CEO Mark Pentecost is back to update you on our new corporate headquarters! He is accompanied by Director of Customer Service Skeeter Trahan, the man who leads our CS agents to help you run a successful business! The demolition is underway and Mark reveals part of the plans to make this one of the most innovative, state of the art office buildings anywhere!
May 08, 2013
Maintain your health and beauty with the life-giving source no one can live without!
“April showers bring May flowers.” You probably remember that rhyme from childhood, but it’s more than just a cute saying. It’s an example of the spring cycle of renewal that many parts of the earth go through. Just as water brings new life to vegetation each spring, this vital liquid also has the power to renew your body.
Droplets of Water Wisdom
Water is important to your body’s complete health because it is what your body is made of—between 65 and 70 percent of it to be exact. It flushes toxins from your system, helps cushion and lubricate your joints, and keeps your nose and throat moist so you can breathe easily. In short, hydration equals a healthy body.
Stomach rumbling and feeling empty? You may not be craving food at all—just a drink of water. Hunger and thirst signals are controlled in the same part of your brain, so the next time that empty feeling strikes, drink an 8-ounce glass of water. It might take up to 15 minutes for your brain to get the signal that your body wasn’t hungry, just thirsty. If after that time you still feel hungry, then eat. Just think of all the calories you can cut from your diet if you go for water first rather than snacks when you get the munchies!
So just how much water do you need? You’ve probably heard the “8 X 8” rule: drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. According to the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine, this simple reminder doesn’t count all the other ways we can give our bodies a drink! A 2004 study by the board found that adequately hydrated people absorbed large quantities of fluids from a variety of sources—including tea, milk, juice, fruits, vegetables and other foods.*
So as good as water is, you don’t have to drink just water to stay hydrated. Your morning Ultimate ProFIT® smoothie and daily glass of Greens™ count as well!
Water (and Nutrients) to Go!
Water is already the world’s wonder liquid, but adding Greens to your glass makes water a vitamin-packed “superdrink.” Water plus Greens gives you over eight servings of fruits and veggies along with 38 herbs and nutrient-rich “superfoods” that provide vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and enzymes. Its alkalizing properties balance your pH levels, helping boost your immune system and support good overall health.
Why restrict all that fortifying goodness to a glass when you can take it anywhere and everywhere? Alkalize, energize, and detoxify wherever you go with Greens on the Go™! It’s the Greens you love in a convenient packet you can drop in your purse, store in your desk, or pack in a travel bag. Just pour one pack into your water bottle, shake it up, and drink your healthy nutrients anywhere—at the gym, at the game, or even in the great outdoors. Stay hydrated as you drink your veggies with Greens on the Go!
*Karen Bellenir. “Fact or Fiction? You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily.” Scientific American. June 2009. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=eight-glasses-water-per-day.
April 30, 2013
Although I was trained as a traditional MD in what I will call "disease care,” these days, my focus has definitely changed to "health care.” In reality, your health is YOUR choice. Doctors are well trained to diagnose and treat disease. Too often, though, the cause of the problem is not addressed. Our “disease care” system is so effective at treating symptoms that much of the time simple, common sense factors that truly lead to treating and improving health are ignored.
Often, treating with pharmaceuticals can make the cause of the problem even worse— medications are just poisons with a desirable side effect. “Poisoning” yourself to health is not the best approach when effective alternatives exist.
What’s the answer to the “disease care” crisis? Dr. Don’s Top Three Tools: detoxify, alkalize and supplement.
Today let’s talk about the most important one, DETOXIFY. Anything that decreases the total toxic load from the food you eat, water you drink, air you breathe, and environmental pollutants you encounter every day is very beneficial. How do you do that?
Well, many toxins hide out in fatty tissue. So, one of the simplest ways to start detoxifying is to lose excess fat. Consider the largest organ of your body, your skin. It can contain an enormous amount of fat because fat cells can expand many times their normal size and work as storage depots for toxins. It takes an enormous amount of nutrients at the cellular level to help these fat cells break down and eliminate the fats and toxins they contain.
Yes, the total amount of fat in your body is determined by the amount of calories you eat and how many of those calories you burn through activity. However, high quality skin care products can definitely facilitate the process of toning and firming the skin and even help to decrease the inflammatory responses in the body. Healthier skin not only helps you to look younger, it can also help “clean up” your largest body organ. Avoiding junk foods, focusing on plant-based foods (fruits, vegetables, and whole grains) and drinking plenty of water also are essential for achieving skin with a healthy glow.
A great place to start is with the Wrap Pack™. The It Works! Wrap™ works together with mini Defining Gel to tighten, tone, and firm in as little as 45 minutes; reduce the appearance of cellulite and varicose veins; and help you look younger with improved skin texture and tightness.
Besides using the Wrap Pack on the outside, nourish your body from the inside with the It’s Vital™ Complete Nutrition Pack. With vitamins, phytonutrients, antioxidants, over 74 trace minerals, and essential fatty acids, it can help support your skin’s regeneration, microcirculation, boost healthy cell growth, and help the body breakdown fat more efficiently. It’s Vital Complete Nutrition Pack has all of the nutrients necessary to maximize your Wrap Pack results and boost detoxification.
Stop back next month to learn about my second tool: alkalize.
April 09, 2013
By: CEO, Mark Pentecost
Dallas Boot Camp was an event like no other in the history of It Works! Global! Dallas, Texas, was the perfect place to kick off our Boot Camp tours! They say everything is bigger in Texas and this was by far our biggest boot camp yet! The energy and passion that filled the room could not be beat. It was incredible to see everyone representing It Works! in black, green, and bling.
The Boot Camp was an event packed with business building tips from our corporate team and the Leadership Council, and recognition for new promotions. Plus, we got to hear from distributors who have had their lives changed by our products and opportunity.
One of my favorite parts of the weekend was hearing from you during a new Boot Camp segment called “BOOM Time!” We gave our distributors the chance to get on the mic in front of our It Works! family to ask a question, not about the product or business, but about a personal struggle. We wanted to know, what are your fears or hesitations? What are your struggles? Our goal is to help you find a solution and that is an It Works! BOOM! Here are two of my personal favorite moments that really exemplified the It Works! Way:
• A retired Army Sergeant admitted to the team that he gets nervous talking to people when he blitzes. He received a standing ovation for his years of service and for bravely admitting that even though he’s “Army strong,” his nerves sometimes get the best of him. He received the advice to think of his upline as his Captain commanding him to go blitz! He learned that you have to STRETCH yourself and overcome your fears in order to succeed.
• A single mom confessed to the group that she bought a $30 It Works! shirt from the store that she couldn’t afford and was struggling to fund the start her business. One of our Presidential Diamond leaders walked over to this mom and gave her some of his earnings to say, “You’re appreciated and we believe in you!” At first you might have to STRETCH yourself to get your business booming, but it will ultimately help you get out of debt and leave a legacy for your family.
“Boom Time” is an activity that you can share with your team at training events or One Team One Mission tour stops. We are one team and that means we support each other. As one team, who knows what amazing accomplishments we will be able to achieve! Boot Camp was a life-changing experience, and if you couldn’t join us in Dallas, then I can’t wait to see you in Atlanta on May 17-18 for our next Boot Camp!
March 29, 2013
Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Making Your Nutrition Complete
Good nutrition is essential to living a healthy, happy, and long life. Unfortunately, increasing amounts of us are living a less than nutritious lifestyle. Today, approximately 1 in 3 U.S. adults is considered obese and less than 1 in 3 are getting their recommended daily amounts of fresh fruits and veggies—and all of the fortifying nutrients that come with them. See a connection?
It Works! Health Consultant Dr. Don VerHulst does. “American’s don’t die of old age anymore” he says. “They dig their own graves with a knife and fork.”
Fresh fruits and vegetables along with whole grains are key to a balanced diet and complete nutrition. In fact, the USDA recommends that ¾ of your “plate” be covered by these three food groups at every meal. If this seems like a tall order, there’s a simple way to fill in the holes and complete your nutrition with It’s Vital™ Complete Nutrition Pack.
It’s Vital Complete Nutrition Pack meets all of your vital nutrition needs with essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals; superior calcium absorption; and triple strength support for heart health with three supplements—It’s Vital™ Core Nutrition, It’s Vital™ Minerals, and It’s Vital™ Omega-3—in one premeasured daily pack.
It’s Vital Core Nutrition: This whole-food, gluten-free multivitamin is derived from over 30 natural, pesticide-free plant ingredients, including broccoli, carrot, oranges, blueberry, strawberry, kale, and more! This gives you increased amounts of the vital minerals and vitamins found in these fruits and veggies, such as Vitamins A, D, B6, and B12. Plus, you’ll get sustained nutrition with patented controlled-release technology that mimics the way nutrients are naturally released from foods as a response to your body's stress levels and nutritional needs, giving your body nutrients over a 6 to 12 hour period.
It’s Vital Minerals: This premium mineral blend is powered by sea algae-derived Aquamin®, which is rich in calcium, magnesium, and over 74 other trace minerals, including zinc, iron and selenium. It’s Vital Minerals provides superior support for teeth and bones with 250% of the RDA of Vitamin D and maximum calcium absorption with Vitamins K1 and K2 (MK-7).
“It’s Vital Complete is a Vitamin D powerhouse,” says Dr. Don, with the combined Vitamin D of Core Nutrition and Minerals giving you 500% of the RDA of this essential, bone-building vitamin.
It’s Vital Omega-3 is triple strength support for your heart with triple strength fish oil-derived DHA and EPA fatty acids. These fatty acids are important to your overall health inside and out, helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels, healthy joint movement and motion by supporting your body’s ability to combat minor inflammation, supporting healthy brain function and promoting positive mood, and nourishing and moisturizing your skin, hair, and nails.
Making your nutrition complete this month and every month is easier than ever. Just remember Dr. Don’s advice: “Eat fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, and supplement those foods with what I think is the premiere supplement today, enhanced It’s Vital Complete Nutrition Pack.”
VerHulst, Don. 10 Keys That Cure. 2009.
March 08, 2013
CEO Mark Pentecost takes you on a tour of the new It Works! corporate headquarters. We started demolition to build the office of our dreams! THIS will be your new home, complete with “a view from the top” overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We are making history with what is sure to be one of the most innovative offices in the industry! Stay tuned for another update from Mark!
February 20, 2013
By: Dr. Don VerHulst
Did you know that, according to the National Institutes of Health, heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States? I posted this H-E-A-R-T message last year on Valentine’s Day. This year, I am asking that you men out there make a point of sharing this information with the special women in your life—your wife, mother, sisters, or daughters. Then, support them in making lifestyle choices that will keep their hearts healthy.
To all of you women readers out there, I know you are so busy taking care of others that you don’t often take care of yourselves. Please read this and take it to H-E-A-R-T. After all, the best way to take care of your family is to be healthy and alive!
H - Healthy foods and nutrients. Base your diet on complex carbohydrate foods like whole grain breads, pasta, rice, and cereals release energy slowly to the body. In addition, these foods are loaded with fiber that cleans out bad fats and detoxifies the body. Plus, they contain minerals which are literally essential for each beat of your heart. The next most common components of the heart-smart diet are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and beans.
E – Exercise. Consistent, moderate exercise is one of the best ways to keep off those unwanted pounds of fat. Did you know that excess fat requires miles of extra blood vessels, which in turn make your heart have to work that much harder? Exercise also reduces the number of times your heart has to beat to pump blood throughout your body.
A – Antioxidants. Antioxidants fight free radical damage that ages the cardiovascular system. Antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, E, and the trace mineral, selenium are found in those heart-smart fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
R - Restrict fat and sugar. Saturated fats (fatty dairy products, fatty meats, and fried foods) and simple sugars (especially those in junk and processed foods) can do serious damage to your cardiovascular system.
T – Temperance. Temperance is self-control. A little bit of fatty foods or sugar isn’t going to harm you, as long as you are in control and can stop eating it after a little. The same goes for most other lifestyle choices. Temperance also speaks to being even-tempered. Ask the Lord for help in maintaining a calm and undisturbed mind. According to scripture, these are the life and health of the body.
Maintaining ideal weight is one more way to take care of your heart. If you need a little boost with this, I recommend Ultimate ThermoFit™. The super thermogenic benefit of pepper extract along with the fat burning potential of raspberry ketones will fire up your metabolism for an effective calorie burn.