Happy, Healthy Wise Supplementing! We are coming to the close of National Nutrition Month and towards the end of our new Team RLEI Reset Program to Live Amazing, so it seems like a smart time to think about a foundational supplement program to stick with past the 100 Day period and into the future. “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.”-Author Unknown The statistics are staggering about the state of nutrition in the U.S. alone. Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in 4 categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat. Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits and whole-grains. It’s no wonder then that a study showed that 90% of Americans are lacking key nutrients in their diets. But even if you are eating as well as possible, it’s very challenging to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you need to maintain optimal health. The nutritional content of our food has declined. A landmark study on the topic by Donald Davis and his team of researchers from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. Davis and his colleagues chalk up this declining nutritional content to the preponderance of agricultural practices designed to improve traits (size, growth rate, pest resistance) other than nutrition. And again this is where filling in those nutritional gaps comes in to play in our modern times. 3 of the current concerns in the supplementation community are protein, multivitamins/minerals, and anti-aging. Everybody wants to feel younger while living longer. Depending on your needs, your wants, and your budget, you can create a program that will cover all your bases and then some. As original Shaklee grandbabies, we were raised with the best nutritional options available. Science and technology over the last 6 decades has allowed for even more comprehensive benefits, but those “simpler” choices are still just as valid. Here are 3 suggestions to consider making a part of your daily program: 1. The “Great” Package-Energizing Soy Protein or Life Energizing Shake + Vita-Lea (high potency multivitamin and multimineral). 2. The “Better” Package-Energizing Soy Protein or Life Energizing Shake + Vitalizer (designed to enhance absorption, it provides vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s, and healthy probiotics—all in 1 Vita-Strip®) + Vivix (balanced and powerful formula to protect DNA from oxidative stress and slow the formation of damaging AGE proteins that can lead to cellular aging). 3. The “Best” Package-Energizing Soy Protein or Life Energizing Shake + Life-Strip (delivers pure and potent vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, polyphenols, antioxidants and phytonutrients to help create the foundation for a longer, healthier life). You can design your own with flavors and sizes or Shaklee has various Foundation Regimens or packs they put together for you. Whichever you choose, you can take comfort in knowing that you are making the sensible decision in supplementing with the #1 Natural Nutrition Company in the U.S.