Why I Shaklee

Vitamin D - Super Important in the Midwest during the Winter Months!

The reason Vitamin D is so important is because it aids our bodies in absorbing calcium and phosphorus.  Our bodies need both minerals in order to have strong healthy bones.  It is also an important device our bodies use to assist in cell to cell interchange in the entire body and plays a role in supporting the immune system.  
Vitamin D is a unique vitamin because our bodies can produce it when it is exposed to sunlight.  Anyone who has lived in the midwest knows how little sunlight we get during the cold months.  And, even if we get a sunny day, since the sun is so far away it is not as potent as it is during warmer months.  For many of us, even during the warmer months we find ourselves low in Vitamin D because of the use of sunscreen to protect against skin cancer and premature aging.  Being deficient in Vitamin D has many negatives.  Why do we need Vitamin D besides the previous reasons?  As long as our bodies have an adequate amount there are numerous health benefits.  Here is a list of just seven:
  1. Helps keep the brain functioning properly (especially during later years in life).
  2. Is a key role player in maintaining a healthy body weight.
  3. Reduces the occurrence and severity of asthma symptoms.
  4. Lowers the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Significantly lowers the risk of getting cancer.
  6. Reduces the likelihood of having a heart attack.
  7. It is the bodies main protector against radiation.  With all the cell phones and devices out there that cause little bits of radiation, I’d like as much protection from it as possible.
So, what do we do if we live in an area of the country that doesn’t have loads of sunlight year round or if we bathe ourselves in sunblock?  Take high quality Vitamin D everyday.  How much is needed?  According to the Vitamin Council adults need 5,000 IU (children and infants 1,000 IU).  On the other hand, the Endocrine Society suggests only 1,500-2,000 IU a day for adults (400-1,000 IU for children and infants).  While the Food and Nutrition Board states only 600 IU for adults, but the elderly need 800 IU (infants 400 IU and children 600 IU).  With the varying amounts suggested it is not easy to decipher how much to take.  But rest assured that they all agree that 10,000 IU daily is the limit, and strongly suggest not going over that amount.  As you can see the answer is not clear as to how much to take.  I’m not a Dr, I just like doing a lot of research on health and nutrition.  I’d suggest if you feel you may be deficient in Vitamin D, it would be a good idea to get a blood test from your Dr to see how much you should be taking.  If you are one of those people that would rather run 10 miles then go to the Dr. I’d have to say again that it’s not good being deficient in Vitamin D either.  So, take steps to maintain a healthy amount of Vitamin D for your health and well being this winter.

As always make sure if you are going to use a supplement, please make sure it is truly what you are paying for.  I only trust Shaklee because I know what is in the bottle, no fillers or sugary additives.  Plus, the dosage is accurate, unlike most other brands.  I’d hate for you to waste your money on a toxic pill that is not going to benefit you because the dosage is not accurate.  If you don’t know which brand to trust, do your research.  If you don’t have time to research, you can always check out Shaklee here: http://jberinger.myshaklee.com/us/en/

Detoxing if done properly can greatly aid the body in removing toxins from the body.  The catch is, not starving the body.  Because if you starve your body then it will hold on to most of the toxins along with the extra fat you are trying to rid your body of.  The detoxes where the detoxer just drink water, broth and/or juice are not beneficial.  Those are the negative kind that few people can do and who would want to anyways.  Not me!  A mini-cleanse on the other hand is a fantastic idea for most people.  The kind of mini-cleanse that I’m referring to is the type where you eat a normal amount of calories.  The detoxer / mini-cleanser eats every 3-4 hours to keep the body full so it releases the toxins while keeping the metabolism running at top speed.  This allows the detoxer to lose fat and toxins, instead of holding on to it them.

The other difference is the same as what happens with a diet.  The dieter may lose weight but it is muscle and fat while the toxins are still hanging out in the body.  And, as soon as the dieter starts eating normal amounts of food they gain the weight back and sometimes even more weight.  Thus creating the roller coaster of dieting.  Detoxing with the starvation type does the same thing to the body, yes there is a chance some of the toxins are removed from the body.  But, once the detoxer starts eating normal again their body will hold onto the toxins and fat, because it doesn’t know if it will get food again or if it will be starved.  To get the most benefits of a mini-cleanse / detox the detoxer needs to eat often, so the body doesn’t get confused and try to hold on to any unwanted fat and toxins.

Mini-cleanses are great to cut sugar cravings and reduce bloating.

The mini-cleanse / detox that I have found works best for me, because I CAN’T starve my body is the Shaklee 5 Day Mini-Cleanse.  It is even safe for diabetics and nursing moms, I don’t know of any other detox that can say that.  For the 5 Day Mini-Cleanse / detox the detoxer eats and drinks the following along with the supplements needed to rid the body of the toxins or the 5 days, then gradually adds other foods back into the diet for best results. This 5 day Mini-Cleanse is a great way to speed up the metabolism just before starting a new healthier eating plan.

I just finished a 5 Day Mini-Cleanse losing 3.8 lbs and reducing bloating, here are my before pictures.

And, here are my after pictures!

Breakfast: Shaklee 180 Smoothee or Vitalizing Protein Smoothie w/ or w/out ½ cup fruit, Detoxifying Energizing Tea, Alfalfa Complex and Liver DTX

AM Snack: Shaklee 180 Snack Bar or other approved snack.

Lunch: Shaklee 180 Smoothee or Vitalizing Protein Smoothie w/ or w/out ½ cup fruit, Raw veggies.

PM Snack: Shaklee 180 Snack Bar or other approved snack.

Dinner: Salad, Shaklee 180 Smoothee or Vitalizing Protein Smoothie w/ or w/out ½ cup fruit, Alfalfa Complex, Liver DTX and Herb-Lax. (The last smoothie of the day can be drank later as a type of dessert instead of with the dinner salad.)

Lemon water, cucumber water, plan water, unsweetened sparkling water or herbal teas like chamomile to drink.  Must drink ½ your body weight or a minimum of 62 oz. of water a day!

On the mini-cleanse you eat 1200-1300 calories  if under 175, 1500-1600 calories if over 175, add 500 calories if nursing and add an extra 300 calories if you’re not interested in shedding excess fat during the reset, just doing it as a cleanse.  For those that weigh more than 175 pounds or are nursing need an extra snack to get the added calories.

Certain fruits are best eaten on the detox and others are best to stay away from. Approved fruits are apples, strawberries, grapefruit, watermelon, bananas, grapes, tomatoes, avocados, pineapple and lemons.  The same goes for veggies, only raw veggies that are not high in carbs.  For salad dressings the creamy kind are not allowed, only vinaigrettes or fresh salsa are okay.  Black beans, chickpeas and other beans are okay to add in to the salad or snacks for extra protein and fiber, but no sugary baked beans.  The idea is to remove all sugars and processed foods to get rid of the cravings.  It is best to not over train the body while on a detox / mini-cleanse because the body is already working hard to get rid of the fat and toxins.

To get the items needed for the mini-cleanse start here:


The Easiest 5 Day Mini-Cleanse / Detox 

I have done Shaklee's 5 day mini cleanse  / detox a few times and every time I feel amazing on it!  The first time I did it I lost about 5 pounds.  The second time I did it i lost another 4 pounds, even though I didn't have any weight to really loose.  I did the detox because I feel it is important to cleanse our bodies of all the junk that it gets clogged up with, plus this detox gives me a ton of energy.  You are able to eat unlimited raw veggies, have 3 delicious smoothies that are as filling as a meal, plus 2 snacks.  Yes! You get to eat food on this cleanse!  I eat just as many calories on this detox as I usually do when I'm not detoxing.  About 1200-1300 calories per day, if you weight more than 175 lbs you would up that to 1400-1600 calories per day. 

If you are interested in doing the 5 day min-cleanse you can get all the items you will need from Shaklee below.

You will need to also get organic lemons for water & lots of veggies.

(A great tip while detoxing / cleansing if you don't think you will be able to pass the temptation of other foods in the house, put them either in a box and super tape it up, so it would take more than 5 minutes to get into it {in the garage, basement or attic} or in the freezer so you'd have to thaw it before you could eat it.  Hopefully, these tips will help, but if not then give it away or toss it.  But, anyone can do this easy detox for 5 days!)

Shaklee grant program offers new support for brain health research!
We are pleased to announce the creation of the new Shaklee Grant Program for Brain Health Research.
Roger and the Shaklee Family were challenged by Maria Shriver at Shaklee Live in Long Beach to impact 1,000,000 minds with our newest innovation - MindWorks™. And we accepted the challenge! A portion of the proceeds from each bottle of MindWorks sold will fund this research grant as part of our commitment.
The following press release has been issued to media agencies across the country to announce the development of this new grant, and so that we can begin to receive research proposals. We hope that you share our excitement about Shaklee’s commitment to brain health and help to spread the word!
Help support the research and help yourself at the same time by using Mindworks, it will blow your mind how awesome it is! Click here to find out more: http://jberinger.myshaklee.com/us/en/shop/healthysolutions/brain/product-_p_mindworks_p_

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