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Do Nopalea and Diabetes Mix?

Do Nopalea and Diabetes Mix?

Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


Question: Can I take Nopalea if I have diabetes?
Answer: Yes! Here is how…

Diabetes comes in two types:

  • Type 1
    The first type – Type 1 Diabetes – occurs when your immune system attacks the insulin producing part of your pancreas. It kills these cells and you can no longer produce insulin. The function of insulin is to take the glucose (blood sugar) from the bloodstream into the muscles and other cells where it can be burned to produce energy. When you don’t have enough insulin, the glucose from your diet accumulates in your bloodstream. Glucose becomes toxic very quickly. Within a short time, this blood sugar overload can damage your eyes, brain, lungs and kidneys.
  • Type 2
    The second type – Type 2 Diabetes – occurs when the pancreas functions just fine, but the cells in your muscles and the rest of your body become resistant to insulin. The insulin cannot signal the cells to open up and receive the glucose. Just as in Type 1 Diabetes, glucose (blood sugar) increases to dangerous levels. The fuel cannot be burned to create energy, so you feel tired. As the glucose level climbs in the bloodstream it can destroy your eyes, brain, lungs and kidneys.

Type 1 diabetes is characterized by low insulin and high glucose. Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by high insulin and high glucose. This extra high insulin hormone is very inflammatory. It can destroy your blood vessels, disrupt your entire family of hormones and make you fat.

Controlling diabetes
The key to controlling the damage from Type 1 Diabetes is to control your carbohydrate levels. Determine how many carbs you have eaten and adjust your supplemental insulin levels to match. Carbohydrates in Nopalea are listed on the Supplemental Facts Panel.

The key to controlling Type 2 Diabetes is to limit the number of carbohydrates per day: 1 gram of carbohydrate per pound of body weight daily. (Healthy people will often eat 2 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight daily.) Determine how many grams of carbohydrate you need and plan a diet to match. Include your servings of Nopalea in the final carb count.

In order to lose body fat, it is often necessary to employ a low-carb diet. Limiting carbohydrates to 60 grams or less will often result in reducing blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity. Reducing stress, increasing exercise and increasing dietary fiber help with insulin resistance as well.

Type 2 diabetes is at epidemic proportions in developed lands around the world. We all need to increase our activity, dietary fiber, good fats and lean proteins as well as reduce stress to improve our health. Once we lose our health it is difficult to get back. Guard it jealously. Take Nopalea* as needed and simply count the carbs in your total daily diet.

A note about the Nopalea sweetness
The sweet taste of Nopalea comes from both nutritive and non-calorie sources. Nopal prickly pear is a fruit and Agave is a root. These are the sources of nutritive sweetness in Nopalea. Stevia is a source of the non-nutritive sweetness in Nopalea. In the end, the Nopal fruit tastes sweet without adding sugar. It is the primary source of nutritive sweetness in Nopalea.

*Those with diabetes should consult with their doctor before taking Nopalea

Take Control of Your Health
  • Count your carbohydrates daily: 1 to 2 grams per pound of body weight
  • Increase your dietary fiber: 1/4 to 1/3 gram per pound of body weight
  • Reduce your carbohydrates even more when insulin resistance is a factor
  • Eat lean proteins: 1/4 to 1/3 gram per pound of body weight
  • Drink pure water: 1/3 to 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Increase daily activity: 30 minutes to 2 ½ hours daily

Take care,

Ronnie Marsh


Anatomy of Nerve Pain

Anatomy of Nerve Pain

Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


Pain is a funny thing. It’s not a hilarious thing – unless you have a really sick sense of humor. But it is funny in that pain is really a trick played on us by our mind to get us to do something. Let’s examine the anatomy of pain to see if we can learn to listen to its message.

Pain fibers
Nerves do many wonderful things, such as empowering our stomach to digest our food, empowering our heart to pump our blood and empowering our eyes to read this page. These are called efferent nerves. Efferent nerves carry signals from your brain to your body.

Nerves that carry signals from your body to your brain are called afferent nerves.  Different receptors in afferent nerves help us distinguish hot and cold, a light touch from heavy pressure, and the many faces of pain signals: sharp, dull, throbbing, fixed, migrating, piercing, etc. Even numbness or pins-and-needles sensations are really pain sensations because of their afferent nerve signals.

Pain nerves are covered in a protective sheath called myelin. The myelin sheath may become damaged from injury, toxicity, and certain deficiencies such as Vitamin B-12 and folate. When this occurs, we will feel pain sensations when no injury really exists.

This is where the trickery begins.

Interpreting the signals
A pain signal is designed to get you to avoid serious injury. If you put your hand on a hot stove, pain signals get you to quickly remove or withdraw your hand before more serious injury occurs. The same with cold, sharp, dull, etc. Pain is very motivating!

Afferent nerves don’t really feel pain. You don’t really feel pain. Your nerves merely carry a signal from your body to your brain. Your brain, in turn, interprets this signal according to the type of nerve that conveys the message.

  • When you touch something hot, your brain interprets heat; you don’t really feel heat.
  • When you touch something cold, your brain interprets cold; you don’t really feel the cold.

When you experience pain you are not really feeling pain; your brain is interpreting a signal as pain. That becomes very important as we discuss the remedies for chronic pain.

Remedies for pain
Pain is the way your body signals that there is something wrong requiring immediate attention – withdraw from the pain! Switches – like light switches that turn on a light – turn on the pain signal when danger exists and turn it off when danger has passed. So, the first remedy for chronic pain is to withdraw from whatever is causing the pain.

With chronic pain, sometimes the switch gets turned on and never gets turned off! These switches, often called pain gates, are ruled by nutrients such as Vitamin D. Also, in chronic nerve pain, a signal is sent from a damaged area or lesion in the myelin sheath. The myelin sheath is ruled by nutrients such as Vitamin B-12 and folate as well as essential fatty acids.

Chronic muscle pain occurs when muscles try to restore balance to an unbalanced muscle region. The imbalance may be caused by injury, stress, a sedentary lifestyle or poor posture (really, poor posture and sedentary living are types of muscle injury). Muscle balance is ruled by magnesium and, to a smaller extent, by potassium and calcium.

A word about inflammation
Just as chronic nerve pain can become caught in a loop or cycle, inflammation may become chronic even after the cause of the inflammation is removed. The chemicals of inflammation injure your afferent nerves and your brain interprets this injury as chronic pain. Pain and inflammation go hand in hand.

To break the cycle of chronic pain we must:

  1. Remove the cause: trauma/injury, toxins, etc.
  2. Restore nutrient balance
  3. Break the cycle of inflammation

In this way we can learn to listen to the message of pain and achieve the balance of pain-free living!

Take Control of Your Health

Take care,

Ronnie Marsh


How To Reduce Allergy Symtoms


How to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


Allergic rhinitis is the set of symptoms that occurs when you breathe in substances you are allergic to. These substances are called allergens and are small proteins.

Seasonal allergy (sometimes called hay fever) occurs during times of the year when allergens are in the air, like spring, summer and fall. The most common allergens are tree, grass or weed pollens. Perennial or persistent allergic rhinitis is caused by allergens that may be present year-round. These may include chemicals, dust, dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander or mold spores.

An allergic reaction occurs when your body’s immune system overreacts to an allergen. People at highest risk are those who already exhibit some signs of other immune system irregularities, such as food allergies, eczema or asthma.

When you breathe in an allergen, mast cells in your nasal passages release a chemical called histamine. Histamine causes your nose to feel itchy and also causes swelling and mucus production in the nasal passages, runny nose, nasal congestion, sinus pressure, postnasal drip and cough, headache and dark circles under your eyes.

The two most common tests for airborne allergies are:

  • Skin prick test
    • A tiny bit of an allergen is placed under the skin with a needle. The doctor watches to see if the skin in that area becomes red, raised and itchy. This can be done for multiple allergens at the same time.
  • RAST testing
    • A small sample of blood is taken and tested for different allergens.

Help reduce symptoms
Four studies in the medical literature have shown us ways to stabilize these mast cells and reduce the symptoms of allergies.

  1. The first study was conducted in Korea on the Nopal fruit (Opuntia ficus indica). It showed significant benefit of Nopal fruit against allergies.
  1. The second study was from Japan. This was an animal study that showed Vitamin B-12 reduced the allergic response in those with allergy to the same levels as those without allergy. One group of physicians in Dallas, Texas used this information to treat humans by giving them 3 milligrams of Vitamin B-12 sublingually. They report in Men’s Health that allergy symptoms decreased by 50% the first year and by 50% more the second year of sublingual B-12 use.
  1. The third study in Helsinki, Finland used probiotics to stabilize mast cells and reduce allergy symptoms.
  1. One of my best, time-tested approaches for allergy came from an older article out of Brussels, Belgium. It shows the absolute necessity of essential fatty acids (EFA) for allergy. A more recent article from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil also commented that EFA and probiotics together are even more effective.

So, what is your opinion: In recent years, have people become more allergic or less? Likely, you will notice more people suffering with allergies. As our world becomes more toxic, we become more sensitive. And as we become more deficient – especially in bioflavonoids, Vitamin B-12, probiotics and essential fatty acids – we are more prone to allergy. So, insulate yourself by taking your nutrients every day and isolate yourself from allergens by following the recommendations below.

Take Control of Your Health
  • Load up on Nopal bioflavonoids with Nopalea™
  • Get 3 milligrams of Sublingual B-12 daily
  • Use FloraVita™ as a good source of probiotics
  • Help fill your essential fatty acid reserves with OmegaPrime®
  • Keep the windows of your house and car closed to keep pollen out
  • Use an air conditioner to reduce indoor humidity and to prevent mold and mildew growth
    • Clean your air conditioner filters regularly
  • Consider running an air purifier in your home, especially in your bedroom
  • Use vacuum cleaners and air conditioners with HEPA filters to trap allergens
  • Cover pillows and mattresses with vinyl covers to reduce your exposure to dust mites
    • Wash bedding weekly in very hot water
  • Use fewer dust-collecting items, such as curtains, bed skirts, carpeting and stuffed animals, especially in your bedroom
  • Keep your pets out of bedrooms and other rooms with carpets

Take care,

Ronnie Marsh


Thyroid Health

Want More Energy? Check Your Thyroid!
Here's Your Latest Wellness Talk By Brazos Minshew TriVita's Chief Science Officer   Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


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  Thyroid Health – Video (6:40 min)
Did you know that your thyroid plays a large role in how energized (or not) you’ll feel on a daily basis? In this video, Brazos Minshew discusses your thyroid’s function and how you can test and measure its performance. Learn how to work with it to achieve greater energy for life.
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Take care,

Ronnie Marsh


The Science Behind Adaptuit’s Breakthrough Formula


The Science Behind Adaptuit’s Breakthrough Formula

Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


A famous Latin expression in medicine is tolle causum – treat the cause. There are four common causes of imbalance in the human body:

  • Trauma
  • Toxins
  • Deficiency
  • Stress

Fortunately, we have an arsenal of defenses to help us battle each of these causes and meet each of these needs. For example, exercise that supports movement of our whole body reduces the impact of an injury – trauma.

Adaptogens are plants in nature known for their ability to reduce the impact of stress on our body and mind. There are ten known adaptogens. I want to focus on one single adaptogen that benefits us when we are under stress.

Eleutherococcus – the original adaptogen
Adaptogens were discovered in Siberia, an extreme example of a stressed environment. Eleutherococcus is an adaptogenic plant that is commonly used for food in this region. The plant must adapt to stressful conditions to survive. Humans and animals that eat the berries, root and leaves of the plant are benefitted by this special adaptation and they, too, acquire the ability to adapt to stress.

Stress is triggered when our hypothalamus senses and signals that we are in danger. The hypothalamus is a region of our brain that constantly scans for threats. Some of these threat-alarms are inborn, such as the fear of falling from a high place. Others are acquired through experience, such as the consequences of approaching a growling dog. The hypothalamus judges that a particular circumstance compares to something that is likely to cause pain or loss. It signals our pituitary gland to change our metabolism into one supporting “fight or flight.” Our adrenal glands secrete huge amounts of adrenaline as a response to the stress.

We exhaust our adrenaline system after only a few “fight or flight” experiences (our hypothalamus is also supposed to help us prevent these circumstances!). Adrenal fatigue makes us tired and weak. Eleutheroccocus makes us strong and energetic. Even high-level athletes experiencing the stress of intense training to the point of exhaustion were able to endure much longer after supplementing with Eleutherococcus.

Stress and “fight or flight” behavior creates inflammation in the human brain. Inflammation is a response to stress. Brain inflammation is a commonality to many brain-state changes. For example, inflammation in the brain is linked to conditions from migraines to multiple sclerosis, from Alzheimer’s disease to Parkinson’s disease. Stress causes inflammation. So, to ‘treat the cause’ (tolle causum) of inflammation we must address the stress. Eleutherococcus improves function in the human brain, possibly by reducing brain inflammation.

Adaptuit™ is the TriVita stress-busting formula that features Eleutherococcus. It is formulated to work hand-in-glove with Nopalea™. Adaptogens address the cause of inflammation, the ingredients in Nopalea address the effect.

The complete solution
It all begins with an unmet need. In wellness promotion we recognize the need to battle stress. How critical is it that we meet this need? Stress is a common cause of inflammation and inflammation is a common cause of disability.

A good start to true health promotion is to meet our needs for stress protection with Adaptuit (tolle causum) and further help reduce inflammation with Nopalea. Also, enjoy activity by selecting exercises that engage our entire body. Another need for complete nutrition can be met by eating up to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Further, unmet needs of nutrients that we generally find deficient can be met with appropriate supplementation of Vitamins C, B-12, D, essential fatty acids and a comprehensive multi-nutrient complex.

Stress triggers imbalance. Restore balance and protect against the exhaustion of prolonged stress with Eleutherococcus and the other nine adaptogens found in Adaptuit.

Take Control of Your Health

Take care,

Ronnie Marsh


Why Are You Tired All The Time?

Why Are You Tired All the Time?

Shared by: Ronnie Marsh


If you are tired, there is a reason for it. Think of fatigue as a message from your body and brain saying, “Something is wrong; help me!” Let’s learn to listen to the message of fatigue through a simple elimination process. Maybe we can find out what’s making you tired and discover a remedy.

Reasons for fatigue

  • Lack of sleep
    Most fatigue comes simply from getting too little sleep. We often fail to both respect the need for sleep and accord the process of sleep the dignity it deserves. For example, humans are diurnal animals. Nothing can change that. We are awake in the daytime and asleep at night. But electric light, shift work, caffeine and bad habits let us push past the normal sleep drive until we become insensitive to our own need for sleep.
  • Boredom
    Fatigue follows boredom. Humans are designed to live with clarity of purpose. Purpose breeds enthusiasm, a sense of mission in life and a drive that compels you to get up, get out and do something! Our work is not our purpose; rather, it should reflect an aspect of our purpose. So should our play, our relationships and our form of worship. Find balance, focus and clarity in purpose around love, play, work and worship and you will discover untapped energy.
  • Sedentary lifestyle
    A sedentary life creates fatigue. The less you move, the less you will want to move and the less you will be able to move. The more you move, the more you will want to move and the more you will be able to move. Exercise is a source of energy.
  • Toxicity
    Fatigue is a sign of toxicity. Some toxins are created within your own body. Some toxins are emotional and come from “toxic” relationships. Most toxins come from our polluted air, water and food. Toxins cause fatigue, inability to think clearly, muscle aches and pains, and a host of symptoms that are hard to describe and may change day to day. Cleaning up your physical and emotional environment as well as making better choices for the future will reduce your level of toxicity and fatigue.
  • Deficiencies and imbalances
    Nutrient deficiency, hormone imbalance, dehydration and other forms of deficiency can cause you to feel tired:
    • Vitamin B-12 deficiency, especially in people over age 50.
    • Borderline thyroid imbalance (usually seen as fatigue with a slightly low body temperature).
    • Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) deficiency is a common cause of poor stamina, though not necessarily fatigue if you are sitting still.
    • Dehydration causes grumpiness first, poor joint mobility second and finally fatigue.

What to do

  • Sleep: Begin your transition to a night of peaceful sleep by turning off all electronics at dusk. Use low intensity red/orange light in your home after supper. Develop a low-stress sleep routine: brush your teeth, take a bath, read a book. Get to sleep after 9 p.m. but before 11 p.m. to be in the deepest sleep state between midnight and 3 a.m. Awaken before 7 a.m. and get out into the sunshine!
  • Purpose: Journaling can help you clarify your purpose and focus on it daily. What do you want? Why is that important? Who are you at your best? What do people say about your strengths? How will you, your family and the world be different when your actions are in full integrity with your purpose? Measure your actions daily and ask, “Is this course ‘on purpose’ or does it take me off my path?”
  • Activity: Get out and move! Humans do best with about 2 ½ hours of activity daily.
  • Detoxify: Start with breathing deeply for 10 minutes, three times daily and 20 minutes at bedtime. Three-fourths of all body waste comes out through your lungs. Stop eating toxic foods (sugar, alcohol, caffeine and artificial anything) and eat Certified Organic when possible. Remove all cleaning supplies and other chemicals from your home and store them outside (remove them from a basement or an attached garage as well). Also, remember “the solution to pollution is dilution!” That means drink pure water: ½ ounce per pound of body weight daily.
  • Nutrients: The most common nutrient deficiencies are Vitamin C, Vitamin B-12, Vitamin D, Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) and the mineral magnesium. Any deficiency can cause fatigue, but Vitamin B-12 is the greatest offender! (Remember, EFA is for stamina rather than fatigue.) A common protein deficiency of the amino acid phenylalanine can cause low thyroid. Further, stress may interfere with the way our body converts phenylalanine into thyroid and brain hormones. This is called a “functional” deficiency: you have enough, you just can’t use what you have because of stress!

We are always tired for a reason. Learning to listen to the symptom of fatigue can help us live a healthier, purpose-filled life!

Take Control of Your Health

Take care,

Ronnie Marsh