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I Love Christmas!

Dear VitaMist Family, 

This December, our VitaMist View is dedicated to YOU, our loyal VitaMist Customers and Distributors.  Words just cannot express what you all mean to me and how much I appreciate all the love and support that you have shown me over the past years.

This VitaMist Family of ours is hard to explain to anyone who isn’t a part of it.  These are not just empty words, I mean it, from the bottom of my heart – our relationship is like family.  When you do well, the whole family is happy and celebrates your success, when you falter, we all feel it and try to act as your support.  Your success is our success, and our success is yours.  VitaMist defines TEAMwork

“Together Everyone Achieves More”

“Together Everyone Achieves More”

On December 25th, we will all be sitting down for Christmas  Dinner.  And we should all be very, very grateful for what we have in our lives.

I love Christmas. I think it’s my favorite holiday. What I like about it, is that it is about giving thanks. Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions there is. Why is it so powerful? It is powerful because it can change your life.

VitaMist is doing well!  That is a good reason for us all to give thanks.  We must be honest; there have been times over the years when things were looking pretty bleak, both for VitaMist and in my personal life. During one particularly bleak time, a friend told me just to start listing everything I had in my life for which I was grateful. That taught me a valuable lesson so that now if ever I hear people say “everything sucks; I have nothing to be grateful for” I know it just isn’t true. There’s always something, no matter how small it is in your life, for which to be grateful.  Sometimes you just need to take a step back to see it. So, this year, when you sit down for Christmas Dinner, I urge all of you to pause for a moment and reflect both on our past and look into our future.  Let us ALL give thanks that we are together, as a family, a VitaMist Family.

 Merry Christmas! – Happy Holidays! – Happy New Year!

From My Heart With LOV – Sari

You Are What You Absorb

Contrary to popular belief, you are not what you eat.  You are what you absorb.  Not everything that hits your stomach gets used in your body, and not everything that that gets used in your body ever even hits your stomach.  In fact, you consume somewhere in the neighborhood of 550 liters of oxygen every single day.  If you tried drinking 550 liters of water in a day, you’d never leave the bathroom!  Pancake and Syrup Arranged Into a Happy FaceAt least not until the paramedics wheeled you out.

Right now you might be thinking that unabsorbed food sounds great, and if only your body would absorb less of it, you wouldn’t have those extra pounds around the waistline.  Unfortunately, caloric foods such as proteins, fats, and especially carbs are much easier to absorb than many calorie-free nutrients.  Deficiency in these can lead to grogginess, fatigue, depression, anxiety and poor health. This can happen even with the healthiest of diets.

 What Are The Causes of Poor Absorption?

 Various circumstances can lead to insufficient absorption, including illness, genetics, and especially gluten!

Gluten

One of the most common causes of poor absorption is gluten, particularly for those who have difficulty processing it.  Gluten can also cause damage to the small intestines and their lining, which reduces the absorption of nutrients, especially fats and fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K).

Infections

There are numerous intestinal infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites that can cause reduced nutrient absorption.  Many of them can damage your stomach or intestines, leading to more severe problems such as ulcers.

Chemical or Enzyme Imbalance

Your body can’t digest food without the aid of specialized enzymes and hydrochloric acid.  And you can’t absorb what you don’t digest.

Portion sizes

Your digestive system can only handle so much food at one time.  When you consume too much food at once, there’s a good chance it won’t sit in your gut long enough to be properly digested and absorbed.  A similar problem can come from not fully chewing your food.

Other Gastrointestinal  Disorders

Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, bariatric surgery…  The list goes on and on.  There are far too many genetic conditions, auto-immune disorders, and intestinal injuries to list them all here.


There are many essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fats and more. ‘Essential’ means that your body doesn’t make them at all, or not in sufficient quantities for good health.  You need your diet to supply these, and poor absorption can cause deficiencies in these vital nutrients.  Deficiencies can lead to all of that grogginess, fatigue, depression, anxiety and poor health I mentioned earlier.

So What Can We Do About It?

Cut Out the Gluten

This is becoming easier to do every day as more and more gluten free options are made available. With 1 in every 20 people suffering from it, poor gluten tolerance is so common that losing the gluten should be one of the first fixes you try.

If you’re not sure how you’ll live without your morning bagel or that gluten loaded pizza crust, there’s good news!  Your doctor can test you for gluten sensitivity, and for a slew of other allergies that you weren’t even aware you had.

Probiotics

The best offense is a good defense!  You can protect your stomach and intestines from infection by loading up on good bacteria.  It’s common knowledge that lactobacillus and other probiotics help you to digest food, but they also help protect you from infection!  Bacterial infections need resources to survive.  These resources come from you and everything you eat.  By taking a healthy probiotic regularly, you’re giving yourself a defensive shield of healthy bacteria that will compete for resources with harmful pathogens that are trying to move into your body.

Pills lined up to look like a dinner plate, fork and knife.Pro Tips: Make sure you’re getting a quality probiotic.  Contrary to what marketing teams want you to believe, the sheer number of bacteria in a probiotic is not nearly as important as the variety included.  Look for probiotics that contain at least three or four of the following strains: L. acidophilus, B. longum, B. bifidum, L. fermentum & L. rhamnosus.

Also, pay attention to the expiration date and packaging.  Bacteria are living things, making them susceptible to light, humidity, temperature, oxidation and age.  There’s really no point in taking a gel caps filled with dead bacteria.

Cleanliness

Your best protection from bacteria, viruses and parasites is cleanliness.  You can avoid introducing any of these pathogens into your system by washing your hands with soap before you eat, prepare food or touch your face, lips or eyes.

Enzymes

Still having trouble?  Try taking digestive enzymes with your probiotics, or with meals.  If you notice an improvement, you may have found your problem!

Stomach Acid

An easy way to check your hydrochloric acid levels is to mix a teaspoon of baking soda with a glass of water and drink it. If it doesn’t make you burp, you may need to add orange juice to your shopping list.  That extra acidity could be just the thing you needed to get your stomach back on track.

If you suffer from frequent heartburn, then low acidity is probably not your issue.  Gluten is the more likely candidate, since it’s notorious for causing frequent and severe heartburn in those who are sensitive to it.  Man, for someone who loves pasta as much as I do, I’m being really harsh on gluten today.

Portion Control

Serving sizes vary from food to food, but they really shouldn’t be much bigger than the palm of your hand.  Watching your serving sizes is also an excellent way to shed a few extra pounds!  Spreading your daily intake out into smaller meals and snacks can help ensure proper absorption, increase your energy levels and maintain that sense of being satisfied throughout the day.

Chew Your Food

Digestion starts in the mouth!  Saliva contains enzymes that begin breaking food down before you’ve even swallowed.  You can see for yourself.  Try putting a small piece of (gluten optional) bread on your tongue and let it sit there for a moment.  It won’t be long before you notice a sweet taste.  This sweet taste is caused by the amylase in your saliva breaking the bread down into simple sugars.

Chewing your food properly breaks it down into smaller, easily digestible pieces while mixing it with these awesome enzymes.  The best part about thoroughly chewing is that not only do you get to enjoy the flavor for longer, the flavor also gets stronger while the food is breaking down.  It’s also easier to tell when you’re full when you eat slower.  So many benefits!  Chewing your food more thoroughly may be one of the best changes you’ve ever made to your life, and it’s so easy to do!

Pro tip:  Don’t drink while there’s still food in your mouth.  It dilutes your saliva!

Ask Your Healthcare Provider

Remember all those issues that were too many to list? Well, it doesn’t do any good to speculate about which ones you may or may not have.  And no health article, web doctor or over the phone consultation is going to tell you if you have any health issues of note.  Only your healthcare provider can do that for you!

Most Importantly

Use VitaMist Spray Vitamins! (Did anyone NOT see that one coming?)

Wow, It’s November Already

This year is going by so fast.  Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving will be close at hand.  The Holiday Season will have arrived again.  Those two months of the year that will set the stage for next year.

(Those of you who have been part of our VitaMist family for many years will probably read this and feel “I heard all this before”.  But it’s SO  imperative that I reiterate this message for all of our new members and even for all of you, who have read this before.)

A lot of people use the Holidays as an excuse!  In fact, I have already started to hear those excuses this year and it seems as if I have heard more excuses than ever before.   I urge all of you not to let “The Holiday Season” be another excuse and ruin what you have been building with VitaMist over the past few months.

The Holidays are the time when we see more people than any other time of year. In some reports, I’ve seen it quoted that you will see up to 3 times more people than any other time. So Remember! This is when you can give the gift of health and hand out your business cards along with your holiday greetings, good wishes and smiles.

Please enjoy yourselves This Holiday Season,  But please, please, don’t allow all your hard work to be undone.  I urge every one of you, every single member of our family, to believe in yourselves and be everything you can be.  Rather than look for reasons why you can’t, please find reasons why you CAN!  This is one of the reasons that “DO IT” has become somewhat of the mantra for the leaders of VitaMist.

 

Take a moment to reflect on the poem that follows. 

“Happy Holidays!”

 

How to observe Thanksgiving

Count your blessing instead of your crosses;

Count your gains instead of your losses.

Count your joys instead of your woes;

Count your friends instead of your foes.

Count your smiles instead of your tears;

Count your courage instead of your fears.

Count your full years instead of your lean;

Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.

Count your health instead of your wealth;

Count on God instead of yourself.

 

~Author Unknown.~

 

From My Heart With LOV – Sari