ReadpowerfulNopaleaWellnessStoriesInsideonpages16-17JULY 2010 trivita.comMichaelEllisononOptimalWellnessNopalea wellnesSchallengeLife-changing Nopaleawellness stories keep flowingdr. JudyDare to write your own“bucket list”Special Anniversary CelebrationSavings – up to $30!
2 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comEleven years ago this month,TriVita, Inc. was founded onthe keys to living a fulfilling,healthy life of purpose. We call themthe 10 Essentials for Health andWellness, and they’ve helped guidecountless numbers of people ontheir wellness journeys.As we celebrate another exciting yearin TriVita’s mission of helping peopleexperience wellness, we urge you to letthe 10 Essentials be your daily guide toachieving optimal physical, emotionaland spiritual health. ExperienceWellness®with us as we embark onanother purposeful year.Essential #1: Breathe DeeplyInhale a full measure of reviving air, hold,then release stress and toxins.A healthy immune system is dependent upondeep breathing. Your lymphatic system powersthe immune response in your body, and lymphfluid moves as you inhale and exhale – by deepbreathing. What a simple way to help your bodystay healthy.Essential #2: Drink WaterIt’s the original energy drink: pour in itspower and feel alive.Feeling tired? Drink up to help your mind andbody stay in balance, clear away waste and usefood efficiently. Many people drag through lifein a state of dehydration, when this formulacould help: half your body weight is the numberof ounces of water you should drink daily.Essential #3: Sleep PeacefullyLet a regular sleep routine rejuvenate andrepair both body and mind.It’s a fact: too little sleep can set us up forpremature aging, depression and other serioushealth issues. Consider a research studyamong nurses, which found that those whogot sufficient sleep were much less likely tosuffer a heart attack than those who werein “sleep debt.”Essential #4: Eat NutritiouslyA healthy life runs on healthy food:enjoy the benefits of both.Supplements alone don’t bring good health: Foodis the primary source of nutrients that literallyfuel life. Let vegetables and fruits (preferablyfresh) be your daily source of antioxidants andfiber, go easy on high-fat, sugary snacks and sodas,and choose lean protein.Essential #5: Enjoy ActivityIt feels good because it’s good for you: getup and move every day.Did you know? Exercise benefits both mind andbody. It can improve your mood and outlook onlife, give you more energy, promote flexibilityand strength and help your body work better inalmost every way. Another plus: Physical activitycan enhance healthy aging.Essential #6: Give and Receive LoveA heart that loves spreads joy – and buildsa stronger immune system!Healthy, loving relationships are key to trulyexperiencing wellness. The nurturing youreceive from loved ones helps you and yourimmune system stay healthy. And, your ownemotional and spiritual growth depend uponloving yourself and others.Essential #7: Be ForgivingRelease yourself from the burden ofgrudges, and welcome in peace.Holding on to past resentments doesn’t justcloud your emotional health: your physicalself can respond to such negative feelings withstomach problems, muscle aches and more. Letgo of those real or imagined grudges. Learnthe habit of forgiveness and you’ll feel betterwithin moments.Essential #8: Practice GratitudeAn “attitude of gratitude” brings morehappiness, health and calm.When was the last time you stopped to countyour blessings? Focus on the positive to boostyour emotional health, and reduce stress and thedamage it causes. You’ll not only feel better, butyou’ll be better: stress can age you faster, and puta burden on your immune system.Essential #9: Develop AcceptanceFree yourself from worry: accept what youcan’t change and move on.When you know there are things in life thatyou can’t change, you free yourself to handlethe things you can change. It’s a powerful toolfor creating wellness: a mind cleared of needlessworry, ready to help you enjoy all the blessingsof your life.Essential #10: Develop aRelationship with GodTo cultivate your own well-being andhappiness, nourish your spirit.People who nurture their spiritual selves everyday get real benefits: lower blood pressure, fewerstrokes and less emotional turmoil. What’s more,those with strong spiritual ties lose weight moreeasily, handle crises better and have a strongersocial life. How’s your spiritual health? 10 Essentials forHealth and WellnessLet the elementsof healthy livingenhance your life
ON MY MINDEDITOR’s NOTE20 Cueing Into YourEating PatternsHow to recognize and reversethe “triggers” of poor nutrition. 24 Best of “Real Stories.”Be inspired by those who havebenefited from TriVita products. 28 Don’t Let SeasonalAffective Disorder (SAD)Get You DownNow’s the time to store upsummer sunshine.July2010Inside1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 3“I am experiencing a wellness thatamazes me,” says Susie. 15Is a child in your life too pluggedin to video games? 14The information in this VitaJournal may containerrors or inaccuracies. We reserve the right tochange prices, selections, update informationand limit quantities without prior notice. 4 CEO Michael Ellison onOptimal WellnessPersonal perspectives on livinga more joyful life. 9 No-Cook Healthy Mealsfor SummerKeep cool with simple,healthy meals. 11 Almost Everyone CanBenefit from Nopalea™Try it for everyday pain andsoreness: take the NopaleaWellness Challenge.12 TriVita is a Community ofWellness SeekersFREE Member exclusives to helpyou on your wellness journey. 16 More Amazing NopaleaWellness StoriesJoin the scores of people enjoyingincredible health benefits.Protect your family againstheat-related illnesses. 8Editor’s Note continued on page 21...July is TriVita’s anniversary monthand we want to share specialsavings with our valued Members.You pick the products you want, and you cansave up to $30! It’s a great time to stock up onall your favorites. We’re also blessed to haveTriVita’s CEO, Michael Ellison, sharing with ushis personal thoughts on optimal wellness. Ifyou have had the honor to hear Michael speakor read his book, you’ll immediately sense hisgenuine passion for wellness. It is his desire thatyou pursue your own wellness so that your life canbe one of quality. Feel free to share this inspiringarticle on pages 4-5 with others who may also beseeking optimal wellness.On page 22 Dr. Judy shares her thoughts ondaring to write your own “bucket list.” Thisreally struck home with me personally, asI’ve never considered myself a risk-taker orsomeone who steps out of her comfort zonevery often. Recently, however, I did somethingthat shocked my family and friends – tandemparagliding! If you’re unfamiliar with that, it’sbasically two people (you and a pilot) harnessedtogether, jumping off a cliff with a large wingholding you up.Needless to say, this isn’t something that I hadon my “bucket list.” This took place a few monthsago when Jon, a close friend, asked me to goparagliding with him in La Jolla, California.He has been flying since the ‘70s and assured mehe wouldn’t put me in danger. Keep in mind thatthe gliderport area where you take off from issome 800 feet above sea level. Wanting to bethe daring person I’m really not, I hesitantlyagreed to go.As we drove up to the gliderport I saw the skiesfull of paragliders so I knew the winds were goodand this was actually going to happen. I watchedas other amateurs took to the skies with theirtandem pilots, and each came back raving abouttheir experience and how amazing it was. I beganto feel very confident.Well that confidence was short-lived after I wasloaded down with a heavy pack and Jon told meto run toward the edge of the cliff. I thought mypart would be a piece of cake, since he held the
4 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comWe often hear you talk about “Optimal Wellness” –what does this mean to you?Optimal Wellness is a state of being. When someone asks “How are you?”we might reply “I feel good” – we look at wellness as the way we feel, but itisn’t about feeling: it’s about being. You can have the physical capacity to dosomething without feeling the energy to do it. For example, this morning Ididn’t feel like working out at 6:30, but 10 minutes into it I felt great. OptimalWellness isn’t an arrival, or a destination point. I would define OptimalWellness like this:Physically, it is having the vitality and energy to do the things you needand love to do.Emotionally, it is when our lives are filled with positive emotions – love,gratitude, forgiveness, acceptance. It’s really an Optimal Wellness response youare having to both external and internal conditions.Spiritually, it is being connected to God and His purposes for your life.Optimal Wellness in my opinion is the highest quality of life a person can liveas it does not depend on external conditions or feelings in the way you liveyour life. It is internally driven.As our TriVita community knows, we advocate practicing the 10 Essentialsdaily to help people live more joyful lives through better physical, emotionaland spiritual health (see page 2). This is the foundation we use to build OptimalWellness. Optimal Wellness means elevating the state you’re in. You mightthink of it as a variation on the Army slogan, “Be all you can be.” But myversion, my definition of Optimal Wellness, is “Being all you can be.”July marks TriVita’s 11th year of helping people on theirwellness journeys, and it’s a year sparked with tremendousexcitement. The VitaJournal is privileged to feature thisinterview with CEO Michael Ellison as he shares his personalperspectives on: “Optimal Wellness.”CEOMichaelEllisonexplores“OptimalWellness”Personal perspectives on livinga more joyful life
So does Optimal Wellness mean livingthe 10 Essentials?In pursuit of Optimal Wellness, there should be aplan… a plan for you to receive something we allneed every day. The 10 Essentials are a road mapto get you to Optimal Wellness. Perhaps this is ahuge concept for people to accept but they arethe essentials to wellness. Do you realize thatnine of the 10 Essentials are about nurturing? Ofcourse, it’s vital for us to receive all the nutrientsour physical bodies need; most people do not getthem from food, so that is why we offer targetednutrition through our nutritional products. Butthe larger question is, “How do I nurture myselfevery day so I have the health and wellness tofulfill my life purposes?” The 10 Essentials arethere to guide you.Has your idea of wellness changedover the years?Absolutely. My views are much more focused onthe nurturing, emotional side of wellness now. I’vecome to understand the significant role thatpositive emotion plays in our wellness, includingour physical wellness. For example, if your life isfilled with anger or hostility, this creates achemical imbalance in the body. It weakens thecells, and sets us up for illness. Or look at theimpact of stress. Stress can lead to overeating,which leads to obesity, which we know contrib-utes to so many health problems.Remember, we’re not human doings, but humanbeings. Optimal Wellness is about findingand living in that state of being where younurture yourself.How has your experience leading TriVitaaffected your view of wellness?I recognize how challenging it is to lead peoplein changing their attitudes and behaviors.We in North America have been influencedsignificantly by a “treatment mentality”: If youhave a health problem, you go to a doctor andtake a pill. Please understand: I think healthcareprofessionals are important, and provide vitalservices for us all. But ask almost anyone in themedical community what the solution is to ourcurrent health crisis, and they’ll tell you that theanswer is living healthier: getting the nutrientsand nurturing that we need physically, emotion-ally and spiritually.When we live the 10 Essentials, we can beinternally-driven to make the best choices forourselves. Without the self-nurturing from the10 Essentials, we remain externally-driven, andsubject to outside influences. Food marketers, forexample, are brilliant at using our appetites forsugar, salt and fat. But these things in excess donot promote Optimal Wellness. So, we have toidentify something that’s bigger than thoseappetites, something that will motivate people tochange their attitude and behaviors towardswellness and give themselves a higher quality oflife. Maybe that “something” is your children orgrandchildren, for example. They’re important toyou, so you’ll do the things that give you OptimalWellness so you can be with them, doing thethings they love to do while being an example fortheir quality of life.TriVita has been on the forefront of healthyliving for years. Does that bring yousatisfaction?Yes, but my greatest satisfaction is all the phonecalls, emails and letters I receive from people whohave their “Aha!” moment. That’s when theyrealize that the 10 Essentials are so simple yet sopowerful. They begin to embrace them, bystarting with a product like Nopalea™, forexample. As it helps lower inflammation andraises their quality of life, they’re motivated todo more for themselves, to nurture themselvesby integrating more of the 10 Essentials intotheir daily lives.When you consider your own life purpose,has that changed over the years?Today, I can say that my life purpose has changedin its expression, but not the core. I’ve travelledthe world and seen the poorest of human condi-tions, and those experiences touch my heart andsoul. Since I was a little boy, I’ve felt compassionfor the suffering of others, and so humanitari-anism has always been and will be a part of mylife. But today, helping people have qualitynutraceutical products and the informationto inspire and support their practice of the10 Essentials for Optimal Wellness living isthe expression of my life purpose.We’ve heard you use the phrase “wealth andwellness.” How do they connect?When I use the phrase “wealth and wellness,” I’mnot talking about wealth for opulent living. I’mtalking about wealth as having the resourcesnecessary to fulfill your life purpose. I believe lifepurpose wealth, which includes relationships andmoney, is available to every person, at any age. Ifyou don’t have purpose, you really don’t needwealth or wellness.What can we do every day to help enjoyOptimal Wellness?Practice the 10 Essentials. Remember, this doesn’tmean you won’t have a setback from time to time,and it isn’t about arriving at an “ultimate” place.It means you’re giving yourself the vitality andenergy needed to fulfill your life purpose, tooptimize your internally-driven life.What obstacles to Optimal Wellness shouldwe be aware of?Everything centers around attitudes and behav-iors, and how we respond to external influences.The key is awareness: if we’re aware of theseinfluences, then we can be internally driven byour values and our purpose. The greatest insightyou can have about yourself is to see the differ-ence between external and internal influences.What final thoughts would you like to shareabout Optimal Wellness?It’s not a destination – it’s a journey. It’s not aboutfeeling – it’s about being.It’s about being connected to those things thatare important in helping you fulfill your lifepurpose. It’s about filling your life each day withvitality and energy from proper nutrients andnurturing, and feeling connected to God for Hispurpose for your life. If you have all this, you haveOptimal Wellness. Note: Check out Michael Ellison’s blog atblog.sonoranbloom.com which features amazingstories of Affiliates who are sharing the wellnessbenefits of Nopalea with others.1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 5
An undiagnosed deficiency could be graveLet me be clear about just what the issueis: when surgery involves the use of nitrousoxide, or “laughing gas,” if a doctor or dentistis unaware that the patient has a B-12 defi-ciency, the results could be disastrous. Nitrousoxide (chemically, N2O) is often used to reducepain and serve as an anesthetic during surgi-cal and dental procedures. Its ability to makepeople feel euphoric and “giggly” also makes ita popular substance for abuse. In either case,an unusual side effect of nitrous oxide is that itactually inactivates B-12 in the body.That’s right: laughing gas can actually strip yourmind and body of the benefits of B-12. In somecases, this can lead to nerve and brain damage,mental confusion and even trouble performingsuch simple physical acts as walking. So, if yourB-12 levels are too low, or you have troubleabsorbing B-12 and aren’t aware of it, no matterhow healthy you are otherwise, surgery couldhave serious and unintended results.This isn’t a new finding. As documented in thebook Could It Be B-12? by Sally Pacholok, R.N.and Jeffrey Stuart, D.O., the connection withnitrous oxide was known decades ago.The authors quote noted neurosurgeonsas saying, “N2O is very dangerous in theB-12-deficient patient. Because B-12 deficiencyis not uncommon and N2O use is widespread,the potential exists in every (surgical) practicefor this complication to occur.”A pre-surgery “shot” is no solutionEven when surgeons or dentists are alert tothe potential problem of nitrous oxide andB-12 deficiency, the preventive step they mighttake might be ineffective. Some medicalprofessionals, trying to avoid possible damagefrom nitrous oxide to a B-12-deficient patient,give a B-12 injection before a procedure.However, this won’t be of much help to some-one with a severe deficiency who is exposed tonitrous for an extended time, or to someonewhose low level of B-12 may have contributedto their need for a procedure in the first place.Unfortunately, screening for B-12 deficienciesbefore procedures isn’t common. Even moreunfortunately, the medical literature containsmany cases of B-12-deficient patients whowere given nitrous oxide, and after theirprocedures suffered mental impairment,paralysis, numbness or memory problems.What might be the answer? Certainly, if youor a loved one is facing a procedure and youknow or suspect a B-12 deficiency, insist onan anesthetic other than nitrous oxide; thereare several alternatives available. But why nottake care of the deficiency beforehand, and giveyourself all the benefits of B-12?If you or a loved one may not get all the B-12needed from food, I encourage you to look intoB-12 supplementation with TriVita’s qualityproducts. With so much at stake when levelsof B-12 are low, why not give yourself thehealthy advantage?6 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comSurgery and low B-12: potential dangerWhy and when you could be at riskToday’s modern surgical methods can be a life-saving or life-enhancingadvantage to so many people, but there are risks. As you probablyknow, no surgery is risk-free, no matter how “minor” it might be. Butdid you know that low levels of the powerhouse Vitamin B-12 could add tothat risk? This is important information for you and anyone you care for whena surgical procedure is scheduled.Scott Conard, M.D., is the founder of TienaHealth,an organization of medical doctors in primarycare practice who emphasize healthy lifestylesto maintain wellness. Dr. Conard is considereda national expert on disease prevention.TienaHealth also conducts clinical trials.Scott Conard, M.D.Founder, TienaHealthB-12 Updateby Dr. Scott Conard
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 7“Super B-12 has made sucha difference in our lives,...”“It was almost three years agothat my wife and I startedusing TriVita Super Sublin-gual B-12 for energy, and wecouldn’t be happier about our choice. Mywife, who is 75 years young, operates her ownhouse-cleaning business. To say that SuperB-12 has been an energy booster for her isputting it mildly: she cleans a home each day– sometimes two! I don’t know many peopleher age who can keep up a schedule like that. Ioperate multiple businesses myself, and SuperB-12 is a great help to me, too.About a year and a half ago I started cleaningyards part-time for both exercise, and to bringin a little extra money. Now at 84 years young,I can say I always feel better by being outsidedoing yard work, and I know Super B-12 getsa lot of the credit for helping me to carry outthis kind of work. I can’t tell you what it meansto me to have the energy and stamina to workoutdoors sometimes for hours at a time.We really appreciate TriVita and its fineproducts. Since Super B-12 has made sucha difference in our lives, of course we triedNopalea, the new wellness drink, and we likeit, too. Thank you, TriVita!”Ed J., Affiliate Member – Lawton, OK“I was astonished… athow quickly my energylevel went from extra lowto extra high.”“I am a National Square DanceCaller and call dances all overthe U.S. Recently, I discovered TriVita’s SuperSublingual B-12 and decided to take someright before a dance. I was feeling tired andwondered where I could possibly get someenergy to help everyone have a good time.So I took the Super Sublingual B-12 productI had just ordered. I was astonished at howquickly my energy level went from extra lowto extra high. I did better square dance callingthat night and the next day than I ever didbefore. I love Super Sublingual B-12 and havealready ordered more.”Lottie A., Affiliate Member – Eros, LAsuccess storiesFaster-acting, longer-lasting and more potentthan ever before with three times the Vitamin B-12TriVita Super Sublingual B-12 helps you achieve:• Sustained mental energy, stamina and alertness• Improved mood with a more positive outlook on life• Greater mental focus, clarity and concentration• Sharper memory with less forgetfulnessPlus, Super Sublingual B-12 gives your brain and nervesthe essential nutrients they need to help replenish brainfuel and help repair damaged nerves. And all this is yourswith a convenient, once-a-day tablet.Alfred Libby, M.D. – Inventor of TriVita Sublingual B-12, B-6 & Folic AcidDr. Libby, a renowned nutraceutical pioneer, worked to help hundreds of patients feelbetter every day. An associate of Dr. Linus Pauling (Nobel Prize Laureate), Dr. Libbydeveloped this unique, sublingual delivery system for his own patients. It wasknown to give similar mental energy results as B-12 shots, but without theshots’ added pain and expense.Alfred Libby, M.D.SUPER SUBLINGUALB-12AVAILABLEEXCLUSIVELY FROMTRIVITAFor maximum sustainedmental energy takeTriVita SuperSublingual B-12Call toll-free to order 1-800-991-7116or visit us at trivita.comTriVita SuperSublingual B-12#33356Non-Member $28.99Member $22.99Redeem with 230 VitaPointsSPECIALPRICE
8 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comSummer may be synonymous with outdoorfun, but too much heat exposure can bedangerous, leading to conditions such asheat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke – andsometimes even death. From 1979-2003, exces-sive heat exposure led to 8,015 deaths in theUnited States. That’s more deaths from heatexposure than from hurricanes, lightning,tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined.Take precautionsWhen extreme heat hits, protect yourself andloved ones against heat-related illnesses byapplying these tips from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention (CDC):• Drink plenty of fluids – During hot weather,increase your fluid intake and don’t wait todrink until you’re thirsty. If exercising,drink even more.• Wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen –Choose lightweight, light-colored, looseclothing. If you must go outdoors, wear awide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and applysunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.• Schedule outdoor activities carefully – If youmust be outdoors, try to limit your activityto morning and evening hours. Rest oftenin shady areas.• Stay cool indoors – Stay indoors and ifpossible, in an air-conditioned room. If yourhome doesn’t have air conditioning, go to themall or public library. Some areas offerheat-relief shelters.• Monitor those at high risk – Infants andyoung children, adults over 65, people whoare overweight, and those who are ill are atincreased risk for heat-related illnesses.Recognize the signs of overheatingYour body cools itself by sweating and withcirculatory changes. But if heat increases tosuch a level that your body can’t handle it,or it can’t compensate for fluids and salt lostthrough perspiration, the temperature ofyour body’s inner core rises, which can leadto heat-related illnesses.Recognize the symptoms and learn thefirst aid treatment for these commonheat-related illnesses:Too hotto handleAvoiding heat-related illnessHeat Disorder Symptoms First AidHeat cramps Painful spasms usually in muscles of legs andabdomen. Heavy sweating.Firm pressure on cramping muscles, or gentle massage to relievespasm. Give sips of water. If nausea occurs, discontinue use.Heat exhaustion Heavy sweating, weakness. Skin cold, pale andclammy. Pulse fast and weak. Normal tempera-ture possible. Fainting and vomiting.Get victim out of sun. Have them lie down and loosen clothing.Apply cool wet cloths. Fan or move victim to cool room. Havethem sip water. If nausea occurs, discontinue use. If vomitingcontinues, seek immediate medical attention.Heat stroke (or sunstroke) High body temperature (106°F or higher).Hot dry skin. Rapid and strong pulse.Possible unconsciousness.Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Summon medicalassistance or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Delaycan be fatal. Move the victim to a cooler environment. Reducebody temperature with cold bath or sponging. Use extreme caution.Remove clothing, use fans and air conditioners. If temperature risesagain, repeat process. Do not give fluids.Food and heat: a dangerous comboSummer heat can harm you in yet another way: through spoiled food.Food-borne bacteria thrive in heat and quickly multiply on food, increasingyour chances of food poisoning. Help protect against food-borne illnesswhile outdoors this summer with these tips from the CDC:• Have disposable washcloths or moist towelettes available for washingyour hands and surfaces.• Keep raw meats and their juices away from other foods. Thoroughlywash anything that held or touched raw meat before using it forcooked food.• Cook meat and poultry completely at your picnic/outdoor site. Meatspartially cooked at home can encourage bacterial growth.• Replenish ice in your cooler as soon as it starts melting and keep coolersin the shadiest, coolest areas possible.By taking some simple and common-sense precautions, you can enjoya healthy, worry-free summer.
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 9You don’t have to turn onthe oven this summer tostay healthy. Save yourselffrom excess heat, and save somemoney on your utility bill byserving up some of my no-cook,healthy summer meals.Christa OrecchioLayer a hard-shelled blue corn taco withorganic canned black beans mixed with salsaon the bottom. Then layer with choppedromaine lettuce, tomatoes and thinly slicedred onions. Top with guacamole, more salsaand 1 teaspoon 2% Greek yogurt. Pair witha large green salad.Fiesta TacosRaw Stir-Fry Vegetables withPang-Pang SauceMix 1/2 can organic garbanzo (chick pea)beans with a few tablespoons of yourfavorite salsa and apple cider vinegar. Addsalt, pepper and fresh basil to taste. Includechopped celery, carrots and fresh stringbeans. Serve over mixed field greens,romaine lettuce or baby spinach.Chickpea Salad over Leafy Greens4 carrots, sliced3 zucchini, sliced1 head broccoli, chopped2 cups fresh basil1 1/2 cup coconut water1/2 cup raw almond butter2 T ginger1 T Himalayan pink salt1 T garlic, crushed2 T raw apple cider vinegar1 T sesame oil1/2 t chili powderBlend almond butter, coconut oil, cidervinegar and sesame oil together in a blender.Add vegetables and all other ingredients.Mix well and refrigerate for one hourbefore serving.No-cookhealthymealsforsummerBy Christa Orecchio,Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health CounselorHealthy Albacore Tuna Salad2 cans wild tunaJuice of full lemon½ cup green apple chopped½ cup celery chopped¼ cup olive oil or flax oil1 t sea salt1 t kelp flakes (found in the Asian section atthe health food store)Fresh ground pepper to tasteBefore eating mix in a handful of choppedwalnuts or sunflower seeds, and chives.8 ounces buckwheat soba noodles6 cups water1 bunch sunflower sprouts or peashoots, chopped1/2 cup chopped red radishes1/2 cup chopped celery1/2 cup chopped cucumberDressing:1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil1 T toasted sesame oil1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed butter; near thepeanut butter in the health food store)2 T tamari soy sauce2-inch piece grated fresh gingerJuice of 1/2 lemon Put soba noodles into a pot of 6 cups boilingwater. Cook until tender, no more than 8minutes, then rinse with cold water. Mixall vegetables and noodles in a large bowl.Combine ingredients for dressing in a smallbowl, or a container with a lid. Oncedressing is combined pour over noodlesand mix well.Cold Soba Noodle Salad
Like so many people, TriVitaemployees have experiencedremarkable results with Nopalea.This month, Jackie Phillips in theCARE Center shares the story ofher wellness challenges, and howNopalea has helped her thrive inboth her work and personal life.You may not recognize Jackie’s face, but ifyou’ve ever called the CARE Center youmight have heard her voice. Every day,she enthusiastically shares the excitement ofNopalea and other quality TriVita productswith people who call in to get information andplace orders. And if she doesn’t need to take abreath just to finish a sentence, then you’re“hearing” Nopalea at work.Like the other Wellness Consultants who helpTriVita Members, Jackie spends most of herworkdays talking on the phone. And beforeNopalea, that wasn’t always so easy.“I can finish a sentence without takinga second breath.”“I’m on the phone all day talking with peopleabout TriVita products, and because of abreathing condition I’ve had for over twodecades I always had to take a breath to be ableto finish a sentence. After taking Nopalea,though, I noticed that my lung capacity hasgreatly increased. I was delighted to realize thatI could talk more easily. Now, I can finish asentence without taking a second breath. Thiswas a new and wonderful experience!”Easier breathing wasn’t the only happy resultJackie experienced from Nopalea. For years,she had problems with inflamed,painful joints and muscles, and swollen ankles.“If I did a little bit of exercise, my muscleswould ache so much it would keep me up atnight,” she reports. “I couldn’t do the simplesthousehold chores, like mopping a floor, withoutsuffering from muscle and joint pain. As aresult, I wasn’t sleeping well. And being in painall the time just robs you of your joy.”That all changed after Nopalea, though.“After I started drinking Nopalea every day,the muscle and joint pain stopped, and theswelling in my ankles went away. I can walkmore quickly without being short of breath.I can now exercise all I want without fearof pain,” she says.Jackie is thrilled about her Nopalea results (youcan hear it in her voice), and doesn’t hesitate toshare the good news with others. “Several of myfamily members take Nopalea with greatsuccess,” she relates. She’s thrilled, too, aboutworking with a company whose products havehelped so many on their own wellness journeys.And, Jackie also enjoys additional benefitsfrom other TriVita products.“When I began working at TriVita I startedlearning what great nutritional supplementscan do for optimal health,” she says. She startedoff with Sublingual B-12, and her new energywas “amazing – I felt like crying, crying for joyfor the new me.” Jackie has also had great resultswith OmegaPrime®and CoEnzyme Q-10.All in all, joining TriVita has truly changedJackie’s life for the better. “Before comingto work here, I felt like I was 90 years old, butnow I am just 65 feelinglike 50. I feel so muchhealthier and have somuch more zest. I thankthe Lord for MichaelEllison and TriVita.”Experiencing Wellness within TriVitaJackie’s on the “hotline” for healthShespeaksuploudandclearaboutNopalea™Jackie PhillipsJunior Wellness ConsultantWith TriVita since 200810 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.com
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 11Did You Know?Buying the Nopalea 4-Pack letsyou save and shareIfyoupurchaseoneNopalea4-Packpermonth,you’llenjoysignificantper-bottlecostsavingsandyou’llhavemoreopportunitytotacklethatinflammationthatdidn’toccurovernight.Somepeoplemayneedfourbottlesamonth,justfortheirowninflammationissues.Youmayevenwanttoshareextrabottleswithfamilyandfriends,oranyoneelsewhocanbenefitfromthishealthyanti-inflammatorydrink.Remember,thenexttimeyouorderNopalea,pickthe4-Packandsave!For the last several months,stories have been flowing infrom people who have takenthe Nopalea Wellness Challenge.They offered powerful firsthand testi-monies about the amazing results fromthis astonishing wellness drink. It’sclear from these personal stories thatNopalea helps with a wide variety ofinflammation-related conditions. Andwhether you over-did it in a workout,or have swelling or soreness from toomuch yard work, Nopalea might beyour solution. So, if you’re not sureif Nopalea can help, just considerthese success stories from thrilledChallenge participants:• Curt M. said, “Thanks to Nopalea I cannow breathe and sleep easier. It dramaticallyhelped with chronic breathing and allergyproblems that I had agonized over fora long time.”• Bill A. suffered from chronic back problemsfor years and had to wear a back brace andtake pain pills just to get through the day.Bill gratefully reported that, “Within oneweek of taking the Nopalea WellnessChallenge, the pains in my back, hip, legand shoulder were noticeably reduced.”• According to Tami S., “After the firstmonth of taking Nopalea my weeklymigraines were reduced.”• Sandy Z. remarked, “I used to have veryhigh blood sugar. Shortly after starting theNopalea Wellness Challenge I was amazedto see that my glucose levels dropped dramat-ically. My doctor and family are thrilled, andI am so glad I gave Nopalea a chance.”• Joyce P. said, “The inflammation in my brainand skin is reduced and my neck, hip andhand pains are dramatically down.”So, what are you waiting for? If your conditionis inflammation-related (and most are), take theNopalea Wellness Challenge. Then we stronglyencourage you to share your success story withothers and you may receive a $25 Gift Card.Just email your product success story to:email@example.com, or mail to: TriVita Inc.,Attn: Story, 16100 N. Greenway Hayden Loop,Suite 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Once we getyour signed release you’ll get a $25 TriVita GiftCard as a thank-you.The Nopalea Loading PhaseWhen taking Nopalea for the firsttime, drink 3 to 6 ounces each day for30 days. Continue with the LoadingPhase until you break the cycle ofinflammation. Remember – only you know howmuch Nopalea you will need and for how long.Trust your intuition. If you think you need more –take more.Ready to take the Nopalea WellnessChallenge? See page 17 for more details.You don’t have to be in chronic pain or havea serious injury to enjoy strong resultsJust about everyone canbenefit from Nopalea™11 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comNopalea,abreakthroughinwellnessdrinksNopalea™#30710Non-Member $49.99Member $39.994-Pack SavingsNopalea™4-Pack#33400Non-Member $199.96Member $139.99Try this delicious wellness drink, with an exclusive blendof rare antioxidants called Betalains and other healthfulnutrients. Taking Nopalea daily can help your body:• Lessen inflammation • Promote optimal healthwhich causes pain right down to your cells• Cleanse itself • Protect againstof daily toxins premature agingDrink it and thrive!Call toll-free to order 1-800-991-7116.
Agave nectar as a sweetenerThe history of agaveWhat does science say aboutagave as a sweetener? First,let’s take a look at howagave has been used historically. Wecan go back several hundred years tothe Aztecs and other MesoamericanIndians who would use agave syrupinternally and externally to help fightoff infections, to help fend off bacteriathat might get into external wounds,and to help bolster digestion and tosettle the stomach.Benefits of agaveThe benefits of agave syrup have been studied inmodern times: For example, agave nectar wasstudied regarding its impact on cholesterol.Cholesterol may have a bad rap but it is anormal, natural part of human metabolism.In fact, we need cholesterol, but not an overpro-duction of cholesterol which happens because ofstress, when our immune system is disruptedand when our hormone systems are disrupted.It turns out that when we take agave, ourcholesterol level goes down, indicating thatit’s actually beneficial for our immune system,it’s beneficial as a stress reducer and it’s beneficialin helping us balance our hormones. Studieson agave nectar have also shown improvementsin markers of metabolic syndrome, a pre-diabetic condition.All things in moderationAll of this tells us that agave nectar is very goodin general. Now, we have to say that too muchof anything is going to be bad for you. Mostscientists are telling us that if we keep ourfructose intake to 12 grams or less per day, thenwe’re going to do quite well, and fructose is notgoing to be bad for us. Remember that number.Now, when we look at the amount of fructosethat comes in a single serving of Nopalea™, wefind that it is about 2-3 grams. So you can take5 or 6 servings of Nopalea in a single daywithout it becoming problematic. We gavepeople a 16 ounce bottle a day for three weeksand measured their blood sugar before theystarted taking it and again after three weeks.And you know what we found? No disturbancesin glucose metabolism. Cholesterol levels wentdown, kidney function improved and inflamma-tory markers like C-reactive protein came down.All of these things are attributed to the Nopalcactus superfruit, but in this array we mustinclude the benefits of agave nectar – and this isthe reason we use it. So, don’t drink too muchagave; don’t think that it’s the new all-you-can-eat food. You have to remember: everything inmoderation, nothing in excess. Remember too,that health only comes from healthy habitspracticed every day.Learn more about these and other wellness topics by dialing in to the Wellness Talksand signing up for Weekly Wellness Reports. Call 1-800-991-7116 today!Learn how to take control of your health and stay on top of criticalhealth issues with the Weekly Wellness Report and Wellness Talks.Below is just one example of what you might read or hear. Sign upfor the email today and call in every week!Brazos MinshewTriVita Chief Science Officer12 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comTriVita is a communityTwo ways to enjoy FREE Member Exclusives that help
Just dial in for potentialtopics that include:• Cholesterol – How it rises• Product questions• Healthy blood pressure• Healthy heart• 10 Essentials – how they affectyour quality of life• And much more!Join the live call…it’s easy and FREE…just dial in!Look for your emailedreport on vital healthtopics.Brazos Minshew has created aWeekly Wellness Report filledwith critical health information.His interesting, easy-to-understandarticles are written exclusively forthe Weekly Wellness Report andemailed to TriVita Members whohave a valid email address on file.Weekly Wellness topicsinclude:• Successful weight loss• Natural ways to helpimprove vision• Effective stress reduction• Healthy aging• And more!Call 1-800-991-7116 today to receiveyour FREE info-packed, email report!Days: Tuesdays – SaturdaysStart time: 7 a.m. PST/ 10 a.m. ESTLength of call: Approximately 15 min.Phone number: 1-866-739-2952Call passcode: 219192#Get dialed in to good health!Email your product-related questions firstname.lastname@example.org and BrazosMinshew may address them in futureWellness Talks.Want to stay updated and informed ona range of vital health topics? It’s easy,either by phone or email, with weeklyreports from Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s ChiefScience Officer. You’ll also learn about thescience behind various TriVita products andhow they can help you and people you know.1. Weekly Wellness Talks 2. Weekly Wellness Reports1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 13Call toll-free to order1-800-991-7116 orvisit us at trivita.comFeed your body the nutrients it maylack from an average diet: take SonoranBloom Wellavoh, the complete multi-nutrient complex. Wellavoh’s customizedmen’s and women’s formulas give you 22different vitamins and minerals.• The men’s formula supportsoptimal prostate, cholesterol andblood sugar health.• The women’s formula supportsoptimal bone, skin, hormoneand breast health.For a full list of ingredients visit trivita.com.Scientificallyformulated forMENScientificallyformulated forWOMENIt’sauniquemulti-nutrientcomplexthatsupportswellness,strengthandvitalityWellavoh is notyour ordinarymulti-vitaminWellavoh™Women #30740Men #30750Non-Member $62.99Member $49.99Redeem with 500 VitaPointsof Wellness Seekers!youonyourjourneytowellness–byPhoneandEmail
14 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comWith the explosion of cellphones,texting, mobile applications, gameconsoles and more, it can seem thatthe world is tethered to technology.Even if you keep electronics intheir proper place as conveniences,you may have a friend or familymember who could benefit fromthis look at a modern phenomenon:addiction to video games.Is a child in your life too plugged-in to theworld of video games? It’s happening moreand more, to the point where “video gameaddiction” is becoming a recognized mentaland behavioral disorder. In fact, the signs ofvideo game addiction are very much like the redflags for obsessive gambling.Of course, not everyone who plays videogames is addicted, and many youngsters (andadults) enjoy gaming because it lets them solveproblems, be creative, sharpen hand-eye coordi-nation and even improve language and mathskills. That may help explain why last year, over11 million people played the wildly popular“World of Warcraft,” an online, fee-basedmultiplayer game.Still, like any obsessive behavior, video gameaddiction can shut a child off to other healthyaspects of life.“Fun” that goes too far: warning signsOne study of young people’s gaming habitsshowed that almost one in 10 were displayingthe same types of behavior that characterizegambling addiction. This is called “pathological”gaming, and it’s a growing problem as videogames become more a part of everyday “virtual”life. The damage can affect family and socialrelationships, school performance and/or overallpsychological health.Compared to non-pathological gamers, thoseaddicted to gameplay tend to exhibit these signs:• Lying to family and friends about videogame usage• Using video games to escape from problemsor bad feelings• Becoming restless or irritable when trying tostop playing video games• Skipping homework to play video games• Doing poorly on a school assignment or testbecause of time spent playing video gamesThese video game “addicts” are reported tospend about 24 hours each week playinggames. In addition to the problems above,they also tend to have more physical healthproblems than those whose gaming activitiesare under control.What can be done?As players “win” at video games, they advanceto new levels, and this can make it difficult tostop playing. Experts urge parents to talk withtheir children about gaming, to set limits ongaming time, and to explain why limits area good idea.Unlike, say, a board game, video games can’t bestopped at any point without losing a player’sprogress. Gamers usually need to get to a pointwhere they can save their play, so it can beuseful for a parent to give a 15-minute warningbefore they want a child to stop. If a child claimshe can’t stop after 15 minutes, that’s a sign thatthe game needs to be turned off.Video game addiction is a serious issue, andshouldn’t be ignored as just a “stage.” In fact, it’sbecome such a major issue that the AmericanMedical Association has considered including itin its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of MentalDisorders. If you’re concerned about the gamingbehaviors of a child in your life, consulting withyour family’s healthcare provider is a good place to start.Family HealthAddiction toelectronicsisn’t a gameIs someone you knowshowing signs of trouble?
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 15imple words can’t beginto express my gratitudeto TriVita.” With theseimpassioned thoughts Susie M.recounts her amazing recovery fromserious illness. “I have taken Nopaleafor just one month, and the changeand improvements in my health havebeen nothing less than miraculous.”For many years Susie suffered from variousautoimmune diseases, inflammation, allergiesand chronic breathing problems. “Now, forthe first time in seven years, I feel great,” sheexclaims. “I thank our God and TriVita for thegift of Nopalea. It has tremendously improvedmy life. After long periods of chronic infections,debilitating breathing problems and countlessrounds of steroids and antibiotics, I amexperiencing a wellness that amazes me.”A lengthy struggle against illnessSusie battled numerous debilitating conditionsfor most of her adult life. “I didn’t really want tobe an unhealthy person,” says this Ashburn,Virginia resident, “so I just kept pushingthrough, focusing on my goals, my relationshipsand the wonderful journey called life.” Susieconsiders herself an eternal optimist. However,about seven years ago, she was no longer able topretend that she was healthy. Susie’s life beganto deteriorate in ways that compromised herquality of life, her work and her ability to beactively involved in the lives of her husbandand children. Her chronic respiratory infectionsand allergies were “off the charts” and shotswere not an option due to the severity of herallergies. Susie’s doctors were bewildered andunable to help, beyond managing the symptomswith countless steroids and antibiotics.All these problems were severelyaffecting her career as a marriageand family therapist, with a fullclient load, as well as teaching,speaking and writing. Then in 2003,more misery came into her life whenshe was diagnosed with a malignant tumor inher thyroid. Luckily, after surgery and treat-ments, she has been tumor-free for over sixyears. However, this cycle of illness preventedher from working with others to fulfill her life’spurposes… and to be actively involved in thelives of her children.Nopalea’s magnificent impactSusie seemed to be at the end of her tether,when the miracle she was looking for camealong… and it was called Nopalea. This aston-ishing wellness drink caused an amazingtransformation. “After only two weeks oftaking Nopalea, my husband and I went on athree-hour hike,” she remembers. “I was notonly able to keep up, but there was no recoverytime, no backlash or consequences to thisrigorous activity.” Her husband, John, remarked,“How wonderful it was to have my wife back.”After continuing to take Nopalea, Susie hadbarely any allergy or breathing troubles, evenafter walking at least 45 minutes every day, andin spite of the fact that the pollen count was sohigh that various media outlets were advisingpeople to stay inside. “I am thrilled to say thatsince taking Nopalea I have been able to go onlong walks and breathe easier than ever. BeforeNopalea, I was not able to do any physicalactivity for the past four years.”Sharing their hope for a healthier futureSusie and John have talked extensively abouttheir dreams and goals and have decided tobuild a successful TriVita business, in order tobless others and fulfill their life purposes.“We feel that we have been called upon to sharethe overflowing wellness that is availablethrough Nopalea,” Susie enthuses. “We aretelling everyone we know about the hope andhealth that are available to them. We arefocused and faith-filled as we build a businessthat will offer health and wellness to so many inneed. TriVita and Nopalea have blessed us, andwe know that we can and will make a differencein many lives around the world.”* There are no guarantees regarding income. Like anyother business, success or failure depends on partici-pants’ own skills and efforts.* You should not stop taking any medication withoutfirst consulting your healthcare provider.Have you takenthe NopaleaWellness Challenge?See page 17.Susie is nolonger “waitingfor a miracle”“Iam thrilledtosaythatsincetakingNopaleaIhavebeenableto goonlongwalksandbreatheeasierthaneverbefore.”– SusieMember SpotlightAfter countless failed treatments,Nopalea™ has dramaticallyimproved her health“
16 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comThe Nopalea Wellness ChallengeJoin the scores of people who are tThey’re enjoying incrediblehealth benefits from Nopalea…why not you too! Mandy H. – Potomac Falls, VA Andrea S. – San Diego, CAHere are just a few of theamazing stories fromthrilled people who areexperiencing improved healthwith Nopalea. Now it’s your turn!So, take the Nopalea WellnessChallenge and give yourself thebenefits of Nopalea that havehelped so many others.“I’ve not felt this well in a long, long time!”“I’d love to share my testimony about how muchNopalea has improved my life!I’ve suffered from migraines for over 14 years.These migraines have sometimes lasted for dayson end. Some migraines are hormonal, but othersare due to inflammation. I was just about to goto the doctors to get a prescription for thiscondition when my mom suggested Nopalea. Istarted with the Nopalea Loading Phase aboutthree weeks ago and have been feeling great! Ihave hardly had any migraines except the oneday I didn’t take Nopalea. When I forgot totake Nopalea while I was away from my houseall day, the inflammation started at the base ofthe back of my head and moved forward into afull-blown migraine.Usually, I have a headache even when I don’thave a migraine. Those are gone, too! One day,when I felt one coming on, I reached for Nopaleainstead of a pain reliever. Just two ounces ofNopalea took my headache away.I’ve not felt this well in a long, long time!”*Mandy H., Member – Potomac Falls, VA“I noticed that the pain and inflammation inmy neck and shoulders subsided greatly.”“Wow! I love TriVita’s Sonoran Bloom Nopalea…it’s fantastic! Two days after beginning theNopalea Loading Phase, I noticed that the painand inflammation in my neck and shoulderssubsided greatly. By the fourth day, I was almostcompletely free of inflammation and neck pain. Ihave now been taking Nopalea each day for overa month. I sleep better, my neck feels good andmy constant fatigue and body ache symptomshave all subsided. I am so grateful to be pain freeand feeling better.I am very hypersensitive to foods, medicines andsupplements so in my case, I started out by takingthree ounces, and after just three days I went totwo ounces a day. I have already shared Nopaleawith two friends and they love the taste. Aftercompleting the Nopalea Loading Phase, one ofmy friends has noticed that it is helping to clearup her chronic cough.Thank you for making such a wonderful productthat can help so many different people withhealth issues.”Andrea S., Member – San Diego, CA“Nopalea is a wonderful, wonderful miraclethat has given me tremendous relief.”“I have taken several TriVita products with greatsuccess. About two months ago I ordered Nopaleaand consumed a couple of bottles. Then I decidedto purchase two more bottles. One day I got outof bed and had such pain in my big left toe that Iliterally cried. I got down on my knees and prayedfor help. It was early in the morning and I hadnothing in the house for pain. Then I opened therefrigerator and saw the bottle of Nopalea. I knewit worked for inflammation and pain and I wasdesperate, so I took the suggested Loading Phaseof three ounces.Within a half hour, I was feeling much less painand I stayed pain-free for the rest of the day. Infact, later that afternoon I got on my bicycle androde to church 15 miles away. The next dayI woke up with similar toe pain, but not quite asbad. I once again took three ounces, and as theprevious day, experienced quick relief. That nightI took three ounces before I went to bed. Therewas no pain the following morning. Nopalea is awonderful, wonderful miracle that has given metremendous relief.”Harry E., Affiliate Member – Arcadia, FL
thriving with Nopalea™What is the Nopalea Wellness Challenge?The Nopalea Wellness Challenge was createdto show the power of Nopalea in helping thebody reduce chronic inflammation quickly.Completing a Nopalea Loading Phase canhelp ease the “fire” raging in our bodies. Putyourself to the Challenge today!• Drink 3 to 6 ounces of chilled Nopaleaeach day for 30 days.• Fill out the Nopalea Challenge Form,which will be included in your firstNopalea order, to track your progressduring the Challenge.• Read The Secret Killer Health Alert, alsoincluded in your first Nopalea order.• Experience incredible wellness. Shareyour story with us by emailing to:email@example.com.Harry E. – Arcadia, FL Daughters of Judy H. – Henrico, VA Steve N. – Carlsbad, CA“It is totally worth it to see both of mydaughters in less pain.”“I purchased Nopalea for my oldest daughter afew months ago because she suffers pain in herlower back and legs. She has spent thousands ofdollars in medical bills and nothing has helped.My daughter said she would try Nopalea if Ibought it. After one month on this wellnessdrink, she could tell a huge difference and nowdoesn’t go a day without it. She finally has relieffrom her pain.My youngest daughter was experiencing painin her arm and left leg. Her arm pain eventuallywent away, but the leg cramp continued. Thedoctor suggested that she take an over-the-counter pain reliever for 10 days, but I decidedto order her the Nopalea.Soon after taking the Loading Phase every day,her pain became less consistent and she nowrarely has any pain. Car rides or sitting for longperiods of time used to be very uncomfortablefor her. Now it doesn’t bother her at all. Nopaleatastes really good too, and it is totally worth itto see both of my daughters in less pain. “ *Judy H., Member – Henrico, VA“I think it really helped my recovery fromthe hip operation.”“For over a year I suffered with a progressivelydegenerative condition which caused chronicswelling, stiffness and pain in my left hip. At firstthe pain was just a twinge, but then it progressedto be so painful my co-workers joked that Iwalked ‘like an orangutan.’ At first, pool therapyhelped a bit but then it made no difference andthe pain got progressively worse. When X-rayswere taken, it was evident that my left hip jointwas completely calcified yet my right hip showedno damage. Given this information, I was a‘perfect’ candidate at age 48 for a total hipreplacement. I was told to expect two days in thehospital, two weeks on crutches and to not beable to drive a car for six weeks. The totalrecovery was expected to be two months.I started drinking Nopalea two months before myoperation and continued doing so after. I think itreally helped my recovery from the hip operationbecause I only needed the crutches for 10 days. Iwas walking comfortably and driving safely justthree weeks to the date after the operation. Myphysical therapist, family and friends becamequite interested in the product as they watchedmy steady recovery, and it was an easy sell to getthem started. Thank you for making thisoutstanding product!”Steve N., Affiliate Member – Carlsbad, CA*You should not stop taking any medication without first consulting your healthcare provider.1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 17
18 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comTheResearch DeskNew findings in health and wellnessConnection between walking and better healthBaton Rouge, LouisianaWalking may help prevent metabolic syndrome, according to a study in the May 2010 American Journal ofPreventive Medicine. Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors which together increase the risk of heart diseaseand type 2 diabetes.Researchers examined the results of a 2005-2006 study which measured the number of steps 1,146 people took perday. Participants were divided into three groups: those who walked fewer than 5,000 steps per day, 5,000 to 9,999steps per day and 10,000 or more steps per day.About 56% of people in the “sedentary” group (fewer than 5,000 steps per day) had metabolic syndrome, versus13% in the 10,000+ steps group.Risk factors that can make up metabolic syndrome include excess weight in the abdomen, high triglycerides, lowHDL cholesterol, high blood pressure, insulin resistance or elevated blood glucose levels.Bartender, another round of… tissue? Alcohol linkedwith increased allergy riskCopenhagen, DenmarkDrinking alcohol is associated with an increased risk of perennial (year-round) allergies, according to a recentstudy in Clinical and Experimental Allergy.In the study, 5,870 allergy-free women, aged 20-29, were asked to fill out a food frequency/lifestyle questionnaire atthe beginning of the study and were contacted between seven and nine years later. At that time, 831 women haddeveloped seasonal allergies while 523 had developed perennial allergies. Researchers discovered that the highertheir alcohol intake, the likelier the women were to have developed year-round allergies. Seasonal allergies did notappear to be affected by alcohol consumption.Diet rich in B vitamins lowers heart riskOsaka, JapanA diet high in the B vitamins folate and B-6 may lower the risk of death from stroke and heart diseasefor women, and may reduce the risk of heart failure in men, it was reported in Stroke: Journal of theAmerican Heart Association.Researchers at Osaka University analyzed data from 23,119 men and 35,611 women that were part of the JapanCollaborative Cohort Study. Based on food frequency questionnaires, they found that higher amounts of dietaryfolate and B-6 were associated with fewer deaths from heart failure in men, and fewer deaths from stroke, heartdisease and total cardiovascular diseases in women.Expressing gratitude may strengthen relationshipsTallahassee, FloridaExpressing gratitude toward a friend or loved one may strengthen your relationship, according to study resultsfrom Florida State University in Tallahassee.In the three-week study, 75 participants were assigned to one of four groups: the first group increased theirexpressions of gratitude to a partner or friend; the second group paid close attention to daily activities andreported on them twice a week; the third group brought up positive memories to their partner/friend twicea week; and the fourth group was instructed to pay attention to events that made them feel grateful towarda partner/friend. Those who expressed gratitude reported more relationship strength at the end of the study than thosein the other groups.
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 19Real answers to the questions kids askEveryday mysteries…1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 19Everyone knows that kids saythe “darndest” things – butthey also ask the “darndest”questions! Be ready withanswers, or even put kids to thetest with these questions aboutlife’s everyday mysteries from theLibrary of Congress.Is it true that no two snow crystals are alike?Yes. The probability that two snow crystals will beexactly alike, in molecular structure and in appear-ance, is very minute. And to prove otherwise wouldnot be easy. Each winter there are about 1 septillion(1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 or a trilliontrillion) snow crystals that drop from the sky.How do fortunes get inside of fortune cookies?The cookies are baked as flat circles. After they areremoved from the oven, slips of paper are foldedinside while the cookies are still warm and flexible.As the fortune cookies cool, they harden into shape.Why does chopping an onion make you cry?Unstable chemicals. Onions produce a chemicalirritant that stimulates your eyes’ tear glands.Why do geese fly in a V?First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightlyabove the bird in front of him, resulting in areduction of wind resistance. The second benefitto the V formation is that it is easy to keep track ofevery bird in the group. Flying in formation mayassist with the communication and coordinationwithin the group.Why don’t I fall out when a roller coaster goesupside down?Gravity is counteracted by the force of acceleration,which is the force that pushes you forward.Why do fingers and toes wrinklein the bathtub?The outermost layer of the skin swells when itabsorbs water. It is tightly attached to the skinunderneath, so it compensates for the increasedarea by wrinkling. However, new research isinvestigating the role of digital vasoconstriction(narrowing of blood vessels) in water immersionwrinkling of the skin.How does an hourglass measure time?By using carefully calculated amounts of sand. Also,the type and quality of sand is key. It must have arate of flow that does not fluctuate. Sand that is toocoarse will wear away the glass, eventually makingthe neck too large. Most important is the ratio ofthe neck (the hole, or tube) width to the diameterof the sand particles. solvedMore“mystery”funfacts• Though uncommon, you cansometimes hear thunder whenit’s snowing.• You can tell the temperature bylistening to the chirp of a cricket. To geta rough estimate of the temperaturein degrees Fahrenheit, count thenumber of chirps in 15 seconds andthen add 37. The number you getwill be an approximation of theoutside temperature.• Some bats’ hearing is so keen they canhear the footsteps of an insect walkingon sand more than six feet away.• Sneezes can travel at a speed of 100miles per hour and the wet spray canradiate five feet.• An average scalp has 100,000-150,000 hairs.• Every part of the coconut is used. As aresult, coconuts are called the “Tree ofLife” and can produce drink, fiber, food,fuel, utensils, musical instruments andmuch more.
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On My Mindcontinued from page 3...TriVita’s House of Giving and Life Outreach International have partneredto provide pure, fresh water for children and their families:• Over 1 billion people throughout the world do not haveaccess to pure, fresh water.• Waterborne illnesses run rampant in these areas.• Just a $4.80 donation can save one person’s life.• With your donation, you can leave a legacy by givingthe gift of life.Your tax-deductible gift can be combined with others to create newwells – providing water to thousands of people for a lifetime! Last year,we saved 21,000 lives. This year, our goal is to save even more!Want to make a difference?Call 1-800-991-7116 and a Wellness Consultant will be happy to takeyour tax-deductible donation along with your order.You can mail your donation to:House of Giving16100 N. Greenway Hayden LoopSuite 950Scottsdale, AZ 85260You can make alasting differenceYour contribution will touch countless lives1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 21We value your feedback.Please send your comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org mail to Editor, c/o TriVita, Inc., 16100 N. GreenwayHayden Loop, Suite 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260Inspiring quotes that celebrate summer“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, thebirds are singing and the lawn mower is broken.” – James Dent“Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.”– Barry Cornwall“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon… the two most beautiful words in theEnglish language.” – Henry James“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invinciblesummer.” – Albert Camus“In summer, the song sings itself.” – William Carlos Williams“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.” – Sam Keen“A life without love is like a year without summer.” – Swedish Proverbhandles controlling the wing, but running with a 30 pound pack onmy back against the resistance of the wind was difficult and I wasn’tbraced enough when the winds grabbed hold of the wing. I suddenlyfound myself being dragged down to the ground, with him followingsuit. With the heavy pack on my back, I didn’t have the strength inmy body to get myself up!Finally after floundering like a turtle on its back, I made it up andwe attempted to run toward the edge of the cliff again. I almost feltlike we were in a three-legged race! As the wind caught the wing,it began to lift us up slightly, but would continue to dip down, somy legs were still running even after we were airborne! I must havelooked like a hamster in a wheel as we finally lifted off the grassyarea. My goal of trying to look cool and experienced was shot downin front of witnesses – quite embarrassing, to say the least!When I finally got into the seat comfortably and we were airborne,I thought my heart was going to pound out of my chest. But thenI took a deep breath and viewed my surroundings. As I lookeddown at the magnificent ocean and the green hillsides, I wascompletely in awe. I suddenly felt very secure in the chair andbegan to take photos. Large birds were flying around us along witha handful of other paragliders. It was truly an experience I willnever forget. We flew for 45 minutes before we had to land on thebeach since the winds had died down too much to allow landingback at the gliderport.I can’t describe the way I felt when it was all said and done. Thewhole experience made me so pleased with myself that at thisstage of my life, I actually did something extremely daring anduncharacteristic. I now find myself wondering what else I cantake on! You see, staying in a comfort zone can create a rut. I reada quote recently by Lawrence J. Peter that said, “A rut is a gravewith the ends knocked out.” I’m not telling everyone to go jumpoff a cliff, but sometimes you need to experience a little discomfortto get more comfortable. What areas of your life do you consideruncharted territory? Take some time this summer to explore themand you might just improve your life!
by Dr. JudyLife is a daring adventure…or nothing. – Helen KellerJudy Ellison, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author andmotivational speaker. She has inspired people aroundthe world to reach within and find their passionatepurpose to live a more meaningful life.22 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comOne nightlast week Iwas out todinner with a fewfriends. The topicturned to making awish list of thingsto do before our lives were over.We discussed the usual thingsat the top of everyone’s list –traveling to faraway places anddaring to do the things we’vealways wanted to try.We laughed as we reminiscedabout the scenes from a 2007movie, “The Bucket List”with Jack Nicholson andMorgan Freeman.Daring to do the extraordinaryThis movie is about two terminally ill men,Carter Chambers (Freeman) and Edward Cole(Nicholson), who decide to make their wish listscome true and begin a daring adventure of travelaround the world. They start crossing items offthe list as they go sky-diving together, get tattooson their hands, drive a Shelby Mustang, go on alion safari in Africa and ride motorcycles on theGreat Wall of China.After discussing the movie with my friends, Idecided to rent the movie and have a few goodlaughs again and find inspiration for my own list.I wanted to experience extraordinary adventurein my life. I wasn’t prepared for the message thatseemed to shout at me as I watched the movie forthe second time.I was stunned into silence as I viewed the sceneof Carter and Edward atop a tomb, viewing theEgyptian pyramids. They confide in each otherabout faith and family, revealing that Carter haslong been feeling less in love with his wife andthat Edward is deeply hurt by his estrangementwith his only daughter.Carter tells Edward that the ancient Egyptianshad a beautiful belief about death – when thesouls arrived at the entrance gate of heaventhey were asked two questions. Their answerswould determine whether they were admittedor not. The two questions asked were, “Haveyou found joy in your life?” and “Has your lifebrought joy to others?”I put the movie on pause as I reflected on thisscene. These two questions about giving andreceiving joy seemed to sum up for me themeaning of life and the two most importantthings to put on my “list” along with the otherextraordinary adventures already listed there.George Bernard Shaw said it so well in his poemThe True Joy of Life:“This is the true joy of life.The being used for a purposeRecognized by yourself as a mighty one.”In short, what is it that you are here to do? Whatpulls you out of bed in the morning and keepsyou awake at night with excitement and won’tlet you go? What tasks must you do to makeyour own music on this planet? You know.Deep down you know.Dare to find joyThe bottom line here is that you should findmeaning and happiness in everything you chooseto put on your “bucket list,” whether it’s theAfrican Safari or writing a letter asking someoneyou’ve hurt to forgive you. Don’t get hung up ontrying to compete with others and their lists.Do what’s meaningful to you.Maybe it’s time to discover the real joy inyour life.Judy Ellison, Ph.D.Daring towrite your“BucketList”
your body, His Temple – 1 Cor. 6:19-20Don’t take a vacationfrom your givingBy Chaplain Gene HendersonGene Henderson“Each man should give whathe has decided in his heart togive, not reluctantly or undercompulsion, for God loves acheerful giver.”– 2 Corinthians 9:7Imagine if God went onvacation. Nothing long-term,mind you, just a week ortwo off in the summer to re-charge, spend timeadmiring His handiwork, and then get backto loving and providing for us. Of course it’sunthinkable… but that’s what many folks dowhen they “take a break” this time of yearfrom their spirituality. I’m not just talkingabout skipping church here, but skipping theopportunity to share what we have with others.With vacations and “summer hours” duringthis season, it’s easy to forget that the needsof those less fortunate are present year ‘round,and not just during the cold winter holidays.So I’m suggesting that we borrow a slogan fromthe stores and shopping malls, and revivethe real spirit of charity and love behind“Christmas in July.” Let’s let our giving spiritbe manifest this summer, and not take a vacationfrom generosity.Some misunderstand the nature of givingEven when we don’t stop to appreciate ourblessings, take part in a worship service or give tochurch and charity, God is always present, givingto us. Let’s look at this idea of giving in depth: Ithink some people misunderstand the nature ofgiving that God spells out in Scripture.So many times, we think that giving is a form ofsuffering. The idea seems to be that if it reallyhurts, it’s really spiritual, but I don’t think that’swhat God intends at all. Let’s say you have $20 inyour pocket ‘til next payday, you’re in church,and you feel the need to “dig deep” when theoffering plate comes around. If you throw that$20 in the plate, I think God’s reaction might be,“Whoa, what are you going to do for gas? Don’tput that $20 in there – I never said that!” Whatour Lord did say, in 2 Corinthians, is that Heloves a “cheerful giver.” Notice that He didn’t say“reckless giver” or “impulsive giver.” By “cheerful,”He means giving out of our blessings… planningto give… sharing with others as generously aspossible. Scripture tells us that we are blessed tobe a blessing in the lives of others. Certainly,there are times to give out of your need and todig deep for God.Remember, as we learn in 2 Corinthians 9:6,“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows generously will also reapgenerously.” If you donate to church or charityjust occasionally, and out of a feeling of obliga-tion, well, you’ll reap only occasional grace. Butif you give in the spirit of faith and love, sharingyour abundance as you’re able, you will begenerously blessed. Think of yourself in thatchurch pew with your last $20. You’re sittingthere with no plan for giving, you didn’t discussthe situation with God, and now you hearsomebody preach and you start feeling guilty.“Gosh,” you might think to yourself, “what willGod think of me if I don’t give this money?” Godhas told us to prepare in advance for our giving.After all, how can we be “cheerful givers” if ourgift means not feeding our family this week? Inthe Amplified Version, 2 Corinthians 9:10 goeson to say: “And (God) Who provides seed for thesower and bread for eating will also provide andmultiply your (resources for) sowing and increasethe fruits of your righteousness (which manifestsitself in active goodness, kindness, and charity).”So now, in July, the year 2010 is more than halfgone. Now is the time for Christmas in July, forremembering that giving is an all-year event.Now we should be praying about our plan forthe rest of the year, so that we can give out ofjoy. Will you help out at a soup kitchen oncea week? Give an extra $5 regularly to yourchurch’s building fund? Donate that mostprecious gift of time to volunteer at a seniorcenter or crisis shelter?Keep that idea of sowing and reaping in mind.The question we all need to ask ourselves thissummer is, “What can I do now to plant thatharvest so I can give cheerfully?” Truly, givingis a way to honor and worship God, year ‘round. July 2010 l 23“Whoever sows sparingly will alsoreap sparingly, and whoeversows generously will alsoreap generously.”– 2 Corinthians 9:6
24 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comTriVita has beena trusted healthsolutions providersince 1999. We now offera full array of nutritionalproducts that support thewhole person. Plus, wehave regularly introducednew products in the past11 years – most notablySonoran Bloom™Nopalea™– which have dramaticallyimproved the lives ofmany people.“My CRP levels hadplunged from 13 to 6.7”“I used to be very melancholyand low on energy, with lotsof aches and pains. I also hadmy blood tested and wasalarmed to find out that my C-reactive protein(CRP) level was extremely high. CRP is acommon measurement of cardiovascular risk.I then ordered my first case of Nopalea andimmediately put this product to the test by nottaking any other products that would influencemy CRP levels. Just four weeks later, aftertaking the recommended Loading Phase ofNopalea every day, I went in for another bloodtest. I was overjoyed with the results. My CRPlevels had plunged from 13 to 6.7.”Christine S., Affiliate Member – White Rock, BC“Thank God forAdaptogen. It keeps mefeeling like I can getthrough each day withoutfeeling overwhelmed.”“When my wife asked me threeyears ago what I thought of her going tomedical school, I had no idea what a journey itwould evolve into. Between moving a couplethousand miles away and having to find a newjob, I knew our lives were going to get a littlemore stressful. Now living in New York andexpecting our first baby, life can come at uspretty fast. Not to mention being an executiveat a healthcare startup that demands morehours than are in the day. Caffeine from endlessamounts of coffee wasn’t doing the trick. I wasalways stressed out and irritable. Then Iwas introduced to Adaptogen 10 Plus.Since then, I not only feel more refreshed,but I feel a sense of calmness. ThankGod for Adaptogen. It keeps me feelinglike I can get through each day withoutfeeling overwhelmed. I am better able toconcentrate and focus at work. TriVita’shigh quality products are the best!”Ryan S., Affiliate Member – Staten Island, NY“Thank you for awonderful, naturalproduct that has changedmy life enormously.”“I was assigned to Afghanistanwith the Department ofState. Once I returned to the U.S. I becameconfused, moody and could cry at the slightestunpleasant incident. I was also anxiousbecause of my poor short-term memory.My confidence level was very low and I wasconstantly despondent.Then a friend of mine recommended SuperSublingual B-12. I ordered a box and beganto take it. My learning skills rebounded, mymoodiness was now under control and I wasno longer crying ‘at the drop of a hat.’ I haveused Super Sublingual B-12 ever since and haverecommended it to my family, friends and workcolleagues. Now it’s making a difference intheir lives as well.”Debbie A., Affiliate Member – currently stationedoverseas with the State Department"I am so excited by howmuch it’s helped with myskin condition.”“I had a severe skin conditioncausing itchy and sore patchesof red skin. I was miserable withthe pain and suffering. My scalp conditionwas especially bad and I was afraid I wouldeventually lose my hair. There were times whenit was difficult for me to lay back on anythinghard because it would hurt so bad. I tried justabout everything to get rid of this condition,including steroids and different ointments.Then I started on the Nopalea Loading Phaseof three to six ounces every day for the entirebottle. I was thrilled by the results. Nopaleahas been working great, and I am so excited byhow much it’s helped with my skin condition.My skin is getting so much better, my scalp isalmost all cleared up and many of the lesionsall over my body have gone away.”*Melissa M., Affiliate Member – Prescott, AZExperiencing wellness
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 25“My feet no longerare swollen and I havea ton of energy.”“After taking Nopalea fora short while, I realized myfeet didn’t swell and I had aton of energy. I used to have a lot of pain inmy shoulder and a surgeon recommendedsurgery. Since taking Nopalea, my finger, neckand shoulder are all pain-free. I’m 55 and amback to exercising every day. I feel great whendone and I don’t need pain killers to recover.As a result I’m losing weight and getting myswimmer’s body back!”Michael F., Affiliate Member – Poughkeepsie, NY“... I feel like a very young76-year-old person.”“I can’t begin to tell you what adifference Sublingual B-12 hasmade in my life. A few monthsago I had a complete physicaland told the doctor about my lack of energy.At first I started taking every vitamin on theshelves, plus sleep aids until I realized howmuch it was costing me. Now, thanksto Sublingual B-12, I feel like a very young76-year-old person.”Sophia P., Member – Mauldin, SC“My overall health hasbeen greatly improved.”“I am a former college basketballand baseball player with bloodsugar issues. Recently, myweight slowly increased until Iwas at 240 pounds. I started the LeanologySystem seven days ago and have already lostfive pounds. I have also seen a big decreasein blood glucose. By keeping my blood sugarlevels closer to normal and getting back toan ideal weight, my overall health has beengreatly improved. Thank you for such a greatweight loss system.”Tommy R., Affiliate Member – Spring, TX“Sublingual B-12 hasgiven me lots more getup and go.”“I’ve been taking SublingualB-12 for about a year. Before Istarted it I felt terrible and didn’thave any pep. Sublingual B-12 has given melots more get up and go. I used to take a napevery day and I don’t have to do that anymore.”Vicki R., Member – Mount Wolf, PA“I easily lost the 10pounds in one month.”“My goal was to quickly lose10 pounds of fat. I admit it wasambitious. But desperate timescall for desperate measures. Itook six Leanology capsules per day, mostlywith lunch and dinner. I easily lost the 10pounds in one month. I also went from a size10 to a size 6. I also had lots more energy andpeople noticed!”Lisa I., Affiliate Member – Keams Canyon, AZ“It has improved my energy, focusand memory.”“I want to thank TriVita for Super SublingualB-12. I always notice how much better I feelwhen I take it. It has improved my energy, focusand memory, and kept me in good health. SuperSublingual B-12 is absolutely one of my favoritesand I always have some handy in my purseto share with others so that they can alsoexperience wellness.”Delfina F., Affiliate Member – Rochester, MI“Since starting TriVita’sEnergy Now! myenergy has increasedsubstantially.”“Since my teen years I have seennumerous doctors because ofextremely low energy. Every test came backnormal. I was no longer able to complete thenormal tasks of running my home and working.Since starting TriVita’s Energy Now! my energyhas increased substantially. I feel like I can livenormally and am able to make it through my daywithout an afternoon nap.”Gloria C., Affiliate Member – Coquitlam, BC“Nopalea has definitelyhelped ease the fires ofinflammation.”“I’ve suffered with an autoimmunecondition for 38 years. I alsohad chronic joint pain anddaily headaches, muscle cramping and bloodynoses. All these health problems were due toinflammation, and Nopalea has definitely helpedease the fires of inflammation in my body.”Phyllis K., Affiliate Member – Rimbey, ABYou should consult with a healthcare provider beforestarting any diet, exercise or supplementation program,before taking any medication, or if you suspect youmight have a heart problem. You should not stoptaking any medication without first consulting yourhealthcare provider.has made all the difference
26 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comJust because physical activity is acornerstone of health doesn’t meanthat it has to be routine or boring.This summer, take it up a notch withthese fun activity ideas. But rememberto take the proper safety precautions,drink plenty of water and use sunscreenwhen outdoors.Now, time to get moving!Put it on ice – Escape the summer heat at an iceskating rink. Strap on some figure or hockey skatesand give it a whirl.Join a league – Want to enjoy activity whilemeeting new people? Join a sports league: basket-ball, hockey, bowling and softball are just someof the options.Seek adventure – Give in to your inner adven-turer: try whitewater rafting, surfing or evenenroll in a scuba diving class. For a few hours offun out of the sun, try indoor rock climbing – talkabout a workout!Beef up the BBQ – Planning a cookout? Addsome spice with a rousing game of bocce ball,badminton or horseshoes. Feel like a kid againwith three-legged races or a game of duck,duck, goose.Hit the trails – Hop on your mountain bike andtake to the trails. Mountain biking is enjoyed bypeople of all ages, and at all different levels ofdifficulty. Bike a flat dirt trail, down a steepmountain or take a cross-country trek.Cast off your cares – Grab a fishing pole, tacklebox and a friend and go fish. You may need tosecure a fishing license, usually sold at outdoorshops and other retailers.Roll with the flow – Go roller skating and reliveyour dreams of becoming a roller derby champion.But watch out for speeding kids – they’re fasterthan ever and likely to leave you in the dust.Paddle away – Grab a kayak or canoe and paddleaway – take a sack lunch and make a day of it.(Be sure you have the proper training and safetyequipment before taking to the water.)Stretch your limits – Take up Pilates or yoga thissummer and discover how flexible your body canbe… you’ll be amazed by how much better you’llfeel – especially when you get up in the morning!Pitch in – Load up the tent and head to coolercountry for a camping getaway. Enjoy hiking,swimming and other outdoor activity as you getback to nature.Have fun this summer, keep safe and stayhydrated. Above all, enjoy your activity!10waystomakesummerexercise=funStay hydrated for healthDrinking pure, clear water is alwaysimportant, but never more so than whenexercising and in hot weather. Yourbody can lose more than a quart of waterin just one hour of exercise! Rememberto drink water before, during andafter activity.Help meet your daily hydration needswith these tips from the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention:• Carry a water bottle for easyaccess when you are at work orrunning errands.• Freeze some freezer-safe water bottles.Take one with you for ice-cold water allday long.• Choose water instead of sugar-sweet-ened drinks.• Choose water instead of other bever-ages when eating out.• Give your water a little pizzazz byadding a wedge of lime, lemon or evencucumber slices.Never wait to drink until you feel thirsty:that’s a sign that dehydration is rightaround the corner.
1-800-991-7116 July 2010 l 27Do you write down yourthoughts and feelings? If not,you may want to considerjournaling: a wide range of bothmental and physical health benefitshas been associated with thisage-old method of self-expression.Journaling can help you:• Relieve stress• Ease anxiety• Problem solve• Improve your mood• Get to know yourselfOne study even found that journaling helpedimprove working memory: Participants whowrote about a negative personal experiencestopped thinking about it as much, freeingtheir mind for other thoughts. Additionally,consistent journaling has been shown to helpimprove the immune system, liver and lungfunction, and blood pressure over time.Get in on the benefitsWith all these benefits (and more), you owe it toyourself to take pen to paper. Don’t know whereto begin? Follow these easy steps to jump-startyour writing.1. Pick your supplies – First things first: you’regoing to need something to write on.Anything from a fancy, leather-bound journalto the back side of a grocery list – andeverything in between – will work.2. Pick a time – Try writing at the same timeeach day; this will make it easier to developthe journaling habit. Start with five minutesof writing and work your way up to 20.However, your personal circumstanceswill dictate how long you wish to writeon particular days; after all, some days,we just have more to talk about!3. Pick a place – Select a location conducive tojournaling: a quiet room in your house, inyour garden or perhaps a local coffee shop.Anyplace you won’t be disturbed and thatwon’t stifle your thoughts.4. Pick a topic – If the words don’t automati-cally flow from your pen, think of somethingthat happened during the day and exploreyour reaction to it. Or detail a conversationyou had with a family member or co-worker.Write about a person who has impacted yourlife, or about some of life’s ups-and-downsyou’ve personally experienced. Eventually,you’ll have no problem coming up with thingsto write about.Now you’re ready to begin. Just remember, if youdon’t want anyone to read your journal, be sureto keep it in a secure spot!If you’d like to share your thoughts withothers, try creating your own blog on theInternet. “Blog” is a contraction of the term“web log” and is an online journal where youcan write about any number of topics.To learn how to create a blog, go togoogle.com and search the phrase “createa blog.” It’s fairly easy to set up, and you canallow people to become “followers” of yourposts. You may be surprised at the gratificationyou feel after you begin to blog regularly.Adaptogen 10 PlusYour Everyday Stress SolutionTriVita’s powerful, stress relieving formula:• Helps counteract damage caused byvarious types of stress: mental, physical,emotional, environmental• Contains all 10 adaptogens that have beenproven to help the body “adapt” to stress• Fights free radical damage and helps boostyour immune systemAdaptogen 10 Plus’ unique three-partformula includes:• Adaptogens – herbal extracts chosenspecifically for their natural ability to helpthe body cope with stress• Antioxidants – immune boosters that helpfight the damage caused by stress• Aloe Vera – helps improve digestionand nutrient absorptionTRY IT TODAY!1-800-991-7116or visit trivita.comDiscover theamazing effectsof Adaptogen10 Plus®Adaptogen10 Plus®#30660Non-Member $62.99Member $49.99Redeem with 500 VitaPointsDeliciousBerryFlavorImprovingyourhealththe“write”wayThe benefits of journaling
28 l VITAJOURNAL trivita.comJoy and sadness are normal, basichuman emotions. They are feelingsthat arise from our current experi-ence, remembered experiences of thepast or anticipated experiences in thefuture. These emotions may even arisewhen we empathize with someone else,sharing their joy or sadness.Sadness may also come completely unbidden – weexperience nothing that would trigger sadness; wesimply feel sad. Often there is a biochemical basisfor this feeling. What might that be?Three types of sadnessWe all experience the healthy emotion of sadnessthat comes from loss. You see, we become soattached to people and things in our life that theloss of anything is really a loss of ourselves. Thelosses may be minor, provoking minor degrees ofsadness. Or, the loss may be catastrophic,provoking profound sadness that may spiraldownward into clinical depression.Sadness may also arise from conflicted thinking:wishing that events should unfold in a particularway. We invest our time, energies and anticipa-tion in a particular outcome. When life does notharmonize with our desires, we can become sad.If life consistently fails to meet our expectationswe become despondent. Helplessness andhopelessness over time are hallmarks ofclinical depression.Another kind of sadness completely divorcedfrom the experience of loss or conflicted thinkingis based in brain biochemistry. Many things cancreate this form of melancholy. For example, apoor diet or nutrient deficiencies can createchemical imbalances in the brain. Exposure tocertain toxic substances may alter brain chemistryand produce a gloom that does not lift until thetoxin is resolved.A common cause for SADAll imbalances in the brain or body are rooted infour causes: trauma or injury, toxins and poisons,deficiencies and emotional distress (stress). One ofthe most common deficiencies causing sadness is alack of sunlight. Since there is less sunlightduring the winter season, people suffering withthis deficiency are said to experience “SeasonalAffective Disorder (SAD).” (The word “affect”describes mood and emotions.) According tothe American Academy of Family Practice,up to 20% of the general population experiencessignificant melancholic mood changesduring winter.Let the sun shineSAD is caused by a lack of sunlight. Humans arediurnal (as opposed to nocturnal) animals: we areawake during the day and asleep at night. It isimportant to recognize this biological drive tounderstand SAD. When humans are deprived ofproper sunlight, our biological clock becomesdisrupted. This internal clock regulates our sleep/wake cycle and more. Our biological clock alsoregulates our adrenal gland function, our thyroidfunction and the major hormone-regulatingmechanisms in our brain. When these hormonesare disrupted because of a deficiency of light, ourbrain chemistry is disrupted and SAD may result.Fortunately, there is an easy remedy for sunlightdeficiency: sunlight! Twenty minutes of brightmorning sun as well as twenty minutes of eveningtwilight sun can fill this critical deficiency, resetour biological clock and balance hormones. Byexposing ourselves to sunlight now we alter ourbrain chemistry to become more sensitiveto future exposure. So we’ll need less exposurein the winter if we get adequate exposureduring the summer.Sunlight is a simple, natural, safe remedy forSAD. So, feel free to get the appropriate amountearly or later in the day.By Brazos Minshew,TriVita Chief Science OfficerDon’tletSeasonalAffectiveDisorder(SAD)getyoudownBrazos Minshew, CSONow’s the time to store up on summer sunshine