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Free Bone Scan at VitaZen

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VitaZen is holding FREE Bone Scan (Bone Density Test using an Achilles Meter) on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th from noon to 5pm. Appointment times are limited, so call and reserve your time today (540-721-9365). Each person will be provided with a print out of their results. Free Bone Scan is sponsored by Rainbow Light and will be held at
The Centre at VitaZen 12787 Booker T Washington Hwy. Suite 103 Hardy, VA 24101. / 540-721-9365


Here is some great information from the NOF.

is at Risk?
Age is an important risk factor. Everyone, both men and women, loses bone strength as they grow older. Women have higher risk for osteoporosis than men do as women often have smaller, thinner frames. Women also are affected by the change-of-life, known as menopause.

After menopause, women produce less of a hormone called estrogen. Estrogen helps protect women against bone loss.

is fracture risk?

The Achilles provides information about your own risk of bone fracture in the same way as a cholesterol test indicates risk of a heart attack. A diagnosis of osteoporosis cannot predict a bone fracture, just as high cholesterol cannot predict a heart attack. Instead, it means that the risk of having a fracture is higher than that for normal bones. Achilles results combined with other factors give your overall risk of fracture. Knowing your risk of fracture is important. There are a number of ways to prevent osteoporosis, and to reduce your risk of fracture. Your doctor may suggest a number of steps including exercise, changes in diet, hormone therapy, or other medicines known to build bone strength.

What is a T-score?

Your T-score is a comparison between your bone density to that of a “young adult” reference population at peak bone density. A T-score of -1 represents a roughly 16% decrease in bone density from the “young adult” reference population.

Your Z-score is a comparison between your bone density to that of other people your age and gender. A Z-score of -1 represents a roughly 16% decrease in bone density from other people your age and

Wherecan I get more information aboutbone
measurements and osteoporosis?

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is one of the leading sources of information about osteoporosis and bone measurements.

the NOF:

National Osteoporosis Foundation
1232 22nd Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037-1202
(202) 223-2226
(800) 231-4222


Like other organs in the body, bones are constantly changing. Throughout childhood and young adulthood, bones grow in strength and in size. Around the age of 30, bones reach their peak strength and then naturally become weaker with age. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become weak to the point of breaking. This weakening may be due to aging, or caused by other factors that combine with age. Symptoms of osteoporosis do not occur until a lot of bone strength is lost. The most visible symptoms may include loss of height, along with curvature of the upper back. Osteoporosis also can result in a crippling and painful fracture, occurring most often in the hip, back, or wrist.


Important Risk factors for osteoporosis include:

  • female

• advanced age

• history of bone fracture

• a small thin frame

• a family history of


• removal of the ovaries

• early menopause

• a low calcium diet

• lack of exercise

• eating disorders

• certain medicines

(such as steroids or


• alcohol and tobacco use


How does the Achilles work?

The Achilles passes ultrasound through the heel. The heel is measured because its bone is similar to that found in the spine and hip, where osteoporotic fractures occur most. Ultrasound does not travel well through air. Therefore, during an Achilles test, warm water fills membranes that contact your heel to provide a path for the ultrasound energy to follow. Isopropyl alcohol is used to provide coupling between your heel and the membranes.

What can I expect during my Achilles test?

The Achilles test requires a bare foot. Remove your sock, stocking, or panty hose. An Achilles test takes about 1 minute. During the test, keep your heel as still as possible for best results.

Is the Achilles test safe?

Yes. The Achilles is approved by regulatory agencies.

Caution: Avoid Achilles tests if you have a sore on your heel or sole. Please tell the health care professional operating the Achilles of any such problems to help prevent transmission of an infection.

What information will Achilles give my doctor?

The Achilles is an aid to doctors in the diagnosis of osteoporosis. The Achilles test compares your bone density to that of a “young adult” at peak bone strength (T-score). It also compares your results to people of your same age, called “age-matched” (Z-score). The risk of osteoporotic fracture falls into three categories:*

*The World Health Organization has developed categories that define
the amount of

bone loss such as
Normal: a T-score above -1;
Low bone mass: a T-score between -1
and -2.5; Osteoporotic: a T score less than -2.5.

Relative Fracture Risk T-score

Low. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . above –1

Medium . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . –1 to –2.5

High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . below –2.5

This information, along with other factors, will help your doctor to gauge your risk of osteoporotic fracture and what course of action should be taken.

What is the next step if I am found to be at risk?

Based upon your Achilles results and other factors, your doctor may suggest a follow-up DXA scan. A DXA scan is a painless test performed on an x-ray densitometer that takes only minutes, and measures your bone mineral density and body fat distribution. Information from a DXA scan can provide your doctor with valuable information to aid in the diagnosis of osteoporosis.





New Yoga Website!

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We have launched our new yoga studio website This will enable us to take yoga beyond Smith Mountain Lake Virginia.We are excited to have our yoga practice grow, come join us.

APril 2013 Schedule TCV

The Centre at VitaZen
12787 Booker T Washington Hwy
Suite 103 (rear entrance)
Hardy, VA 24101


2013 The Centre at VitaZen Yoga Cruise to Bermuda

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Join The Centre at VitaZen on our second yoga cruise.
We are heading to the beautiful pink sand beaches of Bermuda!
This cruise is open to all, whether you are a yogi from the centre or just want to
enjoy a late fall cruise. So if you love to do yoga, love to cruise, love
beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, you are invited to join our cruise
heading out of Baltimore on The Grandeur of the Sea (a beautifully refurbished
Royal Caribbean Ship).

This year’s cruise is a 7 night cruise to Bermuda
and sets sail out of Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, October 25th 2013.
Oceanview Staterooms start at $594, Inside Staterooms start at $535
and Balcony Rooms start at $1019 (all prices are per person).
As an added incentive you will receive a $75 per stateroom on board credit.

We are working on an awesome yoga class schedule for this cruise.
We will be offering up to 12 free private classes (for our group)!
We will keep you updated as details become available.

Mary Anne Kauffman & Associates (A Cruise One Dream Vacation Specialist)
are setting up this wonder cruise for us.
Check out their website ( for more details on cruising.

Glenda and I are looking forward to enjoying this late fall vacation to the beautiful Island of Bermuda
and would like to invite all over our current and future friends to join us on this vacation
of a life-time! And a little (or lot) of yoga too!

So call Mary
Anne (540-525-2004) today!

Join us on the pink sands of Bermuda!

Local Honey at Smith Mountain Lake, VA!

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We are fully stocked with local/raw honey. So as allergy season kicks in, arm yourself with our Hardy Honey. Just one teaspoon a  day can make a difference!

Our Hardy Honey is a huge hit every year, with people consuming it for allergy control, its nutrient rich properties and just because it is quite possibly the best tasting raw honey in the Smith Mountain Lake Region! Swing by VitaZen today to pick up your local honey. We are at 12787 Booker T Washington Hwy. Hardy, VA in between Grand Furniture Outlet and BB&T Bank (Next to Sherwin Williams). We can be reached at 540-721-9365.

This years Hardy Honey is now in stock! Hardy honey is the BEST LOCAL HONEY at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. So stop by and stock up. VitaZen now carries 3 sizes (12oz honey bear, 1lb and 2.5lbs).


VitaZen still has lots of Hardy Honey. This is the perfect honey for everyone in the Smith Mountain Area (from Martinsville to Bedford and from Lynchburg to Roanoke)! Helps boost the Immune System, keeps allergies in check and TASTE AWESOME!
Come join us for the 2013 Yoga Cruise Kick-Off Event!

We are cruising out of Baltimore this year.cThe 7 night cruise sets sail on October 25th and will be going to Bermuda on Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas. Join us for more details on this years cruise. You don't have to be a yogi or even a VitaZen Customer! Just be here on Friday March 1st to here all about it. Anyone can tke advantage of this great offer, whether you live at Smith Moutain Lake or not. If you cant make it Call Mary Anne for more info. 540-525-2004!

Anyone signing up on cruise night will receive

* FREE 10 pack of yoga tickets

* $75 On Board Credit (one per cabin)


Cuise Night at The Centre
Friday March 1st at 6:00pm
The Centre at VitaZen
12787 Booker T Washington Hwy
Suite 103
Hardy, VA 24101





TV Pilot for Karen Wrigley to film at VitaZen!

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Hey all you VitaZen Fans! Want to a part of a TV Pilot Filming? Here is the details. Karen Is a Smith Mountain Lake Resident and a long time VitaZen Customer. We are holding a second filming THIS FRIDAY!Join us for the filming of  Karen Wrigley TV pilotFriday January, 18th 2013
At:  VitaZen, 12787 Booker T. Washington Hwy. Suite 103, Hardy, Va 24101
VitaZen door opens at 6:00 pm. Please use the front door.
Door opens to filming room at 6:45, closes at 7pm or when room is full.
Filming: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Franklin, a golden retriever and local celebrity will give messages to individuals in the audience.  Plus, your animal may telepathically come through Karen to give you a message.
Please do not bring your animals, they are not allowed in the filming room.
Enjoy participating  in Karen's first TV pilot and hear what the animals have to say to you. More

Professional Animal Communicator|Animal Medium – Karen Wrigley

I had a session with Karen Wrigley yesterday, she is amazing!!!. Calypso told me a lot. Karen is the John Edward of animals!

VitaZen is now open on Sunday!

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VitaZen is now open on Sundays from 12-5. You spoke, we
listened. So for all those who live in the area surrounding Smith Mountain Lake Virginia, you now have another weekend day to shop. Whether you are from Rocky Mount, Ferrum or Bedford, you can stop in and see us on your day off. And for all the Smith Mountain Lake residents, you can swing by Sunday afternoon and pick up your vitamins. So if you are going to Westlake Cinema, Bridgewater Plaza or the Carilion Velocity Care Center, we are here! Looking forward to seeing you at VitaZen
12787 Booker T Washington Hwy
Suite 103
Hardy Virginia 24101

Karma Kard Points Reward for January 2013VitaZen Karma Kard 1

This months promo:
BioNutrition Cholesterol Wellness
50% OFF!

All you have to do is redeem 100 Karma Kard Points!  Don't have a Karma Kard?  It is FREE!  So, if you live in the Smith Mountain Lake, VA stop by VitaZen and sign up today.

12787 Booker T Washington Hwy.
Suite 103
Hardy, VA 24101

I Resolve To…

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New Years, the time of tons of life changing promises! We all make them; few of us follow through and achieve these promises to ourselves. So I thought I would throw a few “life changing” promises out there that should be obtainable. 

Healthy Resolutions 

  1. Eat 1 more serving vegetables per day, five days a week.

  2. When you eat out, order water to drink (just part of the time!)

  3. Exercise 30 minutes more per week than you already do. This doesn’t sound like much, but it will get the ball rolling.

  4. “Sit in Silence” start your day off with just 2-3 minutes of sitting in silence. Use this time to reflect on the positive things in your life.

  5. Be kind to others! Sounds kind of silly for a resolution, but the inner peace it brings you will pay off ten fold.

  6. Watch 1 hour less television per week. Use the time to read. This will exercise and expand your mind!

  7. Get your annual physical. It is hard to measure progress if you don’t know where you stand.

  8. Recycle your metal cans and plastic bottles. 

  9. Start using stainless steel water bottles. No waste & no chemical leaching into your water. This will also make #8 less work:)!

  10. Take your vitamins (I almost forgot this one!).

These are just a few ideas for easily obtainable New Year’s Resolutions. Chose one or two, don’t be an over achiever, chose them all, not complete them, & give up! Stick with the one or two you chose. You can always have a mid-year goal; there are no rules against it!

may your new year be healthy & prosperous,



Wine contains phytochemical, plant derived chemicals. Flavonoids are the class of nutrients in wine that have a large array of potential health benefits, ranging from heart health to potential anti cancer benefits.

 Potential Health Benefits

  • Prevent cancer causing hormones from attaching to normal cells

  • Help lower the risk of breast cancer

  • Help protect against heart disease & strokes

  • Chemical detoxifying properties

  • Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Helps metabolize cholesterol (Lowering overall cholesterol levels)

  • And many more potential health properties are being studied every day 

Moderate consumption of wine seems to have many positive benefits when it comes to your health. One often overlooked benefit is the process of sitting down, relaxing and enjoying that evening glass of wine. Taking time to reflect on the day and unwind. 

What if you don’t drink? You can purchase a supplemental version of the active ingredients at your local health store. Most are marketed under the “Resveratrol” name. The Resveratrol Formula’s contain resveratrol (a tannin of the flavonoid family), red wine extract, and grape seed extract. This provides a safe effective, alcohol free alternative for those of us who aren’t wine drinkers.


There have been a bunch of “super juices” to hit the market in the last few years. Noni, Mangosteen, Acai, Goji, Pomegranate, Aloe, and the list goes on. I am going to take a little time to squeeze out some information on three of the juices Acai, Goji, & Pomegranate.

Acai (ah-sai-ee) is a Brazilian Berry from the Amazon Region.  Acai is one of nature’s most nutritional complete foods. It yields antioxidants, anthocyanins (about 20 times more than red wine), fiber, protein, amino acids, and essential omega 3 & 6. The potential health benefits of Acai are numerous. It has been shown to increase your body’s immune response and disease resistance, boost energy & stamina, and even help with cholesterol. Acai has been studied for its ability to destroy cancer cells. Acai is available in juice blends as well as pure Acai juice and in capsule form.

 Goji (also known as Wolfberry) is a berry from the Tibetan Region of the Himalayas. Goji is very rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids, which make this an excellent juice for people with age-related macular degeneration. It has also been touted as an aid in blood glucose regulation, as well as improving circulation. It is gaining popularity as a natural immune system booster and to promote longevity. There are even some antidotal papers claiming it has potent anti-cancer cell growth properties. Goji can be purchased in a pure juice, as a blend, or in the capsule form.  

 Pomegranate is a fruit native to the Mid East. It is now grown and harvested in the dry desert regions of California and Arizona. Pomegranate is high in vitamin C and the B vitamins. It also contains a Polyphenol, Punicalagins, which has been shown to have potent free radical scavenging capabilities.  Besides being the new “cool” winter fruit, Pomegranate has several medicinal properties like Acai and Goji. The most common medicinal use of Pomegranate is to help maintain a healthy cholesterol level. Through maintenance of cholesterol levels, it helps reduce the risk of heart disease. Pomegranate is being added to natural tooth paste for its potential antiviral and antibacterial effects on plaque. Pomegranate can be found in your local grocery store in the winter months, as well as in juice blends, as a potent concentrate and in the capsule form.

 You can reap the benefits of several different juices by buying a blended juice. Dynamic Health makes a product called Healthy Blend. It contains measurable amounts of Goji, Mangosteen, Noni, Acai, Camu Camu, and Aloe Vera.

 This brief insight into three of the new “Super Juices” barely scratches the information available. Look for these and other “Super Juices” in your local grocery or health food store.


Strengthening Your Immune System Naturally

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It is hard to believe that it is fall already! Winter is right around the corner and with that come the winter bugs.  Now is the time to strengthen your immune system to help prevent all the winter illnesses.

Winter is right around the corner!

 Let’s start with an overall approach to achieve a healthy immune system. Probably the most overlooked “supplement” is a well rounded, balanced diet. There really is no substitute or magic pill that will negate the need for eating properly.  The next most overlooked supplements, for immune system strengthening, is a quality multivitamin & mineral supplement. Everyone can benefit from a daily multi, so choose a good natural multi and stick with it! Your next line of defense should be a good vitamin C supplement of at least 500mg. For those with delicate digestive systems a buffered vitamin C (such as Ester-C) would be wise. Vitamin C aids in the production of interferon, an important immune system protein.  These two supplements, along with a healthy diet, will give you a good foundation for a healthy immune system.Ester-C

 After you have laid the foundation you can focus on your specific needs. There are many good immune boosting supplements for people with specific reoccurring weakness. A person prone to cold sores will benefit from a Lysine based supplement blend.  Lysine has the ability to help fight cold sores.  Olive Leaf Extract is an excellent supplement for people prone to respiratory illnesses.  Astragalus is an excellent supplement for people prone to colds and the flu virus. Echinacea is also an excellent, well rounded immune system booster.  An immune formula is a safe way to cover a broad spectrum of potential winter illnesses. Look for a formula that will fit your needs, whether it is a 1 per day immune boosting formula or a comprehensive multi pill formula. 

What every route you choose to strengthen your immune system, be consistent.  If you are not a pill taker, stick with the basic; good foods, a multi, and some vitamin C.  For those who are more regimented and willing to take a few more supplements, add an immune system supplement aimed toward your needs. The little bit of time and money you’ll need to invest now will pay of with a healthier you, this winter.


Sun Protection, It Doesn’t End With Sunscreen!

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beachMost people assume that if they use sunscreen while out in the sun they have done all they need to do. Sunscreen is just part of the formula. While attending a seminar earlier this year, one of the guest speakers made the statement “The sun doesn’t cause skin cancer. The lack of antioxidant is what allows the cancerous cells to grow!” This led me to do some research on sun exposure, the good and the bad.


So let’s start with the basics. If you are going to be out on the lake, at the beach, at the pool, or on the golf course for an extended period of time; sunscreen is imperative. If you are in and out of the water a waterproof product is recommended. If you are a person who sweats easy, use a “sport” sunscreen (they typically are designed to hold up under extreme conditions). There are several new sunscreens that are mineral based, providing a more natural sunscreen with less exposure to strong chemicals.


Recent research suggests that a good antioxidant formula can help prevent skin damage and the “sunburn reaction”. Something as simple as a Vitamin C and Vitamin E supplement can help prevent sunburn. The two work best together because Vitamin C helps recycle Vitamin E, which is critical to skin health. Vitamin E also works well in conjunction with Carotenoids. Carotenoids have many uses in the body. They are converted into Vitamin A. They are also used by the body for the production of melanin, your body’s natural way of protecting against the sun by tanning your skin.


Vitamin D has become a hot topic in the medical, as well as in the natural supplement industry. With sun protection becoming such a focus over the past couple of decades, a large number of people have become Vitamin D deficient. Kind of ironic, Vitamin D is being heavily studied for its anti-cancer properties!


Protecting you skin can be pretty simple. Use a sunscreen during prolonged exposure to the sun. Take an extra Antioxidant Formula Vitamin (containing C, E, Selenium, Beta Carotene, etc.) on a daily basis. I would also consider a Vitamin D3 supplement daily.  And most importantly, get outside and enjoy life!


Brett Keister

Why Yoga?

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This is a very common question that we hear all the time. Usually followed or prefaced by “What is Yoga?” So I thought I would share some information on yoga to give you a better understanding of it and explain some of the benefits of practicing yoga.


yo·ga  [yoh-guh] –noun 1.any of the methods or disciplines prescribed, esp. a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind, tranquility, etc. (definition from


Yoga offers something for every fitness level, from the absolute beginner to the trained athlete. Each pose is preformed to the best of YOUR ability, no one else’s. With modifications to the poses, anyone can do it!



Yoga has numerous health benefits, physical and mental. On the physical side yoga can increase bone density, strengthen muscle tissue, improve flexibility & balance, bolster the immune system, and more! On the mental side yoga can decrease stress & improve mental clarity by de-cluttering the mind, just to name a couple.


One of the big advantages of yoga, as a form of exercise, is the ability to do it in almost any environment. And as you delve further into it you’ll discover there are many different disciplines and styles. It also is a very “affordable” form of exercise. You can do it at home with a video or follow along on your TV, download an easy to follow routine off the internet (most even have illustration on proper technique), or join one of the many yoga sessions offered at local studios, fitness centers, or YMCAs.


Brett Keister
VitaZen (featuring The Centre at VitaZen)

Welcome to the VitaBlog!

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I would like to share with you where I’d like to go with this VitaBlog. My plan is to write / post pertinent information about health & wellness. For those of you who are VitaZen store customers, you probably know our tagline (aka our goal), Supplements For A Healthy Body, Mind, & Soul… 

So that’s my goal, to help you live a healthy life!

Having been in the business for over 15 years, I have come across a bunch of information. Some are scientific studies, some are anecdotal, but most all provide useful bits of information. If I find information from other sources, I’ll be sure to give credit, where it is due.

 Please remember my postings are my opinions and not meant to be medical advice. I am in no way trying to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. My statements are not evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. Sounds like the side of a vitamin bottle!!! Seriously, I would like for this to be a useful, open forum for all to enjoy.



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