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Overwhelming evidence of the need for nutritional supplementation

US Senate Document #264 documents severe mineral depletion going back to the 1930’s. The United Nations 1992 Earth Summit Report notes an average of 85% mineral depletion over the past 100 years for North American farm and range soils.

Our fruits and vegetables, as well as the grasses and vegetation that farm animals eat, are deficient in minerals and vitamins. Refining foods further reduces nutrients (such as white bread, sugar and corn syrup).

Fruits and vegetables are cultivated using chemical fertilizers, pesticides and waste contaminants Harvested prematurely and artificially ripened, produce is then sprayed, processed, radiated and coated with toxic chemicals to improve appearance and prolong shelf life—all of which significantly reduces nutritional values.

Frightening livestock production practices Beef, poultry and pork are loaded with antibiotics, hormones, steroids, drugs and toxic chemicals to reduce the risk of disease in overcrowded pens and to increase yield. These substances accumulate in our bodies, interfere with normal cell functions, trigger abnormal immune responses, stimulate premature puberty, and are often known carcinogens. As well, the transfer of antibiotics from animals to humans is resulting in bacteria and viruses that have adapted to antibiotics, thus reducing the effectiveness of
antibiotics taken by humans.

Alarming increase in immune system disorders Over the past 5 years, the incidence of immune system disorders has increased more than 200%.

Auto-immune disorders are rapidly increasing with more than 8 million cases confirmed and 30 million additional cases suspected in the US (The Autoimmune
Diseases, Third Edition, Rose and Mackay, 1998).

Fatigue and lack of energy

Doctors report that a primary health complaint is extreme fatigue and lack of energy. Hectic lifestyles, Pressure-filled jobs and commutes, financial struggles, information overload, eating on the run, depression, anxiety, coping with health issues—all rob us of vital energy and essential nutrients. According to studies by the National Institutes of Health and the National Center for Health Statistics, lifestyle related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are the leading causes of death in the US.


Fast food diets laden with salt, sugar, corn syrup, refined flours, bad oils and toxic additives exacerbate health problems. A Call to Action by the US Surgeon General (2001) noted that 61% of adults in the US are overweight and that the incidence of overweight among adolescents has tripled in the past 20 years.

Environmental pollution

The air we breathe and the water we drink are contaminated with a wide variety of pollutants.

Bowel irregularities

Stagnating waste and chronic constipation can poison the entire body.

Substance Abuse

Alcohol, tobacco and drugs (including many prescription drugs) all have significant side effects and long-term health implications.

What to Look for in a Dietary Supplement

Whole food is the key

The body recognizes whole foods and can readily assimilate and utilize them. Synthetic nutrients formulated in a lab lack the full spectrum of naturally occurring phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids and other micronutrients. The lack of these co-factors limits absorption, increases the risk of toxicity and can even cause secondary nutrient deficiencies.

Liquid form

When a whole food dietary supplement is in a liquid, ionic solution, up to 98% of the nutrients are available for absorption and utilization by the body. Vitamins and minerals in pill form may be only 10% to 20% absorbable (1996 Physicians Desk Ref., pg 1542).

Natural and complete

Sea vegetables are the most mineral-rich plants on earth. They contain more vitamins and minerals than any form of land vegetation. Sea water contains mineral ratios that are remarkably similar to blood plasma. Sea plants pre-digest and concentrate this balanced source of minerals into a highly bioavailable ionic state.

Whole food dietary supplements are safe

They supplement the vegetables and fruits in your diet—a vital part of healthy eating and a good food budget. Whole food products are excellent prenatal supplements. Supplements in liquid whole food form may also increase the efficiency of diets, medicines and herbs, while reducing the time required to achieve the desired results.

Organic minerals

Minerals exist in two forms, organic and inorganic. Organic minerals are far easier for the body to use. Inorganic minerals can be used, but must be converted to organic form through chelation. Chelation attaches an organic carrier so that minerals can be transported through cell walls. Excellent chelating agents include
organic acids such as amino acids and orotic acid.

Sea vegetables

With the passage of untold millennium, vast amounts of life-sustaining minerals have washed into the sea. In the process of converting sunlight to energy, sea vegetables reabsorb these nutrients and organically bind them in an ionic state. In contrast, modern farming practices have depleted our soils of essential nutrients —thus sea vegetables are far superior nutritionally to land vegetables. Additionally, minerals that are toxic in their natural state, such as iodine, arsenic and aluminum, are neutralized by the sea vegetables—this makes them harmless and even beneficial. For example, iodine in its pure form is poisonous—however, in its ionic form it is an essential nutrient for health.

Sea vegetable harvesting

Sea vegetables should be harvested only when fully ripened and from pristine waters. These arctic regeneration zones are biologically active areas that are free from herbicides, pesticides and heavy metal contamination. Tides and intense sunlight provide a constant state of nutrient-enriched plants and a rich feeding ground for many species. Harvesting the tender new growth of these plants increases their rate of growth.

Blending with Aloe Vera

Blending sea vegetables with Aloe vera juice adds to the nutritional value of the dietary supplement. Aloe varies widely in quality. Look for whole-leaf, cold processed juice that is certified by the International Aloe Science Council.

Aloe vera has been one of the most popular remedies throughout human history. A vast body of research confirms that Aloe vera has powerful healing and soothing properties. In addition, it contains large-chain sugar molecules that are ideal transporters of nutrients.

Although there are over 200 species of aloe, one of the best is Aloe Barbadensis, which contains over 75 nutritional compounds including vitamins, minerals and 18 amino acids. It has long been used for ailments ranging from cuts, burns and bruises to digestive and intestinal irregularities.

Black cherry and honey

Black cherry has been shown to reduce uric acid levels in the body, while bee honey is an excellent source of B complex vitamins, royal jelly, propolis and pollen.

Benefits of Sea Plants Blended with Aloe Vera

Contains every essential nutrient in perfect balance

  • Vitamins
  • Macro minerals
  • Trace minerals
  • Amino acids
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Enzymes

Cleanses the colon and normalizes pH levels

  • Facilitates elimination
  • Enhances assimilation
  • Improves absorption

Supports the circulatory and lymphatic systems

  • Detoxifies
  • Nourishes
  • Promotes Healing

Supports the immune system and Fortifies the body with essential nutrients needed to fight disease

Supports the nervous system

  • Fights the effects of stress
  • Improves vitality
  • Promotes a feeling of well-being

Supports metabolic processes

  • Facilitates digestion
  • Reduces cravings
  • Nourishes the glandular system

Increases oxygen at the cellular level

  • Promotes energy
  • Combats aging
  • Promotes stamina
  • Supports memory

Excellent source of antioxidants

Contains free radical scavengers known to reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease and strokes

Anti-inflammatory properties

  • Helps relieve inflammatory diseases
  • Helps reduce inflammation in arthritis
  • Helps reduce inflammation in sports injuries

Combats side effects of harmful substances

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Environmental Pollutants

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There are literally thousands of scientific research papers and data on the powerful health benefits relating to Aloe Vera and wild ocean sea vegetables. While current laws are very specific about what substances can be said to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent a disease, it is crystal clear from the following medical references that many of the compounds/ingredients contained in Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables have very powerful health supporting benefits.

It should not take too long a leap of faith to come to the logical conclusion that any product in the marketplace that contains Aloe Vera and Sea Vegetables like Body Balance, should be an essential part of your personal health/wellness program.

Pub Med is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

PubMed is on the NCBI…National Center for Biotechnology Information webpage.

NCBI was Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information – all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.


1. Research has shown that Fucoidan is a natural anti-coagulant that helps prevent thickening of arterial walls. Fucoidan was researched as a natural alternative to the anti-coagulant drug Heparin for post-angioplasty intimal hyperplasia (thickening of blood vessel walls after reconstructive surgeries and the main reason for late bypass graft failures)


2. PubMED has over 130 medical articles on the anti-tumor properties of Fucoidan

One anti-cancer research report summarized its findings on Fucoidan saying, ” These results suggest that the anti-tumor activity of fucoidan is related to the enhancement of immune responses. The present results indicate that fucoidan may open new perspectives in cancer chemotherapy. Antitumor activity and immunological properties of marine algal polysaccharides, especially fucoidan, prepared from Sargassum thunbergii of Phaeophyceae


3. Carrageenans…have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Medical research has shown that Carrageenans can kill both the bacteria Streptococcus and the Herpes Virus. http://www.bryantlabs.com/redmarinealgae-treatments.htm

4. Antitumor active fucoidan from the brown seaweed.


Palmaria palmate and Porphyra or Nori

Extracts from dulse (Palmaria palmate) are effective antioxidants and inhibitors of cell proliferation in vitro.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON, Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of extracts from a variety of edible seaweeds.

Yuan YV, Walsh NA.

School of Nutrition, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto, Ont., Canada M5B 2K3. yyuan@ryerson.ca

Dietary Laminaria and Porphyra sp. have been reported to reduce the risk of intestinal or mammary cancer in animal studies.

Aloe Vera

1. Identification of five phytosterols from Aloe vera gel as anti-diabetic compounds.


2. The inner gel component of Aloe vera suppresses bacterial-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines from human immune cells.


3. The in vitro immunomodulatory effects of glyconutrients on peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome



1. IANA (International Academy Nutrition & Aging) task force on nutrition and cognitive decline with aging.


2. The role of diet in cognitive decline.


3. Metabolic and functional defects in selenium deficiency.


4. Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.


5. Nutrient intakes in women and congenital diaphragmatic hernia in their offspring. March of Dimes, California Research Division, Oakland, California 94609, USA. WYang@marchofdimes.com


PubMed PMID 7022654…says, “nutrient depletion in soil is leading to a continual decline of nutrients in foods”…”Humans need essential trace elements…they are indispensable for life”


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We have been given a wonderful gift called life. Our responsibility is to honor this in the best way possible by doing whatever we can to take care of ourselves in a healthy way. Basically, our modern lifestyles have gotten us somewhat off the track, with fast foods, a polluted environment, high-tech stress, chemical dependencies, etc. Nature’s intention is to fuel our inner healing force with the right natural resources to enable us to function to our fullest potential. However, as most of us have a profound lack of knowledge as to what we need to do that, we find ourselves out of balance.

I believe that we all need to take an active part in the maintenance of our health. The following suggestions are simple things that most of us can accomplish in some form or another.

EXERCISE: Get regular exercise. It improves digestion and elimination, increases endurance and energy levels, burns fat, and promotes lean muscle mass. In addition, studies have shown that regular exercise increases feelings of well-being and reduces stress. There are many different forms of exercise including walking, bicycling, swimming, jogging and even regular gardening. Choose activities that
you enjoy. Don’t look at exercise as a chore. Select things that you look forward to doing. Try doing things with a friend. Whatever you choose, start out slowly, listen to your body, and gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workout.

According to a 1996 report published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, low fitness may pose as great a risk to health as smoking, and a greater risk than high cholesterol, high blood pressure or obesity. Interestingly, regular exercise has been shown to significantly impact those particular health issues.

REST AND RELAXATION-All too often these days, people think that taking time to
rest means wasting time, or is not productive, or certainly is not on top of the priority list. Rest is nature’s curative process, and our most perfect rest comes during sleep.
Healing, restoration, rejuvenation and revitalization take place most efficiently when the body is allowed to rest. Adequate rest is essential for good health. Nothing can take the place of rest.
It is during sleep that our sympathetic nervous system takes over complete control. It is during this time that our body’s healing energy is allowed to carry on the work of cleansing, healing, regulating and restoring the body and mind. It’s interesting to note that the hours before midnight are much more beneficial for resting and revitalization than the hours after midnight. Relaxation is something most of us need to learn to do, and there are many techniques and ways of relaxing.

Meditation is a wonderful example when done regularly. And meditation doesn’t have to have spiritual or religious connotations. For example, you can meditate on a word such as “calm” or “peace,” or you can meditate on a beautiful place in nature. And you can draw on these words or thoughts any time you want to, especially if you are feeling stressed. Each of us has favorite things we love to do that are relaxing. Find what works for you and do it regularly!

STRESS MANAGEMENT-It is estimated that stress contributes to about 80% of all major illnesses. Stress is a part of life. However, how we respond to it, and how much of it we have in our lives are things we can totally control. How we manage stress can be the difference between having a life or just having an existence.
Some things I have found useful are, first of all, to identify the sources of stress in your life. This helps you understand where the stress is coming from. When you have identified them, either eliminate them from your life or prepare yourself to deal with them as easily and healthily as possible.

For example, if rush-hour traffic is a stressor, then use that time to listen to a tape or a favorite piece of music that will calm you, or join a carpool. Work on creating a stress-free home environment. For example, keep the noise level down as much as possible as this contributes to stress. Also use as much natural lighting in your home as possible. Unnatural florescent lighting can be especially aggravating.

Certain colors in a home are more calming and soothing than others.
Monitor your internal conversations. The way we talk to ourselves has SO MUCH to do with how we see our lives and situations, and how we feel about ourselves and our environment. For example, telling yourself that you should be able to do something or you should be able to handle a situation better, only adds to the stress. Take a day off or take regular time just for yourself. Do something that is relaxing and fun, and don’t think about whatever is causing the stress.

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Protein is essential to life. It is protein that provides the structure for all living things, whether it is a tiny microbe or a huge whale. We are all composed of protein. Next to water, protein makes up the greatest portion of our body weight. And protein plays a part in all of the vital processes that sustain life, including regulating the body’s water balance and pH, hormone and enzyme action, bone growth, organ function, glandular function, even the production of our DNA. Every new cell that the body builds needs a full compliment of amino acids to be healthy.

Proteins are made up of amino acids. Dietary protein has to be broken
down into amino acids before the body can use them for its needs. Herein lies a challenge that we face today….most people cannot break down protein adequately to be able to utilize the amino acids properly.
First of all, we need to chew the food really well, which most of us don’t, as the saliva begins the breakdown process. Next we need adequate hydrochloric acid in the stomach to continue the process. Again, most people, especially older people, are deficient in HCl. We also need adequate amounts of enzymes, of which most of us are also deficient. If the food isn’t broken down properly at this point, we
end up with toxic waste products that clog up the system, and a deficiency of amino acids with which to rebuild and repair the body.

The company I represent, Life Force International, has a top protein supplement called Amino Charge. Amino Charge is a form of protein that provides active bio-available amino acids to our bodies. It is easily assimilated, and is powered by a patented process that ensures we are receiving the full compliment of aminos in a way the body can fully utilize them. There are two categories of amino acids:
“essential” and “non-essential. Essential amino acids MUST be obtained through the diet, as the body cannot produce them. We also need the full spectrum of essential amino acids to be present SIMULTANEOUSLY in order for the other non-essential amino acids to be utilized. An inadequate supply of even one of the essential amino acids and the body cannot do its work. As different foods contain a different spectrum of amino acids, we cannot always be sure we are getting what we need. So a product like Amino Charge ensures that we get the full spectrum on a regular basis.
Amino acids also enable vitamins and minerals to perform their jobs properly. Even if vitamins and minerals are absorbed and assimilated by the body, they cannot be effective unless the necessary amino acids are present. If your diet fails to supply adequate amounts of the essential amino acids, sooner or later this will become apparent as some type of physical disorder. And many factors can contribute to deficiencies even if you eat a healthy diet. Things like infection, trauma, stress, age, and imbalances or deficiencies of other nutrients, as well as impaired absorption, can all affect the availability of amino acids.
I take Amino Charge every day.  On a regular basis like this it also
regulates blood sugar.  I have built 8 pounds of muscle mass since starting Amino Charge on a daily basis, and that is with a moderate exercise routine.  I definitely feel more alive using this product.

Amino Charge

Amino Charge

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