Monday, December 17, 2012

Wierd Science.

One of my favorite experiments this year was taking my vitamins and analyzing them, mommy style. Sounds wierd, right? Read on.

See, I was taking prenatals because I had a baby and am nursing. I also believed even before I was pregnant that supplementing was the way to go to keep me and my family healthy. But I had a friend who told me that I probably was not getting  all the nutrients that the supplement I was taking was supposed to be giving me. Wait- WHAT I said?! You are joking. Right?

She encouraged me to take my current prenatal vitamin (or any vitamin around the house) and put it in apple cider vinegar to mimic the acid in my stomach and see how long it would take to dissolve. Sadly, my prenatal vitamin was still whole after one hour. That meant that my body was not getting the nutrients it fully needed! Not only that, since I was nursing, neither was my daughter! Total-bummer! I asked her how long Shaklee supplements took too dissolve, these apparently AMAZING (and they are!)  supplements she was telling me about, and they took only 15 minutes!

How could my body absorb the nutrients in the vitamins I had if it can't even break down in apple cider? One reason Shaklee differs from other vitamins is their bio-availibility. (ability for your body to absorb the nutrients it needs when and where it needs) I was clueless that my body was not getting all the nutrients my former vitamins were claiming to be giving me.

Now, I get this alot:

"I dont need to supplement, I'm a healthy eater.."


"Shouldn't we get all the nutrients we need already from the food we eat?"

In a perfect world my friends because....

  • Only 2% of the population gets the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables in our diet.

  • Most foods are not grown locally or organically, thus losing a lot of the important nutrients our bodies need.

  • There is a 38% decline in nutrient value in produce, and even the soil is not as rich as it once was.

Countless studies show the health benefits of nutritional supplementation. With proper nutrition AND supplementation you can prevent 80% of all heart disease in women, 90% of all type II diabetes and 60% of all cancer related deaths. Even Shaklee users of over 20 years have only .6 different perscriptions compared to the average american that has 12.2 throughout the year (UC Berkley). That is pretty outstanding!

Why Shaklee?

Shaklee spends over $100 million in clinical research at some of the more respected universities in the country (Harvard, Yale, MIT, Georgetown, University of Texas, Stanford..etc) There are countless number of studies that show Shaklee supplements improve the health and wellness of people. 80,000 quality tests are performed on the nutritional products alone and their ingredients every year. This is particularly important in producing herbal products. The proper plant genus and species must be used and grown with no pesticides or herbicides. The active ingredients in each herb are measured to be sure the herb is fresh and properly harvested, dried and prepared to insure its safety and effectivness.

Many store bought vitamins are synthetic vitamins. Synthetic vitamins are part vitamins part CHEMICALS. SCARY! There are four reasons to stay away from synthetic vitamins:

1. Nature intened you to consume vitamins, nutrients, and enzymes in the WHOLE FOOD form.

2. Your body can only absorb a small amount of synthetic vitamins.

3. Many synthetic vitamins give you too much of inexpensive nutrients and not enough of the important ones.

4. Side effects come from synthetic vitamins

Shaklee is a company that has been around for over 50 years and the average Shaklee user uses their products for over 17 years. The landmark study alone showed that people who tok Shaklee supplements had overall BETTER HEALTH than those who took another supplement or no supplement at all.

Shaklee products are always safe. There are 350 tests on every single ingredient to screen for heavy metals, pesticides, or any of hundreds of other harmful contaminants.

Shaklee products always work. Over 90 publushed clinical peer reviewed studies prove their effectiveness, including Landmark Study at Berkely proving that poeple who took Shaklee supplements had markedly better nutrient levels in their  blood and far less incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other serious illnesses (Landmark Study, Published 2007).

And of course, they are always green. Shaklee was the first company in the world to offset all its greenhouse emissions, the maker of first biodegradeble cleaner Basic H, and the popular non toxic environmentally safe cleaning products called Get Clean. The company partners with Nobel Laurete Wangari Maathal planting 1 million trees in Kenya and the U.S. Shaklee continues to join forces with people all over the world who care about the planet enough to create moevements of change. Committed to making truly sustainable natural products that respect the earth.

Now for  the GIVEAWAY.....

I will be giving away a one month supply of Shaklee's Vitalizer to ONE winner. This is definitely one of my favorite products. My husband and I noticed a change in our overall wellness, including: our energy levels, improvement in digestion and keeping us healthy when everyone around us is sick.

After a Landmark Study, Shaklee developed Vitalizer- a vitamin strip packed with 80 nutrients. Vitalizer not only comes packed to the brim with highly tested raw materials, it has a patent-pending, cutting edge delivery system designed to improve absorption of key nutrients. I guarantee you will feel better in 30 days! I know I did.

Here is how to enter for the giveaway:

REQUIRED: Leave a comment on my blog about why you would like to try the Vitalizer or how you think Vitalizer will help you.

OPTIONAL: To enter your name in the drawing for a SECOND time, share this post on your facebook page.

I will pick the winner by Saturday, Dec 22  at 9 pm central using a random drawing system.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about Vitalizer, or any Shaklee products in general. If you want to shop, click on my Shop Shaklee link.


  1. I want to try Shaklee, but you know how we are with money... ;) That's what's kept me away (though I am out of magnesium, I should order from you, which is a different subject really, so...), anyway, I really WANT to try them, I just need to be convinced they're worth the $$$. ;)

  2. I am a bit obsessive about eating good food and my vitamins, eating plant based whole foods, etc. I would love to try a new vitamin source:)

  3. Even though I've already had a sample of it - I want to try the 30 days to see if I really feel a difference!!! :)

  4. I'm a self-proclaimed health nut and eat clean about 99% of the time. That being said, I still need to supplement and can tell a lot of difference when I remember to take my vitamins daily. I have never tried a Shaklee product but I'm a firm believer in holistic wellness and I would love to give Vitalizer a try!

  5. I would love to try Shaklee's Vitalizer. I am very interested in quality products that promote wellness not only for myself and my family but also for families that I have the privilege of serving.

    1. Hi Jen! You were a winner! Email me your address to and I can get that Vitalizer to you! Congrats!

  6. In the spirit of Christmas, at the last minute, I decided to draw for TWO winners! And the winners are.......Jules and Jen!! Email me your address to and I will send you the Vitalizer! YAY!