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.
Happy Ramadan to all our Muslim friends. Fasting can be a breeze to some, but to some it may be hard and cause some painful and uncomfortable side effects. Here are six ways to ease fasting discomforts.
No. 1 Indigestion aka Heartburn
Indigestion has many possible causes. Often, indigestion is related to lifestyle and may be triggered by food, drink or medication. Common causes of indigestion include: Overeating or eating too quickly. Although the body produces less stomach acid during fasting, heartburn and bloating are commonly-reported complaints. Thinking about food or smelling it can naturally signal to your brain that a meal is on the way, causing your stomach to generate more gastric acid which would then lead to heartburn and bloating.
Don’t fret, here are easy ways for you to reduce that uncomfortable heartburn!
√ During sahur and iftar, avoid eating too much. Eat in moderation and in slow pace. √ Avoiding oily and spicy food. √ Avoid drinks with high caffeine content (coffee, tea, sodas, etc). √ Soy may even help neutralise acid in the stomach and the oesophagus. Soy protein contains less fat than most meat and dairy products, making it a safer choice for people with gastric problems. √ Add peppermint and ginger to reduce stomach discomfort, bloating and gas.
No. 2 Constipation
During berbuka puasa, it is so important to eat right and well. Avoid refined food and opt for a healthier alternative. Too much refined foods, too little water and not enough fibre in the diet can cause constipation during fasting.
The best way to avoid constipation would be –
√Hydrate as much as you possibly can during sahur and iftar. You can try the Shaklee Drink √Performance to ensure maximum hydration as well as energy! √ Consume a fibre-rich diet with lots and lotsa fruits and vegetables √ Regulate bowel movements with Herb-LaxTM, a natural laxative.
No. 3 Lethargy
As the hours go by, you’d probably experience hunger and you might start to feel weak. This is because when you fast, glucose levels in our blood start to drop. You may experience weakness, tiredness, lack of energy and dizziness towards the afternoon during fasting hours in Ramadhan.
The most important part is to know what to consume during sahur to avoid this.
√ Get a boost of energy and stay hydrated with Shaklee Performance drink, take B vitamins and CoEnzyme Q10. √ Pre-plan you sahur and iftar meals. So you’d know what to have and not forget. Include energy sustaining foods such as the Shaklee ESP Protein and feel full and energised throughout the day!
No. 4 Headache
Now, everything seems so wrong and you really want to just give up because of not enough sleep, hungry, and feeling so so dehydrated. Hang in there. Don’t give up just yet.
Here is what you need to do to keep the headache away!
√Get adequate rest and quality sleep. Wake up feeling fresh for sahur. Reminder: Do not skip sahur! √ Incorporate ESP Protein in your meals to sustain energy and lengthen satiety effects. √ Rehydrate and power up with Performance®, with its unique blend of electrolytes.
No. 5 Dehydration
Fasting creates a greater risk of dehydration especially with the hot and dry whether in Malaysia. As a result, it may lead to fatigue, headache and nausea.
Fortunately there are a number of ways you can boost your hydration levels by doing one, two or more of these things:
√ First of – keep your body cool. Wear loose, lightly colored clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton, linen, or silk. Semi-synthetics such as rayon and modal can also be worn to combat body heat. Scientists are developing fabrics created especially to keep you cool, such as thermal regulation fabrics. Products made with these types of fabrics are often designed for sport and outdoor activities. √ Avoiding salty food like salted fish, pickles and salty snacks. Salt may further worsen the dehydration condition. √ Taking Performance®, an ideal drink that rehydrates, providing energy to keep you energised.
No. 6 Unintended Weight Gain and Obesity We may experience unintended weight gain as there could be a tendency to overeat or over-indulge in rich, fatty foods. This off-sets the physical benefits of fasting. Here are ways to keep your body healthy and fit and get that physical benefits of fasting!
√ Eating in moderation. If you’d like to take something fulfilling and fat burning, Shaklee Cinch is the best way to go! Just add in your favourite fruits and blitz with ice, and your set. √ Observing healthy eating habits through self-control and discipline. Watch what you eat and eat slowly. Overly hungry can cause eating faster than you should, so, before eating, its best to drink a glass of water and slowly eat your food. Enjoy every bite and be grateful for every bite. √ Closing nutritional gaps with Meal Shakes that provide 19 essential vitamins and minerals. √ Taking Lecithin, a natural fat emulsifier.
So, there you go! All the best and don’t give up! Take Shaklee with you and it’ll ease you journey.
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.
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!
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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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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.
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.
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.
Want to honour the mothers in your life? Why not honour them by giving the gift of great health and vitality! Checkout these wonderful Mothers Day gift combo from Shaklee to help you celebrate the Queen of your life!
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was determined to achieve these two things : Nature’s ability to heal, and his
belief in Thoughtsmanship
November 1894 in Carlisle, Iowa, Forrest C Shaklee was immediately diagnosed with
tuberculosis. His parents were told that he won’t live past eight years. Dr
Shaklee’s family believed that the best treatment for tuberculosis was good
food, fresh air and lots of rest.
Most of Dr
Shaklee’s childhood was spent on getting better. On bright sunny days, he could
be found exploring and observing nature. As Dr Shaklee reach adolescents, his
doctors were satisfied that the tuberculosis was arrested, but he was small in
comparison to others his age.
So his journey
began, he exercised and studied the relationship between the health of the
body, general vitality, intelligence and good nutrition. His philosophy became
one of active, positive thinking. Bernarr MacFadden’s teaching was one of Dr
Shaklee’s biggest influence – “drugs often mask the symptom, without curing the
disease.” He knew then, from years of observing nature, that he wanted to treat
people on a natural basis. Dr Shaklee was for most, interested in the growing science
of chiropractic, so he enrolled in the Palmer School of Chiropractic where B.J
Palmer was at the helm.
Shaklee was at Palmer, he saw many patients who were malnourished, as well as overfed.
He believed that the one thing that could be contributing cause to this was
poor nutrition. He vowed to always be conscious of the importance of diet in
began his new practice he became more interested in the field of nutrition,
then in its infancy. He read everything he could and corresponded with
biochemists and other scientists doing ground-breaking research in the field.
In his search for the “life force” in food, Dr Shaklee produced the
world’s first food supplement in 1915. He didn’t know what to call it.
“Vitalized Minerals” is what he decided on and its present name is
now “Liqui-Lea.” His colleague, Dr. Cashmere Funk, “discovered
vitamins” soon after.
Its 1917, and
Dr Shaklee moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa and opened a facility that incorporated
different fields of medicine. In addition to a 15-bed sanatorium, the offices
contained 32 treatment rooms. He hired not only chiropractors but osteopaths,
internists, general practitioners and surgeons. Shaklee kept his patients on
vitamin-rich diets. The clinic soon became busy and prosperous. Other than to
serve as administrator of his clinic, Dr Shaklee spent a great deal of time in
the new field of X-ray diagnosis. The hazards of excessive exposure were not
fully known at that time.
in 1921, Dr Shaklee was concerned about severe ulcerating burns on his left hip
and left shoulder. Worried, Dr Shaklee consulted a cancer specialist who was
practicing in Chicago, who was determined that it was in fact, cancer. The
diagnosis finally came, and was confirmed by a Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
live. I will heal,” he told his wife. “I know I can do it.” With
no other choice, he bet his life on the healing power of nature. Within a few
weeks he sold the clinic and began an intensive program of nutrition, continual
blood analysis, and occasional fasting. He ate only the freshest fruits and
vegetables and supplemented his diet with large quantities of vitamins and minerals.
Initially, the ulcerated sores showed no signs of improvement. However, he was
certain that his healing depended on his positive mental attitude, and on
supplying his body with the proper nutrients.
By the end of
1922, the sores began to heal and were replaced with healthy tissue. He recovered
his strength and energy. Dr Shaklee was alive, with all his limbs intact, which
really contribute and support to his idea on nutrition and the healing power of nature. Healthy cells had defeated carcinogenic cells.
He was also more certain than ever that good nutrition could help other people
again, a year plus later, Dr Shaklee opened his clinic and formulated food
supplements, packaged it and dispensed to patients. Disaster strikes again in
1929, Dr Shaklee’s clinic burned down and all records were gone. Everything was
destroyed by the fire, except for an inspirational book by Elbert Hubbard
called Little Journeys. One passage stood out from the book, and it was the one
that motivates Dr Shaklee, it reads:
“When all else is destroyed, only the product of the mind exists.”
received his Doctor of Divinity degree, and is ordained as a minister in the Church
of Christ in Mason City, Iowa. Dr Shaklee’s sermon were widely attended, and Dr
Shaklee was also involved in ground-breaking research leading, among other
things, to the invention of a then-revolutionary form of synthetic rubber. His
research activities led to contact with some of the great men of his day,
including Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.
many interests, Shaklee decided to devote his efforts to nutritional research.
He focused on building good health rather than treating sick patients. He moved
his family to Eugene, Oregon and later to Oakland, California. In addition to
ongoing research, Shaklee lectured to capacity crowds and gained two more
degrees: Professor of Chiropractic and Doctor of Naturopathy. In 1935 he taught
biochemistry at the California Chiropractic College.
In 1943, Dr.
Shaklee retired from active practice and in 1945 began writing a series of
articles on the mind’s influence on an individual’s health and well-being. His
philosophy and lifelong belief was in the power of nature. Two years later he
founded the Shaklee Foundation and had the name of his philosophy,
“Thoughtsmanship,” copyrighted. He spent much time on the lecture
circuit and in 1951 had four volumes on Thoughtsmanship published. The
Commonwealth University in Los Angeles awarded him a Doctorate in Philosophy
for these works. Many of his popular lectures were broadcast by radio stations
in San Francisco and Oakland.
In the fall of 1955, Dr.
Shaklee, age 62, told his two sons (Forrest Jr. and Lee) that he wanted to do
something that would affect the public’s growing interest in nutrition. He
wanted to start a business to distribute food supplements. On April 1, 1956,
six months later, the Shaklee Corporation opened its doors. At the time,
America believed itself to be the best fed nation in the world. Every potential
customer would have to be educated before he would become a customer. Dr.
Shaklee told his sons, “We’ll teach some and they’ll teach others.”
The rest is history.
With research, science, devotion and a lot of hard work, the three Shaklees turned a good idea – the direct selling of health-care and other related products – into a phenomenal success. The company originated and was powered by one man’s belief in nature and Thoughtsmanship.
Interested in Shaklee’s direct selling of health-care and continuing his legacy that nature heals? Contact Mommy J to receive a free consultation for business opportunities as well as Shaklee’s health products!
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