Month: August 2015

Is Juice Plus a scam?

Juice Plus is a whole food based supplement that has been on the market for 25 years. It has recently been taking off in Ireland and there is a lot of controversy surrounding it. I was inspired to delve deeper, after my own amazing results and reading/watching the personal testimonials from so many people all over the world.
 
 
What the articles say: The “clinical studies” supporting Juice Plus were all funded by…Juice Plus.
The truth:That’s right folks, Juice Plus funds most of the research – and they do it proudly. Much of today’s scientific research IS corporately funded (but a lot of that research, such as from the pharmaceutical companies, is done in-house – and is not done by some of the worlds’ finest institutions and hospitals around the world). Juice Plus work with reputable institutions and researchers, and yes, they participate in posing the questions, but they do not and could not BUY the answer. So, ultimately, they buy the question, yes, but not the answer. The research is peer-reviewed by academic and scientific experts who beat up the study – analyse it – and see if it belongs in their journals before they will publish it. Juice Plus has over 30 independently published journals.

 

What the articles say: Preying upon your guilt for not consuming enough fruits and vegetables, Juice Plus claims it can fill the gap for you. However, concentrated high doses of nutrients in pills may not always be bio-available. Which means you are most likely peeing away the nutrients you paid so dearly for.
The truth: Notice the words “may not be” and “most likely” in there. Apart from this, Juice Plus has clinical studies proving the bio-availability of their products, that have been published in peer reviewed journals. Ever taken a man made isolated multi-vitamin before and peed out bright orange? Guess what? This never happens with Juice Plus.
 
What the articles say: On an ethical level, multi-level marketing creates financial incentives to lie to your friends, relatives and peers in order to get them to buy something.
The truth: There may be some people in network marketing who lie (although I’ve never met one). There may also be people who lie in retail sales, selling supplements or other products (used cars salesman anyone?) Millions of people buy products on advice from people they don’t know every day, yet they have a hard time trusting the advice and experience of someone they know and love. The fact is, Juice Plus would not have lasted in the market for 25 years if the hundreds of thousands of customers who order and re-order every month did not feel the benefit from the product. Besides, the only way to truly know if the product works is to try it for yourself. My own personal experience of the health benefits from the product have been nothing short of amazing, and I have been helped by many people in the company who stand to gain no financial benefit by helping me.
 
What other articles say: Juice Plus is just an expensive/overpriced Multi-Vitamin.
The truth: Juice Plus isn’t a multi-vitamin. It is whole fruits and vegetables, which have been carefully washed, dried and tested to make sure there are no heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives or insecticides present. This means dealing with weather conditions and working several months and years ahead with farmers to ensure a quality product (which it is, because each batch is independently tested and has NSF certification). This is much harder than producing man made isolated supplements in a lab, so yes, it is more expensive than a multi-vitamin! There are also claims that Juice Plus capsules only contain Vitamins A, C, E, and Folate, but to have an NSF certification the product must have what they say is on the label actually in the product. It does not only contain those added vitamins, but it also contains 26 different fruits, vegetables and grains which are in the form of a concentrated powder.
 
What other articles say: That our studies are not up to scratch.
The truth: All Juice Plus clinical studies carry the gold standard certification. This means they must have four key things. They must be prospective, randomised, placebo controlled and double blinded. I’ve also seen people reference their own “studies” to somehow dis-prove Juice Plus studies, which do not have the gold standard and have not been published in quality peer reviewed journals. It seems to me that bloggers know this type of controversy is going to get them a lot of website hits, so they post about things they have no understanding of! Here are the studies http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en_ie/clinical-research/study-results.html#.VdHTGbJVhBc
 
Now let’s look at Wikipedia.
What it says: That some of the studies have small control groups, and that the nutrients “may not be” present and that the levels of phytonutrients “may not be” bio-available.
The truth: Notice those words “may not be”! Again, I come back to the research. Do you really believe that Universities and scientific journals from all over the world would risk their own reputation by publishing studies that are not up to scratch? Here are all the journals Juice Plus has been published in http://www.juiceplus.com/content/JuicePlus/en_ie/clinical-research/conducted-studies.html#.VdHTPbJVhBc
Wiki also references MLM watch written by Stephen Barrett – just Google this guy to see what he gets up to. He advocates for multi-national pharmaceutical companies, has been thrown out of court, and hates anything alternative like chiropractic medicine. Furthermore, The Sloan Kettering publication is not written by MDs, and you have to sign disclaimer that the information may not be accurate to read this publication. It is also well known that the guy who keeps the Wikipedia page updated has a personal grievance with the company (we will leave it at that!)
 
Now let’s look at you tube and a few other well known articles.
There are several people touting their own personal opinion about the company on you tube. Many skeptics of Juice Plus have become skeptics due to their own failure as network marketers, or they have an ulterior motive, such as the fact they are selling their own supplement (so many articles I have come across blatantly have multi-vitamins for sale at the end).
 
Guess what? Network marketing isn’t easy. We get told NO. Some people can’t handle being told no, so they give up. Does that mean that people can’t make money in this business? Absolutely not. Juice Plus has hundreds of distributors at National Marketing Director level. How did they get there? By hard work, determination, ignoring the “no’s” and never giving up. Besides, if we were all good at the same thing, wouldn’t the world be a boring place?!
 
So perhaps Google might not be the best of research tools after all. Network marketing doesn’t use conventional advertising methods, so media coverage is skewed against them. It’s possible to find a bad review about just about anything on the internet! I would also like to point out, that pyramid scams or schemes have been illegal since the 80’s, and just because some other companies may give network marketing a bad name, that does not mean that Juice Plus isn’t an amazing company filled with amazing people who are inspiring healthy living around the world. Who doesn’t want to be healthier and wealthier?
 
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What keeps you from exercising?

 

 

Most people say that “lack of time” is the number one hurdle. We all live very busy lives and sometimes it seems impossible to find even an extra 30 minutes to schedule in a work out. I understand.

 

The solution that works best for me is exercising in the morning. I know, with work schedules and other commitments, this might be difficult for some. However, if the only thing holding you back is a warm bed and sweet dreams then creating a morning exercise routine is within reach – you just need to form the habit.

 

I recommend exercising in the morning for two reasons. First, it gets exercise out of the way before a million excuses start to form and, quite frankly, before I shower. Once I shower and start my day I will not be working up a sweat. Regardless, I can’t even tell you the number of times I would plan to exercise after work. Then 5:00pm would hit and I would be too tired to even think about getting in a workout. Not to mention, I needed to get home and feed my family. By the time all the nightly activities were done it was time to pass out. Therefore, if I don’t exercise in the morning it won’t happen at all. The only excuse that keeps me from getting out and exercising is waking up late. In my opinion, this is a much easier fix than trying to find an hour or two in the middle of the day or at night.

 

The second reason I like to exercise in the morning is it starts my day on a positive note. I use that time to think about life, solve problems, and just be in solitude. That one-hour of exercise helps me stay focused and energized throughout the entire day. Feeling productive and accomplished is a priority for me. I need that. When I start my day with exercise I feel productive, accomplished, and ready to take on the world – all by 8:00am!

If you think exercising in the morning could benefit you then here are 7 tips that can help you start a morning exercise routine.

 

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#1 Pick a realistic time

A time I can stick with is 6:15am. This allows me to get the proper amount of sleep and still enough time for a solid workout. My little boy is starting school in a couple of weeks so I will have exercised, showered and be home before he wakes up! If you pick a time that you can never stick with then you will find it very difficult to create a routine and habit around that.

Once you pick an early morning time to exercise then protect that time. It is easy to get off track doing other things. However, if you decide 6:30am – 7:30am is exercise time then make sure nothing else takes priority.

 

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#2 Get a good night sleep

This goes along with the first tip. If you go to bed at midnight not only will it be difficult to wake up at 6:00am it will be even harder to find the energy for a quality workout. We need at least 6-8 hours of sleep to function at our best. I know we all think we are superhuman and can survive on much less. However, we are looking to thrive, not just survive, so we need our sleep. My goal bedtime is 10:30pm. Any later and I will struggle waking up in the morning.

 

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#3 Put out clothes and runners the night before

This is huge! Trust me the last thing you want to do after waking up is search around for all your work out gear. The number of times I went back to bed because I could not find my running bra is embarrassing. Having your workout gear ready the night before will put you 10 steps ahead come the morning.

Also, plan to get into your workout clothes and put your runners on as soon as you wake up. This lets your mind know you are getting ready for a solid sweaty workout!

 

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#4 Plan out your exercise routine ahead of time

Wake up each morning with an exercise plan. What exercises are you going to do? How long? Are you going to switch up exercises on certain days?  Having an exercise plan helps you getting started and stay focused on your workout. However, don’t feel like you need to do an iron man workout every day. Even a little exercise is better than no exercise so do what can. The point is know what those exercises are going to be.

Not having a plan will just waste the precious time you have in the morning. If time is an issue for you I highly recommend creating a home exercise routine in place of going to the gym.

 

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#5 Give yourself a few minutes to wake up

I usually give myself 10 minutes to wake up. During that 10 minutes I will drink water, stretch, and start listening to my music. I know this seems very basic but it is these simple tips that have shown some of the biggest results for me.

 

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#6 Put together a motivating playlist

The right music is essential to staying motivated during a workout – at least it is for me. When I have high energy motivating music playing I can run 30 minutes without thinking twice about. I highly recommend taking the time to put together a playlist specifically  to listen too when exercising.

 

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#7 Exercise often

Whenever you are forming a new exercise habit the key is to do it often (at least 4-5 days) and for a long period of time (3-4 weeks). If you exercise sporadically it will always feel like you are starting from the beginning. Challenge yourself to stick with it.

When you begin waking up early to exercise it will be hard – very hard. You won’t want to do it and will probably have to push yourself a bit. However, after a few days it will get easier. Then after a week or so you will wake up before the alarm goes off and look forward to exercising. After a few weeks it will become second nature – exercising in the morning will become a habit. Once you form the habit you don’t need to be as strict. However, in my experience, keeping exercising consistent will help sustain your exercise habit.

I say this all the time…IT NEVER GETS EASIER YOU ONLY GET BETTER! Keep that in mind when things feel impossible or out of reach. You can do this!

If you like to exercise in the morning what are your tips for starting and sustaining a routine? I would love to hear from you all 

 

 

 

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