It’s said, “It’s not what you do between Thanksgiving and New Year’s that matters most for your diet, it’s what you do in between New Years and Thanksgiving that counts.”
Makes sense. Throughout the year, we try to make healthy choices, maintain a good diet, and get plenty of exercise. But during the holiday season, we celebrate together, and more often than not, indulge in food and drinks outside of our normal habits.
Eat Mindfully, Not Mindlessly
With all these temptations, you’ll want a plan in place so you won’t pack on the pounds while you enjoy the festivities. Add Nutrimeal™ as a meal replacement, and you’ll savor the holidays while maintaining a healthy diet.
Try This, Not That
Nutrimeal is a low-glycemic shake, rich in dietary fiber and protein. Available in chocolate and vanilla flavors, Nutrimeal is the perfect, satisfying meal when you’re on the go. Best of all, it’s a great base to build your personalized shake. Blend it with fruits or vegetables to give it an extra flavorful boost. Or get into the season with these holiday-themed recipes. No matter how you enjoy Nutrimeal, you’ll get the following benefits:
15 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber
Complete non-GMO protein
Low-glycemic index to help reduce carbohydrate cravings and provide sustained energy, to help keep you feeling fuller, longer
As you get ready for your next family gathering, try these simple tricks to sample all your yummy favorites without the overeating misery:
Portion control. Don’t deprive yourself, just eat smaller portions and less often.
Eat when you’re hungry. Don’t eat just because food is available.
Slow down. Enjoy each bite and put your fork down as you chew.
Pay attention. Mindlessly snacking can lead to overeating. Make each meal count.
Sneak in a workout. It won’t offset all the calories you might eat, but it’ll help.
Know when and where you’ll be eating. You’re less likely to overdo it if you know you’ll be joining family for a larger dinner.
And when you’re making your holiday plans, add Nutrimeal into your routine. With these convenient, travel-sized pouches, you’ll be able to shake up some goodness as you rush from the office party to your next family function.
The liver is an essential organ. It plays a role in metabolism, digestion, energy storage, and hormone production. It is also the major detoxifying organ in the body.
Detoxification in the liver is broken into two categories. They are known as Phase I and Phase II liver detoxification pathways.
Phase I Liver Detoxification Pathway
Phase I liver detoxification is the first line of defense against toxins. It consists of a group of enzymes known as the cytochrome P450 family. The enzymes help neutralize substances like alcohol and caffeine. They offer protection by converting these toxins into less harmful ones.
The byproducts of Phase I liver detoxification can still pose a toxic threat to the body. If the toxins are allowed to build up and stay in the liver, they can damage DNA and proteins. It is the role of Phase II liver detoxification, to make sure that those toxins do not build up. Which provides final neutralization of the toxins so that they can be removed by the body.
Phase II Liver Detoxification Pathway
Phase II liver detoxification neutralizes the byproducts of Phase I liver detoxification and other remaining toxins. This is done by making the toxins water-soluble. That way they can be excreted from the body. This process is known as conjugation. Glutathione, sulphate, and glycine are the primary molecules responsible for this process.
Under normal conditions, Phase II liver detoxification enzymes produce low levels of glutathione. Under times of high toxic stress the body increases production of glutathione.
Glutathione is so important for humans, it is known as the “master antioxidant.” It is called this, because it is the most abundant antioxidant in the body and it can regenerate itself in the liver.
Glutathione is found in asparagus, avocado, spinach, broccoli, and some supplements. Sadly, food sources of glutathione are poorly absorbed into the body. Digestive enzymes can break it down before it can be absorbed. There is also no direct transport system for glutathione.
Although glutathione is poorly absorbed, diet does play a part in the body’s levels. The body needs key building blocks to manufacture glutathione. Certain foods and nutrients are known to provide them. Eating these building blocks can increase the body’s production of glutathione. These include selenium, vitamin E, cruciferous vegetables, alpha-lipoic acid, milk thistle, and N-acetyl cysteine.
Vitamin C is also important in liver detoxification pathways. It helps protect liver detoxification enzymes, created in phase I and phase II liver detoxification pathways, from oxidative damage. Vitamin C helps protect liver tissues from oxidative damage. Some research also suggests that vitamin C may play a role in toxin removal.
Vitamin C is tightly controlled in the body. Blood levels are mainly determined by vitamin C intake and kidney regulation. Research shows that some phytochemicals may increase plasma vitamin C, even in the absence of vitamin C consumption.
Foods richest in vitamin C
oranges and other citrus fruits
Clinical Research on Increasing Glutathione Production
Scientists conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study on a blend of nutrients. The purpose was to determine if they promoted increases in plasma glutathione and vitamin C.
The study intervention group used the product Hepasil Plus, provided by USANA Health Sciences. Hepasil Plus contains biotin, choline, milk thistle extract, N-acetyl L-cysteine, alpha-lipoic acid, broccoli concentrate, green tea extract, olive fruit extract, and turmeric extract.
Fifteen healthy volunteers participated in the study. Subjects were given Hepasil DTX or placebo for 28 days. On days 1, 14, and 28, blood samples were drawn to measure plasma vitamin C and glutathione.
Hepasil DTX increased plasma glutathione two hours following the first treatment and significantly increased plasma glutathione eight hours after treatment.
Plasma glutathione levels increased 74 percent by the end of the study.
Hepasil DTX significantly increased plasma vitamin C as soon as two hours
following the first treatment. This was maintained during the entire acute phase (0-8 hour time points)
The results showed a synergistic effect of these nutrients. The treatment formula boosted both glutathione and vitamin C levels. It upregulated the body’s ability to utilize glutathione in detoxification reactions. It also increased the body’s antioxidant capacity.
A follow-up report showed that the increases in both glutathione and vitamin C have clinical benefits. Subjects taking Hepasil Plus were significantly more resistant to oxidative damage than those taking the placebo.
The results back up previous research showing that some phytochemicals may increase plasma vitamin C, even in the absence of vitamin C consumption. It also offers a specific blend of ingredients that can be used to increase the body’s glutathione production.
Please note that Hepasil Plus (canadian) and Hepasil DTX (american) are the same product, because of Canadian regulations, the name has to be changed. Spring is a great time of the year to shed the winter sluggishness and renew through elimination to have healthy cells regenerate. If you are interested in this product you can purchase it from my website by clicking on this link shop USANA here.
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You’re skeptical. Good! With all the schemes in today’s world, you shouldn’t be anything less. Maybe you’ve heard of sites entitling themselves “USANA scam”, and you’re looking to validate the organization.
We can clear up the confusion pretty quickly, but we invite you to be curious and skeptical. Be sure to do your research and come to an educated conclusion. We hope that this article will serve as one additional resource to your research. We intend to show you as transparently as we can why USANA is not a scam, but in fact a legitimate opportunity.
Before we get going, we would like to echo the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and preface that you need to be aware and vigilant to avoid scams, and to do your research. The best way to really know is to watch for updates on scam alerts by the FTC or your local news and to look into the company closely. We couldn’t agree more. That’s why we can’t be clear enough on defining who we are at USANA, what we do, and why.
So, let’s walk through 15 reasons why USANA is a legitimate opportunity, and why the term USANA scam has no value.
USANA’s business model defines us as a direct sales company, because of one really important reason—we have products to sell and people are buying them because they want our products and not as a requirement to participate. (See the section entitled “What Is a Pyramid Scheme and What is Legitimate Marketing?” in previous link.) And what great products they are!
Our products are so great, that we have been recognized and named for being the Top Rated Direct Selling Brand by ConsumerLab.com for multiple years. And quite frankly, we’re pretty proud of the accomplishment. It just so happens that last year (2016) we broke the glass ceiling and reached over $1 billion (US) in sales, and we don’t plan on slowing down.
And yet, we take our business plan another step further. While scams clearly offer no actual benefit to you, many of our legally operating competitors meet the bare minimum requirement on truth in marketing and sales. USANA offers 100 percent returns on products to Associates for a whole year, which is far more than what the law requires of us. The truth? Our consumers don’t need to return our products because they get what they bought and love the results.
There’s a reason we’re so confident and so clear in our resolve: our fantastic products started with an ambitious vision.
Dr. Myron Wentz wanted to make the world a healthier and happier place. He discovered the value of antioxidants to counter the negative effects of free radicals in the human body, and has worked ever since to create a reality where people can live their happiest lives being their healthiest selves. As a result, in 1992, USANA was born.
So, why direct selling in the first place? Why not sell the products in stores where people can easily find them? We use direct selling with the intention to help people get what they really want: freedom. Freedom to do what they want and when they want. The opportunity to build a USANA business isn’t for everyone on this planet, and that’s ok. It doesn’t need to be. We don’t profess to have a quick “get rich” plan, or to have the “only way” to earn a living. But we do claim the ability to give people another option to build wealth and establish financial stability, especially when they already love our products and are seeing great results. It’s an opportunity for those looking to build their own business, but may be wary of doing it all alone.
You can learn more about how to become a USANA Associate or Preferred Customer please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
When someone uses the term USANA scam, they do so with a primitive understanding of how direct selling companies function. As stated in our annual financial report, “Associates who are interested in earning additional income must successfully sell USANA products and establish a business network.”
Time is the tell-all, and when it comes to illegal schemes, time is the ultimate destroyer. For an illegal scheme to function, it must undergo exponential growth. Every person has to find so many people, and so on. Because the population of our planet is finite, and the population of willing people to participate even more so, pyramid and Ponzi schemes simply cannot sustain themselves for long periods of time.
USANA is not only self-sustainable, but is also preparing to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year at our international convention! Our years show a tried and true product and business plan, many accomplishments, and they also reveal intentions for our future. Click here to check out a detailed timeline and get an even clearer picture of our 25 years of business.
USANA’s Home Office is located in West Valley City, just outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Not only has the facility stayed put for over 20 years, but it is a registered drug establishment and is continually inspected by the U.S Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
We received the FDA Drug Establishment status three years ago (2014). Since then, we’re required to follow specific Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for drug/OTC products to maintain this standing.
While our registration for the Drug Establishment is mandatory for certain products, we go above and beyond what is required of us for manufacturing supplements. We follow a higher standard of GMP patterned after that of pharmaceuticals. Our intent is to demonstrate to our audiences our commitment to making the best quality products.
The FDA reviews our practices and procedures onsite, and often does so unexpectedly. While we undergo repeated inspections, we also have to renew the drug establishment license yearly.
*While the FDA is a U.S. government regulator charged with regulating the safety and cleanliness of products, USANA is in many countries across the world. You may be interested to know that USANA meets other criteria given by other government regulatory agencies in their respective countries.
Another solid way to help you determine the veracity and legitimacy of a direct sales company is to look at whether they are a private or public organization. Not only are you able to get a clearer picture of the company’s fiscal history, but you can also be sure that the company has been around for a while, and intends to stick around.
This is yet another piece that many direct selling companies don’t do, because it is not required of them. By being a public company, USANA is required to maintain a higher level of transparency. The beauty in transparency is catered to you, the researcher. It requires a great deal more extra work for us. But for the consumer, you don’t have to believe me or any USANA employee for that matter, because we are required to disclose our sales, financial balance sheets, compensations to executives, employees, and Associates, profitability, legal risks, and much more.
Again, the term USANA scam generally comes from individuals and sites who have not done an extensive look into our publicly shared information. Simply take a look at our annual financial report, and you will find official statements on how direct selling works and how compensation works. For example, “under this system, distributors purchase products at wholesale prices from the manufacturer for resale to consumers and for personal consumption”, see section entitled “Distribution and Marketing”, subsections “general” and “structure of network marketing program”.
In 1996, USANA was put on the ticker tape with an official listing on the NASDAQ. We are now currently traded on the New York Stock Exchange (USNA).
However, because of our public status, short sellers are motivated to attack us. And attack us they have. Yet, we have prevailed and continue to do so by maintaining good practices. We are confident enough in what we do to be both open about our finances, and to withstand the occasional heavy wind that comes our way.
Haven’t had enough? Good, because we have plenty of information coming your way, and it only gets better.
The Direct Sales Association (DSA) has set criteria direct selling organizations must fulfill annually to be considered a member, called their Code of Ethics. USANA is not required to be a member of the organization, but does so voluntarily. As a member, USANA has to maintain the criteria laid out by the DSA. We have chosen to take this higher road as a continual demonstration of our validity and intent to our consumers.
You may be surprised that many other direct selling companies simply turn their cheek to criteria that is not required of them, and focus their efforts elsewhere. USANA not only meets the requirements, but leads the industry with our ethical practices.
With so much excitement and success comes the exciting opportunity to be recognized for some great work. In just under 25 years of providing stellar, high-quality supplements, USANA has been recognized with more than 500 national and international awards.
From Outside Magazine’s “Best Places to Work” to ConsumerLab’s “Top Rated Direct Selling Brand,” and a plethora of Best of State awards for the state of Utah, USANA has worked hard and been graced with many prestigious recognitions.
Another solid qualifier in the establishment of our validity in the USANA scam argument is our following of the FTC guidelines.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), another government regulating agency for the United States, has certain guidelines that direct selling companies need to meet to operate legally. These same guidelines can also help you spot the real deal or an imposter.
We also are regulated by the FTC on the content that we produce to verify and ensure that USANA is not misleading people on what our products can do.
The FTC suggests to learn more about the company and to get an understanding of their history. For more clarity on our timeline and additional information about our past, click here and feel free to look around.
USANA follows criteria laid out with government regulation agencies charged with regulating truth in advertising, sales, and direct marketing in each country we are located in.
At USANA, we were initially interested in the NSF certification because it serves as yet another third party organization to come in and certify our facility and qualify certain products that go out to our athletes. To achieve and then maintain this certification we have strict requirements that mimic FDA dietary supplement cGMP requirements. This certification also requires inspections, testing, sanitation, and many other audits.
We do this to assure our athletes, and consumers in general, that our products are the best of the best. We can’t stress enough how important it is for us to go above and beyond for the USANA family, and we show this effort through ample research, testing, and certifications.
Our friends at the FTC also suggest you listen to the ratings of others on the internet. What are people saying about the company? What’s the buzz?
You can find reviews on us in many different venues. Check us out on Google Reviews, Glassdoor, Facebook, Indeed.com, and many others. We encourage you to do your research here, but if you have had an experience with USANA and would like to reach out and receive a response, please leave us a review.
We are confident that our consumers are satisfied with our products because they tell us. Our tested and science-based products do what the bottle says they’ll do. And these products, coupled with a fantastic network of support and communication, help foster a healthy and happy relationship with our consumers.
This very page is an act of trust and clarity toward our large international family. But this is not the first act of transparency, nor will it be the last. USANA is a metaphorical open book, literally producing hundreds of pieces of content monthly to not only share valuable information about the products we make, but also helpful content supporting ways to achieve and maintain a healthy life.
We encourage an open line of communication via whatever means is most comfortable to you. Whether you prefer to reach out through social media, send an email, or call us on the phone, we want you to ask questions, and we’ll make sure they get adequate and detailed answers.
Now, you can’t forget about the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the ratings they provide. Rated with an A+ by the BBB, USANA passes the BBB’s criteria with flying colors.
According to the Better Business Bureau, “BBB ratings represent the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. The BBB rating is based on information BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public. BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.”
A+ is the highest possible rating, and we’re happy with the achievement.
Over the years, USANA has become the official sponsor of teams and athletes all over the world. We call these athletes Team USANA, and they do some pretty great things. They’re always breaking records, pushing boundaries, and taking their performance to the limit. They work hard, play hard, and train hard. They eat, sleep, and drink to win. And with all of the stressors they put on their bodies, they also understand the need to supplement their extraordinary lifestyles with top-of-the-line nutrition.
So it’s no wonder that more than 2,000 world-class athletes trust their health to USANA and its high-quality supplements. USANA has an Athlete Guarantee that is unprecedented, offering an ironclad solution for athletes looking for a trusted supplement. This confident stance in a high-stakes venture strengthens our industry-leading position and affirms our commitment to providing nutritionals you can trust.
USANA’s Athlete Guarantee Program permits select athletes to enter an agreement with USANA. During the term of the agreement, should the athlete test positive for a banned substance included in World Anti-Doping Agency regulations as a result of taking USANA nutritional products, USANA will compensate that athlete two times their current annual earnings up to $1 million, based on the athlete’s personal level of competition, endorsement, and other income, as well as other factors.
With our partnership in 2006 with the WTA, Team USANA supports athletes from professional tennis to boxing and snowboarding. Check out our ambassadors for additional information on all the athletes that make up Team USANA.
13. Major Employer
As one of the final nails in the coffin, putting the term USANA scam to rest, USANA is a major employer not only in the state of Utah, but worldwide.
USANA employs roughly 1,785 people across the globe, not including distributors. From Mexico to China, USANA has grown into an international company with net sales over a $1 billion in 2016. In Utah alone, USANA employs over 800 people at our Home Office. Because USANA is a direct sales company, USANA has affected over 564,000 individuals in 20 markets.
So whether you’re looking to be your own employer and run your own business using USANA products, or you want to work for a large organization with fantastic benefits, we have you covered. For those interested in our corporate opportunities take a look below.
USANA has made Utah Business magazine’s Best Companies to Work For list several times, and was named one of the Best Companies to Work For seven years in a row by Outside magazine.
USANA’s culture is one for the books. In addition to creating a fun, engaging, and safe work environment for all our employees, we also strive to provide a competitive benefits packages.
USANA has a personalized wellness program that rewards you for participating. It’s completely voluntary, and there is something for everyone.
USANA believes in empowering the individual to take charge of not only their physical health, but their financial and mental health as well.
The USANA Café offers a wide variety of nutritious foods to help employees stay on track and energized throughout the work day. USANA offers nutrition programs, online lifestyle coaching, massage and chiropractic services, a 24-hour onsite gym, full-sized basketball court, rock-climbing wall, workout classes, personal training, and yes, even a book club, all related to health and wellness. There are weekly basketball and soccer games, tournaments, and in the summer we get some use out of our outdoor sand volleyball court.
Want to know more about planning retirement? USANA offers employees one-on-one 401(k) meetings, brown bag presentations, and classes on budgeting and investing.
USANA knows life can get stressful. That’s why we offer stress-management courses and have a great Employee Assistance Program (EAP) both on- and off-site. We now offer virtual counseling as well.
USANA also participates and provides the following: tuition reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program, USANA Bucks, floating holidays, sick leave, vacation days, 401(k) with employer match, health insurance (including dental and vision), and Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts.