HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD SUPPLEMENT THAT MEETS WITH YOUR HEALTH NEEDS?
Before you start taking any herbal medicine or supplement be sure you assess your vitamin needs. Consider your lifestyle and diet. Look for nutritional deficiencies in your diet. There are some medical tests you can do to find out your vitamin or nutritional deficiencies or do research on possible remedies for health symptoms you may have.
It has been well documented that our food supply isn’t as rich in nutrients as it once was. This is due to several factors including mono-crop farming, depleted soil, earlier harvest for longer transports and the varieties being grown. Ideally we take supplements with the intention of supplementing our existing diet.
Environmental toxins and stress can also contribute to health issues.
TIPS ON HOW TO PICK A GOOD SUPPLEMENT THAT WILL HELP YOU STAY HEALTH
Below are some tips on how you can select good supplements / vitamins that can help you overcome some of your health challenges and help you stay healthy:
1. Serving Size / Dosage
If the supplement is only one serving size per day especially a multivitamin, you are wasting your time. It is not possible for producers of vitamins to pack all the vitamins into one capsule/tablet to complement your healthy diet.
2. When to take a supplement
It is vitally important to take the vitamins at the right time to help optimize your nutrient absorption. Read the label.
Not all vitamins are created equal. Quality of your supplement makes a big difference as to whether it will help you stay healthy. Avoid partial vitamins which are combined with other chemicals. They are completely different from vitamins from whole, real food.
If you remove a part from the whole, you get “synthetic,” “isolated,” or “fractionated” pieces of the whole. it is not the same. Your body cannot absorb synergistically synthetic supplements with bio-availability being the key concern.
Partial vitamins also requires higher dosages to work as well as good natural vitamins. It is like comparing fast food with real whole foods. The nutrient value lost can be more than 50%. Furthermore, these anti-nutrients can deplete the nutritional value of your foods just like cooking can alter the nutritional value of your food.
4. Price has bearing on Quality
Price is usually a good indication if the supplement is of a good quality. If you buy it from a discount store or from a small producer, you do not know if they have good manufacturing practices in place. If it is cheap, it usually means that there is very little R&D that went into the making of the product. For the true value of the product, compare cost per day than cost per bottle.
5. Where you buy your supplements?
Is it a highly reputable company with highest quality control manufacturing practices?
The supplement must meet with the specified minimum RDA/RD amounts.
7. Must include added bonus of essential minerals.
These minerals add their unique layer of nutritional support. Many specialised vitamins lack important minerals.
8. Whether it is evaluated by laboratories or received awards.
Labs that provide clinical evaluation of the vitamin or awards are a good indication of the quality of the supplement. Look for research studies to show that the product is clinically proven to support health.
9. Look for manufacturers with a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility.
A GMP facility must comply with rigid standards, the same standards required by pharmaceutical companies as mandated by the FDA.
This assures that what is in the bottle is the same as what is on the label.
Discrepancies happen more often than you might realise!
Recently a study on 55 brands of vitamin D supplements found they contained between 9% – 146% of what was listed on the label!
Next, you want to know that the raw materials are of high quality.
10. Does the manufacturer have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each ingredient.
Having a COA means that the raw material is tested by an independent lab and deemed to be contaminant-free.
11. Is it NSF certified.
NSF.org is a respected third-party quality assurance organisation. It verifies that a facility complies with good manufacturing practices, and takes proper steps to ensure product safety and accurate labelling.
12. Other Seals of Approval
Seals of approval from Consumerlab.com, the Natural Products Association (NPA), the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), and others are indicative that the products are the best supplements to take. However, the absence of such a seal is no reflection on quality, either good or bad.
13. Look for transparent labeling.
Some products contain “proprietary formulas” that do not reveal ingredients’ amounts and concentrations.
It should have the herb’s scientific name, plant part, and an expiration date. It’s also nice to see the plant’s place of origin and whether it was grown organically or wild-crafted (picked in the wild). Companies will say they do this to protect their formulations from their competitors, and we understand this. But less-than-reputable companies hide behind these words to conceal the fact that there isn’t enough of specific ingredients to do you any good.
If you have allergies, you should check if it contains soy, nuts, animal products etc.
14. Avoid supplements which contain binders or coatings
Binders and coatings holds the product together so it can be easily swallowed. Also look out for fillers. Some of these substances may be bad for your health. Research to find out which substances should be avoided.
15. Label Red Flags
Look for “red flags” on labels—Sucrose (sugar), artificial colouring and flavouring, preservatives, and additives such as shellac, chlorine and other chemicals should be avoided. Check to see if it contains hydrogenated oils.
These are usually hidden in the “other ingredients” category. Watch out for meaningless terms like “nutraceutical” which does not add any value to the supplement.
16. Make sure you are getting the therapeutic dosage.
Some companies intentionally add a miniscule amount of an expensive ingredient so they can add it to the label. “Fairy dust” does not give you right amounts of the ingredient for it to be effective in providing a solution to your health.
17. The vitamin must be formulated with a knowledgeable researchers or herbalists.
Buy products from herbalists who understand the required dosages and possible interactions. The americanherbalistsguild provides useful information on various herbs and how they should be used.
18. Beware of Private Label Supplements
These are supplements created by manufacturers based on existing generic supplements. Look for spelling mistakes, no contact numbers, and hype claims about the value of their product to get an indication of the product reliability.
19. Look for a 30 Day Return Policy
Reputable companies will offer a 30 Day money back guarantee.
20. Avoid overly expensive products.
Expensive does not mean that that it is a very good product. If is it over US$100a bottle, you may be paying too much for the product.
21. Look for Standardized Herbal Extracts vs Whole Herbs.
Traditional herbalists prefer the use of whole herbs, also called full spectrum extracts. Standardize extracts usually means the use of harsh chemical solvents to isolate the main active ingredients. Check for Absorption and Bioavailability Rates.
22. Check whether your supplement will dissolve
USP refers to U.S. Pharmacopeia, an organization that was established to create state-of-the-art standards to ensure the quality of medicines that humans use. This includes vitamin and mineral supplements. An example of the kind of USP designation that you want to look for on the label of a product you are considering would be something like, “this product conforms to the USPXXVII requirements for disintegration and dissolution”.
23. Customer feedback
Always be on guard on user comments on social media. Recommendations can be bought. Always read in between the lines of such user recommendations. Comments on Amazon, particularly those who are “Amazon Verified Purchase” are more reliable. Put more weight age on recommendations from other health professionals.
The Better Business Bureau rating is also a good gauge of whether the company has a good customer rating and low on complaints or legal issues.
24. Expiration Dates
Always look for an expiration date. While some nutrients, such as calcium and other minerals, maintain their potency for several years, others like vitamins B and C have a significantly shorter shelf life. The FDA doesn’t require expiration dates on supplement bottles, so many companies don’t provide them. I do not recommend buying such products. Who knows how long they’ve been sitting on the shelf or warehouse?
25. Are Dietary Supplements Regulated by the Government?
Contrary to popular belief, dietary supplements are regulatory govt organisations eg
FDA regulates the manufacturing of supplements (ingredients that can be included in the supplements and the manufacturing practices)
FTC regulates the marketing of vitamins and supplements (eg proper labelling and benefit claims of the products).
26. Adverse Reactions to your Vitamins / Supplements
Don’t believe all the propaganda about vitamins and supplements being unsafe. There are very instances of people getting an adverse reaction from alternative medicinal products if you adhere to the label instructions and choose a good quality supplement. If you are worried about adverse reactions on your supplements, you should be even more worried of the medicines that your doctor is prescribing routinely to you. Do careful research on the medications you are taking to assess your risk of adverse reactions, poisoning, and even death which your doctor will not tell you because if you knew, you wouldn’t take them.
What if I pick the wrong supplement?
If the vitamin supplement you are considering doesn’t meet the standards discussed above, it can pass right through your body and do you no good at all.
To give you an example of this, I have actually seen a photo of an x-ray taken of a person’s colon area with the vertebrae of their backbone off to one side. In this photo I could clearly see two supplement tablets, still intact, looking like they had just come out of the bottle. These supplement tablets were poorly made, never disintegrated and would soon end up in the toilet. Photos like these are a graphic illustration of the fact that just because you swallow your vitamin supplement doesn’t mean your body is going to be able to use it.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUPPLEMENTS / VITAMINS
If you have gotten to the point where you are looking for a vitamin and mineral supplement to take, congratulations. You have taken a positive step towards improving your health and taking better care of your body. However, make sure to continue that commitment to yourself by doing your homework and making sure that you choose a good quality supplement. It makes no sense to go that far then end up wasting your money on something that your body can’t even use.
Who Takes Nutritional | Dietary Supplements / Vitamins, and Why?
WHO TAKES SUPPLEMENTS / VITAMINS, AND WHY?
49% of adults used a supplement of some kind in the prior 30 days: 54% of women, 43% of men.
Supplement use increased with age: 34% aged 20-39, 50% age 40-59, and 67% over age 60
Non-Hispanic whites use more supplements (54%) than Non-Hispanic blacks (38%) or Hispanics (33%)
Supplement use is greater in “never” (51%) or “former” (59%) smokers compared to current smokers (30-36%)
Supplement use is much more common in those with health insurance (53%) than those without (31%)
Supplement use parallels reported exercise, from “low” (43%) to “moderate” (54%) to “high” (56%).
Supplement use was higher among those that reported “excellent” or “very good” health (55%) versus “good” (47%) or fair/poor (44%)
Source on above Supplements and Vitamins Usage Research:
Archives of Internal Medicine (now called JAMA Internal Medicine) was Why US Adults Use Dietary Supplements by Reagan L. Bailey and colleagues from the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health. It also relies on the NHANES dataset, a representative survey of US civilians which began collecting specific information on reasons for supplement use in 2007. Data are collected through interviews, and a Dietary Supplement Questionnaire was used to gather detailed information on each participant’s use of vitamins and other supplements. This survey reports the results from 11,956 adults (children, young adults (< 20 years), and all pregnant and lactating women were excluded from analysis). Here’s the snapshot of the participants:
Most Popular Reasons People Take Supplements / Vitamins
Have you ever thought about the question:
Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life?
Is there really a dream I can live out in my life?
Everything in life starts with a dream.
You cannot do it if you cannot imagine it.
So Never stop dreaming, Never stop Imagining.
You are never too old to dream, IMAGINE. What do you see?
Older people have a tendency of not being able to dream big as much as when they were a kid. The lack of presence of a dream is due to a life time of conditioning to think “realistically”. Instead of being realistic, be creative. Look way beyond the possible. Look at the Impossible even. When you are realistic, you rob yourself the power and energy to do great things.
Before you can see from the outside, you must be able to see it in the inside. You got to expand your Inner Vision.
WHY YOU NEED TO DREAM BIG
When you’ve got a great dream, you will get a great life. Why would you ever want to settle for an easy life when you can get a great life?
Why do you need a big dream?Because a BIG dream will stretch your ability beyond what you thought would be possible. Life is too short to be small.
Small dreams will give you small breakthroughs. Big dreams, on the other hand, will give you big breakthroughs. Why walk if you can fly?
If your horizon is limited, you cannot see far and you cannot go far.
Explore the possibility of life without limits. To accomplish great things, we must not only Act but also Dream, not only Plan but also Believe in all of life’s infinite possibilities.
Dream the colours of the rainbow. Look for the sunshine. Look up for your stars in the sky. You can’t see your stars under bright lights. Step away from the daily grind. Look for your stars from within. Let your mind illustrate your dreams and manifest itself. Let that which was hidden come out into the light. Let your light shine brightly for all to see.
Don’t be restricted by your shortcomings. Don’t settle for low hanging fruit. Stretch way beyond your imagination and capabilities.
When you have a big dream, your mind will build its sub-conscious character into your life. It will build your Faith, Persistence, Self-Control and Resilience. It will chase the boredom in your life. A dream will wake you up.
A dream is meant to be risky. Risky = Rewards. You have to be strong to take risks. Being fragile means that you want take the easy way out. “Easy” has very little rewards. Walk on the upside. The well travelled road is crowded with people going nowhere.
Everything left on its own will deteriorate by itself. So keep your dream alive by making plans to turn them into action. Some are big steps, some are small steps. Whatever it is, keep on moving ever forward.
A fear of failure stops us from dreaming. The only people who never fail are the people who never tried. TRY! Failure is not fun – but it is not final either.
A dream can bring out the best in you. It can transform you from inside out.
You are only free if you can dream an amazing dream that can come true.
15 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD START FOLLOWING YOUR DREAM TODAY
By Izmael Arkin
You’ve always wanted to do this.
You’ll experience things you never could have imagined.
You will become courageous.
You will become an inspiration to those around you.
You will realize the incredible things you are capable of doing.
You will like yourself more.
Life will become beautiful.
Your joy and happiness will become contagious.
You will connect on a deeper level with the force of the universe.
You will smile more.
It will give meaning to everything you do.
The food will taste better.
Every day you will learn new things.
Your happiness will show on your face.
You will love being around you.
Everything starts with a dream. Everyone needs a dream. So start chasing your dream today. Start focussing on how to achieve your dream. Create a dream program of abundance.
HOW TO RECEIVE THE DREAM:
1. Surrender yourself completely to the dream. Spend a quiet time with yourself. Open your mind to unlimited creativity. Listen with your heart. Listen to your sub-Conscious Mind. Only you can forget your dream. Never lose sight of your dream. Post your dream illustrations / dream board where you can see it every day. Question your purpose in life. Hold on to your dream as if your life depends on it.
In your head you have two voices – one with a positive perspective and another with a negative perspective. Turn up the positive voice and turn down the negative one – by re-framing the thought. Example: “I can’t find anyone who is interested in my product” to “There are lots of people interested in my product. Where are they likely to be?”
2. What are your Strengths / Gifts / Passion? And how can I use it? Dreams begin in your heart. Create great value for others and for yourself. Wealth will follow as wealth is the value you create for others. Your inspiring and compelling vision of the future engages your subconscious mind which works millions times faster than your conscious mind. When your subconscious is switched on, you will invent amazing things and gain amazing insights effortlessly.
3. Keep your eyes on your dream team. Keep company with people who will help you hold on to your dream. Who will pull you up when you are down and out. Your support team will help you through obstacles, hardships and pain. Don’t let anyone steal your dream. Your life situation is temporary. Your dream is universal and timeless. Don’t let it die. Keep the fire burning deep inside of you.
When you’ve got your Dream (your life’s purpose) get to work. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it. Be Unstoppable! It’s your Gift. Start dreaming. Everything starts with a dream.
How to Choose the Right MLM / Network Marketing Company
Facts and Statistics about Network Marketing / MLM
Over 150,000 network marketing companies were established since 1945. Out of this figure, only 1,000 are in existence today. To succeed in this industry, choose the Right Company.
There are a lot of network marketing companies. In fact, today there are over 1,000 of them, and an estimate of over 150,000 since the industry began in 1945. But how do you really know which one to choose?
The truth is, out of the THOUSANDS of network marketing companies that have opened their doors, only 63 have ever reached over $100 million dollars in sales a year in revenues. 34 have reached $250 million in sales. Our company was the fastest to reach both of those. And only 11 have earned over one billion dollars a year in revenues. What does it take to build a long-term, stable residual income that will follow you for decades?
Answer: Choosing the right company.
How to Choose the Right MLM / Network Marketing Company
Here are the key factors to consider when selecting an MLM / Network Marketing Company:
(Partial Source: Entrepreneur JULY 24, 2006):
1. Carefully research the company.
Company’s Track Record, Financial Stability
How long have they been in business? If the company is less than 2 years old, the probability of failure is high. If it’s more than 15 years old, you’ve probably missed most of its growth.
Examine the management team to see if it has a solid mix of people who’ve been involved in managing successful traditional and network marketing companies. Who are they? What’s their mission? Are they people with INTEGRITY? What’s their track record, past experience?
Search the internet to see if the company has any lawsuits or outstanding complaints against it. If the company is solid, you can assess the next factor.
Check also if the company has (c) international or global presence. Even though you have no plans of going international today, you cannot control the growth of your network in the future.
If the Network Marketing companies have been around for decades, you should examine if they are still growing and bringing in new reps and customers each and every single day. You can get annual DSA statistics of the company if they are among the top 100 direct selling companies in the world. If they are not in the top 100 after a decade in business, you need to ask yourself why they have not made the great leap forward.
2. Find a product or service you’re passionate about.
Does the company need to have a physical product for me to offer to friends, co-workers, people online, etc? Does their products excite me?
If not, find another company. Also ask yourself, is this a product or service that’s in high demand and will be for many years to come?
Is this a consumable product or service people must reorder every month?
Is there a genuine need for the product or service?
Is the product or service unique in some way? Check also if the products are patented and exclusive to the company. There are very good imitators out there. You don’t want to see your products displayed at department stores or at any point, do you?
If it’s a product, does the company manufacture it? If it’s a service, does the company perform the service itself? You want the answer to be yes.
Check to make sure the company will be able to handle rapid growth in product orders or service performance.
Products must be of value but not overpriced and preferably with a money-back guarantee.
3. Examine the compensation plan:
Is the plan easy to understand and explain? Does it reward new associates who sponsor a couple of people, or do you have to sponsor hundreds to make a decent income?
Check if there are purchase requirements so you can weigh that monthly investment into your decision.
Ask for average annual incomes at different levels of the company to get a picture of what people are making, then ask how long it takes to reach your desired level.
Also find out if commissions are paid monthly, weekly or daily. Weekly is best–it puts less strain on the company and provides quick and consistent pay for you.
A good question to ask yourself would be, “Can I still make money if my network just consumes the products and does not recruit anybody?” Answer should be “YES;” otherwise, run away as fast as you can!
Another important question is Can you generate immediate income?
Beware of network marketing companies is offering very high returns. It is usually a sign that it could be a scam or money game. Chances you and your friends will get burn.
4. Determine the amount of help you’ll get with marketing.
Does the company offer full-colour marketing pieces, DVD presentations and customizable associate websites?
Will it train you to market your business?
Make sure the company has developed a solid internet-based ordering system so customers can order via the site. Also, the site should allow you to sponsor new associates.
5. Find out what type of and how much training is offered.
Does the company offer a reasonably priced (under $50) associate training kit? Is there training available online? Are there conventions and conferences held in cities near you?
When you find several companies that meet your criteria, you then have to use your gut instincts to make a final decision. Does this company feel right? If so, you’re ready to begin a career in network marketing.
6. Is the person who is introducing you to the opportunity committed to YOUR success?
If they are, the company is strong, and the product or service is a winner, (and, of course, you’re willing to learn) you WILL succeed. There’s a big difference between a “sponsor” and a “recruiter.” A sponsor coaches. motivates and trains and a recruiter just signs people up and in most cases, abandons them.
7. What types of things will motivate you to work harder?
Property / Investments
Flexible time, More Family time
Helping others around you succeed,
Being first-to-market, etc.)
Be your own boss
Create a viable business for your family with less capital and in a shorter time.
No glass ceiling. You get paid for your effort.
Find strong, compelling reasons to drive you to greater success. Remind yourself everyday why you are in network marketing. Make your chosen career an all consuming passion. What drives you, will help you to persevere until you achieve the success you deserve and desire.
8. Finally…What you must do to succeed in Network Marketing?
I’ll be brutally frank, network marketing / MLM is a tough business. There are no short cuts. No free lunch. It is not a get rich quick business. But if you work consistently to build your network, you can earn money beyond your wildest dreams.
You’ll have to treat it like any business.You’ll have to work longer, harder, develop new business skills and think about how you can improve your success rate / business acumen all the time. The better you are at doing all of these, the more you will earn.
That said, network marketing is a level playing field… meaning we all start from zero. So even if you are new to network marketing, you can still achieve some level of success depending on your capability of learning and applying the skill sets you were thought (duplicating). Most good and successful network marketing companies have got a good Business Success System. Learn it, Use it, Duplicate it.
In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. In network marketing, it all about duplication, duplication, duplication. Make things simple for yourself and for all who come after you. If it is simple, everyone can duplicate your success.
Here are the key secret ingredients to your success in network marketing in a nutshell.
Be coachable. No duplication, no success
Develop your dreams, goals and objectives. No goals, no success
Work, Work, Work. No work, no success
Be consistently persistent. No persistence, no success
Make friends everywhere you go. No prospects. no success.
Success does not mean the lack of failure. Success means going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm or courage. Do you have what it takes to be success in network marketing? If so, contact me and I promise you it will be worth your while.