I often get asked "what vitamins do you take?". Well, I'm considered quite the unique situation indeed. Because I have malnutrition due to bariatric (weightloss) surgery, nutrient supplementation needs to be increased and always, I mean forever must be consumed. The scenario goes like this, no matter how much of a "good" thing I eat or drink, it will never all get absorbed because so much of my intestines has been bypassed. "Normal" folks do much absorption in the area of the intestines that for me is not being used.
Here were my problem areas
It was not too long ago that I was considered severely anemic (I mean severe, my average ferritin level was 2, a hematologist gets concerned when it drops to 12!).
Even weekly iron infusion (IV drip) did not help.
I also was dealing with deficiencies in:
Before Shaklee came into my life, I tried every way to get these things back within normal range, nothing seemed to help.
B12 shots (my poor hubby was
injecting stabbing me every week)
My body proved that consuming synthetic forms of the vitamins I was deficient in did not help me, in fact it made me feel worse. My levels were not budging and I felt crappy (no nice way to put it).
With any bariatric surgery folks are taught that ingesting high quality/low calorie protein is a main staple in their new diet for life. I had tried every thing on the market, even stuff from other countries. Most of it was unpalatable, I mean down right nasty. The stuff I could tolerate seemed to either upset my stomach or leave me hungry for more, not to mention it was expensive. It wasn't until about a year ago that I learned most soy based protein is genetically modified (GMO).
Then I began consuming the protein from Shaklee that I felt a difference and full.
It was then I learned that nothing from Shaklee is GMO, never.
To top the issues I was dealing with listed above, I was also coming to grips with the fact that my thyroid glands were being attacked by my own immune system. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease. Since our thyroid/endocrin system controls basically every function within our body, I was at battle with myself. Before Shaklee my body was winning (or should I say loosing?). Now that I have armed my self with what I need to fight off anything that comes my way, I am in a WAY better place with my health.
All my levels are higher than ever and my iron for the 1st time in almost 10 years is high normal! My thyroid will eventually die off which means I will need to take thyroid hormone for the rest of my life. Since I am taking the most natural form of the thyroid hormone, my body seems to be happy with it, so I am happy.
Here are my daily SHAKLEE supplements:
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(great for allergies and digestion)
(naturally kills parasites/bugs, aides digestion)
(my newest addition to my armory, naturally raises serotonin levels, happy pills!!)
YES, to a "normal" person this may seem excessive, however how many prescription drugs to you see in my list? There is only one for my thyroid!
Also, if you asked me how often I am sick, I would tell you it is rare. When I do get a cold, it only lasts for about 1-3 days. With working with children, I am very fortunate to not be sick more often.
The nest question I get asked is "Wow, that must be expensive?"
Not really. Keep in mind that because I had bariatric surgery, I knew going into it that I would be required to consume nutritional supplements no matter what. I listened to my surgeon and doctors and bought the expensive chewable brands designed specifically for bariatric patients (of course now I know those same doctors get a percentage of the sales!).
I was spending on average $190 per month on just the vitamins not including any protein I would red to eat as part of my diet.
Now my vitamins/supplements cost about $140.
So, $190 made me feel crappy OR $140 and feel better than I did 10 years ago?
It's a NO brainer....GIVE ME SHAKLEE any day!
Now I feel that I have HEALTH insurance....because if you really think about it "health" insurance in our country is really not for healthy people. We should call it SICK insurance. We go to the doctors when we are sick not healthy. I cannot even say that I was going to the doctors to get healthy either. Please do not misunderstand me, doctors serve a great purpose, but just like people all doctors do not think the same, nor do they have the same philosophy on nutrition and how it affects our overall health.
By now you are asking "and how do you get them for free?"
After I realized I REQUIRED the SHAKLEE supplements (which did not take very long BTW), I became a distributor in an effort to help off set the cost of what I was consuming. That was my 1st and really only goal, breaking even. It would be many steps forward compared to what I was doing.
I began sharing how this company was helping me. Actually folks starting approaching me and asking what I was doing, they could see the difference. I was feeling the difference, but was not paying attention to how I looked. True story: Strangers approach me and tell me how nice my skin is! I was totally creeped out by this at first, now I say thank you and had them a business card or ask if they would like more information.
I never in a ga-zillion years would ever think I would be distributing anything, EVER! I am not a salesperson, but I like to share and apparently I am getting better at it every day.
My belief in the products and the company have over powered my pride & ego....WOW!
Do you take Supplements? What supplements do you take?
Ever wonder what is truly in those pills, capsules or tablets? If you would like more information on how to get an answer from your vitamin company, contact me directly HERE
Have a great weekend!