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Shaklee Vita E Complex Clearance Sale

Good morning all !
As explained in one of my earlier posts, this month Shaklee is having a clearance sale for Shaklee Vita E Complex !

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It is stated clearly in the poster that Vita E expires in January 2016, hence the term CLEARANCE SALE ! Hehe.

Usually to purchase two bottles of Vita E, you’d have to fork out almost RM 300 (retail price). But this month, with HALF that price, you can get your hands on TWO bottles of Vita E !

A few suggestions on how you can make use of this buy 2 at 50% promotion is:
1. Give (or sell ?) 1 bottle to a friend or relative.
2. Take 2 capsules daily for extra antioxidant effect. I know of a person who is taking 3 capsules twice a day !
3. Use the capsule externally on scars etc. Click here for my ESP & Vita E mask.

So there, I am sure all of you are smart enough to know that this is definitely an awesome bargain.

Just a short recap on why vitamin E is good for us:

  • Vitamin E is an effective antioxidant that helps fight free radicals in your body, hence making it an excellent nutrient for the skin.
  • Vitamin E aids sex hormones production for both men & women. Shaklee’s Vita E Complex also contains Selenium which helps increase sperm count & motility plus making it a good choice for those concerned about fertility. I have a whole post dedicated to vitamin E and men’s sexual health. Hehe.

A good point to note is that Shaklee’s Vita E Complex also contains grape see extract. You can read more on that if you click here. :)

Feel free to contact me for more details. :)

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Peekaboo, I Have Something to Tell You

Assalamu’alaikum everyone.

Hello. :)
I have not forgotten you oh dear blog. I just have been, erm, busy. Excuses, I know.

I have a little something to share with all of you.

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Yes, I am currently 16 weeks pregnant with Khayla’s sibling. Alhamdulillah. :)
Indeed, Allah is the best planner.

Initially I did not want to make this ‘announcement’ because I know it might be hurtful to some. But after giving it much thought, I decided to go ahead with it because I wanted to share the struggles and what I did before I got my big fat positive (BFP).

I know Allah knows my intention.

So, Mr. Sunshine and I have been trying on & off for the past 1 and half years, after Khayla turned 2.
(Yes, on & off because there were times Mr Sunshine was outstation during my fertile period and due to a few other unavoidable circumstances.)

We took so long to start trying again because:
(a) I was still haunted by my first labour experience.
(b) We enjoy pampering baby Khayla. She will always be my baby ! Hehe.

It has been a stressful & tearful trying period !

I guess we took things for granted too, because with Khayla, we got pregnant the first time we really tried (charted fertile period etc), so we assumed it would be the same the second time around.

Boy, were we wrong !

It came to a point that I cried every time I read about anyone getting pregnant with their 2nd or 3rd (or 4th or 5th, hehe) babies.
It felt as if everyone around me were expecting except me !
I know, that’s far from true but that’s how I felt.

I would cringe about going to wedding receptions or family gatherings because I wanted to avoid people asking questions and/or passing insensitive remarks.

And to add salt to my wound, the O&G Specialist I visited in November last year told me that I might have PCOS from the ultrasound scan she performed on me.
Ignoring the fact that she told me that she has many PCOS patients who got pregnant, I cried or shall I say wailed for 5 hours straight after that.
My eyes were swollen from all the crying until the next day, haha.

Mr Sunshine, on the other hand, has always been on the more relaxed side.
He would say things like, “If you are unhappy or stressed, it means that you are not grateful for whatever we have now.” or “Kita kan happy bertiga so far, ayang tak happy ke ?”

Sentap I tau. Haha.

How did I find out we were expecting this time around ?

Mr. Sunshine and I decided to get ourselves thoroughly checked and we were hoping to explore our fertility options.
In the first week of March, I called KL Fertility Centre to make an appointment but they told me to call back on the first day of my period so that they could schedule the appointment on the 2nd to 4th day of my menses. My menses was due the week after that, so I figured it would not be such a torturous wait.

(I had actually previously made two different appointments, one with Klinik Pakar Medina and the earliest appointment we got was in June and another one with Klinik Dr Hamid Arshat – the earliest appointment we got was in August !)

So, I was ‘waiting’ for my menses to arrive while fasting (puasa qada) at the same time.
According to the period calendar, it was due on Tuesday, March 10.
But sometimes, my period arrives 1-2 days earlier or later, so on that Tuesday, I decided to continue to fast because I was left with only 1 day to qada !
I noticed that I was lethargic, sleepy and dizzy at work which was weird because I am usually so energized even when I am fasting (sahur dengan Shaklee kan, haha sempat !).
I also had this bitter taste lingering in my mouth but at that time, I did not suspect anything, I told myself that all the symptoms I was experiencing were due to the fact that I was fasting.

Alhamdulillah I managed to finish my puasa qada without my menses ‘raining’ on me that Tuesday.
I did not fast on the following Wednesday (March 11), BUT I had the same symptoms – I was sleepy, lethargic, felt dizzy at times, still had this bitter taste in my mouth but I also had some menstrual-like cramps.
I was confused because they are not my usual menstrual symptoms but at the same time I did not want to get my hopes up.
I decided to take a urine pregnancy test that evening, anyway.
I was used to it being negative so I told myself I had nothing to lose, if it was negative, I’ll just wait for my menses so that I can make the appointment with the fertility clinic.

But…..

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Did ya see that ?
TWO LINES APPEARED.
Allahuakhbar !
I was speechless, I kinda panicked.
I ran to the living room, shivering and showed Mr Sunshine the test results.
I actually said to him, ” Ayang, ini macam mana ni ??”
That’s how surprised I was.

Of course Mr Sunshine was surprised as well, but his response was, “Hmm, janganlah mengharap sangat.”
I knew he was trying to save me from a heartbreak if it was a false positive.

I cried & sujud syukur anyway.

Did another test the following morning, and it was still positive !

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I immediately called Daddy & Mak that morning to let them know about the positive tests.

That evening, after work, I stopped at D’Apotic Pharmacy to buy Clearblue pregnancy tests, both the digital & normal ones.
The digital one displayed PREGNANT, 2-3.

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The test measures the levels of HCG and the 2-3 indicates weeks from conception, so we need to add 2 weeks to that for the actual weeks of pregnancy.

That weekend (March 14-15), we travelled back to Batu Pahat for my sister in-law’s engagement.
Although I was not allowed to carry heavy things etc, I was super exhausted throughout the whole weekend.

I was still exhausted the following Monday and that’s when I noticed pinkish discharge on my pantyliner. TMI, sorry !
I panicked and immediately went to see the O&G specialist at my workplace. A male one !
I usually try to avoid seeing male doctors but I did not have a choice that day.

He did a scan and while he confirmed that both my ovaries were cystic :(, he also saw the gestational sac in the uterus measuring 4 weeks and 5 days. Alhamdulillah.

The feeling when he said, “So, the pregnancy is confirmed.” was inexplicable.

I was given a one week’s medical leave to rest and go back for a check-up after that.

I tested a million times after that too. Paranoid, much ? Haha.

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I continued to spot until about 11 weeks.
But so far, Alhamdulillah baby is doing good. :)
Please pray for us ok ?

It has been a pretty challenging first trimester.
Will blog about that in another post.
Will also blog about the things I did which I think helped me get pregnant, InshaAllah.

xoxo

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Vitamin E and its benefits on Men’s Sexual Health

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Vitamin E is dubbed the “Sex Vitamin”
Vitamin E increases blood flow and oxygen to your genitalia.
It also is a key player in the production of your sex hormones to give you that sex drive boost.
It’s also an anti-aging antioxidant, which helps with your youthfulness and vitality.

How does Vitamin E help improve men’s sexual health ?

1. Improved Sperm Motility

Taking vitamin E supplements o can help improve the quality of your sperm. Research published in the March-April 2003 issue of “Archives of Andrology” indicates that study participants who took 400 mg of vitamin E in conjunction with 225 mcg of selenium showed improvements in sperm motility. MayoClinic.com reports that how well your sperm are able to move directly impacts your fertility as sperm need to be able to make their way over distances to fertilize an egg, and motility helps them to this.

2. Increased Sperm Count

Having a low sperm count can decrease your fertility. MayoClinic.com defines a low sperm count has having less than 20 million sperm per milliliter of your semen. This can happen for any number of reasons, from simple causes like aging and infections to more complication issues like tumors and chromosome defects. Your physician may recommend surgery or hormone treatment, but taking vitamin E supplements may help as well. Vitamin E, an antioxidant, protects your body from damage from free radicals, according to Medline Plus. Research published in the February 2009 issue of the “Journal of the Indian Medical Association” suggests that low numbers of sperm correlate to free radical damage, and vitamin E may find use in guarding your sperm against this damage.
On another note, selenium is essential to sperm production. Nearly half, 50%, of the selenium in your or or your spouses body is in the testes and seminal ducts. Guys lose selenium in their semen when they ejaculate.  Having optimal levels of Selenium is essential for your virility.

Source

Shaklee’s Vita-E Complex contains:
  • 400 IU of naturally sourced vitamin E
  • 10 mcg of selenium to complement the activity of vitamin E

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
For more information and to order, contact:
Melissa Raffur
Shaklee Independent Distributor [ID: 889132]
Founder of Fabulously Shaklee
hunnylis@gmail.com
SMS/Whatsapp: 012 296 6442

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How Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) helps in Fertility

 

In this article, we will discuss how gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) effects fertility.
Definition
Gamma-linolenic acid or GLA is also known as gamoleic acid, it is a fatty acid found in vegetable oils and has been used as supplement in treating inflammation and auto-immune diseases.
How gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) helps to improve fertility.
1. Autoimmunity
Beside helps to improve liver function in fat and protein metabolism, it also strengthens the immune system in preventing certain protein which bind to the sperm and allow other immune cells to attack them in men. In women, it improve the production of friendly cervix mucus for sperm invasion.
2. Inflammation
GLA also decreases the risk of inflammation by converting rapidly dihomo GLA (DGLA) when it is released, by competing with arachidonic acid for the enzymes COX and LOX, resulting in lessening the risk of inflammation.
3. Uterine tonic
It is helps to balance the levels of prostaglandins hormones, resulting in decreasing the risk of over active uterine muscles that causes abnormal pain and cramps and distorts the normal process of menstrual cycle.
4. Nervous symptoms
Since it helps to increases the liver in fat and protein metabolism and blood flow to the nervous system, it improves the transmitting information between cells thereby, decreasing the risk of stress, headache and migraine, etc.
5. Cell growth
The GLA is a nutrient used by the body to maintain healthy cells and vital body functions, thereby, decreasing the risk of abnormal cell growth in the body, including the cells in the reproductive organ.
Risks and side effects
1. Possible side effects include
a) Upset and bloated stomach,
b) Soft stool,
c) Nausea and vomiting,
d) Belching.
2. People who take blood thinner should consult with their doctor before taking GLA.
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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2876914

 

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease
For more information and to order, contact:
Melissa Raffur
Shaklee Independent Distributor [ID: 889132]
hunnylis@gmail.com
SMS/Whatsapp: 012 296 6442
 

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Conceiving Tips

There are many things you can do to help to conceive a child. First and foremost, it is important that you and your husband are good, practicing Muslims, because this is the foundation of the family and will help you to be in the right physical and emotional state for conceiving.
As for the du’as, it is sunnah to recite the following du’a before engaging in marital intercourse:

Bismi Llah(i), Allahumma jannibna sh-shaytana wa jannibi sh-shaytana ma razaqtana.
In the name of Allāh. O Allah, protect us from Satan and keep Satan away from the children You grant us. (Bukhari)

As far as specific du’as for conceiving, there is no “magic bullet” du’a, of course, but here are some beneficial supplications from the Holy Qur’an:

“Rabbi la tadharni faradan wa anta khayru al-warithin.”
(My Lord! Leave me not solitary (childless though) You are the best of inheritors.)” (Al-Anbiya 89)
“Rabbi hab li min ladunka dhurriyyatan tayyibah innaka sami`ud du`a’ (My Lord! Grant me from You upright offspring, for You hear all prayers)” (Al `Imran 38)

Recite these du’as frequently, and also make a habit of remembering Allah throughout your day with “subhanAllah” “alhamdulillah”, and “Allahu akbar” and other authentic du’as.

There are also some “worldy” things you can do to increase the chance of conception:

  1. Enjoy marital intimacy frequently. A woman is only fertile for a few days out of the month, so if you are intimate often, you have a better chance to conceive. You can purchase ovulation prediction kits (which use your body’s temperature to determine when you might be most fertile) and you can keep track of your menstrual cycle to determine your fertile times.
  2. RELAX! Marital intimacy should be enjoyable for its own sake, and if you are enjoying one another and not stressing over “having” to get pregnant, you will actually increase your chances, as stress hormones can interfere with pregnancy. There are many stories about women who finally got pregnant after they “gave up” trying and just resigned themselves to not having children.
  3. Make sure also that you are not doing anything that will harm your health. If either of you smokes, stop now. This includes cigarettes, cigars, and the Arabic “hookah” or water pipe. The toxins from tobacco products can badly affect the man’s sperm, damaging it and leading to infertility and potential defects in the fetus.
  4. Eat good healthy food, avoid processed foods, and maintain a healthy body weight.
  5. Exercise moderately.
  6. You should be taking a good woman’s multivitamin and extra folic acid to avoid a specific birth defect.

Source: Islamicanswers.com

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Shaklee supplements for Fertility

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Are you & your partner trying to get pregnant ?
Is your body getting the nutrients it needs to prepare for pregnancy ?
Here are the suggested safe & natural supplements for fertility:
1. Vita-Lea Iron Formula – Vita-Lea is specially formulated to provide you with 28 essential vitamins and critical minerals for optimum health and energy. It helps in filling our daily nutritional gaps. VitaLea also contains iron which is an important component in forming our blood.
2. B Complex – contains Folic Acid & Biotin which are important blood forming components & to stabilize hormones. B vitamins are known to help us manage and relieve stress. Stress management is crucial when we’re trying to conceive and also during pregnancy.3. Vita E Complex – vitamine E aids sex hormones production for both men & women. Shaklee’s Vita E Complex also contains Selenium which helps increase sperm count & motility.4. Zinc Complex – Zinc has an impact on our hormones including sex hormones. A deficiency in zinc has been said to be the cause of infertility in men. Zinc also affects sperm count & motility.5. GLA Complex – aids in irregular menses and helps in the production on good & fertile quality cervical fluid.

6. Alfalfa Complex – helps reduce pain during intercourse, decrease vaginal discharge, irregular menses, menstrual cramps and acts like ‘kacip fatimah’.

For women, it is advised to take all the supplements above. Men can omit the Alfalfa Complex.
Feel free to contact me for a personalized consultation.

InshaAllah in my next post, I will share some tips on conceiving. :)

 

*These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease

For more information and to order, contact:
Melissa Raffur
Shaklee Independent Distributor [ID: 889132]
hunnylis@gmail.com
SMS/Whatsapp: 012 296 6442

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