Category Archives: Supplements

Vitamin Supplements and Living with HIV/AIDS

Most people living with HIV/AIDS are interested in learning more about what vitamin supplements might be useful in building their immune system and increasing their general health. And individuals who are taking and HIV medications are typically good consumers of health-related information.

So how about taking natural vitamin supplements in addition to an antiviral regimen? Is it worth the time and expense to include various available dietary supplements? As with any additional nutrients that someone may take it is especially important for anyone with immune issues to do their research.

One online authority on HIV/AIDS health information is The Body. The Body is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. But TheBody.com knows what they are talking about and have demonstrated over the years that it is important to learn everything possible.

Recently they included an article titled An Introduction to Dietary Supplement for People Living With HIV/AIDS. It is a well thought-out description of how supplements can be useful in promoting healthy living. We encourage everyone to check out this valuable information.

They recommend the following dietary supplements to be considered (click on the supplement name for more information from www.thebody.com):

Dietary Supplement Recommended in The Body article Shaklee Product Link
Alpha-Lipoic Acid Glucose Regulation Complex*
Calcium and Vitamin D Chewable Cal Mag Plus OsteoMatrix Vita-Lea Ocean Wonders Liqui-Lea Plus Iron Vita-Lea Gold Vitamin K Formula Vita-Lea without Iron Formula Vitalizer Vita-Lea Gold without Vitamin K Formula Vita-Lea with Iron Formula Vitalizer Gold Vitalizer + Iron Vita-D3 Vita-E Complex Plus Selenium
Carnitine Carnitine is not included in any Shaklee Products
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) CoQHeart
Vitamin B1 Vitalizer Vitalizer + Iron Vitalizer Gold
Zinc Zinc Complex Chewable Cal Mag Plus Immunity Formula I Defend & Resist Complex Glucose Regulation Complex* OsteoMatrix

Each of these suggestions are included in Shaklee Products, with the exception of Carnitine. The link to the Shaklee Product is included above for you to check out further. These supplements are also available from many sources and we recommend you check out the best source for your own needs.

We agree with the information provided by The Body – you should always check with your health care team (physician, pharmacist, nutritionist, etc.) when making decisions on what to include in your regimen. But we think it is important to check out the natural dietary supplements to see what can work for you.

Let us know if you have other information – or comments – in the section below.

Consumer Reports on Supplements Consumers Should Avoid

In the latest issue of Consumer Reports, they review supplements that consumers should avoid. This is good information for everyone interested in taking vitamin supplements and other natural products to improve their health.

Click here to view their Press Release.

What does this mean for people taking vitamin supplements?  It means that you need to be informed. While you need to subscribe to Consumer Reports to get the information we encourage everyone to check it out. Consumer Reports is a valuable resource for information on many products and services. And nothing is more important than your health. Knowledge is power here.

As an Independent Shaklee Distributor we actively promote many natural products that we feel can make your life healthier. In checking the ingredients for Shaklee products we could not find any of the items singled out by Consumer Reports to be in any of the Shaklee products.  We will be getting more information and posting it here for a full story.

Shaklee promotes the Shaklee Difference – which means that the company takes this type of information seriously and only produces supplements that are healthy to take. Of course you will want to review the product labels and pay particular attention to the correct recommended dosage.

We also agree with Consumer Reports that you should consult your doctor about any supplement you decide to take and get their opinion as well. That’s their job to know what is good for you.

Let us know if you find anything in your Shaklee products that make you question their value. We will research the answer and report back on what we find.

5 Ways to Live a Healthy Lifestyle

Who Wants to Live a Healthy Lifestyle?

This is an easy question. Almost everyone.

But what can make this such a hard thing for us to do these days? In the US we typically live an eventful, busy life – filled with so many activities that to remember to treat ourselves well sometimes gets lost.

Journey to Optimal Health

To be healthy we should focus on five areas:

  1. Good nutrition – what we eat matters
  2. Weight management – how much we eat matters
  3. Fitness – to make our bodies stronger and healthier
  4. Stress management – to minimize unwanted influences to impact our well-being
  5. Taking the right supplements – to give our bodies the best nutrients to stay at our best

Good Nutrition

Many times our eating habits are developed based on the wrong influences – eating what is handy, cheap, easy to find, or what tastes the best. Most people know what makes up healthy nutrition. We should cut back on fast foods, junk foods, and reduce soda intake.

Instead we should eat a healthy diet of the proper balance of macro-nutrients, healthy protein, heart-healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, as well as the all important Omega 3 supplement.
Easier said than done – right?  But many times it takes just as much time, money, and effort to eat the wrong things.

Weight Management

Sixty percent of Americans are overweight. There are many causes, but we need to find the solution for what works for ourselves.

The diet cycle is tough on our systems and eventually results in ending up back where we started. This cycle can actually cause us to lose ground by ending up with lower muscle mass. Lean muscle is important because muscle equals metabolism. The greater our metabolism, the more calories our body uses and that means being able to lose weight or keep our weight where we want.

40%-50% of our diet calories should be made up of complex carbs, 25% to 30% of lean protein, and the remainder from healthy fats. Of course the exact formula for each individual can be different. And it is always recommended that a health professional – doctor or dietician – should be consulted to make sure you are on the right track.

Fitness

Exercise is important for our well-being and healthy lifestyle for multiple reasons. Working out can be an important activity in any weight management program. Stress can also be reduced from physical exercise. Cardio exercises can be very useful in making our bodies more healthy and can reduce the cause of many of the factors in making us unhealthy.

One hour a day is recommended by many professionals as the required fitness training each day. But that does not mean that you need to spend that time in the gym. Just by taking the stairs at work, walking whenever possible instead of using the car, and staying active in the back yard with the kids all count.

Stress Management

Stress takes its toll on our physical and mental health. A healthy lifestyle includes reducing stress whenever possible. You can start by recognizing the biggest stress factors in your life and minimizing them if you can. Even taking 10 minutes of breathing exercises can help out. And it is important that we all get as much sleep as we can with our busy schedules – eight hours a night can do wonders.

Taking the Right Supplements

If we are conscious about eating a healthy diet, we still may not be getting every nutrient we need to keep us in top shape. Poor foods, less desirable food sources, pollution, and even junk food do not help out.
The recommended supplements include multi-vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, fish oil for omega 3’s, and probiotics for a healthy intestinal tract. There are many sources of natural nutrition vitamin supplements. This may take some time to educate yourself on what is best for you. But the time will be a good investment. And don’t forget to check with your doctor to get their advice as well.

Once you make the decision to leave a healthier lifestyle, you will probably discover that you have more energy, feel better, and want to do more in your active life.

And it is very important to remember that even small changes make a difference.

Good luck and get started today!