Our first speaker this Wednesday was Laura Kilty of Shaklee in Golden, Colorado. Laura started her talk today by asking us – do you know someone like this?  Tired, exhausted, irritable, insomnia, allergies, asthma, weak immune system so they’re sick a lot, menstrual problems, constipation, diarrhea, digestive disorders, heart burn, PMS, hormonal issues.  Isn’t it interesting that this is the new “normal” for people?  The new “normal” isn’t Healthy!  Did you know that many times these issues are simply malnutrition and can be improved with simple dietary and lifestyle changes?

So, what’s up?  The decline of nutrients in our foods up to 38% – we choose for taste rather than what it will do for our body, we are busier than ever so convenience is super important, stress is ever present.  That’s the reality – we just aren’t giving our bodies what it needs to create good health.

Laura went on to tell us that 9 out of 10 Americans fall short on essential nutrients from diet alone.  It is recommended that we get 7 servings every day of fruits & veggies.  Why?  Because these foods  contain the nutrients that we need to combat chronic diseases & build healthy cells.  When those cells are healthy they do what they’re supposed to do & you feel good, you can sleep at night, you handle stress better.

The first thing Laura recommends that you can do is start with your diet – start with small changes.

Secondly, Laura suggests is that wise supplementation is absolutely necessary.  We are finding out that even low levels of essential nutrients can cause serious challenges.  Vitamin D – talked about it a lot – here’s something else Laura just read.  75% of Americans are deficient – study done 82% of participants with Irritable Bowel Syndrome had insufficient Vitamin D levels – the lower their levels the more severe the symptoms. Also in previous research, it has shown Colorectal Cancer is associated with low D levels. This is just one nutrient.

Realize that many of our top health challenges are within our control – heart disease, cancer & diabetes are many times preventable or manageable with diet and lifestyle.  That’s awesome – it’s in our control.  We used to be told it’s in your genes and you’re SOL.  Now it’s more what we do today and every day after that and wise supplementation is part of that unless you’re that 1 in 10.

When Laura works with people they look at foundation products – something everyone needs.  A good multi-vitamin/mineral to start then work to fill in those gaps.  But realize with a multi that is a base minimum to prevent deficiency diseases.  They then build from there for any particular health goals, any add-ons work best with a multi-vitamin/mineral as a base.  The beautiful thing about nutrition is that you get side benefits – not side effects.  So, the fish oil you’re taking for heart health is also benefitting your brain, eyes & joint health, it’s reducing inflammation, helping with memory & depression.

So as you’re out and about listen for some of these words or phrases.  Laura’s not asking us to pounce on them or “sell” Shaklee to them.  Simply ask if they’re open to exploring natural solutions and that you know a wonderful lady that would love to help them feel their best.

Those words again –   tired, exhausted, irritable, insomnia, allergies, asthma, weak immune system so they’re sick a lot, menstrual problems, constipation, diarrhea, digestive disorders, heart burn, PMS, hormonal issues. Remember that most of the time, when people share their struggles with you, they’re looking for answers.

Another thing is to keep in Laura in mind for those that are looking for extra income.  This could be college age or millennials, moms that want to stay home, moms that are working but concerned about braces, sports, college, women looking at retirement and aren’t quite sure how that’s all going to work out for them.  With Shaklee, you don’t have to be an expert in nutrition – you just have to have a heart for helping people.

Laura Kilty * Shaklee * 303-420-3359 * Kiltyco@aol.com  * www.laurakilty.myshaklee.com

The second speaker today was Debbie Hansen, owner of La Dolce Vita Coffee Shop in Old Town Arvada, Colorado. Debbie took her time today to speak to us about the history of coffee in the western hemisphere. The French brought coffee seedlings to Martinique in the Caribbean around 1720. The coffee seedlings flourished and 50 years later there were several thousand coffee trees in Martinique enabling them to spread coffee cultivation into Haiti, Mexico and other islands of the Caribbean. Saint-Domingue cultivated coffee from 1734 and by 1788 it actually supplied coffee to about half of the world. However, in this time the French colonial plantations relied heavily on African slave laborers and the dreadful conditions that the slaves were forced to work in on the plantations were a major factor in the Haitian Revolution. Since then their coffee industry has never fully recovered.

The 1700’s brought coffee to the Isle of Bourbon (now known as Réunion) in the Indian Ocean. These plants produce smaller beans and have created a different variety of Arabica known as Bourbon. The two common strains of this are the Santos coffee of Brazil and the Oaxaca coffee of Mexico. Around 1727, the King of Portugal sent an emissary to French Guiana to obtain coffee seeds wanting to become a part of the coffee trade. After initially having difficulty obtaining these seeds, the emissary wooed the French Governor’s wife and because of this he got enough seeds and shoots to start the coffee industry in Brazil. In 1893, the coffee from Brazil was introduced into Kenya and Tanzania, not far from its place of origin in Ethiopia.

Brazil became the largest producer of coffee in the world by 1852 and has held that status ever since. Brazil dominated the world production of coffee and exported more coffee than the all coffee producing countries from 1850 to 1950. Since the 50’s they have seen a decline in that position due to the emergence of several other countries becoming major producers, most notably Colombia, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Vietnam, which became the second-largest producer in 1999 and reached 15% market share by 2011.

A couple quick facts about coffee in America – after the Boston Tea Party of 1773, large numbers of Americans switched to drinking coffee during the American Revolution because drinking tea became unpatriotic. During World War II, the Americano was created as the soldiers in the European Theater couldn’t drink the espresso straight, so they mixed water with the espresso and this became known as “a cup of joe”.

If you are in Old Town Arvada and looking for a great local coffee shop to stop by or have a meeting look for La Dolce Vita and Debbie Hansen to serve you up the perfect cup of joe!

Debbie Hansen * La Dolce Vita * 5756 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002 * (303) 456-8919