Doug Corrigan: Good day to you and welcome. This is Doug Corrigan, the Director of Training and Education for Young Living Essential Oils, and just happy to be here with you today in this edition of our educational series on Young Living products. We have really an awesome topic – maybe I say that every month, but this month is really one of my favorite topics for some of our finest products in our entire line and of course those of you who know me know that I am passionate about many things; botanical medicine is right at the top, but right next in line is nutrition and nutritional products. I just get really excited teaching people about the wonderful things that they can do for themselves and anyone they know by sharing tremendous essential nutrient products, helping people to get right nutritionally, and really the fastest way to do that is not – and I will argue this point – is not necessarily through people’s diet. The reason I say that is that a lot of people are really stuck in those comfort foods that they eat day to day and it is very difficult many times to get people to change their diets. It’s a lot more simple to get someone to do a simple thing like adding a supplement to their diet; assuming that that supplement is a quality product and is giving people the clinical doses and the potent bioactive essential nutrients in their best forms. That is one of the fastest ways to start to get people on the road to health, by just helping them to understand the importance of taking a simple daily supplement; swallowing a couple of capsules of the right things can really help to start people off and build momentum. These 2 products that we’re going to talk to you about today are truly, when you look at the science, truly no-brainers. These 2 products are True Source and Life 5 probiotic.
I’m going to introduce these products today in what I consider the order of importance; first and foremost, Life 5 probiotic. Although both of these products are really, really essential and goodness knows that if you are deficient in any of the vitamins or minerals that you find in True Source, just one of those things could be the difference between feeling poorly and really feeling great again. But before we go into those things it’s important to lay a little bit of a foundation. Many of you will know that what makes these nutrients essential – and that’s different than what makes an essential oil essential – but what makes a nutrient essential are a couple things. First and foremost is that the body cannot produce any, or cannot produce enough, of this nutrient on its own. Second, if you don’t get enough of this nutrient you will develop a deficiency disease; good examples of that are rickets, scurvy, beriberi, but any of these nutrients are essential and if you don’t get enough, you will develop some kind of a disorder. Lastly, if you don’t get any of an essential nutrient, you would die.
When we say essential nutrients there are really 2 classifications of essential nutrients, the first of those being macronutrients which are water; carbohydrates, like sugars complex and simple; fiber; proteins, which is a wide comprehensive group of amino acids; and then lastly fats, which are omega-3 fats, omega-6, omega-9, but all the different fats and there are many fats other than just omega fats. Those are all macronutrients. Then there is the whole set of micronutrients; when we talk about micronutrients we’re talking about vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and probiotics.
Specifically today we’re going to be addressing a couple of different categories of micronutrients – a multivitamin that contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants; and then Life 5, which contains probiotics. I’m often fond of saying that I come to you as a messenger of the plant kingdom but first today though, I’m coming to you as a messenger of the kingdom of prokaryote, or the bacteria kingdom. That’s because probiotics are one of the most fascinating emerging sciences. Emerging research is discovering so many fascinating things about the world of beneficial bacteria, which is what probiotics are. Emerging research has discovered that there are potent and far-reaching health benefits to virtually every body system and in fact the word probiotic really means “to promote life.”
Your gut is where these probiotics, these beneficial bacteria, do most of their work. Those of you who know natural health know that the gut plays such a critical role in optimum health, far more critical than most people realize. In fact, in the newborn and growing and developing fetus, the gut tube is the very first thing that develops. Doesn’t that make sense because the gut tube is where your original energy is absorbed and the raw materials are absorbed to create the rest of the structure, and that’s the mind and then the rest of the body and organs and all the different parts of the organ systems. That all occurs first and foremost by the energy that’s produced through the gut, and so the gut remains throughout your entire life a critical, critical part of health, and that healthy digestive tract is where this absorption continues that helps to deliver nutrients to cells and helps to replenish your body. In addition, your gut helps to eliminate undesirable and damaging substances such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals, other waste products. One of the critical parts of gut health is this balance between beneficial bacteria and harmful bacteria. According to nutrition and immune expert Simin Meydani, PhD, at Tufts University, the gut is the largest immune organ in the body, accounting for 25% of the immune cells in the body, that provide 50% of the body’s immune response. Now until recently scientists believed that probiotics played a somewhat passive role in immunity simply by displacing harmful organisms in the gut. However, now scientists understand that probiotics also enhance natural killer cell activity, which are critical immune system cells that rapidly respond to viral infections and of course tumor formations, anything of a pathogenic nature that’s causing you trouble.
Remarkably, a study from the June 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that taking a probiotic supplement can significantly decrease upper respiratory infections among children who attend daycare. In regard to immunity it’s also important to know that inside the gut is the trigger for so much of your immune system, and a lot of your immune system is triggered by little sections in the gut that are called Peyer’s Patches. These patches are connected closely with the brain, and when those Peyer’s Patches encounter pathogens or things that shouldn’t be in the system or in the bowel, it will trigger an immune response. So if the gut is working well and probiotics are colonized and helping the gut to work efficiently, then those Peyer’s Patches will work far better and will be able to trigger a far more rapid and more profound immune response. Some scientists suggest that your gut really acts as a second brain; these things are closely connected and your gut contains significant amounts of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is associated with mood. Now in regard to mood, a number of studies have demonstrated that probiotics decrease chronic intestinal inflammation by modulating the immune response responsible for systemic inflammation and displace harmful bacteria that induce inflammation. This action is beneficial for more than intestinal inflammation; of course those of you who know about inflammation know that it’s linked to so many other things – joint health, depression, cancer, heart disease, all these different things – so this also prevents widespread inflammatory disorders. Probiotics have also been shown to assist the body in the manufacture, absorption, and utilization of B vitamins. Those of you who listened to last month’s seminar on B vitamins will know how critical it is to have proper amounts of B vitamins, as they help to sustain energy and they help to improve mood, and then of course they are critical in literally thousands of different biochemical processes that are important for general health.
Probiotics also support normal elimination. Anyone who takes our Life 5 probiotic will quickly realize that these things are very active, so by taking a probiotic it’s just a couple of different pills but they will almost always help someone to eliminate toxins and to eliminate things that are just hanging around, that are sticking around; they are helping to detox the bowel. They also help to improve digestion and, just by their very presence, help to reduce yeast and other bacteria that cause big problems. There are hundreds of different species of probiotics that inhabit the gut and each of these exerts a slightly different affect on the human body. In February 2011, scientists reported in the European Journal of Nutrition, they had established that a multi-strain probiotic is far more effective than taking a single probiotic. They concluded that multi-strain probiotics appear to be more effective against irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, atopic disease, respiratory tract infections, inflammatory bowel disease, and Helicobacter pylori infection. You can start to see that these are some big-time problems that people are avoiding by taking a probiotic like Life 5, which is a multi-strain probiotic.
Now in the same breath I need to also warn you against some of these probiotics that have dozens and dozens of different strains of probiotics. More is not always necessarily better when it comes to probiotics; what is really a good idea is to look for a probiotic product like Life 5 which has clinically-proven probiotic strains, strains that are actually human strain probiotics, because if you look at a lot of the different probiotics out there that have dozens and dozens of different strains of probiotics, many of them contain strains that are really only found in animals and have not been studied very extensively in regard to human use.
A high-potency, multi-strain probiotic like Life 5 builds and restores core intestinal health by providing 5 clinically-proven probiotic strains, and includes 3 advanced superstrains. All of these have been proven to enhance intestinal health, sustain energy, and improve immunity dramatically as well as a host of other different healthful benefits. The probiotics in Life 5 were chosen specifically for their ability to colonize in the bowel and out-compete harmful bacteria. It’s critical that you don’t just choose transient bacteria. Now there are some beneficial uses to transient bacteria as you need some of those in your system all the time, but more beneficial is to find probiotics that will colonize and set up shop and really help to defeat other problem pathogenic bacteria and other things like yeast that might cause you trouble. Life 5 really represents the culmination of years of extensive research, and includes some of the most well-researched and clinically-proven strains of probiotics like L. acidophilus, La-14, Howaru rhamnosus and Howaru Bifido, S. thermophilus and B. bifidum. Now 3 of the 5 strains, the first 3 that I mentioned, are considered superstrains because they’ve really been specifically compared against other rhamnosus and acidophilus and Bifido strains and proven to be more therapeutic than your run-of-the-mill acidophilus, rhamnosus, and Bifido. But know that these strains have actually been compared against those normal strains of probiotics that you would find in your health food store or probiotic marketplace, and they’ve been shown to be better – better at boosting immunity, better at improving nutrient absorption, and just generally better performers in regard to colonization and providing health benefits. Because the strains are not subjected to heat during preparation or storage you can be sure that the cultures in Life 5 are active and viable, and of course we’ve taken all kinds of precautions to ensure that by adding additional super-absorbent oxygen and moisture absorption inside the bottles, having dark glass bottles which is also critical with regard to probiotics, and then we recently updated our packaging with a metal lid which allows even less oxygen transfer in the product, and the survivability and the potency of the strains has only increased dramatically. So Life 5 – the reason why I put this as so important above and against really any other supplements – is that it helps with absorption, it actually helps you to increase the nutrient absorption so before you start any kind of a program, to spend more money on healthy food or getting the right foods, why not invest in Life 5 which will help you to absorb more of the nutrients that you want and to keep those things out that you don’t want in your system. So Life 5 is great in this regard.
We could talk all day about Life 5 but we also have another topic that is really critical for us to discuss today. Whereas Life 5 is a targeted approach to the gut and really so important for helping you to absorb nutrients, wisdom would tell us that the next step is to get more nutrition into the body. Almost across the board all nutritionists will say a daily multivitamin and mineral is a necessity. In fact the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) – they don’t often come out and say good things about natural or complementary or alternative healthcare – but here they have said, and are very pointed about the fact, that “most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone; it appears prudent for all adults to take a multivitamin supplement.” So, when the American Medical Association sees all the evidence and sees the sad state of affairs that we find ourselves in with regard to nutrition, and are actually pointing out that it appears prudent for all adults to take a multivitamin supplement, we’d better pay attention because they are usually the last adopters to any kind of new wisdom or knowledge and are very slow to move, so there has to be a mountain of evidence for these guys to come out and say that.
Now there are all kinds of multivitamins that you could take in the marketplace, and we’re going to talk about some of the things that you really need to know to be a smart shopper with regard to multivitamins. But really when you consider the countless pollutants, toxins, chemicals we’re exposed to on a daily basis, it’s pretty easy to make a case for nutrient requirements that go beyond just our DRIs (daily referenced intake) or the RDAs (recommended daily allowance). In addition to that, modern farming practices and genetic modifications of produce have degraded the nutrient quality of fruits and vegetables, and we live fast-paced lives with hectic schedules and an overabundance of stress and pressure. When you add all these factors together, it would be difficult to come to any other conclusion besides the most reasonable one; that a multi-nutrient or a multivitamin is not only necessary but an indispensible part of your daily regimen.
As we just talked about, the Journal of the American Medical Association also quotes “known and suspected benefits of supplemental folate and vitamins B12, B6 and D in preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.” For those of you with a chronic illness, adequate vitamins and minerals are even more important. It’s also even more important for those of you who are on prescription or pharmaceutical or over-the-counter medications as you’re wasting nutrients just by taking those things; you just need to flood your system with the good stuff. Really, a lot of our health is based on the balance that we have between things that are anti-nutrients – sugar, junk foods, all the different food additives, stress is an anti-nutrient, and pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs, those things are anti-nutrients – meaning that when you take those things you actually increase your need for more good essential nutrients. Aging is also a factor; it’s inevitable but slowing down the clock really takes effort and knowhow, and here is where a multi-nutrient or a multivitamin can be a crucial partner in your effort to age gracefully, and wouldn’t we all like that?
In the May 2009 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the National Institutes of Health scientists reported that multivitamin use was associated with longer telomere length. That’s kind of all the rage right now if you’re reading a lot of the nutritional magazines and different things like that, as they are breaking down this idea of telomeres. Telomeres are stretches of DNA at the end of chromosomes which protect your genetic data. They allow cells to divide and prevent chromosomes from fraying and sticking together. Now if chromosomes stick together it leads to scrambled genetic information and a number of diseases. As a comparison for this, think of the plastic tips on your shoelaces. They prevent your shoelaces from fraying and coming apart which, anyone knows when those plastic tips go, well the rest of the shoelace quickly follows and it ultimately leads to the destruction of the shoelaces. Telomeres act in a similar manner to protect your genetic data from destruction. Each time a cell divides the telomeres shorten until the cell can divide no longer and dies. Evidence suggests that oxidative stress and chronic inflammation are processes that contribute to the shortening of telomeres, and multi-nutrient formulas like True Source contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Of course there are other products from Young Living that boast tremendous antioxidant vitamins and minerals, and all of these things combat oxidative stress and they modulate that very essential DNA and cellular process to modulate inflammation protects telomeres, and if you sustain telomere length you inevitably delay and slow the aging process. I get pretty excited about that! That inevitably delays chronic disease development and helps us to live healthier lives. As the famous Will Rogers said, “My main goal in life is to live until I die.” He said a mouthful when he said that, because how many of us know people who right now are here, they are breathing, they are – how would we say it – they are alive but are they really living? Are they really enjoying life?
Both healthy and unwell people can benefit from the myriad benefits that vitamins and minerals provide. Vitamins and minerals are necessary for healthy skin, bones, teeth, eyesight, hair, and pretty much every process that we can imagine. They help form red blood cells, they prevent this damage of oxidation that we talked about, they help to utilize the nutrients in food, they enhance the immune system function, they support our organ and glandular function, and they are necessary for all of the key functions in the body; heart, muscle, growth and development, sexual reproduction, regulating fluid balance. Study after study continues to establish the fact that the synergistic balance of nutrients found in whole foods is far superior to isolated vitamins produced in a laboratory, and this is really where the story of True Source gets more exciting, because again like we said early on, anyone can go out and find a multivitamin; you can find multivitamins that are packed with sugar for goodness sake! Of course those won’t help you as much as a good quality multivitamin would, like the one that we have with True Source. This is a vitamin that is largely made with whole fruits, vegetables, and includes superfoods that are sourced from Mother Nature in the form that is most bioavailable and most bioactive, and that is really what you need to reach your maximum health potential. True Source is a daily whole-food nutrient that provides a whole spectrum of nutrient-dense super fruits, vegetables, and plants to deliver a wide variety of bioactive vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Doesn’t that just make sense, that the best way to get your nutrition is to get it through your diet? Fresh fruits and vegetables, high-quality meats and proteins and fats and all those different things that we need that are packed with all the nutrients that Mother Nature intended; now if we lived in the Swiss Alps and grew our own gardens and raised our own animals and all those things were perfect for us, maybe we could do that but we live in the real world and sometimes those things are hard to find, and sometimes those things aren’t really easy to take the time to prepare. So in that instance, we are forced to maybe take the next-best thing, and the next-best thing is those nutrients provided in a way that are as close to Mother Nature as possible, and that’s the advantage that True Source has; broad-spectrum protection galore is really found in True Source. You might have heard of some of these tremendous antioxidants like ellagic acid; bioflavonoids; superoxide dismutase; vitamins A, C, and E; and beta-carotene are common things but all of these things come together to protect your cells and DNA and slow the aging process. And how much better is it that we can get those nutrients in a natural form, and when they are found in connection with all the other nutrients that help them to work better? Age-defying antioxidants from wolfberries and palm fruit protect your body at the cellular level, and these potent fruits provide nutrients that are important for healthy vision like vitamin A, zeaxanthin, lutein. The powerful wolfberry also enhances normal immune health, supports liver function. Of course heart disease, we all know is the #1 killer in America and we have all been impacted by this and know someone who suffers from this and perhaps we suffer from this ourselves, and that’s why True Source provides many heart-healthy-specific nutrients like resveratrol and grape pomace, which is a mix of the grape skin, seed, and stem that supports healthy cholesterol levels, and all kinds of nutrients again in their natural form. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests resveratrol is a promising cardioprotective and anti-aging compound.
Now greens – we all know we need to get more greens! We’ve known that from our youth and we didn’t always like to eat more greens, but in True Source you have greens in their natural form from barley grass extract and spirulina; these add to the cardiovascular-protecting nutrients in True Source. These superfoods have been researched for stimulating the immune system but also for reducing cholesterol and lipids that are causing this problem so the blood lipids and triglycerides and things like that; they stabilize blood pressure; they also protect the sensitive fats like LDL from oxidizing and that is so critical for heart health. There’s also a comprehensive mix of essential nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), vitamins D and K, and other bioactive nutrients that provide internal fuel and raw materials that are necessary for building structure, tissues, and support and enhance physiological efficiency so your bones will work better, your joints will work better, your muscles, skin, hair and mind – these all need an ample supply of the right types of nutrients and they often don’t get them. Again, B vitamins like we talked about, for so many important functions like metabolism and energy; True Source provides a full array of these B vitamins including chromium and essential sugars that are ideal for balancing the blood sugar and making sure that the energy we have is not just hit or miss, it’s sustained energy.
I hope you’re getting excited about True Source, an impressive formula, dried superfood powders, whole-food vitamins and minerals and all these other essential nutrients; they really will change the way you look at a daily multi-nutrient. I say that because it really is so much more than just vitamins. Even people who don’t take a lot of supplements normally take a multivitamin, and if you’re taking a multivitamin right now and it’s not True Source I can guarantee you a trade-up and better results by switching to True Source. If you’re already taking True Source well congratulations, this is a tremendous product and I would say for those people who haven’t tried it, study it out, look at the marketplace and you’ll see that the whole-food multivitamins are really the way to go, and True Source is truly exceptional in this regard.
So hopefully you’ve learned a lot about these 2 products, really it’s a simple protocol – prepare your absorption and your body and your health and your gut with Life 5 probiotic, just that one thing you will notice a difference. If you aren’t taking Life 5 probiotic right now and you start taking it, a lot of people notice a difference within just a couple of days but certainly within a week or 2 weeks, and within a 30-day period you will just feel better. You’ll be eliminating better, you’ll have a better immune system, if you do get sick you don’t stay sick; just that one thing, Life 5 probiotic, will be so impressive. I can tell you from the literally hundreds of people who I’ve recommended these products to, and so many of those people come back to me and really just bless the day that they started to take Life 5 probiotic, especially those people who already have digestive troubles right now. Maybe they’re not eliminating as often as they would like, maybe they are struggling with pain, a Crohn’s disease situation or irritable bowel syndrome or often what you’ll see is a frequent diarrhea situation where the digestion is just not working right. Just taking Life 5 probiotic can totally start to reverse those types of situations.
In regard to Life 5, here’s one example of many that we could share, a testimonial from someone who shared with us and she says, “My husband had chronic diarrhea for 20 years.” Now this is what I’m talking about folks, it can really be such a profound thing. “He had been to several doctors and specialists. He was finally told to take Imodium every day. This did not stop the diarrhea, but it helped. He did this for the past 15 years. We started taking the probiotic Life 5 from Young Living and his diarrhea ended in about 3 days. It’s the first time he has had normal stools in so long.” Can you imagine suffering for 35 total years with a situation of chronic diarrhea, and then somebody just shares Life 5 probiotic with you, you start to take it because who wouldn’t be thirsty for knowledge in regard to that if you had an issue like that, and something that lasted for 35 years is improved in 3 days? Get out there and share this information! People will bless the day they met you. They truly will. You have so many important things to share with people, and Life 5 is one of those that is so awesome.
Now True Source, we have one testimonial of many testimonials here, this person relates to us that after taking True Source she feels more alert, she feels more nourished, “My energy is really good, not the peaks and valleys, it’s a sustainable energy. While I don’t have trouble sleeping, I have found that my quality of sleep is much better overall. My feeling is that True Source is probably the best multivitamin I’ve ever taken.” I think that many people who try True Source will have the same testimonial.
Now again, get out there and try these things. These are some of the finest world-class supplements on the market and we hope to hear more from you and more testimonials. We could share testimonials all day long, but when we get those testimonials we know we’ve done our job both in producing a product that is exceptional and effective and also in educating you about using it, then of course you distributors have done your job because you’ve gone out there and you’ve shared with passion and with great caring, and that’s what this is all about. So until next time, we at Young Living wish you abundant health and wealth, and I personally wish you Godspeed in your quest for health and happiness. Good day.