World Record Holder is ProArgi-9+ Advocate

Monday, February 29, 2016



The heaviest giant log squat in recorded history is 1,000 lbs. The most concrete bricks broken at one time with a single strike is 60. The heaviest fire truck harness pull is 36,000 lbs.  What do these world records have in common? ProArgi-9+ advocate and 54-year-old Strongman competitor Randy Richey of Scottsville, Kentucky.

For 30 years, Randy has been defying seemingly impossible stunts of strength in various weight lifting competitions, but it wasn’t until his late 30s that he entered the Strongman realm.

Randy currently holds eight world records and performs with his Strongman group Omega Force Strength Team in 75-100 carnivals, fairs, church functions and other events up and down the East Coast every year. They bend steel, pull tractor trailers, pull stacks of massive tires, bench press cars, bench press people, and flip cars over.

In 2013, Omega Force appeared on America’s Got Talent and impressed the judges enough to earn a pass to the second round in Las Vegas. Their episode was the most viewed of the season and aired five times because of its popularity.

That same year, Randy survived an invasive surgery, and his doctors were sure he would never be able to lift even moderately heavy objects, let alone compete. However, his love of training pushed him to maintain a healthy lifestyle so he could get back in the gym. After giving himself ample recovery time, Randy squatted 805 lbs. for 10 reps. As proof of his doctor’s amazement, a photo of Randy pushing through these reps is hanging in their office.

“I’m doing everything I did in my 30s and 40s, including training and competing,” Randy said.
According to Randy, one of the keys to maintaining strength of any proportion, especially for lifters who are not in their 20s and 30s anymore, is to make sure blood is circulating optimally. Muscle recovery is highly dependent on blood reaching the muscles and helping to build them back up.

“I recommend ProArgi-9+ to everyone,” Randy said. “There is a 78-year-old gentleman on the Omega Force team who is excited to see what it can do for him.”



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Last Week for Heart Health Savings!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


National Heart Health Month is coming to a close and we want to make sure you take advantage of the Heart Health Month Special before it's too late!

You've been thinking about your heart all month, and we encourage you to continue making your heart a priority for months and years to come. Start by stocking up on heart healthy Synergy products!

Treat yourself to 25% off of this cardio combo!

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SLMsmart Switch: Consider the Consequences

Tuesday, February 23, 2016



In the first month of the SLMsmart 90-day Challenge, we are already seeing the beginnings of incredible transformations taking shape. Perhaps even more important than the physical transformations underway are the mental transformations that need to take place first. The first few weeks of the Challenge require a substantial yet attainable shift in the way the Challenger thinks and acts. Many of our Challengers are already getting the hang of altering their thought processes and increasing their mental toughness in order to make healthy decisions. We can learn a lot from them!

SLMsmart Challenger
JAROM SMITH, ARIZONA

When it comes to losing weight, pain is a must, according to Jarom, a contender in this year’s SLMsmart 90-day Challenge.

His ability to endure through this discomfort and pain comes from thinking about the detailed effects that sugar-loaded and generally unhealthy foods have on his body. Putting junk food into his body alters his mood, energy, and overall wellbeing. Sometimes, it makes him sick. Remembering this unpleasant feeling keeps him on the narrow path to success.

“When I decided to lose weight, I went off of sugar cold turkey and had the worst headache of my life when I did,” Jarom said. “I’ve never consumed alcohol, but flushing the sugars out of my body was like having a hangover. It’s a difficult process.”

Drinking 4-6 liters of water per day, combined with taking the products in Synergy’s Weight Management Elite Pack, were Jarom’s answers to sugar detox. By eating nutritious meals, working in daily exercise, incorporating Synergy products, and downing plenty of H2O, Jarom’s excess weight has been falling off.

“I constantly think about how I felt previous to this Challenge and how hard I’ve worked to get where I am now,” Jarom said. “When I think about or look at sugar or a pizza, I’m reminded of the anxiety I felt being overweight and the mental state I was in. That is the biggest motivator to keep going.”

Jarom likes to think about the consequences of his positive choices as well, including how he will feel when he reaches his goal weight. Imagining this triumphant moment makes choosing a salad over pizza easier than Jarom ever thought possible.

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Cooking Tips for Heart Healthy Meals

Monday, February 22, 2016


Cooking a heart healthy meal, or cooking in general, may seem like a frightening task to some, especially to those who tend to burn everything including toast. However, a study completed by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health states that the main ingredient in a healthier diet is cooking meals at home. By cooking at home you have control over your ingredients, your portion sizes, and the way that you cook your food.

A key to creating heart healthy meals is to cut down on cholesterol, fats, and salt found in many common ingredients. Create meals that keep your heart in mind by looking to these quick tips when dinnertime approaches.

Avoid Frying

Rather than deep frying or pan frying food, which causes ingredients to soak up unnecessary and unhealthy fats, look to these alternative options to keep the nutritional value of your ingredients intact:.

Stir-frying. High temperatures destroy some nutrients when cooking, so by stir-frying foods rapidly at high temperatures, food (especially vegetables) retain more of their nutrients, and since the cooking happens quickly, the foods don’t retain as much oil as they would with conventional deep frying techniques.

Broiling.  Broiling is a popular choice to prepare healthy meals since it uses direct heat to cook the food it require little to no oil in order to cook. Similarly, broiling methods melt the natural fat found in meat such as chicken or fish, and since most ovens have a broiling unit, it is a quick and reliable way to prepare meals.

Steaming. Unlike the options above, steaming is a form of cooking that requires no oil which makes it much better for your heart since it avoids adding unnecessary fats. Steaming is also great for keeping the original form and taste as well as most of the original nutrition, especially in vegetables. For example, steaming broccoli retains 81% of its vitamin C as opposed to only 30% when cooked in water.  And since preparation for steaming is minimal, you can create a healthy meal in very little time.

Quick Tip: Try to keep your meals simple. In many cases, simple recipes and ingredients lead to healthier, more natural meals while more complicated recipes that involve extra ingredients and specialized cooking methods could potentially be taking away from your meal’s nutrition and your time.

‘Tis the Season 

Try to avoid prepackaged seasonings as they usually contain a lot of salt. Selecting fresh herbs and preparing hand-made seasonings may seem foreign to you now, but in the long-term, you’ll be saving money by doing the preparation yourself. Your heart will thank you for avoiding all the extra sodium found in store-bought packages.

Quick Tip: Use citrus juice, peppers, or vinegar to add an extra level of flavor to your dishes. But be sure to use these sparingly as to not overpower the overall flavor of the meal.

Make Substitutions

Using low or non-fat yogurt instead of Sour Cream cuts out unnecessary fats in your meal. In ½ a cup of yogurt, you’ll get double the calcium and cut out 4 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat—a fat found in many store-bought foods that could be damaging to heart health over time.

Eliminating butter and replacing it with heart healthy olive oil can be incredibly beneficial to your arteries and overall heart health. Replacing one tablespoon of butter with one tablespoon of olive oil drops the fat content by 2 grams. Seven grams of unhealthy saturated fat will be replaced by 10 grams of heart healthy monounsaturated fats instead.

Make Extra

If you’re putting in the time and effort to prepare a heart healthy dish, don’t hesitate to go overboard. Making extra food gives you healthy snack options, as well as back-up meals in case you don’t feel like preparing something new after a long day. There’s nothing wrong with thinking ahead. This will help you create good habits that will keep your heart healthy and happy in the future.

Quick Tip: Making extra food is great, but just because you have extra food, doesn’t mean you need extra helpings. Set aside proper portions for snacks and meals by using small bags or plastic containers to stay organized and stay focused on eating until you are satisfied rather than eating until you are stuffed.


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January 2016 Elite Honors Qualifiers

Friday, February 19, 2016



Team Members are still charging full steam ahead in pursuit of becoming Elite Honors qualified for the first time or maintaining the Elite Honors title. The Elite Honors program is streamlining the way organizations do business with Synergy WordWide while maximizing each Team Member’s earning potential. Team Members following the program are seeing the extra rewards that are made possible through the Go Elite promotion as they continue doing what they’ve been doing all along—building their Synergy businesses.

Congratulations to the January 2016 qualifiers!


Qualify for Elite Honors 1 out of 12 months and receive an Elite Honors pin, recognition letter, and online recognition. Qualify 3 out of 12 months and receive an Elite Honors Club Card, which can be used for a number of event perks, including VIP registration, special product promotions, and more! 

8x Qualifiers
David Johnston
Dan Hammer
Steve & Roxanne Seely

7x Qualifiers
Mark Comer

6x Qualifiers
Dane Iorg
Lor Pace
K. Roger Carter

5x Qualifiers
Steve & Julie Russon
Gwen Brown

4x Qualifiers
Daniel Priem
Belva Snow
Sandra Kerner

3x Qualifiers
Judy Feldhausen

2x Qualifiers
Gerri Bingham
Melissa Holt
Sandy Klatt
Dwayne Loberg

1x Qualifiers
Pete Miller
Dwayne & Sandy Schmidek
Keith Hampton
David Hawthorne
Joy Matwyshen
Willa Holgate
Dr. Merlin Longaphee
Dr. Tom Wachtmann
Stephen Stolowski
Timothy Sanford
Sue Hossman
Robert Kenemer
Marion Sczesny
Pennie Christensen
Bob Wischmeier

To learn more about Elite Honors and the Go Elite Promotion, click here.

December is already off to a great start. Let’s keep the momentum going! Train your team on the importance of becoming Elite Honors qualified through the Synergy Opportunity Webinar as you achieve this highly sought after title yourself. Can’t wait to see the success that this month brings.

Congratulations to everyone who has achieved Elite Honors so far and a special congratulations to those who have achieved Elite Honors multiple times. We are impressed by your work ethic and belief, and we thank you for the examples you are to all those working toward building their Synergy businesses.

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Oh My Omegas!

Thursday, February 18, 2016



The word “omega-3” may sound like the name of a spaceship from an 80s sci-fi movie, but it’s actually the name of something far more important. Essential to human health, an omega-3 is a fatty acid many people are lacking in their diets. Thankfully, people are becoming more and more aware of this fatty-acid and the benefits it provides. As experts continue to study the power of omega-3 supplementation, Synergy Team Members are proud to offer pure, potent Omega-3 capsules to customers across the United States.

Omega-3 capsules are currently available at a discounted price in this month’s Heart Health Special ending February 29! Save 25% on three of Synergy’s heart healthy products for a limited time.

Let’s take a closer look at what makes omega-3 supplementation a wise and healthy practice:

WHY OMEGA-3? THE BENEFITS.

Omega-3 fatty acids can be powerful tools for the human body to use. Most people know Omega-3s for their ability to support a healthy cardiovascular system. This is for good reason, as studies continue to showcase omega-3 fatty acid’s ability to support heart function, enhanced circulation, and other cardiovascular strength. Additionally, Omega-3s provide powerful protection for cell membranes throughout your cardiovascular system. Omega-3 supplementation can also help a person maintain blood-pressure levels and a good ratio between HDL and LDL cholesterol.

As more science emerges behind the importance of gut health, many experts are taking note of the role omega-3 fatty acids play in your digestive system. They can strengthen the mucosal cells of the gut wall (which could use the strengthening, as it is easily and often damaged), and may even play a role in decreasing gut inflammation. As a person builds the health of their gut, they will see benefits extending to various parts of their body, including the skeleton, the brain, and of course, the heart.


WHY OMEGA-3? THE NEED.

Nutritionists have labeled omega-3’s as “essential” fatty acids, but we cannot get them without consuming them. In other words, omega-3s are not naturally produced by the body, so unless you are regularly eating healthy portions of certain fish, algae and oils, you may be lacking a beneficial dose of omega-3’s.

Of course, the majority of Americans adhere to the standard Western diet in which they rarely consume foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the typical American diet has been shown to affect the body in harmful ways exactly opposite to the benefits omega-3 fatty acids can promote.
There are countries outside of the United States where foods containing omega-3s are more regularly consumed. Those countries report fewer cases of specific health concerns, and many experts and nutritionists believe the link to be valid.


WHAT ARE THEY?

Don’t be alarmed by the term “fatty acids.” Omega-3 fatty acids don’t make you obese, and they surely are not what was circulated through the crowds of Woodstock.

Fatty acids are, technically, a carboxylic acid with a long aliphatic chain. What does that mean? It means that the right fatty acids are potentially building blocks for different bodily functions. Fatty acids are digested, absorbed into the blood and, in the case of Omega-3’s, form a molecule called a triglyceride.

The Synergy Omega-3 supplement is a natural triglyceride fish lipid concentrate that provides EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). These particular acids are those being shown to produce the benefits listed above and more. Eating certain fish is the best natural way to consume EPA and DHA, but the overconsumption of fish is risky. Mercury and other toxins are becoming all-too present in many of today’s fish-heavy meals.

Because Synergy rigorously tests every batch of our Omega-3 product before it ever gets to your shelf, you can put this EPA+DHA supplement to the test with confidence. Most likely, your doctor is aware of the many benefits that come from omega-3 you supplementation. Feel free to ask him or her for more information about this fascinating triglyceride science. Additionally, omega-3s are recommended by nutritionists around the world and, of course, by the Synergy Medical and Scientific advisory board. We invite you to add Synergy’s Omega-3 to your diet and reap the rewards you may not even know you’ve been missing.


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SLMsmart Switch: Make-Ahead Meals

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 ,


In the first month of the SLMsmart 90-day Challenge we are already seeing the beginnings of incredible transformations taking shape. Perhaps even more important than the physical transformations underway are the mental transformations that need to take place first. The first few weeks of the Challenge require a substantial yet attainable shift in the way the Challenger thinks and acts. Many of our Challengers are already getting the hang of altering their thought processes and increasing their mental toughness in order to make healthy decisions. We can learn a lot from these individuals!

SLMsmart Challenger
MOCHA BUTKOVICH, COLORADO

Busy schedules are notorious for wreaking havoc on a healthy lifestyle, and Mocha is no stranger to this reality. Before joining the SLMsmart 90-day Challenge, Mocha’s demanding job often kept her from cooking healthy meals at home, and instead turning to convenient less healthy options.

Since day one of the 90-day Challenge, Mocha has been making healthy decisions before the week even begins by preparing meals ahead of time—a trick that the SLMsmart App recommends. The first meal prep session cost Mocha a few hours, but now that she has the hang of it, it’s becoming a simple routine that makes a huge difference in her food selections throughout the week. Mocha said that preparing food ahead of time has made establishing healthy habits easier, though the entire process is far from easy. Food prepping can help the forgetful eater, overeater, emotional eater, and anyone else with similar challenges, become more aware of what is and isn’t going into their bodies, she said.

Meal prep takes place over the weekend and begins by taking out different sized bags—small bags for snacks and slightly larger bags for meals. Mocha fills the bags with nutritious foods recommended by the SLMsmart App and her SLMsmart coach. These bags help her manage portion sizes and are easy to grab from the fridge before she leaves for the day.

Mocha’s mother is also participating in the Challenge and is a great support in the meal prep process. She has opened Mocha’s eyes to a number of tricks that make healthy eating something to look forward to. Simply cutting a vegetable differently or making a colorful meal can make healthy food choices more inviting. Also, learning how to cook and season vegetables to your liking can make a world of difference, Mocha said, and is something she discovered when her mother taught her a new way to prepare Brussels sprouts—one of the green things she normally avoids.

“Food prep makes a real difference in your decisions because you are an active participant in your health,” Mocha said. “If I spend the time to go grocery shopping and plan a week of meals, I’m more likely to stick to it because I’ve already taken the first step. I think a lot of us don’t actively make poor choices, but when we recognize our poor choices, it’s helpful to have a healthy alternative to turn to.”

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Legacy Retreat 2017

Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Synergy’s Legacy Retreat is taking qualifiers to a small, seaside country with big personality—a unique destination Synergy has never been before: Monaco!

We hope you are able to join us May 16-20, 2017, in this melting pot of European culture. Drawing off of Spanish, French and Italian heritage, Monaco has a rich history with something for everyone to enjoy—sightseeing, gambling, museums, gardens, and beaches.

Qualified Team Members will be immersed in the fairytale glamour of Monaco’s Hotel Hermitage. This extravagant hotel offers an elegance and charm fit for royalty, and is the perfect place to pamper Synergy’s elite Team Members.

Commit now to qualify for this event. It will be unlike any Legacy Retreat Synergy has hosted before. The qualification period is January 1 to December 31, 2016. Click the link below to learn how to qualify.

Remember, you can track your Legacy Retreat points by logging into your Pulse account and viewing the information bar on the left-hand side of the screen.

Check out the 2016 Legacy Retreat recap video and get a taste of what you have to look forward to.

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CANADA: 25% SAVINGS FOR HEART HEALTH MONTH

Friday, February 12, 2016



Did you know that February is National Heart Health Month in the U.S.? And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, everyone's thinking about little hearts and showing love. You have until February 29 to take advantage of this great value!

Treat yourself (and your Valentine) to some TLC with 25% off of this cardio combo!

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Strengthen the Most Important Muscle

Friday, February 12, 2016


Like all muscles, your heart has to be trained in order to maintain its strength and conditioning. Whether it’s a quick run in the morning, half an hour on the stationary bike, or a leisurely walk around the neighborhood with the family dog, a few minutes of cardio each day can be a huge help to your hearts overall health.

Having a strong heart boosts your cardiovascular system, helps your body utilize oxygen more efficiently, lowers the risk for heart disease, and even allows the heart to better repair itself when damaged. There are four basic components to fitness: cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility. Cardiovascular endurance is vital because it directly coincides with how effectively you can increase the other fitness elements.

Follow these tips to effectively train your heart to become stronger:

Engage Your Muscles
The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate/vigorous aerobic exercise on 4-5 days per week. To get the most out of aerobics, focus on engaging the largest muscle groups (chest, legs, back, and abs) in a continuous, rhythmic manner. By doing this, your heart has to work harder to deliver oxygen-rich blood to muscle tissue, which results in a mini workout that supports and promotes your heart’s cardiovascular strength.

Cardio Intervals
If you’re looking to increase your heart health quickly, interval training is the way to go. Intervals work by incorporating high-intensity cardio with periods of lower, relaxed cardio. This results in an extremely effective and efficient workout. Studies have shown that doing 15 minutes of interval training has been linked to preventing heart disease as well as improving your overall fitness.
Bonus: Interval training burns more calories per minute than simply jogging on a treadmill.

Weight Training
Similar to interval training, weight training is an effective way to strengthen all the muscles in your body, especially your heart. The key to having a productive weight training session is limiting the rest period between sets. Most gym goers will rest for approximately 30-90 seconds between sets. However, if your goal is greater endurance (and a stronger heart) you’ll have to surrender some break time. But trust us, your heart will thank you.

Know When to Slow Down
Just as important as an performing an intense cardio session, is knowing when to slow down. Too much adrenaline in the system can be harmful to your heart’s health. If your heart rate is jumping up too high or you feel pain, lower the intensity of your workout to let your heart slow down, then once your heart has relaxed, up the intensity to a moderate pace, but don’t overexert yourself. Be sure to drink water during “cool down” periods since the heart tends to beat faster when the cells in your body are dehydrated.

Get Enough Sleep
According to studies, young and middle-aged adults who sleep for approximately 7 hours per night have less calcium build-up in their arteries than those who sleep less than 6 hours or more than 9 hours. Similarly, those who sleep more soundly during the night tend to have healthier arteries than those who don’t. Remember that the quality of your sleep is directly reflected in the quality of your training and ultimately influences how strong your heart is, or how strong it can become.


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Presidents' Day 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016



In observance of Presidents' Day on Monday, February 15, Synergy Customer Service, the Synergy store, and Synergy's corporate offices will be closed.

As always, online ordering will continue to be available through Synergy Pulse.

Regular Customer Service business hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16.

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SLMsmart Switch: Prioritize Exercise

Thursday, February 11, 2016


In the first month of the SLMsmart 90-day Challenge we are already seeing the beginnings of incredible transformations taking shape. Perhaps even more important than the physical transformations underway are the mental transformations that need to take place first. The first few weeks of the Challenge require a substantial yet attainable shift in the way the Challenger thinks and acts. Many of our Challengers are already getting the hang of altering their thought processes and increasing their mental toughness in order to make healthy decisions. We can learn a lot from these individuals!

SLMsmart Challenger
ERIC POLAND, KENTUCKY

During an average workday, Eric is given four breaks: three 20-minute breaks and one 30-minute break. Before and after work. he is busy helping his wife with their two children, both of whom have special needs. All things considered, it's easy to feel like there is never enough time in the day to go to the gym.

While most workout routines are designed to complete all at once, Eric makes the most of his time by splitting up the day’s workout among his breaks. While this stop-and-go approach may not be the most effective in Eric's mind, it’s much better than nothing, and has helped him build an exercise habit he didn’t have before.

Eric competed in the 2015 SLMsmart 90-day Challenge and had a few pitfalls because his schedule made consistent exercise difficult. Because Eric is serious about being a contender in this year's Challenge, he is sacrificing some of his time away from work to go to the gym.

“Last year, I kept thinking, ‘It’s early in the Challenge, I’ve got time, I’ve got time,’ but the real problem was I didn’t begin the Challenge fully invested,” Poland said. “I kept telling myself I’d do it next week. This time around I know the excuses will always be there, but the opportunity to have this kind of support isn’t always available. I have to take full advantage of it now.”

Training the body is a tough process, but the idea that Eric is engaging in a lifestyle program, more so than a weight loss program, is what drives him to make real, lasting changes through his everyday decisions.

“If you want to be different, you need to change,” Eric said. “Some guys at work can’t believe the progress I’ve already made. It’s Synergy’s superior supplementation and this Challenge that makes the difference.”

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Medical Expert Finds Joy with Synergy

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 , ,



Dr. Anthony Oketah has always been fascinated with the heart—the way it transports blood, the way it affects every other system and organ in the body, and its role in sustaining human life.

This passion turned him to cardiology and he has been practicing in this medical field for 15 years. However, there was something about his profession that was unsatisfying. He wanted to be able to do more for his patients. In addition, Dr. Oketah was born with an entrepreneurial spirit, always looking for an opportunity to create something bigger than himself, which is something that's more difficult to exercise as a doctor.

As he began to feel less fulfilled at work, Dr. Oketah began seeking a business opportunity that would allow him to do more and be more. Irish Team Director James Booth introduced ProArgi-9+ to Dr. Oketah and quickly Dr. Oketah knew he had found the opportunity he was looking for.

 “I went through every bit of the Synergy website; I studied everything,” Dr. Oketah said. “I was so impressed by the company, its culture, and its business views. The Compensation Plan is unbelievable and I have confidence in it.”

As a respected figure among Ireland’s medical experts, Dr. Oketah makes a powerful statement as a Synergy distributor because he has an intricate understanding of how the products work to support optimal health. After visiting Synergy WorldWide Headquarters, touring the manufacturing facility, and visiting the Hughes Center for Research and Innovation in 2015, Dr. Oketah said he was impressed by the team of scientists and their “perfect” responses to his challenging questions. He witnessed the financial and physical investment Synergy put into creating the absolute best products for its customers.

Knowing that Synergy’s products and business opportunity had the capacity to make major changes in people’s lives, he took the business to the people in a country he cares for deeply: Nigeria. He travels to Nigeria monthly to meet with local doctors and disperse the product. Testimonials from happy consumers are flooding in.

“Some doctors are focused on money,” Dr. Oketah said. “When people come to me and say ‘Thank you for this product, thank you for helping me start this business, and thank you for helping my family,’ it gives me joy money can’t buy. As a doctor, I can’t give people employment, but through network marketing, I can.”

When considering his Synergy goals, Dr. Oketah realized that he couldn’t conduct his business the way he wanted to without sacrificing his medical career. He plans to give all of his time to Synergy WorldWide soon, and spend the majority of that time helping people in Nigeria get back on their feet.

“This business is about your personal ambition and your personal dream,” Dr. Oketah said. “You need to know what your main goal is and then you need to work, and you need to work hard. Anyone can be anything with this company. I’m so confident in this. What do you want to be? What are you looking for? I am so happy to have found Synergy.”

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January 2016 Recognition

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


January 2016

Congratulations to the following Team Members throughout the United States and Canada. We look forward to your continued triumphs this year!

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How to Create a Plan of Action

Monday, February 08, 2016


Now that you’ve begun setting yourself up for success by attending Kickoff events, considering where you want to take yourself in 2016, and performing the necessary steps to contact new customers and Team Members, how do you bring all these new pieces of information and ideas into one cohesive whole to reach your goals? Action planning and goal setting are some of the most productive ways to reach your potential as a business owner.
There are many ways to create an action plan. Each one is unique, but in order to create the best action plan for yourself, there are a few crucial steps you need in order to remain productive.
Specify the Goal
As you start to plan, be certain that you know exactly what you to accomplish. If you don’t set clear goals for the short-term and long-term future, you’ll never be able to tell if your preparation is working, or if it’s even worth pursuing in the first place.
TIP: When setting your goal and working through your plan, be sure to keep a record. Keeping a record helps you organize your thoughts, gives you an idea of how you are progressing, and keeps you accountable.
Be Realistic
Remaining realistic isn’t meant to dampen your drive for success. Rather, it’s used as a tool to reduce stress that may come with missed deadlines, extraneous circumstances, or even being plain exhausted. Being realistic lets you proactively accomplish goals without becoming discouraged when interruptions inevitably happen.
TIP: To stay realistic and productive, set milestones that are measurable and simple. Allowing yourself to reach specific levels of production keeps you motivated and intent on continuing with your plan.
Stay Organized
This cannot be stressed enough. If you’ve spent time on a task and you’ve finally finished, mark it off. Visual confirmations, such as checkmarks on a list, help you to keep track of what is done, as well as what still needs to be done. Plus, physically checking off a task is incredibly satisfying.
TIP: Binders may seem outdated, but they still serve an important purpose. If you or your computer are prone to forgetting or misplacing information, keeping hard copies in binders is a safe alternative (or back-up) to keeping your important information safe and easily accessible. Just don’t lose your binder …
Timelines
Without setting legitimate timelines, small tasks get pushed back, or even forgotten. When this happens you may find yourself neck deep in projects and you’ll end up stressed. Establishing a realistic timetable keeps you accountable and allows ample time to think ahead. So if you’re not certain how long something will take, give yourself an extra hour just to be sure. If you finish your task earlier than expected, great! You can move on to the next one without feeling rushed.
TIP: Include breaks in your timetable. Setting time aside to relax helps your brain from getting burnt out and lets you stay focused without feeling overwhelmed. Set aside lunch/coffee breaks where you can unwind for an hour.
Don’t Stop Once you’ve established a plan, coordinated with your team (if applicable), and goals are set, the final step is the simplest and most important. Keep working!
TIP: Sometimes, unanticipated events happen. If you feel the need, change some dates around. Don’t get discouraged. Review and revise your plan, but never give up on your goal!

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10 Foods that Protect Your Heart

Thursday, February 04, 2016 ,


February is Heart Health Month here in the United States, and we are celebrating at Synergy by sharing our heart health knowledge with you. We encourage you to pay special attention to your heart this month. After all, it is a hard working muscle in your body. At times, we get caught up in daily routines and neglect the heart’s needs. However, by making heart healthy choices every day, you have the power to strengthen not only your heart, but your overall wellness.

A healthy diet is crucial to maintaining a healthy heart, but unless you know which foods to turn to, you may have a hard time getting the most out of your diet.

Here are 10 superfoods to help protect your heart:

Salmon
This fish is a popular choice for heart health because it contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids that aid in the prevention of blood clots, keep blood flowing throughout the body, and lower triglycerides that contribute to heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, aim for at least two servings of oily fish a week. The serving size is approximately 3.5 ounces, or about the size of a computer mouse.

Nuts
Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios are another good source of omega-3. Nuts are a more economical option for getting omega-3 fats, and researchers say that snacking on about 5 ounces of nuts a week can help protect you from heart disease.

Fat-free/Low-fat Milk or Yogurt
Dairy products are known to be high in potassium, which helps in lowering blood pressure. When you choose fat–free or low–fat dairy, you get little to no saturated fat, a known factor in raising cholesterol levels.

Raspberries
Filled with antioxidants, fiber, and Vitamin C, raspberries and other berries are a healthy and tasty way to lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

Chickpeas
Hail to the hummus! The chickpea is a popular and versatile heart healthy food. These little wonders are a fantastic source of soluble fiber – the fiber known to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL).

Oatmeal
Oats contain fiber called beta-glucan that helps lower LDL. Having as little as one and a half cups of oatmeal is all it takes to help lower your LDL.

Avocados
The reason these fruits have such a creamy texture is because of the “good” fats that are found in them. These fats help lower LDL and have anti-inflammatory function that protects arteries.

Olive Oil
A common staple in Mediterranean diets, olive oil is said to be a healthy alternative to butter and other oils, and limits your intake of saturated fats, which raise your LDL and can cause fat build-up inside your arteries.

Dark Chocolate
Yes … chocolate is on the list. Cacao, the plant that chocolate comes from, is rich in flavanols. These help lower blood pressure, prevent blood clots, and the antioxidants in chocolate help keep the “bad” cholesterol from sticking to your arterial walls.

Grapes
The resveratrol found in grapes contributes to a healthy heart because it keeps blood platelets from sticking together, reducing the risk of blood clots and preventing damage to blood vessels in the heart.


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5 Signs You Need a System Reboot

Thursday, February 04, 2016 , ,


Our bodies speak to us in many ways, and they are particularly good at letting us know when they are unhappy. It’s all too easy in today’s world to fall into unhealthy habits involving lack of exercise, lack of sleep, heightened stress levels, and of course, our diets. It’s true, no one is perfect, and on occasion we indulge in foods that are deemed unhealthy. We may even go weeks, months, or years at a time without setting foot into a gym.

The important thing is that we recognize when our bodies begin to feel neglected and make necessary changes to reset our vital systems, enhancing their overall function and improving the way we feel.

If you struggle with any of with these five symptoms, it may be an indication that it’s time to start cleaning up your act:

1. Weight Gain

Oftentimes, overweight bodies are unhappy because they are filled with harsh chemicals found in junk food. These chemicals not only prompt weight gain, they can actually make it difficult to lose weight. Eating an unhealthy diet of processed foods, sugars, and refined carbohydrates, can lead to bloating, indigestion, and increased cravings for these potentially harmful foods.

2. Brain Fog

“What was I just doing again? Oh, right.” If you have this thought multiple times a day in the middle of accomplishing tasks, there is a chance that your body doesn’t have the proper nutrition and energy levels to maintain focus.

3. Body Odor

While this isn’t a pleasant topic to address, it’s certainly hard to ignore. If you are experiencing bad breath, frequent gas, and you smell bad no matter how much deodorant you apply, your body is trying to push out unwanted chemicals that are brewing inside. Get rid of them!

4. Skin Issues

If you look in the mirror and feel like you’re staring back at your pimply teenage self, there’s a problem. In fact, a number of skin problems, including rashes, are a manifestation of a deeply rooted issue. Rather than trying to clean your skin from the outside in, try addressing the issues that exist within the body and work your way out.

5. Lethargy

If you find yourself having a hard time keeping your eyes open in the middle of the day, either you’re sleep deprived or your body is feeling worn down by the unhealthy habits you have  gained. If you are sleep deprived, and spend most nights tossing and turning, this could be another sign that your body is in need of a system reboot.


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ProArgi-9+ Published in 2016 Physicians’ Desk Reference

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 ,



ProArgi-9+ has once again claimed its place in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR). The 70th edition of the 2016 PDR contains approved drug and supplement label information in addition to hundreds of full-color product images, including a photo of ProArgi-9+. Each product description includes dosages, side effects, and more.

The PDR states that “ProArgi-9+ is the highest quality l-arginine supplement in the world,” and “ProArgi-9+ was formulated in collaboration with leading scientists and cardiovascular specialists who have conducted extensive research on the proper application of l-arginine in promoting heart health.”

Considering that the PDR is available in libraries, bookstores, pharmacies and clinics, and is a resource to physicians, medical specialists and more, ProArgi-9+’s placement in the PDR gives Synergy WorldWide valuable credibility and visibility in the marketplace. We encourage Team Members to use this as a valuable talking point as you invite others to discover ProArgi-9+ and benefit from its powerful ingredients in order to live a healthier life.

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Countdown to Kickoff 2016!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016



We look forward to seeing all those who registered for the 2016 Kickoff on Friday, February 5! This event will build an incredible amount of excitement as attendees learn where Synergy is headed in 2016 and beyond. Synergy’s future is bright and the potential is limitless.

On the docket to speak are North America General Manager Shane Greer, Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Matthew Tripp, Synergy Founder Dan Higginson, and more! You’ll also have the chance to tour the Hughes Center for Research and Innovation where Synergy products are developed and tested.


KICKOFF 2016 AGENDA


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Session I
3-5 p.m. – Meet at the Hughes Center for Research and Innovation located on the first floor of the Nature’s Sunshine Products offices:

2500 Executive Pkwy. #100
Lehi, UT 84043

Here, you will be given a tour of the Hughes Center and listen to an informative presentation from our manufacturing team.

5-7 p.m. – Dinner break

Session II
7-8 p.m. – We will regroup to hear from Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Matthew Tripp regarding his research in the Hughes Center, and will receive a special visit from Synergy Founder Dan Higginson at Synergy WorldWide Headquarters:

1955 W. Grove Pkwy. #100
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Session III
9-11:30 a.m. – Top leaders will be eager to offer dynamic trainings as well as Synergy’s vision for the future in an information-packed meeting at Synergy WorldWide Headquarters.

We look forward to seeing all of you this weekend to prepare for a strong 2016!





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US: 25% Savings for Heart Health Month

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


Did you know that February is National Heart Health Month? And with Valentine's Day just around the corner, everyone's thinking about little hearts and showing love.

Treat yourself (and your Valentine) to some TLC with 25% off this cardio combo!

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SLMsmart 90-day Challenge: Day One

Monday, February 01, 2016 ,


On the first day of the SLMsmart 90-day Challenge, we are already seeing our challengers’ make big changes in their lifestyles. Challengers are supporting each other, documenting their workouts and meal prep, and expressing their excitement for the next three months. Synergy WorldWide is honored to be a part of this turning point in each of their lives.

Good news! It’s not too late to sign up. You can still get in on the action! CLICK HERE for a checklist of what you need to do to join.

Challengers: Make sure to find and use the “SLMsmart 90 Day Challenge 2016” Facebook group to your advantage. SLMsmart Coach Tommy Bethards has already uploaded a number of videos containing helpful advice that will make you feel confident as you work toward your transformation goals.

As you dive into the SLMsmart App’s workouts and get ready to suit up for the gym, consider Tommy’s five tips to make your workouts more successful:

1. Head to the gym with a plan. Make the most of your time at the gym by knowing your workout routine ahead of time. Review the SLMsmart app workout you've selected as part of your gym preparation.
2. Choose a workout that pushes your limits. The app includes beginner, intermediate and advanced routines. If you try the beginner routine and it doesn’t leave you panting, sweating, and waking up with sore muscles, you may be in better shape than you thought. Step up the difficulty level and try the intermediate or advanced routines.
3. Complete the full workout. Do not overexert yourself in the first 10 minutes and cause yourself to collapse in exhaustion. Make sure you can complete the full workout by adjusting your intensity level.
4. Drink enough water. This precious liquid is the lifeblood of a successful workout. The more you sweat, the more water you’ll need, and if you aren’t sweating, you are most likely not pushing yourself hard enough.
5. Success is in the details. Don’t skip a single rep of any of the exercises. Do all of the burpees and all of the mountain climbers. You will also want to learn how to do all of the exercises correctly to get the most out of every movement. Also, keep the rest time between each set of repetitions to an absolute minimum to keep your heart pumping. By doing these things, you will burn fat and achieve the results you are looking for.

Congratulations, to everyone who joined the 90-day Challenge! We love your enthusiasm and are excited to watch as you strive to become your best selves.

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