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Cinnamon – The Healthy Spice

The holidays ring in delicious aromas wafting from kitchens everywhere. Warm breads, cookies, cakes and pies are flavored with one of the oldest known spices — cinnamon. Not only does this favorite spice add mouthwatering taste, cinnamon also adds a healthy kick to foods.

Cinnamon’s beneficial effects are far-reaching. One study shows that just smelling cinnamon or chewing cinnamon-flavored gum enhances brain processing and function, from memory to visual-motor speed to recognition to attention and focus.

Other research shows cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar levels and relieve arthritis pain.

Cinnamon also has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It’s active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers. Another study shows cinnamon makes cells more sensitive to insulin to help better regulate blood sugar levels.

In a study published in the medical journal Diabetes Care, people with Type 2 diabetes took cinnamon every day in varying amounts ranging from one-fourth teaspoon to 1 teaspoon. After 40 days, all the subjects had reduced their fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29 percent; triglycerides by 23 to 30 percent; LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27 percent; and total cholesterol by 12 to 26 percent.

In addition, cinnamon is an excellent source of manganese, fiber, iron, calcium and other minerals. Pretty amazing for such a fantastic tasting spice, isn’t it?

As with any food or spice, the fresher the cinnamon the better. So your five-year old jar of cinnamon may not hold the same potency. Buy fresh, organic if possible, cinnamon sticks or the freshest ground cinnamon available.

So sprinkle cinnamon in your cocoa, coffee or tea, and enjoy it in your pumpkin bread this holiday season, knowing cinnamon just may be the spice of life!

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Cheers to your health!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Social Media Student of Reliv International


November 23, 2009 Posted by | diabetes, Nutrition, Reliv, Uncategorized, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Throwing Money Away on Vitamin Pills

So I thought it would be a good idea to share some information. For the most part I have been using Reliv’s Healthy Living articles and posting them. There is some amazing information in there. But I keep hearing from Reliv distributors how the human body only absorbs a very small percent on nutrients from a pill. So I did some online searching. And here is what I found.

Question: I take a multivitamin every day. I figure it balances out what I don’t eat right in my diet. What ingredients should I look for in a multivitamin?

Answer: If the multivitamin has only 100% of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for each nutrient in the supplement, it probably won’t hurt you. There are RDA’s for protein, vitamin A, D, E, K, C, B6 and B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folacin (folic acid), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, iodine and selenium. The bottle label should give you the measured amount of each nutrient in each pill and what percent each pill contributes to your RDA. (RDA – Recommended Daily Allowance)

Your body can absorb around 10 to 15% of the nutrients in a vitamin pill. The rest goes down the toilet as urine. So for every $10.00 you spend on supplements, you could be flushing $8.50 down the toilet. Your money would be better spent on food. The human body prefers to take a food, break it down and take the nutrients it needs. Remember that you are dealing with a cave person’s body. With our soils being depleted of nutrients we are not always going the nutrients that we need from our food. The Reliv difference is that your body does recognize Reliv nutrition as a food. Reliv is not a pill but a powder formula that you add to a liquid of your choice. Your body absorbs the nutrients when it is received in a bio-available manner.

A vitamin is like an enzyme or catalyst. It assists in a chemical reaction. By themselves, they will help prevent a nutritional deficiency and in persons on very low calorie diets (less than 1200 calories per day), vitamin supplements provide missing nutrients. Vitamins though are not enough. You need protein, fat and carbohydrate to build and maintain the human body. If you focus on eating a variety of foods, your requirements of vitamins and minerals will probably be met. But if you know there is a gap in your diet then you need to supplement.

*** I really found this to be interesting. You can read this Q & A session at this web site. She does have some good feedback.

Cheers to your health!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Social Media Student of Reliv International

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

November 23, 2009 Posted by | kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Preventing Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

Once we become adults, especially middle-aged adults, we frequently hear about the importance of eating heart-healthy foods. But the message is leaving out a key audience: kids.

Most people incorrectly believe that the processes that lead to heart disease begin in adulthood. In reality, the seeds of heart disease are sewn during childhood and adolescence. Studies have shown the silent build-up of plaque in the arteries can start in childhood, and results in heart disease symptoms in adulthood.

An inactive lifestyle, being overweight, smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are all risk factors for heart disease from childhood on. Family history of heart disease is another risk. To compound the problem, only 14 percent of adults and 9.5 percent of teens eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Heart disease prevention is key. Guide your child to a healthier lifestyle from a very young age when good eating and exercise habits are still being formed.

Heart-healthy lifestyle tips for every member of your family, young and old:

* Get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day — 60 minutes a day is even better. Take a family walk, hike or bike ride together or kick the soccer ball around.

* Limit time in front of the television, computer or with hand-held video games.

* Don’t use food to bribe or use as a reward. It creates an unhealthy relationship with food.

* Eat healthy fats in the form of nuts, seeds, and fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and cod to reduce triglycerides. Walnuts, flaxseeds and almonds can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol.

* Eat at least two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables every day. Tomatoes, onions and cranberries are great choices since they contain antioxidants and other nutrients to boost heart health.

* Watch out for added sodium and sugar in canned fruits and vegetables.

* Limit sodium intake and choose salt-free or reduced-sodium products.

* Limit saturated fats from beef, veal, lamb, pork, poultry, butter, cream and milk (2% or higher.)

* Avoid trans fats entirely. These are found in hydrogenated, processed foods such as many cookies and crackers.

* Monitor and manage cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

* If you child is overweight, create a plan to lose the extra pounds.

Are you looking for Kids nutrition? Are you tired of giving them chewable vitamins? Do you want to help build their immune system and keep them healthy? Click on the picture below to find out about “Kids Now. ” If you want more information please contact me.



Katrina van Oudheusden
Reliv Independent Distributor

We are on a Mission to Nourish our World. This begins with our children and Reliv is feeding over 42,000 men, women, and children around the world daily. If you would like to learn more click on the Nourish our World link above.

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

November 2, 2009 Posted by | Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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