5 Tips to build your Business during this Holiday Season

Can you believe the holiday season is just around the corner? I know, I know, we really don’t want to think about that, but it’s coming, like it or not!

 

With the hustle and bustle of the season, sometimes we forget that this is also a great time to plant seeds for your business to find product users. It is written, there is a time to sow and a time to reap. What you sow during the holidays will bear much fruit during the upcoming growing season. (January – March are typically the best months for any online or network marketing business).

 

Get out when you can and plant those seeds. Here are 5 tips to help you incorporate your business into your everyday life during holidays.

 

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Organize a play date with the kids

 

Invite a few of your friends over for a play date with the kids. The moms will enjoy the company of adults and the kids will have a good time playing together. If it snows, it’s a plus, because building a snowman is always fun. Let them know that you will be showing some of your new products and having some snacks and beverages. Be creative with your products so they will be seeing something different than what they’ve seen before.

 

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Network with the holiday help

 

This season is a time for doing many activities that you won’t be doing any other time of the year. Will you be chopping down your own tree? Most tree farms are seasonal. You will be seeing employees that you don’t typically see all year long. Lots of college kids are employed during the holidays. Generation Y kids are great prospects for any type of new product or business, because college kids always need extra money.

Are you heading out for a holiday vacation? Resort employees are always looking for extra income and ways of feeling better.

 

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Visit your local craft shows and holiday expos

 

There are so many opportunities here. This time of year is an amazing time for craft fairs and expos, Folks are coming to buy gifts. Take plenty of business cards and samples if you have them. Share your product and opportunity with the vendors. They are all entrepreneurs.

 

Even if you don’t have a booth, go have fun, and don’t forget your business cards. Many of these people are just hoping for the right product or opportunity will come along!

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Participate in holiday church activities

 

I don’t know about your church, but my church comes alive during this season. There are so many networking activities. There are singles’ groups, couples’ groups, choir groups, plays and so many more. Get involved. You will not only be doing a great service to your church, but you may also pick up some prospects or sell some product along the way.

 

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Walk your dog! (This is my dog’s personal favorite when you can get her butt out of bed!!)

 

Do you have a t-shirt that advertises your website. If you don’t, you should get at least one. Get a dark shirt with big white letters that has your domain name on the front and back and walk your dog anywhere the crowds gather. Make sure you have a catchy, easy to remember domain name.

 

People come out at this time of the year. They may not be ready to start their own home based business right now, but if you plant the seeds and continue to water them through the use of an simple follow up system, when the kids go back to school and the holiday season is over, some of those moms and dads just may be looking to make some extra income.

 

The best thing is you don’t have to change anything you’re doing. Just go about your business and collect names!

 

Have a great Holiday!

           

 

The Power of Being Grateful

   I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. Family, food, friends, and football thrown in for good measure. But I digress.

 

What I like about Thanksgiving is it’s about giving thanks. And I think gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions out there. Why is it so powerful? It is powerful because it can change your life.

 

My business and life are going great right now, better than I had planned, but it hasn’t always been that way. There were plenty of times where things were looking pretty bleak. During one particularly grim time, a friend told me to start listing everything I had in my life to be grateful for. Now, when things are looking pretty bad, it can be easy to say “everything sucks; I have nothing to be grateful for.” But, if we’re honest, we know that isn’t true. There’s always something, no matter how small, that is in your life you can be grateful for, and sometimes you need to take a step back to see it.

 

What’s so amazing about gratitude is it’s so simple, yet it has so much power. It’s so powerful it can start turning things around for you. Now, granted, being grateful all by itself will probably not turn a sinking business into a profitable one. But, it CAN be the catalyst to a transformation.

 

Why does this work? Well, if you’re a fan of the Secret and law of attraction, you’ve heard the phrase “what you focus on expands.” So if you focus on all the things you’re grateful for instead of all the things that aren’t working, the universe will bring you more things to be thankful for and less of the things that aren’t working.

 

Now, while I do think this is true, I also know a lot of people do not believe this or don’t think it’s true for them. So, might I suggest another, more practical reason, for why gratitude works — because it makes you feel better.

 

Yes, if you start to think about all the wonderful things that are in your life and that you have to be grateful for; things don’t look quite so bleak. You’re able to break, even for just a few moments, the funk you might have sunk into. And, with that improved mindset, you most likely can see your situation a bit clearer and start coming up with some solutions (and maybe even take some actions) to get yourself out of it.

 

But gratitude isn’t just about when things are going wrong; it’s also powerful when things are going right. When you’re on top of the world, it’s still an amazing practice to give thanks. If nothing else, it gives you a moment to fully appreciate how wonderful things are right now. (And isn’t that a nice feeling to enjoy?)

 

So, how do you start adding a practice of gratitude to your life? …. Make a list of ten things that you can be grateful for about you, your downline, and about your business. To make a change, we must do the work, don’t put off for tomorrow, and make a list NOW!

All you have to do is just read this list every day and just before going to bed. We need to change our focus so we can change the results in ours and our VitaMist lives. My intention is that this will help you to achieve your outcome and please make sure to use the tools…. NOW! My intention is to serve others and make your business become profitable.  Again thanks for your time, and make your life magnificent!!

 

 

A Thanksgiving Message from Founder Ms. Sari Deihl

Dear VitaMist Family,

   As we begin the holiday season, I think of a remark by American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson: “I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and new.”

 At VitaMist and in the VitaMist family, we value our old friends and family, who keep us on track through our daily challenges. But, each year, we also look forward to the new faces, new friends and family members who bring additional ideas and perspectives to help grow VitaMist into that household name.

 Especially in tough times, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to realize that we have much for which we can be thankful. This truly American holiday allows us to focus on our blessings and the freedoms we enjoy. It’s inspiring to see so many VitaMist family members and groups working to help make the world a better place. Thanks to everyone for your contributions to the community I call the VitaMist family.

 Bill and I wish each of you a joyous and peaceful Thanksgiving. Please enjoy the company of your loved ones, think about the importance of old and new friends, be safe and take time to reflect on our many blessings.

 Best wishes,

                    

From My Heart With LOV

 

Sari

 

 

 

Why Do People Join Network Marketing?

Why Do People Join Network Marketing?

 

Knowing the reasons why people join network marketing will help you be more effective in your prospecting and recruiting, and ultimately, in building a successful business.

 

The incentives for people joining network marketing are as varied as the people themselves. Still, there was a time when I naively thought that the sole motivation behind people joining this industry was the opportunity to make more money.

 

 It wasn’t long before I learned that the network marketing industry offered more than monetary rewards. In addition to financial independence, there are many other factors involved, which motivate people to investigate this remarkable industry.

 

 A few years ago, I was introduced to a gentleman by the name of Frank, who had recently joined his first MLM Company. After exchanging a few pleasantries, I learned that Frank was a senior vice president for a large industrial company. Midway into our conversation, I asked the one question that had been nagging at me, “Frank, as a senior vice president, you must be making a very comfortable living, so I’m very curious to know what attracted you to network marketing?”

 

Misconceptions

 

Frank’s reply was unexpected, “Well Bill, professionals just don’t get part-time jobs.” He continued to explain, “I believe that a large percentage of the general population feels that a professional with a lucrative job doesn’t have money problems. This is an assumption that is not necessarily factual.”

 

Frank elaborated by admitting that he and his family lived in a beautiful new house and that he drove a new car. His children were well dressed, had the latest in electronic games; and as a family, they went on vacation at least once a year. The sizeable salary generated by Frank was spent almost effortlessly.

 

Sustaining A Lifestyle

 

Frank also mentioned that his wife didn’t work outside the home. His philosophy concerning his wife’s employment was contrary to that of some men. Even in the 2000’s, some men believe that a wife should work outside the home—so she doesn’t get bored! (After all, cleaning the house, taking care of the children, shopping for groceries, preparing meals, doing the laundry, plus a few odd tasks, could all be taken care of at night!) Frank realized that being a wife and a mother was in itself a full-time occupation.

 

 In summation, Frank diplomatically rationalized that in spite of working 12-14 hour days, often including weekends, extra income was still needed to sustain the lifestyle he wanted for his family.

 

However, he did not want his wife working outside the home. Despite the desire for an additional income, Frank could not see himself applying for a position at the local convenience store as an assistant manager. Aside from being overqualified, he also would be forfeiting time with his family. After all, his primary reason for seeking additional income was his family.

 

Alternatives

 

Frank and his wife had discussed the possibility of buying a fast-food franchise. This option was dismissed shortly after they realized that a sizeable investment was required as a down payment. Next on their list of possibilities was a small sandwich shop. The retiring owner was willing to offer financing terms.

 

Frank and his wife sat and went over the figures. His wife looked at him and said, “Frank, let me see if I understand this correctly. We are going to pay a significant amount of money for the privilege of making sandwiches for other people. Meanwhile, the return on our investment will not be evident for at least five to ten years. Is this the way you perceive this situation also?”

 

Jointly, they decided this alternative was not practical either. When the discussion led to better budgeting, a red light went off in Frank’s mind. His thoughts were in terms of making more money, not cutting back. 

 

Unknown to Frank, the answer to his predicament was only a few weeks away. Through the mutual acquaintance of a former business associate, Frank was invited to a network marketing opportunity meeting. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

Today Frank’s goal is to secure an early retirement from his executive position. Upon retirement, Frank plans on working his network marketing program full-time. With his retirement check and network marketing bonus checks, he and his family will be able to continue living the lifestyle of his choice!

 

Now I ask you, do you know of any other business where people can work from home, spend quality time with the family, and still earn as much, if not more than their current job? In Frank’s own words, “What type of job can you get, that offers the opportunity to make more money while performing less work? As the downline grows, there are more people continually generating a residual income. Don’t you just love network marketing?”

 

Salesmanship

 

Whether you are a veteran or a novice in the network marketing industry, try to recall the primary reason you joined your program. Think back to the first program or a subsequent program you’ve joined. What was your motivation in joining that particular company? Was it the products, service, marketing plan, or the need for more money? In all probability, the prime incentive for joining was the person who presented the opportunity to you.

 

 Why did you buy the car you are driving or the entertainment center in your family room or the computer in your office? How many car dealerships, electronic stores, and computer stores are there in your area that are competing for your business? Surely you could have made your purchases from any one of a number of businesses. So, why did you buy what you bought, where you bought it? (Need a hint? Because of the salesperson!)

 

Network marketing is a business–your business–and as in conventional businesses, you have competition. Competition not only with other network marketing programs but also within your program. Remember that when you introduce your opportunity, you are presenting more than products, services, or a marketing plan. You are presenting yourself as well. Your goal is to convey the message that your opportunity is unique. What makes it unique is you.

 

A Familiar Scenario

 

Consider the number of times distributors from other network marketing companies have approached you. I’m confident that, at one time or another, you’ve experienced a scenario similar to the following.

 

You receive a call from Somebody with the revelation that you’ll be set for life if you join him in his new venture, The ABC Company. Three weeks later he approaches you again, convinced that he has the opportunity of a lifetime. You must enroll under him in The DEF Company. You’ll make $10,000 the first week.

 

The following month Mr. Somebody presents The ABC Company to you, insisting that you’ll be able to retire in the lap of luxury in less than two months. But, you have to join now; and so on, through the alphabet of network marketing companies. What’s the credibility factor here? This approach does not really work.

 

Keep in mind, as you present your opportunity, the importance of building a solid reputation. Trust, honesty, sincerity, dependability, and consistency, are all deciding factors in attracting and building a strong network of working distributors.

 

Conclusion

 

It’s important to remember why people join network marketing. It will help you be more effective in your prospecting and recruiting, and ultimately, in building a successful business.

VitaMist’s Ideas for Healthy Alternatives to Halloween Candy

The appearance of ghosts, goblins, and witches can only mean one thing — Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re tempted to promote your healthy conscience this Halloween, choosing a junk food free roundup of treats and toys for your trick-or-treaters it may be the best thing you could do. With childhood obesity on the rise in the US — the rate of childhood obesity has doubled in the past 20 years — what can be done with the buckets of candy to be collected?

 Nutrition and Halloween aren’t two words that are usually seen together, but it is possible to promote healthy eating habits during the Halloween season.

 Here are some tips:

     Have kids’ eat a nutritious meal before they head out for trick-or-treating. This way, they are less likely to fill up on empty calorie foods. Giving kids healthy foods first will reduce the chances of overindulgence.

    Try handing out non-food treats such as those found at children’s birthday parties: pencils, notepads, bubbles, noisemakers, etc. If you have leftovers, these treats can easily be stored for use the following year. Just be sure not to pass out choking hazards to young children (coins, rings, etc.).

    Passing out sample products from VitaMist for Halloween might be a great way of getting the word out about our products, and with VitaMist offering Children’s Multiple as a unique sample for this month only it can change the life of your little ones that come to your door, and help your VitaMist business

    Granola bars, pretzels, cheese and cracker packs, sugar-free gum, packets of instant hot chocolate, raisins, and nuts are some healthy alternatives. (Note that raisins and walnuts are choking hazard for young children).

    If you must pass out candy bars, get the smaller fun sized ones. And only give one or two — not a handful — to your trick-or-treaters. Some candy bars have less fat and calories than others- read the labels before you buy.

    Ration the loot: Total restriction of candy isn’t healthy- anything that is restricted or denied tends to take on greater appeal. On the other hand, allowing your child to devour an entire bag of candy is a sure bet for a stomachache? Stick to small servings by only allowing your child one or two pieces of candy per sitting as a dessert after a healthy meal. A few days after Halloween, put the candy out of sight and out of mind You can ration out the treats later.

    For yourself buy your Halloween candy at the last minute to avoid tempting yourself and other family members. Buy less than you think you will need.

    Beware of cavities: Halloween candy, as well as any sticky, sugary food, can easily promote tooth decay. Make sure children brush their teeth well after a candy snack and before going to bed.

 Keeping in mind common sense, a little forethought, and moderation, Halloween can remain good, scary, delicious fun for children and adults alike! 

 

Happy Halloween from you VitaMist Family!!!

Dear VitaMist Family,

What does October mean to you? 

Is it the end of summer?  The start of fall?  Halloween, maybe?  Or are you thinking about the onset of winter with longer nights and sitting in front of warm fires?  Before you know it, it will be the Holiday Season again. 

 

The Holiday Season comes around every year!  But every single year I have heard “The Holidays” used as a “reason” for people to let their business slow down.  Well, you have a choice as a network marketer.  You can either have your freedom or give excuses. In order for you to have the financial freedom you want and success you deserve in you VitaMist business, you need to give up two things right now.  Give up making excuses and blaming others.

Every single VitaMist Distributor is doing one of two things: either making money or blaming someone and giving excuses. Let me repeat myself. You are either making a success of your business or giving excuses and blaming someone else for your failure. Imagine if you own a McDonald franchise, and you did not make any profit in your first month or first year.  Are you going to blame the corporate office or the regional inspector? My guess is, you wont.  Why not?  Because the McDonalds system has made a lot of people very successful.

Giving excuses for your failure is simply to clear yourself from blame. So you had a home party with 49 guests and no one signed up.  You gave up?  Your up-line’s phone was cut off and you couldn’t make a three way call.  Do you give up?  Well, you can either make money or make an excuse.  I am urging you to take ownership of your own VitaMist business.

It would be nice for your up-line to be available 24 / 7. It would be nice for you to be a great speaker with Ph.D. in sales.  But in reality, nothing is perfect.  DO WHATEVER IT TAKES.  If your closing skill is lacking, work on it.  If your marketing skill is lacking, work on it. If your communication skill is lacking, work on it. Do not give excuses. Instead of excuses, work on being good at your craft.

Not only do we give excuses, we find a way to blame others for our failure. YOU ARE YOUR UP-LINE!  Think about that for a minute.  If you know you are your own up-line, then you will not blame anyone else for your failure or lack of result.  Blaming others for your own failure is the language of the mediocre.  And I know that you are not mediocre.

So in conclusion, as winter approaches, I would like to borrow a slogan from our military – “be all you can be”!  I urge you to live your life with passion and take responsibility, for both your success and your failure.  Remember, if you point a finger at someone, there are four fingers pointing back at you.

 

 

“Dream big dreams, then put on your overalls and go out and make the dreams come true.”

                          ~Fred Van Amburgh

 

The Winning Close:

YOU: What did you like best about the presentation?

 No matter what their answer is here respond with…. Great!!!!

 YOU:  “Let me ask you something.  If you make the decision right now to become a VitaMist distributor, how much would you want to earn, let’s say, on a monthly basis?”

 Write the amount your prospect wants to earn down on a notepad.  Let’s say, for example, that he/she tells you $2,000 a month.

YOU:  “OK, you want to earn $2000 a month becoming a VitaMist distributor, and you will be building a team sharing the VitaMist products with friends and family to earn it.  Realistically, when do you want this?”

You have just asked the second question of the Winning Close, “When?”  Suppose your prospect tells you in three months.

 

You:  “OK, three months it is; I am making a note of that. What do you think your boss would say if you ask for a $2000 raise?  Did I think so?  Now if you got started with me today, and you were making an additional $500 a month three months from now, would you quit or keep on working to earn more?”

 Most prospects will say they would keep on working.  This can also be used to tone down a prospect’s monetary goal for a period.  Suppose your green prospect wanted to earn $20,000 a month by the third month.  Perhaps it is suitable for all of your prospects to want $20,000 a month income, but how realistic is it?  If anyone joins your sales group with the expectation of earning $20,000 a month in three months, he/she will likely be disappointed and quit when it does not happen.  Using this approach will enable you to bring you to being the prospect closer to reality and get a commitment.

 

YOU:  “The reason I ask that most people give me a one-year commitment to this business is that by following our system, they surprise themselves a lot earlier.  How about you?  If I give you my commitment to help you build your foundation over the next few weeks and teach you what you need to know, would you give me a one-year commitment to do this business to earn $2000 a month?”

 Most prospects will say “YES” at this point.  Now, you must ask the third question in the Winning Close.

 

YOU:  “What are you willing to do to earn, $2000 a month with VitaMist?”

 No matter what they answer, write it down and then tell them:

YOU: ”What I am going to ask of you is simple.  Would you be willing to go back to school one night a week for an hour?  Would you be willing to work with me in your spare time over the next few weeks to build a foundation for your organization?  Would you be willing to commit to doing this business for one year?  Would you be willing to invest $100 in a Product?

You should receive a “YES” to these questions, so you are ready for the Winning Close!

 YOU: Great!  When do you want to get started earning your first commission check?”

 

You will be surprised at the number of prospects that will answer “NOW”!  The next step is to place the application in front of them and then complete an order form.  Closing is guaranteed at this time, for they have committed.

 

YOU:  “I think you have filled out everything that we need.  How do you wish to pay for your first order?”

 

By adequately preparing your prospect for the close, you will increase your closing success.  This prospect was first prepared by answering the five questions in the initial presentation.

* Who is the company?

      * How much money can I earn

      * How much does it cost?

      * Can I do it?

      Then you immediately work the Winning Close.

      Looking back on the initial presentation, you will notice that the prospect has the assurance that he/she would not be alone in the beginning because you were committed to helping with presentations for the first few weeks.  You also stated that there were some upline distributors also willing to help.  This is worth 50% of any close.  Every prospect will feel more comfortable joining with a mentor and a coach for guidance.

      The prospect was also shown and explained the step-by-step system, which reassured that there would be a definite and clear blueprint to follow from the very beginning.

           1. What or how much do you want to earn?

             2. When do you want this?

               3. What are you willing to do to get it?

                 4. When do you want to get started earning?

              The interaction you created with the four questions in the Winning Close served to create a mental bond and get the prospect into an active role, rather than just listening to your presentation.  Every answer will be positive and lead to saying “RIGHT NOW” to the last question.  If you do not interact with prospects and get them thinking and talking, you will not succeed in making a close.

               

              This presentation is highly effective with 90% of prospects, but there are still those that are unmovable.  Usually, these are the ones who do not have enough available cash to get started and may be embarrassed by the fact.  I sometimes believe that the harder it is for someone to join, the better he/she will do.  So, work with that prospect and make it easier to join.  Such prospects are sometimes the ones that can produce those great referrals. Never miss the opportunity to get referrals.

               

              YOU:  “If you need to wait a few weeks to put your money together, I can understand.  I will hold your application out until you can afford to make your purchase.  Meanwhile, we can go ahead and start making presentations, so you will have an organization started when you are ready.  This will assure that you will be able to pay for your initial products when you receive them and make your first profit with VitaMist at the same time.  You should get this book right now and study it.  This is the system we will be working with to build your income.”

               

              No matter what reason prospects give for not “writing the check” today, seize the opportunity to make referral presentations.  The chances are that if you have them accompany you on a few presentations to their prospects, you will get that check quickly.  At the very least, you will have the opportunity to make a few referral presentations to people you would not ever have met.

               

              A “Force Close” technique that seems to work quite well is to create fear of loss.

               

              YOU:  “Now earning, $2000 a month with VitaMist is not for everyone and may not be right for you.  The only reason I showed this to you today is that I am committed to making it work for everyone that works with me.  If it is not something you want to do, that’s fine, but I am sure you know someone that you could introduce me to that would be interested.”

               

              The “Take Away Close” is sometimes very effective.

               

              YOU:  “My income depends entirely on the success I have with all of my distributors.  That’s why I spend so much time getting them started before I let them work by themselves.  I can only work with one or two new distributors at a time, so if this is something that you do not want, I will completely understand and appreciate your telling me right up front and not wasting my time.  I will find someone else that wants it.  By the way, if you are not interested, who do you know that might like for me to help them earn, $2000 a month?”

               

              Should you strike out completely, don’t let it bother you at all.  Some people will never get to where they want to be in life because they have a fear of some kind that prevents them from trying.

               

              “Some Will, Some Won’t, So What…NEXT”

              Don’t forget to eat your greens for Labor Day

              We don’t mean filling up on green food coloring and green sodas, but how about considering adding a new tradition – more green foods in your diet.

               

              “Green foods across the board are healthy in terms of their vitamin, mineral, water and antioxidant content, and Labor Day is the perfect time to think about how you can incorporate more of them into your diet,” says Erica Wald, RD, a wellness coordinator with the MFit Health Promotion Division at the University of Michigan Health System.

               

              The key, as with any diet, is variety.

               

              “You want to incorporate lots of different intensities of green all the various colors of green,” she says. “The more varied the colors, the more varied your vitamin and mineral intake.”

               

              Wald also says that preparing them in a variety of ways, such as putting them in soups, stews, and casseroles even serving them raw are great ways to incorporate more greens into your diet.

               

              Here are seven healthy and delicious tips for eating green:

               

              1. Increase your fiber with broccoli. Broccoli provides many health benefits, including both soluble and insoluble fiber; vitamins A, C and E (important antioxidants for staving off cellular damage from free-radicals); vitamin K for bone health; and a special antioxidant called sulforaphane, known for its powerful anticancer properties.

               

              1. Vary your leafy greens. It’s important to remember that leafy green vegetables, such as lettuces, come in varying shades of green. The lighter the green, the fewer vitamins and minerals they contain. The darker the green, the higher the concentration of vitamins and minerals. Spinach, a dark leafy green, contains lutein which is good for eye health. Collard greens also contain sulforaphane and beta carotene.

               

              1. For bone health, look at vegetables like asparagus, green/herbal teas, spinach, kale, turnip, collard and mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, endive and brussel sprouts.

               

              1. Improve cholesterol with avocado, which is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, which can help lower your cholesterol. Consider tossing your dark-green, leafy salad with a few slices of fresh avocado and balsamic vinegar for added benefit.

               

              1. Alternate oranges with kiwifruit. Kiwifruit contains even more vitamin C than oranges, and they’re an excellent source of dietary fiber.

               

              1. Snack on green apples. While green apples offer about the same benefits as red or yellow apples, Wald says green apples are an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber, which aid in digestion and heart health.

               

              1. Drink tea green tea. If you like to drink tea, consider choosing green tea instead of black, oolong or other darker teas. Green tea next to white tea packs the biggest punch when it comes to antioxidants. It also contains flavonoids, a class of naturally occurring plant compounds that function as antioxidants.

               

              Whether you like your green vegetables raw or cooked, there are many ways you can incorporate them into your meals.

               

              All these foods are a great way to improve your diet. But whatever you do, don’t forget you still need your VitaMist Sprays to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins you need every single day.

              Dear Vitamist Family

              Here at VitaMist, our goal is to teach and encourage leadership.

              When we call someone a leader, what we generally mean is that they are the best in their particular field; they are inspiring because of how much they accomplish.  However that isn’t really what true leadership is all about. 

              True leaders are not just high achievers; they also support the people around them to achieve, and, in many cases, to become leaders themselves.

              In other words, true leaders do not create a static group of followers. Rather, they create an environment in which everyone can develop their own potential.

              Not everybody is cut out to be a leader, but most of us have the potential to serve, at some time, in a leadership role.

              It is also quit possible that we will determine that our gifts are best applied in a supporting role. Supporting the efforts of those leaders, whose vision we admire. 

              In this case, we can ensure that our energy is best applied by holding the person we work with to a high standard of leadership.

              Whichever role fits you the best, we will try to help you cultivate your abilities to guarantee that you will be appreciated. 

              Whether you are a leader or a supporter…you are equally important here at VitaMist.

               

              From My Heart With LOV,

               

              Why You and your Children Need Nutritional Supplements for the Rest of Your Lives

              If you think you may not need dietary supplements, read this. It could change your health for the rest of your life.

              Finally, after more than 50 years, leading medical journals now recommend all adults take multivitamins. Both the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association have concluded that:

              “Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone.”

              “Inadequate intake of several vitamins has been linked to chronic diseases, including coronary heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.”

              “Suboptimal folic acid levels, along with suboptimal levels of vitamins B6 and B12, are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, neural tube defects, and colon and breast cancer; low levels of vitamin D contribute to osteoporosis and bone fracture; and low levels of the antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A, E, and C) may increase the risk for several chronic diseases.”

              “It appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.”

              A large body of research has demonstrated that the nutrients found in dietary supplements reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve quality of life, and increase longevity.

              Here are selections of reasons why you cannot depend on food alone for all of the nutrition you need to stay healthy.

              Reason #1: The average American is overfed and undernourished. It’s no secret. Just look around you. Most people are gaining weight. Even kids are overweight these days. You or someone you know has a chronic disorder of some kind.

              If you’re like most Americans, you’re consuming fabricated convenience foods high in calories but low in food value (nutrition). This type of diet leads to “subclinical” or marginal deficiencies that lead to vague health complaints such as nervousness, listlessness, recurring minor infections, general aches and pains, difficulty concentrating, irritability, depression, muscle weakness, fatigue, insomnia, and just not feeling right.

              A large body of research has demonstrated that most Americans are not getting what they need from their diet. For example, in one recent U.S. Dept. of Agriculture survey of 20,000 people, not a single person was consuming adequate levels of all the vitamins and minerals. In this study, the percentages of Americans were found to be deficient as follows: 90% in vitamins. B6, 75% in magnesium, 68% in calcium, 57% in iron, 50% in vitamin A, 45% in vitamin B1, 41% in vitamin C, 34% in vitamin B2, 34% in vitamin B12…. and the list goes on.

              There are hundreds of medical studies to suggest it’s a virtual certainty that you and every member of your family are deficient in one or more essential nutrients.

              Reason #2: Soil depletion. Modern mass-production agriculture depletes nutrients from the soil without replenishing them. The application of synthetic fertilizers stimulates the growth of beautiful-looking plants. However, the nutrient content is missing.

              So when you bite into that healthy salad or slice of whole-wheat bread, you’re getting less nutrition today than from the same foods grown in the same soil fifty years ago.

              Reason #3: Commercial food processing. Much of the food you eat is processed in one way or another. When foods are prepared, they are exposed to heat, light, oxygen, or drastic change in temperature or humidity. This exposure destroys vital but fragile nutrients. Examples of processing include baking, extruding, milling, grinding, boiling, cooking, recombining, spray drying, etc.

              Reason #4: Food storage and transportation. All foods deteriorate as they age. This is a problem for the food industry because many foods are shipped over great distances. Therefore chemicals are added to preserve foods and give them a longer “shelf life.” Unfortunately, in spite of these chemicals, the nutrient content of foods decline over time, even though they may look the same.

              Even fresh fruits or vegetables may be sprayed, gassed or fumigated to make them look “ripe” and “fresh.” So what seems healthy isn’t necessarily as healthy as you may think.

              Reason #5: Preparation and cooking of foods. Many people eat out or bring prepared food home from the market. Even if you make your meals at home, most of your food is cooked, not raw. Here’s the problem: the more you cook a portion of food, the less its nutrient value.

              Of course, there are some foods, such as grains and dried legumes that you have to cook because they’re inedible when raw. You’re not going to eat a bowl of uncooked rice. However, if you overcook rice, you lose nutrients.

              Reason #6: Home storage of food. Have you looked in your refrigerator lately? How long has that head of lettuce been in there? What about those leftovers from three days ago? Refrigeration does slow down the deterioration of food, but it certainly does not stop it. As every day goes by, whatever is in your refrigerator is losing its nutritional value.

              Some people will eat something out of the refrigerator that is three weeks old, or something from the pantry that is a year old. By this time, some vital nutrients have been completely lost.

              Reason #7: Food irradiation. Exposing foods to gamma rays, x-rays or other radiation extends their shelf life by the destruction of microorganisms, inhibition of sprouting, and delay of ripening. Some meats, chicken, and vegetables are irradiated. Foods served in restaurants or schools may be irradiated. The problem with irradiation is that vital nutrients, especially antioxidants and fat-soluble vitamins, are destroyed. There’s no label to tell you if food is irradiated.

              Reason #8: Pesticides in foods. A pesticide is a poison. A little bit of pesticide will kill a bug. A lot of pesticides will kill you. Most foods contain pesticides. Even organic produce contains pesticides, although a lot less than regular produce. Pesticides may be applied to the soil, to the growing plant, or to the food while in storage or shipment.

              Keep in mind that you can’t see, smell or taste these pesticides. So you have no way of knowing if what you’re eating contains pest poisons. But your body knows. Some pesticides can accumulate in the body and cause problems. Your body has to deal with the problem by expending valuable vitamins and minerals to detoxify and try to eliminate these poisons.

              Reason #9: Genetically modified foods. Millions of acres of genetically modified corn, cotton, and potatoes have been planted in the U.S. (Cotton is mentioned here because cottonseed oil is found in many processed foods, and cottonseed meal is fed to cattle.) These foods, which are now in our food supply, have been engineered to produce a naturally occurring pesticide that is supposedly toxic only to insects. There are no long-term human studies to indicate that genetically modified foods are safe. However, rats fed genetically modified potatoes had increased intestinal infections, reduced immunity, and reduced weight of the intestine, pancreas, kidneys, liver, lungs, and brain. Since you may be unknowingly consuming genetically modified or irradiated foods, you would need dietary supplementation to offset the invisible but potentially harmful effects of such foods.

              Reason #10: Environmental pollution. We dump nearly six billion pounds of chemicals into our environment every year. While some of it ends up in our food, much of it is in our air and water. If you breathe air and drink water, you are ingesting chemical pollution. Medical research has established that environmental chemicals contribute to degenerative diseases.

              You have no choice but to eat food, drink water, and breathe air. Therefore, you will need dietary supplements to help you process and detoxify the pollution entering your body every day.

              Reason #11: Bioaccumulation of pollution in animal foods. There are specific “persistent” pollutants that tend to accumulate in any living thing, whether animal or plant. The higher up the food chain, the higher the accumulation. Take swordfish for example. Swordfish is known to have high levels of mercury, a toxic metal.

              The problem starts when small baitfishes eat organic material that contains mercury. They metabolize the organic material but retain the mercury. Small predatory fish then eat the baitfish, thus inheriting their accumulated mercury. The more bait fish they eat, the more mercury they accumulate. Finally, a swordfish comes along and eats a bunch of small predatory fish, and picks up a load of mercury. So a big swordfish can gather a lot of mercury over time. But the swordfish is not the end of the chain. You are! You eat the swordfish, and now all that accumulated mercury is stored in “your” body.

              Swordfish is only one example out of hundreds. Here’s the point. You’re at the top of the entire food chain on earth. Therefore, you unknowingly accumulate heavy metals and chemical pollutants, which are proven to be detrimental to your health. If you consume animal foods, you need dietary supplements to help you handle the contaminants they contain.

              Reason #12: “Energy” pollution. Energy pollution invisibly burdens your body. The form of energy pollution you’re familiar with is radioactive fallout, like that from nuclear testing in Nevada, which caused an increase in cancers downwind from the test site. Another, less well-known form of energy pollution is altered magnetic fields’ from electrical motors and circuits, and all kinds of energy transmissions (microwave, radar, cell phone, etc.). Not only can energy pollution destroy or damage cells directly, but also it causes a stress reaction in the body, which leads to hormonal imbalances. For example, energy pollution reduces your levels of melatonin, an essential hormone. Once again, dietary supplements are a method to assist your body to compensate for another type of pollution from which there is no escape.

              Reason #13: Genetic weaknesses. Each of us is genetically and biochemically unique. But none of us is perfect. We all have some genetic defect. For example, you might have a genetic abnormality in methionine metabolism called homocystinuria (methionine is an amino acid required to make your body function). In this case, taking large doses of vitamin B6 is a way to compensate for this weakness. There are hundreds if not thousands of possible genetic abnormalities. We can minimize many of them with dietary supplementation.

              Reason #14: Chronic Stress. “Stress” occurs when your body has a “fight or flight” response to any situation. Most of the time, you’re not aware of it. Stress can come from anywhere at any time. It could be a barking dog, a disagreeable boss, a car that needs repair, an unpaid bill, a relationship that isn’t working or living alone or Anything at all. You become so accustomed to stress that you consciously tune it out – but your body doesn’t.

              When subjected to repeated stress, it is called chronic stress, which severely depletes your body of energy and vital reserves. Chronic stress produces hormones that have a long-term weakening effect on your body, which accelerates the aging process and leads to chronic degenerative disease. Supplements reduce the detrimental effects of chronic stress.

              Reason #15: Your lifestyle. How you behave may increase your need for supplementation. For example, smoking or drinking alcohol to excess dramatically saps your reserves of vital nutrients. In both cases, dietary supplementation is not an option – it’s a requirement.

              On the other hand, if you’re an avid mountain climber or high-performance athlete, you use up nutrients faster than the average person. The same is true if you work in a physically demanding occupation. Your performance improves with dietary supplementation.

              Reason #16: GI problems. Any digestive or gastrointestinal problem will diminish your absorption of vitamins, minerals, protein, essential fats, and plant substances required to maintain a healthy body. Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s disease, or chronic diarrhea hurt your ability to absorb nutrients. Ditto for bacterial, viral, yeast or parasitic infections. Food allergies are notorious for causing GI problems. In short, any inflammation in your GI tract means trouble. Therefore, you will need supplements to help you deal with the inflammation, as well as to increase the number of essential nutrients you are consuming and absorbing.

              Reason #17: Weak digestion. Heartburn, bloat after eating, burping, or gas may suggest you have an impaired ability to digest your food. If you can’t digest your food, your body cannot absorb it, and supplementary digestive aids may be needed.

              Reason #18: Getting older. Medical studies have proven that you lose your digestive power as you get older. By the time you’re “elderly,” you have a severe problem that can only be corrected by supplementation.

              Also, studies have shown that many older adults eat less well than they did in earlier years. In this case, dietary supplements can augment an otherwise inadequate diet.

              Reason #19: Teenagers. It’s no secret that adolescents eat and drink things that are very unhealthy, i.e., “junk food,” which is no way to nourish a maturing body. Most teenagers need dietary supplementation.

              Reason #20: Chronic disease or disorder. It doesn’t matter what the disorder is. It could be arthritis, macular degeneration, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, eczema, PMS or anything else. Specific dietary supplements can help almost any disorder.

              Reason #21: Medications. Americans consume an astounding quantity of prescription and over-the-counter medications. However, nothing in your body operates in isolated compartments – everything interacts with everything else in some way. Many drugs interact with supplements or cause an increased need for them. For example, women on birth control pills may have increased demand for vitamin B6. People on Glucophage need more calcium, B12, and folic acid. The list is endless. So if you’re on medication, consult with one of our physicians to determine the specific supplements you need.

              Reason #22: Pregnancy. Your requirement for nutrients undergoes a significant shift when you become pregnant. It’s to your and your baby’s benefit to take supplementation to reduce your risk of a miscarriage or pregnancy complications and to have a healthier baby.

              BOTTOM LINE: Because of global pollution and degradation in the quality of our food supply, it’s hard to imagine anyone who will not need nutritional supplements for the rest of his or her life. Also, many people have health problems, a lifestyle, or unique situations where supplements are advisable.