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  1. 1. noVemBer 2009 triVitA.comEXCLUSIVE WELLNESS OFFER!FREE ENERGY NOW!®(A $24.99 VALUE)with purchase of Nopalea™and Sublingual B-12NOPALEA EASESJ.B.’S RODEOaches and painsSUBLINGUAL B-12AND NOPALEA:the dynamic anti-inflammatory duoand Sublingual B-12VITAVITAPASSION FORNOPALEAJOSHUA’S “EXTREME”
  2. 2. Health reform beginswith you!by michael r. ellison, ceo & founder of triVita, inc.The subject of healthcare reform continues to echo through the hallsof government in Washington D.C. and is creating tension, strife anddiscord among many.We all realize it is a subject with many tentacles attached to it.But focusing on the aspects of health that the media is discussingis dangerous because it can make us lose sight of the bigger picture.The bigger picture is that healthy living requires engaging andsupporting the physical, emotional and spiritual sides of each person. Your body has an amazingability to heal itself when given the right nutrients and nurturing, restoring itself to optimalfunctioning. If we are not careful, our health – which is precious to each of us – becomes apolitical agenda and a debate subject for the media and the masses, and we lose sight of the realissue – how do we in North America achieve greater health for ourselves and those we love?I believe it is time for us to encourage our politicians to consider the bigger picture and tosupport healthcare reform that encourages supplementation and rewards healthy lifestylechoices. Much could be done in reform to reward companies who have healthcare insuranceand also educate their employees about good health practices. An example would be ourcompany: TriVita asks each new employee to sign an agreement stating that they will pursuea wellness journey to enhance their well-being. We have many wonderful stories of newemployees who have experienced greater health and well-being by embracing the 10 Essentialsfor Health and Wellness and consistently supplementing with our products.This is not a time for us to be silent and let politicians and the media wrestle with these issues.Write to your elected representatives to let them know your recommendations in supportinghealth practices for the whole person. Although our Canadian Members are not involved in theheated healthcare debate, the issue of achieving optimal health is relevant to people everywhere.There are several components involved in achieving optimal wellness. Obviously when aperson is diagnosed with disease, there is a need for medical treatment. But here is where weget short-sighted: standard medical treatment focuses on a quick fix, rather than providing aperson with information about which nutrients could aid their body in the healing process.Instead of dealing with the cause of the wound, medical treatment focuses on bandaging thewound. Wellness is about giving yourself the tools you need to help protect against wounds –and not just physical ones.The physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person must be engaged to truly experiencewellness. Many of our health conditions and issues result from lifestyle choices which ignore goodhealth essentials – and yet we expect a medical treatment to fix our diseases and the symptomsthat rob us of our quality of life.Why am I writing today to even discuss this issue with you? For the simple reason that you cando much to enhance your own wellness experience by embracing all aspects of your health – inaddition to whatever medical services you are fortunate enough to receive. But I encourage youThe physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the personmust be engaged to truly experience wellness.10Essentialsfor health and wellnessJoin with TriVita as we begin our seconddecade of health and wellness for all. Weencourage you to experience wellness™through these 10 Essentials, created toenhance life in wonderful ways.Physical1. Breathe DeeplyInhale life fully, cleanse your bodyof toxins and feel calm.2. Drink WaterAs you quench your thirst for water,you also boost your energy.3. Sleep PeacefullyRest, repair, rejuvenate: a regular sleeproutine lets your body do its work.4. Eat NutritiouslyChoose healthy, wholesome foodsto fuel a healthy body and mind.5. Enjoy ActivityMove it to improve it! Your whole beingbenefits from an active lifestyle.Emotional6. Give and Receive LoveFeel the power of positive emotions whileyou strengthen your immune system.7. Be ForgivingTo be at peace, unburden yourself ofhostility and resentment towards others.8. Practice GratitudeGratitude brings gratification: less stress,more joy, greater well-being.9. Develop AcceptanceReleasing what you can’t change freesyou from worry and enriches your life.Spiritual10. Develop a Relationship with GodNourish your spirituality to nourishpersonal growth and happiness.Article from Michael Ellison continued on page 21...Breathe DeeplySee page 9trivita.com2 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness
  3. 3. Stay brain sharp.Try this word jumble.214 Keep Your ImmuneSystem in HarmonyHelp it work smarter,not harder.6 Can a SupplementEase Alzheimer’s?Vitamin B-12 mighthelp protect againstthe brain disease.10 The Link BetweenInflammation andAutoimmune DiseaseNopalea™ may offer relief.12 Having a Bad Air Day?How you can dramaticallyreduce the impact of toxinsin the environment.16 Joshua’s “Extreme”Excitement about Nopalea“It saved my father’s life!”NOVEMBER2009Inside23 Why TriVita Supportsthe House of GivingIt brings clean drinkingwater to people in need.25 J.B. Roped in aWinner with NopaleaThis rodeo rider has bouncedback from several nasty falls.28 Nutritious, DeliciousComfort FoodsCelebrate the seasonwith warm and satisfyingcomfort foods.ON MY MINDEDITOR’S NOTENovember already! It’s hard tobelieve we’re fast approaching theyear’s end. For many of you, this mayhave been one of the toughest years of your life,whether it was due to the loss of a home, job ormaybe even a loved one. There seems to be adoom and gloom mentality everywhere.Recently I put together some short stories thatmy mom wrote 10 years ago, and one of themwas titled Our Cotton Pickin’ Honeymoon. Myparents were married in 1932 in the heart ofthe Great Depression. AsI was editing her story,I was moved by howshe described theearly years of theirmarriage and howin the midst of allthe uncertainty andturmoil, they weretruly happy.They were only 20and 22 when they firstmarried and didn’t havea car, but then my dadbought a Model T Coupeon credit for $10, paying it off $1 a week. Theyset off on their honeymoon adventure lookingfor cotton to open in the west Texas area.Apparently my mom and dad could pull cottonfaster than most, and were able to pull 1,000pounds a day for a whopping $3! They drovearound with an old mattress tied to the topof their car, uncertain as to where they wouldlay their heads each night. They didn’t knowfrom day to day where their next meal wouldcome from, but it didn’t matter as they were soin love. I still see my mom’s eyes light up evennow, 70+ years later, when she reminisces aboutthat time in her life.Maybe what we’re going through right nowisn’t really so bad. What I hear from my momwhen she shares about that challenging timein her life was not doom and gloom, but rathera magnificent adventure. She and my dad wereexperiencing life with the unconditional loveNovember 2009 l 3On My Mind is continued on page 21...the Great Depression. AsI was editing her story,and 22 when they firstmarried and didn’t havea car, but then my dadbought a Model T CoupeThe information in this VitaJournal maycontain errors or inaccuracies. We reservethe right to change prices, selections,update information and limit quantitieswithout prior notice.TriVita® Sublingual B-12and Nopalea’s powerfulanti-inflammatory1-2 punch.15My mom and dad’swedding day, 1932Stay-healthy tipsfor your entirehousehold.8
  4. 4. Have you ever heardan orchestra playinga symphony? Everyinstrument has a unique sound.Each plays a unique part in themasterpiece. The conductor brings out thebest in every musician. Even the acousticsof the surroundings enhance or detractfrom the performance.This is an accurate description of the way weharmonize with our world. From the instantof conception, the cells are a symphonyof activity, and this harmony continuesthroughout our lives. Cells contain their ownimmune system. This cellular immunity joinswith the rest of the orchestra – the body – inharmonious music, ever changing to meetnew and varied circumstances.The orchestraYour immune system is the great harmonizerbetween the world inside your body and theworld outside. Many scientists believe that theimmune system may also be the “mind-bodyconnection,” the communication system thatchanges the internal world of our body inrelationship with the external world basedon our values, thoughts and feelings.Just as an orchestra has sections, such as strings,brass, woodwind and percussion, the immunesystem has divisions. The first, importantdivision is “active” versus “passive” immunity.Passive immunity includes barrier protectionlike your skin as well as surface resistance frombacteria on our skin, in our sinuses, lungs,digestive system and reproductive system.All mucous membranes work to filter what issupposed to “come in” to our body and whatshould stay out.Active immunity includes two furtherdivisions called “adaptive” and “innate.” Theword innate describes something you wereborn with rather than something acquiredalong the way. The innate immune system isnot really specific; it reacts in whatever wayis needed at the time – like the musician thatplays multiple instruments. Our adaptiveimmune system “goes to school” to adapt oradjust to its environment. It is very specific,often doing only one thing to contribute toharmony. Elements of our immune system canlearn from experience and help us adapt tochanging circumstances.The musiciansImmune cells are characterized by what theydo in a healthy body and how they react insomeone with compromised health. Theimmune system consists of individual membersplaying together. Cells and proteins in yourbloodstream, your lymphatic system and thoseresiding deep within your organs react to yourinternal and external environment. Thesemake up the symphony and you won’t beable to single out any element of the immunesystem unless it becomes disharmonious withyour environment, your body or your mind.For example, certain cells contain hugeamounts of histamine. But you would neverknow this unless you react to a toxin such aspollen or in response to emotional distress.On the other hand, white blood cells,which also contain histamines, are ofteninvolved in autoimmune reactions whereyour immune system suddenly turns hostileto tissues inside your own body. Commonautoimmune disorders like rheumatoidarthritis, lupus and type 1 diabetes occurwhen single members of the immune“orchestra” play the wrong tune – loudly!Linda Wright, M.D.harmony From the instant of conception,the cells are a symphony of activity,and this harmony continuesthroughout our lives.harmonyharmonyharmonyharmonyHow to keep yourimmune system inmake sure it works smarter, not harderby Dr. Linda Wrighttrivita.com4 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness
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  6. 6. trivita.com6 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessScott 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, TienaHealthIs your life touched by the terrible toll ofAlzheimer’s? If you’re one of the millionswho care for people with this progressivedisease, you probably see its impact all toooften. The memory loss, confusion and erosionof mind and body can be heartbreaking towitness, and can’t yet be cured.During Alzheimer’s Disease AwarenessMonth, I’d like to share encouraging newsfor those who are coping with this affliction,and for their family and friends. There arehopeful steps being taken in the fight againstAlzheimer’s, and one involves Vitamin B-12.Brain health and B-12A small but significant 2008 study suggests alink between low levels of Vitamin B-12 andhigher chances of having brain volume loss(also called brain erosion). Since one of theresults of Alzheimer’s disease is brain erosion,this could signal even greater importancefor maintaining healthy levels of B-12. Thestudy, from the University of Oxford, England,reached this dramatic conclusion:People with lower levels of Vitamin B-12were six times more likely to have brainvolume loss (also called brain erosion) thanthose with higher B-12 levels.This finding led the researchers to suggestthat B-12 may protect against brain erosion,which is linked to reduced mental function.A reduction in mental function, of course, is akey outward symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.The British study took place over five years,involving 107 adults ages 61 to 87.The goal of the study was simple: What’sthe link between Vitamin B-12 levels andbrain erosion? To find the answer, accordingto results published in the medical journalNeurology, participants underwent annualblood tests, MRIs, physical exams andmemory tests. None of the study subjectshad any mental impairment when theybegan the project.More B-12 equals bigger brainsAt the end of the five years, all theparticipants had B-12 levels within the normalrange; however, the differences in brain volumewere significant between those in the normal-low range and those in the normal-high range.Again, those with the lowest B-12 levels weresix times more likely to suffer measurable brainerosion than those with the highest levels.Naturally, those of us who are informed aboutthe importance of B-12 in leading a healthylife are excited about having even moreevidence in favor of this powerhouse vitamin.We’ve known for some time that peoplewho have a B-12 deficiency can experiencesymptoms caused by decreased mental andnerve functioning. These symptoms caninclude mental confusion and forgetfulness,mood swings and even psychotic behaviorlike seeing and/or hearing things.What’s relatively new, though, is theconnection between brain volume, B-12and diseases like Alzheimer’s. I urge youto continue supplementing with TriVita’squality B-12, and to share its importancewith others.If you’re concerned about degenerative diseasessuch as Alzheimer’s, call 1-800-991-7116,and ask a TriVita Wellness Consultant aboutHCY Guard®. This important product –which contains Vitamin B-12 – helps lowerdangerous homocysteine levels, which canoften lead to dementia, Alzheimer’s and othergrave conditions. B-12 Updateby Dr. Scott ConardCan a supplement ease Alzheimer’s?Science connects the dots between Vitamin B-12, brain erosion and health
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  8. 8. trivita.com8 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessYour child comes home fromschool complaining of a sorethroat and runny nose. Thenext morning, you experience thesame symptoms. Then, someoneelse in your household picks it up.Sound familiar?Protect yourself and your family from this commonproblem by actively boosting your immune systemand taking everyday preventive steps.Keep your immune system strongGet your ZsLack of sleep can weaken the immune systemso be sure everyone in your family gets theproper amount of shut-eye. Plus, a recentstudy by Stanford University showed thatthe immune system fights hardest againstinvading bacteria at night. The NationalSleep Foundation recommends:• Toddlers: 12-14 hours• Preschoolers: 11-13 hours• School-aged children: 10-11 hours• Teens: 8.5-9.25 hours• Adults: 7-9 hoursBone up on broccoliResearchers from the University ofCalifornia, Berkeley, found that a compoundin broccoli may help boost the immunesystem. Make broccoli a staple in a balanced,wholesome diet; include plenty of othervegetables and fruit, as well as whole grainsand lean protein.Get movingIn addition to its numerous health benefits,exercise has also been shown to help reducethe risk of the common cold. In one study,women who did not exercise were three timesmore likely to catch a cold than those whoexercised regularly.The Physical Activity Guidelines forAmericans recommends 30 minutes ofactivity for adults most days of the week and60 minutes of exercise every day for kids.An ounce of prevention...Take these everyday preventive actionsrecommended by the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention to help protect againstcolds and the flu:• Cover your mouth and nose with atissue when you cough or sneeze. Throwthe tissue in the trash after you use it.If a tissue is not available, cough orsneeze into the crook of your elbow, soyou don’t continue to spread the germswith your hands.• Wash your hands often with soapand water, especially after you coughor sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleanersare also effective.• Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.Germs spread this way.• Try to avoid close contact withsick people.Hand washing: still the best wayto avoid getting sickThe number one way to avoid getting sick andspreading germs is washing your hands. Teachyour children how to wash and when to wash,with these tips from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention.How to washWhen washing hands with soap and water:• Wet your hands with clean runningwater and apply soap. Use warm waterif it’s available.• Rub hands together to make a lather andscrub all surfaces.• Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds.Need a timer? Imagine singing “HappyBirthday” twice through to a friend!• Rinse hands well under running water.• Dry your hands using a paper towel or airdryer. If possible, use your paper towel toturn off the faucet or open the door if in apublic restroom.If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based gel to clean hands. It’s always a good ideato keep a hand sanitizer with you at all times.When to wash• Before preparing or eating food• After going to the bathroom• After changing diapers or cleaning up achild who has gone to the bathroom• Before and after tending to someone whois sick• After blowing your nose, coughing orsneezing• After handling an animal or animal waste• After handling garbage• Before and after treating a cut or woundWith proper rest, nutrition, exercise andpreventive steps, you can help break the cycle offamily sickness – and keep your family healthyand sniffle-free. Breaking the cycleof family sicknessAvoid passing around colds and the flu with these stay-healthy tipsFamily Health
  9. 9. In this five-part series, we’re taking an in-depth look at the 10 essentials for Healthand wellness. this month, discover more about essentials #1 and #8: Breathe deeplyand practice gratitude.Exploring TriVita’s 10 EssentialsBreatheDeeplyEssential#1How often do you think about yourbreathing? Perhaps it’s when you’ve run outof breath after climbing the stairs – or whenyour breathing gets fast and shallow during astressful or tense moment. As babies, we breathe deeply(and properly) from the abdomen, but the worries and bad habitsof adulthood often lead to poor breathing habits.As you age, your lung capacity declines an average of 9% – 22% perdecade. Lung capacity is a primary measure of longevity. Statistically,the greater your lung capacity, the longer you will live. That’s becausethe health benefits of deep breathing are wide-ranging: everything fromgreater energy and improved detoxification to reduced stress and betterdigestion. All the more reason to take time for deep breathing exercisesevery day.Breathing basicsYou can do your daily deep breathing exercises just about anywhere, butthe best place is a calm and quiet environment where you can really focusand relax. Start with 10 minutes of deep breathing and gradually increaseyour time.Sit comfortably in a chair or lie flat on your back with your kneeselevated. Place one hand on your abdomen just above your navel andthe other hand on your chest. Take a few deep breaths and focus onexpanding your abdomen as you inhale. Your chest should rise only alittle and only at the top of your breath.Breathe in through your nose, letting the air fill your lungs. When yourlungs are completely full, hold your breath for a moment and then releasethe air through your mouth with a sigh. Repeat this as you count to fouron the inhale and four on the exhale.Continue breathing in this manner. When you feel comfortable, extendyour breath counts to six and then up to eight. After 10 minutes of thismeasured breathing, stretch out your muscles and get ready to face theday with renewed vigor!PracticeGratitude,Essential#8With the Thanksgiving holiday right aroundthe corner, it’s natural to think about being“thankful.” But imagine practicing gratitudeon a daily basis. Not only is it possible, but it canbrighten your life in so many ways.An attitude of gratitudeYou’ve probably heard the expression before, but an “attitude of gratitude”can make a huge difference in your daily life and overall emotional well-being. The Research Project on Gratitude and Thankfulness found thatgrateful people reported greater life satisfaction, optimism and positiveemotions, and lower levels of stress and depression.Try focusing on the categories below and you’ll find ways to practicegratitude every single day. It will take practice, however, especially onthose days when you just want to grumble.• Feel grateful for what you love• Appreciate the ordinary• Express gratitude for hard times: after all, they do make youstronger!Need more help? Try answering one or more of the questions below eachday to help you practice gratitude. As you read through and answer thesequestions, chances are good that you’ll find much to be grateful for.• What made me smile today?• Who did something to help me today?• What went right today?• What happened today that was fun?• What happened today that made me laugh?• What happened today that was a pleasant surprise?• Who was I happy to think of, talk to or see?• What did I eat today that I loved?• What did I do today that I feel pleased about?• What did I do today that makes me proud?• What did I do today that made someone else smile?• What did I do today that made someone else feel better?• What happened today that made me feel blessed?• What happened today that reminded me that I can make a badsituation better?Part IV of V...the health benefits of deep breathing are wide-ranging...stressful or tense moment. As babies, we breathe deeplyon a daily basis. Not only is it possible, but it can1-800-991-7116 November 2009 l 9
  10. 10. So many astonishing benefits in a bottleNopalea, the latest breakthrough in wellness drinksTry this delicious wellness drink, with an exclusive blendof rare antioxidants called Betalains and other healthfulnutrients. A daily dose of Nopalea can help your body:So many astonishing benefits in a bottleNopalea™#30710Non-Member $49.99Member $39.99Nopalea™4 bottle pack#33400Non-Member $199.96Member $139.99Special – 4 Pack Savings!Drink it and thrive!Call toll-free to order 1-800-991-7116.• Lessen inflammationwhich causes pain• Cleanse itselfof daily toxins• Promote optimal healthright down to your cells• Protect againstpremature agingIs your body attacking itselfunintentionally? That’s just whathappens in autoimmune diseases,and Nopalea™ may be able to help.According to the US Department ofHealth and Human Services, thereare over 80 autoimmune diseases,and they affect millions of people,inflicting rheumatoid arthritis,multiple sclerosis, lupus, type 1diabetes and more.Understandingautoimmune dysfunctionAutoimmune disorders involve the “immunesystem,” which is designed to help protect youfrom illness and harmful substances calledantigens. Examples of antigens range frombacteria and viruses, to toxins and blood ortissue from another person. In response, theimmune system produces antibodies thatattach themselves to antigens in order todestroy and remove them from the body. Inpeople with an autoimmune disorder, theimmune system is unable to distinguish anantigen from a normal cell, and therefore,mistakenly turns on itself to attack normal,healthy tissues.Inflammation:A parallel to autoimmune disease?Inflammation, like the immune system,typically plays a protective role in ourbodies. In fact, it can be a lifesaver, as itworks to ward off illness-causing germsand toxins. The moment we are exposedto a hazardous substance, like a virus orparasite, inflammation attacks the invaderand surrounding tissues that may havebeen harmed and infected. Inflammationthen quickly subsides and the tissues canheal. There are times, however, when thisinflammation response doesn’t shut off asit is supposed to. It becomes chronic, andcan lead to a host of varying diseases.This is why so many people have had dramaticresults with Nopalea. The inflammation-fighting wellness drink helps the body reduceinflammation and the pain it brings.Link between inflammationand diseaseThe physicians who have the most experiencetreating chronic inflammation are the ones whoTHE LINKbetween inflammationand autoimmune diseaseHow nopalea helps the body copeEXCLUSIVE OFFER: Buy Nopalea and Sublingual B-12 (see page 7),and get a FREE box of Energy Now!®, A $24.99 VALUE!
  11. 11. 1-800-991-7116SUCCESS STORIES“Now, I can truly say I am mostly pain free.”“About three years ago,I began having pain andsymptoms of fibromyalgia.The doctors gave me strongpain relievers, muscle relaxers,steroid injections and more,yet nothing worked. With 21pills a day, I found myself getting mixed up onwhat I took or what I needed to take.*Then I started taking Nopalea and it began towork powerfully for me. There are no other juicesor natural supplements out there that can dowhat Nopalea has done for me. Trust me, I havetried everything. Now, I can truly say I am mostlypain free.Since people have seen me, they wantwhatever it is that I am taking. They want Nopalea!I keep extra bottles on hand and I always pass iton. They don’t want to know how or why it works,they just know it works and they want it.”RHONDA M. – WRIGHT, WY“I recently started taking Nopalea and ithas helped cut my MS spasms in half...”“I have suffered from multiplesclerosis (MS) for over sevenyears, which has reduced mymobility and weakened mybody. Although I am currentlyin a wheelchair, I refuse tolet my physical limitationsaffect my positive attitude. I share my trials,tribulations and victories with others as a wayto make a difference in people’s lives. I havebeen helped through my pain by my faith, loveand nurturing family and friends. And thanksto TriVita, who is my partner in wellness, andto TriVita’s products, I have a better quality oflife. I recently started taking Nopalea and it hashelped cut my MS spasms in half, which is justincredible. Thank you.”DEBORAH L. – DOUGLASVILLE, GA“...my soreness, stiffness and pain weresignificantly better.”“Nopalea really helps inflammation and pain.I have fibromyalgia and arthritis. I was hurtingreally bad in my knees, muscles, feet, arms,shoulders, etc. I ordered a case of Nopalea.After taking it for a couple of days, my soreness,stiffness and pain were significantly better. I’vesince begun exercising again. This was somethingI was not able to do previously. When I takeNopalea, my pain and inflammation are nearlygone. Thank you so much!”MARY H. – BARTLESVILLE, OKspecialize in the most common autoimmunedisorders. These disorders, as mentioned earlierin this article, show a body that has turned onitself and attacks its own muscles and tissues.This attack triggers inflammation – the naturalresponse to fighting off toxic bacteria. However,the inflammation becomes ongoing and excessive.Inflammation may only be an issue in thebeginning stages of an autoimmune disorder,as seems to be the case with multiple sclerosis.It creates a great deal of damage at first, untilso much tissue is destroyed that it damages thenerves permanently.A hope for a cureSo, what can be done to protect against thisinflammation from wreaking havoc on thebody? This is a problem that doctors havebeen trying to solve for decades, and, researchcontinues. What they know for now is thatinflammation has a bigger impact on chronicdiseases than they ever realized. And, untilsomething can be done, we must all be awareof the dangers of inflammation, and thesymptoms of autoimmune disorders.In the meantime, researchers knowthat there are things that can be doneto lessen inflammation, so symptomscan become more manageable. Eatingnutritiously, exercising, losing any excessfat and supplementing with the rightnutrients all help to reduce inflammationand accelerate the healing process.Nopalea’s inflammation-fighting Betalainsmay bring some relief to those sufferingfrom autoimmune disorders triggered orworsened by inflammation. With a reduction ininflammation, pain can be relieved and soothed,and the body can function better, overall.It may take many more years until doctorsand researchers can isolate the cause of runawayinflammation and why some immune systemscannot recognize antigens from healthy cells.For now, Nopalea, the incredible wellness drinkthat helps relieve the symptoms of unwantedinflammation, can be part of the solution.Eating nutritiously,exercising and supplementingwith the right nutrients all helpto reduce inflammation andaccelerate the healing process.FRONT BACK™GiftCard$25Shareyourstory,getgreatrewards!What’s your amazing Nopalea story? Share it and enjoy even more benefits: a $25 TriVita Gift Card,PLUS an exclusive Nopalea t-shirt – a $14.99 value! Just email your Nopalea story to story@trivita.com,or call 1-800-693-4083. Please include your Member ID, your address and daytime phone number (alongwith email address, if you have one).Whenyousubmitaletteroremail,youarealsogivingTriVitafullrightstoit,includingtherighttopublishitinfuturepublicationsandtoedititasneeded.November 2009 l 11*Youshouldnotstoptakinganymedicationwithoutfirstconsultingyourhealthcareprovider.
  12. 12. trivita.com12 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessThis feature continues a new VitaJournal seriesabout toxins around us: in our food, air andwater and in our daily environments.Ah, that crisp autumn air! Breathe deep,and inhale life-giving oxygen... and probablysome of the 188 toxic air pollutants targetedby the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency, too.It seems that bad air days are the rule insteadof the exception in many areas now. Ourradio stations and email alerts give us hourlybulletins on smog, ozone levels and allergyirritants, while the evening news offers awrap-up of the day’s breathing hazards.Certainly, both the U.S. and Canada havegovernment muscle to try to keep our airclean, but it’s a struggle.Dirty air isn’t just unsightly; it can causeserious disease. And young children and theelderly are especially vulnerable to the toxinswe may be inhaling every day. Some of themost common poisons:• Ozone, which can cause asthma andother breathing problems• Particulate matter, (basically tinybits of dust and soot found everywhere),which can damage lungs• Sulfur dioxide, a breathing hazardwhich can aggravate existing heart andlung disease• Volatile organic compounds,which can cause cancer“Acceptable” levels of air pollution may becausing unacceptable damage to lungs andairways, and not just among the young andold. A study out just months ago shows thateven when concentrations of ozone are belowcurrent standards, young adults exercisingoutdoors can experience coughing and pain.Of course, not all the hazards in our air arethe fault of humans. Pollen from grasses,weeds and trees, along with leaf mold, canproduce allergy miseries for many people. Still,these “natural” elements can combine withpollutants to make breathing uncomfortable,if not dangerous.Clear and present dangers,even years laterCleaning up the air goes beyond switchingto electric cars, or fining factories that spewcontaminants into the sky. As time goes on,science finds evidence that hazards we thoughtwere gone are lingering on and on. Oneexample: carbon tetrachloride.“Carbon tet,” as it’s called, was a commoningredient in fire suppressants, pesticidesand dry cleaning until about the mid-1990s.Then, it was banned because it was found tobe eroding the Earth’s protective ozone layer.Known to cause cancer and to damage theliver, kidneys and brain, carbon tet can lingerin the air for up to 50 years.While not quite as dangerous as pollutantslike benzene, a cancer-causer found in motorvehicle tailpipe emissions, carbon tet is justpart of an army of toxins. It’s one of thousandsof chemicals that we’re exposed to everyday. Says one poison expert with California’sEnvironmental Protection Agency, “Youbreathe in carbon tet and it’s absorbed. It’sgoing to get into your body.”What you can doThough you might be tempted to stay indoorswith an air cleaner and face mask, of coursethat isn’t practical or desirable. Whether youdo or don’t have allergies, try these steps tominimize exposure to irritants and toxins on“bad air days:”• When exercising outdoors,avoid high-traffic roads• Walk instead of running• Try to exercise in the morning orevening, when pollen counts are lower• Avoid outdoor exertion between 4-6p.m., when ozone levels are highest• On high ozone level days,limit time outdoorsIf you have asthma or extreme allergies,ask your healthcare professional formore suggestions.One more tip can help anyonewho wants to reduce the impactof toxins on their health andwell-being: drink Nopalea™,the astonishing new wellnessdrink. Packed with rare, powerfulantioxidants called Betalains,Nopalea is formulated to help thebody cleanse itself of toxins andfight inflammation (see page 10).THE TOXIC TRUTH:Havinga badair day?
  13. 13. SUCCESS STORIES“The Leanology system has helpedstabilize my pattern of eating.”“I have been on Leanology about three weeksnow and I must say that it does a great job athelping to control my appetite. Since startingthe program, I have really noticed that myappetite and cravings are really stabilized.The chews are fantastic. When I get the urge tograb something, but I know I cannot make timefor a good, healthy meal for another hour or so,I just grab one or two chews. The Leanologyshakes are great and make a wonderful mealreplacement when there is no time for preparinga meal. They are satisfying, filling and haveplenty of protein and other great ingredients.I have already lost five pounds and have justanother 30 or so to go. I am planning to replacetwo meals a day with shakes, as well as taking mysix Leanology capsules daily as recommended.I really cannot stress enough how much theLeanology system has helped stabilize my patternof eating. I encourage people out there who haveattempted other weight loss programs to give thisa try. It really is very easy and satisfying.”MELVIN P. – ALABASTER, ALLose the Weight YouWant – in 3 Easy Steps!STEP 1:Fat burning capsulesfor “losing the bulge”Leanology®WeightLoss Capsules (180 ct.)#30615Non-Member $74.99Member $59.99Redeem with 600 VitaPointsSTEP 2:Tasty chews forsnack replacementand appetite controlLeanology®Appetite ControlChews (60 soft chews)Flavor: Chocolate Mocha#30690Non-Member $37.99Member $29.99Redeem with 300 VitaPointsSTEP 3:Delicious shakesfor low caloriemeal substitutionLeanology®Nutritional Shake(2 lbs – 30 servings)Flavors: Chocolate and VanillaNon-Member $68.99Member $54.99Redeem with 550 VitaPointsVALUE PACKThe Value Pack includes:•1bottleofWeightLossCapsules•1container(30servings)ofNutritionalShake(chooseflavor)•2bags(1FREE)ofAppetiteControlChewsLeanology®3-Step Value PackMember $139.99Redeem with 1400 VitaPointsSAVE $34.97!OneFREEBag ofChewsIMPROVEDFormula!North America has a very big problem withweight. Both the US and Canada have becomenations of overweight – and downright obese– people. Statistics from 1985 show that lessthan 10% of the populations of New York andCalifornia were considered obese. That numberjumped all the way to 24% in 2001.Obesity clearly plays a big role in many diseases,ranging from cardiovascular disease to cancer.Obesity definitely impacts the epidemic ofdiabetes. For example, the obesity rates inMississippi climbed from 10% to over 25%during the 1990s. Rates of type 2 diabetes alsoclimbed from 6 percent to over 10 percentduring the same time period.Now, several studies have indicated that obesitycan weaken the body’s immune system andreduce its ability to fight off infections.In one experiment at Boston University,researchers infected obese mice with bacteriawhich cause gum disease. They found thatcompared with lean mice, the obese miceshowed a 40% greater increase in tooth decayand lost bone just 10 days after being infected.Researchers also found that the obese mice hadmore bacteria around their gums, compared withlean mice, concluding that this was because theywere unable to mount a proper immune attackon the “bugs.” The bacteria could linger in themouth and cause more damage.According to researchers at the HarvardSchool of Public Health, obesity is essentiallyan inflammatory disease. They discovered thatexcess calories affect fat cells in such a waythat they mount an immune response. Byconstantly activating the immune system ata low level, chemicals are released that helpcontribute to inflammation.Researchers also found that obesity causesstress, which alerts the immune system, whichthen leads to inflammation. This inflammationmay eventually result in high levels of fattyacids and glucose in the blood.The obesity/cancer connectionIn 2001, experts concluded that cancers of thecolon, breast (postmenopausal), endometrium(the lining of the uterus), kidney and esophagusare associated with obesity. Some studies havealso reported links between obesity and cancersof the gallbladder, ovaries and pancreas.Preventing weight gain can help reduce therisk of many cancers. Experts recommendthat people establish habits of healthy eatingand physical activity early in life to preventoverweight and obesity. Those who are alreadyoverweight or obese are advised to avoidadditional weight gain, and to lose weightthrough a low-calorie diet and exercise. Evena weight loss of only 5 to 10% of total weightcan provide health benefits.How obesity weakensthe immune systemexcess pounds can increase risk for diabetes, cancer andmany other diseases
  14. 14. trivita.com14 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessSure, Nopalea™ tastesgreat and it offersmany astonishingbenefits. However, youmay not know about oneof Nopalea’s very special“secrets.” This breakthroughwellness drink contains aunique class of nutrientscalled Betalains. Betalains are bioflavonoidsin the Quercetin family. A bioflavonoid is avitamin-like substance that works alongsideantioxidants like Vitamin C. They are usefulin helping us make collagen so our skin looksyoung and in strengthening blood vessels sowe don’t easily bruise. Bioflavonoids help usresist allergies and infections from bacteriaand viruses. They are also anti-inflammatory.How Quercetinshelp fight deadly toxinsQuercetins are found in foods we eat everyday such as apples and onions. They areimportant in medical science because highintake of Quercetin-containing foods resultsin low incidence of cancer and heart disease.Betalains are “grandchildren” of Quercetin.But Betalains are orphans. None of the plantspecies related in their development existanymore; they have all gone extinct exceptbeets, rainbow Swiss chard and Nopal fruit –plants that are not even “distant cousins”in the world of fruits and vegetables.However, all 24 known Betalains are veryimportant for human health. That is especiallytrue today because they are all anti-toxin andanti-inflammatory. Wouldn’t you agree thatour world is becoming more and more toxic?Environmental experts report dramatic increasesin disease-producing toxins in air, water andsoil (see page 12 for more information). Toxinsproduce inflammation, and most of the diseaseswe face start with inflammation: Alzheimer’s,cancer, heart disease, etc.Betalain content develops in response to theenvironment in which the plant grows. Themore extreme the climate, the more protectiveBetalains the plant needs to survive – and themore benefits we get when we eat them! So,while we may get a few precious Betalains frombeets and rainbow Swiss chard, we get thegreatest abundance (all 24!) from the specificNopal fruit found in the Sonoran Desert.Beta xanthine’s key roleOne of the most important Betalains fordetoxification is beta xanthine. Beta xanthineparticipates in detoxification in the liver andkidneys. It makes detoxification much easierfor our body.Human bodies burn food to create energy.This is called metabolism: breaking downthe food in basic components (catabolism)and using those building blocks to buildup our health (anabolism). This makes ushealthy and energetic. However, we mustcontend with toxins along the way, toxinsfrom outside our body (exotoxins from air,water and food) and even toxins createdinside our body (endotoxins). One of theseendotoxins is called uric acid. High levels ofuric acid are poisonous and high levels havebeen associated with heart disease, diabetes,metabolic syndrome, kidney stones and gout.Uric acid is neutralized in the liver by enzymes.Interestingly, the same liver enzymes thatdetoxify uric acid may also detoxify many otherpoisons. So, improving liver detoxification ofuric acid with the help of Betalain beta xanthinemay improve your ability to detoxify many otherpoisons. It’s like getting a bonus every time youdrink Nopalea!You will not be able to complete this detoxi-fication process entirely if your liver is “fatty,”sluggish or toxic.Uric acid is excreted by the kidneys. Thekidneys are easily damaged by dehydration, toomuch protein or sugar in your diet, toxic metalslike mercury or other toxins like aspirin. Infact, the kidneys are so delicate that they caneven be damaged by temperature extremes inour environment – especially heat.Beta xanthine helps protect the liver andkidneys by neutralizing toxins such as uricacid, by increasing liver detoxificationenzymes that clean up both exotoxins andendotoxins and may even reduce the shockour kidneys face from excess heat.Betalains, including beta xanthine, are anti-inflammatory and anti-toxin – just what weneed in a toxic, inflamed world! And justlike their grandfather Quercetin, Betalainsare beneficial for improving our health anddaily performance. Beta xanthine takes itsplace among all of the health-promotingbioflavonoids as an antioxidant thatharmonizes with all of the other beneficialnutrients that are truly gifts to us from theSonoran Desert.See the story on page 10 for more informationabout Nopalea.The secret of Nopalea’sAMAZINGBETALAINSthese powerful and protective “healing”nutrients are essential to detoxificationby Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science OfficerBrazos MinshewWe get the greatestabundance (all 24!)from the specific Nopalfruit found in theSonoran Desert.
  15. 15. How many of your friends suffer frominflammation? Not just the kind thatcomes with a sore throat or swollenfinger, but the inflammation that’s causingan explosion in asthma, allergies, digestiveproblems, insomnia, autoimmune disordersand other reactions around the world? Moreimportant, what are some possible answers tothe problem of inflammation?Forming histaminesHumans have been exposed to pollen since wefirst walked the earth. It is the same with foodsthat trigger allergies in many people. Yet, thesensitivity to pollens and all other proteins isincreasing, it seems, almost daily. Since people,pollens and proteins have peacefully coexistedfor many generations, the problem must besomething new in our environment that iscausing us to become more inflamed. Potentialcauses of the increase in autoimmune disorderscould include:• The toxins in our environment• The emotional distress we endure daily• Deficiency in vital elements such asnutrients and sleep• The damage of a sedentary lifeEach of these sources of stress has been implicatedin the release of inflammatory histamines inour body. Histamines form more readily in aB-12 deficient environment because B-12 blocksTHF – an enzyme that creates histamine. Oncehistamines are released into your system theyare extremely inflammatory. Nopalea™ quenchesinflammation through anti-inflammatory Betalains.Histamine disordersWe probably only think of hay fever when wethink of histamine: itchy, watery eyes, sneezing,difficulty breathing, etc. These are allergysymptoms connected with histamine releaseon an “H-1” receptor in the upper airways. Yet,histamines are released on 4 different receptors:H-1 in the airways• Allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma,watery eyes, scratchy throat, bronchitis.H-2 in the digestive system• Acid indigestion, gastric reflux, irritablebowel syndrome, colitis.H-3 in the brain• Insomnia, anxiety, depression, attentiondeficit disorder, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s.H-4 in the immune system• Rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus,chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia.Histamines are inflammatory. They start a firein one or more of these body systems and weproduce symptoms. The fire’s origination maybe determined because of heredity, environmentand lifestyle. The “match” that ignites thefirestorm may be pollens or proteins, toxicpoisons or healthy foods or just about anythingyou can imagine. In the end, the inflammationis always caused by histamines!The dynamic duoAs I mentioned, Sublingual B-12 protects againstmuch of the excess histamine formation byblocking the enzyme THF. This is especiallytrue of TriVita® Super Sublingual B-12 becauseit contains three milligrams of both biologicallyactive forms of B-12. Once histamine is released,it creates inflammation that actually feeds onitself in a storm of irritation. Nopalea helps breakthe cycle of inflammation and anti-inflammatoryBetalains help quench the firestorm.So pollens are not inherently “bad” andproteins in foods are not either; though, I mustadmit that sometimes they seem that way! Incombating inflammation we may benefit froma simple two-step approach: We need to isolateourselves from the allergen until our immunesystem can be reprogrammed and insulateourselves with proper nutrients and nurturingevery single day. Insulation begins with B-12and Nopalea.Please see the articles onpages 6 and 10 to find outmore about Sublingual B-12and Nopalea.1-800-991-7116 November 2009 l 15INFLAMMATION: scourge of our timetriVita Sublingual B-12 and nopalea pack a powerful anti-inflammatory 1-2 punchby Brazos Minshew, TriVita Chief Science OfficerSUCCESS STORIES“Taking TriVita’s Super B-12 alongwith Nopalea is a great combination.”“I got started with Nopalea early last monthand already feel so much better. I reallylike the Nopalea with my Super SublingualB-12. Originally, before Super B-12, I startedwith Original Sublingual B-12 and alwaysloved it. Then, you came out with the SuperSublingual B-12. It has helped me withmental clarity, memory and my overall senseof well-being. Taking TriVita’s Super B-12along with Nopalea is a great combinationand I really, really feel the difference!I am almost 74 years old and I know thatthese products are working. At this age,most people have aches and pains. Youknow the saying, ‘If it doesn’t hurt, it’snot working.’ Well, I don’t have to thinkthat way anymore.One thing that I havereally noticed of late,I began feeling pain inmy feet. Since takingNopalea, I don’t feel itanymore. This productis helping with thatpain. I also take SuperB-12 tablets each day.”MONICA G. –MILTON, PA
  16. 16. trivita.com16 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessJoshua is a vibrant and talentedyoung man with a passion forliving a healthy and successful life,for sharing his knowledge and giftswith others and for going full out ineverything he does. Whether he’s inhis studio photographing recordingartists, motivational speakers andministers or at his computer designingcreative marketing layouts, Joshua’sartistic abilities set him apart.His mother, Kare, says her son is “extreme ina very good way. He has always participated inextreme sports like wakeboarding and surfing.As a potter he is known for his fantasticwheel-thrown vessels, weighing hundreds ofpounds. And in his life and his business he isknown for his extremely generous heart.”At the end of a busy week you can usually findJoshua with a group of friends boating in theFlorida Intercoastal Waterways in his beloved25-foot Century fishing boat or heading forthe open water, where he fishes for grouper,shark and other big game fish.Helping friends find better healthJoshua’s life changed dramatically whenthe Nopalea™ tour came to Tampa, Florida.“Meeting TriVita® CEO Michael Ellisonand Chief Science Officer Brazos Minshewpersonally made a big difference for me,” heremembers. “I began to understand MichaelEllison’s passion for the product and hismission to help other people.”“It’s been very exciting to hear and see all thethings that Nopalea can do for people,” Joshuacontinues. “I never realized what a critical roleinflammation can play in the body, especiallychronic inflammation which seems to be anational epidemic.”Joshua is totally sold on Nopalea becauseit is so much more effective than otherwellness drinks and because it is such a lifechanger. He personally drinks six ounces orJOSHUA’S “EXTREME” EXCITEMENT ABOUT NOPALEA“How could i not tell the world aboutnopalea... it saved my father’s life!”spreads to friends and family“I love watching howthis wonderful productspreads and benefitseveryone it touches.”“I love watching howthis wonderful productspreads and benefitseveryone it touches.”“I love watching howthis wonderful productspreads and benefitseveryone it touches.”
  17. 17. 1-800-991-7116 November 2009 l 17more every day. “It tastes so delicious that Ienjoy sipping it from a wine glass rather thangulping it down like I used to do with otherhealth drinks,” he exults. “Just because I amyoung doesn’t mean I don’t need the benefit ofNopalea’s anti-inflammatory Betalains. Withall the extreme sports in my background, painand stiffness from old injuries have eased.”He also enjoys sharing Nopalea™ with hisfriends – and showing them the possibilitiesof making significant health changes in theirfamilies by teaching them how to share Nopalea.Says Joshua, “I love watching how the good newsabout Nopalea spreads and benefits everyone ittouches. I really like the fact that by sharing thiswonderful product I am helping others find theirown pathway towards health. Nopalea provideshealth and for those who want to share it withtheir friends, it can also provide wealth.” Call1-800-991-7116 and ask a Wellness Consultanthow you can earn money by referring Nopalea.His father’s amazing recoveryJoshua is passionate about Nopalea for a verypersonal reason. “It has given my father hislife and his vitality back,” he says. “Dadhas suffered from severe pain from spinalstenosis for many years and seldom movedaround because it hurt so much to get up anddown. For years he also had a good deal ofswelling in his legs and ankles. Within fivedays of drinking Nopalea – six or more ouncesa day – the swelling and serious back pain thathe’d been struggling with for years was totallygone. Today, he is pain free, mentally vibrant,exercising an hour a day and feeling youngerthan ever. How could I not tell the worldabout Nopalea? I love this stuff!”Now, just about everybody in his circle offriends and family are getting in on a goodthing. For example, one friend shared Nopaleawith his mother, who had quit workingbecause of serious fibromyalgia pain. She wasin so much pain that she could not even holdher grandsons. After only one and a halfmonths of drinking Nopalea, she’s pain-free,enjoying life and babysitting her grandsons.“My friend’s grandparents, several aunts andcousins are enjoying better health because hecared enough to share it with them,” Joshuaproudly states. “Now they too are sharingNopalea with their friends and family. I lovewatching how this wonderful product spreadsand benefits everyone it touches.”He reserves special praise for his mother,Kare, who helps teach others about thisexceptional Nopalea product. “She is amazingon the phone and now her passion is to teachpeople about the silent killer – inflammation,”Joshua says. “She shares her stories abouthow Nopalea has changed our lives and thelives of so many of our dear friends that wehave shared this product with. Our familytoasts with it every day... to our health andthe health of all who drink it.”“I am proud to be part of such a wonderfulfamily and a wonderful company,” heconcludes. “I especially look forward toseeing how many lives our family can touch.We have given away hundreds of gift bottlesof Nopalea to people who have pain andinflammation, so they can feel the benefitsof this marvelous product.”Do you have a great product success story to share?call us at 1-800-693-4083 or email your story to story@trivita.comJoshua is known for hisfantastic wheel-thrownvessels, weighinghundreds of pounds.“I really like the fact thatby sharing this wonderfulproduct I am helping othersfind their own pathwaytowards health.”Joshua is known for hisfantastic wheel-thrownvessels, weighinghundreds of pounds.Joshua is known for hisJoshua is known for hisJoshua is known for hisfantastic wheel-thrownfantastic wheel-thrownfantastic wheel-thrownvessels, weighingvessels, weighingvessels, weighinghundreds of pounds.hundreds of pounds.hundreds of pounds.Joshua is known for hisfantastic wheel-thrownvessels, weighinghundreds of pounds.
  18. 18. Iwas sitting at thetable in my break-fast nook workingon my computercalendar, organizingthe upcoming holidayseason. I always hostthe Thanksgiving feastat my house so I knew that that was agiven. I entered the information – done.The holiday season from Thanksgiving throughthe New Year is, for me and so many others, a funtime of the year filled with parties, celebrationsand social gatherings with family and friends.Once my holiday organizing was done, though,my mind quickly turned to all of the challengespeople face during the holidays. I thought itwould be appropriate to offer some tips on howto cope with the added stress and for some, theburden of depression.Research studies have indicated that thereare three key trigger points of holiday stressand depression. Money. Keep track of your holidayspending. Overspending can lead todepression when the bills arrive afterthe holidays are over. Relationships. Even though theholidays can be stressful, try to rememberthat these people (for the most part) trulylove you and want to see you happy. Demands. With all of the physicaldemands of the season, take time toeat right, take your nutritional supple-ments, drink plenty of water and getample exercise and sleep to manageholiday fatigue.With the following practical tips, you canminimize the stress and depression that oftenaccompany the holidays.Quick tips for coping with holidaystress and depression• Make realistic expectations for theholiday season. Don’t expect to have a“Hallmark” moment. If you do, great.If you don’t, it’s okay.• Set realistic goals for yourself.Learn to just say “no.”• Make a list and prioritize the importantactivities. Pace yourself. This can helpmake holiday tasks more manageable.• Live “in the moment” and enjoythe present.• If you are lonely, try volunteeringsome of your time to help others.• Find holiday activities that are free,such as looking at holiday decorations,going window-shopping without buying,and observing the winter weather,whether it’s a snowflake or a raindrop.• Limit your consumption of alcohol,since excessive drinking will onlyincrease your feelings of depression.• Spend time with supportive andcaring people. Meet new people.• Let others share the responsibilitiesof holiday tasks.• Make time for yourself! Be selfish,if only for a few moments.Holidays can sometimes trigger depression.They can be especially hard if you are alreadydealing with the death of a loved one or thebreakup of a relationship. You may feelembarrassed to ask for help, but do talk withyour doctor about the options available fordealing with depression.I don’t know about you, but just knowing thatthe holidays can trigger stress and depressionis a big key for me to help minimize them. It’sa matter of accepting that things aren’talways going to go as planned. Try to takeactive steps to manage stress and depressionduring the holidays. You may even end upenjoying the holidays more than you thoughtyou would. Coping with stressand depressionduring the holidaysby Dr. JudyJudy Ellison, Ph.D.Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and motivationalspeaker. She has inspired people around the world to reachwithin and find their passionate purpose to live a moremeaningful life.trivita.com18 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and Wellness1...take active steps to manage stressand depression during the holidays.23
  19. 19. “But what happenswhen we live God’sway? He brings giftsinto our lives, muchthe same way thatfruit appears in anorchard; things likeaffection for others,exuberance about life, serenity.”– Galatians 5:22The response to last month’s column was sostrong, I’m pleased to welcome back Pastor JudithCrist. Here, she continues to share her perspec-tives on spirituality, and how the spiritual lifecan be different for women and men.Judith Crist has servedalongside her husband, Dr.Terry Crist, as one of theExecutive Pastors of City ofGrace Church in Arizonasince it was founded. Herpassion is to see peoplediscover and live theabundant life found in JesusChrist. Judith majored inmusic, ministry and Biblical studies at JacksonCollege of Ministries in Jackson, MS.Chaplain Gene: Last month, we talked aboutwomen’s spiritual health. Do you think thatwomen are more spiritually inclined than men?Pastor Judith: Wow, although that couldbe a touchy subject, I do not think that is auniversal truth. I do think, however, thatwomen express what they perceive spirituallymore often, and with deep feeling comparedto men, and many times this is mistaken forgreater spirituality.Men more often express their spiritualperceptions in terms of what they think,while women speak of what they feel. I dothink that men perceive and communicatedifferently than women. Unfortunately, manymen might think that a woman is morespiritual than they are because she “feels.”Throughout the entire Bible, God interactswith men in spiritual ways.Chaplain Gene: As a female pastor, doyou think your messages are received by womenand men differently?Pastor Judith: Many times, yes. Manymen seem to appreciate concepts based onprinciples that cause them to think, withoutfeeling as if they are being “scolded.” Women,on the other hand, tend to respond a bit moreto intuitive instruction and expressive emotionswhile still being anchored in sound principle.That said, I think that both men and womenneed to cultivate sensitivity to the spiritualaspects of life. We should all be spiritually free tomentally and emotionally connect with the Lord.Chaplain Gene: When men or womenlose their spiritual “balance,” what do you seeas the solution?Pastor Judith: It’s true that if ourspirituality has been shaken, confusion canset in. As I mentioned last month, we canfind peace in the midst of storms in our livesby daily prayer, and aligning ourselves withGod’s perspective through His word.Specifically, our spirit can be strengthened bymentally rehearsing the truth about God,about ourselves and our purpose on the earth.As Galatians 5:22 promises, the fruit of theHoly Spirit in our life is good emotions suchas love, joy, peace.When we get back into alignment with God’swill and our purpose here on earth, we willfind that hopelessness, bitterness and selfishsurvival habits will loosen their hold on us;then we can be a better influence on othersaround us.I would strongly encourage both men andwomen to use all the resources of God’s grace,such as forgiveness, repentance, a gratefulattitude and speaking the truth with love.These are life-giving “skill sets” which willcontribute to the building up, rather thanthe tearing down, of our social networks.Women’s spiritual health: Part IIby Chaplain Gene HendersonGene HendersonJudith Crist1-800-991-7116 November 2009 l 19your body, His Temple – 1 Cor. 6:19-20“I think that both men andwomen need to cultivatesensitivity to the spiritualaspects of life.”
  20. 20. trivita.comEnergy for all ofyour activities!Energy Now!®can help jump-start your day. It contains:• CoQ-10 and Vitamins B-1, B-2 andB-3, which enhance your body’sability to produce more energy• Antioxidant polyphenols, greentea and cocoa, which promoteenergy and nourish endurance• Amino acids which help feed yourbody’s energy production cycleCall 1-800-991-7116or visit trivita.comNote: If you have PKU or are taking MAO inhibitors,do not use this product.Energy Now!®#30420Non-Member $31.99Member $24.99Redeem with 250 VitaPointsFREEEnergy Now!®with purchase of Nopalea™and one box of SublingualB-12 (Original or Super).A $24.99VALUEWith the demands of dailyliving, exercise is oftenthe first thing to becut from the to-do list. However,physical activity is essential togood health, in addition to helpingimprove mood, energy level andsleep. Fit fitness back into your lifewith these tips:Exercise on your lunch breakDepending on your situation, you can takea walk after eating, join a gym close to theoffice or even bring in a resistance band forsome quick toning.Get up earlyIf family commitments make it impossibleto exercise in the afternoon or evenings, getup a few minutes early and work out beforethe rest of the household wakes up.Find a gym with day careIf you need someone to watch the kids,find a gym that offers day care services.Combine family time with exercisePlan family activities that involve physicalactivity such as biking, hiking or even a walkwith the family dog.Book time to exerciseSchedule exercise the way you would anyother appointment – write it on your calendar!Take turns watching the kidsTo fit in workout time for both you andyour spouse, take turns watching the kids.Squeeze in some cardio with this 10-minute body boot camp. Be sure to include a short warm-upbefore exercising and a cool-down/stretch afterward.*Alternate jumping jacks, push-ups and crunches: Do jumping jacks for 30 seconds, rest for 30seconds, do 10-15 push-ups, rest for 30 seconds, do 10-15 crunches, rest and repeat entire sequence 2or 3 times.Push-ups: Place your hands directly under your shoulders and keep your body in a straight line. Inhaleas you lower your body toward the floor, then exhale as you push up. Try not to sink in between theshoulder blades.Crunches: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Place your hands behind your head, squeezing yourshoulder blades together. Keep this elbow position throughout the exercise. Exhale and contract yourabdominals as you slowly curl your torso toward your thighs. Be sure you don’t pull on or up with yourneck. Pause briefly, then inhale as you slowly uncurl your torso back toward the floor.*Consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.10-MINUTE BODY BOOT CAMPFitting inFITNESSmaking time for exercise in your busy lifewith purchase of Nopaleawith purchase of Nopaleawith purchase of NopaleaSee pages 7 and 10.
  21. 21. for one another, and nothing could come between that love, even if itmeant picking cotton on their honeymoon!If you’ve been struggling with a doom and gloom mentality, I challengeyou to embrace one of TriVita’s 10 Essentials for Health and Wellnessby practicing Gratitude, and not just because of the season. Try spendinga little time each day writing down things that you are thankful for.Page 9 will also give you ideas on how to practice an attitude of gratitude.I encourage you to call one of our Wellness Consultants if you areexperiencing health challenges and discuss which TriVita supplementswould best suit your needs. It is our hope that the articles we present toyou each month in the VitaJournal are making an impact on the way youthink about your health.Pam Knox, Editor of PublicationsOn My Mind continued from page 3...1-800-991-7116Article from Michael Ellison continued from page 2...to avoid putting your trust and confidence in medical treatmentalone; I encourage you to support all aspects of your health,which were designed to work in harmony to make you well.For example, many of the conditions and health issuestoday are related to inflammation. Skin disorders, breathingdisorders, and joint and muscle pain are many times a resultof chronic inflammation. TriVita’s Nopalea™ is a natural juiceextracted from the Nopal cactus that has the right nutrientsand an amazing ability to lower inflammation – which canhelp you experience a greater quality of life and/or a moreoptimal wellness experience. If you are experiencing anyof these issues, try taking three to six ounces a day to helpjump-start your wellness. The testimonies from our Membersare absolutely astonishing! This is an example of nutrientsbeing delivered to the body so the body can naturally dowhat it was designed to do.Wellness is not really a destination, but a journey to beenjoyed as you discover the many ways you can optimize yourhealth. This can include everything from exploring the manyvarieties of healthy cooking choices to discovering differentways of engaging in activities that strengthen your body andits systems.Gratitude is another way to optimize your health and infact, it is one of the greatest contributors to health, as wecan not feel gratitude while being resentful and bitter aboutthe experiences of life. It is one of the emotional essentialsthat can truly enhance not only your overall health but alsocontribute to the way you feel each day. I have a saying thathelps me keep all things in perspective: Be grateful for whatyou have and for just the opportunity to have more, but yourhappiness and fulfillment is not in obtaining the MORE.Each of the 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness cancontribute much to your total health and well-being whenpracticed consistently over time. Remember, health reformbegins with you!I am grateful for you as a Member of TriVita. May youexperience greater health and well-being.We value your feedback.Please send your comments to:editor@vitajournal.com or mail to Editor,c/o TriVita, Inc., 16100 N. Greenway HaydenLoop, Suite 950, Scottsdale, AZ 85260November 2009 l 21Give “thanks“ for brain exerciseANSWERS:1.Turkey;2.Mayflower;3.Pilgrims;4.America;5.Thankful;6.GobbleGobble;7.England;8.FamilyF T U L H K A NR T E U Y KO W L M F E A R YL I S P R I M GR C I E M A AO B L E E L B O B G B G ( 2 W O R D S )D N G N E A LI A M F Y LAfter a delicious holiday meal, take some time to engage yourmind in a fun brain activity. Exercising the brain is known toprovide great health benefits. See if you can unscramble theseholiday-related words: (answers below)
  22. 22. trivita.com22 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessHigh-fat foods affect memory and exercise performanceOxford, United KingdomA high-fat diet can decrease physical endurance and memory, according to researchers in the August 2009edition of the FASEB Journal. In the study, 42 rats were initially given a standard diet with a fat content of 7.5%.Baselines were established for how long they could run on a treadmill and how they performed on a maze taskthat tested memory.Half the rats were switched to a diet with a 55% fat content. After five days, the tests were administered again;those rats on the high-fat diet were running 30% less than those on the regular diet, and by day nine, wererunning 50% less. The high-fat group also made more mistakes in the maze tests. Additionally, they hadsignificantly larger hearts after nine days.Several research teams are now conducting similar studies in humans.“We look forward to the results of the equivalent studies in human volunteers, which should tell us more aboutthe short-term effects of high-fat foods on our hearts,” said Professor Jeremy Pearson, Associate Medical Directorof the British Heart Foundation, who funded the research. “We already know that to protect our heart healthin the long-term, we should cut down on foods high in saturated fat.”Vitamin C may reduce the risk of goutVancouver, CanadaMen who supplement with Vitamin C have a lower risk of gout (a type of inflammatory arthritis), according toresearchers in a recent edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.In the study, 46,994 men were followed from 1986-2006; they were given questionnaires every four years todetermine their Vitamin C intake. After 20 years, 1,317 cases of gout were confirmed. Compared to men who tookless than 250 milligrams (mg) of Vitamin C per day, those who took 500 to 999 mg had a 17% lower risk of gout;1,000 to 1,499 mg per day averaged a 34% reduced risk; 1,500 mg per day and higher had a 45% lower risk.Researchers concluded that higher Vitamin C intake is independently associated with a lower risk of gout, andsupplemental Vitamin C intake may be beneficial in protection against gout.Healthcare costs growing with waistlinesRockville, MarylandA new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality shows that between 2001 and 2006, totalhealthcare expenditures for U.S. adults in the obese category increased from $166.7 billion to $303.1 billion – anincrease of over 80%.The adult obese population increased as well, from 23.6% to 27.2%. Obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI)of 30 or more. For the obese population, the average yearly healthcare costs increased from $3,458 to $5,148.When examining BMI category (obese, overweight, normal weight, underweight) and the proportion reportingat least one chronic condition, the obese category had the highest proportion in both 2001 and 2006 (57.1% and59.7%, respectively). TheResearch DeskNew findings in health and wellness
  23. 23. Q: What is the House of Giving?A: The House of Giving is a charitablenon-profit organization founded by theleadership of TriVita to help people in crisis.Q: Why was the House ofGiving founded?A: The primary purpose for founding theHouse of Giving was to help people in need.There are millions of people impacted byfamine, floods, polluted water and domestic,national and civil violence. We believed thatTriVita would become a successful companyand wanted to share our good fortune withless fortunate people. I also believed ouremployees and Members would want to makea real difference in people’s lives. Ouremployees have donated thousands of hoursat a shelter for victims of domestic violence.Plus, each year at Christmas they bring giftsfor the children. I am extremely proud oftheir thoughtfulness and generosity.Q: Is this a charitable organizationowned by TriVita?A: No, the House of Giving isn’t owned byTriVita or any other organization but is anindependent charitable organization in theU.S. and Canada.Q: Does an independent boardoversee the House of Giving?A: Yes, it is run by an independent board thatprovides oversight to the organization. Thereare six board members in the U.S. and threeboard members in Canada.Q: Is the House of Giving registeredwith the IRS in the U.S. and theDepartment of Revenue of Canada?A: Yes, it is registered as a 501.C3 charitableorganization in the U.S. and as a charitableorganization in Canada; all donations arefully tax deductible in both countries.Q: What special projects have youselected for the upcoming year?A: Our goal is to provide clean-water wellsin areas where waterborne diseases runrampant. Many of these areas in developingcountries have polluted above-ground watersources – which creates disease for thosewho drink from them.Q: Why did you select water wellsas your project?A: Because access to clean water is essentialto good health. For the amount of moneywe have raised, we are able to deliver in asignificant way. Many of these wells providewater to large groups of people; some communitywells serve thousands of people. Now instead oflooking for surface water carrying diseases likecholera, trachoma, hepatitis and other disablingdiseases, they can go to a clean-water well. Nolonger does their water result in blindness,stunted growth or intestinal viruses that canleave them in a severe malnourished state oreven result in death.Q: Can a Member donate to theHouse of Giving?A: Yes, a Member can join in our waterproject by either making a check out directlyto House of Giving or by asking a WellnessConsultant to add a charitable donation totheir TriVita order. The House of Givingoffers a special designation: 100% of donatedmoney goes toward the project. No administra-tion costs are taken out of donations.Q: How is that possible when allorganizations have operating costs?A: The House of Giving has all volunteerhelp from both the board members who serveand from those who oversee daily operations.Any other costs are covered by the EllisonFamily Trust and TriVita to ensure 100% ofdonations go to the designated project. We arecommitted to helping those less fortunate andto ensuring our gifts make a significant impactin helping people in their time of crisis. GivingtothoselessfortunateisTriVita’swayofgiving backCEO Michael Ellison explains why TriVita supportsthe House of GivingNovember 2009 l 23100% ofdonationsgoes towardthe waterwell project.
  24. 24. “I take the Sublingual B-12 andVitaDaily AM/PM for more energy.”“In 2002 I was in a car accident. The traumafrom it caused me to develop fibromyalgia.TriVita has played a big role in how I cope withthis condition. I take the Sublingual B-12 andVitaDaily AM/PM for more energy and to helpkeep me ‘up’ psychologically. I work out threeto four times a week and also take advantageof physical therapy. People often tell me, ‘I can’tbelieve you’re in the great shape you are!’ Ialways tell them about TriVita.”ANNE G. – SANTA FE, NM“I’m pain free and that’s allthat matters.”“I was born with spina bifida that can causeparalysis. This has been a cause of chronic painmy entire life and I have had about 12 surgeriesto try to help with this condition. I also have ahard time walking. My most recent surgery forbulging disks was especially difficult and Ineeded a walker just to move around.Now, fast forward to last June when I attendeda Nopalea presentation. I heard some amazingstories about peoples’ success with Nopalea. Theywere so amazing that I was hard-pressed to believethem. However, I have a medical background andI’m open-minded enough to recognize the valueof natural medicine. So I went home that night anddecided to try Nopalea. After the first day I noticeda small change. Within two days I had no pain in myleg or my knees. I was able to take the stairs to myoffice and I actually did it – pain free! My body cantell when I haven’t had Nopalea for a while. So I gofor more Nopalea and almost immediately my hipfeels better. I can’t explain it – and don’t really needto. I’m pain free and that’s all that matters.”ASHLEY S. – HILLSBORO, OR“I am able to make it through my daywithout an afternoon nap.”“For years I have struggled with lowenergy. Since my teen years I haveseen numerous doctors to try tofigure out what was causing this.Every test always came back normaland there was never an explanationgiven to the cause of my lack ofenergy. I always felt as though Iwas dragging myself around and others noticed howexhausted I seemed. I was no longer able to completethe normal 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. – COQUITLAM, BC“Since I added the crystals,I haven’t gotten sick.”“I’ve been taking TriVita’s Vital C PowderedCrystals, and this is the fourth year that I have notgotten sick, even though I am a nurse in homecareand I am around a lot of germs. If you had knownme before, you’d know how quickly I’d get sick withbronchitis, which would leave me with a bad coughfor up to six weeks. Since I added the crystals, Ihaven’t gotten sick. I like them because they releaseslowly in your system. I take them year round, andneed just ¼ teaspoon a day. I add a bit more if I feelI’m getting a sore throat, but then it goes away.”ANN H. – CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN“Within one month I saw improvementin my vision.”“I was diagnosed with nearsightedness. AlthoughI had prescription glasses, it was still hard to read. Istarted taking TriVita VisionGuard and within onemonth I saw improvement in my vision. I can focusbetter and the words on the computer are clearerand easier to read.”PAMELA W. – PHOENIX, AZ*Youshouldconsultwithahealthcareproviderbeforestartinganydiet,exerciseorsupplementationprogram,beforetakinganymedicationorifyoususpectyoumighthaveaheartproblem.Youshouldnotstoptakinganymedicationwithoutfirstconsultingyourhealthcareprovider.See what members like you have to say about triVita®products!“I thank God that TriVita has created Nopalea to help mybody with inflammation.”“I was so relieved when I heard TriVita was introducingNopalea, and that it was good for inflammation. I’m69 years old, and have had problems with infections allmy life, especially with the eyes, sinus, ear and upperrespiratory system.I recently had such a bad eye infection that the left sideof my face became terribly swollen. I was fortunate tobe in Phoenix when TriVita introduced Nopalea at ameeting, and I started on it the following day.I have been on it ever since and feel much better. I thank God that TriVita hascreated Nopalea to help my body with inflammation.”DONNA S. – DEER ISLE, ME“My overall energy level, concentration and clarity ofthinking have greatly improved.”“I am a lung cancer survivor and have been inremission since 2003, but have continued to be onoxygen (especially at night) and have balance andmobility problems. I began taking Nopalea andSuper Sublingual B-12 about three months ago andcannot say enough positives about these awesomeproducts. My overall energy level, concentration andclarity of thinking have greatly improved. I have alsohad a series of mini strokes, but have even foundmy memory to be somewhat better. I am so excitedabout these health and wellness products that I am telling everyone I knowthat could benefit from them. Even on my fixed income, I have given sevenNopalea Gifts of Health because I want others to feel as good as I do.”CAROL C. – BONHAM, TXtrivita.com24 l VITAJOURNAL Celebrating 10 Years of Health and WellnessReal Storiesfrom real people
  25. 25. In his 49 years, J.B. has gottenknocked around a lot. He is apro rodeo champion from SouthDakota who competes nationally insteer wrestling and roping – and haslots of trophies to show for it. Healso has two sons who compete inthe rodeo’s youth and teen circuits.J.B.’s ride to the top was never easy. He hasfreed himself from a life of drinking anddrugs... and is feeling really good about it.“I just quit it all and have never looked backor thought twice about going back to thatlife,” he remarks. “I’m not ashamed about it;I just try to set a good example for my boysand others who know me.”Nopalea’s incrediblehealing qualitiesJ.B.’s mom, Dorothy, thought he would be anexcellent candidate for Nopalea because of hismany rodeo-related aches and pains. He has alot of shoulder pain from his rodeo riding, andhe hoped that Nopalea would help ease thepain and detoxify his body. J.B.’s timing wasperfect because only a few days after startingon Nopalea, he took a nasty fall and hurthis knees badly. J.B. says, “I feared the worst,because the last time I had a similar fall, I waslaid up for almost a month with the injury.”With his injury, J.B. didn’t think he would beable to compete in an upcoming rodeo. “I kepttaking the Nopalea, but honestly didn’t thinkit could help me so soon,” he says. “Well, muchto my surprise, I didn’t have the swelling andpain that I had experienced so many timesbefore. I was not only feeling pretty good,but I was able to compete in the rodeo just afew days after my injury.” He has also noticedthat since taking Nopalea he is sleeping muchbetter and without interruption.Dorothy’s equally remarkable storyDorothy has gone through her own trials andtribulations. She owns a ranch resort in themiddle of Nebraska’s best outdoor recreationaland wildlife area. Unfortunately, she was left tocare for the ranch on her own last year whenher husband passed away. “It has been a roughyear,” Dorothy states. “I also lost a daughtershortly after my husband passed away.”However, running her resort and a sidelinetravel tour business keeps her pretty much“on the go.” Plus, she even takes in 50 headof cattle five months out of the year. Dorothyoriginally began taking Nopalea because ofknee problems, and now she’s pleased to reportthat it has also helped with her osteoarthritis.“I used to have a grinding in my neck whenI moved it around,” she remembers. “Thisgrinding has gone away since I started takingthe Nopalea.”In fact, when Dorothy ran out of her Nopaleaand hadn’t yet received her auto shipment,she actually drove into town to buy somefrom another person in her group, just so shewouldn’t have to go without it.So, Dorothy has gotten a tremendous healthboost from Nopalea, and she has seen howmuch it has helped J.B. They are both totallysold on Nopalea and share it with everyonethey come in touch with.Dorothy and J.B. have several good prospectsfor Nopalea on their list, including Dorothy’sgreat-grandson who has a serious case ofdiabetes, as well as nerve damage. “I ampositive and hopeful that I can continuehelping my friends and family with this greatproduct,” says Dorothy. “And J.B. won’t be asconcerned about aches and pains from rodeoriding as long as he has Nopalea available.”J.B. roped in a winnerwith Nopaleathis rodeo rider bounced back from several nastyfalls in record timeMember Spotlightbecause the last time I had a similar fall, I was“ThankstoNopalea,Iwasabletocompeteintherodeojustafewdaysaftermyinjury.”– J.B.They are both totally sold onNopalea and share it with everyonethey come in touch with.1-800-991-7116 November 2009 l 25“...much to my surprise,I didn’t have the swelling andpain that I had experiencedso many times before.”her husband passed away. “It has been a roughyear,” Dorothy states. “I also lost a daughterknee problems, and now she’s pleased to reportJ.B.picturedwithhissons.
  26. 26. SUCCESS STORIES“...My prescription hasn’t changedin two years.”“Before I started taking VisionGuard, small bloodvessels would burst in my eyes, causing redness.While it wasn’t painful, it looked really bad andeveryone would comment on it. Sometimes itwould be accompanied by blurriness, too. After justone month on VisionGuard, the problem stopped.I was thrilled! I recently had an appointment withmy eye doctor and was pleased to find out thatmy prescription has not changed in two years. Thedoctor was so impressed with VisionGuard that shewas going to look it up online!”JANET P. – FAYETTEVILLE, GAVisionGuard contains nutrients that havebeen proven to protect eye health• Lutein, proven to slow the onset andsymptoms of cataracts• Bilberry, important for people withdiabetes, may help reduce retinal scarring• Gingko, which may help improveblood circulation to eyesKeep your sight so you can continueto live a full and active lifeTriVitaVisionGuard™#30570Non-Member $34.99Member $27.99Redeem with 280 VitaPointsEye diseasesThere are many conditions that can result inloss of eyesight including:• Diabetic retinopathy• Cataracts• GlaucomaDiabetic retinopathyDiabetic retinopathy is a leading cause ofblindness in North America. People withdiabetes are at risk for reduced circulationthroughout the body, including the eyes. Inretinopathy, the tiny capillaries that feed theeye are damaged, restricting nourishing bloodflow. If untreated, diabetic retinopathy canresult in partial or total loss of vision.Cataracts and glaucomaCataracts and glaucoma occur twice as muchin the diabetic population as in the generalpopulation. These ailments can seriously impairour ability to see.According to experts, only an estimated 50%to 60% of people with diabetes get annual eyeexams. Even more startling are the numbersof those undiagnosed who are at high risk foreye and body damage, because diabetes-relatedsicknesses progress without being treated.A simple triglyceride test can indicate thelikelihood of diabetes and pre-diabetes andshould be performed in-office annually by ahealthcare provider.How you can protect your visionIn general, you should wear protective UV-coated sunglasses whenever you are outdoors,and get an annual eye exam. If you havediabetes, or suspect you might, work withyour healthcare providers, including anophthalmologist, to monitor and treat anyconditions. Eat a diet high in vegetables andfruits, keep at a stable, healthy weight, exerciseand take VisionGuard™to protect your eyes.Why TriVita VisionGuard?TriVita VisionGuard contains eye-protectivenutrients to help defend against illness. Lutein,the premier eye-health nutrient, has beenknown to help protect your body against theonset of age-related macular degeneration andcataracts, and may reduce symptoms in thosewho are already suffering from these diseases.Zeaxanthin and olivenol are also proven eye-nutrients. Zeaxanthin helps protect againstcataract formation; olivenol helps protect theeyes against oxidative stress.Bilberry helps strengthen the retina and bloodvessel walls (so important for people withdiabetes). Ginkgo biloba has been shown toincrease circulation – which may help those whohave been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy.Preserve your freedom by protectingyour eyesight daily with nutrientsOnce your vision is gone, so is yourindependence. You’ll need the aid of a cane,pet-companion or care-companion to domany of the things that you can easilyaccomplish today on your own.Protect your sight with every tool that youhave: get regular eye exams, talk with yourdoctor about changes you notice in your body,keep weight and diabetes under control andtake TriVita VisionGuard daily, to benefit fromproven eye-protective nutrients.Help preserve your sightand freedomwith triVita’s eye-nourishing VisionguardTriVita VisionGuard containseye-protective nutrients to helpdefend against illness.