Messengers of Hope

Amy Cayer
Jacob Hinton
Shawn Foulds
Ron Bakich
Louise Adams

Spreading the Fire

Elaine Spence
Amy Cayer
Justin Rockhold
Virginia Rockhold
Janice Tobens

Remembering Those Who Gave Their Lives

Today, as I write my letter for the June VitaMist View, it is Memorial Day.

It is so easy to celebrate the holiday and allow its true meaning to escape us. As we, Americans, gather at barbecues or ball games with our family and friends, we often forget the origins and real significance of days like today.  I know that by the time you read this, Memorial Day will have passed and be just a distant memory, but why not pause, just for a moment right now, to honor our war dead from decades past and our soldiers overseas today, who are risking their lives for us.

But Memorial Day is not just for remembering the past. It is also a celebration of the gifts our service members have given us. More than a million American service members have died in the wars and conflicts since the first colonial soldiers fought for our independence. Each person who died during those conflicts was a loved one, cherished by family and friends. It is important for us to recognize the sacrifices they have made, and also honor their devotion to liberty, the true cause for which they put their lives on the line.

At VitaMist we are honored to remember our brave servicemen and women to whom we owe so much.  And as a Company and a Family,
it is our duty to strive to uphold the values of honesty and integrity
that form the foundation of our great country.

As I have written before, sometimes the path is not easy, sometimes there are people who may try to destroy what you are building and
lead you from the true path, but if you believe in your goal, if you
believe in your destination, there is nothing that can get in the way
of your success.

From My Heart With LOV

Sari

Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

The majority of adults in the United States take one or more dietary supplements either every day or occasionally. Today’s dietary supplements include vitamins, minerals, herbals and botanicals, amino acids, enzymes, and many other products. Dietary supplements come in a variety of forms: traditional tablets, capsules, and powders, as well as drinks and energy bars. Popular supplements include vitamins D and E; minerals like calcium and iron; herbs such as echinacea and garlic; and specialty products like glucosamine, probiotics, and fish oils.

The Supplement Label

All products labeled as a dietary supplement carry a Supplement Facts panel that lists the contents, amount of active ingredients per serving, and other added ingredients. The manufacturer suggests the serving size, but you or your health care provider might decide that a different amount is more appropriate for you.

Diet

If you don’t eat a nutritious variety of foods, some supplements might help you get adequate amounts of essential nutrients. However, supplements can’t take the place of the variety of foods that are important to a healthy diet. Good sources of information on eating well include the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Quality

Dietary supplements are complex products. The FDA has established quality standards for dietary supplements to help ensure their identity, purity, strength, and composition. These standards are designed to prevent the inclusion of the wrong ingredient, the addition of too much or too little of an ingredient, the possibility of contamination, and the improper packaging and labeling of a product. The FDA periodically inspects facilities that manufacture dietary supplements.

Keep in Mind

  • Don’t decide to take dietary supplements to treat a health condition that you have diagnosed yourself, without consulting a health care provider.
  • Don’t take supplements in place of, or in combination with, prescribed medications without your health care provider’s approval.
  • Check with your health care provider about the supplements you take if you are scheduled to have any type of surgical procedure.
  • The term “natural” doesn’t mean safe. A supplement’s safety depends on many things, such as its chemical makeup, how it works in the body, how it is prepared, and the dose used. Certain herbs (for example, comfrey and kava) can harm the liver.

Before taking a dietary supplement, ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the potential health benefits of this dietary supplement product?
  • What are its potential benefits for me?
  • Does this product have any safety risks?
  • What is the proper dose to take?
  • How, when, and for how long should I take it?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, talk to your health care providers.

Let your health care providers (including doctors, pharmacists, and dietitians) know which dietary supplements you’re taking so that you can discuss what’s best for your overall health. Your health care provider can help you determine which supplements, if any, might be valuable for you.

Keep a record of the supplements you take in one place, just as you should be doing for all of your medicines. Note the specific product name, the dose you take, how often you take it, and the reason why you use each one. You can also bring the products you use with you when you see your health care provider.

Federal Regulation of Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements are products intended to supplement the diet. They are not drugs and, therefore, are not intended to treat, diagnose, mitigate, prevent, or cure diseases. The FDA is the federal agency that oversees both dietary supplements and medicines.

In general, the FDA regulations for dietary supplements are different from those for prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Unlike drugs, which must be approved by the FDA before they can be marketed, dietary supplements do not require premarket review or approval by the FDA. While the supplement company is responsible for having evidence that their products are safe and the label claims are truthful and not misleading, they do not have to provide that evidence to the FDA before the product is marketed.

Dietary supplement labels may carry certain types of health-related claims. Manufacturers are permitted to say, for example, that a dietary supplement addresses a nutrient deficiency, supports health, or is linked to a particular body function (like immunity or heart health). Such a claim must be followed by the words, “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

Manufacturers must follow certain good manufacturing practices to ensure the identity, purity, strength, and composition of their products. If the FDA finds a product to be unsafe or otherwise unfit for human consumption, it may take enforcement action to remove the product from the marketplace or work with the manufacturer to voluntarily recall the product.

Also, once a dietary supplement is on the market, the FDA monitors information on the product’s label and package insert to make sure that information about the supplement’s content is accurate and that any claims made for the product are truthful and not misleading. The Federal Trade Commission, which polices product advertising, also requires all information about a dietary supplement product to be truthful and not misleading.

 

The federal government can take legal action against companies and Web sites that sell dietary supplements when the companies make false or deceptive statements about their products, if they promote them as treatments or cures for diseases, or if their products are unsafe.

You Can Grow During the Summer

Marketers often believe the summer months are slow, and this belief leads to frustration. Let me ask you a pointed question to get you out of that false belief.  If you owned a brick and mortar store, could you justify shutting down your business during the summer? The answer would obviously be NO.  So how can you justify closing down your home business during summer?  Wouldn’t you risk squandering opportunities, your reputation, and goodwill just like a storefront?

Yes, people do go on vacations during the summer, and yes, a lot of things are going on during those three months.  However, there are a lot more people looking for work.  Let’s use some cold hard numbers to demonstrate this point. There are 46 Million Americans that have or are looking for a part time job.  Now add in The 3 million teachers that are off for the summer and need extra income. Finally, there are 40 million college students that are off for the summer and are in need of spending money.  In total, you have 89 million people you could be talking to during the summer.

Here are eight ideas to keep your VitaMist business growing over the summer:

  1. Connect at outings. Often, summer is the time we see the most people in person. Most people take advantage of the weather, so we meet at picnics, sporting events, reunions, and other public forums. There is no better time to hand out samples and catalogs, talk about your business and products and offer to book parties?
  2. Get your foot in the door by offering products as gifts. Never go to a social event empty-handed. Share your product line by bringing a graduation, birthday, or thank you gift of your company’s product. Be sure to leave the label on it, so the recipient knows your website and company name.
  3. Offer free samples and specials. We have all heard of Christmas in July, right? Now is the perfect time to get new customers by offering sales. People love free things and sales, so get creative with gift baskets provided with each purchase, or by offering a cash discount.
  4. Offer incentives for your team so that they will work as hard as you do. Now is an excellent time to push them to produce bigger sales by providing incentives like gift certificates or gift baskets with the newest company products for them to use and share.
  5. Place Ads online. Grow your business by placing ads on Google, Bing, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.  It’s easy to do.  Some people even find it fun, because it allows you to track which ads are the most effective.
  6. Prepare for the fall. Getting a jump on the coming months will yield much bigger returns.  By getting the word out about your business now, you’ll watch as its popularity spreads with less effort later. Getting started early can also help you book fall events and fairs, and make sure you reorder enough sales aids for the upcoming fall.  Every new place you go is an opportunity to spread the word, leave a business card, tip a waitress with a free sample, hang a flier or network. Think of the possibilities a 7-day family road trip or a family reunion could bring.
  7. Book your fall events and parties now. Many event locations allow only one vendor per organization.  So if you snooze, you lose.  Touch base with the venues you have done in the past to get the date for the coming season(s). Contact your friends about parties they are planning to get them scheduled in your calendar. It may not seem like it, but Christmas is right around the corner, so build that sense of urgency. Browse the local papers for new event listings.
  8. Grow your team. Contact as many of those 89 million people that you can. So many individuals are in need of extra funds, and if you don’t ask, you won’t know they were looking until they join another company.

Remember, summer is the best recruiting season. You need to prepare for people who are ready to take your opportunity. I discovered this prime recruiting time many years ago, but don’t just believe me; test it out for yourself.  There are always opportunities to grow and gain knowledge about your business. There are always things to improve.  Thank you, and have a great summer