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What do C-sections, heart surgery & body building have in common?

Do you ever feel that the world’s thinking is finally catching up?  Years ago, Jim Burke, was a histologist & cytologist in cancer research before building his Shaklee business.  A Cardiologist at the hospital agreed to have ½ the heart surgery patients receive Physique, before and after surgery.  What did he observe?  You guessed it… the patients who received the Physique recovered in ½ the time. The link to Physique’s clinical study & other studies mentioned will be provided at the end of this short article for you.

csectionConsumer Labs recently reported on “Protein for Surgery Recovery”.  In addition to decreasing recovery time be it from a C-section, hip surgery or any other type of surgery, the protein supplementation also increased muscle mass and stabilized blood sugars.

First, let’s talk a little bit about the role of protein.  It’s necessary to build, maintain and repair muscle.  Aging is associated with a progressive loss of skeletal muscle (sarcopenia) and strength.1 

Heart_SurgeryA study with type 2 diabetes found that drinking whey protein before a high glycemic meal improved insulin response2.  A longer-term study revealed the reversal of diabetes3.  I have personally seen this with some of our Shaklee Family members.

How much protein?  From Dr.John Contino: “Active individuals (those who exercise on a regular basis) should get 1.0 to 1.25 grams of protein per pound of lean mass. Professional” athletes should consider 1.5 grams per pound of lean mass.

ConnieREMEMBER your body can only utilize about 30 grams of protein in a meal, hence the need for multiple feedings. I usually eat 3 meals and consume 2 protein shakes per day; on workout days I consume a 3rd shake. Another suggestion is to stir a scoop of protein powder into a cup of yogurt or cottage cheese in place of a shake.”

So what is the Shaklee Difference in our Physique? Any product is only as good as the company, the philosophy and the science behind it.  Muscle building is a life-long problem, losing muscle mass affects everything we do5.  First, quality bio-available protein supplementation begins with quality raw ingredients that have to pass Shaklee’s rigorous testing: more than 250 pesticide tests beyond what is required by United States Pharmacopeia.  Over 100,000 quality tests a year to ensure purity and potency.  Dr. Shaklee understood to preserve the integrity of Nature, very low heat was critical in protection of enzymes. 

To date, Shaklee has published over 100 manuscripts, many of which are in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Physique has a complete protein and carbohydrate blend called “BioBuild™” that is clinically proven to increase the hormone insulin in your body for an enhanced bodybuilding state. Speeds recovery naturally – without side effects. Very high Protein Efficiency Ratio: 3.0Contains 44% Branch Chain Amino Acids.

Give your body the best.  I can assure you from my 37 years of using Shaklee products, my bloodwork is perfect and I feel, oh so good. YOU can too.

Enjoy your summertime activities with energy in those muscles and a smile on your face,






1 Clynes, Calcif Tissue Int 2015 – Definitions of sarcopenia: associations with previous falls and fracture in a population sample

2 Jakubowicz, Diabetoligia 2014 – Incretin, insulinotropic and glucose-lowering effects of whey protein pre-load in type 2 diabetes: a randomised clinical trial

3 Steven, Diabetes Care 2016 – Very Low-Calorie Diet and 6 Months of Weight Stability in Type 2 Diabetes: Pathophysiological Changes in Responders and Nonresponders.

4 Zawadzki KM, Yaspelkis III B, Ivy JL.  Carbohydrate-protein complex increases the rate of muscle glycogen storage after exercise.  J Appl Physiol 1992;72:1854-9

5 Cermak, Am J Clin Nutr 2012 – Protein supplementation augments the adaptive response of skeletal muscle to resistance-type exercise training: a meta-analysis

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