Jun 02


Americans are some of the most overfed and yet undernourished people on the planet, and it shows.

The United States ranks 40th in the developed world for life expectancy even though we spend far more per person on health care than any other country. A new study from the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine says that the life-expectancy gap between the US and other developed countries is only getting larger.

Shocked? We should be!

Proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle plays an important role in helping prevent many major diseases (like heart disease, diabetes and even cancer), but getting proper nutrition in our modern world can be a challenge.

Let’s take a look:

Our bodies cannot produce many of the nutrients we need, so they must be found in the food we eat and the supplements we take every day. Additionally, if the food we are eating is lacking nutrients, then supplementing can really be beneficial in staying healthy.

Most people say that they eat well, but research shows that 80 percent of Americans are not eating enough servings of fruits and vegetables.i We are also not getting enoughOmega- 3 oils (EPA/DHA), antioxidants, B vitamins or a host of other nutrients our bodies need.

The nutritional content of our food has changed. A 2004 study of common crops showed a decline in the nutrient content between 6 and 38 percent over the past 50 years.ii

The amount of processed food that we eat has been on a steady climb ever since the invention of the refrigerator. Today, most of us eat more processed food than non-processed food. Convenience has become more prized than quality.

Our high stress and fast paced lives increases our needs for nutrients, especially the B vitamins.

The world is a much more toxic place than it used to be. Our bodies are exposed to more pollutants and under more oxidative stress than ever before. We need optimum nutrition in order to help our bodies battle these stresses.

None of us are perfect, there are days when you might eat well, but then days when you don’t. A multivitamin, along with other key nutritional supplements can be the insurance policy you are looking for to fill in those nutritional gaps that may leave us vulnerable.

Why Supplement + Top 10 Supplemments

We created this list of the top supplements you should take every day in order to maximize your overall health.


The first place you should start is with a multivitamin. This lays the foundation and gives your body the basic nutrition it needs. But you don’t want to stop at only a multivitamin because your body could use so much more.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids (such as EPA and DHA) have been shown to help lower triglycerides, stroke and heart disease risk, help with blood pressure, and have also been shown to be helpful in dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, depression, asthma, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, and dementia.i

Vitamin C

Most of us don’t get nearly enough vitamin C in our diet. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production, wound healing, the absorption of iron, and our immune system. Since vitamin C is rapidly used in the body, look for a sustained-release form.ii

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for calcium metabolism; if you want healthy bones you need vitamin D. Vitamin D also supports our immune system and having optimum blood levels of Vitamin D may be helpful in cardiovascular health and may reduce your risk of certain cancers, and even depression.iii


The B vitamins help regulate carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism. They help with DNA synthesis and repair, help to lower homocysteine, and are helpful for functions from stress management to energy metabolism.iv

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is not as well known as other nutrients, but it is essential to our health and generally lacking in our diet because we don’t eat enough green leafy vegetables. Vitamin K is essential for bone mineralization, normal blood clotting, and wound healing.v


Most people know that calcium is important for bones and osteoporosis is a major concern with our aging society, but calcium is also helpful for maintaining normal blood pressure, and may play a role in weight loss.vi


Antioxidants are essential for protecting our bodies against free-radical damage–which may be one of the reasons why we age. The best sources of antioxidants are fruits and vegetables; look for supplements containing vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zinc, and selenium.vii


While not a nutrient, probiotics make our list because they are essential for proper digestive functioning. Probiotics are microorganisms that support the normal functioning of the whole digestive tract and may reduce the tendencies many have for constipation and diarrhea. They also help with excessive gas and even conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome.viii

Lutein and Lycopene

These vitamin-like compounds found in food are great antioxidants.ix They also support a strong immune system and help maintain overall wellness and long-term health of the eyes, heart, skin and lungs.

I only use the Shaklee brand supplements because they are the best and most trusted brand out there. To read why I chose Shaklee, go here.  I have been using Shaklee’s supplements for 2 years!  They are the only supplements that I give my kids and I love the results from them. I love them so much that I became an ambassador for the company!  I highly recommended them to anyone looking for natural product that actually works.

Go here to shop. :)

Have a Blessed Day!  ~Kelly

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i Fetterman JW Jr, Zdanowicz MM. Therapeutic potential of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in disease. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2009 Jul 1;66(13):1169-79. PMID: 19535655.
ii Deruelle F, Baron B. Vitamin C: is supplementation necessary for optimal health? J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Dec;14(10):1291-8. PMID: 19032072.
iii Marcinowska-Suchowierska E, Walicka M, Tałałaj M, Horst-Sikorska W,et al. Vitamin D supplementation in adults-guidelines. Endokrynol Pol. 2010 Nov-Dec;61(6):723-9. PMID:21104649.
iv Thompson J. Vitamins and minerals 4: overview of folate and the B vitamins. Community Pract. 2006 Jun;79(6):197-8. PMID: 16780289.
v Iwamoto J, Sato Y, Takeda T, Matsumoto H. High-dose vitamin K supplementation reduces fracture incidence in postmenopausal women: a review of the literature. Nutr Res. 2009 Apr;29(4):221-8. PMID: 19410972.
vi Shahar DR, Schwarzfuchs D, Fraser D, et al. Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Nov;92(5):1017-22. PMID: 20810979.
vii Fusco D, Colloca G, Lo Monaco MR, Cesari M. Effects of antioxidant supplementation on the aging process. Clin Interv Aging. 2007;2(3):377-87. PMID: 18044188.
viii Veerappan GR, Betteridge J, Young PE. Probiotics for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease. Curr Gastroenterol Rep. 2012 Aug;14(4):324-33. PubMed PMID: 22581276.
ix Khachik F, Beecher GR, Smith JC Jr. Lutein, lycopene, and their oxidative metabolites in chemoprevention of cancer. J Cell Biochem Suppl. 1995;22:236-46.PMID: 8538204.
i Krebs-Smith SM, Guenther PM, Subar AF, Kirkpatrick SI, Dodd KW. Americans do not meet federal dietary recommendations. J Nutr. 2010;140:1832–1838.
ii Davis DR, Epp MD, Riordan HD. Changes in USDA food composition data for 43 garden crops, 1950 to 1999. J Am Coll Nutr. 2004 Dec;23(6):669-82. PMID: 15637215.


Apr 29

Shaklee and Starbucks Special For You!

I have a personal special that I am doing and would love to share!

Today only, I am giving a free Starbucks Gift Card for every $50 Shaklee order that is placed via my website.

I’m excited about this!! Please go here to place your order here.

Today Only Free Starbucks!

Please go here to place your order here.


 Blessings~ Kelly

Apr 28

Shaklee’s Basic G (Safe Alternative to Bleach)

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I have been getting numerous emails about how to use  Basic G, Shaklee’s Natural Germicide.

So, today I am writing a post to let everyone know about our safer alternative to Lysol or Bleach and how to use it.

The safest disinfectant on the market! Nonflammable, Biodegradable & Non-toxic. Cleans, Disinfects & Deodorizes in 1 Easy Step!

(Once mixed, use in 30 days)

Mix 3/8 teaspoon to 16 oz spray bottle.

Mix 1 tablespoon to 1 gallon of water.

Because it is so concentrated, a little goes a long way and saves your wallet!

Shaklee Basic G is an amazing non-toxic Germicide that I have used for 2 years.  It is safe enough to use even when pregnant.

I  use this 16 oz. bottle that Shaklee carries.

Basic-G has a 3 year shelf life. Its residual effectiveness lasts up to three days after application. Chlorine (bleach) used as a disinfectant is effective no more than one hour. Great wherever disinfectants are used! Kills up to 99% of bacteria.


The many uses of Basic-G…

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In the Bathroom:


Garbage Pails

Diaper Pails

Sinks and Faucets


In the Kitchen:


Cutting Boards (not around food)

Faucet and Sink

Refrigerator Handles


After preparing eggs, chicken & meats to kill Salmonella

Trash Cans

Door Knobs

Pet areas

Use as a Weed Killer

1-gallon Water

1-Tablespoon of Shaklee Basic G

1/2-cup of white vinegar

Makes the best weed killer, and it is safe.


For diapers and other problem jobs

Add 1 teaspoon per load to deodorize and disinfect. Helps eliminate diaper rash!

Safe to use as an air freshener.

Safe for stainless steel & aluminum.

It is safe to  use on hard, non-porous surfaces.

Great for disinfecting throughout your house

EPA registered

One quart makes up to 64 gallons

Basic G kills 32 pathogens while Lysol only kills 8 pathogens.


One question we have heard over the years is about  the labeling on the bottle.  “If it is non-toxic, why are there warnings on the bottle?”

According to EPA standards, bottles must be labeled according to what is IN the bottle.  Now, remember, more than 80,000 products are not registered with the EPA or labeled correctly.  This is a plus for Shaklee and their reputation for integrity in that it is registered and labeled correctly.  So when it comes to the concentrated form of Basic G, if what is IN the bottle were to be consumed, it is toxic by EPA standards.  However, it is not nearly as toxic as other cleaners. However, in it’s properly diluted form it is completely non-toxic and not harmful at all.

Shaklee did not put it in the Get Clean line because the advertising of that line is all Non-Toxic.

While Basic G is non-toxic when diluted, it is not in it’s concentrated form thus they left it out of the line.

Concentrated Basic G Tough On Germs

Basic-6® Germicide is effective against the following pathogens (6/96):

Streptococcus pyogenes *Vaccinia

Salmonella choleraesuis *Rubella (German Measles)

Candida albicans *Adenovirus type 4

Acinetobacter calcoaceticus *Feline picornavirus

Bordetella bronchiseptica *Feline leukemia

Chlamydia psittaci *Canine distemper

Fusobacterium necrophorum * Rabies

Listeria monocytogenes * Pseudorabies

Pasteurella multocida *Infectious bovine rhinotracheitis

Salmonella enteritidis *Infectious bronchitis (Avian IBV)

Enterobacter cloacae *Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)

Enterobacter aerogenes *Transmissible gastroenteritis virus

Proteus vulgaris (TGE)

Salmonella typhimurium Escherichia coli1

Shigella flexneri Proteus mirabilis

Salmonella typhi Streptococcus faecalis1

Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcus aureus1

(methicillen resistant) Klebsiella pneumoniae1 Shigella sonnei Pseudomonas aeruginosa1 Serratia marcescens Staphylococcus epidermidis2 Trichophyton mentagrophytes Aspergillus niger *HIV-l (AIDS Virus)

*Influenza A/Hong Kong 1 ATCC & antibiotic-resistant strain

*Herpes simplex type I 2 Antibiotic-resistant only

*Herpes simplex type II * Virucidal


I love knowing that I can kill germs and not use all of the harsh chemicals to do so.  Basic G is a safe alternative to any disinfectant and works better!


To read more about Basic G or to order yours today, please visit my online Shaklee site.


Shaklee also carries Germ Off Disinfecting Fragrance Free Wipes in their Get Clean Line. It kills odor-causing bacteria found on hard,non-porous household, kitchen, and bathroom surfaces. Great for cleaning around the toilet. Leaves your bathroom and kitchen fresh and clean. The smart way to clean and disinfect.  I use these often and I try to always have some in my van to use on the go.  You can recycle them too!

Blessings to you!!


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Apr 22

Earth Day 2014 ~ Going Green In A Toxic World


Hi all!  If you have been around here for a while, you probably already know that I am on a mission to help families go green and get healthy!  Here is a great video that helps spread the word!!



WOW!!!  The statistics are scary, but it’s amazing how simple it can be to make a difference!
 Just the small step of switching to organic cleaners literally makes a world of difference.
Now you know why I use Shaklee!! :)

Simple, safe and cost effective!
Shaklee's Basic H is cost effective, too!
Blessings to you!  ~Kelly

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Mar 29

Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream (With Echinacea)

I think I mentioned it before, but allergy/cold season has hit our area of Florida pretty hard this year.  People I have talked to who have lived here for years have told me that this is an especially bad year.  I don’t have much to compare it to as this was really only our first full winter here.  We have been stocking up on Alfalfa (clears nasal passages, relieves allergies), Vitamin C (immune booster) and Garlic (natural antibiotic).  But my all time favorite is Defend and Resist!

Defend and Resist contains Echinacea … which activates the immune system, promotes production of white blood cells, enhances resistance to infection (viral and bacterial), anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, reduces mucous, relieves boils, gangrene, ulcerations, bites, abscesses, and fights candida.  Also contains Larch Tree extract and Elderberry to surround viruses and help prevent their reproduction. Best taken at onset of a virus. Can also be used as a zinc lozenge, made into a tea or crushed into applesauce.  Or try this immune boosting ice cream recipe!

Immune Booster Ice Cream

 Purple Power Immune Booster Ice Cream

2-3 Bananas

3 Defend and Resist per Banana

1/2 tsp Vanilla

4-5 Ice Cubes (optional)

Peel, slice and freeze the bananas.  Crush Defend and Resist with a garlic press or spoon.  Toss frozen bananas and crushed Defend and Resist into a blender or food processor.  Add vanilla and ice cubes (if desired).  Blending with ice makes a texture more similar to ice cream, blending without ice gives a creamier texture.  Blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy.  Can be served right away or frozen again and served at a later time. Try adding a scoop to your smoothie for immune boosting power!

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How do you beat cold and allergy season?  I’d love to hear!  Blessings to you! ~Kelly

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