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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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