NutrAward & FundaMentals Science

The entire Team at Amare Global is thrilled about the nomination of our FundaMentals Pack as a Finalist for “Best New Product

The “NutrAward” is the longest-running award in the natural products industry – sort of like the “Oscars” for natural products.

The “good news” for FundaMentals as an innovative mental wellness solution keeps coming with recent coverage in some of the highest-circulation health magazines (Shape, Men’s Health) and other media outlets – as well as invitations to present our research at several top-tier scientific conferences, including Experimental Biology (April 21-25 in San Diego), American College of Sports Medicine (May 29 – June 2 in Minneapolis), and Mental Health America (June 14-16 in Washington DC).

Just a few short months ago (November 2017, in Alexandria, VA), our presentation of preliminary data at the American College of Nutrition’s Annual Scientific Conference showed how FundaMentals significantly improves “good bacteria” levels within 30-days (and was selected as “outstanding research” from the conference).

The FundaMentals Pack is a patent-pending 3-product system intended to restore microbiome balance and optimize communication across the entire gut-brain-axis to support mental wellness. The ingredient profile of FundaMentals brings together an unmatched combination of numerous research-validated branded ingredients, including L helveticus R52, B longum R175, and L rhamnosus R11 (from Lallemand); BiMuno (from Clasado); SunFiber & SunTheanine (from Taiyo); Applephenon & FucoMax (from BGG); Enovita & ProDigest (from Indena); Enzogenol (from BioPuro); POMx (from Stauber); Wellmune (from PLT Health); and MycoFusions (from Nutragenesis).

By partnering with leading science-focused ingredient suppliers, Amare Global was able to bring FundaMentals to market as the first and only comprehensive gut-brain-axis system.

We invite you to learn more about the NutrAwards …and if you’re attending Natural Products Expo next month in Anaheim, we would love for you to cast a vote for FundaMentals at the Voting Page (Thanks!)


Amare is coming to Utah – Feb 21st

Launch Tour = Wednesday, February 21st
Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Lehi Traverse Mountain
3700 N Outlet Parkway Lehi, UT


Rich Higbee–President of Sales / Founding Executive

Dr. Shawn Talbott – Chief Scientific Officer / Founding Executive

Pat Hintze – Founding Wellness Partner


There has been a radical shift in scientific thinking that your mental health might not just be in your head . . . but it’s in your gut! Come learn why.

7:00pm – 8:30pm Introduction to Amare (invite guests):

Amare, The Mental Wellness Company, is a new and exciting company in its launch phase. Amare’s vision is to lead the global mental wellness revolution, empowering people to live happier and healthier lives.

8:30pm – 10:00pm Product & Business Training:

Amare’s unique business model allows you to “Make a Difference” by helping other people to “Be Well.” Our mission is to create natural mental wellness products for a community of passionate people who desire an extraordinary life.

There is NO greater wealth than peace of mind!




Gut-Brain Connection with Dr Nandi

Spent a terrific day yesterday as a guest on the Dr Nandi Show – talking about gut health, microbiome balance, and gut-brain-axis function to support mental wellness (depression, anxiety, stress, etc).

I was joined by Carrie Motluck who shared her amazing story of bouncing back from her own mental wellness challenges with attention to optimizing gut-brain-axis balance with the right probiotics, prebiotics, and phytobiotics – including Amare Fundamentals (recently nominated for ‘2018 Best New Product’).

Stay tuned for the air date of this powerful episode of the Dr Nandi Show!

Weathering the Storm?

Have you ever started a healthy diet or a new supplement regimen – hoping to feel better – and actually felt WORSE?

Well join the club – because that happens to LOTS of people.

On this evening’s Zoom call, we’ll be talking about WHY this happens and WHAT  to do about it to help ease yourself into a new regimen and toward feeling better.

Please join us at 6pm PT / 7pm MT / 8pm CT / 9pm ET

Microbiome = Rosetta Stone for Health

It’s very possible that the master key to unlocking chronic disease will turn out to be the health and composition of the microbiota in your gut. – Michael Pollan and Ruth Reichl




Amare Science Deep Dives

I’ve done a series of “Deep Dives” on different areas of Mental Wellness and how Amare products can positively influence various aspects of microbiome balance and gut-brain-axis function to improve mood, tension, focus, energy, and related aspects of health.

Check them out HERE and let me know what you think?

5R’s of Resolutions

(KUTV) Salt Lake City – Don’t give up on your New Year’s Resolution just yet. Dr. Shawn Talbott, a nutritional biochemist who researches how to help people feel, look, and perform their best, appeared on Fresh Living to share the 5 R’s of Resolutions.


January 17, 2018 was the annual “Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day” – where people are encouraged to just forget about any of their promises to get healthier – or lose weight – or improve, start doing, or stop doing anything in 2018.

The rationale behind Resolution Quit Day is simple – lots of people who make New Year’s resolutions will break them or give up on them before the end of January (some estimates say 80%).

Recently on Fresh Living, we talked about how you can strengthen your resolve (or get back to your new habits if you’ve already quite) – with a PLAN. (WATCH HERE)

One reason for the high quit rate is that people are lacking in either motivation or confidence. When we assess “Readiness to change” (the first R) – we want people to rate themselves at least a “6” (on a scale of 1-10) for both motivation (the change is important enough to you) and confidence (that you have the skills/knowledge to achieve it).  If your score is lower than 6, then you probably need to scale back your aspirations (such as lose 10lbs instead of lose 50lbs).

If you’re Ready with sufficient motivation and confidence, then you need to identify the next three Rs:

Reminder – a trigger that initiates the behavior (that you want to change)

Routine – the practice of the behavior

Reward – the benefit you’re getting from the behavior

For example, maybe you want to stop eating ice cream while watching late night TV? You can’t just tell yourself to simply “stop doing that” – you need to Replace the old habits with a set of new habits (that’s the 5th R).

Using our late night ice cream as the example…

“R” Old Habit New Habit
Reminder Late Show with Stephen Colbert is up next! Late Show with Stephen Colbert is up next! (nobody said you can’t watch a few jokes)
Routine You go to the freezer to scoop out a bowl of Fudge Ripple You go to the tea kettle to brew up a cup of Chocolate Banana herbal tea
Reward Enjoy a sweet treat, some laughs, and relax before bed Enjoy a sweet treat, some laughs, and relax before bed

In this scenario, you’re still using the same “reminder” and getting the same “reward” – all that has changed is the “routine” – which is really the core of the thing that you wanted to change.

This is just a “simple” example of habit change – but the general rule applies to other more complex behavior changes. Break the habit down into it’s 3-part cycle (three Rs – Reminder, Routine, and Reward), make sure that you’re Ready to change the cycle, and then Replace the old behavior(s) with new behavior(s).

About the Author: Dr. Shawn Talbott received dual Bachelor’s degrees in Sports Medicine (B.S.) and Fitness Management (B.A.) from Marietta College, his Master’s degree (M.S.) in Exercise Science from UMASS, and his Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Rutgers. His research is focused on natural products to support human performance and psychological vigor (physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being).

Dr. Talbott’s recent projects include two academic textbooks, an award-winning documentary film, and several best-selling books translated into multiple languages. His work has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, the TED stage, and the White House.


Amare Q&A Tonight…

On the Zoom with Pat tonight (Tuesday), guest host Mark Zuckerbrod and I will give an overview of Amare Global (The Mental Wellness Company) and then take YOUR questions.

Tune in at 9pm ET (8pm CT, 7pm MT, 6pm PT) at

Hope to see you there!

Mental Microbes Make Mainstream Media

In the last two months, two major health/fitness publications have released feature stories about the close link between microbiome balance, gut-brain-axis function, and mood states such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

On Dec 21, 2017, SHAPE magazine ran a story entitled, The Surprising Way Your Brain and Gut are Connectedcan your microbiome affect your risk of mental illness? Experts weigh in.

On January 19, 2018, Men’s Health magazine ran a story entitled, “Could the Bacteria In Your Gut Be Tanking Your Mood? The connection between your gut and brain is stronger than you may think.

Having worked in the area of “mental wellness” (stress, burnout, vigor) for most of my career (almost 20 years – yikes!) – it is extremely gratifying to see how these ideas are starting to hit the mainstream consciousness (out of the lab and into the public where people can actually benefit from them).

Lots of very exciting things to come – including targeted natural therapies to help people restore microbiome balance and optimize their entire gut-brain-axis to improve mental wellness and physical health.

Amare Launch Agenda