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My Story and Shaklee Sport Nutrition Testimonial (for runners)

20170319_110234My Run Story

In 2014 I could hardly run 5K. I was hurting and it was not pretty. It shaped my decision not to run longer distances. But I had 2 motivated people in my fitness life: one who asked to join for weekly runs in the park (so I did) and another one made a joke (and planted a seed of possibility in my head) to run 10K.

Soon enough I ran 5K formal run and finished 6th in my category. I was hurting. But I didn’t stop running; I had regular runs and work outs. In 2016 I tired a formal 10K run (“I Am Second”); why not; just a few more miles. I finished 6th in my category.

In mid December of 2016 I created my first dream/goal board. I put “Half Marathon” in it as just for fun. Why not It is a dream board after all. On January 1st 2017 my family ran Commitment Day 5K at our local gym. As soon as I completed the run, a sign caught my eye: ‘every day is leg day – Half Marathon 12-week Training.” I registered. In 3 months, with a proper training, some minor body adjustments, support #teamnoexcuses, I moved up from 10K to 13.1 mile.

On March 19th 2017 I ran 13.29 mile Rock and Roll Half Marathon with a 10 min per mile and finished at 2:10:49. My coach said, ‘your first half was faster than my first half! I think it’s a testament to your overall healthy lifestyle, and you train to be much more than just a runner. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing you at the finish line of a full marathon in 2017.


My Shaklee Sport Nutrition Testimonial (for runners)

I was smart on how to treat and supplement my body. I knew Shaklee had been providing support for over 136 Olympic medalists. Shaklee created AstroAid for astronauts in 1993 and has powered 7 out of 25 world ventures. It’s gotta work for me!

  • Few months up to a week before the run. 7 Days Healthy Cleanse or 5×5 Reset diet. To help lose unnecessary weight, help digestion and natural energy production, cleanse your body from toxins. It’s a great foundation to build your strength and training on.
  • 2 days before the run until 2 days after the run, I took 2/day Join Pain Complex to help with joints, 2/day Omega Guard and 10/day Alfalfa to reduce possible inflammation. A day before I also used a carbohydrate diet.
  • A morning of the run. Right after wake up, glass of lemon water. 5 min strength exercise and stretching. 8 ounces of Performance.  Energy tea upon desire. Oatmeal and 180 Meal Bar.
  • During the run. 9 ounces of Performance was enough to keep me hydrated (sipped on every half a mile) so I didn’t need to slow down for water stations. I had 2 Energy Chews in my pocket and used one during the run.
  • Right after the run. 18 ounces of water. One banana.
  • An hour after the run. Big nutritious lunch.
  • Upon arrival home (2 hours after the run). Cool tub to help reduce inflammation. Joint and Muscle Pain Cream. 6 ounces of Performance.
  • And of course, Vitalizer was my regiment along the way!

I know I was able to find the EDGE because I treated and supplemented my body to the full potential.  I know with Shaklee I can do it all in my lifetime!


Shakleeize for 30 Days or Which Products Do You Use?


1. Check or highlight the items you now use and review the possible Shaklee substitutions.  download the Form (.pdf)

2. For 30 days, shakleeize your household. Shop here

3. In 30 days, feel better your money back-guarantee.

I sincerely want to know your progress (you received your products well, you started upon the recommended dosage, ect.). Please keep me updated.

Nadya Tatsch,,, (972) 489-7449


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C, E, Carotomax, VIVIX
Window Cleaner
Basic H2
Immune System Booster
Floor Cleaner
Basic H2
Beta Carotene
Chrome & Glass Cleaner
Basic H2
Tub & Tile Cleaner
Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste
Vitamin C
Scouring Cleanser
Scour Off Heavy Duty Paste
Enzyme CoQ10
Rust Remover
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Vitamin D3
Basic H2
Vitamin E
Vita-E and Selenium
Heavy Duty Cleanser
Basic H2
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Nature Bright
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Fish Oil
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Concentrated Powder Detergent
Finish Laundry (powder)
Liquid Detergent
Finish Laundry (liquid)
Statin Medications
Cholesterol Reduction Complex
Laundry Pre-Spotter
Finish Laundry (liquid) or H2
Delicate Fabric Soap
Fresh Laundry (liquid) or H2
All Fabric Bleach
Nature Bright
St. John’s Wort (Moods)
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Ginkgo Biloba (Memory)
Mental Acuity Plus
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Prostate Health Aid
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Gentle Sleep Complex
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Alfalfa (Sinus, Dieuretic, Decongestant
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New Concept Dentrifice
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180 Bars
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Enfuselle System
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Get Clean Water Pitcher & Filters
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Get Clean filters fit most pitchers
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180 Snack & Meal Bars
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Baby Bath
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Incredibites Chewable
Fiber Bars
Fiber Advantage Bars
Meal Shake (Protein, Fiber)
Meal Shake, 180 Shake Mix
Chewable Calcium
Cal Mag Chewable
Chewable Vitamin C
Chewable Vita
Chewable Omega-3, DHA
Mighty Smarts Chews

Allergy Season and My Personal Recipe

Mother's Health

Friends, I have been often asked about how I stay healthy and my personal usage of Shaklee products on daily basis.
This season, friends, makes us all sneezy and pretty miserable. To be effective in life, our health got to be on top on the game. With that said, let me share what I do in my daily regimen.

The products below take care of the issue in case of: prevention, just start feeling it, gotta get rid of it.

Nutriferon Watch video >
Vita C

For prevention I take as little as 2 Nutriferon a day. In a bad allergy season (whether you start feeling it or just too much around going on), add 3 Alfalfa, 1 Garlic, and 1 Vita C. The sicker you are, the more you need.

Friends, if you take this on daily basis, you got a great chance to be covered, your health is on top of the game, and you are effective in life.

Please do not hesitate to call me, if you have questions 972.489.7449.
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Happy Birthday, Vitalizer!


You are Vitalizer 5 TODAY!

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Why I Am Who I Am, Nadya Tatsch (Health Letter – August, 2012)


It is my health story. How I recovered from being sick every month to a healthy, fit and vacuous woman.

Nadya_Tatsch Shaklee Independent Distributor Murphy TX  USA 75094

I was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. I graduated with Bachelor’s in Education and Master’s in Psychology. While working on my graduate degree, I started working with children with special needs. In 2000 I met a wonderful man. In 2003 I moved to the United States. After my second daughter was born (in 2007), I totally went into focusing my time and energy on my family and children. Meanwhile I was not taking care of my own wellbeing. I was not sleeping enough, not eating properly, under stress, ect. It may sound familiar to moms. Within first four months (after having a baby), I shrunk from size 8 to size 00. I was sick (with a fever) about a week out of a month, every month. My health was in total mess. It was devastating!

I started looking for natural ways to get healthy.
I was raised on garlic and honey. I knew there should be something out there better than just medication or synthetic vitamins (btw, the ones bought in general stores). My sister-in-law brought me a box of vitamins. She said they were natural and asked to try them for 30 days and if I didn’t feel a difference, the company would give my money back (guaranteed). By the way, I didn’t even know that she had been in the company for 20 years. * A few months later I was a totally NEW person! I was not getting sick any more. I also had so much energy!!! I felt so great, and my next natural step was to start working out. So I did! I build my health with Prescription for Health! And I was building my body with Shaklee Cinch.

shaklee 100% guaranteeLater on, I opened the product guide and found Shaklee milestones since 1915 and over 55 years of environmental leadership and scientific innovation. For example, 1915 – doctor Shaklee creates one of the first Vitalized Minerals; Shaklee was the very company in the world First Climate Neutral Certified, 1987 – Shaklee powers the first human-powered flight (72 miles across the sea), 1993 – Shaklee creates the product for NASA, ect. How didn’t I know about Shaklee before?!
total green non-toxic house

I started using more Shaklee products. My kids were taking vitamins. My 5-y.o. stopped having frequent ear infections. I totally greenalized our household. The house didn’t smell chemicals any more. The last but not the least was nutritional therapy skin care Enfuselle. From top to bottom our family was going green. If you are committed to become healthy/green, you have to go all the way. You should be healthy inside, out and around. Shaklee offers it all. Shaklee is The-Best-of-Nature-with-the-Best-of-Science products for healthy nutrition, healthy weight, healthy personal care, healthy children, healthy sport nutrition, non-toxic homes, ect. It just makes sense to use Shaklee.

By going healthy and green all the way, one can experience a Shaklee lifestyle by earning Shaklee income. How? By using products for yourself (just like it did), Shaklee rewards you. When you share this gift of health with friends, Shaklee rewards you even more, and you can have your products paid for. By being ALL IN Shaklee business, Shaklee rewards with four trips a year and a car payment. **

shaklee 2013 carribean tripDear friends, I am in Shaklee business because Shaklee has changed my life. I feel so great! I have never felt so healthy before (not even 20 years ago)! I am in Shaklee because I love people, I love seeing committed people and seeing the improvement in their health and happiness. The last but not the least, I am in Shaklee business because I want to stay home with my family and use every valuable minute of our lives to celebrate love. But, I can’t do it alone…


I am turning to you and asking for your help.
I am looking for 3 team members
• Who want to go on the Caribbean cruise (5 islands) (I want to go on the cruise with them. I have never been on the cruise.);
• Who want a car;
• Who are motivated;
• Who love people;
• Who are motivated by money –making activities;
• Who love to work when they want to work.
Who do you know? Please call 972-489-7449 or email with your referrals.

This was my story of why I am who I am. I appreciate your time and looking forward your comments.


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*The average customer retention rate is 20 years.
** *The average annual income in 2009 for the Business Leader ranks ranged from $10,629 for Directors to $598,037 for Presidential Master Coordinators. Average annual income for each rank is calculated monthly based on information reported on Form 1099-MISC.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS Reversal Testimony using VIVIX

May, 2010
My chiropractor was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis about 3.5 years ago. He had terrible side effects using the drugs, so he quit taking them.

In his quest to find a natural alternative to drugs, he discovered that everyone recommended that he take lots of Omega 3’s for the inflammation — plus good bacteria = Shaklee’s Optiflora system.

He started taking and continues to take a cheap brand of Omega 3’s plus the Optiflora system. (Yes, I did warn him that Omega 3’s & Omega 6’s from other companies are full of toxins, and other poisons…..that Shaklee uses a triple distillation process to remove 99.99% off all those toxins….) Read the rest of this entry »

Jude & Jack Peskuski had a Dream – Health and Financial Independence..

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Jude & Jack Peskuski, Shaklee Success Story
Jude and Jack Peskuski had a dreamhealth and financial independence for themselves and their family. Today they are living their dream, made even better because they are improving the lives of others by teaching them the same ideas that brought them success. “So many people,” Jude explains, “married with children, young singles just starting out and retirees on a pension want the freedom and independence of working from home and being their own boss. We wanted to find a way to help them reach their goals.” And that’s what they’ve accomplished. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to Protect Your Bones. What You Need to Know about Osteoporosis.

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Chairman, Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education

Shaklee Health Sciences e-Bulletin May 2007

Mother's HealthMothers – they provide us strength, protect us and serve as a foundation in our lives. In fact, Mothers are a lot like our bones. Bones give us strength but are the foundation of our stature; they anchor our muscles in place and protect our vital organs. Our bones are a living organ, constantly being built up and broken down as are other organs in the body. Even though signs of bone breakdown don’t appear until our later years, maintaining the strength and integrity of our bones to prevent osteoporosis is a life long process—one that is never too early to begin.

osteoporosisImportant risk factors

Often referred to as the “silent disease”, osteoporosis is a debilitating disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break. Often there no warning
signs, no symptoms until a bone fracture occurs. In fact, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, each year in the U.S. this disease leads to 1.5 million fractures and osteoporosis affects more than 28 million Americans, 10 million who know they have the disease and another 18 million with low bone mass, placing them at increased risk. Although this disease can affect both men and women, it tends to be more common in women. This is because women generally have less bone mass than men, tend to live longer than men, tend to get less dietary calcium and need the hormone estrogen to keep their bones strong. But, men please be aware that 25% of all cases of osteoporosis are in men, although the risk factors are a bit different.

In addition to being female, there are other important risk factors to be aware of, like small, thin body stature; family history of osteoporosis; early menopause; having (or having a history of) an eating disorder; low calcium intake; lack of weight bearing exercise; smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Chronic usage of steroid hormones is another big risk factor, for both men and women. Osteoporosis in males tends to be associated with excessive alcohol usage and the resultant liver disease as well as other chronic intestinal disorders. So if any of these risk factors apply to you, you’re at risk for osteoporosis and building and maintaining strong bones should be an integral part of your lifelong health. Taking steps to keep your bones strong and healthy will also ensure your independence as you age. Some of the most important steps you can take now are to get plenty of calcium and other bone health nutrients, exercise regularly, don’t smoke and limit alcohol consumption.

Calcium and Other Bone Health Nutrients Calcium and Other Bone Health Nutrients

Most women know that getting an adequate amount of dietary calcium is important for reducing the risk of osteoporosis. However, many may not know that to maximize
bone health, adequate calcium intake needs to occur throughout life and the amount of calcium you need to stay healthy changes over the course of your lifetime. Your body’s need for calcium is greatest during childhood and adolescence when your skeleton is growing rapidly. Many women do not get the amount of calcium needed when they
are young and therefore don’t maximize their peak bone mass. Your need for calcium increases again during pregnancy and breastfeeding to ensure you’re meeting the needs of your growing infant without compromising your own calcium needs. Then due to hormonal changes that come along with menopause, calcium needs increase again. How much calcium do you need? Well during the adolescent years, young girls (and boys) should get 1300 mg a day. During your childbearing years 1000-1200 mg is recommended and after menopause women should ideally get 1200 -1500 mg a day. Men should consume 800 mg per day ages 18-50 and 1000 mg per day after age 50. To meet your calcium needs throughout life, start by improving your diet and choosing calcium rich foods every day. Low fat dairy products are always a good choice, but so are other foods like calcium fortified soy protein, almonds, broccoli, cooked kale, canned salmon with the bones and tofu. And if you find it hard to get enough calcium from your diet, calcium supplements are a must.

Look for a calcium supplement with a minimum of 1000 mg of elemental calcium from highly bioavailable sources like calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. And don’t forget that getting enough vitamin D is just as important as getting adequate amounts of calcium. Not only does vitamin D improve bone health by helping with calcium absorption but it may also improve muscle strength and protect against certain types of cancers. Although most people get vitamin D from sunlight exposure, this may not be a good source if you live in parts of the country that get less sunlight, you are housebound or you regularly use sunscreen to reduce the risk of skin cancer (which we all should do). Drinking milk and eating other dairy products fortified with vitamin D will help boost your intake, but taking a calcium supplement with added vitamin D is also a great way to optimize your vitamin D intake. The recommended dietary intake for vitamin D is 400 IU (International Units) a day, but both men and women over the age of 65 should get twice that much (800 IU a day) and some researchers recommended even higher intake levels for optimal health.

Other essential nutrients support bone health. For example, the essential mineral magnesium appears to enhance bone strength. Although magnesium is found in foods like dark leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and even chocolate, food consumption surveys show that 80% of Americans don’t get enough magnesium from
their diets. The trace minerals zinc, copper, manganese and boron are also important because they assist with the development of optimal bone matrix or structure needed for proper bone strength. Eating a diet rich in plant foods – whole grains, beans, and nuts can boost your intake of these essential minerals and supplementing your diet with dietary supplements containing these trace minerals is a wise choice.

In addition, protein and calcium can work synergistically on bone, despite the long-held belief that eating animal protein increases the risk of osteoporosis. Increasing evidence suggests that a diet adequate in protein, either of plant or animal origin, protects against osteoporosis in men and women. And research on diets rich in soy isoflavones has shown long term bone-sparing effects but the magnitude of the effect is presently unclear. These estrogen-like plant compounds may help maintain bone density and offset bone loss that occurs during the menopausal years when estrogen levels drop. Further research is needed to clarify the conditions where soy isoflavones may be helpful in retaining bone mineral density or lowering fracture risk.

Be aware

Some nutrients consumed in high levels are not so good for your bones. Excessive amounts of vitamin A appear to trigger an increase in osteoclasts, the cells that break down bone, but note that this only occurs with pre formed vitamin A or retinol, and adverse effects in bone have not been linked to beta-carotene.

work out regularly for healthy bonesExercise Regularly

Like muscle, bone is living tissue and responds to exercise by getting stronger. Not only does exercise improve your bone health, it increases muscle strength, coordination and balance and leads to better overall health. If you exercise when you’re young it helps build bone mass (increases bone density and strength) which in turn can prevent bone loss as you age. The best exercise for bone health is the weight bearing kind. Activities that force you to work against gravity include lifting weights, walking, hiking, jogging, dancing and playing tennis. Although great for cardiovascular fitness, exercises like swimming and cycling are not weight bearing and, therefore not the best ways to
exercise your bones. Learning how to stretch properly, strengthen muscles safety and correct poor posture habits can also be helpful. Ideally, you should exercise for at least 30 minutes a day most days of the week. If you’re over age 40, have other health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or obesity always check with your doctor before beginning a regular exercise program. If you have osteoporosis, be sure to ask your doctor about which activities are safe for you.

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Shaklee Sports Nutrition


Don’t Smoke

Cigarette smoking was first identified as a risk factor for osteoporosis more than 20 years ago. Although not all studies indicate that smoking increases the risk of bone fractures we do know that the longer and the more cigarettes you smoke, the greater your risk of fracture in old age. Smokers who do have a bone fracture may take longer to heal than non smokers and are more likely to develop complications during the healing process. Significant bone loss has also been found in older women and men who smoke and at least one study suggests that exposure to second hand smoke during childhood and the early adult years may increase the risk of developing low bone mass. The good news? Quitting smoking may reduce the risk of low bone mass and fractures after several years of being smoke free.

Limit Alcohol Consumption

Chronic alcohol consumption (more than 2 drinks a day) has been linked to an increase in fractures of the hip, spine and wrist. That’s because drinking too much alcohol
interferes with the balance of calcium in the body. It also affects the production of hormones which protect bone and of vitamins which we need to absorb calcium. Excessive alcohol consumption can also lead to more falls increasing the risk of breaking a bone during those falls.

good to bonesBe Good To Your Bones

Although osteoporosis is a serious and debilitating disease, it’s never too early or too late to improve your bone health. If you are over age 60, or have more than 3 risk factors, you should ask your doctor about getting a bone density test. They’re safe, quick and painless. If you think your diet is falling short of bone health nutrients, try improving your food choices and choosing a dietary supplement with key bone support nutrients. Look for a supplement with 100% of the RDA for calcium, vitamin D
and magnesium plus other trace minerals like manganese, zinc, copper, and boron. Start a weight training program, go dancing, or engage in other weight bearing activities. And, if your lifestyle involves less healthy behaviors like excessive drinking or smoking, work on cutting back your alcohol intake and talk to your doctor about a smoking cessation program today!

Be well.

Dr. Jamie McManus MD, FAAFP

Medical Affairs, Health Sciences and Education

Shaklee Health Sciences e-Bulletin May 2007


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The Stresses of Motherhood (Health Letter – May 2012)


Mothers are the world’s best jugglers: arranging family schedules from soccer to band practice to doctor’s appointments, planning meals, and dealing with money issues, childcare and work — they seem to do it all. There is a price to pay, however—the evidence is mounting that women today are experiencing more stress at every stage of their lives than ever before. With all that responsibility, many moms are left feeling tired and stressed out. That stress contributes to poor sleep habits which in turn can contribute to emotional issues, job issues and weight gain. According to a 2006 survey by the American Psychological Association, women are more affected by stress than men and report engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as comfort eating, poor diet choices, smoking, and inactivity to help deal with stress. The same survey showed women report feeling the effects of stress on their physical health more than men. So, in honor of Mother’s Day this month, it’s a good time for moms and their families to recognize the importance of addressing stress and learning to manage it in healthy ways.
stress response


The Stress Response


The stress response, often referred to as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, is an inborn part of your autonomic nervous system, and, as such is a rapid and automatic response to a physical (or emotional) threat. It provides you the energy, speed and concentration you need to protect yourself or to run as fast as possible. When you encounter such a threat, a tiny region of the brain (the hypothalamus) sets off an alarm system in your body. Through a combination of nerve and hormonal signals, this alarm stimulates your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones, adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and mobilizes energy nutrients (glucose, amino acids and fatty acids) from body stores to meet energy needs. Cortisol, your body’s primary stress response hormone, increases blood sugar, enhances the uptake of sugar into the brain and increases the availability of amino acids for repairing body tissues. Cortisol also works to inhibit body functions that are nonessential during times of acute stress, like the body’s immune response, digestive processes, reproductive system and growth processes.
Ordinarily, the stress response is self regulating and once the crisis has passed, hormone levels drop, heart rate and blood pressure normalize and other systems resume their regular activity. However, acute physical threats aren’t the only events that trigger the stress response. Chronic psychological threats, such as stress at work or home, conflicts with family and friends and major life changes (divorce, death in the family) can all activate the same alarm system. Even the typical demands of daily life such as driving in traffic and normal parenting demands can contribute to your body’s stress response. It is this chronic activation of the stress response that’s problematic and can be exceedingly detrimental to your health.


Stress and Your Health


stress and your health


Digestive Function
When you’re feeling stressed, it’s not uncommon to develop a stomach ache, diarrhea or constipation. That’s because when you’re under stress, blood flow to the digestive system is reduced, stress hormones slow the release of gastric acid and slow gastric emptying. These same hormones can also speed up the action of the intestines. In fact, stress appears to play a role in the development of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a cluster of symptoms, consisting of abdominal discomfort, bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea. IBS is among the most common gastrointestinal disorders for which women seek medical attention. While the disease itself is not inherently different in women than in men, it is much more common among women by a ratio of 3 to 1.


Immune Response
The immune system is a complex balancing act between systems that respond to a physical or emotional threat as well as the more specialized components that deal with responding to infection or cellular damage. To deal with acute physical threats, like let’s say a puncture wound or cut, the immune system reacts quickly by creating inflammation around the wound. However, when you experience chronic stress the same acute immune responses may not be beneficial in the long run. In fact when you’re under chronic stress, some features of your immune system are actually suppressed, increasing your susceptibility to infections. Other features of the immune system are permitted to run unchecked, increasing the risk of autoimmune disorders, conditions where your own immune system attacks your body’s own cells. Autoimmune diseases (i.e. lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and thyroid diseases) occur more often in women, usually striking in the child-bearing years. For example, compared to men, two to three times as many women get multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis each year, and when it comes to lupus, women outnumber men 9 to 1.


Cardiovascular and Nervous System Effects
Chronic activation of stress hormones also raises your heart rate, increases your blood pressure and blood lipids (i.e. cholesterol, triglycerides), all of which can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Remember that heart disease is the number one killer of women. If your “fight and flight” response never turns off, the by-products of cortisol may contribute to feelings of depression or anxiety. Forget where you parked the car, or set your keys down? Chronic stress also affects the operation and structure of brains cells involved in memory functions.


Sleep Deprivation
Sleep is essential to good health but unfortunately, chronic stress and feelings of anxiety can often lead to sleep disturbances. This is especially true for moms with young infants and children, who already experience sleep challenges due to “middle of the night infant feedings” or disruptions in sleep due to young children waking in the middle of the night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adults report having sleep problems a few nights a week or more. In addition, more than 40 percent of adults experience daytime sleepiness severe enough to interfere with their daily activities. Studies also suggest that women are also at greater risk for developing insomnia than men.


Obesity and Weight Gain
Another major down side chronic stress and sleep deprivation is the effect both of these can have on your weight. Cortisol levels appear to play a role in the accumulation of abdominal fat (central obesity) which gives some people that “apple” body shape. Carrying excessive weight around your middle appears to increase the risk of both heart disease and diabetes. Sleep deprivation may also have a direct effect on metabolic hormones that control hunger and satiety. In a 2004 study, researchers at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin found that subjects who consistently slept for 5 hours compared to those who slept for eight, had a 15% increase in ghrelin, a hormone produced in the stomach that triggers appetite, and a 15.5% decrease in leptin, another hormone produced by fat cells, which serves as a signal indicating insufficient energy stores and the need for consuming more calories. Lack of sleep also appears to increase the risk of weight gain. Data collected from the Nurses Health Study, revealed women who slept for five hours a night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 lbs or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study compared to women who slept seven hours. Scary!


Find Healthy Ways to Manage Stress


healthy ways to manage stress
While motherhood has its challenges, the rewards definitely make it well worth it—right, Moms? Think of those adorable Mother’s Day cards or the very special breakfast in bed served by your 8-year-old—who wouldn’t sign up for this? So, be the best mom you can be by finding healthy ways to deal with whatever stresses you have in your life.


What you can do:


1) Identify the stressors in your life. These may be marital problems, conflicts at work, family illnesses or just the day-to-day schedule you keep. Once you’ve identified what the primary causes of stress are for you, you can begin to figure out how to either change your stressors or learn to manage them better.


2) Schedule personal relaxation time. Although the demands of your “juggling act” place major obstacles to finding some “down time”, setting a side a few minutes a day just to breathe, collect and organize your thoughts, can work wonders. Start small. Schedule 10 minutes a day to simply do nothing but sit and breathe. Deep breathing can help bring your heart rate and breathing back to normal, so you can clear your mind. Once you’ve accomplished that on a regular basis, consider taking up yoga or meditation.


3) Good nutrition through healthy food choices plays a crucial role in your ability to withstand times of extra stress. Carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals are all important for energy, mental concentration, and emotional stability. Along with the stress induced effects on digestion and your immune system, stress may increase your body’s need for certain nutrients so you may need an extra healthy diet to stay focused, alert, energetic and to ward off colds and flu. So choose a variety of foods and be sure to eat complex carbohydrates from whole grain breads and cereals, beans and legumes and fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein from fish, chicken, soy and nonfat or low-fat dairy and select heart-healthy omega-3 fats from fish, avocado, nuts, olives and seeds. Cut back on junk foods, sodas, alcohol and caffeine-containing beverages.


4) Get some extra sleep. Sleep deprivation not only contributes to weight gain and feelings of fatigue, it can also increase medical expenses, sick days and accidents. When you sleep well, you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to face your daily challenges. To help you get a better night’s sleep try to maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule, even on the weekends; establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine; create a sleep conducive environment (dark, quiet and comfortable); and try not to eat a meal, drink alcohol and caffeinated beverages or exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
active life style


5) Although exercise right before bed time can disrupt sleep, an active lifestyle can actually help control stress and improve sleep patterns. Exercise can not only help reduce anxiety and increase productivity which can help you handle stress better, but also helps control your appetite and burn calories which can help you maintain a healthy weight. And let’s not forget about the cardiovascular benefits of exercise – it not only strengthens your heart, it can help lower blood pressure, blood cholesterol and triglycerides which in turn reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke.


6) Supplement your diet.
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Shaklee Vitalizer - 80-bio-optimized nutrients

Fill in nutritional gaps with a well-balanced, high-quality multivitamin/mineral supplement. Look for one that provides at least 100% of the daily value for 21 essential nutrients including the B vitamins folic acid, B12 and B6 to help promote heart health, the antioxidant nutrients, vitamin C and E which support immune function and protect against free radical damage and key bone health nutrients like calcium, vitamin D and magnesium. Supplement the omega-3s in your diet with a top quality, pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement. For digestive health, take a probiotic supplement to help maintain healthy intestinal microflora and for additional stress relief, try botanical ingredients like Ltheanine from green tea and ashwaganda. L-theanine has been shown to facilitate the generation of alpha brain waves, which are associated with a relaxed yet alert mental state, and ashwaganda is an Ayurvedic herb traditionally used in India to enhance the body’s ability to adapt to stress. And lastly, if getting to sleep remains a challenge, occasionally try herbal ingredients like valerianwhich can help you maintain a calm state and promote restful sleep.


We all know that being a mom takes an extraordinary amount of patience, love and discipline. That’s what makes moms so special! But juggling family, finances and work commitments can really be stressful, so remember this Mother’s Day to keep things in perspective –prioritize wherever you can, delegate responsibilities, eat right, stay active and TAKE YOUR SUPPLEMENTS!


But, most of all, make time for what’s really important –

taking care of yourself, so you can be the best mom ever!


best mom ever



HAZARDOUS household products
HOUSEHOLDS. Health Issues. ASTHMA Statistics.
1. Approximately 20 million Americans have asthma.
2. The prevalence of asthma increased 75% from 1980-1994.

1. Nine million U.S. children under 18 have been diagnosed with asthma.
2. Asthma is the most common serious chronic disease of childhood.
3. An average of one out of every 13 school-aged children has asthma.
4. Asthma is the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among children under 15.

1. Asthma prevalence is 39% higher in African Americans than in Caucasians.
2. African Americans have highest asthma rates of any racial/ethnic group. Compared to Caucasians.

1. The prevalence of asthma in adult females was 42% greater than the rate in adult males according to a 2004 survey by the Center for Disease Control.

HOUSEHOLDS. Vulnerability of CHILDREN.ASTHMA and household cleaning
1. 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.
2. Carcinogenic and toxic exposures sustained early in life including prenatal exposures appear more likely to lead to disease than similar exposures encountered later.
3. Faster metabolisms in children speed up their absorption of contaminants.
4. Babies don’t excrete contaminants or store them away in fat in the same ways that adults do, making the poisons more available to affect rapidly growing bodies.
5. Children exposed in the womb are at greatest risk of all.

1. Common household cleaners and appliances give off fumes, which can potentially increase the risk of developing asthma in children.
2. Environmental exposures early in life, including the womb, may influence the development of wheezing and asthma.
3. Strong links have been found between the use of domestic and industrial cleaning products and the risk of asthma.
4. Using household cleaning sprays and air fresheners as little as once a week can raise the risk of developing asthma in adults.
asthma and toxic cleaning


Many all-purpose cleaners contain neurotoxins and nasal irritants that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Synthetic solvents may cause hormone disruption. Maternal exposure to toxic chemicals during pregnancy can disrupt development or even cause the death of the fetus. Effects can include birth defects, low birth weight, biological dysfunctions, or psychological or behavioral deficits that become manifest as the child grows.

Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1998). Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (1999); Scorecard (2007).

Butyl Cellosolve

(2-butoxyethanol, 2-butoxyethanol acetate or Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether)
Butyl cellosolve is a high volume chemical with production exceeding 1 million pounds annually.
  • The general population is exposed to 2-butoxyethanol and 2-butoxyethanol acetate mainly by breathing air or having skin contact with liquids, particularly household cleaners, which contain these compounds.
  • Butyl cellosolve is a toxic glycol ether chemical used in cleaning solutions. Material Safety Data Sheet reports potential irritation and tissue damage from inhalation, ingestion, cutaneous, and/or ocular exposure.
  • People who swallowed large amounts of cleaning agents containing Butyl cellosolve experienced breathing problems, low blood pressure, low levels of hemoglobin, acidic blood, and blood in the urine.
Butyl Cellosolve may be also contained in jewelry and electronics cleansers, all purpose cleaners, carpet stain removers.



Formaldehyde is a preservative found in many household products.
Formaldehyde is an anticipated carcinogen.
  • Low levels of formaldehyde cause irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and skin.
  • People with asthma may be more sensitive to the effects of inhaled formaldehyde.
  • Drinking large amounts of formaldehyde can cause severe pain, vomiting, coma, and possible death.
  • In animal studies, rats developed nose cancer from formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde may be also contained in body washes, hand soaps, and baby products.

toxic laundry detergents and health effect


Monoethanolamine (MEA)
  • Very hazardous irritants to eyes characterized by redness, watering, itchiness and inflammation.
  • Inhalation may produce severe irritation and tissue damage to eyes, mouth and respiratory tract.
  • Linked to ASTHMA.
  • Ingestion may cause chemical burns or mouth and esophagus, dizziness, vomiting & COMA.
  • Leads to kidney and liver damage.
  • Skin contact may produce pain, swelling and burns.
Monoethanolamine (MEA) may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners.


Sulfuric Acid
  • Low concentrations can cause dermatitis with repeated exposure.
  • High concentrations may cause redness, irritation and burns with prolonged skin contact.
  • Can cause severe irritation and burns, which may result in scarring to skin and eyes.
  • Can cause permanent blindness.
  • Extensive acid burns may result in DEATH.





Some products contain dry chlorine that is activated when it encounters water in the dish dishwasher. Chlorine fumes are released in the steam that leaks out of the dishwasher, and can cause eye irritation.


Can be extremely toxic to children; who tend to play and crawl around on carpets. The fumes given off by carpet cleaners can cause cancer and liver damage.


  • Possible human carcinogen found in moth balls and metal polishes.
  • Exposure to large amounts of napthalene may lead to hemolytic anemia.
  • Napthalene may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the urine, and a yellow color to skin.
  • Mice that breathed naphthalene vapors daily for a lifetime developed lung tumors and some developed nose tumors.
Sources: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (2005).



The chemical known as hypochlorite in bleach causes more poisoning exposures than any other household cleaning substance.
  • May cause reproductive, endocrine, and immune system disorders.
Source: Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poisoning and Exposure Database (2005).



Many degreasers contain petroleum distillates and butyl cellosolve.
  • Can damage lung tissues and dissolve fatty tissue surrounding nerve cells.
Often contain lye or sodium hydroxide
  • Strong caustic substances that cause severe corrosive damage to eyes, skin, mouth and stomach, and can be fatal if swallowed.
Also may be contained in vegetable rinses, baby products, hair sprays, skin creams.


  • Exposure to high levels of ammonia in air may be irritating to your skin, eyes, throat, and lungs and cause coughing and burns.
  • Asthma sufferers may be more sensitive to breathing ammonia than others.
  • Swallowing concentrated solutions of ammonia can cause burns in your  mouth, throat, and stomach. Getting ammonia into the eyes can cause burns and even blindness.



One of the most dangerous cleaning products, oven cleaners can cause severe damage to eyes, skin, mouth and throat.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry.


Sodium hydroxide
  • Very corrosive and can cause severe burns in all tissues that come in contact with it.


    Corrosive impact of a tooth paste

  • Odorless; thus, odor provides no warning of hazardous concentrations.
  • Inhalation of sodium hydroxide is immediately irritating to the respiratory tract.
  • Swelling or spasms of the larynx leading to upper-airway obstruction and asphyxia can occur after high-dose inhalation. Inflammation of the lungs and an accumulation of fluid in the lungs may also occur.
  • Cancer of the esophagus has been reported 15 to 40 years after the formation of corrosion-induced strictures.
  • Ingestion of solid or liquid forms of sodium hydroxide can cause spontaneous vomiting, chest and abdominal pain, and difficulty swallowing.
  • Corrosive injury to the mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach is very rapid and may result in perforation, hemorrhage, and narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Skin contact with sodium hydroxide can cause severe burns with deep ulcerations.
  • Sodium hydroxide contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.
  • Long-term exposure to sodium hydroxide in the air may lead to ulceration of the nasal passages and chronic skin irritation.
Sodium hydroxide may be also contained in all-purpose cleaners, stain removers, tooth pastes, disinfectants, water softeners, baby lotions, body soaps, teeth whiteners.



Some cleaners may contain sodium hydroxide (see above) or bleach that can irritate mucous membranes and cause LIVER AND KIDNEY DAMAGE.



These are products designed to remove mineral buildup like lime, scale and soap scum.

Sulfamic Acid
  • Toxic to lungs and mucous membranes.
  • Direct skin contact with sulfamic acid is corrosive and causes irritation, dryness or burning.
  • Eye contact can result in corneal damage or blindness.
  • Inhalation of sulfamic acid will produce irritation to gastro-intestinal or respiratory tract with burning, sneezing or coughing.
  • Severe over exposure of sulfamic acid can produce lung damage, choking, unconsciousness or death.
Sulfamic acid may be also contained in dishwasher powders, coffee maker cleaners, scrubbing bubbles.



Can contain chlorine and hydrochloric acid. Harmful to health simply by breathing during use.

Hydrochloride / Hydrochloric Acid (HCI)

  • Can cause severe damage to skin and eyes.
  • Brief exposure to low levels of HCI vapor causes throat irritation.
  • Exposure to higher levels of HCI can result in rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchioles, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, and even death.
  • Exposure to even higher levels of HCI can cause swelling, spasm of the throat and suffocation.
  • Some people exposed to HCI may develop an inflammatory reaction called reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS), a type of asthma caused by some irritating or corrosive substances.
  • Swallowing HCI causes severe corrosive injury to the lips, mouth, throat, esophagus, and stomach.
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  • Phthalates 1,4-Dioxane
  • Volatile organic cleaning compounds
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • Ammonia
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Butyl cellosolve
  • Formaldehyde
  • Harmful fumes
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  • Natural and naturally derived ingredients from sustainable sources
  • Packaging is free of bisphenol-A, phthalates, and toxic inks
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  • No chlorine bleach, phosphates, nitrates, or borates
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