March 2017 Product Demonstration Schedule

Upcoming Product Demonstrations

PlantFusion LEAN is a vegan, energy boosting, hunger curbing, blood sugar balancing meal replacement powder that tastes great mixed with just almond milk! Come see how it tastes with a full serving offered!

March 18:

Promenade Park: 1-4pm

Valley View: 2-5pm


Garden of Life’s new SPORT line, offering organic plant-based protein bars and shakes, as well as grass-fed whey protein shakes, will be available to sample!

March 3:  Promenade Park: 1-4pm

March 17:  Valley View: 2-5pm


Ancient Nutrition’s Bone Broth Protein

With no more than 100 calories per serving, this form of protein is very easily digested, helps promote gut health and healthy bones, joints, hair, skin, and nails, all while being very cleansing and immune boosting. Available to sample!

March 4 and 11:

Martinsville : 12-3pm

Salem: 10:30-1:30pm

Promenade Park: 1-4pm

Valley View: 2-5pm

March 15:

Promenade Park: 1-4pm

Valley View:  2-5pm


Which Fish Oil to Use and Why

Which Fish Oil to Use and Why

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How Do I know Which Fish Oil to Buy?

What to look for:

  • Third Party tested for purity and potency: A lot of companies make claims about their products. Having someone else say it lends credibility to those assertions.
  • Sustainable and Ecofriendly: The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the gold standard and global leader for certifying sustainable fishing practices.
  • Therapeutic dose: Enough Omega 3’s to make a difference. Look at the amount of EPA and DHA, not the amount of Fish Oil.

Wiley’s Finest Wild Alaskan Fish Oil is the best choice, as it follows all of these guidelines. You can’t find a better Omega 3 supplement than this.
See below for a breakdown of all of their different Omega 3 products to help pick the best one for you.

And don’t forget, these are all 20% off in-store through the month of September! You can’t find a better time to add such a high quality, sustainable fish oil into your vitamin routine.

wileys finest fish oil

Orange Burst

  • Natural Orange flavored liquid fish oil for those who don’t want to swallow pills
  • 660 mg Omega 3’s- 440 mg EPA 220 mg DHA
  • Best source of the fatty acid Omega 7 — 220 mg in 1 teaspoon which soothes dry eyes and skin and improves digestion
  • Naturally occurring Astaxanthin, a potent antioxidant beneficial for vision

Peak Omega-3 Liquid

  • Natural Lemon flavored liquid fish oil
  • 90% triglyceride form for enhanced absorption (similar absorption to Krill oil)
  • Super concentrated Omega 3’s- 1300 mg EPA and 850 mg DHA in 1 teaspoon

Peak EPA

  • High EPA for great anti-inflammatory support
  • One a day softgel providing a potent 1000 mg dose of Omega 3’s
    750 mg EPA / 250 mg DHA

Cholesterol Support

  • High EPA to help prevent and eliminate cardiovascular and circulatory inflammation
  • Beta Sitosterol to bind to cholesterol and prevent absorption into the bloodstream

Easy Swallow Minis

  • For those on a budget or who can’t swallow larger pills
  • Two-a-day providing an excellent 630 mg dose of Omega 3’s

Prenatal DHA

  • Supports fetal and infant brain, eye, and nerve development
  • 600 mg DHA supplementation increases DHA levels of breast milk in nursing mothers

Beginner’s DHA for Kids

  • Tasty natural strawberry and watermelon flavored liquid fish oil with syringe application to make it fun and easy for children to take
  • 650 mg Omega 3’s including 250 mg DHA for brain and eye development
  • MenaQ7 Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D3 support bone development in growing kids

Elementary EPA for Kids

  • Tasty natural mango and peach flavored liquid fish oil
  • 1500 mg of Omega 3’s including 1000 mg EPA and 500 mg DHA increase focus and support natural bodily defenses
  • Patented FloraGLO Lutein and Zeaxanthin provide strong antioxidant support for the eyes
John’s Guide to Different Types of Protein

John’s Guide to Different Types of Protein

Good quality protein is essential to our health. Our body, including organs, muscles, and other tissues are made out of protein, and adequate dietary protein is necessary for proper maintenance and healing. It’s sometimes difficult to get enough protein in our diet, especially good quality protein, and we really need to replace some of the calories from the overly carb heavy typical American diet with calories from quality fats and proteins. Powdered protein supplements and shakes can be extremely useful for reaching dietary goals but there are so many types and options to choose from. Hopefully this will help clear it up a little.

Protein is made up of amino acids, and the bioavailability of a protein supplement is dependent on the type and amounts of amino acids it contains. The body has the ability to convert and make many of the amino acids it needs, but the nine essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must protein powderbe supplied by the food we eat. Most animal proteins, by definition, contain all of the essential amino acids in sufficient amounts. The protein of cereals, most beans, and vegetables sometimes contain all of these essential amino acids, but the amounts in these plant foods is often less than ideal, particularly the branch chain amino acids or BCAAs.

A common misconception with protein is that animal based protein, such as egg or whey, is easier to digest and absorb, but certain sprouted nut and seed based proteins can make them competitive, in this regard. In addition, plant proteins, as long as they are organic, pesticide-free and non-GMO, are often thought to be cleaner protein sources. However, free-range and antibiotic-free animal based proteins provide similar qualities.

Let’s take a look at some common types of proteins and their pros and cons:

Bone broth protein is really popular right now, and for good reason. It’s chock full of joint and gut healing compounds such as collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, chondroitin, glutamine, and hyaluronic acid. Whether it’s beef or chicken based, you’ll want it to be responsibly sourced from free-range animals that aren’t protein powdertreated with antibiotics or hormones. Expect many companies to cut corners, so not all bone broth proteins are going to live up to these standards, and obviously this is not a vegan friendly option. 

Pea protein is among the most hypoallergenic of all protein powders, as it contains no gluten or dairy. It’s also gentle on the digestive system and doesn’t cause bloating, a common side effect of many other protein powders. Another great feature of pea protein is its ability to lower levels of the hunger hormone, ghrelin, which the stomach secretes when it’s empty to tell your brain that you’re hungry. Pea protein produces numerous peptides that delay the emptying of your stomach and the secretion of ghrelin.

Rice protein is an affordable vegan option but tends to have a gritty texture, doesn’t mix as well as other protein powders, and usually requires a blender for a smooth consistency.

Soy protein is not an effective alternative. Nearly all soy in the U.S. is genetically engineered and high in allergens (28 different proteins present in soy have been found to bind to IgE antibodies). plant proteinsWhat’s more troubling is the more soy protein you eat, the more likely you are to develop allergies to it, and the more severe those allergies are likely to become. Soy also blocks the absorption of important minerals such as calcium, unless the phytates have been removed. Soy contains high levels of phytoestrogens, which although beneficial in moderate amounts, can be counter-productive in large amounts — particularly for children. Unless soy has been fermented, which negates many of these issues, it’s best to avoid it.

Whey protein has great bioavailability and is fairly affordable but being dairy based, it is unsuitable for those with milk allergies. Keep in mind quality varies drastically with whey protein, so it’s a good idea to carefully inspect the product label.

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator

The Vegan Meal Replacement Shake to Help You Reach Your Goals

The Vegan Meal Replacement Shake to Help You Reach Your Goals

Weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight are mostly about diet. That can either be comforting or not, depending on your dietary habits. For years, meal replacement shakes have been an easy solution to fulfilling at least one healthy meal a day. The problem is, there’s so many to choose from, some aren’t all that healthy, and many just don’t curb hunger.

Green-Smoothie-IngredientsThere is always the option to take a good quality protein powder such as grass-fed whey or bone broth protein, add fibrous fruits and seeds, and mix up a smoothie in the blender. We don’t always have time for that, and some people are looking for a vegan option. This is where PlantFusion Lean comes in. It’s a vegan, energy boosting, hunger curbing, blood sugar balancing meal replacement powder that tastes great mixed with just almond milk! 

The protein in PlantFusion Lean is a combination of pea, algae, fermented and sprouted organic millet, organic lentil, organic flax, and Screen-Shot-2016-06-28-at-11.56.44-AMorganic chia called Ecolean. This blend of protein has been shown in clinical testing to be 35% more effective than whey protein in curbing appetite. In addition, PlantFusion Lean contains 20 different superfoods including acai, mangosteen, blueberry, tart cherry, and pomegranate to name a few. It’s rounded out with a Fiber and Blood Sugar Support blend that includes banaba leaf, a species of crepe myrtle tree native to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. According to preliminary studies, this seems to help lower blood glucose and help the body use insulin more efficiently.

Make PlantFusion Lean part of your daily arsenal for healthy weight loss and maintenance without sacrificing taste and fullness!

John A. Rigdon
Nature’s Outlet Educator