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Seven Surprising Facts About the Garden of Life Company

I recently had the pleasure and honor of attending an invitation-only event hosted by the Garden of Life® company. Garden of Life Logo I was one of ten business owners and bloggers invited to spend three days as guests of Garden of Life. We spent two days at the Garden of Life headquarters, visited local eateries, were treated to a Lagree Method workout, received tons of swag and a very generous spa gift certificate, and had one glorious day to ourselves to enjoy the sun and sights of Palm Beach Gardens. During the event, we were treated to cutting-edge education about Garden of Life’s company, philosophies, and commitment to quality; were blessed to meet many members of the Garden of Life staff and leadership team; and were pampered like crazy.

I have been a huge fan of Garden of Life products for more than ten years. Visiting their corporate office and getting to learn more detailed information about their products and philosophies strengthened my desire to use their products myself and to recommend them to my clients. I was also impressed at how readily their leadership team shared areas they are working to improve, and how open they were to receiving feedback.

Here are seven facts about the Garden of Life company that may surprise you:

Garden of Life is committed to creating supplements that are USDA Certified Organic and Verified Non-GMO via the Non-GMO Project:  

This makes Garden of Life a true oddity (in a wonderful way) in the natural products market. There are currently approximately only 265 supplements on the market that are both USDA Certified Organic and Verified Non-GMO. Garden of Life has 29% of Non-GMO Project Verified Logothose products. That is an impressive market share that is higher than any other individual company’s. Garden of Life is committed to making sure their future products continue to make it easier to find certified organic, non-GMO supplements. You’ve committed to eating 100% organic food, shouldn’t your supplements be the same? You can learn more about Garden of Life’s commitment to organic, non-GMO products by visiting Why is Garden of Life® the #1 Certified USDA Organic Supplement Brand in the Natural Products Industry?

The enthusiasm and dedication of the Garden of Life staff is amazing:

We were blessed to receive education from various Garden of Life staff members and to hang out with others. I was blown away by how obvious it was that every person there was excited to be at work and loved his or her job. I’ve never before seen that in a corporate environment! Regardless of whether the staff member worked in product development, IT, or finance, their job satisfaction and their excitement to be there was obvious. It was also obvious they were all united in their desire to live and promote a holistic, organic lifestyle.

The Garden of Life slogan of Empowering Extraordinary Health® isn’t just a tagline, it’s an absolute way of life for the corporation and its staff:

I was also impressed by Garden of Life’s commitment to intentional, holistic living in every way possible. Their commitment to “empowering extraordinary health” extends from the products they create to the well-being of their vendors and suppliers and to the health of their employees. The company is so committed to only using organic ingredients that they have programs in place to help farmers convert from traditional growing practices to organic. The company’s corporate office also has innovative perqs such as a Meditation Room, Smoothie Bike (see pic), Supplement Bar (see pic), work out facility with showers, and a “living wall” of plants that serves as a backdrop to the amazingly well equipped employee break area.

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Fellow attendee Chelsea Gilson of Traveling Fig demonstrates the Garden of Life Smoothie Bike

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Garden of Life’s “Supplement Bar” where employees have easy access to a wide array of supplements. (Photo courtesy of fellow attendee Roshini Cope of Glamazini.com.)

 

Garden of Life relies on research and clinical trials to verify the efficacy of their products:

The amount of research that goes into the development of every Garden of Life product is staggering. Extensive research is dedicated to every ingredient, including those providing therapeutic nutrients or herbs, and also the flavorings. (Their products do not include artificial colorants.) Once a formula is developed, the research doesn’t stop. Garden of Life products are third-party tested to gauge their effectiveness. This dedication to research is amazing and helps increase confidence in the products.

The Garden of Life company is dedicated to free trade and to supporting the communities their farmers and suppliers live in:

I’m impressed by any company who actively shows a commitment to giving back. Garden of Life definitely fits that category! The company is firmly committed to ensuring all trade arrangements made with suppliers and farmers are fair and that ingredients purchased from small providers ultimately benefit the surrounding community. Sales of some Garden of Life products are used to help support organizations such as SOS Children”s Villages USA, The National Parkinson Foundation, Vitamin Angels, and others. In addition to that, Garden of Life employees are encouraged to actively support organizations that are near to their own hearts. One example of that includes Rhonda Price, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, who helps support Special Olympics. 

Garden of Life’s commitment to high quality ingredients is so strong they have decided to not go mainstream:

There are approximately 7,000 health food stores in the US and over one million mainstream department stores and groceries. Garden of Life evaluated the market and their ability to obtain the highest quality organic ingredients and made a conscious decision to limit the sale of their products to health food stores. While some might consider limiting their potential profit a crazy business decision, Garden of Life recognized that maintaining the highest possible quality was priceless. The fact they only sell in health food stores also enables the company to provide advanced training to health food store employees to ensure that those directly responsible for recommending their products have a solid foundation of knowledge about the products. 

Garden of Life’s commitment to high quality ingredients includes an absolute commitment to only using flavoring ingredients that are organic, non-GMO and pure:

One of the most delightful people we met was Sherri Gunn, Director of Product Development and Flavor Specialist. Sherri’s enthusiasm for and excitement about her job was energizing and contagious. Part of her role is to ensure Garden of Life products taste amazing. To accomplish that, she spends hours tasting a wide variety of different organic ingredients intended to impart flavor. (She must have the most sensitive taste buds on earth to be able to discern subtle differences between multiple botanicals and natural products most of us would think were the same thing!) Sherri’s all-consuming passion for her job and for finding the best organic ingredients to make Garden of Life products taste amazing was inspiring.

In my next post, I’ll share links and info about the other attendees of the event. They are amazing women with big hearts who are changing the world by being themselves and inspiring others to live as healthily as possible. I can’t wait to share them with you!

10 Quick and Simple Ways to Rid Your Body of Toxins

I am honored to share this guest post by Katie Wells, CNC, who is currently serving as my assistant and intern. You can learn more about Katie on her website:  http://www.asimplenaturallife.com; or on her Facebook page:  A Simple Natural Life. Her bio follows this article.

Please note this article contains affiliate links for which Good Works Wellness Research, LLC earns a tiny amount when readers purchase an item. Dr. Pamela is firmly committed to only providing links to products she has personally used. The small amount raised from these links is used to fund the administrative expenses of this website.


Are you tired all the time? Bloated or have digestive issues? Do you have acne or skin irritation? Can’t seem to lose any weight? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are probably in need of a body cleanse or detox. For more information Detoxification Graphicon how to tell you need to detoxify your body, please read How to Tell You Need to Detoxify.

What is Detoxification?

Detoxification is the process of removing impurities and toxins in the bloodstream and filtering them out through the liver. The body also eliminates toxins through the kidneys, skin, lungs, intestines, and the lymphatic system. Your body is constantly detoxing while maintaining all of the other functions in your body. What we need to do is eliminate the toxins we are ingesting or absorbing through the skin or lungs so we don’t overwhelm the body’s cleansing function. When this function is overwhelmed, it becomes “tired” and slows down. This is most likely the cause of the above symptoms I mentioned. For more information about how the body detoxifies itself, please read How Does the Body Detoxify Itself?

Eliminating Toxins

Let’s start with eliminating toxins from your daily lifestyle. You will first want to remove chemical laden foods, cleaning products and body care products from your home. Replace these with organic or all-natural alternatives. Eliminate alcohol, cigarettes, non-organic coffee and tea, refined sugar and processed foods. All of these act as toxins that inhibit your body’s ability to naturally cleanse itself.

10 Ways to Rid Your Body of Toxins

Here is a list of health tips, recipes, and lifestyle practices to help you detoxify your body:

  1. Eat foods with a good source of fiber, magnesium, folate, potassium, and iron. This includes organic proteins, organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, and brown rice or quinoa. Avocados, asparagus, beets, radishes, artichokes, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, kale, grapefruit, lemons, spirulina, chlorella, and seaweed are excellent detoxifying foods. Also, adding turmeric, garlic and coconut or olive oil to your foods while cooking will make them taste even better and they are great ways to help detox.
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  2. Cleanse and protect the liver by taking herbs such as chicory and dandelion root, burdock, peppermint, and milk thistle.
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  3. Eliminate toxins through perspiration. Try HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts. For more information about the benefits of exercise, please read Ten Surprising Benefits of Exercise.
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  4. Detox the mind by trying low intensity and stress relieving activities. Walking, yoga, stretching, meditation, or prayer are great examples. Taking time to LAUGH every day is also very beneficial! (Laughter has many health benefits. You can learn more about them here.)
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  5. Help eliminate bloating and digestive issues by taking a probiotic every night before you go to bed. This will help clear toxins out while you are sleeping and then you are ready to expel them in the morning after you wake.
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  6. Juicing or making smoothies is also known to help cleanse your kidneys and liver when the right ingredients are used. Here’s an easy formula you can use to make perfect smoothies every time:  Perfect Smoothie Formula.
  1. Drink LOTS of water! It is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. This will help flush the toxins out of your body. If you don’t like the taste of water or want to give detoxification an extra boost, try adding fresh fruit and vegetables to your water. 
  1. Organic green tea is an excellent way to cleanse. Traditional Medicinals also makes great blends specifically for detoxifying the body. Check out these two options:
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    Traditional Medicinal Organic Everyday Detox (af)
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    Traditional Medicinal Organic Roasted Dandelion Root (af)
  1. Infrared saunas and ionic footbaths are an excellent alternative and a relaxing way to detox. You can learn more about them here:
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    Ultra-Ionic Foot Baths
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    Far Infra-Red Sessions
  1. Taking baths with extra ingredients can help balance pH levels and detoxify the body. You can learn to make effective detoxification baths using common ingredients at:  How to Create a Detoxification Bath Using Common Ingredients.

Here is a quick recipe for an easy detoxification bath. Add the following ingredients while running a bath that is warm but not overly hot:

Word to the Wise

Some people may feel minor symptoms as their body begins eliminating toxins. This is perfectly normal. Symptoms may include fatigue, mild headache, a few pimples, etc. These symptoms should last no more than a few days. These symptoms indicate your body is eliminating toxins. If the symptoms become too severe, eat a banana (the natural sugar will slow down the detox) or back off the changes you are making for one to two days. To minimize any symptoms, drink plenty of water, take detox baths, allow yourself to rest, and celebrate the fact your life changes are having positive effects!

For more information about ways you can detoxify on a daily basis, please read:  How to Cleanse and Detoxify on a Daily Basis.


Guest Author:  Katie Wells, CNC

Katie Wells, CNCKatie Wells, CNC is the owner of A Simple Natural Life. After dramatically improving her own health by making changes to her lifestyle and eating habits, she received formal training a Certified Nutrition Counselor so she could help others improve their own wellness. After receiving her training, she launched her website and continued her training by working as an intern and continually reading and researching. Her dream is to help families obtain a healthier lifestyle by creating meal plans and transforming medicine cabinets with all-natural supplements and remedies. Since entering the holistic wellness field, she continues gaining knowledge to help others. You can follow Katie and learn more about her on:  

Her Website:  A Simple Natural Life
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