) and 20% protein (plant protein is best for your heart). Tracking for a short while can help you adjust your macros to the proper balance.

Indulging in artificially sweetened foods and beverages also can work against your weight loss efforts. Artificial sweeteners increase insulin and have not been shown effective in promoting weight loss.

Exercise Mistakes

Undertraining

If I had a nickel for every time someone said “I don’t have time to exercise.” Or “I don’t like to exercise.” Or “I can’t exercise because my XXX hurts,” – with XXX being the body part of choice (knees, back, feet, etc).

In order to lose weight you have to move around. It is extremely difficult to have long-term weight loss success without some sort of fitness regimen. Now it doesn’t have to be going to the gym or paying a lot of money for a trainer, although that is a good investment. I’ve written before about different exercise options. Joint pain requires different choices, but our health depends on regular movement!

Overtraining

It’s also important to rest and give our bodies time to recover between training. It’s not good to stress or work the same groups of muscles two days in a row, they need time to recover and build new muscle tissue. Even runners and cyclists have rest days.

Not Sleeping

You’ve got to sleep. It’s just one of those things, our bodies and brains need to have enough sleep and if we go without it does a number of bad things to us. One of those things is weight gain. Chronic sleep deprivation is a known cause of weight gain. It also increases stress hormones like cortisol and decreases our resistance to snacking and poor food choices.

Most adults need 7-8 hours of sleep daily. You can get away with sleeping less for a little while but over time it will backfire.

If you’re trying to lose weight and not having success, first take a look at your sleeping habits. Then think about your eating habits and your exercise or lack thereof. The reason you’re not losing weight is probably there.

QUESTION: Did I miss anything? Did I miss an important reason why someone would have trouble losing weight?

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Healthy Cleanse Recipes

So in 2 days I’m starting my 7-Day Healthy Cleanse as part of my Prove it Challenge. I’ve done this Cleanse before – meaning I’ve used these products before. But I haven’t really done the Cleanse RIGHT. I’ve cheated.

This time I’m DETERMINED to do it right. I won’t cheat. I’ll eat fruits and vegetables that are approved for the Cleanse. I won’t eat soy. I won’t eat nuts. I definitely need help! Shaklee provides a LOT of support, and part of the support is a long list of suggested Cleanse recipes.

I was poring through the lists of approved Cleanse recipes to get ideas for low-carb, veggie and fruit recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I know if I let myself get overly hungry it is going to be MUCH harder to stick to it and stay away from the no-no foods.

Here are the three Cleanse recipes I’m most excited to try, and most likely to keep using beyond the Cleanse.

Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. rosemary
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 jalapeno (optional)
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 2 green onions

DIRECTIONS

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Add diced sweet potato, cover and let cook for approximately 10 minutes or until it begins to soften, stirring occasionally.

While the sweet potato cooks, dice the red onion and mince the garlic. Add to the skillet. Dice bell peppers, jalapeno, green onion and rosemary (if using fresh) and add to skillet. Cover and let cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until sweet potato is tender. Enjoy!

Tomato Bisque Soup

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 (28-oz.) cans whole tomatoes, drained of their juices
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 shallots, quartered
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp. low-sodium vegetable broth

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 °F. In a mixing bowl, combine drained whole tomatoes, carrots, shallots, and 1 Tbsp. of the olive oil, and toss to coat. Season vegetables with pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast until caramelized, about 30 minutes.

Heat a soup pot over medium heat. Add remaining olive oil and allow to warm. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook for 1–2 minutes, then add 2 Tbsp. of vegetable broth. Cook another 2 minutes. Add roasted vegetables, crushed tomatoes, and remaining vegetable broth.

Season with pepper and simmer for 15 minutes. Purée the soup with an immersion blender until uniform in texture. Add more vegetable broth to adjust consistency if desired.

Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 medium head (about 24 oz.) cauliflower, rinsed
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 scallions, diced
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1-½ limes
  • ¼ cup fresh chopped cilantro

DIRECTIONS

Remove the core and let cauliflower dry completely. Coarsely chop into florets. Place half the cauliflower in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower is small and has the texture of rice or couscous—don’t over process or it will get mushy. Set aside and repeat with the remaining cauliflower.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add olive oil, scallions, and garlic and sauté about 3 to 4 minutes, or until soft. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the cauliflower “rice” to the pan. Cover and cook approximately 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cauliflower is slightly crispy on the outside but tender on the inside. Remove from heat and place in a medium bowl, and toss with fresh cilantro, lime juice, and pepper to taste.

I LOVE to cook but don’t usually make much time for it. I think one of the things I’m looking forward to with these Cleanse recipes is the opportunity to be more creative and intentional with my food! One thing is for sure – I’ll be eating healthy, and eating well 🙂

QUESTION: Do you have a favorite low-carb grain-free vegan recipe you can share with me?

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The Prove It Challenge

Whew! I just got back from a week in Las Vegas, attending Shaklee’s Global Conference. It was my 8th Conference and, as far as I’m concerned, the best so far!

There were NO new products revealed. Better than that. Shaklee has unveiled the simplest way to feel better in 30 days: the Prove It Challenge. Please watch this video to learn more about this new program!

I run across a lot of people who don’t feel well. They feel sluggish. They have digestive problems. They catch every cold and flu bug they come across. They suffer with stress and anxiety, can’t sleep, feel tired. They struggle with their weight and their joints hurt. They have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, any number of problems that contribute to poor health.

I ALSO run across a lot of people who suffer with poor FINANCIAL health. They work two jobs to make ends meet. They live paycheck to paycheck. They aren’t able to take vacations, travel or live their best life. The Prove It Challenge is ALSO a good opportunity for these folks! More on that later…

So what’s the Prove It Challenge? Pretty simple:

Start with the 7-Day Healthy Cleanse. A 7-day liver cleanse (NO not a colon cleanse, no staying close to the bathroom for a week, LOL!) to encourage the liver to clear the backlog of toxins that tends to build up in the body. Very clean eating with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lots of fresh clean water, and a simple supplement packet in the morning and at night. The Cleanse by itself improves focus and energy, improves sleep, improves digestion and reduces cravings while jump-starting weight loss. And it’s free with the Prove It Challenge!

For 30 days you take one Vitalizer strip and replace your breakfast with a Life Shake. Vitalizer comes in formulations for women, for men and for seniors. One unusual thing is that Shaklee makes Vitalizer Gold (for seniors) with and without vitamin K. The without-vitamin-K formulation is for those who take the blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin) for heart and blood clotting problems. It’s really hard to find a multivitamin without vitamin K for those who take blood thinners – look no farther, Vitalizer Gold without vitamin K is for you!

Life Shake comes in several flavors and two protein blends. The soy protein blend comes in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cafe latte. The non-soy plant protein blend comes in just chocolate and vanilla. All of them are yummy! Both blends provide 20 grams of non-GMO plant protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. They both have 6 grams of prebiotic fiber to aid digestion and keep you full longer. Both have 23 vitamins and minerals and are free of artificial ingredients like colors, sweeteners and flavors. And they are gluten free, low glycemic and keto-friendly with no added sugar and less than 1 gram total sugar per serving.

If you do the 7-Day Healthy Cleanse, take one Vitalizer Strip daily and replace your breakfast with a Life Shake for one month and do not feel amazing, Shaklee will cheerfully refund your money. Try taking the empty containers of a month’s worth of supplements and meal replacement shakes back to your local vitamin store and asking for your money back – you won’t have much success!

But Shaklee has been offering a no-questions-asked money-back guarantee on completely empty packages for over 60 years. Over that 60 years less than 1/3 of 1% of products have been returned. Pretty amazing to have a 99.7% satisfaction rate over 60+ years!

The Prove It Challenge is a simple way to start your health journey. It is also a simple way to start improving your finances. One problem I hear from people I discuss Shaklee’s business opportunity with is that there are 350+ products – how do you keep it all straight?! The answer is, you don’t need to. The Prove It Challenge is a simple way to share the benefits of better nutrition with your friends and family while earning an income from home.

If you’ve been considering a home based business (and studies have shown over 50% of people will have a side hustle of some sort in their life) please email me and let’s talk! I don’t know if Shaklee is right for you, right now, but we should definitely talk about it!

So what now? If you need to feel better or would like to lose weight, please click this link to check out the Prove It Challenge. You can order from this link and you’ll get your 7-Day Healthy Cleanse, your membership and your shipping for free! If you’re already a member of my Shaklee family, this offer is only good for us until August 31, 2019, so order now! Any questions? Please email me at drjen@jenniferwurstmd.com!

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