6 Signs of Dehydration

6 Signs of Dehydration

Your breath, skin and body temperature may be telling you that your body is running low on water. Dehydration occurs when the body has a low level of water for properly function.

Dehydration occurs when the body has insufficient water to function properly. While mild dehydration may be just uncomfortable, more severe dehydration can lead to blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal complications. Clearly, severe dehydration must be treated promptly, but even mild dehydration can have adverse effects on mood and energy. It’s important to catch any degree of dehydration early, but the aren’t always obvious ones like thirst and fatigue.

Sign #1 Bad Breath
Maybe some may not know this but salive has antibacterial properties, but due to dehydration, this can prevent your body from making saliva. If your body isn’t producing enough saliva, bacteria overgrowth will occur in your mouth, and one of the side effects of that is bad breath.

Sign #2 Dry, Flaking and Cracking Skin
Most of people think that people who get dehydrated are really sweaty, but the fact is, as you go through various stages of dehydration, your skin will get super dry! And your skin may appear flushed as well. If you want to check, a dehydrated skin when pinched will remain tented, and will take some time to return to its normal, flat appearance.

Sign #3 Muscle Cramps
Dehydration is only one potential cause of muscle cramps, but it’s one worth considering if you get cramps while exercising, particularly in a hot climate like in Malaysia. As your body temperature increases, so will your risk of a muscle cramps, and that is from a pure heat effect on the muscles. As your muscle works harder, they can fail to function from the heat itself. Changes in the electrolytes, such as sodium and potassium may lead to muscle cramping as well.

Don’t be surprised but even in cooler weather, dehydration is possible if you don’t drink enough fluids while working out. The symptoms may be milder or come on slower, but dehydration carries the same risks, regardless of the outside temperature.

Sign #4 Fever and Chills
In severe case of dehydration, you may also experience fever and chills. Fever, in turn, can worsen dehydration, and the higher the fever, the more dehydrated you will become.

Sign #5 Food Cravings, Especially for Sweets
When you are dehydrated, it can be difficult for your organs to function – especially organ like the liver, which uses water to release glycogen and other components of energy stores, so you can actually get cravings for food.

While you can crave anything from the chocolates and candy to salty snacks, craving for sweets are more common because your body may be experiencing difficulty breaking down glycogen to release glucose into the bloodstream to use as fuel.

Its also not uncommon for the body to confuse the feeling of thirst with hunger, meaning that you may feel hungry when all you really need is water.

Sign #6 Headaches
Mild dehydration can cause a dehydration headache and even trigger a migraine headache. Since it’s often not clear what is causing a headache, drinking a full glass of water and continuing to sip more fluids during the day is an easy way to ease your pain if, in fact, dehydration is contributing to it.

Tell-tale Signs of Dehydration
An easy way to tell that you are dehydrated is you feel thirsty. But the downside is, if you are already feeling thirsty, it means you are already dehydrated. But lack of thirst doesn’t necessarily mean you’re well hydrated. Here are two other ways to check whether your body is dehydrated.

Try the skin test. Use two fingers to pinch up some skin on the back of your hand, then let the skin go. The skin should spring back to its normal position in less than a couple of seconds. If the skin returns to normal more slowly, you might be dehydrated.

Check your urine. If you’re well-hydrated, your urine will be mostly clear with a tinge a yellow (the colour of light lemonade before it hits the bowl). Darker yellow or orange are the warning colours to watch for. If you see those colours, start drinking fluids.

Tips for Staying Hydrated
When it comes to daily water intake, it is recommended that most women get about 2.7 liters of water a day – which is about 12 cups, and most men get about 3.7 laters a day, which is about 15 cups. Those totals include water gained from food and beverages like tea, milk, and fruit juice.

Here are some times for getting all the fluids you need and avoiding dehydration:

Keep your water bottle handy. If it is right next to you, you’ll likely get into the habit of sipping it without even realising it.

Spice up plain water. If you want to spice up your plain water, adding a splash of fruit juice or chunks of fresh frozen fruit, such as – lemonade, strawberry, cucumber, blueberries, and more!

Drink tea. Unsweetened teas are available in many flavours. Sipping on fruity iced teas during the day with lots of ice, or a hot peppermint or chamomile tea at night to keep cool during the night.

Shaklee Cinch Tea is a best bet for the cause too. Here’s a safe and natural way to head off the slumps when you need a quick pick-me-up in your looser-fitting pants. An exclusive blend of green, white and red teas, as well as taurine, naturally boosts your energy and enhances alertness. Enjoy morning or afternoon, hot or cold.

Swap your snacks. Swap your dry snacks like chips, pretzels, and crackers – which have zero to low water content – with refreshing munchies like fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, healthy smoothies, celery with peanut butter or a handful of various cut veggies with hummus.

Pile on the produce. Aim to make half your plate with vegetables and fruits. All those veggies and fruits will supply water as well as a hearty dose of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.

Sip more during meals. Sipping water with meals will help you more slowly, pace your eating, which can help you lose weight. And plus, keeps you hydrated.

Additional support. Obtain support from supplements like the Shaklee Performance Drink. Quench that thirst for winning. Bring out your best performance and keep the momentum going. With proprietary OPTI-LYTE™ electrolyte blend plus unique mix of carbohydrates to deliver instant and sustained energy and support optimal hydration. You can choose one of two flavours available – Orange or Lemon Lime!

Stay hydrated guys! H2O matters and it keeps you alive and well! Need more info on the products mentioned above, please do not hesitate to contact Mommy J for a free consultation and great deals on Shaklee products.

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Leucine

Leucine

What is leucine? Leucine is one of the main ingredient in weight and muscle managing supplements. But do you know what it really is? ‘kay, let me tell you what leucine really is.

The amino acid got its name from the Greek word, leukos which means “white”

Leucine is one of the branched-chain amino acids; in other words BCAAs – sound familiar? Especially if you are a gym-rat, you’d know what BCAAs are. As 99.9% of our gym enthusiasts, or fitness junkies, you’d probably know that it is an important component in assisting muscular health. It was first discovered in its impure form in cheese back in 1819, and a year after that in its crystalline form from muscles and wool. The amino acid got its name from the Greek word, leukos which means “white”, since at that time the purification of the substance in question from natural to a white, crystalline state was considered to be noteworthy. Only in the end of the 19th century the structure of Leucine was established by laboratory synthesis and recognised as one of the three branched-chain amino acids.

Now, what are the uses, what are the main functions of Leucine? Well, Leucine is considered as a vital amino acid for the protein synthesis and various metabolic functions – in other words, it is an essential amino acid, which helps in regulating the blood-sugar levels, promotes the growth and recovery of muscle and bone tissues, as well as the production of the growth hormone. Leucine is also known for preventing the breakdown of muscle proteins caused by injury or stress. In addition, Leucine may be beneficial for people suffering from phenylketonuria – an inherited inability to metabolize phenylalanine, which, if left untreated will cause brain and nerve damage.

Leucine does not only benefit in muscle preservation, but also as a yielding substance that aids and enhances fat burning. Leucine turned out to be a great tool not just for muscle building, but for the weight loss as well. Those people who have taken different muscle builders and fat burners, and are apparently searching for something else to give them a finer edge, taking a Leucine supplement might be a good idea. Studies have revealed that this amino acid acts in a unique way: unlike other amino acids, it aids in burning fat without burning a muscle by sparing the muscle proteins and leaving them to assist in building and in increasing the muscle gain and mass. In other words, it is a great supplement for all those gym rats or dieters who have to workout regularly in attempt to build up muscles while keeping the fat off the body. Researches confirmed that people staying on the protein-rich diet, which includes enough of Leucine, lose more body fat while retaining a more lean muscle mass.

Do keep in mind that Leucine is an essential amino acid, so your body cannot product it naturally but only can be obtained from food and supplements. Food containing Leucine includes protein-rich animal like fish, chicken, beef, also dairy and eggs. But if you are a vegan but not cutting out dairy and eggs from your vegan diet, the Shaklee Cinch Shake is your best bet in getting the essential daily intake of Leucine into your diet. The shakes can be mixed with non-fat milk or low-fat soy milk.

If you really wanna lose those extra kilos and preserve the healthiness of your muscles, Shaklee Cinch Shake is your best friend! While helping you lose fats, it maintains your muscle mass and encourage muscle growth. Other than providing you with the energy you need, and keeping you full throughout the day, Cinch will also help you regulate your glucose level and most importantly, Cinch will help get your monstrous appetite under control!

Interested? Of course, right? Who doesn’t want a rocking hot body and healthy at the same time. Contact Mommy J for a free consultation and the best deals for all Shaklee products! And oh! Don’t miss out on the May Special Twin Pack promo for Shaklee Cinch! Pick two of your favourite Cinch flavours (Chocolate, Cafe Latte or Vanilla) and enjoy 10% off your purchase!

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Motherhood & Why Its All Worth It

In the previous post, we talked a little about Mother’s day history and its origins, and how different parts of the world celebrated it. In this post, we will see through the beautiful eyes of mothers. How motherhood has changed their lives and what makes it worth more than gems and jewels in this world, combined! We have rallied up some mommies to share their sweet stories and hopefully will move us all to celebrate our moms more than usual. Happy reading guys! And stay tuned till the end to see how you can celebrate your mom with the gift of great health and vitality!

What beautiful creatures mothers really are. They are the source of our existence. Without our moms, we will not be able to grow and see the world. To all the mothers out there, own your power and thank you for all that you’ve done for our future generations!

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Mommies Day History

Mommies Day History

Mothers are such worldly creatures. No one could ever understand the ability of being a mother – if one is not a mother. Juggling more than the number of her hands, and sticking her neck out for all her loved ones. The last one to rest just to secure the fort, and the first one up to make sure everything is in order before her soldiers rise in the morning! A mother can weaken the knees of a strong big man. A mother can stop the storm in a daughter’s heart. After a long hard day at work or school, a mother’s warm hug can just make it all disappear. A mother is the one you’d call first about anything and everything. A mother just knows what to say or do to make things right.

Mother’s day is when people choose to celebrate their moms, to show her how grateful you are for her. But I do personally feel that mothers should be celebrated every single day. Show her your love her every day by helping her out with the house chores and not being a brat about it. Before you leave the house, kiss her goodbye and never ever forget to tell her how much you love her. Nonetheless, have you ever wondered the history of Mother’s day? Well everything has its origin, and its background story on how it first started. Lets read on together!

The wondrous celebration of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals to honour the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Though the clearest modern precedent for Mother’s day is the early Christian festival known as, “Mothering Sunday.”

It was once a major tradition in the UK and parts of Europe. This celebration fell on the fourth Sunday of Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their “mother church” – which is the main church in the comfort of their own home for a special service. Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother’s Day in the 1930s and 1940s.

Ann Reeves Jarvis

As for the in the United States, in the years before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virginia helped start “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach local women how to properly care for their children. The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother’s 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother’s Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

This is an undated picture of Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, who promoted and achieved the proclamation of Mother’s Day as a national holiday, in honor of her mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. (AP Photo)

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Mothers Day Premium Gift Set
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Healthy Hair

Healthy Hair

The hair is a crown – one that should be taken care of. Many people view healthy-looking hair as a sign of health or beauty. Like any other part of your body, hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow. In fact, many nutritional deficiencies are linked to hair loss. While factors such as age, genetics and hormones also affect hair growth, optimal nutrient intake is key. Below are 5 vitamins and 3 other nutrients that may be important for hair growth.

No.1 Vitamin A

All cells in the body requires vitamin A for growth. Which includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Vitamin A also aids the skin glands in making sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. Vitamin A deficiency causes several problems, including hair loss. While it’s important to get enough vitamin A, too much may be dangerous. Studies show that an overdose of vitamin A can also contribute to hair loss.

Vitamin A can be found in food such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A. Vitamin A can also be found in animal products such as milk, eggs and yogurt. Cod liver oil is a particularly good source.

No. 2 Vitamin B

One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin. Studies link biotin deficiency with hair loss in humans. Although biotin is used as an alternative hair-loss treatment, those who are deficient have the best results. However, deficiency is very rare because it occurs naturally in a wide range of foods. There’s also a lack of data about whether biotin is effective for hair growth in healthy individuals. Other B-vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.

You can get B-vitamins from many foods, including whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark, leafy greens.

No. 3 Vitamin C

Free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen — an important part of hair structure. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.

Vitamin C can be found in strawberries, peppers, guavas and citrus fruits are all good sources of vitamin C.

No. 4 Vitamin D

Low levels of vitamin D are linked hair loss. Research also shows that vitamin D may help create new follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow. Vitamin D is thought to play a role in hair production, but most research focuses on vitamin D receptors. The actual role of vitamin D in hair growth is unknown.

That said, most people don’t get enough vitamin D and it may still be a good idea to increase your intake. Your body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun’s rays. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.

No. 5 Vitamin E

Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress. In one study, people with hair loss experienced a 34.5% increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months.

Vitamin E can be consumed through sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.

No. 6 Iron

Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth.

Iron deficiency, which causes anaemia, is a major cause of hair loss. It’s especially common in women. Foods which contain iron includes clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.

No.7 Zinc

Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly. Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency.

Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency. However, there are some anecdotal reports that supplementing with too high of a dose can also contribute to hair loss. For this reason, it may be better to get your zinc from whole foods.

Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils.

No.8 Protein

Hair is mostly made of protein. Consuming enough is crucial for hair growth.

Foods rich in protein is lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, yoghurt, cheese, seeds and nuts, beans and legumes, and an option of soy products such as tofu for vegan.

Shaklee Vita Lea Iron Formula contains all the vitamins and nutrients needed for you to grow a strong and healthy hair.

Other than Vita Lea, Collagen Powder Plus is also great for an overall health especially for women.

So there you go! Get on in and have the most beautiful hair ever! Need more information on the Shaklee Vita Lea and Collagen Powder Plus, do contact Mommy J for a free consultation and best deals on other supplements.

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Feel More Energized Than Ever!

Feel More Energized Than Ever!

Good day mommies and mommies-to-be! If you are here looking for the answers on how to increase the capacity of your energy level, well, I think I might have the answer for you. Because no one told you that you will occasionally need to run around chasing your half-naked toddler in the supermarket – while knocking down a tray full of orange juice sample cups. Having kids of your own is a wonderful blessing and you might feel guilty complaining about how tiring it is to have kids. Do not worry, being a mother is hard – especially if you are a working mom. You must be scouring the world of internet – looking and searching for ways to be an effective parent and be on top of your game at work without falling asleep and drooling over important documents. So here goes – pay attention and absorb all you need like a sponge!

No. 1 Get enough sleep! (Even though it may be hard – 100% of the time)

I know, I know. Some of my readers would start to think, this is a joke, right? How do I get enough sleep when I am the first to wake and last to sleep, every single day! Trust me, according to sleepfoundation.org, adults need about 7-9 hours of sleep per night. It will be hard to get the full 7-9 hours sleep, but try to get at least 6 hours, tops. If you feel sleepy throughout the day, try to sneak in a quick 30 minutes to an hour nap. I could really make all the difference. It’s actually amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. If you get enough sleep, you’ll feel bright eyed and bushy-tailed and feel you can accomplish anything.

No. 2 Get movin’ movin’ and love to move it, move it

You might start to move the cursor towards the X of this article, please don’t leave me talking or writing to myself just yet. You probably be thinking, “Why would I wanna exercise when I’m already feeling tired?????” – here’s the thing, according to health.com exercise actually help you fight fatigue and boosts energy. When you’re feeling tired and you’ve been sitting down for a long period of time, try doing 10 jumping jacks and see how you feel afterwards. Any activity that gets your heart pumping for 10 minutes will boost the oxygen in your system making you feel more energetic. Instead of having a power nap, try going for a power walk and see your energy rise!

No.3 Don’t forget to breeeeeeeeeeaaathhe in and breeaaathe out

When I’m at work and I’m focused on something, I tend to take shallow, short breaths or sometimes I may forget to breathe all together. You can get an energy boost from deep breathing. Why does deep breathing boost our energy? Because the more oxygen you inhale means more energy. It’s a great way to breathe out stress and finally feel relaxed. Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound. Then inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven, and exhale through your mouth for a count of eight. Repeat for a total of four breaths and feel more energized in no time.

No. 4 Never. Ever. Skip. Breakfast.

Always… always start your day off right with a healthy, energizing breakfast. You will always have time for breakfast! But, be aware of breakfast full of sugar and fat – so avoid sugary cereals and processed foods. Instead, go for a breakfast packed with protein, and a complex carb like a whole grain toasts, and rolled oats. This type of breakfast will help stabilizes your blood sugar and your energy. A breakfast consisting of a bowl of mixed fruits, buttered toast, boiled egg and ½ an avocado, you are set for an energizing day! But. If you have no time for breakfast at all, at all, wo worries, I got the solution for you. Shaklee Energizing Soy Protein (ESP) is the best and quick breakfast – fulfilling and a great energy booster. It does not contains high level of sugar that will not cause you a sugar crash! And in any case you are still breastfeeding your baby, this product is great in increasing the quantity of of your breastmilk.

So many benefits that will make your day. Just blend the protein powder with milk or water and ice for a cold and refreshing beverage. And to spruce it up, you can add your favourite fruit – strawberries, kiwi, kurma, etc. The possibilities are endless!

No. 5 Reach for water because your body depends on it!

Lack of water is one of the major cause of fatigue. Avoid sugary and caffeinated drinks and aim for 2L of water instead to stay hydrated. Why? Because our body constantly loses water through perspiration and urine, thus it is important to replace water loss by drinking water and replenishing our bodies with water. Like a flat and dry sponge, you will bloom and perk up as soon as a refreshing glass of water hits your parched lips.

No. 6 Eat smaller portions frequently instead of a feast 3 times a day!

I don’t know about you guys, but I get hungry every 3-4 hours. I used to reach for chocolate bars but now I try to make sure I have a healthy snack in my purse when the hunger strikes. I like to eat nuts or maybe a mandarin or dried fruit like mangoes. When I’m hungry, I’m distracted, uncomfortable and unable to focus.  Nutrition experts recommend to eat small amounts every 3-4 hours to keep your hunger at bay and to keep your energy at optimal levels. Another alternate would be keeping at arm’s reach, a bottle of ready-made Shaklee Cinch – a perfect and healthier alternate to unhealthy snacking. Shaklee Cinch will give you energy and control your weight while at it.

No. 7 Keep your iron in check!

If you’re constantly feeling fatigue and weak, you may be low in iron. Low iron is quite common in women of childbearing age due to heavy periods and pregnancy. Iron is so important because it aids the blood in absorbing energy-producing oxygen.

If you are always sluggish, you should increase your iron daily-intake through iron rich foods or try the Shaklee Vita-Lea Iron Formula supplement to make sure your body is provided with your body’s daily requirement of nutrients and vitamin.

No.8 Don’t be too serious, get some good laugh in!

Well, laughter is the best medicine. Laughter strengthens your immune system, boosts mood, diminishes pain, and protects you from the damaging effects of stress, and plus, it keeps you young too! It all sounds like a plus to me. Need a good laugh? Watch your favourite comedy movies or series, or have a good time with your girl friends over tea, coffee or wine! Have a good laugh and it will instantly boost your energy, and MOOD!

Well, here you go! Take these guidelines and put your own personality into it. Life is too short to live so seriously, so do your best to fulfil as much as you can! Breathe in free air, and eat healthy, move your body to keep it fit and healthy! Laugh and have a good time with your family and make time for your own personal guilty pleasures with your girl-friends too!

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