I’ve tried dozens upon dozens of nutritional supplements over the past three years, always looking for the magic bullet.
If you’ve read Drinking Sucks!, you know that I recommend Legion Triumph as a great multivitamin during post-acute withdrawal (PAWS). This is the vitamin I was using for the first two years of my alcohol recovery, and it’s a very high quality product.
I’ve recommended it to friends and family members, and they thanked me for doing their research for them. When I find something new, my friends and family are usually the first to know about it.
Because you are a friend of Fit Recovery, I wanted to let you know that I have since stopped taking a basic multivitamin. Instead, I now take a synergistic combination of three awesome supplements that I’m going to tell you about here.
These supplements are made by the same company, and they are called:
Together, these three supplements are called The Triangle of Health, and I will refer to them from here on as The Triangle.
I’ll explain the history of these three supplements, the research underlying their use, and how you can obtain them if you’d like to give them a try.
As you know well from inundating your system with alcohol, what you put into your body has a lot to do with your mental state.
If you have the courage and strength to take on alcohol addiction, you deserve to feel incredible – not just “okay,” but totally optimized from the inside out.
Even though it’s been years since I suffered from alcoholism, alcohol withdrawal, and PAWS, the benefits of The Triangle are too good for me to pass up.
I want my body-brain system to be optimized so that I can keep pursuing my Life’s Purpose with gusto.
Why Is Nutrition Important For Alcohol Recovery?
Let’s get back to the basics: Why is nutrition so important for people who want to beat alcohol addiction?
Alcohol is arguably the most toxic drug on earth. It pollutes every cell in your body with free radicals and has been shown to cause 7 different types of cancer. (source)
Alcohol flushes vitamins and minerals from your system and leaches crucial B-vitamins from your brain, sometimes causing invisible brain damage, depending on how much you drank and how long you have been drinking.
These nutrient deficiencies, combined with poor diet, are HUGE reasons that many people continue to suffer for months after they quit drinking alcohol.
While many people report being helped by AA, it’s typical to see people at these meetings eating donuts, smoking cigarettes, and describing their emotional rollercoasters.
Based on my own experience – and conversations with my coaching clients – I’d venture to say that Post-Acute Withdrawal = Nutrient Deficiencies + Hypoglycemia.
No amount of spiritual work or group support can compensate for a body and brain that isn’t getting what it needs to function properly.
Sadly, most alcoholics never address their diet or fix their nutrient deficiencies.
The mortality rate for “recovering alcoholics” is about the same as for alcoholics who never give up alcohol: Three times higher than the rest of the population. (source)
The high relapse rate is caused by mood disorders that could be resolved in most cases with nutrition and lifestyle changes. As many as 18% of recovering alcoholics commit suicide.
Just as disturbingly, the high mortality rate for treated alcoholics is also a result of epidemic levels of heart disease and cancer that afflict people who manage to give up alcohol.
It’s very sad to have success in abstaining from alcohol, only to get sick from all of the damage that drinking has inflicted on your body over the years.
Nutrient deficiencies caused by alcoholism can persist for years until they are addressed. They include but are not limited to:
- B-Vitamins (especially B-1, B-3, B-6, and B-12)
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
In fact, because alcohol is both a toxin and a diuretic, it decreases your system’s short-term supply and long-term reserves of every single nutrient that it needs.
Did you know that free radical damage and chronic inflammation are the two main contributors to disease of the body? (source)
Fortunately, it’s never too late to start optimizing your health from the inside out.
Moreover, if you’ve been following my site, you know that supplementing with active vitamins, bioavailable minerals and organic herbs can have huge immediate benefits for people in alcohol recovery.
Between its line of three simple supplements, The Triangle contains many of the nutrients and herbs that I’ve been writing about all along.
A Discovery In Alaska
Dick and Gale Powell are the founders of Mrs. Powell’s Delicious Cinnamon Rolls. (Unfortunately, I’m not about to tell you that cinnamon rolls are the key to beating alcoholism.)
Anyway, this multimillionaire couple went on a trip to Alaska, and met a doctor who was studying the Eskimos.
In particular, she was investigating the legendary longevity of these indigenous people, who don’t even have words in any of their nine major dialects for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, or high blood pressure.
Shockingly, the Eskimos in Alaska simply don’t experience these seemingly ubiquitous health conditions when they get older.
The doctor, who was trained as a physiologist at the University of Miami, concluded that the Eskimos’ incredibly healthy diet is the reason that they don’t have these afflictions.
In particular, she credited their high consumption of Wild Alaskan Blueberry and Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon.
Upon returning home to Idaho Falls, the Powells told this story to their billionaire neighbors, Kirk Hansen and Carl Taylor.
Hansen owns Conrad & Bischoff, one of the largest oil distribution companies in the country. Taylor owns Taylor Farms, the second largest producer of both potatoes and beef in the country.
Seeing an opportunity to educate people about good health and reduce disease, these billionaire families decided to start a company with a social mission.
Clearly, these families didn’t need more money or business ventures.
With The Triangle, the Hansens and Taylors embarked on a mission to improve the health of the whole world.
The Premise Behind The Triangle
Before these supplements were made available to the public, extensive research had to be done on the Wild Alaskan Blueberry, Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, and other key superfoods and herbs.
The Triangle is based on the idea that taking the correct combination of nutrients is more effective than taking any single nutrient alone.
These three supplements together create a powerful synergy for health and sense of well-being:
The premise of The Triangle is that when you create synergy between the most life-enhancing nutrients on earth, 1 + 1 + 1 > 3.
Supplement #1: Sunrise
Sunrise contains a powerful blend of superfoods that would be extremely difficult to obtain in one serving.
Many of the benefits offered by Sunrise come from its concentration of Wild Alaskan Blueberry, which I mentioned above as a cornerstone of the Alaskan Eskimos’ diet.
The Wild Alaskan Blueberry has had to evolve to endure very harsh conditions. These include extreme temperatures, strong winds, and ravenous insects.
As a result, the Wild Alaskan Blueberry is estimated to be up to 10 times higher in antioxidants than the varieties of blueberry found in the continental U.S.
If this sounds like superfood hype, perhaps this study will change your mind.
Yet even your average blueberry is known to be a very powerful superfood. Another recent study found that drinking blueberry concentrate improved brain function in older people. (source)
“When it comes to brain protection, there is nothing quite like blueberries. Call the blueberry the brain berry.” – Dr. James Joseph, PhD
(Dr. Joseph is the lead scientist in the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the USDA Nutrition Research Center On Aging at Tufts University.)
Along with Wild Alaskan Blueberries, Sunrise also contains the following superfoods:
Here are the benefits of taking Sunrise:
You can choose the option to take Sunrise each morning in convenient 1 ounce packets (as I do), and they taste like a mini berry smoothie.
ORAC Value and Bioavailability
Two concepts can help you determine the effectiveness of a nutritional supplement:
- ORAC Value – A medical unit of measurement of an antioxidant’s potency (ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)
- Bioavailability – The percentage of a supplement or medicine that is actually absorbed when you consume it
ORAC value varies widely among supplements and superfood juices, and good ones typically have between 1,000 and 5,000 ORAC Units.
Sunrise has 119,000 ORAC Units, which is 40 times more potent than the average multivitamin.
As for bioavailability, most prescription medicines have about a 20-30% absorption rate. Liquids are typically 50% absorbed, with the rest passed through your system unused.
Sunrise has a 97-100% absorption rate, meaning that it’s twice as bioavailable as most of the superfood smoothies or purees out there.
Why waste half of your money?
Supplement #2: Sunset
While Sunset contains water-soluble nutrients, Sunset is taken with dinner, and contains lipid-soluble nutrients.
Taking water-soluble and lipid-soluble nutrients separately is a very effective way to maximize their absorption.
Sunset is a proprietary blend that contains the following nutrients and much more:
Here are the benefits of taking Sunset:
Tocotrienols, the form of vitamin E contained in Sunset, is 40 times more potent than the next strongest kind of Vitamin E.
Research has found that tocotrienols are super-antioxidants that mop up damaging free radicals and reduce oxidative damage. (source)
Omega-3 fatty acids also deserve a few words here because our brains seize them to repair tissue and promote the growth of new neurons.
This is HUGE for people who are recovering from years of heavy drinking.
One of my favorite researchers and podcasters, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, recently shared two articles about the power of omega-3 fatty acids:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids Clear Metabolites From The Brain
- People Who Supplemented With Fish Oil Had 18% Lower Mortality And 23% Decrease in Cancer Deaths
I don’t want you to miss out on brain repair and inflammation reduction by neglecting to supplement with omega-3’s.
And if you’re getting your omega-3’s from Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best quality by far.
Sunset contains cold-pressed wild Alaskan sockeye salmon oil, meaning that 100% of the nutrients are preserved.
Cheap fish oil brands use heat-pressing, which destroys up to 90% of the omega-3’s!
This is one reason that Sunset won the “Grand Gold” Award from the 2015 Monde Selection, the highest award given by this organization. The Monde Selection is an independent organization that analyzes consumer products for quality, evaluating over three thousand products each year.
Tested by an independent jury, products that pass their rigorous inspection are awarded, bronze, silver, gold, or grand gold, with grand gold only presented to the highest quality products.
Supplement #3: Nitro
While Sunrise and Sunset can take a week or two to produce noticeable improvements in your health, Nitro starts getting to work in your system right away.
Nitro FX contains a high quality concentrate of the noni berry. Noni is an evergreen tree in the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, Australia, and India that often grows among lava flows.
The noni berry contains natural compounds that help to increase the body’s production of nitric oxide (NO).
The benefits of nitric oxide have long been known in the bodybuilding world, and they include better circulation, improved chemical signaling, better libido, and heightened mental clarity.
In 1998, three scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize for their groundbreaking research on the importance of nitric oxide. (source)
In addition to noni berry, Nitro Xtreme contains other potent compounds that increase nitric oxide as well:
Nitro Xtreme therefore increases your body’s natural production of nitric oxide to a greater degree than Nitro FX.
Nitric oxide has been shown to have the following benefits:
- Blood Circulation – One of Nitric Oxide’s most important qualities is the ability to dilate the blood vessels, thus maintaining healthy circulation and heart health
- Inflammation – Nitric Oxide is a “signaling molecule” that supports healthy inflammatory response
- Brain Function – Nitric Oxide is an essential chemical messenger, supporting the body’s natural ability to store and retrieve information in the brain
- Digestion – Nitric Oxide supports motility and microcirculation, promoting blood flow and nutrient delivery throughout the body
- Sexual Function – Nitric Oxide has been shown to maintain healthy blood flow, which is essential to sexual libido, performance, and satisfaction
- Pain Relief – Many forms of pain can be relieved by increasing oxygen delivery to cells, and few people know that aspirin works by releasing nitric oxide from artery walls
Here are some benefits of taking Nitro:
So far, we’ve only briefly touched on nitric oxide’s unique ability to relieve pain.
According to the world-renowned Dr. Tom Burke, natural pain relief is one of the most compelling reasons to take Nitro.
Whether you’re suffering from the dull pain of withdrawal or chronic back pain, nitric oxide can alleviate your pain by several mechanisms:
- Increasing blood flow (think of releasing a rubber band around your finger)
- Increasing oxygen delivery and ATP production (ATP regulates nerve function)
- Directly inhibiting pain signals (similar mechanism as aspirin)
In the video presentation below, Dr. Burke explains this fascinating phenomenon in detail:
My Experience With The Triangle
When I began taking The Triangle, I already ate a variety of healthy foods and took my multivitamin of choice, Legion Triumph.
I estimate that I eat “clean” about 70% of the time. When began taking The Triangle, I expected nothing because I figured 70% was good enough to feel optimal.
I was wrong.
After about a week of taking Sunrise in the morning, Nitro along with Sunrise and before my workouts, and Sunset after dinner, I noticed some changes in my mood and behavior.
Little things – tangled earbuds, leaving my keys on the counter, banging my knee on my coffee table – stopped bothering me as much. I started sleeping better. My workouts lasted longer and I started getting more stuff done.
Imagine the progress you could make if your mood, mental resilience, and cognitive speed were all to reach a new baseline within the next few weeks.
While everyone is biochemically different, I noticed three main benefits that I want to share:
- I felt more calm and stable mentally
- I gradually stopped craving caffeine (as much) and sugar (at all)
- Training 6 or more personal training clients felt more like smooth sailing
- My mind operated more quickly and I got more work done
- I slept even better than I usually do, and used less of the herbs I occasionally use to beat insomnia (e.g., passionflower, lemon balm, chamomile)
- When running sprints after taking Nitro, I had a cool thing happen – I simply didn’t get tired and out of breath like I usually do! I felt like I could keep going about 50% longer.
You might have noticed that I’ve put out a number of highly detailed articles.
While I like to think that I’m disciplined, I also believe that a large part of my laser-like focus can be attributed to beginning these three awesome supplements.
My diet is already very good, lightyears better than it was 5 years ago and probably much better than the average American’s diet.
I work out every day – sometimes twice per day, which is a luxury I have thanks to being a trainer. I often do a short cardio routine in the morning and heavy weights or sparring at night.
If you don’t eat quite as well as I do, or if your system is lower in nitric oxide from less exercise, you’re likely to experience more benefits than I did if you start taking The Triangle.
How To Use The Triangle
If I could rewind three years, armed with what I now know about the importance of nutritional support during post-acute withdrawal, I would start taking The Triangle immediately.
In my book, Drinking Sucks!, I explain that addiction is a vicious cycle – it is mentally, physically, spiritually draining. Alcohol addiction is not only vicious in and of itself, but it encourages behaviors and lifestyle patterns that are equally destructive and negligent.
One of the best ways to beat alcoholism forever is to begin by taking pride in your body. I don’t mean that you need to become an egotistical selfie-taker.
I simply mean that it pays to have an epiphany in which you realize that your body is your only vehicle for your Life’s Purpose.
Building yourself back up from scratch starts with nutrition. Giving your body what it needs to repair itself and function at a high level can be the first of many virtuous cycles, which are the opposites of vicious cycles like drinking heavily.
If I were quitting alcohol today, I would start taking The Triangle as soon as possible, and I would continue to take it while tapering off alcohol, and for at least 9-12 months after coming off alcohol.
The Triangle is meant to be taken every day for life, and I intend to do so, as I feel better than I have in a long time.
- First thing in the morning on an empty stomach – Take 20 drops (1 ml) of Nitro followed immediately by 1 packet (1 oz) of Sunrise
- In the afternoon – Take 20-40 drops of Nitro (I take it before a workout)
- In the evening – Take 3 soft gels of Sunset after dinner
Because I believe in these supplements, I became an Independent Distributor for their company, meaning that I own a franchise of their business.
Here is how you can try Sunrise, Sunset, and Nitro for yourself:
- Click here to purchase from my website. I will get a small commission if you purchase from this link, but this commission is paid to me by the company, not by you!
- Once on the page above, scroll down and click on “Shop Triangle of Health.” With my Prime membership, I get the Nitro Xtreme Triangle of Health Pack (Packets) delivered to me each month, which contains Nitro Xtreme as well as Sunrise and Sunset. There are a few other options, including a 7-Day trial pack.
- You have the option to sign up for Prime Membership (as I did). It costs $39 for a 6-month membership to Prime. It’s like Amazon Prime but better, because Amazon Prime only gives you free shipping, and Prime gets you that plus wholesale pricing.
- You can also choose the “Autoship” option at checkout if you want to receive the products the same day every month. This is also what I did, since with Autoship, you only have to order it once and you can cancel at any time.
There is a 30 day no questions asked money-back guarantee with all of these products. You can use them for 30 days, and if you’re not completely satisfied, you can get a refund.
If you’re a visual person like I am, then the video below will definitely help you to understand all of the benefits of Sunrise, Sunset and Nitro::
Questions about The Triangle
For more information about these three awesome supplements, please use the contact page and send me your questions!