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In this issue…
♦ Is it just stress… or is it more? ♦ The best diet for your adrenals…
♦ Symptoms of adrenal fatigue… ♦ How your adrenals affect your thyroid
♦ Confused by myriad mascaras in the store? ♦ The power of botanicals…
♦ YOUTH Mascara FAQs… ♦ Scientifically proven reasons to stay hydrated
♦ Be sure it’s Get Clean Water…
Be careful of negative thinking; it upsets the body balance. Positive thought brings happiness and contentment.
~ Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, Sr.
With our complex lives in the 21st century, more and more people are suffering from stress-related conditions. The negative impact of stress can affect many areas of health. One area in particular that can be adversely affected is the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands are located near the kidneys and produce the hormones that are needed for the body to function properly. Stress adversely affects these glands because when the body is under severe stress, the adrenals start producing more hormones to help the body cope (the classic ‘fight or flight’ response). The primary adrenal hormone is cortisol, which regulates metabolism and is a response to stress.
In some circumstances a stress response is needed. However, when you experience stress over a long period of time, the adrenals weaken, negatively affecting the body and resulting in adrenal fatigue. So, what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
The best diet for your adrenals…
Here is what you should eat and drink to help heal your adrenal glands:
⇒⇒ Lots of water
⇒⇒ Pumpkin seeds
⇒⇒ Grass-fed meat, wild game and wild caught salmon
⇒⇒ Non-starchy vegetables
⇒⇒ Ghee, clarified butter
⇒⇒ Coconut, coconut oil and coconut water
⇒⇒ Lean, organic chicken and turkey
⇒⇒ Walnuts and almonds
⇒⇒ Chia and flax seeds
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue…
1) Excessive, unexplained tiredness caused by lack of sleep due to stress.
2) A craving for salty or sugary foods. One way that adrenal fatigue affects the body is to lower the blood sugar level, increasing cravings for sugary foods. Because the body releases more minerals in the urine, adrenal fatigue can also result in cravings for salty foods.
3) Heightened energy in the evenings due to fluctuating cortisol levels.
4) Difficulty in handling stress. The normal body’s response to stress is to release 3 hormones:
♦♦ Cortisol. Gives the body extra energy to cope with the stress, it increases memory function and lowers sensitivity to pain. However, the body needs a rest period after cortisol has been released and a person suffering from adrenal fatigue rarely gets a rest. Therefore, less and less cortisol is produced.
♦♦ Adrenaline. Adrenaline gives us the initial burst of energy needed to respond to stress. Once again, adrenal fatigue will reduce the amount of this hormone, reducing the stress response.
♦♦ Norepinephrine. This hormone helps the brain to focus on the stress. Without this active hormone, the response to stress could be described as lethargic.
5) More infections. Cortisol helps to regulate the immune system in the body and works as an anti-inflammatory. Too much cortisol over an extended period of time hinders the response of the immune system and can result in more infections.
Some other symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:
♦♦ Anxiety; depression
♦♦ Dizziness; lightheadedness
♦♦ Frustration; anger
♦♦ Physical aches; pains
♦♦ Headaches; migraines
How your adrenals affect your thyroid
Your adrenal glands, when fatigued and overworked, usually from constant stress and anxiety, force your body into a state of catabolism. That fancy scientific term simply means that your body begins to break down in any number of ways. Since your thyroid gland also influences your body’s metabolism, unhappy and unhealthy adrenal glands can cause you to metabolize food improperly.
This can lead to a condition known as hypothyroidism, a slowing down of your metabolism. Hypothyroidism and its relationship to your metabolism can lead to the following health conditions and unfortunate symptoms:
♦♦ Decreased sex drive
♦♦ Fatigue and weakness
♦♦ Abnormal menstrual cycles
♦♦ Irritability and depression
♦♦ Memory loss
♦♦ Muscle cramps, aches and pains
♦♦ Hair loss
♦♦ Weight gain or an inability to lose weight
♦♦ Course, dry, prematurely aged hair and skin
Because of the relationship between your adrenal glands and thyroid, avoiding all of the health problems just mentioned is possible when you heal your adrenal glands.
Supplements for your adrenals
Flooding your body with B vitamins is a simple way to fight adrenal health problems. Taking Shaklee B-Complex daily is a great way to ensure you have high levels of vitamin B5 and vitamin B6, which are particularly important for healthy adrenal function. Vitamin B12 also aids with energy production.
Supplementing a healthy diet with Vita-D3, VitalMag, Zinc and Vita-E Complex virtually guarantees proper thyroid function and adrenal functioning as well.
And… if you don’t eat foods rich in healthy, fatty acids… or even if you do… add OmegaGuard to your supplement regimen. Your adrenals will thank you!
Confused by myriad mascaras in the store?
Every year consumers report red, scaly eyelids, blood-shot eyes, dry eye disease, and serious long-term health conditions caused by… the toxic chemicals in their eye makeup! And although more than 1,300 chemicals are banned from cosmetics in Europe, only 11 are banned in the U.S.
Here are just 10 of the chemicals you should avoid when you purchase eye shadow, liner, mascara, and even makeup brushes and false-lash adhesive:
1) Carbon black
2) Ethanolamines (DEA, TEA, MEA)
3) Benzalkonium chloride (BAK)
4) Prime yellow carnauba wax
5) Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives
7) Aluminum powder
8) Retinyl acetate or retinyl palmitate
9) Heavy metals such as nickel and chrome
10) Titanium dioxide
YOUTH Lash Revitalizing & Conditioning Mascara is a 2-in-1 lash conditioner and mascara that lengthens, volumizes and lifts to help create fuller looking lashes. Specially formulated with Shaklee’s exclusive Botanical Complex and Lash Protection Complex, YOUTH Mascara also helps strengthen lashes and defend against environmental damage. The innovative 2-sided brush enables you to create volume with shorter bristles and add definition with longer bristles.
Both cruelty-free and gluten-free, YOUTH Mascara is:
♦♦ Ophthalmologist tested
♦♦ Safe for contact lens wearers
♦♦ A universally suitable shade of soft black
Just look at the benefits…
⇒⇒ Specially formulated botanical complex strengthens lashes
⇒⇒ Unique lash protection complex protects lashes and roots against environmental damage
⇒⇒ Innovative 2-sided brush creates a natural, elegant look
⇒⇒ Naturally derived mineral pigment provides a glossy looking black finish
⇒⇒ Smudge-free, ultra moisturizing formula for longer-lasting wear
Try it… your eyes will love it!
The power of botanicals…
Specially formulated with Shaklee’s new Lash Protection Complex, YOUTH Lash Revitalizing and Conditioning Mascara also helps strengthen lashes and protects against environmental damage.
Watercress and Indian Cress
Watercress and Indian cress extracts help strengthen lashes.
Organic shea butter moisturizes and soothes fragile lashes.
Vital Repair+® Complex
Multipatented Vital Repair+ Complex protects roots and lashes, encouraging healthy lashes.
YOUTH Mascara FAQs…
Q. Why Lash Protection Complex?
A. Lash Protection Complex features Shaklee’s patent-pending Muscadine Grape polyphenols & multi-patented Vital Repair+ to help protect lashes and roots against free-radical damage. Free-radicals can contribute to dry and brittle eyelashes, and accelerate your risk of eyelash breakage.
Q. What is unique about the Botanical Complex?
A. Botanical Complex is uniquely formulated with Watercress and Indian Cress to provide additional conditioning and strengthening benefits, and to whip the formula into a creamy texture that allows for smoother application on lashes, and a longer lasting wear in one sweep.
Q. Is YOUTH Mascara safe for those with sensitive eyes and/or contact lenses?
A. Yes, but review the ingredients with your doctor if you have sensitivities.
Q. What is the shelf life.
A. 3 months after opening.
Q. Is this safe for expectant mothers or those breastfeeding?
A. Yes, but check with your doctor if you have any questions.
Q. What fragrance is used in this product?
A. There is no fragrance included in the formulation.
Q. What else?
A. YOUTH Mascara is dermatologist/allergy tested, hypoallergenic, and suitable for sensitive skin
Scientifically proven reasons to stay hydrated
Water comprises roughly 60% of the human body. The brain and heart are over 70% water. Even the bones are over 30% water. Water is also used in the digestion of food and in numerous chemical reactions that take place in the body. Under normal circumstances, you can only last a few days without water, so it’s smart to stay hydrated. Here are some great reasons to drink lots of Get Clean Water:
♦♦ Regulates body temperature. Your body needs water to produce the sweat that cools it.
♦♦ Water keeps you regular. It keeps everything moving along.
♦♦ Water helps to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy.
♦♦ Water helps to maintain a healthy body weight. Water is necessary to digest food. It can also help to keep you feeling full. It has been shown that drinking a half-liter of water before meals helps dieters to lose more weight.
♦♦ Enhances your mood. Studies show that drinking more than a half-gallon of water each day results in feelings of calmness and contentment.
♦♦ Decreases frequency of headaches. Dehydration is a common cause of headaches.
♦♦ Improves athletic performance. Your performance will be poor if you’re not sufficiently hydrated.
♦♦ Can help prevent many diseases and ailments. Asthma, kidney stones, and constipation are just a few physical maladies impacted by hydration levels.
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