Vitamins…should you buy into the Thrive craze?

I’m going out on a limb here because I know a LOT of my friends are into Thrive these days…but I researched it several times this past week, and you know what?  The evidence simply is not there.  Oh, there are MANY testimonials – especially on FB pages, but where are the multiple research studies done that prove yes, this is a good thing? Nowhere that I found.  If I’m wrong, please let me know, and I mean that.

What is Thrive?  Started by a MLM (multi-level marketing) company called Le-vel in 2013, this vitamin will cost you between $100-300 per month.  You can use a vitamin patch with a slow release of vitamins and/or daily shakes.  And the only research I found? links it to:

  • abdominal pain
  • headaches
  • increased blood pressure
  • liver issues

Yes, you may have more energy – because it’s releasing caffeine into your system.  There is no FDA approval on this.  The full ingredient list has not been made available.  Check out Livestrong.com and Harvard School of Public Health if you don’t believe me…here’s what Harvard says:

“Of course, there can be too much of a good thing. It’s important not to go overboard with vitamins. While a multivitamin and a vitamin D supplement can help fill some of the gaps in a less than optimal diet, too much can be harmful.”

I do not think I have the answers – please know that.  If I am wrong, please comment below so I can read the research (not testimonials).  Thanks.

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Juicing and the garden (or a friend’s!)

IMG_3311Some of you have gardens.  I grow a few tomatoes, but have some wonderful friends that share their gardens.  A few days ago I realized that my sweet friend, Robin had sent over a lot of squash, and we wouldn’t be able to eat it all in time.  To the rescue, the good ole juicer!  (This works out great for my 8 year old who LOVES to work in the kitchen!)  Squash juices well and is sweet.  We added carrots, a little mango, and a bunch of pineapple.  It turned a pretty orange, and we didn’t waste any food.  Yummy!  Thanks, Robin!