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Health and Happiness – Your Need For Both

Can you have both health and happiness… do you know that both go hand and hand?

Health and Happiness – Your Need For Both

Another great article from our friends at Reliv International.

Why Happiness and Health Go Hand in Hand
Are you a glass half-empty or half-full kind of person? Hopefully, it’s the latter. Being positive and looking at the sunny side of life can keep you healthier, research is telling us.

One study found people who are happy, lively, or exhibit other positive emotions are less likely to get sick when they’re exposed to a cold virus. Researchers also found that when happy people contract a virus, they report fewer symptoms.

Stay Positive
So can you talk yourself into staying well? Maybe. This coming flu season, focus on wellness and tell yourself you refuse to get the flu rather than “I always get the flu this time of year.” One study shows a positive attitude produced greater amounts of flu antibodies. Yet another study showed being positive helps your body produce more antibodies in response to vaccinations. Researchers believe the brain and immune system have an open, active communications line.

Studies also show health benefits of other positive characteristics. For example, showing compassion improves the immune system, while people who are forgiving and don’t hang onto their anger have fewer heart problems.

Have a Happy Heart
Supporting this, a Columbia University study showed happy people had less risk of heart disease over 10 years — quite simply, people with high levels of satisfaction had fewer heart attacks. The risk goes down for many reasons. In general, happier people engage in more heart-healthy behavior such as getting adequate sleep, not smoking and eating a nutritious diet. Also, while people are happy, their stress hormones decrease, blood pressure lowers, and the heart slows down. So by spending more time happy and relaxed, you protect your heart.

8 Happiness Boosters
For better overall health, kick that cynical, negative attitude to the curb. Here are some steps to feel happier and be more positive.

1. Pet a pet. Whether it’s a dog or cat, petting a furry friend releases feel-good hormones and lowers stress hormones.

2. Make yourself smile. Even when you don’t feel like it, smile. One smile leads to more smiles. And just smiling activates the happiness centers in the brain.

3. Reach out. Hold hands or give a hug. Human touch releases positive hormones, reduces blood pressure and heart rate.

4. Get creative. Creating artwork or writing in a journal to express negative feelings actually makes you happier by distracting you from the negativity.

5. Hang out with positive people. Happiness spreads in social networks.

6. See the light. Skip the news or violent television shows and movies and opt for funny, enlightening and uplifting entertainment instead.

7. Get a fresh air fix. Take time to appreciate the wonder of nature. One study shows interaction with nature reduces depression, promotes healing, sparks creativity and even increases life expectancy. And a Swedish study found people who ran in parks felt 15 percent more restored than those who ran on treadmills or in the city.

8. Nourish from the inside out. Putting the right nutrition into your body helps your mind and body function at its best so happiness can shine through. Eat a healthy diet abundant with fruits, vegetables and whole grains and add Reliv shakes to your day for balanced nutrition rich in stress-reducing, health-promoting ingredients.


I too have discovered that keeping a positive attitude is life changing. When you keep your thoughts positive you attractive positive to you. When you are negative you attract negative.  You ever say the phrase, “it can’t get any worst then this”  and it does…

If you doubt it, try writing down what you are grateful for 30 days. Only remember the good thing about your day and write it down. If you find yourself getting sick… be grateful that you can still see, hear, breathe, think, or anything else.

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden


August 27, 2010 Posted by | Diets, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Food For Thought…Your Human Body Value

There was an intersting conversation….

Food For Thought… Your Human Body Value

Today I had a conversation with Tom Pinnock and he made some really key points that I would like to share with you today.

Tom Pinnock talked about S.A.D., now most of you may not know what this stands for… don’t worry, I didn’t either. So let me share with you what it stands for… Standard American Diet. It seems that we are lacking in our American diet. We are not eating what we need to stay alive. We are a billion dollar machine and we neglect it.

If you had a porche would you put regular gasoline in it or hight octane gas in it? Do you preform maintenance on your vehicle? When you buy a new piece of electronics do you also buy the warranty?  Yet, we don’t but the right fuel into our bodies… we don’t maintain our bodies with exercise… and we don’t want to spend any money to protect our own bodies.

So take a moment and think on this…

How much is your kidney worth? How much is your heart worth? How much are your eyes worth? Do you know that people would pay millions for healthy organs? I remember the big new when someone tried to auction off their one kidney on Ebay. Isn’t that something. People are desperate to stay health and yet most of us keep putting junk into our bodies.

So when I hear the comment that nutritional supplementation is too expensive… All I can think is, how much is it going to cost you after you are sick? What is the price you are willing to spend to get your health back? You will take all these drugs that have horrible side effect and that are only masking the pain or issue. These drugs are killing you, yet I see more and more people popping them and believing that they will help them get better.  You belive in the miracle pill that doesn’t exist… but then neither does a miracle supplement.

You need to change your eating habits… You need to be exercising

You need to supplement in some way… I honestly don’t care what you take… anything is better than nothing.

But food for thought… why would you spend thousand on pills that offer so little in absorption value? Do your research… and learn about what makes Reliv so different… My life mission is to help people achieve better health… wait let me rephrase that.. My life mission is to help people achieve Optimal Health!  Go beyond minimal nutritional requirements and give your body the optimal nutrition that it needs to perform at its peak level of  health. You only have one body… Take Care of It.

Figure out what your human body value is to you. Add up what it costs to fix your body… and what would pay to be health if you are sick? If you are healthy… the cost to maintain is so little… You will save millions if you start taking care of your body today.

This is your food for thought.. your human body value… Is an average of $3.00 a day too much for optimal health?

Would love to hear your comments and thoughts on this article. Please take a moment and comment below. Also feel free to share this article with others… retweet, facebook, or stumble.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

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August 21, 2010 Posted by | Health, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

How to Get More Vitamin D in Your Diet

Struggling to get the Vitamin D you need?

How to get more vitamin D in your diet

Another great article from our friends at

Is There Enough D in Your Diet?

Vitamin D has moved to the “A” list of nutrients your body needs. Yet most of us still don’t get enough.

Concerns are growing about the health risks of living with insufficient or deficient vitamin D levels. Low vitamin D levels are associated with depression, high blood pressure, heart disease, weak bones, autoimmune diseases, frequent infections such as flu, insulin resistance and even breast, colon and prostate cancer.

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is actually a hormone created in your body when sunlight hits the skin. Every tissue in the body uses vitamin D. It boosts your immune system, strengthens your heart and helps build stronger bones, among other benefits. The less sun you get, the older you are or the darker your skin, the less vitamin D you produce.

Scientists are now finding the current recommendations for daily vitamin D intake — 400 IU for those aged 51 to 70 and 600 IU for those older than 70 — are not enough. Vitamin D sources include wild-caught, oily fish such as salmon and canned tuna, along with fortified foods such as cereal and milk. Yet experts say it’s difficult to consume adequate amounts through food.

Rather than recommending people get more sun exposure, which can increase skin cancer risk, experts are advising people to take supplements as the simplest, safest way to get enough vitamin D. Getting 800 to 1000 IU is a good goal, but some scientists say that number needs to be even higher — possibly double the IU.

Relìv nutritional products give you a jump on upping your vitamin D intake. Just two shakes a day of Relìv Classic® or Relìv Now® puts you well on your way.


We are all hearing about the lack of vitamin D in our diet. It is good to know that Reliv is looking out for our total health. Besides vitamin D, Reliv’s classic and Now have over 70 vitamins, minerals, and herbs. A synergistic blend of nutrition just perfect for feeding the body!

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

August 15, 2010 Posted by | Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Parents and Physicians Warned About “Alternative” Food Allergy Tests

Warning for allergy test?

The scariest thing that can happen for a parent is for their child to be sick. And in the drive to find out how to make them feel better we look for alternative means. But the warning has gone out to parents and physicians that alternative food allergy tests may not be accurate at all.

Daniel Moore MD had this to say.

Unfortunately, none of these tests are valid for the diagnosis of food allergies, and more often than not lead to inappropriate elimination diets resulting in possible nutritional deficiencies. This has become such a problem in the United Kingdom that the National Health Service issued a warning about these useless tests, and initiated an education program to teach doctors and parents about the appropriate evaluation for food allergies.

In my opinion, only board-certified allergists are truly qualified to evaluate, diagnose and treat food allergies, particularly in young children.

I have to agree with the Doctor on that one… board certified are the way to go. It all comes down to trust.

I am starting to become more and more of a believer that it is the lack of nutrition that is creating these allergies. I have never seen an array in all my years of the types of foods that people are allergic too. I think I have almost touched every food/drink that someone is allergic to. And you know what the funny thing is… No one has ever said that they were allergic to water or soda??? Interesting…

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I invite you to share your thoughts and comment below.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

August 10, 2010 Posted by | Allergies, children, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Professional Allergy Chef

I now consider myself a professional allergy chef. For over 9 years I have seen an explosion in food allergies and dietary needs. I swear it is getting worst every day. Rarely does a day go by that I don’t have at least 10-13 allergies or dietary requests. Some days it is even more than that.

When people ask what I do for a living I tell them I am a food doctor. As a Chef my role goes beyond the creation of food, it is now how to keep you alive in my dining room. I have learned about PKU diets, diabetic diets, diverticulitis diets, an array of food allergies from intolerance to life threatening. I have learned that people can be allergic to how something is processed to the color of food dye.

I also learn about how our doctors don’t know our foods. Example: I had a customer tell me that her doctor told her that she was allergic to dairy but eggs were okay. Curious… but have you ever seen a cow lay an egg? Then this got me thinking… in a humorous way… if you are allergic to egg, shouldn’t you also be allergic to chicken?  or If you are allergic to diary, shouldn’t you be allergic to beef? Whoops!  Sorry I got off track… ( back to the subject at hand)

I was also talking to customers and they were told that children should stay away from all nuts until the age of 3. So they had a nut allergy without even being tested because the doctor just told them to stay away from it. This goes back to another article I wrote about how I believe that we are being over diagnosed with food allergies. The one thing that keep us alive and fuels our bodies is food but if we are becoming intolerant to it what does that say about the food we are being served in America? Or even what you are buying at the store?

But I do have a lot of fun with allergies. When I get the customers that are allergic to everything I am excited and that is because I just have to cook them food. Nothing processed but just regular food. Grill or saute meat, fresh fruit or vegetables, and a choice of a starch such as rice or potatoes. Really… it is so easy. I stop looking at what they can’t have and start seeing what they can have. Makes cooking so much easier.

So my suggestion for you is this… If you have a food allergy talked to the server or chef, it can be in your best interest. But I also know that the chain restaurants don’t always treat you the right way. They don’t show the compassion for those that have allergies. But having been trained at the vacation destination of amusement parks I can tell you will confidence we are the top of the industry when it comes to dealing with allergies.

If you have questions about what foods you can eat please ask. The comment box below is a great place to leave your thoughts and questions. I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health

Katrina van Oudheusen

August 3, 2010 Posted by | Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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