Soy Q & A

After drinking Shaklee’s soy shakes each day for over 20 years, I trust the safety and feel the energizing power. If you have any questions, Shaklee shares some research in the following article and if you would like to talk more about the benefits of soy, please let me know.

soy info
What Is Soy?
Soy is the perfect plant-based protein—it contains all 9 essential amino acids. The soybean is native to East Asia and is known mostly as an alternative to meat and dairy proteins. Soy has been a part of Asian diets for thousands of years—and for good reason. Today it is used worldwide because of its health benefits and many uses.

Did You Know?
Soy has isoflavones

Soy is the richest source of isoflavones that may help protect against several chronic diseases, including osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

Soy is not feminizing
There are rumors that soy makes men more “feminine,” but studies show that it has no effect on estrogen levels in males, and it certainly does not “feminize” them.(8)

Soy doesn’t cause breast cancer
In fact, several recent studies show that soy consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer recurrence and improved survival.(9)

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1. Murray-Kolb LE, Welch R, Theil EC, Beard JL. Wo men with low iron stores absorb iron from soybeans. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2003, 77, 180-4./
2. Lonnerdal B, Bryant A, Liu X, Theil EC. Iron absorption from soybean ferritin in nonanemic women. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 2006, 83, 103-7.
3. Heaney RP, Weaver CM, Fitzsimmons ML. Soybean phytate content: effect on calcium absorption. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1991, 53, 745-7.
4.Wakai K, Egami I, Kato K, Kawamura T, Tamakoshi A, Lin Y, Nakayama T, Wada M, Ohno Y. Dietary intake and sources of isoflavones among Japanese. Nutr. Cancer. 1999, 33, 139-45.
5. Somekawa Y, Chiguchi M, Ishibashi T, Aso T. Soy intake related to menopausal symptoms, serum lipids, and bone mineral density in postmenopausal Japanese women. Obstet. Gynecol. 2001, 97, 109-115.
6. Zhang X, Shu XO, Gao YT, Yang G, Li Q, Li H, Jin F, Zheng W. Soy food consumption is associated with lower risk of coronary heart dis ease in Chinese women. J. Nutr. 2003, 133, 2874-8.
7. Savage JH, Kaeding AJ, Matsui EC, Wood RA. The natural history of soy allergy. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2010, 125, 683-686.
8. Hamilton-Reeves JM, Vazquez G, Duval SJ, Phipps WR, Kurzer MS, Messina MJ. Clinical studies show no effects of soy protein or isoflavones on reproductive hormones in men: results of a meta-analysis. Fertil. Steril.2010, 94, 997-1007.
9. Caan BJ, Natarajan L, Parker BA, Gold EB, Thomson CA, Newman VA, Rock CL, Pu M, Al-Delaimy WK, et al. Soy Food Consumption and Breast Cancer Prognosis. Cancer Epidemiol. Biomarkers Prev. 2011.

Supplement Warnings for Target, Walgreens, GNC and WalMart

Did you catch the news yesterday about supplements? Four retailers have been issued cease and desist letters demanding they stop selling certain supplements.

This is from the Washington Post:

A warning to herbal supplement users: Those store-brand ginkgo biloba tablets you bought may contain mustard, wheat, radish and other substances decidedly non-herbal in nature, but they’re not likely to contain any actual ginkgo biloba.

That’s according to an investigation by the New York State attorney general’s office into store-brand supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Wal-Mart.

This is from The New York Times:

The New York State attorney general’s office accused four major retailers on Monday of selling fraudulent and potentially dangerous herbal supplements and demanded that they remove the products from their shelves.

The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels.

Shaklee is about health and safety:

Shaklee is the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S. Why?

The logical reasons are many:

  • Over $250 million invested in clinical testing, research, and development
  • Over 83,000 tests annually for product quality
  • Over 100 scientific papers, 90 of them published in peer-reviewed journals
  • Quality far beyond industry standards

company_values_healthpic2But the real reason is much less quantifiable.  It’s passion.

We think health is the most important thing in the whole world. Without it, you have nothing else.

So everything that goes into every Shaklee bottle is designed to make you healthy. And since Shaklee does it so well, you tell your friends about it.

Dr. Shaklee’s vision was to give people the wealth of health. We still think that’s the best idea to build a company on.

 

Is Cleaning Killing You?

Is cleaning killing you by giving you cancer, reducing sperm counts, causing lung, liver, and kidney damage, causing asthma, or disrupting hormones? Find out from this blog post from Shaklee’s Healthwise Blog. Dr. Jamie tells why it is so important to be careful about  “clean!”

Your health and the environment

Your health and the environment

You are committed to good health and have daily activities and routines you follow in order to support your health. On most days, you start your morning with a workout or a power walk, then make your high-protein smoothee, and take your supplements, and brush your teeth. Then, throughout the day, you try to make the right decisions about eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, wearing your sunscreen, and putting activity into your day.

All these small steps taken day in and day out lead to a stronger and healthier YOU!

To round out your daily health routine, I want to be sure you aren’t missing an important part of the health puzzle by being exposed to chemicals in your environment.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks more than 84,000 chemicals used in commerce.  These chemicals, have worked their way into our everyday lives. Now, no matter how clean you try to live, it is impossible to escape exposure from these chemicals that may put an amazingly heavy burden on our liver and other detoxification pathways in our bodies. Chemicals are found in the food we eat, clothes we wear, personal care products we use, and even the very products that we use to keep our homes clean and safe.

Take a look at the chemicals found in common household cleaners:

Name Found in Potentially harmful effects
Phthalates Solvents used to make fragrances Endocrine disrupters: Men with high levels of phthalates in their blood have reduced sperm counts.
Perchloroethylene (PERC) Dry-cleaning solution, spot removers, carpet cleaners The EPA classifies PERC as a possible carcinogen and has ordered a phase-out of the chemical by 2020.
Triclosan An antibacterial found in dishwashing detergents and hand soaps Leads to drug-resistant bacteria and is a possible hormone disrupter.
2-Butoxyethanol Mostly found in window cleaners, is responsible for the sweet smell General irritant when inhaled, at high levels can damage lungs, liver, and kidneys
Ammonia Found in many cleaning products When inhaled, it can irritate the lungs and potentially worsen asthma.
Chlorine Another ubiquitous chemical, found in toilet bowl cleaner, mildew removers, laundry products, and even tap water Chlorine is very reactive and irritates skin and lungs. It may disrupt the thyroid.

While it can be daunting to think that we are surrounded by so many chemicals, the good news is that there are fantastic natural choices that will do the job these chemicals do just as well without exposing you and your family to potentially harmful fumes, solvents, and toxins.

Be sure you only have safe, green cleaners under your sink and in your laundry. Choosing green cleaners means that you are doing the best for your health, the environment, and your family’s well-being!

What is your favorite green cleaning tip?

Be Well!

Is Eating Right Enough?

Do you ever wonder if it is worth the money to take vitamin supplements? Just the other day I heard a doctor on TV say that it wasn’t necessary to take vitamins if you “eat right.” Is it possible to get all the nutrients we need for a healthy body with today’s American diet? Here are three things to consider.

food affects our bodies2First, it takes a lot of good eating every day to provide our bodies with enough nutrients to feed our trillions of cells properly. 98% of Americans do not eat the recommended seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Therefore, we no longer die from infectious diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis, but instead we are falling apart from within. Heart disease is the cause of 1 in every 4 deaths and did you realize that 80% of all heart disease in women is preventable?  America ranks 7th highest in the world for cancer occurrence. Diabetes plagues 25.8 million children and adults in America and did you know that 90% of all Type 2 diabetes is preventable? Does it look like we are doing a good job of “eating right?”

Second, besides trying to “eat right,” our food is not the same as it was 100 years ago. The Journal of American College of Nutrition stated that a study of 43 crops showed a decline in the nutrient content of up to 38% over the past 50 years. Because of the decline of nutrients in our foods, 90% of Americans fall short in getting essential nutrients in our diets. Just think for a moment. . .did the food you are putting in your grocery cart even exist 50 years ago? So would a supplement help or hurt your body?shakleecover photo2

Third, I don’t think you should take vitamins that are synthetic. Your body (liver) will just have to detoxify them. If you are going to get some extra help feeding your cells, be sure to check if the supplements you are taking meet the following requirements:

~ clinical studies on the ingredients or products

~ natural ingredients on the label–avoid artificial sweeteners, flavors, and preservatives

~  a company that focuses on safety and quality

~ provides an unconditional money-back guarantee

So, if you can “eat right,” knowing that the nutrient content is questionable, and that you are getting a guaranteed supply of essential nutrients every single day, go for it! But if you think your body (cells) need some help with supplements, take some good ones! Remember, each of your cells is made of vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins, so feed them well.

Colds, Flu, Aches, Pains, Anxiety, Insomnia

Colds and flu, aches and pains, anxiety and insomnia. Are you running to the medicine cabinet for medications? It’s that time of the year when so many folks get sick, both adults and children. Have you looked at the labels on the medicine bottles and are you concerned about the artificial flavors, colors, dyes, and other harmful ingredients that are suppose to make you healthy?

Did you know it’s possible to build a natural medicine cabinet? Just use products with safe ingredients that are proven to build health. Build a Natural Medicine Cabinet with Shaklee. Millions of people have used these products to improve their health for over 55 years and thanks to Brooke Thomas, here is a rather complete list to help you get healthy and stay healthier:

HOW TO BUILD A NATURAL MEDICINE CABINET

(Swap out everyday, over-the-counter products for the highlighted Shaklee products.)

Herbal Blend Multi-Purpose Cream Dr. Shaklee originally called this product “Foot Cream”, but it became known as Basic ‘F’ (face, feet and fanny!) due to its many uses:

  • Rashes
  • Diaper rash, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak   herbal cream
  • Detergent burn
  • Chapped skin
  • Athletes Foot
  • Bruises
  • Aching muscles
  • Insect Bites
  • Acnes
  • Dandruff
  • Hemorrhoid
  • Jock itch
  • Chafing

***1 product to replace 13!

SPF 30 for the body Suncreen:  Instead of Banana Boat

  • Patented Vital-Repair+® contains antioxidant vitamins and botanicals to keep the skin from aging
  • UVA and UVB protection that adds an extra defense against premature skin aging and cancer causing sun rays
  • Paraben Free

Calming Complex:  Instead of store bought Aloe Vera Gel

  • Great for sunburn on faces and environmental stress
  • Has advanced liposome technology with benefits of beta glucan
  • Paraben Free
  • Hypoallergenic

 Joint & Muscle Cream:  Instead of arthritis creams, Icy hot, Ben-gay or other sports cream

  • Minor joint pain in the wrist, ankle, knee, elbow, and hip
  • People who occasionally experience minor back, neck, and shoulder muscle pain
  • Children over 2 years old to soothe minor sprains, bruises, and cramps

Pain Relief Complex:  Instead of Aspirin, Prescription Pain medicines

  • Muscle & joint painpain relief complex
  • Helps prevent breakdown of connective tissue
  • Improves knee flexion
  • Relieves joint discomfort

Defend & Resist Complex:  Instead of Airborne, Cold Eeze

  • Active Ingredients:  Echinacea to take care of bacteria and Larch tree extract to attack viruses
  • Use as a preventative when flying or in large gatherings of people during cold and flu season or anytime you come in contact with allergy activators

Immunity Formula:  Instead of Sudafed or Clariton

  • Can reduce allergy symptoms, and relieves lingering symptoms such as cough
  • Contains Shaklee Guard, a natural antioxidant
  • Especially good for those with sinus problems
  • Contains a synergistic blend of Vitamins
  • Speeds wound healing

Ez-Gest:  Instead of Beano, Gas-X

  • Offers relief from incomplete digestion of food
  • Supports complete digestion of: carbohydrates, fats, protein, diary products, gas producing vegetables such as beans and broccoli

Stomach Soothing Complex Instead of Lactaid, Dramamine, Zantac, Pepcid AC

  • Relief for upset stomach      stomach soothing complex
  • Acid Reflux (GERD)
  • IBS
  • Colitis
  • Motion sickness
  • Morning sickness

Chewable Cal-Mag Plus:  Instead of Tums or Rolaids

  • Calcium Carbonate acts as an anti-acid from natural sources and builds healthy bones at the same time.

Fiber Plan Tablets:  Instead of Colon Cleanse, Metamucil

  • Promotes regularity, aids in digestion and supports colon health!
  • Especially good for those who are dieting
  • Insoluble fiber promotes regularity sometimes called “the broom” which helps detoxify the body

Fiber Plan Unflavored

  • A good source of Vitamin C
  • Soluble fiber that binds with cholesterol
  • Start slowly to avoid causing gas

Herb Lax:  Instead of Ex-Lax, Liver Cleanse, Detox Cleanses

  • Detox
  • Promotes peristaltic action
  • Cleanses the tissue cells, blood and kidneys

Alfalfa

  • Absorbs cholesterol in the intestines
  • Helps to fight disease causing fungi
  • Provides 300 mg of Calcium (as much as in a glass of milk)
  • Promotes body detox

Liver DTX

  • Helps the body make the liver proteins necessary to regenerate liver cells
  • Helps maintain bile flow
  • Helps detoxify the liver
  • Helps break down fats
  • Helps transport toxins into the blood stream and out of the body

Performance:  Instead of Pedialyte, Gatorade

  • An electrolyte drink that helps the body utilize water by hydrating the body
  • Provides superior hydration to relieve the symptoms of:  Vomiting, Diarrhea and Hangover

Cor Energy:  Instead of No-Doz, Stay Awake

  • Improves kidney health            cor energy
  • Helps balance blood sugar
  • Enhances sexual function
  • Protects against radiation
  • Lowers LDL (bad Cholesterol)
  • Increases mental vigor and concentration
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Aids the liver

180 Energizing Tea:  Instead of Coffee, Rockstar drinks, Monster drinks

  • Boosts energy
  • Contains taurine which acts as a calming agent

The next three supplements may be options instead of depression medications.

Moodlift

  • Used to treat anxiety and fearfulness
  • Used to treat nervousness
  • Used to treat insomnia
  • Promotes calmness
  • Anti-viral activity
  • May be helpful in reducing tension headaches
  • May improve menopausal symptoms

Stress Relief Complex

  • Relaxation without drowsiness
  • Enhances the body’s ability to adapt to continuing stress
  • Helps the body to avoid the effects of stress on long-term health by blunting the cortisol response to stress
  • Helps make epinephrine which is involved in mood regulation
  • Relieves symptoms of ADD

Gentle Sleep Complex:  Instead of Tylenol PM, Unisom

  • Improves the quality of sleep
  • Relaxing effect
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Relieves tension and restlessness     sleeping
  • Stabilizes irregular heart rhythm
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Anti-aggressive properties
  • Improves childhood behavioral disorders
  • Helps menstrual cramps
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Intestinal colic and gas pains
  • Migraine headaches
  • TMJ
  • Restless legs

Have fun building your natural medicine cabinet for 2014!

The Nashville Shaklee Effect

Henry and I just returned from the Shaklee 2013 Global Conference. This year was a busy time of listening to great speakers and reconnecting with our Shaklee family from all around the country. Here are some of thoughts on what we heard, new products, what is true for us, and what might be true for you:

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