Keeping Our Kids’ Immune Systems Strong

“There is only one cause of Disease…Malfunctioning Cells
There are only two causes of Malfunctioning Cells…
Exposure to Toxins & Lack of Nutrients”
                                                 ~Raymond Francis “Never Be Sick Again”~

We are all concerned about Covid-19 and now, with this new different effect on children, we have added another stress to our concerns.

One topic rarely heard on all of the news programs and from our government is what we can do to create a preventive strategy by strengthening our immune systems?

What does this look like?  First, let me stress that this blog is meant to give insight into rebuilding and strengthening our immune systems, not cure or prescribe.  Imagine, however, if you knew what nutrients and other purchase choices could help build a healthy body vs. what choices could damage your body, would that make a difference for you?

Let’s take a look at our current situations:
A. 
Are your kids getting too much sugar in their diet?
Sugar:
1. Causes glucose levels to spike and plummet, causing mood swings, fatigue, headaches and increased cravings.
2.  Increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  Possible connections with cancer.
3.  Can interfere with how your body fights disease because bacteria and yeast feed on sugar anda result, their colonies grow.
4.  Can lead to chromium deficiency which helps regulate blood sugar.  90% of Americans are deficient.
5.  Increases stress by effecting hormonal responses.
6.  Causes tooth decay by fueling plaque and bacteria.
7.  Can cause gum disease which can lead to heart disease and other inflammatory concerns.
8.   Affects cognition in children (shown in tests in NYC school lunches)
from Atkins.com
B.  How much processed foods is your family eating?  The nutrient value is low and it fills up children so they don’t want other, healthier choices.

C.  How many fruits and vegetables do your kids eat a day?  What do you buy – organic vs. commercial?   Learn new healthy recipes and give fresh fruits and veggies for snacks.   Connect with me for my “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 ” to know what to buy organic. [Or go to EWG.org]

D.  Do your children take a multi-vitamin/mineral daily?  How much sugar is in them and are they synthetic?   Make sure what you are buying is low in sugar, well researched and has purity testing.

E.  Have your children been on antibiotics or steroids?  This, as well as, stress can kill the good bacteria in your gut and create yeast overgrowth which effects children’s health and immunity.  Daily probiotics help this.

F.  How much exercise do your children get daily?

G.  How much screen time do your children use daily?  Do you have protective glasses for them (and you) from the radiation that comes off of the screens?  Do you put electronics in another room at bedtime?

H.  What does your children’s general health look like?

I.  What cleaning, laundry and dish detergents are you using?  Toxic chemicals in the home effect breathing, are absorbed by the skin and about 60% end up in the blood stream.  Choose natural non-toxic cleaners and personal care products.

With that in mind, what does it take to build a child’s immune system?
The only things that build cells are nutrients – vitamins, minerals, proteins, water, oxygen, essential fats.  The higher quality choices, the higher quality cells.  The body always chooses what is best when given the chance.  For example, if you give a dog a choice between pure water and tap water, it will instinctively go to the pure water.  Our instinctive choices (vs. our conscious choices) are the same.

Over 40% (some say much higher) of our immune system is in our gut.   Our microbiome, the trillions of microorganisms in our body, especially the intestinal tract, is made up of good and bad bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses.  When in balance, the body operates well.  When out of balance with more pathogens than helpful bacteria, our system will malfunction.

What kills those helpful bacteria?  Antibiotics, steroids and stress are the biggest culprits.  These probiotics or good bacteria need replacing daily.

Look at your child’s digestive health
Building a healthy immune system for both adults and kids means keeping the gut healthy.  I always consider, as a result, the daily addition of probiotics (the good bacteria) and using natural remedies, if possible, before considering antibiotics or steroids.  Our bodies have great natural healing abilities.  For example, when a child has a fever, it is the body using its defenses to fight off whatever the problem is.  Does that mean you don’t call a doctor when it spikes to 104 or 105 degrees?  Absolutely not!  But allowing the body to do its own work, with the help of some extra herbs or nutrients at lower levels allows the body the time to do its work.

1. Do they defecate daily?  How many times?  The purpose of this is to eliminate toxins and substances the body no longer needs.  This is critical in overall health.  If a child is not going 1-2 times daily, increase their fiber and water and make sure they are on a probiotic to help crowd out unwanted or excess yeast and bacteria.  A mild herbal laxative may also be necessary if that doesn’t work.  Talk with your doctor and ask for natural means before drugs.

2. Does your child react to certain foods that create gas and belching?  Make sure they are chewing thoroughly so food will be properly digested.  Also be sure they are drinking enough water.  Often fresh lemon squeezed into the water is helpful. See what foods they respond to poorly so you can target any sensitivities or allergies.  Sometimes digestive enzymes may be necessary as you work with changes in diet in your search for what are the best food choices.  Your pediatrician can help with this, as well.

Medicine Cabinet Nutrients
All medicines have some negative effects so striving for a natural way to build your child’s immunity is always the best first step.  Here are what I have chosen for myself and my children over the years.

1.  Vitamin C – a homeopathic MD told me years ago to have my children on 500mg a day for prevention and 1000 mg for adults.  When my 1 year old son had tonsillitis and bronchitis with 103 temperature, she had me give him chewable C at a much higher rate.  With C and a homeopathic remedy, he was fine in 24 hours.

2. Herbs – Elderberry, larch tree, echinacea, oregano oil, garlic – all are amazing in stopping or minimizing colds and flu.  With Echinacea I have been told by naturopaths that it should be used no more than  5-7 (varying opinions) days and then take a 3-5 day break.  It is not meant to be used continuously.

3. Zinc – crucial for normal development and function of immune cells.  It also contributes to stopping inflammation, a major precursor to disease.

4. Probiotics – These good bacteria help crowd out pathogens and excess yeast which can lower the immune system.  Should be taken daily.

5. Foundational nutrients – High quality protein supplements and multi vitamin/mineral

Buyer beware:
Does the company do clinical testing on their products?  Do they have peer-review published articles on their research?  Are their raw materials tests for contaminants?  Are they food based?  These are criteria for all supplements.

Eliminating Toxic Chemicals in Home Care and Personal Care Products
Over 80,000 new chemicals have been introduced in the last 50 years.
Few have been tested for toxicity.

What are the effects of these toxins have on our children?  They are lowering the immune system, effecting their lungs and potentially causing cancer.  We are breathing these products and/or absorbing them through our skin.

Here are some of the concerns:
287 Industrial Chemicals
—Found in a test of the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns: consumer-product ingredients, banned industrial chemicals, and pesticides
1,4-Dioxane and Formaldehyde—Found in 61% of  28 children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and  other personal care products tested; considered probable carcinogens by the EPA
Phthalates—Fragrance can contain phthalates—known endocrine disrupters—which are also known to   be skin irritants with potentially negative impacts on the respiratory system, liver, and kidneys
Bisphenol-A—Found in polycarbonate plastic containers, baby bottles, and toys—is an endocrine  disrupter; newborns and infants may have up to 11X more in their bodies than adults.

In closing, I know our children are the most vulnerable because of size and that they have not fully developed.  I ask that we all consider the best choices in what foods we give them and what products we choose for our homes and personal care in order to protect our precious children (and ourselves) and help them build strong bodies and minds.

For more information, please contact me at joan@joanlubar.com.

 

 

 

3 Simple Steps to Support Your Immune System

Yes!  Getting your immune system strong is part of today’s blog! Let’s start with those nutrients that may truly make the difference between a mild or major response to any nasty “invaders” that come your way!

I have chosen Shaklee for over 30 years because I can trust their research and quality control to ensure whatever I take from their line will be safe, absorb well and do its job.  I love the 100% guarantee if you are not satisfied too.  I know there are other quality companies out there, so choose what is best for you.

Today we need to trust what we use and eat.  Don’t be misled by slick ads.  Check with the companies to find out their research, safety tests for raw materials and peer reviewed publications.  For me, when it comes to brain surgeons, parachutes and what I put in my body, I want the best!!

STEP 1  Strengthen Your Immune System

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat healthy and supplement wisely
    • Choose antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables – ex – citrus, broccoli, spinach, and mushrooms
    • Avoid sugary drinks and high-fat fast foods
    • Add supplements to give immune support and immediate help
      • Shaklee’s NutriFeron – a unique proprietary blend of plants to increase immune function – used daily to continue building a healthy, protective immune system
      • Defend & Resist – elderberry, larch tree, echinacea and zinc- add at first sign of illness  –  chew, suck on, make into tea or swallow – great for kids too
      • Immune Formula I – my favorite formula for hitting colds, viruses & flu quickly
      • Vitalized Immunity – another fast working supplement – equals equivalent of vitamin C of 16 oranges
      • Optiflora DI – Probiotics to encourage better digestive and immune health by helping a high growth of good bacteria in your gut where almost 70% of your immune system resides

If you are concerned about what you need, you may want to try the Immunity Challenge Plan that Shaklee has developed to ensure you are taking care of your health at the basic level plus given our proprietary NutriFeron to keep your immune system strong.  Feel free to connect with me for more information. 
Email: thesassysagerocknroll@gmail.com

STEP 2Wash Up and Keep Clean

Of course we are limiting contact with folks who are sick. As we venture out more though, we will need to make wise choices by keeping our distances and wearing masks because we don’t really know who has been exposed and may not even know it.

Clean hands are one of the best defenses against disease so let’s also wash our hands frequently with warm, soapy water, especially after being in public places, and wash for at least 20 seconds.

I use either the Get Clean® Hand Wash Concentrate or the Meadow Blend bar that keep your hands clean and soft with a hand wash that is mild, sudsy, and moisturizing.   Why?  Our skin has a protective “acid mantle” that is a first line of defense to stop unwanted germs and bacteria into our bodies.  Did you know that most soaps are alkaline and wash away our protection?  Both of these Shaklee products are ph balanced and keep our protection.

STEP 3Clean and Disinfect Your Home

Safeguard your home and your surroundings by cleaning and disinfecting all high-touch surfaces like doorknobs, countertops, railings, handles, etc.

Are you using cleaners that are toxic and actually depressing your immune system?????  Remember that what you breath in or touches your skin goes into your into your lungs or your blood stream.  The safer your choices, the less likely you will add to the possibility of infection.

Shaklee’s Basic G is a powerful multipurpose germicide that is effective against 30 types of bacteria and 26 types of viruses, including the Covid-19.  It won’t effect your lungs and you only use 1/2 tsp to 16 oz. of water.  I have used this in bathrooms and to disinfect counters, doorknobs and other places that other people might have touched.  There are even Germ Off Wipes to take with you when you go to stores or anywhere else and want to wipe down where you want to touch.

I am here for you in this uncertain time.  I would be honored to help you choose what you need to keep you and your family optimally healthy and able to ward off assaults on our bodies.  Please feel free to contact at joan@joanlubar.com.

I wish you all an amazing healthy and joyful week!

Note:  This blog is strictly my opinion based on references from Dr. Richard Brouse, Dr. Bruce Miller, Dr. Todd Turnbull and Shaklee research plus my own life experience.  It has not been studied or approved by the FDA.

Boosting Your Immune System

In today’s world of a fast spreading, mostly unknown virus we have yet to understand and conquer with either a vaccine or a cure, our lives feel as though they are in limbo.  Many of us are mostly staying at home, trying to make the most of it.

Given the lack of testing available and the projections of many more covid19 cases, we instead have to take personal responsibility for our own health.  To me that means we need to do what is necessary to build our immune systems while following the protocol of our state.

Our bodies are amazing.  They are like a chemical factory always watching for invaders and ready to attack and destroy the enemy before it takes over.  The magnificence of its ability to care for and heal us is truly miraculous.  But why does it do its job for one person and not another?  Why does one person’s immune system seem to be strong enough to withstand almost anything while another succumbs at the first introduction of unwanted foes?

Why might we have a weakened immune system that subjects us to disease so easily?

Here are some possibilities to consider:

Excess toxic waste in our systems
Are you exposed to air pollutants both outside and in?
What products are you using to clean, do laundry, bathe and put on your skin?
Did you know you also have excess waste from body processes?
Stress
Do you live a fast paced lifestyle?
Do you have anxiety from current situations?
Is there no time for yourself?
Is your job or income almost gone?
Lack of rest
Are you getting 7-8 hours each night?
High sugar and processed food diets
What do you eat every day?  How much thought do you put into it?
Lack of exercise
Are you getting 3 to 5 times of ½ hours of exercise each week?
Low water intake
Are you are drinking at least 8 8oz. servings a day of (preferably) pure water?
Poor eating habits
How many servings of fruits and veggies (fresh) do you eat each day?
What are your protein choices?
Do you eat on the fly, go to many fast food restaurants?

Did you know that 40% of your immune system process takes place in your gut?  A clean digestive tract can save your life.  This discussion will be in a later article.

Building Your Immune System

  • Get enough sleep – 7-8 hours
  • Find an exercise you love – do it 3-4 times a week, at least 30 minutes
  • Minimize sugar, white flour and processed foods
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables and quality, lean meats, poultry & fish
  • Use high quality supplements to fill in the gaps
  • Use “Medicine cabinet nutrients” to build a strong immune system and at first sign of illness – I’ll post my personal favorites next week
  • Drink warm (non-alcoholic) drinks; keep warm
  • Find time to relax and destress; find fun activities
  • Meditate or pray regularly
  • And, of course, have a bit of dark chocolate daily -:)

These are just a summary of ideas.  Next week I will go more in depth into some of these.  My goal today is to start you thinking about the changes you may want to make to reduce your risk of all viruses and today, especially, the corona virus.

Do Shaklee Get Clean products work?

Do the Get Clean products work, as well as, keep the toxic chemicals away from your home?

Read Maureen’s story:

“As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been a steady user of the distilled white vinegar/baking soda/salt/lemon approach to cleaning for many years. But I recently decided to try the new line of Get Clean household products from Shaklee.

With the arrival of the 2 boxes of Get Clean goods, I must confess, my first thoughts cast a shadow of doubt and concern:  Would all the packaging and shipping prove to be worthwhile? Were the clean, fresh impressions that I gleaned from their website an accurate depiction of the actual goods? Happily, the answers are Yes, and without a doubt  I am truly amazed by their effectiveness and eco-friendlinessGet Clean not only gets the job done — but it’s a true green find — an entire line of nontoxic cleaners that won’t pollute the air you breathe, or cause harm to Mother Earth.

The Get Clean Starter Kit contains a nifty array of practical solutions; each item packs a concentrated punch of cleaning power and each package and dispenser is attractive and well designed…

With further digging, I also discovered that Shaklee also has an impressive history. Founded in 1956 by Dr. Forrest C. Shaklee, they launched one of the first nontoxic, biodegradable cleaners in the 1960s. A decade later, one of the first biodegradable laundry detergents without phosphates, nitrates or borates was introduced, followed by one of the first official Earth Day products in 1970. And in 2000 Shaklee was the first company in the world to obtain Climate Neutral certification and totally offset its CO2 emissions, with a net zero impact on the environment.

Shaklee’s environmental stewardship and socially responsibility creates an attractive business opportunity. 12,000 new entrepreneurs sign up every month. I like what they’re all about: health, harmony with nature, shared dreams, a better world, and doing it right.”

THANK YOU, MAUREEN!!

The kit is on special this month as part of Earth Day celebrations.  When you order, I will also send “recipes” for all kinds of uses!

Get Clean link

 

 

 

Are Household Cleaning Products Dangerous?

I saw this story and thought, “No wonder people are not worried that they may have toxic chemicals all over their homes.”

Household cleaning products may [?] be dangerous
Reported by Monica Robins
CLEVELAND — A local woman was surprised to find out that what was making her young son sick was common household cleaners.

At first, Karen Brown couldn’t understand what was making Mitchell sick.

“He started with congestion, a runny nose,” said Brown. “And when he was sleeping at night, he was really congested and we’d hear labored breathing.”

Repeated visits to the pediatrician couldn’t find a cause. Finally, the pediatrician told Brown to pay attention to cleaning around the house. That’s when she noticed Mitchell’s symptoms worsened.

“I was actually using a window cleaner, just spraying it on the front window, and I turned around and he started coughing,” Brown said.

She thought he might have just been allergic or sensitive. She looked down at the bottle to see what was in it, but no ingredients were listed. Some cleaning products list hazards, but not contents.

 

That’s when Brown started doing some research on the Internet. She went to Ohio State University’s website and got material safety data sheets with a lot of frightening information relating to chemicals in common cleaners that can cause reproductive disorders, blood and bone marrow damage, and can affect the central nervous system, the blood, kidneys and liver.

“I was upset because I was getting all my information from the commercials and I thought that if I bought it from the grocery store and it smelled good that it was okay to use,” Brown said.

Dr. Michael Reed, co-director of the Greater Cleveland Poison Control Center says he has the ingredients of every household cleanser at his fingertips. He says the danger is dependent on long term repeated exposure and improper use.

“It may smell bad, it may cause irritation,” said Reed. “That does not mean it’s getting into our body and rarely, if ever, does it.”  WHAT????  ABOUT 60% OF WHAT TOUCHES OUR SKIN GOES INTO OUR BODIES AND OUR BLOOD STREAM!!  I wonder who he is working for???

Reed says follow label directions and do not mix products. Also be sure to use them in a well ventilated area and wear protection, like gloves or a mask, if needed.  WHAT???  That already implies DANGER!  Why not go to natural products, like Shaklee’s Get Clean line and then you won’t have to worry!  [And they work]

“The real important issue here is following the instructions that are on these products,” said Reed. “These products, when used properly and as labeled, are safe.”  NO – Look up the chemicals and see what the effects of toxicity are – OR message me and I will share.  Some of the chemicals:  Hydrochloric Acid, Sulfamic Acid, Lye (Potassium Hydroxide),  Butyl Cellosolve, Sodium Hydroxide – you will be shocked when you see where you will find them!

Regardless, Brown says she switched to natural cleaning products and her son hasn’t sniffled since.  YES – YOU GO GIRL!!

Want to begin a toxic free home?

Check out our April special – the Shaklee Get Clean Kit

Optimal Health 2018

What stops us from building healthy bodies?

Build Optimal Health in 2018!

Join me on February 19th to learn ways to build optimal health in 2018!  https://joanlubar.com/speaking-sassy/events/  We can all do this and do it together, if we choose to!  Feel free to contact me, as well, for your own health assessment. Go to joanlubar.com/assessments.

What Has Changed?

Quality of Foods

  • More Man Made Foods
  • Less “Living” Foods
  • Produce Picked Early and Stored up to a Year
  • Pesticides, Herbicides, Fungicides
  • Soil Depletion

Our Choices

  • More snacks and sweets
  • Less fresh fruits and vegetables

Change in Exercise Habits

  • More TV, video games, and computer time
  • Less exercise

Influence of TV Ads

  • Drugs to solve every problem
  • Snackfoods with little or no value
  • We make choices from the ads we see

It doesn’t need to be that way!!

Build Optimal Health in 2018!

Join me on February 19th to learn ways to build optimal health in 2018!  https://joanlubar.com/speaking-sassy/events/  We can all do this and do it together, if we choose to!  Feel free to contact me, as well, for your own health assessment. Go to joanlubar.com/assessments.

Not in the Portland, OR, area?  Soon this will be online!

Insider Secrets to a Healthy 2018 with The Sassy Sage

Ready for an Incredibly Healthy 2018?

Join nutrition and health expert, Joan Lubar, for Insider Secrets to a Healthy 2018.

  • Discover simple ways to assess your current health situation
  • Receive personal recommendations from Joan on how to improve your energy, focus, and vibrancy to live fully
  • Learn how to feel better than ever before with easy to apply insights
  • Make this your best year ever… regardless of your age

This is a great learning opportunity while you enjoy fun networking and a light meal.

Very limited seating. You must RSVP

The event takes place at a location in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Upon registering you will receive address and directions.

RSVP at 971-717-5409.

More information, click HERE.

 

 

 

You’re Invited to The Myth of “SuperMom”

RESERVE YOU SEAT NOW

The Myth of “SuperMom”

ARE YOU:

▪ Trying to be “SuperMom” and feeling exhausted and overwhelmed?

▪ Struggling with mommy guilt or feeling not 
good enough as a mom?

▪ Feeding you and your family too much 
fast food?

▪ Concerned about your kids getting sick 
too often?

Joan Lubar, The Sassy Sage, nutrition advisor and author of “Rock and Roll at any Age”, and Dr. Raquel Muller, therapist, mentor and coach to working moms, bring you this information-packed workshop where you will:

▪ DISCOVER: Simple changes to be more present and effective as a parent

▪ LEARN: Strategies to deal with daily stress and boost your energy

▪ FIND OUT: Ways to build a healthy and active family

RESERVE YOUR SEAT  – LIMITED SEATING

https://joanlubar.com/youre-invited-myth-supermom/

The Myth of “SuperMom”

 

 

 

Surviving Holiday Stress

We all want to enjoy our friends and families over the holidays, right? Yet how many of us stress out trying to get everything done from decorating to present buying while still maintaining our businesses or jobs at an acceptable level?

If you have expectations of a perfect, picturesque holiday then you are bound to be disappointed. The major cause of this stress is unrealistic expectations. As the holidays approach, we set expectations of how it should be.

For the whole article, go to ttp://joanlubar.com/surviving-holiday-stress

Stress Tips   

*  Turn off the news!  – When you stop watching and listening, see how much calmer you are – do you have to know about the latest accident or complaint?

*  Learn deep breathing, as in yoga – it slows down your heart rate and calms you. Think, “I am …. peace” as you breathe in and out deeply.    

Stay away from sugar – Amazing how something so yummy can be so bad for you! It lowers your immune system, makes you feel bloated and even depressed, opens you to allergy responses more readily, and is inflammatory!  This is NOT impossible, just do it in between parties and get togethers.

Choose more fresh fruits and vegetables – Choose what you eat wisely whenever possible, especially when you have no party plans.    

Find an exercise you love – Find one you love and do it as often as possible. A great idea is to listen to Christmas or other music and dance to it. You will feel great!!

*  Add food based supplements, especially ones that help you get back in balance and calm your nerves. I use Shaklee B-complex and Stress Relief Complex plus Osteomatrix, a calcium combination to soothe me. B-complex is especially good to stop a hangover!!

* Find new adventures and activities to do with friends and family that are not expensive or free – board games, volunteering, joining friends for a pot luck brunch, helping others decorate or cook

* Make your workspace and workplace more fun to be in – decorate, encourage group lunches, say “Hi” and “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” more often, especially to those you don’t know.

While these are just a few tips, there are many more to not only make the holidays more fun, but also to prevent weight gain and boost your spirit.

Let me make this easier for you! If you like what you read here and are in the Portland area and want me to “de-stress” your office or you, please contact me.

Food and Drink Tip Don’t want that awful hangover in the morning after a holiday party?  Take B-Complex (Shaklee’s works fast and is balanced and whole food based) before bed (if you can remember to..) and in the morning.  Helps you feel better fast!

My Amazing Recovery from an Unintentioned Fall!

OMG – I forgot to place my computer bag under the table at Kathleen Gage’s workshop last week, got up to get coffee and SPLAT!!  I landed on the right side of my leg and twisted my foot under heels that I should not have been wearing.

Embarrassing?  Oh, YES!  Painful?  DOUBLE YES!!!  Most of the day was spent at the workshop with ice on my propped up leg.  To leave at the end I had some wonderful help from 2 lovely participants and I went on to Beaverton to my healing session with Master Soul.

Could that timing have been better?  Absolutely not!  I got home, took an Epsom Salts bath, added my trusty Shaklee nutrition and by the end of the evening – NO LEG PAIN!!!  The next morning the only thing still hurting was my foot and ankle, which I wrapped, then moved on to more nutritional help.  AGAIN, by the end of the day, NO PAIN at all!!!  By the end of the week I went camping and was walking fine!

I am writing this, not just to share how quickly I recovered but to also share the new Shaklee Performance products, perfect for just such a mishap but also to keep all of us from those miserable aches and pains after workout.  Check out the video and connect with me if  you want to learn more: