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In this issue…
♦ Uh-oh! Gotta go!!! ♦ The digestive system…
♦ Do you have any of these digestive problems?
♦ More serious digestive issues…
♦ Super digestion… from Shaklee! ♦ The first step… detox
♦ What’s in the Cleanse? ♦ 3 easy steps to a healthier you!
♦ Breeze through cleaning day!
♦ Keep it handy in your… Get Clean Caddy Organizer Kit
“Start your [health] rebuilding plan… by adopting a cleansing program. Suppose you were going to reconstruct an old building. Would you simply add some extra braces here and there? No, I think you would start by cleaning out the accumulated rubbish. Well, that is precisely what you should do with your body. You certainly don’t want to cover up any of the disease-causing poisonous waste and allow it to contaminate your newly constructed cells, so your first effort should be directed toward your house-cleaning program. Practice weekly cleansing periods until you KNOW your system is clean.”
~ A Study Course in Nutrition by Forrest Shaklee Sr., DC, DD
Uh-oh! Gotta go!!!
We’ve all had those irritating (and sometimes embarrassing) moments when we had to break away from a conversation, intimate moment, meeting or other social activity to run to the bathroom.
If it happens once in awhile, it may not be significant. But, if digestive issues continuously embarrass you and make you frantically look for a way to leave a situation, it might have a negative impact on your life.
A continuous and irritating digestive problem might mean you have a serious health issue that should be addressed immediately by your healthcare professional.
Digestive problems are part of the wide array of embarrassing health issues that we don’t want to talk about… but, we must.
Even though your symptoms may not appear to be life-threatening, there may be issues occurring in your body stemming from a problem that could be simply cured or dealt with so it doesn’t get worse.
The digestive system…
♦♦ mouth (salivary glands)
♦♦ small intestine
♦♦ large intestine
♦♦ rectum and
The solid organs of the digestive system are the…
♦♦ pancreas and
♦♦ gall bladder
Do you have any of these digestive problems?
Embarrassing digestive issues affect everyone sooner or later. Diarrhea, gas, stomach pain or cramps, heartburn (GERD), Irritable Bowel Disorder (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are all digestive issues which could cause embarrassment.
Treatment for these unpleasant problems often include lifestyle changes… clean eating, reducing stress and taking supplements… or medication when needed. Even if gas or diarrhea aren’t the most exciting things to think about, you should know about them and what you can do to relieve the symptoms.
For example, you should know that IBD is different from IBS. IBD is defined as a structural disease, which means the symptoms are caused by some type of physical damage. Ulcers, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are all IBD conditions. IBS is a functional disease, meaning symptoms are present but no physical problem is found.
Both IBD and IBS cause constipation, bloating, diarrhea and stomach pain and may also include blood in the stool, inflammation… especially in the joints, eyes or skin… fever, and weight loss.
Treatment for both usually includes drugs or surgery.
Heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is painful and is difficult to deal with. With acid reflux, the stomach acid flows into the esophagus (the tube connecting the throat and stomach) causing heartburn, a symptom of GERD.
If you have heartburn, avoid certain foods such as chocolate, citrus, garlic, onion and spicy foods just before bedtime. Try eating smaller meals throughout the day. If you smoke, quit. If you’re overweight try to lose the excess with diet and exercise. You can also try placing blocks under the head of the bed to raise it a few inches while you sleep.
Gas, belching and bloating are also uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions. Most of the time, all three conditions are either caused by swallowing air or by the way your food breaks down during digestion.
When built-up gas isn’t passed out of the system by flatulence or belching, it will likely gather in the stomach or intestines and cause bloating and pain.
You can help relieve the problems of gas, belching and bloating by avoiding eating fatty foods on an empty stomach, stress and anxiety, smoking, drinking carbonated beverages or eating gassy foods such as beans, cabbage and onions.
Be aware that these conditions may also be caused by a disease, blockage or infection of the gastrointestinal tract, IBS, or other problems in the gut. If changes in your lifestyle and medications don’t help your situation, see your healthcare practitioner for a complete checkup.
When your gut hurts… think Healthy Cleanse!
More serious digestive issues…
There are numerous digestive issues that go beyond the norm of common digestive problems and need further diagnosis. For example, peptic ulcers can cause horrible stomach pain, often further exacerbated by taking painkillers. Over 25 million Americans will suffer from peptic ulcers at some point, often caused by smoking, alcohol consumption or stress.
Diverticulosis is more common in those Americans older than age 70, but only about 20% of those with the condition will experience complications. Diverticulosis occurs when a diverticula (abnormal bulge) protrudes from the intestinal wall. The bulge may become inflamed or infected (diverticulisis) and cause severe pain.
Gallstones almost always require treatment. Gallstones are largely made from bile salts and cholesterol. Sometimes these stones become stuck in the ducts between the small intestine and the liver, blocking the flow of bile, often causing inflammation or infection. Gallstones are often caused by a lack of fiber and excess fat in the diet. The usual treatment is to remove the gallbladder by surgery… one of the most common procedures in medicine.
Lactose intolerance is a condition caused by the lack of an enzyme (lactase) needed for digestion of the sugar found in milk. Symptoms include bloating, gas, nausea, cramping and diarrhea. An enzyme supplement like EZ-Gest can help.
Super digestion… from Shaklee!
One of the cornerstones of good health is… great digestion! The fact is… your digestive tract is literally the source of 80 percent of your immune system. And… the scientific community is now concluding that most disease… both physical and mental… originates in your digestive system.
So… one of the first things you need to do if you wish to improve your health and resolve any disease symptoms is to heal your gut and make your digestive system work properly again.
If your digestion needs an overhaul, Shaklee offers a variety of products known to help alleviate many common digestive disorders through superior nutrition.
◊ 80% of participants experienced improved energy levels and decreased cravings.
◊ 72% of participants were less hungry.
◊ 60% of participants reported a better mood.
◊ 74% of participants experienced better sleep and clearer thinking.
Participants had an average weight loss of 6.8 pounds and a decrease in waist circumference of 1.62 inches in just 7 days!
The first step… detox
It’s no accident that among the first signature products Dr. Shaklee brought to market were Herb-Lax and Alfalfa Complex (Alfalfa Tabs to us “oldies”). He was a strong believer in (and regular practitioner of) detoxifying the body… down to the cellular level… through controlled fasting, deep hydration, cleansing with specific herbal formulas, and moderate exercise.
Alfalfa Complex: Ultra-pure, premium alfalfa and spearmint. Green superfood abundant in vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll.
Herb-Lax: Natural, gentle laxative to cleanse the body. Proprietary blend of senna and 8 other complementary herbs.
Optiflora DI: Helps to promote healthy intestinal activity and good digestive health.
Liver DTX Complex: Protects liver cells from toxins and helps support liver cell function.
So if you’re looking for a clean start… if your digestion is a mess, you want to jump start your weight loss, or you simply need more energy, try Shaklee’s 7-Day Healthy Cleanse Program. You’ll feel much healthier in just 7 days… we promise!
The Shaklee 7-Day Healthy Cleanse
What’s in the Cleanse?
The 7-Day Healthy Cleanse contains 7 Morning and 7 Night packets designed to conveniently meet your lifestyle.
___ 1 Optiflora DI probiotic
___ 5 Alfalfa Complex
___ 1 Liver DTX Complex
___ 5 Alfalfa Complex
___ 2 Liver DTX Complex
___ 2 Herb-Lax
3 easy steps to a healthier you!
Step 1: Preparation (one week out)
___ Set a date to begin your 7-Day Healthy Cleanse.
___ Join the Shaklee 7-Day Cleanse Facebook Group.
___ Reduce coffee, soft drinks, alcohol, fatty or high-starch foods, and refined sugars and stock up on veggies and fruit.
Step 2: Start the Healthy Cleanse
___ Graze on raw vegetables and fruits all day.
___ Eat at least every 2 hours.
___ Drink at least 6–10 glasses of water each day.
___ Evening meal should be a large salad with full-fat dressing or vegetable stir-fry with a starchy vegetable.
Step 3: Day 8 and beyond
___ Continue eating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits as you introduce other healthy foods back into your diet.
___ Stay healthier and more energized with a simple daily nutrition routine of Vitalizer and Life Shake for loads of vitamins, minerals, protein, and more.
___ If losing weight is your goal, continue with the clinically proven Shaklee 180 Program.
Shaklee 180 and Healthy Cleanse Success
Breeze through cleaning day!
One of the best ways to save the most time and money when using Get Clean products is to use Get Clean accessories:
♦♦ Spray Bottle, 3-pack (#50443)… Each bottle is labeled with instructions for mixing Basic H2 for all-purpose cleaning, glass cleaning, and degreasing.
♦♦ Basic-G+ Germicide Spray Bottle (#50531)… 16 oz. spray bottle with trigger sprayer specifically for use with Basic-G+
♦♦ Microfiber Cleaning Cloth (#50409)… Cleaning’s a snap. It absorbs seven times its weight in liquid. Washable and reusable.
♦♦ Microfiber Window Cloth (#50410)… Finely textured and lint free, absorbs seven times its weight in liquid.
♦♦ Microfiber Dish Sponge (#50411)… A surface on each side (rough/smooth).
♦♦ Miracle Pad (#50510)… Meant for tough jobs.
♦♦ Dispensers for: Dish Wash Automatic (#50407); Nature Bright (#50413); Hand Wash Concentrate (#50408)… Handy and refillable.
♦♦ Measuring Cup (#50077)… Use with Fresh Laundry Powder or Liquid and Soft Fabric Concentrate.
♦♦ Squeeze Bottle with Dropper Tip (#50419)… Use with full strength Basic H2 for measuring drops.
♦♦ 1/4-oz. Pump Dispenser for 32 oz. bottle (#50414) and…
♦♦ 1/2-oz. Pump Dispenser for 64 oz. bottle (#50415) For use with Fresh Laundry Concentrate and Soft Fabric Concentrate.
So… make the most of cleaning day with Get Clean accessories!
Keep it handy in your… Get Clean Caddy Organizer Kit
Contains 3 Spray Bottles, Basic H2 Dispenser Bottle with Dropper Tip, 2 pumps for 32 oz. bottles, 2 laundry measuring cups, a dual measuring spoon, one each Super Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, Super Microfiber Window Cloth, Super Microfiber Dish Sponge, and Miracle Scrubber Pad.
Get Clean, from Shaklee