This issue of Making a Difference! is brought to you by…
Betty & Jerry Griffin
In this issue…
♦ An escalating epidemic… ♦ Characteristics of metabolic syndrome…
♦ Metabolic syndrome… the causes and consequences
♦ Prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome ♦ The first step…
♦ Product spotlight… Shaklee 180 healthy eating plan
♦ Life Shake Recipes
♦ Are you an Earth-friendly consumer?
♦ Our top picks for green household cleaners
“You may have attained success in your chosen profession or business, but has your success gone to your… no, not to your head… but in the other direction? Has it settled at, around and near your belt-line?
That bulge may be a signal of distress!”
~ Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr.
An escalating epidemic…
According to the Centers for Disease Control, metabolic syndrome is a common health condition prevalent in nearly one-in-three American adults or over 30% of the adult population. This number only increases as people age.
While there are several potential reasons for this high prevalence rate, it’s presumed to be due to the rising obesity rates, particularly in the United States. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are now overweight or obese, with the vast majority of them afflicted with type 2 diabetes, as well.
Due to the increased risk and prevalence of metabolic syndrome, it’s imperative to learn more about this condition and its causes, as well as treatment and prevention.
Fortunately, Shaklee offers highly effective solutions to help prevent metabolic syndrome and the resulting health consequences. It starts with… Shaklee 180!
Characteristics of metabolic syndrome…
Metabolic syndrome is the culmination of several risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, especially if obesity of the abdominal region is present.
Other risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, and altered blood glucose levels.
An individual has metabolic syndrome when at least three risk factors are present.
While metabolic syndrome develops over time, fortunately it’s a condition that is highly impacted by a healthy lifestyle.
Metabolic syndrome… the causes and consequences
Metabolic syndrome develops due to many health risks related to lifestyle, age, and genetics. The best way to decrease the likelihood of this condition is by making positive lifestyle changes.
The most common causes of metabolic syndrome are…
♦♦ Poor dietary habits
♦♦ Inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle
♦♦ Insulin resistance
♦♦ Sleep-related difficulties (sleep apnea or insomnia)
♦♦ Family history of metabolic syndrome
Consequences associated with metabolic syndrome are the development of several severe health conditions like diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and deep venous blood clots. Other potential complications include atherosclerosis, fatty liver disease, kidney disease, and peripheral artery disease.
Certain warning signs are reasons to watch out for the development of this condition. For example, notable weight gain or elevated cholesterol should encourage you to alter your lifestyle. In addition, headaches, fatigue, increased thirst, or frequent need to urinate may indicate changes in blood sugar, a significant risk factor for metabolic syndrome.
Finally, if you’ve become aware that you have at least one of the associated risk factors of metabolic syndrome, consult with your health care professional to discuss potential treatment interventions and prevention protocols.
Prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome
The best “medicine” to combat metabolic syndrome is… prevention! . By identifying risk factors early and actively changing your lifestyle, this condition, and its poor outcome can be avoided.
The best lifestyle interventions include healthy eating. Avoiding processed food is such an easy change to make, and it, along with regular aerobic exercise, can make a huge difference. And… it cannot be stated enough how important proper hydration impacts your overall well-being. Most individuals spend a lot of time being somewhat dehydrated, which affects body homeostasis. Finally, optimizing sleep and quitting bad habits such as smoking are absolutely critical prevention mechanisms that can be implemented rapidly.
For those who already have or are at risk of metabolic syndrome, making specific changes in lifestyle habits is critical. So create a plan for making these changes and then consult with a health care professional to treat any complications you may already have.
One change that should be made in all cases is weight loss, which will lessen the risk for a multitude of health problems.
The overall long-term outlook of metabolic syndrome is positive if managed effectively and in a timely manner. While such a condition can result in several other serious health complications, it is preventable and treatable in most circumstances.
Life Shake™ and Shaklee 180®
The first step…
Shaklee 180 is a simple program that is clinically proven for healthy weight loss and weight maintenance. This unique program was clinically tested for a year… 6 months for weight loss followed by 6 months for weight maintenance.
People lost weight
⇒⇒ 83% of participants completed the 6-month program… a high completion rate for a prolonged weight loss study.
⇒⇒ Participants lost on average 14 lbs of body fat and gained on average 4 lbs of muscle.
⇒⇒ Body fat percentage dropped over 5% on average.
People kept it off
⇒⇒ After 6 months, 70% of participants chose to continue on a 6-month maintenance program.
⇒⇒ This simple program consisted of: (1) Shaklee Life Shake™ daily, (2) a twice-weekly exercise program of 20 minutes aerobic and 20 minutes resistance work, and (3) no calorie targets.
⇒⇒ Improvements were seen in fat mass, body fat percentage, lean muscle mass, and waist and hip circumference while maintaining weight.
For maximum results start with the Shaklee 180 Turnaround Kit, a customizable two-meals-a-day kit containing everything you need for 4 weeks. Or… to try it out, begin your weight loss journey with the Shaklee 180 Starter Kit… enough for 2 weeks… then order what you need to continue.
As always, Shaklee 180 is…
Safe! Proven! 100% Guaranteed!
Shaklee Weight-Loss Studies at Quincy College
Product spotlight… Shaklee 180® healthy eating plan
The Shaklee 180 clinically proven program is so-o-o-o simple to follow:
Life Shake or Meal-in-a-Bar + 180 Metabolic Boost
180 Energizing Tea (Optional)
Life Shake or Meal-in-a-Bar + 180 Metabolic Boost
180 Snack Bar
Healthy Meal + 180 Metabolic Boost
Set the amount of weight you want to lose (a BMI chart can be a helpful reference). \
Next, based on your current weight, find the calorie level that’s right for you on the chart below.
The right calorie level should promote a slow, safe rate of weight loss (1-2 pounds per week) and provide enough calories to control hunger and leave you feeling satisfied.*
*For more tips and recipes, check the Healthy Eating section of the Shaklee 180 Program Resources web page or ask the person who sent you this newsletter.
Shaklee 180® Meal and Snack Bars
Life Shake Recipes
Mix your favorite Life Shake (130 calories) with milk or water, then customize with your favorite add-ons:
____ 1 scoop Organic Greens Booster (10 calories)
____ 1/4 avocado (80 calories)
____ 1 Tbsp. almond butter (98 calories)
____ 1/2 cup strawberries (49 calories)
____ 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt (85 calories)
____ 1/2 banana (52 calories)
____ 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (90 calories)
____ 1 cup blueberries (85 calories)
____ Vanilla (or almond, peppermint, etc.) extract (10-15 calories)
Are you an Earth-friendly consumer?
This time of the year, many people stop to think about what they can do to help the environment. Here are some small steps that you can take every day toward becoming a more conscious consumer:
____ Buy in bulk. It’s cheaper when you buy more of the product and less of the packaging. At the grocery store, choose produce that is not in prepackaged containers.
____ Support your local farmers. Farmers’ markets are where some of the healthiest and freshest food can be found. By supporting farmers in your own community, you’re treating your body to healthier food and cutting down on carbon dioxide emissions of food transportation.
____ Recycle! Plastic comes from crude oil and paper comes from trees. By recycling just these items, you’re helping to save two of the Earth’s valuable resources and reducing your home’s carbon dioxide emissions.
____ Pay your bills online. It saves stamps, paper, fuel for mail transport and… saves you money.
____ Purchase thoughtful gifts throughout the year from Shaklee. Give a Get Clean Starter Kit. Fill a gift bag with personal care items like a Meadow Blend Cleansing Bar, Enfuselle Moisturizing Shower Gel, Spa Shea Butter Cream, SPF-30 Sunscreen and Herbal Blend Multi-Purpose Cream. Or gift someone with a Get Clean Water Pitcher and Filter. They’ll love it!
____ Reuse bags and containers. Keep a supply of bags on hand for future shopping trips, or take your own canvas tote bag to the grocery store. Reuse the bags around the house for trash can liners and lunch bags. You can save 1,200 pounds of carbon dioxide if you cut down your garbage by just 10 percent.
____ Purchase concentrated, safe, biodegradable Get Clean household products. Instead of shipping water around the country, you add your own. Get Clean products always use minimum packaging, and… the materials are recyclable.
____ Instead of buying bottled water, buy a Get Clean Water Pitcher for better tasting, cleaner water. Use refillable sports bottles to take on the road or to sporting events. Almost 2 million tons of plastic are used each year for bottled water, not to mention the energy that is used to manufacture and ship this bottled water to market.
____ Air out your home. One of the easiest and best ways to bring a natural and clean feeling to your home is to simply air it out. This will flush out toxins and rejuvenate your home in a completely natural way. The best part: All you need to do is open the windows!
____ Keep your air fresh. Rather than buying ready-made fresheners, you can go with something completely natural. Herbs and plants give off pleasant odors. Or… consider baking more often to bring some nice scents into the home.
____ Prevent unnecessary dirt. Start with the floors and all the dirty, toxic materials that are brought in on your shoes. Simply start a “no shoes indoors” policy and your house will stay much cleaner all year round.
Get Clean Starter Kit
Our top picks for green household cleaners
While it’s important for us to switch to green cleaners, we also want them to be powerful and effective. These cleaners achieve both:
Basic H2 Biodegradable Cleaner
Basic H2 is truly all-purpose for thousands of household jobs. This super-concentrated formula is meant to be combined with different amounts of water depending on the job at hand. One 16-ounce bottle of Basic H2 will create 48 gallons of powerful cleaner! Best of all, Basic H2 is nontoxic, free of toxic fumes and hazardous chemicals, and fragrance free.
This heavy-duty paste uses natural abrasives to handle grease, grime, and stains that other cleansers can’t. And… it doesn’t leave harmful fumes or chemicals.
Germ Off+ Wipes
With powerful clean and the convenience of a wipe, Germ Off+ makes it easy to clean and disinfect any room in the house. Germ Off+ Wipes are effective against bacteria and viruses* on hard, nonporous surfaces in the bathroom, classroom, playroom, car, and more. These wipes have a cloth-like texture for scrubbing power and can be used without rinsing in kitchens and on food contact surfaces. Finally, they are bleach-free, phosphate free, fragrance free, and leave no harsh chemical residue.
*Including SARS-Related Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) cause of COVID-19, Human Norovirus, Influenza A Virus H1N1
Get Clean Basic-H2, from Shaklee