We believe we have the most incredible lineup of vendors participating at the 2013 Expo. In fact, we’re so proud of them, we want everyone to know more about who they are and how their business fits in to the Expo’s passion for seeing Ottawa the healthiest city in Canada. We recently sent our vendors a list of four questions. Between now and the Expo, we will be highlighting some of these amazing vendors. Watch our blog every Tuesday & Saturday morning for another vendor spotlight.
Who are you?
My name is Monique Kingsley, and I work on a part-time basis as a distributor for Zija International alongside my husband Ben. I am a very proud mother of two young adults. My son recently entered the workforce after graduating from the Graphic Design program and my daughter also a Zija Distributor, is in her 3rd year at the University of Ottawa studying Translation. Now that my children are older, I have more time and have been able to devote more of my attention to our business ventures.
I also work full-time at the North Bay Regional Health Centre as a Physiotherapy Assistant, and I really enjoy working with my clients. For about 13 years now I have been honoured to be a part of the rehabilitation team and to help clients strive toward their mobility goals. It is so rewarding to see patients smile as they leave the hospital to return to their own homes and families.
Ben is a very busy carpenter in our small town. For 6 years, he has been the proud owner of “Kingsley Konstruction”, but he also has about 10 years of previous experience in this field. He especially enjoys the challenge of finish carpentry and he takes pride in his work, living up to his company logo: “quality without compromise”.
Outside of work, we enjoy spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and skiing, among others. We also love to travel and have been able to take some winter getaways down south but plan to do more in the future.
I would also like to introduce our close friends and team members who will also be joining us at the Health and Wellness Expo: Jo-Anne and Michel Laurin.
Jo-Anne is one of my coworkers at the hospital. As an Occupational Therapy Assistant, she has been in this field for over 14 years. Michel has been a high school teacher now for over 11 years teaching mechanic, construction and design. Previously, Michel was working for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union. They have two beautiful and special young daughters and are as passionate about health as we are. I think we get along so well together because we have very similar interests, values and goals in life.
Together we have been able to create our own “power team” here in Sturgeon Falls and Sudbury Area and with our combination of passion and hard work we know without a doubt that Zija will change not only our lives but the lives of others as well!
How long have you been in business?
Ben & I were first introduced to Zija only 7 short months ago and knew right away that this was a very special product and a great business opportunity for us. Naturally our next step was to share this with our friends Jo-Anne and Mike. Although we haven’t been in business long all four of us have been on the path of wellness for many years. I think that Jo-Anne and I constantly witnessing the ever increasing rise of diseases in our hospital setting, and especially seeing the effects on the younger population has made us question our current health care system. Daily we see people being readmitted over and over again and being prescribed medications only to return later with even worse symptoms. Closer to home, we have had our own health scares, which have really pushed us to do some research into alternative areas of medicine, and with these changes we have seen a dramatic improvement in our families’ health.
What is your business about?
Zija International was officially introduced in Canada in April of 2012, though it was already present for a short while before then, and is already enjoying much success in other countries, especially the United States from which it originated.
Zija offers a line of organic health care products (including supplemental drinks/energy drinks, meal replacement shakes, a weight management system and even a skin care line) that, along with other all-natural ingredients, is based on a plant called Moringa Oleifera. Moringa is recognized throughout the world as an amazing source of nutrition by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the United Nations World Food Program, and the National Institute of Health among others. Indeed the plant is packed with cell-ready nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, omega oils and vital proteins needed for a healthy body.
Moringa grows in many areas with tropical climates, and is highly regarded by locals who have been using it for generations and who already see its health benefits. The United Nations is even using it in place of other western staples in poorer countries suffering from malnutrition, with amazing results. Moringa has the potential to save millions of lives. It can be used to purify polluted water, working as both a coagulant (for removal of turbidity) and as an anti-microbial. Extracts from its seeds can be used on a small or large scale as a low-cost, locally available alternative for water treatment chemicals. And these are only a few examples of its many uses.
While there are other companies that offer products based on Moringa, they are in no way comparable to Zija. Zija’s Moringa trees are grown organically on proprietary farms in India, so the company can ensure it offers its clients products of the best possible quality. Some of Zija’s patent-pending formulations benefits are the following:
- anti-inflammatory support
- promotes healthy digestion
- heightens mental clarity
- increases energy
- supports normal blood glucose levels
- nourishes body’s immune system
- promotes healthy circulation
- and more…
Zija’s products are especially formulated so that the body can absorb all the nutrients and other benefits Moringa offers, as they are bio-available, and the Moringa in them is still enzymatically alive. Other companies cannot say the same.
Zija is just as notable for the incredible integrity with which it is run as for its amazing products. As a network marketing company that is growing and expanding rapidly around the world with thousands of people who have already experienced its physical and financial benefits, our goal is to do our small part in introducing this amazing product to as many people as possible. This is what Kenneth Brailsford, founder of the company, and Russ Bianchi, formulator of the Moringa proprietary mix, as well as the rest of the Zija corporate team have worked so hard to accomplish in their quest and passion for a healthier world.
We also plan on educating people about this very exciting new company by giving out some publications, pamphlets, articles and amazing testimonials of weight loss and unbelievable stories of improved health issues. Our Mission Statement: “Everyone is looking for better health along with more financial and time freedom; with Zija, you can have it all!” and our motto is “Drink Life In”.
The Expo focuses on four themes: be fit, eat right, think well, go green. Which of these does your business incorporate?
Zija fits into all of these themes. Moringa provides the body with an amazing amount of nutrients, amino acids, vitamins, etc., to help counter the effects that today’s society suffers from in terms of malnutrition based on unhealthy eating habits and a constantly diminishing amount of nutrition from foods we actually consider to be healthy. The body actually becomes able to self-correct! In fact, it is used by native peoples to prevent or treat over 300 diseases.
And by giving the body what it needs, and allowing it to self-correct, Moringa also helps diminish aches and pains as well as other health problems, and gives the body much more energy, so that it can pursue physical fitness with much more ease. The energy and Performance Products assist in post-workout recovery and promote lean muscle development by replenishing the body’s energy supply and rebuilding muscle fibers, all of which help fuel up a person’s game and be fit.
Another amazing benefit to Zija’s products is that it promotes mental clarity. The energy and Performance Products elevate the mood and boost energy levels without the aid of artificial ingredients, stimulants, flavors, preservatives, stabilizers, or sweeteners.
And of course, Zija’s products are all very environmentally-friendly because their ingredients are organic and harvested carefully by hand.
The Moringa Oleifera tree is known by over 100 names in different languages around the world but may be best described as nature’s “miracle tree”.