Drew Barrymore Pro Athletes & Weekend

RAW Probiotics™
Which One Is
Right For You?
Bouncing Back
After Baby!
When it
Comes to
Weight Loss
“New You”
New Help
Is On The Way
Pro Athletes
& Weekend
Fueling It Up
Jordan S. Rubin
Marilyn Gemino
Associate Editor
It’s that time again to welcome in a brand new year and to review what resolutions you made
and, more importantly, what resolutions you need to keep.
If you’re like most people, you have the best of intentions and you’ve resolved to better
yourself in one way or another. In fact, some of the most frequently cited New Year’s
resolutions are to lose excess weight, to eat healthily and to exercise more or to get fit.
Unfortunately, for many people, those are also the same resolutions that go by the wayside
by the beginning of February.
At Garden of Life®, we’re committed to helping you see your goals through by helping in any
way we can. That’s why I’m excited to tell you about a new product called fücoTHIN® GREEN.
It’s a unique blend of two hot ingredients targeting weight loss that you may have heard about
on the Dr. Oz Show. The first one is a proprietary blend of fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed
oil called Xanthigen®. The other one is a clinically studied green coffee bean extract known
as Svetol®. What’s more is that this is the only product on the market containing both of these
ingredients. Be sure to read all about it on page 36.
But that’s not all. We’ve also designed our Weight Management THRIVE! Pack—everything
you need to thrive while meeting your weight loss goals this year. Since weight loss is never
about “just one thing,” we have you covered on many fronts. If you’ll turn to page 34, you
can find out how each of the products in our THRIVE! Pack work together to support your
weight-loss and fitness goals.
You’ll also want to check out how our Garden of Life-powered athletes and celebrities are
eating right and thriving on Garden of Life products. Check out how fitness
competitor Toni Lee powers up the RAW way, how the Phoenix Suns’
Luis Scola maintains peak performance and about Davita Parks’ journey.
Or, catch up with Drew Barrymore on page 22 and learn how vegan
bodybuilder Amanda Riester preps for competitions on page 47.
You can also read about oral and maxillofacial surgeon-turned-triathlete
Fred Hartman as well as the latest on our endeared mountain-climbing
couple, Mark and Janelle Smiley—on pages 30 and 16 respectively.
There are even more stories to enjoy, of course, so take
some time to read them all because I can tell you only so
much in this “Reader’s Digest” version.
And speaking of “digest,” let’s not forget about
the importance of digestion in overall health, which
is one of the cornerstones Garden of Life is built
on. Once again, we’re here for you with a tailoredto-you RAW Probiotics™ line. You’ll be thrilled at
the choices you have, so be sure to investigate them
further on page 26. You’re sure to find one that’s
right for you.
And, as in all editions of Extraordinary Health, you’ll
find tasty and healthy recipes, cool product picks that we
recommend as well as a wealth of other information to help
you lead a healthy life.
So, Happy New Year to everyone—and may all of your
resolutions come true!
Jason Longman
Associate Editor
Julie Helm
Contributing Editor
Rhonda Price
Contributing Editor
Dawn Thorpe Jarvis
Contributing Expert
David Johnson
Publishing Creative Director
Angela DiGloria
Publishing Art Director
Marlene Milord
Graphic Design Specialist
Bridget Greenwald
Graphic Designer
Kristie Romano
Contributing Creative Associate
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volume 17 2013
Toni Lee Powers
Up the RAW Way
Mountain Climbers Reach
New Heights
Drew Barrymore—
Bouncing Back
After Baby!
Fred’s First Triathalon
4 Cool Picks
38 Eight “New You” Healthy Recipes
50 Power-Packed Delish Recipes!
10 RAW Cleanse vs. Environmental Toxins
14 The Human Skeleton—What Holds Us Together
26 Benefit from YOUR Bacteria
36 Weight Loss Help—Finally Here!
54 Coconut Oil—Tropical Treasure for Health
Project Verified
Volume 17 2013 3
Cool Picks
1. Go Raw Real Live
2. Amy’s Salsa
3. GrabGreen 3-in-1 4. Aqua Zinger
Chocolate Truffles
Laundry Detergent
$5.99, 14.7oz to 17.5oz jar
$5.99, 6-piece bag
You don’t have to be living a
raw lifestyle to totally love these
chocolate truffles from Go Raw
Real Live Food. The intense meltin-your-mouth flavor is trumped
only by knowing this product is
USDA Organic, raw, vegan and
gluten free. Each delish morsel
contains only 35 calories and
1 gram of fat—so reward yourself
for all that hard work at the
gym with a Go Raw Real Live
Chocolate Truffle. Also available
in orange and mint flavors!
What a great way to add flavor to
just about anything—without excess
calories or fat! Amy’s Salsas are
incredibly fresh-tasting and made
with sweet organic vine ripened
tomatoes. These vegan salsas
are dairy free, gluten free and
soy free—and at only 10 calories
per two tablespoons—guilt free!
Offered in three varieties, we tried
the “mild” and just loved it—give
it a try.
$8.00, 24-load pouch
It doesn’t get much easier than
this! Just pop a GrabGreen
laundry pod into your washer,
add your clothes and push start.
No measuring, dripping or waste.
But what really grabbed us is
GrabGreen laundry pods are
non-toxic, dye free, phosphate
free and never tested on animals.
Pods come in two cool fragrances:
Gardenia and Lavender with
Vanilla. And for those who prefer
unscented, there is a FragranceFree choice. Give them a try!
Recommendations for Cool Picks?
With a name like Aqua Zinger,
how could we resist? But even
more important is the need to
stay hydrated, especially during
times of exercise or exertion.
The Aqua Zinger water bottle
works by subtly infusing water
with flavors that you choose.
From fruits to vegetables—your
Aqua Zinger can infuse them all.
Mix and match and get creative;
the flavors and ingredients are
limited only by your imagination.
Made from BPA/EA-free Tritan
Plastic from Eastman and 18/8
stainless steel, the Aqua Zinger
comes in four cool colors—blue,
green, grey and pink. So, what
color will you zing with?
If you know of a product that you think is “cool worthy,” send your recommendations to: [email protected]
5. Veronica’s Health Crunch
$8.00, 8-ounce bag
Great on salads, yogurt or just as a healthy, delicious
snack, Veronica’s Health Crunch didn’t last too long
around here! An all-natural blend of almonds, walnuts,
pecans, pumpkin seeds, cranberries and unsweetened
shredded coconut, Veronica’s Health Crunch is sweetened
with honey, has a touch of sea salt and is gluten free.
Perfect for those on the go, you can take a bag with you
to work, the gym or on your next bike ride. Oh, and did we
mention—it’s totally yummy?!
6. Plum™ Kids Organic Fruit Shredz™
$3.99, 5-pack
Twist ‘em, Tie ‘em, Twirl ‘em—any way you eat them,
Fruit Shredz are an explosion of chewy fun. Perfect for
a lunchbox snack or trip to the park, Fruit Shredz are
USDA Organic and contain no genetically modified
ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup, no trans fats
and no artificial flavors or preservatives. Fruit Shredz are
available in four yummy fruit and veggie varieties—Rooty
Blues, Super Apple, Berry’licious and Peach Peelz. Why
not try them all?
7. Osmia Organic Soaps
We just fell in love with the entire line of Osmia Organics,
but here’s the rundown on their soaps. Osmia soaps are
hand made in batches of 33 to 40 bars at a time, using
organic oils and only botanical colorants and scents
(essential oils). They are allowed to cure for 8 weeks
(2 to 4 weeks longer than many soap makers allow) to
ensure that enough water has evaporated from the bars,
making them last longer. The soaps are wrapped in acidfree, partially recycled watercolor paper and hemp twine—
all biodegradable and compostable, including the label.
That’s very cool with us! With 13 different variations to
choose from, you’re sure to find one—or more—to please
your skin and senses.
8. Brad’s Raw Chips
$6.99, 3-ounce bag
Looking for a tasty snack that’s actually healthy, too?
Look no further than Brad’s Raw Chips made entirely from
sprouted flaxseeds, groats and a variety of vegetables
and spices—that’s it! The product is dehydrated below
115 degrees—retaining active enzymes—and pops out
as a thin, crunchy and delectable snack food. Extra cool
factors—the chips are high in fiber, a good source of
omega-3s, gluten free and vegan. Available in 13 yummy
flavors, one of our favorites is the Hot! Red Bell Pepper!
Fitness Competitor
Up the
RAW Way!
Deciphering one of Toni
Lee’s business cards can
be either interesting or
confusing. Her titles include:
Fitness Model, Athlete,
Bodybuilder, TV/Film
Producer, Comedian, TV Host,
Fitness Trainer, Motivational
Speaker, Bikini Competitor,
Actress and Classical Pianist.
It’s a long description for the
multi-talented, petite woman
who captured our attention
when she graced the cover of
Fitness X Magazine earlier this
year and let us know that RAW
Meal and RAW Protein from
Garden of Life® are fueling
her fitness competitions. “I do
some serious workouts,” said
Lee, who worked as a fitness
trainer for 10 years before
deciding to enter competitions
two years ago. “I go heavy on
the weights and do a lot of
training, but I tell my clients it’s
really all about the food.
By Rhonda Price
A balanced diet with plenty of protein,
carbohydrates and healthy fats is essential,
and that’s why I rely on RAW Meal and
RAW Protein to eliminate a lot of the
guesswork. By adding them to my routine,
I know I’m getting all of the protein,
vitamins, minerals and probiotics I need to
feel great and do my best at competitions.”
When she first decided to enter several
fitness and bikini model shows, Lee visited
her local health food store, Superior Health
Products, in Sherman Oaks, California.
Impressed by an employee’s recommendation
of Garden of Life products, she started
taking Vitamin Code® multivitamins, RAW
Probiotics™ for Women and Vitamin Code
RAW B-Complex™. After a short while,
she was hooked and went back to purchase
RAW Protein and RAW Meal. The plantbased protein she favored in both products
was crucial to helping her sculpt a chiseled
physique required for fitness, bikini and
bodybuilding competitions.
“I prefer to build muscle the natural way,
without putting a lot of garbage or harmful
substances into my body,” she said.
It’s very rewarding to get a trophy that reflects all of your dedication and hard work,” she said.
“It’s a demanding sport, but I love seeing my body get better and competing for my own satisfaction.
“My challenge is that I have a small frame,
in nearby Runyon Canyon or heads to a gym
On the day of a show, it takes a team
and holding on to muscle is difficult for me.
for intense cardio training. Always interested
of people to spray tan her body to a
I absolutely must have enough protein to stay
in pushing her athletic abilities, she was a
warm, bronzed glow and to style her hair
healthy and have muscle definition, so I carry
track star in high school and participated in
and makeup.
a shaker cup with either RAW Protein or
martial arts before her brother introduced
RAW Meal in it almost all the time!”
her to fitness and weight lifting. Insecure
because of all the lighting at the shows,” she
“We have to look ridiculously dark
Lee racked up several trophies in local
about how she looked as a teenager, she
explained. “Spray tanning is very important,
and regional shows before snagging several
started building muscle and immediately
because if you choose the wrong color, you
first-place finishes at national qualifying
felt more confident.
can actually turn green under the lights!”
competitions such as the 2012 BMR West
“I was born in Korea, but my family
Thankfully, so far she’s been able to stay
Coast Class Championship. She was a bit
became very Americanized after moving
lean and mean with no green—except for the
nervous about competing in the bigger arenas
here,” she said. “I was brought up in a healthy
Perfect Food RAW greens supplement she
at first, but by the time she reached the U.S.
environment where there was no drinking
loves to add to smoothies.
Bodybuilding Championship in July, she was
or smoking allowed, and my family stressed
used to all of the accolades and the limelight.
the importance of taking care of our bodies.
to eating lots of fats, starches or unhealthy
Weight lifting took things to another level
foods after competitions,” she said. “I don’t
for me.”
like to do that because I like to stay healthy
“It’s very rewarding to get a trophy that
reflects all of your dedication and hard work,”
she said. “It’s a demanding sport, but I love
Prior to competing in shows, Lee cuts out
“Some people like to go wild and go back
all the time. It’s a big part of my life, but I
seeing my body get better and competing for
all sodium and eats non-flavored foods with
like to do many other things as well. I think
my own satisfaction.”
no salt, soy sauce or other seasonings. A week
people are surprised sometimes when they
before competition, she drinks plenty of
see me hosting a television show or doing
complain that fitness and bikini modeling are
green and dandelion root tea to help detox her
the opening act at the Jon Lovitz Comedy
not real sports or that female competitors look
system, although she says many competitors
Center. I think the audience appreciates that
too skinny and unhealthy. She says her goal
rely on water pills to avoid looking bloated.
I keep my jokes clean—just like my diet!”
Lee pays no attention to critics who
is not to look like a toothpick or a starving
model onstage, but to promote awareness
that it is possible to have six-pack abs and be
healthy at the same time. Currently training
for an Excalibur show in Culver City, her
diet and exercise regimen rivals that of any
professional athlete.
“In the morning, I have RAW Meal
and Perfect Food® RAW in a smoothie,”
she said. “My diet is very specific and
includes mostly veggies, egg whites and
protein. For lunch, I usually have
RAW Protein Vanilla with different
fruits or perhaps some coconut milk.
On other days, I might have RAW Protein
Pancakes (see her recipe on page 50)
that I cook with coconut oil because it’s
a healthy fat. Overall, I eat a lot of raw
vegetables, dark greens, broccoli and
kale because you just can’t go wrong
with those!”
After breakfast, Lee hikes, climbs
and works on building leg strength
I prefer to build muscle the natural
way, without putting a lot of garbage or
harmful substances into my body,” she
said. “My challenge is that I have a small
frame, and holding on to muscle is difficult
for me. I absolutely must have enough
protein to stay healthy and have muscle
definition, so I carry a shaker cup with
either RAW Protein or RAW Meal in
it almost all the time!
Tiny, but Mighty
They’re small, but flaxseeds are one of the most
powerful plant foods on the planet, supporting
heart, cellular, vascular and blood sugar health—
among other benefits.
Don’t let flaxseeds’ tiny size fool you because, regardless of their miniscule
measurements, they pack a mighty health wallop.
Just ask Lilian Thompson, Ph.D., an internationally known flaxseed researcher from
the University of Toronto. She cites research indicating that among flax’s health benefits
are cellular, cardiovascular, breast, colon, prostate and lung health. What’s more is that
the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA, and the lignan content in flaxseeds
appear to be primarily responsible for those benefits.
In fact, flaxseeds provide a rich source of ALA, which is important because the human
body uses ALA for healthy cellular growth and cellular energy production. Likewise,
the ALA in flaxseeds supports cardiovascular health in a variety of ways, including
supporting healthy inflammation levels by blocking the release of pro-inflammatory
agents and supporting a normal heartbeat, healthy arteries and blood pressure levels.
Speaking of cardiovascular health . . . Kelley Fitzpatrick, M.Sc., director of health
and nutrition with the Flax Council of Canada, makes an amazing observation about
flaxseeds and unhealthy plaque buildup. Fitzpatrick says that lignans—plant-based
compounds known for their protective health properties—in flaxseeds support the
body’s ability to manage atherosclerotic plaque buildup in the arteries and help prevent
white blood cells from sticking to the blood vessels’ inner linings.
Interestingly, the lignans in flaxseeds also
support healthy hormone metabolism and healthy,
normal cellular growth, while interfering with the
growth and spread of unhealthy cells.
As if that weren’t enough, flaxseeds also provide
a good source of protein, antioxidants, vitamins B1,
B2, C and E, zinc, magnesium, and digestion- and
health-supporting fiber.
That’s not all, though, about these tiny seeds.
Several studies also indicate that the synergistic
effects of ALA, lignans and fiber in flaxseeds
support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
As far as the cholesterol benefits of flaxseeds, let’s
preface it with this: small particles of LDL or
“bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream are linked
to an increased risk of metabolic syndrome,
heart disease, obesity and diabetes. In one study,
menopausal women who ate four tablespoons
of ground flaxseeds each day for a year, showed
that the flax significantly supported their normal,
healthy cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Likewise, an Iowa State University’s Nutrition
and Wellness Center study found that, in just fourto-twelve weeks, three tablespoons of flaxseeds a
day offered what researchers termed “a wonderful,
long-term benefit for those who . . . opt for nature”
to help support healthy cholesterol levels.
With all these health benefits, it’s no wonder
people love their flaxseeds and are upping their
flaxseed intake.
Flaxseeds really are tiny, but mighty.
Flaxseeds offer an array of health
benefits and contain three highly
important—and healthy— elements:
Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s are
some of the “good fats” people are raving
about these days. Just two tablespoons of
flaxseeds provide over 146 percent of the daily
value, or DV, of omega-3 fatty acids in the
form of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA.
Lignans: These plant-based compounds
are known for their protective health qualities.
Flaxseeds, through their lignan content,
offer antioxidants and healthy, natural
phytochemicals. In fact, flaxseeds contain 75
to 800 times more lignans than other types of
plant foods.
Fiber: Most of us don’t get enough
fiber and its health benefits, but flaxseeds
contain both types of fiber we need—soluble
and insoluble.
Juice It Up
Instead of using whole leaf grass powder and other fillers, which can be difficult to digest, Garden of Life® chooses to JUICE its grasses and
then use low-temperature drying to create juice powders for six times more concentration. Perfect Food® RAW is packed with the power of 34
nutrient-dense, RAW, USDA Certified Organic greens, sprouts and vegetable JUICES with no fillers, added sugars or herbs for the RAW
ENERGY you need every day. In short, Perfect Food RAW is convenient Organic Veggie JUICE in a bottle!
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Volume 17 2013 9
Chemical Cleanse
Joseph D. Brasco, M.D., is a medical consultant with Garden of Life® and
has extensive expertise and experience in the areas of gastroenterology
and internal medicine. Dr. Brasco earned his Medical Doctorate at
the Medical College of Wisconsin and completed his residency at the
University of Illinois, Chicago. Likewise, he is certified by the American
Board of Internal Medicine in both Gastroenterology and Internal
Medicine. He currently practices at the Center for Colon and Digestive
Disease in Huntsville, Alabama.
by Dr. Joseph Brasco
The number of environmental toxins in the U.S. is staggering, and
nobody knows how many of them make their way into our bodies.
Did you know that the United States has registered more than 80,000 different
chemicals—with 2,000 new chemicals added each year to use in foods, personal care
products and more? Those are the facts, according to the Department of Health and
Human Services’ National Toxicology Program.
We know some of those chemicals
find their way into our bodies, too,
which is why the Centers for Disease
Control publishes the National Report
on Human Exposure to Environmental
Chemicals every few years. It tracks
500 different chemicals and their
concentrations in humans. But what
about the other over 79,500 chemicals
the CDC doesn’t track?
As you might guess, chemical
exposure is one reason for cleansing—
and skyrocketing sales of cleanses
proves that people are concerned about
the avalanche of chemicals finding their
way into our environment and into
our bodies.
As you look to get healthier this
New Year, pay attention to your body’s
toxic load by cleansing. RAW Cleanse™
from Garden of Life® combines the
intelligence of a whole-body cleanse to
remove toxins and the wisdom of
RAW to ensure that no new toxins are
added back into your body. It’s the
perfect start to any health adventure—
and a smart choice for combatting
ever-present and increasing toxins.
RAW Cleanse—Triple Detox Formula
Setting Up a RAW Defense
A high-quality cleanse must
The RAW Truth about Cleansing
remove unwanted toxins from the
“Nobody knows exactly how many
body and aid the body’s natural
of the more than 80,000 registered
defense mechanisms to repel
chemicals in the United States
toxins, so they won’t enter the
get into your body. While the
body and bloodstream.† Most of
government can track a handful of
the hundreds of cleanses on the
these chemicals, you need to take
market miss this crucial starting
care of your body’s toxic load. RAW
point of cleansing—even when
Cleanse is a fast-acting, seven-day
the primary purpose of cleansing is removing toxins from
cleanse to do just that. I believe it’s
the body to aid digestion and overall health.† And where
the “Gold Standard” in cleansing.”
does digestion begin? The mouth, where food—and
- Joseph Brasco, M.D
many toxins—first enter the body.
Toxin Defense, the first step in RAW Cleanse, contains a unique oral probiotic known as
S. salivarius. Much like the skirmishes fought in the gut, there’s a war going on in your mouth with
various microorganisms—and S. salivarius promotes healthy microorganisms in the mouth.† Other
microorganisms produce toxins that interfere with the normal function of the body. By taking up space in
the mouth, S. salivarius helps keep those microorganisms from getting a stronghold in the oral cavity—
providing an excellent first line of defense against toxins. Toxin Defense also includes Bacillus coagulans,
a powerful digestive probiotic supporting the gastrointestinal tract—another breeding ground for toxic
microorganisms. Much like S. salivarius, Bacillus coagulans reduces toxic load by inhibiting potentially
toxic microorganisms from travelling further in the body, so your digestive system can function at its best.†
Toxin Defense, the first component of RAW Cleanse, minimizes exposure to toxic invaders. However,
neutralizing and removing the toxins already in your body is equally important—which brings us to the
next step, RAW Organ Detox.
Moving Toxins Out:
RAW Digestion & Elimination
Cleansing doesn’t end with toxins
being eliminated from the bloodstream.
To hasten the removal process, most
cleanse programs contain ingredients
that help elimination. RAW Digestion
& Elimination is unique because it’s
made with RAW ingredients—and
created for toxin capture and removal.
The formulation starts with RAW food-chelated
magnesium, which attracts water to the colon, allowing
for the natural movement of intestinal bulk.† This differs
from other laxatives that “force” digestive tract muscle
contractions to move waste.
RAW Digestion & Elimination also contains two
superfoods—flaxseed and chia seed—providing omega-3
fatty acids and fiber. Besides being highly nutritious, these
Cleaning House with RAW Organ Detox
The liver is the largest internal organ in the human body.
bulking fibers trap toxins for bodily removal.† Additionally,
RAW Digestion & Elimination contains four different
cereal grass juices that are nutritional powerhouses and
All blood passes through the liver, and its primary purpose is to
traditional cleansing agents. They support the proper
remove toxins from the blood. Most cleanses remove toxins on
function of a healthy gastrointestinal tract and help
the “macro” level—those in the liver, kidneys and other organs.
maintain regularity, which are important when moving
One “macro” ingredient in Organ Detox is raw chlorella, a
toxins out of the body.†
green algae aiding the liver in excreting environmental toxins
the body is normally exposed to in small amounts.† Organ
Detox also contains milk thistle, used in traditional medicine
for thousands of years and found in many cleanse and liver
detox formulas. Unlike most cleanses, the milk thistle found in
Organ Detox is RAW. The real superstar ingredients—not found in
other cleanse formulations—are the intra-cellular antioxidant trio of glutathione,
SOD (superoxide dismutase) and catalase, but none may be as important as
glutathione. As you may know, antioxidants work at the cellular level to combat
free radicals that damage cells—and toxins lead to oxidative stress within the body,
causing a proliferation of free radicals.
For humans, glutathione is at its highest concentration in the liver, which serves
as the collection point for toxins—making the liver prone to oxidative stress and
free radical damage. Since the liver can manufacture glutathione, four ingredients
were added to Organ Detox to boost the body’s ability to manufacture glutathione
and aid in the detoxification process.† These ingredients are raw food-created
cysteine, glycine, sulfur and glutamic acid—building blocks your body uses to
create its own glutathione storehouse.
Organ Detox also contains the antioxidant enzymes SOD and catalase, which
work together to minimize the effects of oxygen radicals at the cellular level.†
While oxygen is vital for normal body function, too much oxygen that is not
efficiently utilized by the body can cause damage.
In short, the net effect of ingredients in the RAW Cleanse Organ Detox
formula is to support your liver to do what it’s made to do—remove toxins
from your blood.†
Cleansing in
the RAW
For the ultimate
cleanse experience,
raw represents “the
standard,” and raw
foods and juices are
foundational elements of virtually every cleansing
and detox program. Garden of Life RAW Cleanse
features uncooked, untreated and unadulterated
ingredients designed to support your body’s
natural digestive and detoxification systems.†
Garden of Life’s standard for
supplementation means:
• highly active, ultra-premium ingredients
that contain live probiotics and enzymes.
no gluten or dairy.
no binders or fillers.
nutrients are delivered in their un-denatured,
whole food form with all the inherent
co-factors intact.
If you want the best in cleansing and
detoxification, then go RAW with
Garden of Life RAW Cleanse.
Secrets of fücoTHIN®
Weight-Loss Stars:
55 lbs.
45 lbs.
Lorine VanCorbach
Sometimes it takes a special occasion or
a painfully revealing photograph to motivate
someone to lose weight. For 43-year-old
Lorine VanCorbach from Adrian, Oregon, it
was both. When she attended her nephew’s
graduation last June, there were plenty
of family photos taken to commemorate
the milestone, but Lorine didn’t feel like
celebrating when she saw them. Instead,
like many people who are faced with the
reality of an unflattering photo, she thought:
Is that me? I really, really need to lose weight!
Spurred into action, Lorine resolved to try
something different because numerous diets
she’d tried over the years had failed and left
her disheartened. Rather than researching
the latest fads or exercise contraptions
hyped on television, Lorine decided on a
tried-and-true dietary supplement called
fücoTHIN to help reach her weight-loss goals.
Encouraged to learn that fücoTHIN was a top
seller in the Natural Products Industry for
more than six years, she was also intrigued
that the product’s brown seaweed and
pomegranate seed oil could help boost her
metabolism—naturally and with no harmful
side effects.†
Lorine made sure to check
with her health care professional,
and then started out on a regular
exercise plan. For her healthy diet
plan, Lorine changed her eating
habits by adding plenty of fresh
whole foods, but fücoTHIN was her
secret weapon.
“I noticed that I had a lot more
energy when I started taking
fücoTHIN,” she said. “I was able to
see results a lot faster than when
I was just watching my diet and
limiting certain foods.”
Lorine gradually lost 2 to 3
pounds per week and was delighted
when the scale showed she’d
dropped a total of 45 pounds in
about 20 weeks.1 That’s when she
decided to take another photo that
she could be much happier about.
“With fücoTHIN, I lost weight
and went down two dress sizes!”
she gushed. “I like the way I look in
photos so much better now, and I’m
grateful I found a way to reach my
ideal, healthy weight.”1
Patty Runton
Numerous studies show that millions of Americans know how to
lose weight, but more than two-thirds are “yo-yo” dieters who regain
their pre-dieting weight back within a few months. Patty Runton of
Lilburn, Georgia, beat the odds when she lost 55 pounds in about
seven months by following a healthy meal plan, exercising regularly
and taking fücoTHIN, but also kept the weight off for three years
and counting!1†
Patty heard about fücoTHIN at Progressive Medical Center in
Atlanta, Georgia, where she attended a seminar about healthy eating.
At the time, she weighed 210 pounds with a BMI of 35, which was
considered clinically obese.
“My self-esteem was at an all-time low, and I was embarrassed
at having gotten this heavy,” said Patty. “I was tired all the time,
depressed and generally not feeling good.”
After speaking with a weight-loss counselor at the medical center,
Patty ultimately decided to try fücoTHIN because it was derived from
a naturally occurring source—seaweed!
“I took it cautiously at first, but had no side effects at all, except for
losing weight!” she exclaimed.
After almost seven months of taking fücoTHIN, making better food
choices and regular exercise, Patty’s dress size dropped from 18 to
a svelte size 10.1 She reports that she feels better, looks better and is
currently using fücoTHIN to maintain her weight loss.†
“I continue to take fücoTHIN to help keep my weight in check†,”
she said. “I also take a Garden of Life® fish oil supplement and a
RAW ONE™ for Women daily vitamin. When people ask what I’m
eating now, I tell them I try to eat as much raw and fresh food as I can
and that I stay away from the so-called diet foods!”
Results may vary
A Dynamic Lesson in
What Holds Us Together
by Wendy Hilliard, D.C.
Educator, Garden of Life®
Wendy Hilliard holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic
Medicine from New York Chiropractic College and a
Bachelor of Science in Biology from East Stroudsburg
University. Wendy has practiced as a chiropractic
physician in both New Jersey and Virginia and has
held the position of adjunct professor of Anatomy and
Physiology at Middlesex County College in New Jersey.
The design of the human body is fantastically miraculous. From the outside, the human
body appears to accomplish everyday functions with minimal effort. In actuality, the human
body is a complex and dynamic machine made up of related parts that act together to create a
functional being—you!
There are so many interesting topics to discuss when it comes to the human body, although
one of the most fascinating is the skeletal system, the collective arrangement of our bones
as they exist in the body. The skeleton itself does more than supply the solid framework to
support the body—in essence, holding us together. Most people think of the skeleton as little
more than a coat rack to throw all your muscles and tissues on to. The truth is that the bones
also provide protection for the vital organs. For example, the heart and lungs are sheltered
by the rib cage, while the brain is shielded by the skull. The skeleton also provides stores
of minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus that are vital for several everyday
biochemical reactions in the body. Likewise, it’s the site of red blood cell formation, which is
the basis of human life.
What makes up the skeletal system is just as fascinating: skeletal bones and the joints they
form when they come together with one another, making for a harmonious skeletal symphony.
What’s more is that, at the point at which two bones meet, there is a fibrous joint capsule that
surrounds the ends of the two bones which acts in a variety of roles to provide cushion, shock
absorption, lubrication and protection—allowing for maximized movement. That’s a good
thing, too, because joints thrive on movement and become stagnant without it. As the old
saying goes—use it or lose it! For example, when a joint is stagnant, ligaments become shorter,
lubrication of the joint capsule decreases and range of motion becomes compromised. Another
amazing feat and benefit of joint movement is that it causes the joint capsule itself to produce
lubricating fluid to nourish the ligaments and encourage range of motion, thereby feeding and
facilitating movement.
Interestingly, bones themselves are commonly misunderstood as rock hard permanent
pieces of our skeleton. Yet, in fact, bones are actually dynamic, constantly changing entities
that play many roles in both the structure and the physiology of the body.
Here’s Some of the
Nitty Gritty on Bones.
A mature bone cell is called an osteocyte
which makes up the bulk of bone. There are two
special types of bone cells called osteoblasts
and osteoclasts, which are responsible for the
constant re-modeling process that keeps our
bones fresh and strong. Osteoblasts build new
bone in situations such as new growth, repairing
a fracture or in response to increased demand
placed on a bone, such as weight-bearing
exercise. On the other hand, osteoclasts break
down bone in situations such as the need for
readily available calcium, remodeling a fracture
or in response to decreased demands placed on
a bone, such as a sedentary lifestyle. Basically,
the balancing act of osteoblasts and osteoclasts
maintain the skeletal system and result in our
bones being dynamic and ever changing—a bone
remodeling that results in the recycling of 5 to
7 percent of our bone mass every week and an
entirely new skeleton every ten years.
Now, that’s dynamic!
Additionally, minerals make up the crystalline
structure of our bones. For instance, calcium and
its helpers act like a collaborative team, creating
balance to support bone health. Calcium doesn’t
work alone, however. It needs assistance in order
to go to where it’s needed in the body. Case
in point: vitamin K. It acts like an air traffic
controller helping to direct calcium to the hard
tissues such as bones and teeth, while blocking
calcium from depositing itself into the soft
tissues such as arterial walls and organs. Recent
research bears this out. It indicates that taking a
calcium supplement that includes vitamin K, as
well as other bone team players such as vitamin
D and magnesium, is imperative for effective
calcium absorption and utilization.
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A Body Needs to Move
Along with proper bone metabolism, movement is vital for bone and joint
health. There’s a law in anatomical science known as Wolff’s Law, which refers
to the principle that every change in the form and function of a bone leads to
changes in its internal architecture. Simply put, it means that, in order for the
bones to be strong and healthy, they must be subject to work demands such
as activity and exercise. Incorporating consistent, moderate exercise such as
walking, aerobics and strength training increases the demand on bones and
makes them stronger. Similarly, flexibility exercises such as stretching and
yoga promote lubrication of the joints as well as lengthening of the muscles to
encourage full range of motion.
Pretty amazing outcomes from moving, right?
Bone-Healthy Diet
Let’s not forget that a diet rich in bone-building nutrients is also important
to support bone health. While dairy products can be a rich source of calcium,
they can lack the proper ratio of bone constituents to assure the absorption and
utilization of calcium. Dark green leafy vegetables are ideal sources of calcium,
however, because they include the much-needed bone “team players” and
trace minerals that make calcium readily available and usable to the body. For
instance, seaweed is one of the richest sources of calcium, along with other dark
green leafy vegetables, including kale and bok choy. When the diet is lacking in
calcium—and many people’s diets are—or there is a need for additional calcium
support, plant-based, whole-food calcium supplements are the ideal choice.
So, how’s it going with what holds you together? That’s a relevant question
to ask, too, because bone and joint health is a significant concern in America
today due to a societal shift from an active lifestyle to a sedentary one. Most
people have no idea how their bones are doing. It’s not like you can see them in
the mirror or measure them with a bathroom scale! The truth is that it’s more
important now than ever before to make an effort to stay active, eat a nutrientrich diet and supplement with whole-food, plant-based calcium when needed.
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Volume 17 2013 15
Mark & Janelle Smiley
are proving that there
Ain’t No
by Rhonda Price
In several classic Saturday Night Live skits, the late comedian Chris Farley gave
motivational speeches ending with warnings to not end up “living in a van down by
the river.” Yet, that’s exactly what world-class mountain climber Janelle Smiley signed
up for when she married her husband Mark and decided that domestic bliss was
possible without a mortgage, a permanent address or a 9-to-5 job. Instead, the Smileys
live in “Lulu,” a trusty van taking them on a road trip that spans 25,000 miles as they
attempt to become the first people to climb all of the mountain routes made famous
in the iconic book Fifty Classic Climbs of North America.
Mark and Janelle started their ambitious journey in April 2010, when they set off
with a film crew to capture high-definition footage of their climbing experiences for
a public television miniseries. So far, they’ve scaled 40 of the 50 climbs and estimate
they will complete their goal in 2014, after covering more than 164,000 feet of
tricky, treacherous vertical terrain. Even though both are accomplished traditional
alpine climbers, it’s a lofty goal and a risky undertaking due to unpredictable
weather conditions, sudden avalanches, impassable ridges, loose rocks and sub-zero
temperatures. Often relying on their skills, knowledge and physical strength to
overcome obstacles and adversity, the couple is determined to persevere until they’ve
conquered all 50 breath-taking mountain tops.
“Alpine climbing is a beautiful sport that allows you to travel high
up in the mountains where you can feel the pulse of creation,” said
Mark. “It allows you to push yourself in ways you didn’t know were
possible and forces you to move upward with grace and humility.
At the same time, you feel very small, and it compels you to be quick,
alert and assertive.”
Janelle developed her interest in climbing at an early age, while
growing up in the rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado. When her
older brother started climbing and needed a “belayer,” 11-year-old
Janelle jumped at the opportunity and was eager to assist.
“I grew up in a household of rowdy brothers, and my mother was
always encouraging us to explore and go on adventuress,” she said.
“I was always involved in other sports such as crew and Nordic skiing,
but mountain climbing has always been my true love because it forces
you to be the best you can be.”
In lead climbing, the front person or “leader” climbs
from the ground up with a rope directly attached to
a harness. The second climber “belays” the leader by
feeding out enough rope to allow upward advancement
without undue slack. As the leader progresses, the rope
is clipped through intermediate points of protection
with spring-loaded cams or nuts, which are metal
wedges attached to a wire loop that is inserted into
rocky cracks to limit the length of a potential fall.
Because the climbing rope is a fixed length, the leader
can climb only a certain distance, so the routes are
broken up into several “pitches.” At the top of a pitch,
the leader affixes an anchor that allows the second
climber to follow the same path, which is how a young
Janelle found herself scrambling up big walls of rock to
keep up with her brother.
During his childhood, Mark’s backyard looked rather flat
by comparison, as the only things he climbed in Indiana were
maple trees and a fake rock wall in a gym when he was a teenager.
When he was 22, he moved West to pursue his climbing dreams
and became an AMGA Certified Rock Climbing and Alpine
Aspirant Guide. Tackling some of the most difficult summits in
the world, he was credited with several first ascents, which is the
initial successful completion of a route by any climber.
Eventually, destiny led Mark to Crested Butte, Colorado, where
he met Janelle at a young adults’ discussion group. The topic that
day was relationships, and Mark boldy blurted out that he never
wanted to get married because he was afraid he would get bored.
Overlooking his outburst because she thought he was “cute,”
Janelle asked Mark if he’d like to go watch the sun rise on top
of Crested Butte Mountain the next morning. Mark readily
agreed, and that was the start of months of climbing, skiing and
exploring adventures.
Five months later, on July 6, 2006, they were
climbing the South Early Winters Spire in
Washington Pass when Janelle stopped to enjoy the
incredible view. That’s when Mark surprised her with
an entirely different looking rock—an engagement
ring! Since they were already 1,100 feet off the
ground, there was no need to sweep her off her feet,
and Mark was thrilled when Janelle accepted his
proposal. Six years later, the couple celebrated their
sixth anniversary 3,000 feet in the sky on El Captain
in Yosemite, California, where they completed
number 40 of the 50 classic climbs.
With a packed schedule that keeps them busy
year round, the Smileys typically climb during the
months of April through November. Mark takes care
of packing and weighing all of their gear for each trip,
while Janelle is in charge of all the food prep.
“It’s quite a sight with piles of gear, sandwiches,
food bars and supplies spread all over the van,”
said Mark. “Somehow, it all makes its way into two
backpacks, and then we hit the trail!”
Depending on the length of each climb, the
couple’s backpacks can get heavy and burdensome.
While climbing the 20,328 foot Denali route in
Alaska earlier this year, they lugged 115 pounds of
food to last for 26 days on the glacier, and the total
weight of their gear topped 320 pounds.
“It took us five days to move all the gear and
reach the base camp,” said Janelle. “On smaller
alpine climbs that last only a few days, we average
about 40 pounds each in our packs. Whenever we
climb, we depend on convenient and portable food
for energy.”
In addition to consuming 100 calories per hour
while climbing, the Smileys take Garden of Life®
supplements every day to fuel their excursions.
Janelle is a fan of RAW ONE™ for Women, Oceans
3™ fish oil, RAW Calcium™, Wobenzym® N, RAW
B-Complex™ and RAW Vitamin E™. She also loves
Fruits of Life™ food bars, which she says are tasty
even when they are frozen! Mark takes the same
supplements but chooses RAW ONE™ for Men for
a daily multivitamin. Janelle also enjoys making
smoothies with Perfect Food® RAW, RAW Protein or
RAW Fiber.
“After workouts, I make a smoothie with chocolate
almond milk, a banana, Perfect Food RAW, chocolate
or vanilla RAW Protein and RAW Fiber,” she said. “If
it’s hot outside, I add ice cubes to help me rehydrate.
I have been amazed that neither Mark nor I have
gotten sick all season long, and we’ve felt great while doing some of our most difficult
climbs. I have no doubt that our daily intake of Garden of Life products has contributed to
our success.”
In December, Mark and Janelle will temporarily put away their climbing gear so they
can compete in several upcoming ski mountaineering races. Janelle will participate in the
National Ski Mountaineering Championship in Jackson, Wyoming, in January and then
move to France with Mark to train and race in the World Cup Series in February. Last
year, Janelle was the 2012 Woman’s North American Champion, so this year she hopes to
repeat her success.
“The ski season prepares us for the climbing season, and the climbing season
prepares us for the ski season,” explains Mark. “I’ve been ramping up my training for
this year’s competition and doing lots of running and strength exercises with coach
Jordan Smothermon from Mountain Athlete, a great gym in Wyoming. He works with
the best mountain athletes in the world.”
In April 2012, the couple plans to complete five or six more of the classic climbs
before finishing up in 2014. Thanks to the support of several generous sponsors and
a mountaineering company they started together in Crested Butte, the Smileys have
never had to come down to earth and find real jobs.
“Maybe someday that will be in our future, along with starting a family,” hinted
Janelle. “In the meantime, we hope to make a feature-length film and write a book.
We may even climb 100 more mountains. For now, I just know that climbing reminds
me of what it feels like to be alive, and it’s also brought me to the belief that the only
competition any of us has is with ourselves.”
Luis Scola
Gives the
Suns Power
in the Paint!
by Rhonda Price
After playing five seasons with the
Houston Rockets, Argentine power forward
Luis Scola became so acclimated that his
taste buds changed. Raised on Argentina’s
famous grassfed beef called asado, he
found that Houston’s smoky beef brisket
barbecue was just one of the many things
he and his family loved about the city. At
32 years old, he felt lucky to be one of the rare players who might be able to retire after
playing for only one team instead of bouncing around the league. Everything changed
on July 13, 2012, when the Rockets used the NBA’s amnesty clause to waive Scola and
provide salary cap relief. That’s how he suddenly found himself packing for Phoenix two
days later when he learned the Suns had acquired him.
“It’s a long process when you have to find another place
to live—new schools for the kids and all the things you
have to take care of to move,” he said. “It takes a while
for everyone in the family to get used to the new place.”
Despite the chaos of relocating, Scola hasn’t missed
a beat in Phoenix and was averaging 15.2 points and 8.4
rebounds per game when we saw him playing against the
Miami Heat at the beginning of the season. Paired with
center Marcin Gortat under the basket, Scola offers the
Suns consistency along with great footwork, an enviable
drop step and box-out skills that guarantee he’s among
the league’s leading rebounders. Known for his reliable
“scoop shot,” his jumper is lethal from mid-range and
ranked him among the league’s top five forwards last
year when he shot 46.8 percent. Currently, he’s working
on adding a three-point shot to his arsenal because,
after 16 years of playing
professionally, he’s
running out of skills
to work on.
“I feel confident I
can pull it off,” he said.
“I shot long twos for
many years in the
Euroleague in Spain.
So, when I first came
to the Suns, I asked the
coach if I could shoot
threes. He said if I can
make them, then I can
shoot them!”
Over the years, Scola has been fortunate not to be
plagued with too many injuries. However, the wear
and tear of being hammered by other 260-pound
giants is taking its toll, so he’s been focusing on
nutrition for peak performance. After switching to a
gluten-free diet because it made him feel “lighter,”
he fills up his 6’ 9”, 245-pound frame with lean
protein, fresh fruit and vegetables. He has also grown
fond of Garden of Life® supplements that the Suns’
trainer provides to the team. That includes RAW
Protein that he drinks before every game.
“After every practice, I mix RAW Protein with
frozen fruit, almond milk and honey,” he said.
“After games, we have RAW Meal in the locker
room, and I have that for a recovery drink. It’s great
because I have lost a lot of fat, and I feel so much
healthier now.”
Scola feels so good about his nutritional switch
that he’s telling younger players how to take care
of themselves.
“I tell them that your body changes over the years,
and so you have to work more to stay in shape,” he said.
“You’re not going to feel the same way you did 10 years
ago, so having a better diet is more important than ever.”
Volume 17 2013 21
is Bouncing Back
After Baby!
by Rhonda Price
You won’t catch Drew Barrymore trying out the latest Hollywood fad diet
after the holidays or making New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. After
being in front of movie cameras her entire life, Drew’s weight struggles ended
in 2004 when she made a commitment to exercise and follow a healthy diet.
Even after recently giving birth to her first child, Olive, she’s been concentrating
on giving her body the best nutrition rather than obsessing about how quickly
she can drop the extra pounds she gained during pregnancy.
I don’t like to diet,” said Drew, no doubt echoing the sentiment of
millions of women worldwide. “I’m going to enjoy the holidays like a
normal person, but most of the time I like to eat right.
Over the years, “eating
right” has translated into a
lot of experimentation for
Drew, who has frequently
changed diets as often as
her hair color. She was a full-blown
vegetarian for several years, eventually
stopping because she felt she needed more
protein. A self-professed “carb queen,” she
flirted with vegetarianism again before
finally giving it up for good, although her
diet still includes plenty of organic fruits
and vegetables. While she’s managed to
keep her weight in check for years by
eating sensibly and exercising, she doesn’t
believe it’s possible to be happy while
constantly dieting and depriving herself.
“If I want some pasta, then I’m
going to have it!” said Drew, who
occasionally likes to indulge with macaroni
and cheese, a grilled cheese sandwich or
a glass of wine. “I don’t want to live a life
where you can’t have what you want. It just
makes you want it more!”
Two of Drew’s weight loss success
stories were accidental flukes that she
would not recommend to anyone. In 2008,
complications from a tongue piercing made
it difficult for her to eat and inadvertently
caused her to lose weight. In 2009, she
dropped 10 pounds that she attributed to
stress while filming the HBO hit
Grey Gardens.
Fortunately, Drew stabilized her diet
with the help of celebrity nutritionist
Kimberly Snyder, who turned her on
“I’m a green drink
fanatic,” confessed
Drew. “As a new
mom, I live and worship
Kim’s program. I actually
learned from her how
to take care of myself,
and I make all of her
juices at home. It’s an
easy system to follow.”
to green smoothies, detoxing and
optimizing digestion for a plethora
of health and beauty benefits. She
continued her nutritious habits
throughout her pregnancy when she
was seen regularly shopping at Whole
Foods and attending prenatal yoga
classes. Just a few months after giving
birth to her healthy baby girl, Drew
showed up in Hollywood for the launch
of Kimberly’s new juice and smoothie
shop, GLOW Bio. Looking casual and
relaxed in skinny jeans, a striped tee
shirt and a fitted jacket to show off her
post-baby figure, she was back on the
red carpet where she belonged.
Drew with Kimberly Snyder
at opening of GLOW Bio.
Other celebrities attending the GLOW Bio
launch party included Ben Stiller and his wife;
Christine Taylor; Jenna Dewan-Tatum;
Dita Von Teese; Kate Mara; and Chord
Overstreet from the cast of Glee. Garden of
Life® participated in the launch by providing
RAW Protein and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
supplements that are included in several
smoothies on the GLOW menu, which features
a “Glowing Green Smoothie” that is Drew’s
favorite beauty libation.
“I’m a green drink fanatic,” confessed Drew.
“As a new mom, I live and worship Kim’s
program. I actually learned from her how to
take care of myself, and I make all of her juices
at home. It’s an easy system to follow.”
Not surprisingly, Drew also endorsed
Kimberly’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution,
which outlines how to harness energy that is
normally wasted in the digestive process to
achieve radiant skin, renewed energy and a
leaner physique. As a spokeswoman and model
for Cover Girl since 2007, Drew’s interest in
beauty will ramp up even more next year when
she will reportedly launch her own cosmetics
line. It will be just one of many projects for the
37-year-old actress, producer, film director,
screenwriter and model who has been working
since she appeared in a dog food commercial
when she was 11 months old.
She Was Born This Way
Film aficionados
and Barrymore
fans know that
Drew’s Hollywood
pedigree reveals an impressive
family tree on both sides.
Her great-grandparents
Maurice Barrymore and
Georgie Drew Barrymore,
Maurice and Mae Costello, and her
grandparents John Barrymore and Dolores
Costello, were all stage and screen actors. She
is the daughter of John Drew Barrymore, who
was regarded as the most talented actor of
his generation, and Jaid Barrymore, who was
also an actress. As the god-daughter of Steven
Spielberg and legendary actress Sophia Loren,
Drew could not ignore her acting genes and
started appearing in commercials when she
was still in diapers.
Although Drew’s first movie role was
a small one in Altered States in 1980, she
captured America’s hearts as the cute and
precocious Gertie in Spielberg’s classic
tearjerker E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
Based on the film’s enormous success, she
skyrocketed to fame as one of Hollywood’s
top actresses, even though her tumultuous
Kimberly Snyder, Celebrity Nutritionist and owner of GLOW Bio.
childhood was plagued with alcohol and drug
abuse as well as problems with her family. After
several stints in rehab, she penned
the autobiography Little Girl
Lost in 1990 that detailed how
she grew up too fast in Tinsel
Town’s limelight, as well as her
reasons for filing a court petition
for emancipation from her parents,
which was granted to her in 1991.
Unlike many troubled child stars
who are not able to sort out their issues
and pursue acting as adults, Drew was a notable
exception with several box office hits during her
teens and young adulthood, including Poison Ivy,
Bad Girls, Boys on the Side and Everyone Says I
Love You. During the 1990s, she also starred in
several romantic comedies such as 50 First Dates
and The Wedding Singer. By then, her wild and
rebellious days were over, and she was ready to be
a major player in Hollywood by starting her own
production company.
The Barrymore Brand
In 1997, Drew decided to take control of her
career by forming her own production company
called Flower Films. Her first film was Never Been
Kissed, followed by the box office smash Charlie’s
Angels in 2000 that she starred in along with best
I try to make movies that I would
want to go see rather than ones I
would just want to do as an actor,”
said Drew. “I want people to have
movies full of romance and hope and
empowerment—something they can
escape into and feel good about. I
love happy endings.
friend Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu. The sequel,
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, was released in
2003 when she also won an Emmy for her role in
the children’s holiday special Olive, the Other Reindeer, which
helped endear her to the name for her daughter. Flower Films
also produced 50 First Dates, the baseball comedy Fever Pitch,
Music and Lyrics and Lucky You, making Drew one of the most
recognizable faces at the box office and earning her a star on
the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2004.
In 2005, Drew accepted a recurring role in the animated
comedy Family Guy, and by 2007, she was gracing the cover
of People magazine’s 100 Most
Beautiful list. Signed by IMG
Models in New York City, she was
also named a spokesmodel for a
new Gucci jewelry line in 2007—in
addition to her modeling for Cover
Girl. Her popularity was solidified
in 2009 when she became the only
female to host Saturday Night Live
six times.
By carefully picking and
choosing her own projects, Drew
has accumulated a worldwide box
office gross estimated at more than
$2.3 billion. Recent films include
Beverly Hills Chihuahua, He’s Just
Not That Into You, Grey Gardens and Everybody’s Fine. In
2010, she won a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe
Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television film for
her poignant role as Little Edie in Grey Gardens. Frequently
referred to as the “queen of romantic comedies,” she insists that
she selects her projects based on what seems interesting to her
at the time.
“I try to make movies that I would want to go see rather
than ones I would just want to do as an actor,” said Drew.
“I want people to have movies full of romance and hope and
empowerment—something they can escape into and feel good
about. I love happy endings.”
Drew’s own happy ending eluded her for years, as her
personal life seemed to take a backseat to her career. Brief
marriages to bar owner Jeremy Thomas and comedian Tom
Green, a five-year relationship with The Strokes drummer
Fabrizio Moretti, and dating actor Justin Long for several years,
certainly kept the paparazzi busy. In 2011, it seemed that Drew
finally found the man of her dreams and was ready to settle down
and start a family.
Bringing Up Baby
In 2011, Drew met art consultant Will Kopelman,
the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman. The
couple became engaged in January 2012 and was
married at Drew’s estate in Montecito, California, on
June 2, 2012. Drew said she could not wait to start a
family and gave birth to Olive Barrymore Kopelman on September
26th. The actress said that she hopes to have several children with Kopelman
if everything goes well.
“We’ll start with one and see how it goes,” she said. “Then, if we could be
so blessed, that would be wonderful.” Drew is so excited about becoming
a mom that she has put her acting career on hold to focus on a few other
projects that are not as time consuming. She has a vineyard in Italy where
she’s developing her own wine label, and she’ll be pursuing her interests in
directing and photography. For the first time ever, she doesn’t have to act
like anyone but herself, and she’s clearly relishing the role.
I’ve been acting my entire life, but
directing is great,” she said. “I get
to wear my own clothes and then
go home to my husband and baby. I’m happy in
my own life, so I don’t need to play at being
someone else right now.
The Most From My
The subject for today is probiotics, but we’re
skipping the beginner’s course—and assuming
we’re talking to the already initiated among us:
those who’ve been paying attention to the stacks of
studies released over the past couple of decades.
For you, terms such as gastrointestinal tract, colon,
gut and digestion; and diarrhea, constipation, gas,
bloating, painful stools, and bowel movement;
and live bacteria as well as beneficial bacteria are
already part of your vocabulary.
Now, we want to dive down a little deeper and
embark on Probiotics 102—the course that helps
you answer the all-important question: How can
I benefit the most from my bacteria?
Now, all good courses include a mini refresher.
So, by way of introduction, let’s review: It all starts
at birth when you swallow trillions of probiotics
during the trip through your mom’s birth canal.
Shortly after your arrival, you are invaded and
colonized by billions of tiny bacterial organisms
which now live along your digestive tract. These
invaders came from multiple sources with vastly
different interests and agendas. They all share just
By Bruce Topping
National Educator & Probiotic Expert
Garden of Life®
one thing in common—their desire to live, breed and protect their new home inside of
your gut. (You are not alone!) Many researchers have pointed out that these organisms are
a huge part of our health. In fact, our guts have several pounds of bacteria in them!
As diverse as these bacteria are, they boil down quite simply into two camps: the good
guys and the bad guys. Both of them pay you rent, so to speak, for their space in your gut.
The good guys pay by supporting healthy digestion, aiding in the absorption of nutrients—
manufacturing and secreting certain vitamins into the bloodstream, and providing
meaningful support to your immune system. In a sense, they also pay for the policing of
the dwelling, and one of the best parts about having these good renters is that they keep
out the riffraff by:
hhelping to digest certain sugars and proteins.
h actively depriving the bad invaders of nutrients they need to populate.
h strengthening the lining of the gut to help block dangerous invaders from penetrating it.
hfacilitating absorption of certain minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.
h helping to relieve occasional bloating, gas and yeast overgrowth.†
h manufacturing vitamin K and B vitamins.
h stimulating and supporting the immune system.†
Clearly, these are good tenants.
What about the bad renters? Well, let’s just say that they’re not going to get their
security deposit back after having left the place damaged! When you’ve allowed these bad
renters in, they tend to produce a great deal of gas, bloating, constipation, painful stools,
diarrhea and—well—it goes downhill from there.
Your goal, at all times,
should be to evict the
bad renters and to make
more space available for
the good ones—restoring
a healthy flora balance.
This goal is much easier to
understand than it is to achieve,
however. Why? Well, you knew this was coming:
our diet and lifestyle often cater to the opportunistic
bad guys and leave less rental space for the good
tenants. For example, our environment has changed
to such a profound degree with chlorinated water,
refined sugar and antibiotics—to name just a few—
and our “rental property” wasn’t designed for these
conditions. What makes matters worse is that these
bad critters are persistent, relentless, sneaky and
innumerable. So, balance is a constant daily issue, and
it’s never going away.
So, what can you do to improve the neighborhood
inside of your gut? Well, start with the basics—good
bacteria; probiotics; eat to live. Good bacteria’s favorite
food is fiber, especially soluble and fermentable fiber,
and they especially love to feast on the fiber found in
raw organic vegetables, fruits, seeds, whole grains and
legumes. This is one of the reasons that folks who eat
fruits and vegetables live longer and have healthier
immune systems.†
While you’re at it, make sure your diet includes
plenty of probiotic-rich fermented foods such as kefir
and yogurt, kimchi and homemade pickles. These
foods are known to help correct dysbiosis—an
imbalance in digestive flora. Throughout history, our
ancestors ate these foods virtually every day with no
antibiotics or pesticides in their food or water. We
need probiotics more than our ancestors did, yet we
consume less of them.
What are the bad guys’ favorite munchies? Unsurprisingly, they thrive on
predominately refined grains, along with processed foods and refined sugars.
For many people, these items make up the majority of their calories every day!
It’s your mission to limit these in your diet if you want to achieve a healthy
balance of internal flora.
In addition to watching your diet, you should strongly consider a daily
probiotic supplement. If you do, then you should look for a raw, whole food
probiotic supplement that is designed for your exact needs.
Why RAW?
Well, to be blunt—heat kills. Heat is one of the ways to kill bacteria, both good
and bad. Consider again that your gut is now home to millions of renters. And
you are on a mission to improve the property values “down under” by evicting
the bad guys and replacing them with good renters. Obviously, it is important
for the new tenants to be alive and intact when they show up, rather than sick,
depressed—or worse. So, if you are trying to introduce new, beneficial bacteria
into your digestive system to help achieve and maintain balanced flora, then start
by looking in the store cooler. Look for a product that is carefully manufactured
in a climate- and humidity-controlled environment, stored in a cool warehouse,
shipped cold and kept in the store’s cooler rather than on the store’s shelf. After
all, you want high-quality, healthy, “living” renters paying daily for their space in
your gut.
What’s so important about whole foods? Whole foods such as kefir, yogurt,
fruits and vegetables naturally contain an enormous diversity of beneficial
probiotics that have been present throughout human history. We are talking
about diversity of species and strains, not just a few isolated probiotic strains
in a laboratory. Whole foods typically contain dozens of beneficial probiotic
organisms peacefully coexisting and offering tremendous benefits for your
health. In addition to the probiotic diversity, whole foods are full of enzymes,
naturally occurring and probiotic-created vitamins and minerals as well as
wholesome beneficial food co-factors such as CoQ10 and glutathione. By
contrast, isolated probiotics represent the modern pharmacological approach.
They contain very few strains and provide zero vitamins and minerals. So, don’t
miss out on all of this extra good stuff found only in whole foods!
Now a word about enzymes. You may recall from Biology 101 that enzymes
are the working factories inside of your cells. Many books point out that
everything is really a building block—protein, minerals, even vitamins—they’re
all building blocks, but it’s the enzymes that do all the work in the body. In fact,
there are thousands of enzymes that drive trillions of chemical reactions every
second. They are fragile, and just like with probiotics, heat snuffs them out
pretty quickly. But when you take care of them, you find an amazingly powerful
workhorse in the enzyme kingdom. Enzymes actually live and work inside of
every living cell, including the cells that make up beneficial bacteria—probiotics.
Some experts suggest that the bewildering array of proven benefits is due
largely to enzymes that probiotics manufacture. They cause probiotics to grow,
reproduce and create energy. What would your probiotic be without an enzyme?
It would be like trying to take a Maserati for a spin without the engine—it may
look good, but it’s not getting you anywhere.
Formula is RIGHT for YOU?
Okay. So, you’re convinced you want to supplement your
diet with a RAW, whole food probiotic every day. And
you want one that is loaded with probiotic-rich kefir,
yogurt, fruit and vegetables and includes a heaping dose
of live, active enzymes. You also like the idea of filling
your body with raw, probiotic-created vitamins and
minerals. Clearly, you want RAW Probiotics from Garden
of Life® shipped with our industry-leading ARRIVE
ALIVE! potency promise which ensures high-potency
through the expiration date rather than just the time
of manufacture. Which RAW Probiotics formula was
designed with you in mind?
Are you looking for a well-rounded,
comprehensive probiotic formula
with record-setting diversity and
unmatched attention to detail in production and
manufacture for your general health goals?
If you answered yes, then you want one of our original
RAW Probiotics support formulas, each teeming with
85 billion LIVE active probiotics representing over 30
different beneficial strains, like the diversity found in nature,
blended with a heaping serving of RAW fruits, vegetables,
enzymes, probiotic-rich kefir and yogurt as well as 17 probiotic-
RAW Probiotics Men:
• helps maintain digestive and immune system health.†
• helps maintain a healthy heart, prostate and healthy stress management.†
RAW Probiotics
Women 50 & Wiser:
• helps maintain digestive and immune system health.†
• supports healthy cholesterol levels, healthy thyroid and breast health.†
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Men 50 & Wiser:
•helps maintain digestive and immune system health.†
•helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels, prostate health and healthy blood sugar.†
created vitamins and minerals.
RAW Probiotics Kids:
RAW Probiotics Women:
• helps maintain digestive and immune
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• helps maintain breast and thyroid
health and overall vaginal health.†
(does not include yogurt, kefir or
added vitamins and minerals)
•is a daily whole food probiotic.
•helps maintain digestive and immune system health.†
•is USDA Certified Organic.
•is a pleasant and mild-tasting
Are you a woman who has recurrent
battles with vaginal health?
If you answered yes, then during those times consider
adding our RAW Probiotics Vaginal Care formula with
clinically studied strains targeted just for this purpose.
It’s formulated with 50 billion LIVE active probiotics
representing 38 different beneficial strains, blended with
raw fruits, vegetables, enzymes, and probiotic rich kefir
and yogurt.
Are you someone who suffers with poor
colon health and desires to shift the
population of the ecosystem to help support
your digestive health and immune system over
a 30-day timeframe?
If you answered yes, then during those times, consider
adding our RAW Probiotics Ultimate Care formula.
It’s formulated with 100 billion LIVE active probiotics
representing 34 different beneficial strains—especially high
in bifidobacterium—and blended with raw fruits, vegetables,
enzymes and probiotic-rich kefir and yogurt.
Vaginal Care:
Ultimate Care:
• contains scientifically studied
•is a high bifido formula including
strains to support vaginal and
urinary tract health.†
the clinically studied Replenish
Blend featuring four clinically
studied strains, making it your
ultimate probiotic in times of
challenge helping to repopulate
your gastrointestinal tract with
good bacteria.†
• is a whole food probiotic,
including a unique yeastdigesting enzyme blend.
• is a once-daily, small vegetarian capsule.
•includes a protein-digesting enzyme support blend.†
•is perfect after completion of
a cleanse program or on the road when traveling.†
Are you experiencing occasional gas,
bloating, diarrhea or constipation? Are you
looking for a probiotic to support better, more
frequent and comfortable bowel movements?
DOES life has you temporarily focused on the
state of your colon health?
If you answered yes, then during those times, consider
adding our RAW Probiotics Colon Care formula. If you
haven’t tried the remedy used for thousands of years to help
your gut, then where have you been? Good bacteria is where
colon health begins. It’s formulated with 50 billion LIVE active
probiotics representing 33 different beneficial strains, blended
with raw fruits, vegetables, enzymes, and probiotic rich kefir
and yogurt.
Colon Care:
• features 3 clinically studied
strains to promote regular, healthy and comfortable movements.†
• is a high bifido formula including
clinically studied strains to help relieve occasional GI distress.†
• provides 17 digestive enzymes to
support healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients.†
• is a once-daily, small
vegetarian capsule.
•is a once-daily, small
vegetarian capsule.
Are you someone who has a focused
desire to support your digestive health
and immune system over a five-day timeframe?
If you answered yes, then during those times,
consider adding our RAW Probiotics 5-Day
Max Care formula. It’s a unique USDA Organic, mild
powder probiotic with 400 billion LIVE active cultures
representing 34 different beneficial strains, blended
with raw fruits, vegtetables and enzymes.
5-Day Max Care:
• is a high bifido formula including the clinically
studied Replenish A to Z Blend featuring
four clinically studied strains, making it your
ultimate complementary probiotic to achieve balance—helping to repopulate
your gastrointestinal tract with
good bacteria.†
• includes a broad-spectrum enzyme support blend.†
• is perfect
after completion of a cleanse program or on the road when traveling.†
• is a once-daily,
powder serving.
Fred’s First Triathalon
By almost anyone’s estimation, 38-year-old Fred
Hartman was at the top of his game. A successful oral
and maxillofacial surgeon with a thriving practice in
Providence, Rhode Island, Fred also had a lovely wife, two
young boys and a house in a picturesque neighborhood to
round out his American dream. In his spare time, he was
involved with several charities, volunteered with the local
Boy Scout troop and even traveled to faraway places such
as Cambodia to repair cleft palates for needy children and
families. While he often felt stretched to the limit while
juggling the demands of his career and family, he couldn’t
shake the feeling that something was missing. Luckily,
through a chance encounter with a colleague, Fred
discovered triathlons.
By Rhonda Price
“I was organizing a charity event for
uninsured medical and dental patients
and invited a few people,” he said. “One
guy told me he couldn’t make it because
he was participating in a triathlon that
day. For some reason, I thought that
sounded pretty cool!”
Growing up in Florida, Fred was an avid surfer, a fairly good
swimmer and played on his high school soccer team. Over the years,
while he was attending college, medical school and starting a family,
there had been little time to think about sports, and he’d resorted
to squeezing in a few sporadic workouts at the gym. Still, he was in
reasonable shape—there was no middle-age spread or health problems—
so there was nothing standing in his way of becoming a triathlete, except
one very skeptical wife.
Neile Hartman knew her husband’s schedule was already overflowing
with commitments, so she asked exactly how he was going to add months
of triathlon training to his schedule. Although he wasn’t entirely sure
how he’d pull it off, somehow Fred knew that if he didn’t snatch this
opportunity at this moment, it might get lost forever. So, he explained to
his wife that it wouldn’t be easy, but that
he would somehow fit in extra hours of
training without neglecting his family or­job
responsibilities because he just really wanted
to do this.
That’s how Fred suddenly found himself
waking up at 4:30 some mornings so he could
drive to the gym in total darkness and swim a
mile in the pool as the sun was coming up. He’d
hurry back home just in time to grab breakfast,
help his wife get the kids off to school and
scramble out to tackle his surgeries for the day at
Rhode Island Hospital where he was a staff member.
After ten hours or so of removing wisdom teeth,
aligning jaws and prescribing treatments for tongue
cancer, he rushed to attend evening classes at a nearby
YMCA, where he and other newbies learned the basics
of preparing for triathlons.
Fred’s goal was to compete in the Amica Sprint
Triathlon held in Newport, which was three months
away. He learned that a sprint triathlon is not as long as a regular
triathlon, which usually consists of a .093 mile swim, a 25-mile
bike ride and a 6.2 mile run. Sprints offer a gentler introduction to
the sport and typically draw more casual competitors with a halfmile swim, 16-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Nevertheless, it was a
challenge for Fred, who was used to standing all day in a surgical
suite, but never pushing his body for two hours straight with
intense exercise.
“I had never even worked out for two hours before starting the
class,” admitted Fred. “I felt like I was a good swimmer, but I had not
ridden a bicycle in years, and I wasn’t used to running. Some days I
would run sprints, and then I gradually
built up to longer runs. Cycling was the
most difficult thing for me because there
was a lot more technique involved.”
In addition to adapting to the rigorous
training routine, Fred realized his diet
would have to be revamped in order to
provide enough energy and nutrition
for his new activities. Prior to triathlon
training, he usually scarfed down an
English muffin or cereal for breakfast.
After a few hours at work, he’d be
irritable and hungry, but would always
grab a sandwich or anything he could get his
hands on. For dinner, he would finally have a
healthy, cooked meal with his family, but by then,
his energy levels were almost depleted. Clearly,
if he hoped to succeed, Fred knew that he would
have to figure out the nutritional component of
competing in triathlons.
“Figuring out what to eat, how much and when
to eat it was the trickiest part of my training,” he
said. “I had to calculate how many calories I was
burning and then estimate how much I’d have
to eat to replenish them. In addition, I realized
I needed to add a lot more protein, nutrients
and minerals to my diet. That’s when I went to a
health food store to get some advice about
protein drinks and shakes.”
Roaming the aisles of health food stores,
Fred noticed that all protein drinks and meal
replacement shakes were not created equal.
Confusing labels and impossible-to-pronounce
ingredients made him realize he wanted plantbased protein with no binders or fillers. After a
few hits and misses with protein concoctions,
co-workers at Fred’s office and at the hospital
noticed that he was always carrying around a
shaker cup with some unidentifiable stuff in it.
The “stuff” was RAW Meal from Garden of Life®,
which Fred discovered was the missing link to
his nutritional puzzle. Packed with 34 grams of
protein per serving, RAW Meal ensured that he
was no longer cranky and hungry before lunch
time. It also helped fuel his workouts, which he
immediately noticed because he no longer felt
fatigued after the first hour.
“Before I started using RAW Meal, I used to
get a huge energy slump after the first hour of
training,” he said. “This made it difficult for me
to keep going, so lots of times I would feel like
I couldn’t get through another hour. After I
added RAW Meal to my routine, I sailed through
my workouts with no problem and had energy
to spare!”
After a few months of training and using
RAW Meal, Fred realized he was in the best
shape of his life. As his diet improved, he
was able to sleep better and feel refreshed
every morning. Best of all, it was time for the
triathlon, and he was eager to compete.
On the day of the race, Fred joined ranks
with 640 other entrants and felt like he was
part of something special. A few participants
with fancy $10,000 road bikes intimidated
him a bit, but he made a mental note to
look for a better bike in the future. After
registration and a quick pep talk from his
wife, it was time to put on his wet suit and
get ready for the swim. Suddenly, there he
was—slicing through the chilly current of
the Atlantic—and it was all so invigorating
and exciting, except for the fact that throngs
of other swimmers kept unknowingly kicking
him in the head. Although he ducked and
dodged the blows, he realized if he wasn’t
careful, that he would soon need his own
oral surgeon to straighten out his
injured jaw.
“In our class, we were warned
about the hazards of swimming
with crowds,” he said. “But nothing
really prepares you for hundreds of
flailing arms and legs in such close
proximity. It was a big difference from
swimming by myself at the gym!”
At some point while getting
clobbered during the half-mile
swim, Fred’s adrenaline also kicked
in. He surged ahead of many of the
swimmers in his age group and felt
confident when he emerged from the water and
ran to his bike. That’s when he encountered an
unforeseen wardrobe malfunction and wasted
precious time fumbling with his bike helmet.
People were zooming by him on their bikes,
and he was frustrated that he had lost his
lead. Determined to make up for lost time, he
started furiously pedaling his bike, forgetting
all about the proper technique he had learned
in class.
“I was so excited that I forgot to pedal more
with my heels and used too much of my calf
muscles,” he said. “I thought I was okay—until
I was finished cycling and it was time for me to
run. I almost fell over and could hardly stand
up when I first started running, and all I could
think was, What’s wrong with my legs?”
Somehow, Fred managed to shake off the
cramps and run the last leg of the triathlon.
He crossed the finish line in one hour and 50
minutes, which landed him in the middle of
the pack for his age group. It was immensely
satisfying to grab his RAW Meal recovery drink
and to get high-fives and hugs from his wife and
family. It was also rewarding for him to realize
that this was his first, but not his last, triathlon.
“I loved the competition and the huge sense
of accomplishment I felt when I crossed the
finish line,” he said. “I’d recommend it to
anyone because it’s such a rush!”
Currently training for a half Ironman next
year, Fred is stepping up his game to prepare
for the event. He’s modified his workouts to
prepare for the longer distances, and he’s
plotting how to level the playing field by
overcoming what could be a difficult hurdle.
“Somehow, I have to convince my wife that
spending $3,500 for a better road bike is the
right thing to do,” he said. “I absolutely must
get another bike!”
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Garden of Life®
A perfect
way to start
a new diet—
the body of
RAW Cleanse™
The Skinny:
In and of itself, cleansing won’t
help you lose weight. However, if you’re starting
a new diet, using a cleanse at the outset can be
beneficial. Removing unwanted toxins from the
body is not only healthy, but it can also allow your
body to function more efficiently, which can be
extremely helpful when trying to manage weight.
Why RAW Cleanse: RAW Cleanse is one of
the most complete digestive cleanse products on
the market. The 3-step cleanse starts with oral and
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for natural detoxification of the main organ systems,
and ends with the capture and removal of toxins in
the digestive tract. Best of all, since it’s RAW with
no binders, fillers or synthetic ingredients, it doesn’t
introduce any new toxins to the body.
When to Use:
RAW Cleanse is the perfect
way to start a new diet. After that, cleansing 3 to 4
times a year is recommended as a way to remove
the toxins that have accumulated over time.
Will this be the year your weight loss goals finally stick?
Every January, thousands of people make the commitment to lose
weight. And every year, a majority of those commitments go unfulfilled.
Many people look at “weight loss season” as something they will try and
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Weight Management is never about “just one thing.” Instead, proper
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While achieving a healthy diet and managing to exercise frequently
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themselves: What should I take? When should i take it?
The Garden of Life® Weight Management THRIVE! Pack was designed to
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Contains RAW
green coffee bean
extract AND RAW
fucoxanthin in
ONE product!
to help reduce
and cravings.
Vitamin Code® Perfect Weight™
The Skinny: Lifestyle changes regarding diet and exercise
often come with a need for additional nutritional support.
Multivitamins such as Vitamin Code Perfect Weight are a
great way to supply your body with the vitamins, minerals
and other nutrients it requires to function at its best.
The Skinny: If you watch the Dr. Oz Show, then no doubt
you’ve heard of two hot ingredients and the promise they
have shown in clinical studies focused on weight loss. First
was a proprietary blend of fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed
oil called Xanthigen®. Second, was the clinically researched
Why Vitamin Code Perfect Weight: Besides providing
green coffee bean extract known as Svetol®. fücoTHIN original
RAW, food-created vitamins and minerals, Vitamin Code
formula, containing Xanthigen, has been the top-selling weight
Perfect Weight contains higher levels of minerals known
management product in health food stores over the last six years. to help regulate blood sugar levels, which is so crucial for
Now, only fücoTHIN GREEN contains both of these clinicallyweight management efforts. Ashwagandha is also included
studied ingredients. That means you get the weight loss benefits to help reduce stress-related overeating and cravings for
of an increased metabolism (Xanthigen) while supporting the
sugar and carbohydrates.
body’s natural ability to metabolize sugars (Svetol), rather than
When to Use: Preferably twice a day, with or without food.
convert them into fat storage—helping in weight loss without
jitters, nervousness or other side effects associated with
products that rev up your nervous system. There are no diuretic
effects or laxative effects, either, unlike many other options on the market.
Why fucoTHIN GREEN: Simply put, fücoTHIN GREEN is the only formula available in health food stores that uses the exact
formulas used in clinical studies. When you hear Dr. Oz and others reference clinical studies with fucoxanthin or green coffee bean
extract, they are referencing the exact ingredients is used in fücoTHIN GREEN. (For more information on fücoTHIN GREEN and
results of the studies, see page 36.)
When to Use: Take one capsule 3 times daily at the beginning of each main meal. It is important to take it consistently for
optimum results.
Low-fat, highprotein and
high-fiber meal
RAW Meal
The Skinny: It may very well be the hardest part of any weight
management program. Finding healthy on-the-go meals is a challenge for
any diet, which is why meal replacements are so popular. A good one can fill
you up, provide just the right amount of calories to keep your energy
raised and provide you with the key nutrients your body needs to thrive.
Why RAW Meal: RAW Meal is the only RAW, USDA Certified Organic,
100% vegan meal replacement available in health food stores. One serving
contains 26 different superfoods providing 34 grams of protein, 17 digestive
enzymes, 9 grams of fiber, 2.5 grams of healthy fats, good probiotic bacteria
and 20 whole food vitamins and minerals. Just as important is what’s NOT
included in RAW Meal. It is gluten free, dairy free and lactose free and has
no fillers, no synthetic nutrients, no artificial flavors or sweeteners, no
preservatives and is non-GMO.
When to Use: Any time of day when you are looking to replace a normal
meal with a low-calorie, high-protein and high-fiber meal replacement.
Exercise buffs
Great postlove to take
workout drink Wobenzym N
to help build between workouts
and rebuild
to relieve sore
muscle that has
been exerted.
RAW Protein
Wobenzym® N
The Skinny: Muscle is the enemy of fat, and building lean muscle mass requires
protein. Every weight management program should have an exercise component, and
whether your exercise requires heavy lifting, endurance exercise or a combination of
both, your body requires protein to help build and rebuild muscle that has been exerted
through exercise.
The Skinny: Systemic enzymes such as Wobenzym N won’t help you lose any
weight at all, so why are they mentioned here? Well, one of the biggest obstacles
to any weight management program is overcoming the normal everyday aches
and pains that are associated with exercise.
Why RAW Protein: RAW Protein is the #1 selling protein in health food stores for
good reasons. Packing 17g of Protein it is the only RAW, USDA Certified Organic, nonGMO, vegan plant protein that contains all of the amino acids necessary for complete
protein building. Because it’s RAW, it doesn’t contain any binders, fillers or synthetic
ingredients—just the protein your body craves.
When to Use: RAW Protein is great any time you want to add a boost of lean, plantbased protein to your diet, but it is especially effective within 30 minutes of exercise,
when you need protein to help build and rebuild muscle that has been exerted.
Why Wobenzym N: Wobenzym N has been a trusted supplement for over 40
years and has been involved in numerous clinical studies. Wobenzym N provides
temporary relief from aches, pain and muscle soreness due to everyday activity†;
supports the body’s natural inflammation response; leads to increased flexibility
and mobility†; and supports overall joint and tendon health.† Many exercise buffs
love to use Wobenzym N between workouts to relieve sore muscles faster and to
help them get back on the field or in the gym.
When to Use: Wobenzym N should be taken twice daily, on an empty stomach
and with water. Clinical studies show that Wobenzym N works best when taken
over time.
When it Comes to
Weight Loss—
Two Really are
Better than
By Jay Bugai
B.S. Clinical Nutrition
National Educator, Garden of Life®
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Some things just belong together—peanut butter and jelly, Kermit and Miss Piggy, sugar and spice,
algae and coffee. Okay, so algae and coffee are not a famous pairing yet, but that’s all about to change.
Recently, America’s doctor, Mehmet Oz,
featured two powerful, clinically studied
ingredients to help America in the battle of
both of these ingredients in the
the right ratio, make up Xanthigen and were
same powerful product—until now.
studied over a 16-week period in 150 overweight
Let’s first take a look at Xanthigen.
and obese Eastern European women. They all
the bulge. First, was a proprietary preparation
The fucoxanthin in Xanthigen is a powerful
followed a 1,800-calorie per day diet. Some of
of fucoxanthin and pomegranate seed oil
type of antioxidant called a carotenoid—or
the women were given a placebo, while others
called Xanthigen . Second, was a clinically
a pigment—that naturally colors vegetables.
took Xanthigen. This “Gold Standard” study had
researched green coffee bean extract known
This particular fucoxanthin comes from a
amazing results. The women taking Xanthigen
as Svetol®. These ingredients were profiled—
unique brown seaweed harvested in the
lost 14.5 pounds on average, while the women
and their clinical studies discussed—on
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taking the placebo lost only three pounds.†
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to help make your diet and exercise program
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On average, the group taking
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Svetol worked because it supported the body’s natural ability
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Then there’s the RAW effect. Why does that
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coffee bean is made of polysaccharides, such as mannans and
decaffeinated green coffee bean extract
arabinogalactans. Roasting (heat) destroys these nutrients, so
that has been standardized to 50 percent
they’re not found in traditional brewed coffee—only the green
chlorogenic acid content.
coffee beans.
Coffee’s “roots” go back to the 13th century,
when it was discovered by Ethiopian goat
herders in the province of Kaffe. Over the
centuries, people not only loved the coffee
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health benefits—and a few challenges. Until
recently, both the good and the bad were
primarily tied to the caffeine in the coffee. Not
long ago, however, the chlorogenic acid residing
in the raw, unprocessed green coffee bean came to light as a powerful,
high-antioxidant polyphenol with some unique properties.
Chlorogenic acid—the powerhouse of Svetol—is mostly associated with
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Recipes Po
Recipe Section Photography
Shot by Brian Coughter
What a tasty way to maintain a healthy weight!
Quinoa Porridge
Quinoa Kale Slaw
Makes about 2 cups
1 1/2 cups quinoa
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons salt, divided
/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 small red bell pepper, stemmed and
seeded, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, stemmed
and seeded, finely diced
1 large garlic clove
/2 cup chopped red onion
/2 cup chopped parsley
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon Tabasco or hot sauce
1 bunch kale, stems removed, chopped
2 Tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
/2 cup quinoa
/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups almond milk
/2 cup water
2 Tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of sea salt
Heat a saucepan over medium heat. Add
quinoa, season with cinnamon and cook until
toasted, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes.
Add almond milk, water, honey, vanilla and
sea salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and
cook until porridge is thick and grains are
tender, about 25 minutes. Add more water,
if needed. Stir occasionally, especially at the
end, to prevent burning.
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe
ALT (Avocado, Lettuce
and Tomatoes) Wraps
Serves 8
8 whole grain sprouted wraps
2 avocados, sliced
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
Mrs. Dash® seasoning, to taste
2 cups mixed greens
2 tomatoes, sliced
/4 cup golden flaxseeds, soaked
or 1/2 cup of Garden of Life’s®
Super Seed®
1 cup filtered water
2 teaspoons ground mustard powder
/4 cup lemon juice
1 Tablespoon raw honey
/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Prepare filling ingredients. To make flaxnaise,
grind flaxseeds to a meal or use Garden
of Life Super Seed. Blend ingredients in a
blender. Texture should be smooth and not a
jelly-like texture. Add filtered water to prevent
thickening. Fill wraps with filling and drizzle
immediately with flaxnaise. Serve.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Mandilyn Canistelle
Bring quinoa, stock and 1 teaspoon salt
to a boil in a medium saucepan over high
heat. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid
is absorbed and quinoa grains sprout,
about 20 minutes. Remove from heat.
Add lemon juice and olive oil and toss
to coat. Cool slightly. Add remaining
ingredients, except for the kale, and toss
to combine. Stir in the kale. Top with
pumpkin seeds and serve warm or at
room temperature.
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe
Honey-Garlic Chicken
12 Tablespoons honey
12 Tablespoons lemon juice
5 Tablespoons organic tamari sauce
3 Tablespoons chicken broth
6 garlic cloves, mashed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Mix honey, lemon, tamari sauce, chicken
broth and garlic in a shallow baking dish.
Set aside 1/2 cup of the mixture. Prick
chicken breasts several times with a fork,
and place in remaining mixture. Cover
and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Remove
chicken and discard remaining marinade.
Grill over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes
on each side, occasionally basting with
reserved 1/2 cup marinade.
Recipe courtesy of Nicki Rubin
Peaches are a great
Source of Vitamins A & C
Arugula with Balsamic Peaches
and Goat Cheese
1Tablespoon honey
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 peaches, cut into wedges
1 pound baby arugula, rinsed
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1 bunch purple basil, cut into
thin strips
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
In a medium mixing bowl,
combine 1 Tablespoon honey
and vinegar; add peaches
and coat. In large pan, sear
peaches over medium heat
for about 2 1/2 minutes per
side or until peaches are
caramelized. Remove and
let cool. In a large bowl, toss
together peaches, arugula,
shallot, almonds, basil and
/2 cup of the dressing.
Serve with 1 ounce goat
cheese on top.
/3 cup yogurt
/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Dressing: Whisk together
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
all ingredients or combine
2 teaspoons honey
in a Mason jar.
2 Tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper, to taste
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Josh Axe (www.draxe.com)
Crispy Pecans
Makes 4 cups
4 cups of raw pecan halves
1 teaspoon Herbamare®
Filtered water with 2 Tablespoons
cultured whey (to cover pecans)
Soak pecans in salt and filtered water
and cultured whey mixture for at least
7 hours or overnight. Drain in a colander.
Spread pecans on two stainless steel baking
pans and place in a warm oven (no more than
150 degrees Fahrenheit) for 12 to 24 hours,
stirring occasionally, until completely dry
and crisp. Store in an airtight container for
healthy snacking.
Note: For raw nuts or seeds, add 1 Tablespoon
sea salt, 2 Tablespoons cultured whey and
cover with water. Leave at room temperature
for at least 6 to 8 hours. You can air dry
them on a towel, but it takes longer than
Recipe courtesy of Sally Fallon,
author of Nourishing Traditions
Recipe Section Photography
Shot by Brian Coughter
Tuna Tahini Salad
All recipes are to be
completed using USDA organic
and Non-GMO ingredients
When Possible.
Serves 6 to 8
2 large cans water-packed tuna, drained and flaked
/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 cups tahini sauce (see recipe below)
4 medium onions, thinly sliced
melted butter and extra virgin olive oil
/3 cup toasted pine nuts
cilantro sprigs, for garnish toasted, sprouted
or sourdough bread or sprouted crackers
Mix tuna with cayenne pepper and 1 cup sauce. Meanwhile, strew the onions
on an oiled cookie sheet, brush with mixture of melted butter and olive oil, and
bake at 375 degrees until crispy. Mound tuna on a platter. Scatter onions and
pine nuts on top. Garnish with cilantro and serve with dehydrated, sprouted
whole grain crackers and remaining sauce.
Tahini SAUCE
2 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
/2 cup tahini
1 Tablespoon unrefined flaxseed oil
1 cup water
/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Place garlic in food processor with salt. Blend until minced. Add tahini and
flaxseed oil and blend. Using attachment that allows addition of liquids drop
by drop, and with motor running, add water. When completely blended,
add lemon juice all at once and blend until smooth. Sauce should be the
consistency of heavy cream. If too thick, add more water and lemon juice.
Recipe courtesy of Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions
Brownie Delights
1 can rinsed black beans
3 Tablespoons vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon Garden of Life extra virgin coconut oil
10 drops of liquid stevia OR 3 pitted Medjool dates
/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
3 scoops Garden Of Life Chocolate
RAW Protein powder
Add all of these ingredients in the
food processor and blend until smooth.
You may need to add in a bit more almond
milk to smooth out if you are eating it raw.
Smooth into a non-stick pan and bake at
350 for 20 minutes. Wait until they cool, and
cut into bars and wrap up for a yummy, guilt-free treat!
Recipe courtesy of Garden of Life-sponsored
athlete Erin Moubray
Volume 17 2013 41
FIBER for Healthy Aging
The passage of time leaves many physical marks,
such as greying hair or fine lines—and people pay a lot
of attention to these. There are other signs of aging,
however, that can more significantly impact overall health,
but because we can’t physically see them, we don’t do
much about them. Take, for instance, the aging of our
digestive systems.
Nearly everyone over the age of 40 encounters
some decline in digestive function. It may be a slower
metabolism, not being able to eat some foods we once
enjoyed or irregularity from a digestive system that
doesn’t function as efficiently as it once did. While we
may be concerned with greying hair and fine lines, we
should be more focused on our aging digestive systems.
After all, the ability to get nutrients from food—the main
purpose of the digestive systems—is a primary defense
against age-related health issues.
Interestingly, one of the best pieces of health advice
as we age is to “eat more fiber,” but an aging digestive
system is not the only area that benefits from fiber.
Muscle function does as well, which, in turn, greatly
impacts digestion.
Anyone who exercises regularly understands that
muscles don’t function as well with age. What starts out
as soreness morphs into less strength. Simply put, as we
age, our muscles get weaker. So, what does
that have to do with fiber and the digestive
system? Everything—and here’s why.
Food moves through the digestive
system in a process known as peristalsis—
the contraction and relaxation of digestive
tract muscles. Like any of our muscles, the
ones in the digestive tract work less efficiently
with age, resulting in food moving more slowly
through the digestive system, constipation and other
digestive irregularities.
Fortunately, fiber can help this process. In short, fiber
provides the bulk that the contracting and relaxing muscles
need to “grab” onto the food and move it through the body.
Fiber makes peristalsis much more effective, which is especially
useful as we age.
So, make sure you focus on healthy aging—from the inside
out—with fiber.
RAW Fiber™
Garden of Life® RAW Fiber is a certified organic, RAW,
vegan, daily fiber formula with ingredients specifically selected
for their exceptional ability to support digestive health and
function.† RAW Fiber is an excellent source of fiber as well as
omega-3 fatty acids from flax and chia seeds, and provides six
grams of protein per serving. RAW Fiber is a whole food option
rather than the typical “fiber-in-a-can” approach!
RAW Fiber delivers 9g per serving of fiber from 100% RAW,
organic sprouted seeds, grains and legumes—with no harsh
fibers such as psyllium, which can be punishing to sensitive
colons by sucking up all the moisture and leaving you dried
out and bloated. Because it is RAW, you’re also getting
nutrition that is uncooked, with no fillers, binders or synthetic
ingredients, and no preservatives or artificial sweeteners.
As we age, it is particularly important that we feed our body
what it needs—and nothing else. RAW Fiber does just that.
The benefits of RAW Fiber go beyond typical dietary fiber supplements, supporting digestive and bowel health by helping to
maintain a healthy intestinal microbial balance with powerful, clinically studied probiotics for additional digestive support.†
RAW Fiber:
• supports healthy gut flora balance, regular bowel function, and overall health.†
• supports healthy elimination of toxins.†
• helps relieve occasional constipation.†
• supports healthy cardiovascular function.†
• helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels that are already in the normal range.†
• helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels that are already in the normal range.†
• uses certified organic fiber that does not reintroduce toxins to the digestive tract.†
Davita Parks
learned early on that health was not something
she could take for granted. As an active
high school student who stayed busy with
cheerleading, gymnastics and dance, she
believed she was invincible—like most teens
do—and didn’t give her health a second
thought. When a sudden, severe asthma
attack landed her in the emergency room,
she was shocked to discover that she also had
pneumonia and her left lung had collapsed.
Forced to give up all of her extracurricular
activities, she was determined to learn how to
be healthy and get her life back.
“My body was completely broken down,
and I couldn’t breathe on my own for awhile,”
she said. “I somehow knew that no one
could improve my condition but me, so I was
determined to learn everything I could about
health and wellness.”
Davita’s newfound passions were nutrition,
cross training and bodybuilding. After
graduating from Arkansas State University,
she returned to her home state of Tennessee
to pursue a career in personal training while
accepting fitness modeling jobs in her spare
time. Gracing the pages of magazines such as
RxMuscle, World Physique, and Flex, she was
also featured on an Aeroba Pro Fitness DVD
and other projects while she built up a loyal
clientele in her training business. In 2010, she
decided to take her training to the next level by
competing in bodybuilding competitions.
“The level of training for my first show
was new to me and completely changed my
perception of what it meant to be fit,” she
said. “I inadvertently registered for one of the
largest shows in North Carolina, and when
I arrived there, I was overwhelmed by more
than a thousand competitors taking the stage.
Although I did not win anything, I was hooked
after the first competition and knew I had to do
it again!”
Since then, Davita has walked away with
numerous trophies and regularly competes in
shows across the country. Her hectic schedule
begins at 4:30 every morning with a Garden
of Life® RAW Protein shake to amp up her
cardio training. A typical breakfast is oatmeal
with fresh berries, hemp seeds and almond
milk, while she opts for mixed greens with
veggies and a sweet potato or some quinoa for
lunch. In the afternoon, she has another RAW
Protein shake with almond butter and hemp
“My body was
completely broken
down, and I couldn’t
breathe on my own
for awhile,” she said.
“I somehow knew that
no one could improve
my condition but me,
so I was determined
to learn everything
I could about health
and wellness.”
Struts Her Stuff!
By Rhonda Price
seeds followed by tofu or seitan with chopped
veggies for dinner. As a vegan, she gets all
the protein she needs from her diet and RAW
Protein shakes.
“I make sure I’m eating every 3 to 4 hours,
and I change my diet every week so I don’t get
bored,” she said. “Some of my favorite ‘power’
foods are hemp seeds, chia, green veggies and
fruits such as blueberries, acai berries and goji
berries because these foods are loaded with
antioxidants and are highly digestible.”
With the goal of maintaining a slender,
healthy and aesthetic physique, Davita prefers
CrossFit-or Tabata-style workouts that include
conditioning exercises and HIIT, or high
intensity interval training. Her workouts are
designed to include upper and lower body
training to stimulate each muscle group, and
she’s currently adding Olympic lifts to her
regimen to keep her body guessing. All of the
hard work is not only rewarding when she
places at competitions, but also because she
breathes easier knowing she’s at her absolute
best. With her health problems a distant
memory, she advises her clients to seek their
own motivation.
“I tell them to figure out why they want to
compete in bodybuilding,” she said. “Unlike
other sports, it’s highly subjective, and you
never know what judges will think about your
physique. For that reason, I think it’s good to
compete for yourself and no one else!”
Project Verified
We recently interviewed Megan Westgate, Executive Director
of the Non-GMO Project. She explains what it takes to be
Non-GMO Project Verified—as Garden of Life® is—and why
it’s so important.
Extraordinary Health™ Magazine:
What does Non-GMO verification mean for consumers,
companies and all of us?
Megan Westgate: Everyone has a right to know what’s in their
food and products. In nearly 50 countries, there are significant
restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs
(genetically modified organisms). GMOs are the product of
genetic engineering that mashes together DNA from different
species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial
and viral genes.
Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand
direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide.
Despite biotech industry promises, no GMO trait offers increased
yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition or any other
consumer benefit. Meanwhile, GMOs are connected with health
problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and
consumers’ rights.
Even though a majority of Americans want to know if their
food contains GMOs, the powerful biotech lobby keeps this
information from the public. The Non-GMO Project gives
consumers the informed choice they deserve.
Extraordinary Health™ Magazine:
What are the steps in the Non-GMO verification process?
Megan Westgate: Our extensive verification process assures that a
product has been produced according to consensus-based best
practices for GMO avoidance through:
• ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients; any ingredient
grown commercially in GMO form is tested prior to use in a
verified product.
• action threshold of 0.9%. This aligns with laws in the
European Union, where products containing more than
0.9% GMO must be labeled.
• rigorous traceability and segregation practices (after testing)
to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.
• a thorough review of ingredient specification sheets to
determine absence of GMO risk.
• verification maintenance through an annual audit and onsite
inspections for high-risk products.
Extraordinary Health™ Magazine:
What else do people need to know?
Megan Westgate: GMOs are present in at least 80 percent of packaged
goods sold in the average U.S. grocery store. If you want to avoid
GMOs, it’s important to choose products that are Non-GMO
Project Verified.
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization to help preserve
a non-GMO food supply and to give consumers an informed
choice. We offer North America’s only third-party verification
program for non-GMO. Choosing
Non-GMO Project Verified helps
ensure that our children and
grandchildren have safe, healthy food.
There are over 3,000 Non-GMO
Project Verified Products currently
available. Search for them using our
online shopping guide:
Extraordinary Health™ Magazine:
What does the future hold for the
Non-GMO movement?
Megan Westgate: In the last 5 years,
Non-GMO has become an
established trend and core value of
the natural and organic products
industry. Shoppers increasingly
seek out non-GMO products, and
in 2011, we hit the $1 billion mark in
annual sales of Non-GMO Project
Verified products. Non-GMO is also
a top trend for 2012, according to
SPINS and more. Mambo Sprouts
Marketing Research says, “Among
consumers who seek out nonGMO foods (66%), a large majority
(85%) want food products to be
specifically certified and labeled as
non-GMO.” The Non-GMO Project
label is the only such certification.
Extraordinary Health™ Magazine:
Any additional insight?
Megan Westgate: We want to empower
people to make informed choices
and to avoid GMOs. In addition to
our online shopping guide, here
are a couple other key resources
we’ve developed:
• Our “What is GMO?” page:
• Our Facebook page: www.
• Online submission for product
verification request to the
brand: www.nongmoproject.org/
no ngmoproject.org
“The Non-GMO Project
is a non-profit
organization to help
preserve a non-GMO
food supply and to give
consumers an informed
choice. We offer North
America’s only third-party
verification program
for non-GMO. Choosing
Non-GMO Project
Verified helps ensure
that our children and
grandchildren have safe,
healthy food.”
Megan Westgate
Executive Director of the
Non-GMO Project
Your Healthy
The Enzyme Solution
My, how a few years changes things. The burgeoning slow-food movement has
morphed into a mandate for healthy foods. Discerning parents—and even kids
themselves—are turning a critical eye towards school lunches. Whether you agree
with it or not, even the government is getting involved. Some states are mandating
that calorie counts be published on restaurant menus, and New York City’s soda
ban has been well documented.
We still have a long way to go because refined, sugary, processed foods are still
the norm for many, with foods of convenience taking a heavy toll—more people
suffering from debilitating lifestyle diseases at younger ages.
The movement to eat healthier leads to an interesting question: What is the next
step to eating healthier and being healthier? Unsurprisingly, changing your diet is
the first step of many.
Good Food vs. Bad Food
The impetus to eat healthily is logical. Most people have probably uttered the
words, “I need to eat healthier.” Far too often, people ignore that sentiment, but,
as noted, times are changing. Why now? Perhaps it’s the looming specter of the
long-term health crisis. Or it could be that, as we understand the impact our food
choices make on the environment, it’s even more prudent to eat healthier, since
your health—and the planet’s health—is affected. Additionally, we know that our
children are what we eat, so feeding a child healthy food is a great way to protect
their future. Likely, the healthy food movement comes from all these and more.
Furthermore, whatever the reason for starting, the goal of eating healthily ends
up the same—we eat healthily to be healthy, which is why it’s smart to maximize a
healthy diet.
Maximized Diet
Take a bite of an apple, and you feed your body hundreds of nutrients. Your
digestive system will take that bite of fruit, break it down into its constituent
nutrients and then disperse those nutrients throughout the body—wherever
they’re needed. While you taste that scrumptious apple, your body feeds from
a buffet of nutrients.
So, how can you maximize the health benefits from consuming nutrientdense foods? By making sure the body can digest and assimilate all the
molecules from your foods–which isn’t as easy as it seems.
While the digestive system is complex, basically, when food is eaten, it’s
broken down into nutrients, which are dispersed throughout the body.
The first step to great digestion is to eat great food—nutrient-dense,
minimally processed, life-affirming foods. It’s the second step that
The Best Part About RAW Enzymes?
They’re RAW!
They’re uncooked and contain no binders and
no fillers—everything your digestive system
wants and nothing it doesn’t need.
needs addressing, because you can eat the best foods in the world
The Enzyme Solution
and still have issues breaking down food to get the nutrients.
RAW Enzymes™ from Garden of Life® were formulated to make the
Let’s review what happens when you eat food—healthy or not.
most out of a healthy diet. Make no mistake, though; you need to start
Before the food even touches your lips, your body releases enzymes.
with a healthy diet. If the goal of eating is to introduce the most nutrients
Saliva actually contains enzymes to help break down food and begin
possible to the body, that goal is best met by eating nutrient-dense foods.
the digestion process. Take how salivary enzymes work on bread,
RAW Enzymes exists to aid you after you’ve already made the decision to
for example. A piece of bread in your mouth will, at first, taste like
eat healthily. RAW Enzymes helps you get the most out of your healthy diet.
regular bread, but as the enzymes break down the starch into sugar,
RAW Enzymes may also stave off digestive discomfort when you do eat lessthe plain bread begins to taste sweet. As food
than-optimal foods—one of the reasons
Breaking down food into nutrients is the crux
reaches the stomach, it’s churned, and acid
that digestive enzymes are so valuable.
of digestive function. Unfortunately, several
breaks it down further. Additional enzymes
Garden of Life’s RAW Enzymes are
factors can interfere with breaking down
food, including:
are then released into the stomach and the
among the most potent digestive enzyme
rest of the digestive tract. They further break Age— As we age, the body produces less of both stomach
formulas available.† Each whole food,
acid and digestive enzymes, leaving food much more difficult
down the food so that the nutrients can be
to digest.
plant-based enzyme formula delivers
absorbed and assimilated. It’s impossible
Refined Diets—It’s more difficult to digest cooked,
22 powerful digestive enzymes with
packaged, chemically laden foods than many raw foods.
to overstate just how important this is! If
unsurpassed enzymatic activity to help
Additionally, many raw foods actually contain digestive
your body doesn’t properly break down the
enzymes that help your body break them down. If you’re not
your body digest the complete range of
eating those types of foods, then your body must supply all of
food, then you can’t use the nutrients that
proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber.
the digestive enzymes.
food contains, which, as mentioned, is the
This huge spectrum of enzymes provided
Organ & Gland Dysfunction—Digestive enzymes for
real answer to why we eat. Additionally, if
breaking down food are secreted in the mouth, the stomach,
by RAW Enzymes can aid in the digestion
the small intestines and by the pancreas. In a cruel ironic twist,
enzymes fall short of breaking down food,
of dairy, grains, sugars, nuts, seeds, beans,
if any of these aren’t functioning well, then digestive enzyme
then undigested materials will decay and rot
production may be limited, reducing the body’s ability to
broccoli and cabbage as well as other
break down food and receive nutrients for health, resulting in
in the digestive tract—resulting in suffering
difficult-to-digest foods.
a vicious cycle.
and digestive disaster.
Amanda Riester
By Rhonda Price
For as long as 31-year-old Amanda Riester can remember, she‘s always loved the thrill of
competition. As a college student, she competed in wrestling and judo before deciding to become
a boxer. During 10 years of competition, she won four Golden Glove titles and qualified for the
Olympics in 2000, only to learn that women’s boxing wasn’t approved by enough countries to
be counted as a sport that year. Looking for another challenge, the vegan athlete decided to try
bodybuilding last year and snagged a first-place trophy in her first competition!
“I’m so competitive that I was serious about bodybuilding when I first started training
last year,” she said. “My first competition was at The Natural North American Bodybuilding
Championships, and I won first place!”
As a sponsored Garden of Life® athlete, Amanda uses several of the raw, vegan supplements as
part of her daily training routine. She starts each morning with a RAW Meal smoothie consisting of
RAW Meal Vanilla, Perfect Food® RAW Chocolate, a banana, four ice cubes and water. She’s lucky
enough to live in the mountains near Los Angeles where cardio training consists of “jogs with her
dogs” or brisk hiking. A self-professed animal lover with two rescued Pit Bulls and one adopted
Westipoo, she also gives her dogs the Perfect Food® Original Green formula.
“I love Perfect Food, and I feel amazing when I drink it,”
she said. “I use it as a pre-workout drink and even give it to
my dogs because they are crazy about it!”
In the evenings, Amanda lifts heavy weights and stays true to her boxing roots by
hitting a heavy bag. After workouts, she eats an apple and drinks water mixed with
RAW Protein Chocolate.
“I like RAW Protein because it is great for recovery, and the protein helps rebuild my broken
down muscles so they can grow!” she said. “I also like it because even though I’m vegan, my diet
is mostly raw foods so the RAW Protein fits perfectly with my diet.”
A few weeks prior to competitions, Amanda “carb cycles,” by alternating three servings of
carbs one day, two the next and one the following day. She also drinks more water, eliminates
all salt and sugar except from fruit, and takes Garden of Life’s Diet 360® to help her shed any extra
body fat.† She also prepares mentally for competitions by spending time in prayer and meditation
every day.
“I’m very spiritual and love being in nature,” she said. “I sleep outside a lot because I feel that
moonlight has amazing healing benefits and enlightening energy. I also meditate daily because it
helps me imagine and envision what I want to achieve. When people ask me for advice, I always
tell them that you can’t win at anything until you can see and feel yourself being victorious!”
Garden of Life
National Omega-3 Index Study
Last January, Garden of Life sponsored
a groundbreaking, large-scale Open
Label Human Clinical study with over
200 study participants. The study was
conducted over a four-month period,
during which the study subjects were
monitored for their compliance. The
participants were, for the most part,
regular users of fish oil. In fact, most of
them were health food store employees
who were well versed in the benefits of
using fish oil. Our goal in the study was
to measure—objectively through blood
tests­—the improvement that participants
might derive to their Omega-3 Index by
supplementing with a once-daily Minami
Minami MorEPA® Platinum
Highly Concentrated Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Why is it so important to supplement with omega-3 fatty acids? Are they miracle cures
or medical marvels? No. They are meeting a deficiency that our modern diet has created in
which we consume too many omega-6s from processed grain foods and oils and too little
omega-3s from fatty fish such as wild-caught, coldwater tuna and salmon. America is in an
omega-3 to omega-6 ratio crisis, and Garden of Life believes we can turn that around.
Minami Nutrition® fish oils have five
unique qualities in omega-3 supplementation.
1. Dual Supercritical CO2 technology. This technology requires much
less heat during concentration than other brands.
2. Concentration and potency. Up to 95% concentrated omega-3s,
fewer capsules and less fillers such as saturated fats.
3. Unsurpassed purity. Minami sets the standard for purity with rigorous
third-party testing for undetectable levels of dioxins, pesticides and heavy metals.
4. Unique science-based formulas. Minami has participated in 11 clinical studies and uses the
latest clinical research to produce fish oils with specific EPA-to-DHA ratios.
5. Environmental stewardship. Minami has achieved the sought-after EMAS certification that
audits sustainability from fishing to processing to waste removal to recycling the CO2 .
Platinum (now called MorEPA Platinum)
softgel. We also wanted to measure
more subjective improvements that the
participants experienced to their quality
of life, including the duration and quality
of sleep, potential improvements to mood
and concentration, and a host of other
important life issues.
The initial data and findings are in.
“We are beyond thrilled with the results,”
said Brian Ray, Garden of Life President.
“It is rare that you get to perform a
clinical study on an exact supplement
formulation—and even more rare that the
study provides such dramatic results.”
The study is currently being prepared
and evaluated by well-known, peerreviewed journals. We will be sure to
include updates regarding the release of
the results in future publications.
Minami MorEPA® Platium is a once-daily formula containing 1100mg total omega-3s, which is
more than major health organizations recommend, and it has no saturated fats. It takes three
to four capsules of other brands to exceed 1,000mg of omega-3s! MorEPA Platinum also
contains 300IUs of vitamin D. All of this is in one easy-to-swallow capsule.
Blood Myth
We have a fascination with the mythology of blood.
Legends of vampires have existed since the Middle Ages,
and vampire mythology has experienced a renaissance
of late. Up until the 19th century, leeching blood—
literally placing leeches on the body to suck blood—was
considered medicinal. Ritualistic use of small amounts
of blood as body paint or art still take place today.
We even use blood to denote the importance of familial
relationships, i.e. “Blood is thicker than water.”
Clearly, we find blood fascinating. But how much
thought do you actually give to the health of your blood?
All the time spent watching shows about vampires
distracts from the true nature of blood and the primary
importance it plays in the body. Simply put, you need
healthy blood.
Blood Simple
The role of blood in the body can be simply
in your blood immediately begin the clotting
process. Interestingly, the clotting process has
stated. Blood transports nutrients and oxygen
a dual function—keeping blood in the body
to the cells and carries cellular waste products
and keeping pathogens out.
away from those same cells. However, as with
Plasma is the “fluid” part of blood, and as
just about everything to do with the human
such, it is responsible for carrying nutrients
body, it’s much more complex than that.
throughout the body. After nutrients enter the
Blood is made up of plasma, the fluid
body—primarily via the digestive system—
portion of blood, as well as red and white
those nutrients pass into the bloodstream, mix
blood cells, and platelets. The red blood cells
with plasma and are then carried to cells in
contain hemoglobin, whose primary role is
the body—wherever they are needed. Plasma
to transport oxygen to cells. That oxygen is
also carries cellular waste out of the cells to be
basically the fuel that “burns” nutrients for
disposed of by the body.
energy. The resultant carbon dioxide from
You can start to see the multiple functions
that process is then transported out of the cell
of blood simply by viewing the components
by the red blood cells. Hence, blood plays a
of blood listed here. That alone should be
major role in energy production.
enough to make people consider the health of
The white blood cells in blood are
their blood. However, the function of blood
responsible for supporting the immune
goes even further. Blood is partly responsible
system. They are multifunctional, targeting
for producing lymph, the fluid that is tied to
bacteria, fungi and parasites, while also
the lymphatic system. Additionally, blood flow
modulating allergic responses and supporting
is regulated by the body to help control body
helper cells in the immune system. While
temperature in response to outside climate.
we don’t often think of blood as supporting
Blood is a multifaceted, complex
immune function, it clearly plays an
component of health whose importance goes
important role.
far beyond simply transporting nutrients and
Perhaps the most well-understood role of
removing waste to and from cells. If you want
blood is the one that platelets are responsible
to build healthy bones and have healthy skin,
for. The visceral reaction to seeing your own
if you want efficient energy production, if you
blood when you have a cut or wound is a
need a healthy immune system, then you need
familiar one. When that happens, the platelets
healthy blood.
Blood Healthy
Vitamin Code® Healthy
Blood from Garden of
Life® was formulated
to give your body the
building blocks it needs
to produce healthy
blood. Each serving
provides RAW, whole
food iron (28mg—156%
Daily Value) that has
been clinically shown
to be gentle on the
stomach and non-binding,† along
with RAW B6 (83% Daily Value) and
B12 (750% Daily Value) plus RAW
vitamin C (100% Daily Value), to help
support cellular transport, absorption
and metabolism of these essential
nutrients. Healthy Blood also features
a RAW Veggie Mineral Blend of 17
RAW, organically grown vegetables,
75 ancient soil-based alkalizing trace
minerals, and a RAW Probiotic and
Enzyme Blend for optimal digestion.†
Blood is built with healthy nutrients,
and Vitamin Code Healthy Blood
contains the healthiest, RAW vitamins,
minerals, trace minerals, probiotics
and enzymes.
The benefits of Vitamin Code
Healthy Blood are, as you would
expect, as far reaching as the benefits
of blood. Healthy Blood promotes
blood circulation, improves physical
performance, supports energy increase
and helps fight fatigue, and promotes
healthy hemoglobin levels. It even
promotes bone and skin health.†
Simply put, Vitamin Code Healthy
Blood is so effective because it
affects so much.
5 egg whites
1 serving Garden of Life®
RAW Protein Vanilla
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1/2 cup favorite fruits
stevia (with zero calories)
or cinnamon, to taste
1 teaspoon Garden of Life Extra Virgin
Coconut Oil
Add all ingredients in a blender
and blend until smooth or mix the
ingredients with a fork. Cook the
pancakes in a non-stick frying pan
until light- to golden-brown on both
sides. Add your favorite toppings.
Recipe courtesy of Toni Lee
1 or 2 scoops Garden of Life RAW Meal
1 banana
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup plain or vanilla almond milk
Optional: 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
Combine all ingredients in blender
for about a minute on high and
enjoy. Add an umbrella if you’re
outside. If not, pour it in a shaker
cup and go!
Recipe courtesy of Rhonda Price, Garden of Life Public Relations Director
3 organic kale leaves,
2 organic celery stalks
1 medium organic zucchini
1 organic kiwi, peeled
1 organic Bartlett pear
1 large organic cucumber
½ organic lime, peeled
1” piece of organic ginger, peeled
1 handful of organic clover sprouts
1 handful of organic parsley
1 scoop Garden of Life Perfect
Food® RAW
Thoroughly wash and dry all of the
vegetables and fruits. Process the kale,
celery, zucchini, kiwi, pear, cucumber,
lime, ginger, sprouts and parsley in
a juicer, according to manufacturer
instructions. Mix 8 ounces of the juice
with a scoop of the Garden of Life
Perfect Food RAW and stir to combine.
Serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Dr. Ken Grey,
3 cups rolled old-fashioned oats
1 cup of organic peanut butter
/ cup vanilla almond milk or regular milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
/ cup Garden of Life Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
(can also substitute 1/2 cup butter, if you prefer)
1 serving of Garden of Life RAW Protein Vanilla
OR Original flavor
1 Tablespoon stevia extract
Recipe courtesy of Rhonda Price,
Garden of Life Public Relations Director
In a large saucepan, mix the stevia extract, coconut oil and
almond milk. Bring to a full boil for one minute and stir the
mixture constantly so it does not stick to the pan. Remove
from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring
until peanut butter is completely melted. Stir in the oats
and RAW Protein and stir well with a wooden spoon until
combined. Quickly drop spoonfuls on sheets of wax or
parchment paper and cool completely. Enjoy!!
Garden of Life® Employee Travels to
Villages in
One of the major charitable initiatives
at Garden of Life is partnering with SOS
Children’s Villages International to help raise
funds to build a house in Peru for children
who can no longer grow up with their
biological families.
Our very own
Michelle Osterhus, a
Sales Representative
and National Account
Manager at Garden of
Life, witnessed the work
of SOS firsthand. Michelle
was selected from a field of
international employees as
the company photographer
to travel to SOS Children’s Village in
Pachacamac, Peru, for the ceremonial
groundbreaking of Casa Atrium.
of Garden of Life. Each member of the group helped out in the Village by painting, gardening
or cooking. They also had some free time to engage in a highly competitive soccer match with
the kids—and the kids won!
Michelle pointed out that “some of my favorite moments were the individual interactions
with the children. They were so eager to share and learn from us. I also really enjoyed
capturing the kids on camera. They loved just being goofy and playing and then seeing how
they looked on camera.”
Continuing her reflections, Michelle observes, “In thinking through the entire experience,
one thought always keeps my heart smiling—that love, kindness and goodwill have no
boundaries. People I have never met gathered from around the globe to come together to help
Michelle spent three days in the Village
with the children and the SOS Team. She had these families and share in their lives—if only for a small window of time—and these families
showed us gratitude like I have never experienced. Sharing in everyone’s excitement and
the amazing opportunity to experience dayto-day life in the Village and to meet the child enthusiasm will live in me forever.”
sponsored by Garden of Life—Katherine—
“It’s the thought of these children and the need to provide a safe, healthy home for them
whom Michelle said was “absolutely
that keeps our employee population engaged in all our fundraising efforts,” said Teresa
charming.” They became instant buddies.
Miller, Senior Director of Human Resources and Quality. “Our employees have dedicated
Michelle added, “Katherine quickly grabbed
an incredible amount of time and energy to this initiative, and to have the house under
my hand and led me around the SOS house
construction is a milestone of which we should all be very proud.”
and village she calls home. Every morning
SOS Children’s Villages International is a non-governmental social development organization
when we arrived at the Village, she would run
that has been involved in the field of children’s rights and committed to children’s needs and
to me with a huge smile and swoop into my
concerns since 1949. The organization is active in 133 countries and territories, where they are
arms for the biggest hug!”
currently meeting the needs of, and caring for, over 80,000 needy children. Children who have
The group who traveled to Peru included
been abandoned or orphaned come to SOS Children’s Villages where they are integrated into a
six employees from around the world and the loving family environment. They are nurtured and supported by an SOS Mother and up to 15
CEO of Atrium Innovations, parent company other children who become their SOS brothers and sisters in their SOS home.
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Remember the catchy Ch-ch-ch-chia chant? Well, there’s a new chia in
town, and it’s full of nutritional goodness. Ch-ch-ch-check it out.
You’ve probably seen or heard of those popular pets that morph
from chia seeds, but there’s much more to chia than those iconic
chia creations.
For starters, a study published in the journal Nutrition Research
concludes that chia provides the richest plant source of omega-3 fatty
acids—to the tune of five grams per two tablespoons. Omega-3s, of
course, support healthy inflammation levels as well as cardiovascular
and brain health, among other benefits. In fact, the omega-3 fatty acid
found in chia is known as alpha-linolenic fatty acid or ALA—an
essential fatty acid that people must consume in their
diets because the body cannot make it.
Likewise, the body is able to convert ALA to
EPA and DHA, two other important omega-3
fatty acids—and since chia’s plant-based, it
offers a good source of omega-3s for vegans
and vegetarians.
But that’s not all. Chia also contains
natural antioxidants and phytonutrients,
has no cholesterol, is low in saturated fat,
and is sustainable and environmentally friendly.
Additionally, chia’s a good source of folate and
niacin as well as the following minerals: iron, potassium, calcium,
phosphorous, zinc, manganese, molybdenum and magnesium.
Add that to the fact that chia provides soluble and insoluble dietary
fiber to support digestive and blood sugar health; and is a good source
of high quality protein—a whopping 20 percent, which exceeds the
protein content of most other grains and seeds—and you have some
significant nutritional factors.
Another interesting fact about chia is that chia seeds are
hydrophilic—that is, they readily absorb water—holding about 10
times their weight in water. For athletes and others, this can translate
into staying better hydrated during exercise or at times when the
body needs to maintain hydration. This hydrophilic action also occurs
in the stomach after chia seeds are ingested—even if chia seeds are
eaten raw. Some people think that this chia seed “gel” resulting from
the chia and water mixture can coat the stomach, which restricts the
absorption of calories, and, hence, can assist in a healthy weight.
The truth is that chia is one of the best functional foods—foods
providing one or more health-promoting components—in the
marketplace today. It often shares the spotlight with flax, which has
similar nutritional qualities and health benefits as chia does. Unlike
flax, however, chia seeds have a long shelf life and can be ground and
stored without needing refrigeration or fear of it spoiling.
By itself, chia has a bland taste, but it’s easily added to juice,
smoothies, salads, yogurt, muffins, breads and other homemade
baked goods, and much more—so be sure to ch-ch-ch-check out the
versatility and health benefits of ch-ch-ch-chia!
Chia Seeds: From the Aztecs to You
Dr. Wayne Coates, professor emeritus, ultrarunner and author of Chia: The Complete Guide
to the Ultimate Superfood, says that chia has long
been known as a runner’s food. Coates explains
that the Tarahumara Indians of the Copper Canyon
in Mexico, have “been known as the ‘running
Indians’ and have used chia for years.” He adds,
“The Aztec warriors used to carry it on their
campaigns and that chia is what they ate; it gave
them sustained energy.”
Coates says that, among other things, chia
slows down digestion, so an energy boost can
kick in later.
Here’s the bottom line: What the Aztecs knew
centuries ago is now apparent in mainstream
America—that chia seeds hold a powerhouse of
nutrients for health.
Chia seeds are said to have:
• two times the protein of any other seed or grain.
• five times the calcium of milk, plus boron—a
trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into
your bones.
• two times the amount of potassium as bananas
• three times the reported antioxidant strength
of blueberries.
• three times more iron than spinach.
• copious amounts of omega-3 and omega-6—
essential fatty acids.
Coconut Oil:
A Tropical Treasure for Health and Beauty
Packed with healthy medium-chain
fatty acids (MCFAs) and more, coconut
oil provides many health benefits and is
one of nature’s beauty boosters.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils on the planet—
especially RAW, USDA organic extra virgin coconut oil.
For starters, coconut oil is 92 percent saturated with over two-thirds of the saturated fat in the form
of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which are quickly metabolized by the body and used as energy
rather than stored as fat. That helps support thyroid function and more.
If the words saturated fat freak you out, hold on. Healthy saturated fat.
The healthy saturated fats in coconut oil are necessary for health. They:
• make up at least 50 percent of all cell
membranes and support cellular health.
• resist oxidation and stress to
blood due to their stable nature.
• are vital to bone health, incorporating
calcium into the skeletal system.
• are easy to digest and don’t
require bile for digestion—ideal
for those with poor fat digestion
or no gall bladder.
• protect the liver from toxins and support
a healthy immune system.
• help utilize essential fatty acids such as
omega-3s and to absorb nutrients.
• are perfect food for the heart, since the
fat around the heart is highly saturated.
• are contained primarily in breast
milk and coconut oil—perfect fuel
sources for growing babies!
Additionally, the MCFAs in coconut
When used on hair, coconut oil is
oil—namely lauric acid, myristic acid,
outstanding. When tested among other
caprylic acid and palmitic acid—support a
oils, coconut oil was the only oil that
balanced microbial and fungal environment,
reduced protein loss for both damaged
hormonal balance, healthy blood sugar levels
and undamaged hair. In the study, when
and a healthy metabolism. Coconut oil also
used as a pre-wash treatment, coconut
withstands high temperatures, so cooking
oil inhibited the penetration of water
or baking doesn’t denature its beneficial
into each hair strand. Otherwise, when
water infiltrates hair strands, it causes the
Likewise, coconut oil has years of shelf
cuticle—the surface of the hair shaft—to
life with very low rancidity. That’s way
rise, making it more prone to breakage
different from other common fats and oils—
and other damage. In short, coconut oil
polyunsaturated fatty acids such as soybean
protected the hair at a deep level.
oil, canola oil and safflower oil—fats found
Truth be told, coconut oil is an
frequently in our modern diet which rancify
excellent conditioner and is rich in
quickly and are toxic in large amounts.
antioxidants, making it a perfect food for
Let’s not forget about coconut oil’s beauty
benefits. It can be used from head to toe—on
smoothing skin and hair.
Go ahead. Use coconut oil from head
skin, hair and more.
to toe—for natural beauty.
Head-to-Toe Beauty Perks
Caution: Not All Coconut
Oils are the Same
Organic, extra virgin coconut oil is
free from chemical additives, making it
Don’t use just any coconut oil because
a pure and wholesome oil for skin and
they vary dramatically in quality. Low-
hair. That’s significant, too, because people
quality coconut oils are processed by
use 15 to 25 different beauty products a
chemical extraction, using solvents, or a
day containing more than 200 different
re hydrogenated, bleached and
chemical compounds.
deodorized. For years, coconut
By using extra virgin coconut oil, you can
oil research was done with fully
avoid those chemicals—and it takes only a
hydrogenated coconut oil, which led
small amount of this tropical treasure.
people to believe that coconut oil was
A little bit goes a long way.
not good for human health. Processing is
The healthy MCFAs in coconut oil also add
to your natural beauty because they deeply
important, so look for the best!
A high-quality, organic, extra virgin
moisturize the skin and hair, protecting them
organic coconut oil derived from fresh
from environmental and free radical damage.
coconuts with no GMO ingredients,
Likewise, coconut oil screens out 20 percent
bleaching, deodorizing, refining or
of UV rays to help avoid sun damage.
hydrogenation is what to find for and use.
Garden of Life® RAW Extra
Virgin Coconut Oil—Straight
from the Coconuts to You!
At Garden of Life, we start with organic,
fresh-from-the-tree whole coconuts and remove
the brown outer shell. Then we remove the white
coconut meat, grind it into granules and dry it
at temperatures between 104 to 113 degrees
Fahrenheit (temps ensuring a RAW product)
for approximately two and a half hours.
After the coconut meat is dried, the RAW
coconut is placed in a cold-press expeller
to bring out the coconut oil—a process also
accomplished at 113 degrees or lower, so that
the RAW coconut nutrients are preserved.
The coconut oil is then filtered and separated
to extract only the highest quality oil and then
poured into containers, labeled and shipped.
There’s no cooking, pasteurization,
fumigation, hydrogenation or any other
artificial process.
What you get is pure, USDA organic, RAW
coconut oil, straight from the coconuts to you.
It couldn’t be fresher, unless you picked the
coconuts and expelled the coconut oil yourself!
Not All Fats are Created Equal
Take trans fats, for instance. They’re created when an oil, such as corn
oil, is hydrogenated so it becomes a solid fat. They’re artificially hardened
fats that give texture and don’t spoil quickly, so they’re widely used in
cookies, crackers, chips, fast foods and commercial baked goods.
Trans fats increase levels of “bad” cholesterol in the bloodstream and
decrease levels of “good” cholesterol, leading to arterial plaque and
contributing to many negative health effects.
In short, unhealthy fats such as trans fats should be avoided.
Historically coconut oil received a bad report because people believed
that all saturated fats were bad. Let’s set the record straight: coconut oil
is one of the healthiest oils on the planet.
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Well-Balanced Herbs
To thrive in our modern world, proper immune system function
is critical. The human immune system—a highly complex “security
system”designed to protect us—works constantly to defend the body
against all kinds of environmental attacks. This system, located mostly
in our blood and digestive tract, is designed to identify and eliminate
invaders. It does this by producing protective cells and compounds
such as antibodies, T-cells, B-cells, macrophages and natural killer
cells. If the immune system is out of balance, then it can over-respond
or under-respond. Keeping the immune system balanced is critical for
maintaining extraordinary health. The Herbal Immune Balance line of
products from Garden of Life® was designed to do exactly that.
The only question is: Which one is right for you?
Herbal Immune Balance Daily
Who It’s For: As the name suggests,
Herbal Immune Balance Seasonal
Who It’s For: It’s for all who require
Keep yourself—and your
immune system—in proper
equilibrium with these
well-balanced herbs.
Herbal Immune Balance Sinus
Who It’s For: If you’ve ever experienced
Herbal Immune Balance Daily is for
additional immune support during cold-
less-than-optimal sinus and respiratory
anyone who wants daily support designed
weather season or when they are feeling less
health, you’ll understand the need to support
to support the balanced, efficient function
than their extraordinary selves.
these key lines of immune system defense.
of the immune system.
Key Ingredient: EPICOR®, a clinically
Key Ingredient: AP-Bio™—a proprietary
form of Andrographis paniculata—a
Key Ingredient: Wild Crafted Butterbur
extract and its active component petasins,
which affect the function of immune
studied, natural derivative of the probiotic
traditional botanical used for centuries
Saccharomyces cerevisiae comprised of
in Ayurvedic medicine. In a randomized,
beta-glucans, mannan oligosaccharides
double-blind, placebo-controlled five-day
(MOS) and other beneficial metabolites.
clinical trial on 223 subjects, AP-Bio was
of scientific support including six “Gold
In three recent double-blind, placebo-
shown effective in supporting nasal, sinus,
Standard” double-blind, placebo-controlled
controlled human clinical studies on 237
throat and respiratory health; supporting
human clinical studies with a total of 780
subjects, EPICOR demonstrated significant
the mechanisms that regulate the body’s
participants. Study findings indicate that Wild
benefits compared to placebo in supporting
temperature; and reducing malaise/fatigue
Crafted Butterbur is effective in support of
the body’s immune system function.
and occasional sleep disturbances.†
sinus health and respiratory function.†
components in the blood, supporting
healthy immune function.† Wild Crafted
Butterbur extract has a significant amount