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5 Ways To Make Today Healthy

5 Ways to Make Today Healthy

Here are 5 great ways to start making every day a healthy day.

1. Start the day with a cup of coffee or tea. Either choice is chock-full of nutrients plus antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins that fight free radical damage.

* Coffee. A growing body of research is confirming the health benefits of coffee, both regular and decaf. Researchers have found daily java can lower your risk of diabetes, irregular heartbeat, Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, and cavities. It can also boost your mood.

* Tea. Black tea, green tea, even white tea, are all beneficial, although green tea packs the highest level of flavonoids. Studies have shown tea’s ability to lower cancer risks, including gastric, esophageal, ovarian and skin cancers. Tea may also lower stroke risk while reducing blood pressure, lowering bad cholesterol and increasing good cholesterol.

2. Stretch. It not only feels good, stretching regularly can also help lengthen your muscles and make daily activities easier. It allows you to increase your flexibility and range of motion. That means just bending to tie your shoes is easier! Plus stretching improves blood flow to the muscles and relaxes tense muscles that can come from stress.

3. Laugh it up. Laughter is good for you and for those around you. It truly is contagious! Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, while the brain boosts production of happy hormones like endorphins. It also causes the body to produce natural pain killers. At the same time, laughter strengthens the immune system to better protect you from the health-ravaging effects of stress. So get chuckling.

4. Choose healthier foods. Good nutrition is one vital component of stress management and may improve mood, stress levels, brain function and energy levels. Plus eating right is proven to help you live longer. The Nurses Health Study showed that women who ate the largest amounts of fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains were 17 percent less likely to die over 18 years than those who ate the smallest amount.

5. Go to bed earlier. Your body needs at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Sleep affects your overall health. Without adequate sleep, your immune system weakens, and your body becomes more vulnerable to infection and disease. And sleep regulates your mood, concentration and ability to make decisions.

And don’t forget #6… Two Relìv shakes of powerful nutrition are an ideal addition to each day to give your body the nutritional support you need for optimal health.

See, it is the simple things that you can do to make today a healthy day. I am just glad I don’t have to give up my coffee, the only thing you have to watch is the creamers and sugar.

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this blog. I hope you are finding the information helpful and educational. Cheers to Healthy Living!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

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.

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March 30, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Take Steps to Improve Cholesterol

Take Steps to Improve Cholesterol

Many people nonchalantly visit the doctor for a routine check-up, have a few blood tests, and then whamo! Much to their surprise, they find out they have high cholesterol.

High cholesterol doesn’t offer any outward symptoms to send up a red flag that there’s a problem. But, along with high blood pressure, it’s a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke.

Cholesterol problems are known as lipid abnormalities, which include high total cholesterol, high LDL (“bad cholesterol”), low HDL (“good cholesterol) and high triglycerides.

Physicians often prescribe medications called statins to lower cholesterol. Unfortunately, while statins can be beneficial, they also can cause unpleasant side effects such as muscle pain or weakness, liver damage, headaches and digestive problems.

In addition to medication, physicians often recommend exercise and dietary changes to patients to improve their cholesterol levels. Adding at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three or more times a week can increase your “good” (HDL) cholesterol by 5-10 percent and lower triglycerides.

Certain foods can also help improve cholesterol levels, including:

* Avocados
* Barley
* Beans and lentils
* Fish
* Fresh vegetables and fruits, especially blueberries
* Oats and other whole grains
* Healthy fats such as olive oil, fish oil, flax
* Garlic
* Nuts and seeds, especially walnuts and almonds

Another Healthy Option
A healthier diet and regular exercise can definitely help your cholesterol levels. But here’s the kicker: Most studies and long-term follow-ups find most people fail to follow this lifestyle prescription. They may just rely on medication that sometimes still doesn’t lower cholesterol enough.

An easy way to further improve cholesterol levels — even if you also take statins — is through nutritional supplements. Soy and fiber each have been proven to improve lipid abnormalities and, in turn, benefit heart health. A recent multi-center, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study of Reliv Now® and FibRestore® found that these two nutritional supplements lowered risk factors for cardiovascular disease. See the study results.

Reliv’s CardioSentials® takes it a step further and works on multiple levels to support total heart health. CardioSentials has been clinically shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides for people with high cholesterol, as well as increase HDL (good) cholesterol and reduce blood glucose levels. Phytosterols help moderate cholesterol levels; policosanol helps maintain normal cholesterol and improve coronary blood flow; and an array of potent antioxidants help protect arterial walls and reduce lipid oxidation. If you would like a copy of the Clinical Study send me a comment and I will send it your way.

Cheers!

Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

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.

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kid’s “Now” product review – nutrition

Kid’s “Now” Product Review – nutrition:

It has… (Feature)
Broad base of basic nutrients and advanced nutrients…
Which means…(Benefits)
… it helps meet kids’ nutritional needs for growing bodies and developing minds and boosts energy and mental performance.

It has… (Feature)
DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid…
Which means… (Benefit)
…it provides a nutrient critical for development and function of the brain, eyes, and central nervous system.

It has… Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidylcholine (PS & PC)…
Which means
…it supports healthy cellular development, mental clarity, memory, learning and cognitive function.

It has…
Grape seed extract, a powerful antioxidant…
Which means…
…it protects against cell-destroying free radicals.

It has…
Delicious vanilla or chocolate flavor…
Which means…
… kids will love the creamy, healthy shakes filled with advanced nutrition to fuel their day.

Relìv Now® for Kids
According to a recent USDA survey, by the early teens most children receive less than 50% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) of key nutrients. Relìv Now for Kids bridges the nutritional gap with a broad base of essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients necessary to keep growing bodies healthy, as well as an advanced array of ingredients that research shows help boost energy and mental performance — it’s much more than just another vitamin pill. Give your kids a head start on a healthy life with Relìv. Ideal for children ages 2–12. Choose from two kid-pleasing flavors. 14 servings.

From my personal perspective this nutrition is amazing. It is so complete that I even take it. I love that I am getting healthy and happy. Please note that the picture also has the Innergize for kids with is amazing also. It has added calcium for bone growth. Yummy tasting also.

Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

March 17, 2010 Posted by | children, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

6 Health Benefits to Strength Training

6 Health Benefits to Strength Training

You know your body benefits from heart-pumping exercise such as brisk walking at least 30 minutes a day. But don’t forget to work strength training into your routine, too.

Strength training doesn’t mean you’re destined to become a Hulk-sized body builder. And it doesn’t mean you have to spend hours hoisting hefty weights. Strength training can start at any age. Lifting weights just two or three times a week for 20 or 30 minutes is all it takes to reap the rewards.

While strength training will give you toned muscles, help you maintain or lose weight, and fights against age-related muscle loss, it can also mean so much more to your entire body — with lifelong benefits.

The Strong Benefits

Strength training not only increases muscle strength, but it also increases bone density and improves balance, coordination and mobility. It can also make a positive impact on arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression.

Pain relief. According to a Tufts University study, strength training can be as effective as medication in relieving osteoarthritis pain. The study of older men and women with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis found strength training decreased pain by 43 percent. It also increased muscle strength and general physical performance, decreased disability and improved the disease’s symptoms.

More stability, fewer fractures. Another benefit of strength training is that it increases flexibility and balance, which are especially important as you age. Poor balance often contributes to falls and broken bones in older people that can lead to disabilities and life-threatening complications. A study in women 80 years and older showed strength and balance training reduced falls by 40 percent.

Denser, stronger bones. Strength training has been shown to increase bone density and reduce the risk of fracture in women age 50 to 70. In addition, a study of postmenopausal women showed gains in hip and spine bone density through two days a week of progressive strength training.

Better blood sugar control. A recent study showed just four months of strength training resulted in significant improvements in blood sugar control. The study participants also gained muscle, lost body fat, decreased depression and felt more confident.

Stronger heart. When the body is leaner, your risk for heart disease is lower. Strength training three times a week has been shown to build aerobic capacity in patients in cardiac rehabilitation. That’s why the American Heart Association recommends strength training to lower heart disease risk and as therapy for patients in cardiac rehabilitation.

How to Get Started
1. Learn the proper technique for lifting weights from an experienced friend, fitness specialist or even through online or printed resources.

2. Aim for a set of 12 to 15 repetitions with a weight that makes it difficult to finish the last repetition.

3. Gradually increase the weight once you can easily do 12 repetitions.

4. Rest a full day between exercising a specific muscle group.
Fuel Your Workouts

ProVantage® from Relìv provides ideal nutritional support for any strength training program with a balance of nutrients formulated to improve performance, endurance, recovery and repair. Packed with 13 grams of muscle-building soy protein, and a host of advanced ingredients, like Tonalin®, MCTs, Creatine, CoQ10 and supercharged amino acids, ProVantage marks a major advancement in the science of sports nutrition.
I really wish I had known about this product when I was playing college volleyball.

Cheers!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

March 10, 2010 Posted by | Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Uncategorized, weight loss, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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