2 pills, twice a day?
OK, so if you have a social media account, you’ve seen the advertisements for the TruCombo: TruFix and Tru Control. The blue capsules are TruFix and the orange ones are TruControl, and together they work to promote healthy body composition in several key ways:
1) It promotes healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, which makes burning fat much easier.
2) It increases satiety – which means when you do eat, you feel full longer.
3) It decreases appetite so you eat less.
4) It increases energy levels so you can do more.
5) It improves mood, thereby reducing emotional eating.
6) It reduces food cravings, particularly for junk and carbohydrates. This allows you to have more control over your choices.
7) It enhances your metabolism so you burn more fat and burn it more efficiently.
Now, let me add this – The FDA prohibits supplement manufacturers and sellers from commenting in great detail about what their product does, because in their opinion, claiming a product does something is making a drug claim, and only ‘drugs’ do something. Therefore, supplement manufacturers are restricted to discussing the structure and the function of the individual ingredients and leaving it to the consumer to decide whether to take the supplement or not. Here is a general rundown of each ingredient in the combo and what it does:
The Ingredient Rundown
1. Green Coffee Bean, aka. Cholorogenic Acid – essentially retrains your body to more effectively seek out and utilize body white adipose tissue (the undesirable type of fat) stores for energy. It helps regulate blood sugar, lowers high blood pressure, decelerates the aging process, improves brain function and mental clarity. It also contributes to overall healthier blood chemistry. When blood chemistry is improved, virtually every major system and organ in the body benefits.
- Raspberry ketones are an enzyme extracted from raspberries. This enzyme increases the production of the protein hormone adinopectin. This hormone controls metabolic deviations that could lead to weight gain. When used alone as a weight loss supplement, it has not been shown to be very effective. It is usually combined with stimulants. It is included in TruFix as a complimentary ingredient for metabolism regulation and also for its significant antioxidant benefit. It may also help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arterial walls and may reduce the risk of liver cancer.
- Cinnamon bark extract contains the specific polyphenols responsible for the many health benefits of cinnamon. These benefits include blood sugar management, subtle weight loss benefits, deceleration of the aging process, enhanced lean body mass, lowering of high blood pressure and absorption and utilization of antioxidants.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a beneficial fatty acid that is produced in every cell of the body. One of its principle functions is to help convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals have been linked to cancer, accelerated aging and many other debilitating and potentially terminal conditions. Studies have shown that ALA can also help with high blood pressure, diabetes, impaired brain function, degenerative diseases, some forms of neuropathy, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and many degenerative diseases.
- Zinc is an essential trace element. It boosts the immune system, helps prevent diseases of the eyes and can help tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It also may help individuals with ADHD, osteoporosis and prostate issues. Some athletes use zinc to enhance athletic performance and strength.
- Copper helps the body produce red blood cells thus avoiding anemic conditions. When taken with zinc and magnesium it can also help prevent calcium loss, especially in women during menopause. It may also assist in wound healing and alleviation of arthritic symptoms.
- Chromium polynicotinate – Chromium is known to help regulate glucose and assist the metabolism of glucose on a cellular lever the supplies the body with energy. It is also reported to slow the loss of calcium, help prevent glaucoma and regulate cholesterol. Low chromium levels may contribute to coronary artery disease. Chromium also assists the body in building lean muscle tissue while assisting the body in white adipose tissue.
- Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It is often used in formulas to fight cancer, heart disease and aging. It has also been used to fight viral infections.
- Vanadium Chelate – Helps improve the efficacy of the body’s naturally produced insulin. Insulin helps regulate glucose (blood sugar) and neutralizes blood sugar spikes.
- Magnesium oxide – can help prevent calcium loss when taken with Copper and Zinc. It is also an effective preventative supplement as it is a required nutrient for over 200 different biochemical reactions within the body. In fact, magnesium deficiency is exceedingly prevalent and it has been estimated that as much as 80% of the population has insufficient stores of this nutrient.
- Inactive ingredients include: Gelatin capsule, cellulose, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, erythroinse, color.
TRU Control contains:
- Green Tea – Green Tea EGCG Extract: Green tea enriched in Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) shows significant results in helping individuals maintain their weight. Green tea has long shown promise in helping individuals maintain a healthy weight, after significant green tea research it is now believed that the EGCG compound is what contributed to the reduction in weight. There are three hypothesis on how Green Tea EGCG helps in promoting a healthy weight: 1) Increase blood flow – By increasing the blood flow throughout the body, there is increased oxygenation to muscles and thereby increasing caloric demands; 2) When combined with a nominal amount of caffeine allow for increased fat oxidation (Dulloo et al, 1999); and 3) modulating insulin effect – Regulating the signaling of insulin in response to carbohydrate consumption allows one to not be as susceptible to blood sugar spiking (Li et al, 2006). Green Tea is also a rich source of anti-oxidants.
- Cocoa Powder – Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and compounds such as theobromine, which support positive mood and enhanced feeling of fullness, Cocoa powder has been used for weight loss primarily because it enhances fat metabolism and suppresses appetite. Its action in helping to raise serotonin levels helps to increase satiety (our feelings of feeling satisfied when we eat)and reduces the risk of emotional eating.
- Octodrine – Is a relatively new ingredient in the weight loss realm. It has stimulant properties, and is believed to increase energy levels, act as a mild bronchodilator and decongestant ( making it easier to breathe and get oxygen to needed tissues), enhances focus and concentration, and acts as a relatively strong appetite suppressant. In addition, it is believed to function as a monoamine releasing agent – which means it has the potential to release monoamines like noradrenaline and dopamine, which in turn can make you more motivated to work out and increase your activity level.
- Caffeine: -This formula does contain a small amount of Caffeine. The use of caffeine in moderation and in the right application (i.e. the caffeine contained in headache tablets), has a positive effect on one’s body. This formula does not contain a sufficient amount of caffeine to cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Just enough is used to act as a catalyst in activating other key ingredients in the formula.
- KinetiQ – is a trademarked thermogenic combination of a standardized extract of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange extract), and the two bioflavonoids also found in the Citrus aurantium plant – Naringin and Hesperidin, which have been shown to increase thermogenesis and control weight. KinetiQ is supported by over a dozen human clinical trials. It has been demonstrated to be stimulant free, and it promotes fat breakdown and decreases appetite. It has also been shown to promote lean body mass, and the bioflavonoids have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. http://www.livekinetiq.com/faqs/
- Theacrine – is a natural plant extract which structurally resembles caffeine but appears to have fewer side effects, making it known as an acceptable alternative to caffeine. It is noted to increase energy levels, and has stimulatory effects. It may boost physical activity, motivation, concentration, and levels of alertness. Anecdotal reports suggest it may be useful in reducing fatigue, and have anti-aging and immune boosting properties.
- Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism. It has been associated with a healthy DaVinci reflex.
- Ferrous fumarate — Is an essential mineral which supplies iron to the body. Iron supplementation has been shown to support healthy red blood cells and oxygen delivery, thereby increasing energy levels. Please note that only a very small amount of Ferrous fumarate is present in the formula.
- Hordenine HCL – A natural phenethylamine compound which is naturally occurring in a variety of plants, but typically sourced from barley grass. It works primarily through the release of norepinephrine. It’s actions are multi-fold – it works to increase metabolism and energy, while decreasing appetite. It has also been noted to improve mood and focus, and may increase the amount of calories burned during workouts. Synergysitc with, caffeine, and Yohimbine. http://nootriment.com/hordenine-hcl/
- Vitamin B6 – B-6 helps metabolize fat and is a natural diuretic which helps the body avoid water retention. B-6 also helps maintain blood sugar in a normal range. It can also have a healthful stimulating effect on the thyroid. It is a water soluble vitamin that functions as a co-enzyme, essential in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates and proteins. It also aids in the repair of tissue and cells.
- BioPerine – (Black Pepper extract)Peperine, the active ingredient in black pepper, has been patent proven to enhance the absorption of molecules into the body(Majeed et al., 1996). This is critical since many compounds are prematurely metabolized into inactive forms through oral ingestion. Black pepper extract thereby stimulates the active absorption of these compounds into the body allowing for enhanced and sustained effects of the active ingredients. Furthermore, piperine, has been shown to act as a fat burner similar to capsaicin by increasing basal metabolic rates(Diepvens et al., 2007; Hursel and Westerterp-Plantenga, 2010).
- Dendrobium – Dendrobium is one of fifty of fundamental herbs in traditional medicine. It is found in certain species of the Orchid family. The complexity of the plant is largely attributed to its unique profile of alkaloids, such as: Dendrine, Nobiline, Nobilonine, etc (Dr. Duke Phytochemical Database). Extracts enriched in dendrobium alkaloids show many beneficial effects, including: increased focus, enhanced confidence, and increased energy. Unlike other stimulants these effects are not typically seen with an increase in blood pressure. Because of dendrobium’s unique properties it is considered to be highly effective when coupled with other stimulants and/or nominal amounts of caffeine in helping individuals obtain their weight loss goals.
- Yohimbine HCl – is a herbal extract used to provide energy. It is also been demonstrated to support vascular health and circulation.
- Inactive ingredients include: Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium stearate, Flo-Guard, Embo Cap R (contains riboflavin for color).
Those ingredients pack a lot of punch! You can see why we are so excited about this formula, and you can see why it helps so many people achieve better health – because it is working on so many different levels! Having read all of this, if you are interested in trying TRU, please visit my online store https://squareup.com/market/dr-miranda-jorgenson where you can purchase a 7 day trial pack or a 1 month supply of the TRU Combo and see for yourself all that it can do.
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Chronic pain may be one of the most underestimated health issues there is, but many sufferers are only looking for a quick fix and an easy pill but that won’t buy them relief – it only postpones pain and further degeneration.
Now, if I were to categorize people with chronic pain – we can say that they often have an underlying autoimmune issue. They are commonly over weight – even as little as 10 lbs over their ideal weight can cause issues for them. They usually don’t have the best diet, and they frequently have a sweet tooth. Some don’t get out and move enough – they say the pain prevents them from doing so, but in medicine there is an adage — “move it or lose it”, and this is certainly true. You have to exercise to challenge your abilities, or you will lose the level of mobility that you currently have. It won’t get better if you do nothing!
So, if you have chronic pain, this is something that you may not want to hear – you need to clean up your diet. Diet alone can cause an 80% improvement.
80%! Did you catch that? Exercise is only 20% of the equation.
Chronic pain specialists have been putting their patients on low-glycemic diets for years, and there is a very good reason for this – sugar is highly inflammatory. Not only does it cause systemic inflammation, but it irritates every vein and artery in your body. It hyperirritates your muscles. Each tablespoon of sugar suppresses your immune system for 4-6 hours. In simple words – it feeds your pain.
But sadly, many people would rather keep their cheesecake and sodas than change their diet.
Let me be blunt – sugar in all its forms is inflammatory. It doesn’t matter if it is honey, agave syrup, corn syrup, molasses, fructose, dextrose, maple syrup, grape sugar… just because you think it is ‘natural’ that doesn’t mean it is not sugar!
Artificial sweeteners are no better – they are both excitatory and neurotoxins. They will make you feel worse!
So, what is a hurting person supposed to do? First off – cut the sugar. This will be the toughest thing I ask you do to because sugar is hidden in everything and you have to become a master of reading labels. Second, look at minimizing these foods from your diet : milk & dairy, soy, trans fats, beer, fried foods, night shade vegetables, and processed foods. If you are hypothyroid, consider a gluten-free diet as well. Limit caffeine to 1 serving per day. When you are highly inflamed, excess caffeine will irritate you!
What does this leave you to eat? Lots! Make dark leafy vegetables a key part of your meals. Cold water fish, raw nuts, avacados, sea vegetables, ginger, berries, cherries, turmeric, flax seed oil, olive oil, etc. should all become routine parts of your meals. Eat the rainbow! Eat at least 2-3 things raw every day! Take vitamin D supplements until your vitamin D level is between 50-75 nmol/L. All of these thing will have you feeling like a million bucks!
It’s been said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that certainly applies to the world of dietary supplementation. Many people, through research or recommendation, choose to take a variety of dietary supplements to improve their health, but what many don’t realize is that supplements need to be taken the RIGHT way, or you will impair the absorption of them, or simply end up with very expensive urine.
Taking vitamins and herbal supplements together is usually not a problem but there are a few exceptions to keep in mind.
First, lets cover the basics:
The Best Time to Take Various Vitamins and Supplements
Traditionally, it is recommended that multivitamins formulas and water soluble vitamins – including the B-complex and vitamin C get taken with your meals for optimal absorption but in reality, they can be taken any time. However, fat soluble vitamins, such as vitamins A,D,E,& K – are best taken with a meal containing fats. The dietary fats enhance the absorption of the fat soluble nutrients. One small caveat, some people are sensitive to parts of the B-complex, and that can impair sleep. If this describes you, take your B-complex vitamins before 2 pm. The biggest mistake that people make with taking a multivitamin is taking it once a day. The body can only absorb so many nutrients at a time, so taking nutrients in divided doses will ensure you get the most from the products you buy.
Fatty nutrients, like fish oil, coconut oil, flax seed oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, and even coQ10 also do best when taken with a meal containing fats. Fats always like fats – any time you take them together, you will get more benefits.
BEST ON EMPTY STOMACH
Certain nutrients require an acidic environment for optimal absorption. This usually means they do best when you haven’t diluted your stomach acid with food prior to taking them. Iron falls into this category. Iron is notorious for not only being difficult to absorb, but it can be highly irritating to your gastrointestinal tract. For this reason, it is commonly suggested that you take iron with vitamin C, which greatly enhances the amount your body can absorb, and take it with the least amount of food your stomach can handle without getting upset. But please keep in mind that iron does not like fiber or vitamin E. Either of these will bind together with the iron and you will negate their benefit. There are forms of iron that are less irritating than others as well – so please experiment with these to find one your body tolerates.
Minerals such as magnesium and calcium* always require strong stomach acid for absorption, therefore taking them on an empty stomach will facilitate absorption as well. I usually direct my patients and clients to take their minerals at bed time, since the transit time is slower, and you can get more out of them. Additionally, minerals like magnesium have a calmative effect – so taking them prior to bed can not only help you sleep better, but they can lubricate your joints and relieve muscle pain, so you wake fresher than you otherwise would. As a general rule, I do not typically recommend routine calcium supplementation unless there is a specific reason why it is indicated. Americans consume more calcium per capita than nearly any other country, yet we have one of the highest osteoporosis rates, so clearly calcium is not the issue. On the other hand, it is estimated that upwards of 80% of the population is deficient in magnesium, and other co-factors for bone health – so I would rather concentrate my efforts there. One thing to keep
Amino acid formulas also prefer acidic environments, so taking these supplements, which are often used in body building formulas, or individually for specific repair processes, on an empty stomach will ensure you get optimal absorption from them.
Joint products like glucosamine and chondroitin also require a highly acidic environment for absorption. While it may be inconvenient that you can’t take them with your meal, you will absorb up to 4X more from them by taking them alone.
Other than calcium, probiotics are perhaps the most controversial supplement on this list. It is my opinion that most recommendations for probiotic dosing are designed to promote probiotic sales, and it not what is required for optimal absorption. I always suggest taking probiotics before bed since most people do not get up in the middle of the night to have a bowel movement. This ensures that the probiotics have the greatest amount of contact time in the intestine, which therefore gives them the greatest chance to grow and colonize. If you were to take them with food, not only are you increasing the amount that would be killed by prolonged exposure to stomach acid, but rapid peristalsis that occurs with physical activity and as your meals progress down your alimentary canal during the day, means that they keep getting pushed along, and are not in contact with the optimal regions of the large intestine to do you much good.
Most commonly, digestive aids, enzymes, or other products should be taken at the beginning of a meal so that they may be thoroughly mixed with what you eat in your stomach. If you take it too late during your meal, most of your meal may have already passed into the small intestine, and it is simply too late to get the benefit of the product.
If you have been diagnosed as being hypothyroid, you have likely already been directed to take your medication a minimum of 3-4 hours before any foods or supplements. If you have not received this advice, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist to confirm if you should be doing this with your particular brand of medication.
Antacids elicit a quandary. Many people take them (far more than should) so their meals do not upset their stomach, yet, by diminishing your stomach acid, you also diminish your absorption of vitamins and minerals in your diet. This frequently leads to osteopenia or osteoporosis and other health problems. If you are taking your supplements with meals and you take antacids or PPI’s, then you need to speak to your healthcare providers to see what you can do to optimize your absorption of healthy nutrients.
What you wash your supplements down with also makes a difference. Many medications and supplements interact with grapefruit juice, so please don’t use it to take pills of any form. That just plays it on the safe side. Green tea also interacts with a huge list of medications and supplements, so please avoid taking the two together. Milk can interfere with the absorption of a variety of nutrients, and therefore I do not recommend taking supplements with milk either. Even water can be problematic since some people tend to get reflux or their supplements will repeat on them if taken with plain old H20. So what can you take your supplements with — I recommend something lightly flavored, like diluted fruit juice or herbal teas. Even water with lemon.
Herbal supplements all very, so please follow the label instructions on them for optimal results.
So, as you can see, most supplements can be taken safely with your meals, and there are only a few exceptions to the rules. Knowing this, it becomes relative easy for you to divide up your supplements into a few you take with meals, and some on their own. Dietary supplementation need not be complicated. In my opinion, it is better to do something than nothing at all, and hopefully with this little guideline, it simplifies things enough so that you can use timing to get the most out of your health regimen.
Goldilocks and the three bears of exercise… Once upon a time Goldilocks went to a nice doctor in Louisiana because she had a serious muffin top and no matter what she did, she couldn’t budge it. Goldilocks told the nice Doctor, “I used to not exercise at all, and I got fat! But then, I started running marathons through the woods, and I still stayed fat! I exercise more than I ever have in my life, and nothing helps! Tell me Doctor, what can I do?”
The Doctor replied, “Well, Goldilocks, just like the best porridge is neither too hot nor too cold, the same goes for exercise. You do have to ‘move it to lose it’ but you don’t want to over-do it with sustained exercise. You see, exercise makes the muscles release a compound called IL-6. This IL-6 goes to your brain and signals it to tone down your hunger. It goes to your liver and tells it to balance out your blood sugar fluctuations better. It goes to your fat cells and tells them to burn more fat. But life is not all comfy begs and toasty porridge. There are two key types of exercise – A) Sustained duration exercise, like your running through the woods, and B) short duration, high intensity exercise. Like those 5-10 minute microburst sessions where you have to get away from those scary bears!. Long periods of exercise induce chemical reactions which negate the benefits of IL-6, and they increase stress hormones, like cortisol, which can make it much, much harder to burn fat. It is the short microburst activity, like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or weight training, that shuts down the production of the inflammatory compounds and aging compounds your fat cells produce . They also elevate your metabolic rate, and even stimulate your thyroid health. HIIT is MUCH better than sustained exercise if your goal is to burn fat! So Goldilocks, we need to find the ‘just right’ level of exercise for your body. This means when you exercise, you are going to give it your all for very short periods of time, 45 seconds! then work slowly for a minute, then do another 45 second burst of intense activity. Do this 5-10 times, so you end up doing 10-15 minutes of physical activity, and do this once a day. You can do this twice a day if you really want to. This will make your body burn fat for hours and hours! Bye-bye muffin top, hello skinny lederhosen!”
Both versions of TWE have essentially the same effects, but they do so via different ingredients. That said, both products may not be available in your country, but if you are trying to decide which to order, or whether you are just curious on how they differ, here is my opinion on how they react within the body.
While we have no control over how well others eat, or how well they exercise, we do have complete control over what we do. I happen to think we are the BEST weight loss company out there because we are different. Nearly every one of our competitors center their program around calorie restriction. We don’t. Both TRU Combo’s :
- Balances glucose levels and underlying body chemistry so the body can release the weight it has been hanging on to
- Reduces cravings, making it easier to make healthy food choices
- Increases satiety (makes you feel full faster)
- Increases your energy level so you can be more active throughout the day
- Rev metabolism (and the rate you burn abdominal fat in particular)
- Reduces insulin sensitivity (which makes it makes it harder to gain weight or store fat while you are taking it! )
and lastly, 7. Reduces appetite.
We have SO much MORE to offer than shakes, wraps, or massively restrictive diets. Our 10K program is unique in the industry because we are encouraging healthy lifestyle modification. People can earn over $700 worth of products per year for FREE. Yes, it is optional, but what a great option to have. We have more & we deliver more!
So, what is the key difference between the two products?
Well, in the most general terms, it works like this. You know how when you eat a chocolate bar, those carbohydrates hit your blood stream hard & fast, your glucose level spikes up but crashes a couple of hours later? Well Gen1 acts like that – it hits you hard & fast, but wears off quickly too. While not a ‘sustained release’ capsule, the Gen 2 offers a slow & steady release and acts more like a sustained release pill.
In TWE Gen1, you get that quick rush of energy, but it doesn’t last long. In Gen 2, it is low & slow (but much longer lasting) energy. So, if you are used to the quick burst of energy of Gen 1, you may be confused when you start Gen 2 and think it isn’t working for you. But it is! It is just working differently! Occasionally, some people don’t even notice the increase in energy until they run out of product for a couple of days. It is subtle, you may find yourself staying up an extra hour, or having the energy to do 20 more minutes on the treadmill. Now another thing to keep in mind, Gen2 is also unique because it offers ‘flexible dosing’, and this is a great thing for people sensitive to stimulants. You can start low with a single dose or two, and you can work up to as 3, or even 4 doses, as your body requires. It can be as gentle or as strong as you need.
EFFECTS OVER TIME (per dose)
So, if you are trying to choose between the two – you can be rest assured that they both act the same. Both work, but your body responds to each in a slightly different way. If you are switching from Gen 1 over to Gen 2, then I personally suggest taking 7-10 days off of your green pills (you can keep taking the blue TruFix pills), so you reduce the risk of headaches from switching. If you find yourself getting a headache, drinking an additional caffeinated beverage can help tremendously. If you live in a market where you can purchase either version, then start with the original Gen 1, since that is what TruVision started out with, and then switch to Gen 2 when you hit a plateau. If you live in the United States, then start with Gen 2. Either way, this is a great tool to help you achieve your ‘happy weight’.
If you would like to know if the Tru Combo is right for you, drop me a line. I’d be happy to help you.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. This is offered as generalized information and should not be construed as medical advice.
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