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7 tips for a Healthy New Year

Almost everyone does it… On January 1st I am going to the gym and I am going to lose “XX” amount of weight. The diets begin, the promises begin…

7 tips for a healthy new year is about making that promise and then actually keeping it.

Our friends from share with us 7 tips that will have you saying, “I can do this!”

7 Resolutions to Make 2011 Your Healthiest Year Yet

1. Reach your healthy weight. Okay, let’s get the most common/most ditched resolution out of the way. Most of us need to lose at least a few pounds. But before you figure out how you’re going to do it, understand why you need to lose weight. Being overweight impacts every part of your body, from your heart to your kidneys to your bones and joints. It puts you at higher risk for heart attack, stroke, diabetes and osteoarthritis. And your self-esteem is generally lower when you’re carrying too many pounds.

Losing weight doesn’t have to be hard. A good start is the Relìv Slimplicity Weight Loss System. It includes a delicious, protein-packed meal replacement shake, appetite-curbing Accelerator, a pedometer, a food and exercise journal and other tools to support your weight loss efforts.

Now that we’ve knocked out the most obvious resolution, let’s move on to some other healthy steps for 2011.

2. Eat more whole grains. A recent study showed eating whole-grain foods could be as effective as blood-pressure lowering drugs. Study subjects who ate three daily servings of whole-grain foods, which included wheat and oats, saw a significant drop in their systolic (the top number) blood pressure similar to what people see using medication. Lowering blood pressure this amount (between 3 and 6 mm Hg) could potentially decrease the incidence of heart attack and stroke by at least 15 to 25 percent, says the study leader.

3. Fill up on fiber. A high-fiber diet is linked to a 40 percent lower heart disease risk. It also reduces cholesterol and can reduce or even prevent high blood pressure. In addition, a high-fiber diet promotes the growth of the friendly bacteria called probiotics that aid in proper digestion and promote a stronger immune system. And of course, fiber fills you up so you feel fuller longer. That means you may eat less. And since fiber is digested more slowly, your blood sugar will stay steadier, too, preventing hunger pangs.

4. Go green. Studies show increasing antioxidant-rich green leafy vegetables in your diet may reduce your risk of developing type-2 diabetes by about 15 percent. And with reports issuing dire warnings predicting 52 percent of Americans will be diabetic or prediabetic by 2020, anything you can do to prevent becoming a statistic is smart.

Another way to keep your blood sugar under control is by incorporating Relìv GlucAffect® into your daily diet. It’s clinically proven to lower blood sugar and to help people lose weight.

5. Have a berry wonderful year. Work a variety of berries into as many meals as possible. Berries top the superfoods list and pack a multitude of health benefits with few calories. Black raspberries have been found to prevent colon cancer and reduce inflammation in the body overall. That means they also may protect against other diseases such as heart disease. Blueberries offer plenty of health perks, too, including helping to fight artery hardening — which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Blueberry fiber also has been shown to ease and protect against as ulcerative colitis and colorectal cancer. Studies also show blueberries can reduce abdominal fat, lower triglycerides, lower cholesterol, and improve fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity.

6. Make sleep a priority. Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury. Without adequate sleep, your immune system weakens, and your body becomes more vulnerable to infection and disease. Sleep regulates your mood, concentration and ability to make decisions. Studies also have found that not getting enough sleep has a significant impact on your waistline by increasing hunger and changing the body’s metabolism. Lack of sleep decreases your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels and may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes. Make sure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.

7. Get addicted to exercise. No more excuses. Once you start making exercise a part of your daily life, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. Really! Believe it when people say how good they feel after exercising. Exercise not only improves your body and helps you lose or maintain weight, but also improves your mental function and clarity. It also produces a relaxation response that releases stress, elevates your mood and reduces the risk of depression. So work in a daily walk, bike ride, treadmill trot, or join a gym, class or fitness club.

Joining a group committed to the same goals makes exercise more fun, offers support, and makes you more likely to stick with it. Team Relìv Fitness Club is one example of a helpful group to join. Check out Team Relìv on Facebook to jump in. No matter where you live, the online support and inspiration will keep you moving toward a healthier you throughout 2011!

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Your in Achieving Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 29, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, diabetes, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, weight loss, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

12 Ways to Kick the Sugar Habit

I use to have a sugar habit. I would always have candy or something sweet around the house. Now I don’t have those sugar cravings and I feel incredible.

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Snap Out of Your Sugar Surplus

Sweet on sweets? For more reasons than cavity prevention, it’s time to tame your sweet tooth once and for all.

In the past 20 years, Americans have more than quadrupled their individual sugar intake. A health survey showed that between 2001 and 2004 the average intake of added sugars for Americans was 22.2 teaspoons a day. That packs 355 calories! But weight gain is not the only health risk sugar poses.

Researchers and health associations such as the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetic Association say sugar is one of the three major causes of degenerative disease.

Foods that are high in simple sugars raise blood sugar levels quickly. As a result, the pancreas pumps out insulin to bring levels down. This roller coaster fluctuation stresses the body and can depress the immune system. It also causes dramatic mood and energy swings. Meanwhile, an increase in insulin in the blood stream promotes fat storage and paves the way to elevated triglycerides (blood fats). Both of these factors can lead to heart disease.

Control Your Cravings
The American Heart Association (AHA) now recommends men consume no more than 9 teaspoons of added sugar and women consume no more than 6 teaspoons per day. To put this in perspective, one can of regular soda has about 8 teaspoons of sugar. So give soda the boot as your first step in getting your sugar consumption under control.

The AHA stated that “there is strong scientific data linking excess sugar above these limits and an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.”

Several animal studies also link sugar consumption to high blood pressure, another heart and stroke risk. Other research suggests high sugar intake can lead to cancer, insulin resistance and arthritis.

12 Ways to Kick the Sugar Habit
Studies have found sugar is habit-forming and possibly addictive — both physically and emotionally. While it may not be easy, cutting back on sugar is a smart way to protect your health. Here are some ways to kick the sugar habit:

  1. Find out how much sugar you’re actually consuming each day so you know where you need to cut back. Keep track of all the sugars you consume daily, including white bread, pasta or rice, honey, brown rice syrup, fruit juice concentrate and high fructose corn syrup.
  2. Choose complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat breads and pasta along with fruits and vegetable rather than refined sugars. Naturally occurring sugars in fruits, milk and plain yogurt don’t seem to have the same unhealthy effect as refined sugars.
  3. Bump up fiber intake. Adding fiber to your diet slows the absorption of sugars to prevent unhealthy blood sugar spikes.
  4. Eat small meals or snacks throughout the day so your blood sugar stays more even. If blood sugar levels plunge, you’re more likely to crave sugar.
  5. Start the day with protein and whole grains to keep you satisfied and prevent sugar cravings.
  6. Sweeten foods with spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg to calm your urges for sugar.
  7. Give your body adequate vitamins and minerals since nutrient deficiencies can lead to sugar cravings. Relìv Classic® and Relìv Now® provide a full range of essential nutrients in just two shakes a day.
  8. Get your energy boost from exercise and enough sleep rather than sugar.
  9. Sugar cravings usually last about 10 to 20 minutes. Distract yourself during that time with a walk or some other activity to keep your mind and body busy.
  10. Drink more water. We sometimes mistake hunger or cravings for thirst.
  11. If your sweet tooth is calling loudly, munch on fruit such as a banana or orange to squelch the craving while stoking up on important nutrients.
  12. Substitute the sugar in your coffee or tea with Relìvables® All-Natural Sweetener, with zero calories plus fiber.


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Yours in Achieving Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 19, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, diabetes, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Reliv, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Cutting Edge of Skin Nutrition

The Cutting Edge of Skin Nutrition

When we talk about skin care we want something that makes us look younger, reduces the lines on our face, and keeps our skin healthy! You have to listen to this interview that Dr. Frank Schonlau grants Kari Montgomery. If you haven’t heard of the benefits of pycnogenol, you need to now!

The benefits of pycnogenol interview

Dr. Frank Schonlau, is the Director of Scientific Communications for Horphang Research and skincare expert. In an in-depth interview he granted Kari Montgomery, Dr. Schonlau describes multiple and proven benefits of Pycnogenol® – the innovative ingredient patented by Horphang – in promoting a healthier skin and more youthful appearance. He also describes the way Pycnogenol works with other powerful ingredients in the exclusive RA7 nutrient complex of the r line, which keeps Relìv at the cutting edge of Skin Nutrition. Listen to the interview and share it with anyone you know would be interested in having a healthy skin.

Must hear interview!

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To a younger, more beautiful looking you.

Yours in achieving optimal health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 18, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Give Your Immune System the Gift of Good Nutrition

Give Your Immune System
the Gift of Good Nutrition

by our friends at

‘Tis the season for colds and flu. With all
the family gatherings and indoor activities,
viruses have more opportunities to be passed
around. Taking care of yourself can make the
difference between enjoying the festivities or
simply enduring them.

A strong immune system is the key. Yet your
immune system can get tired from overworking
to make up for poor health habits and lack of good nutrition. As a
result, immune cells can lose some of their protective effects.
Even marginal nutrient (and micronutrient) deficiencies can weaken your
immune system. You may not have obvious symptoms when you’re deficient,
but a deficiency can affect your body’s ability to ward off disease
and infections.

Start this cold and flu season off strong. Research shows physical activity
can protect against colds. One study found people who exercised five or
more days per week were about half as likely to get a cold as those who
exercised less.

Other lifestyle factors are essential to staying healthy this winter too.
Get enough sleep. Enrich your diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and
fiber. Seek comfort in immune boosters like mushrooms, garlic and warm
chicken soup — which scientists have proven really does work against
cold and flu.

Then ramp up your protection even more with Relìv. Our products offer
balanced nutrition with antioxidants and other nutrients to support your
immune system so you can stay healthier this winter. Because the gift of
good health is the best gift of all.

To Your Health,
Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Relìv Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to Make Your Diet Work for You

Every year we talk about setting our goals to lose “x” amount of weight. We start off great and then we begin to struggle. Here are some tips on how to keep the momentum up!

How to make your diet work for you:

  • Set an appointment to exercise. Make it a priority in your day and write in exercise on your calendar, just like any other appointment.
  • Find strength in numbers. You’re more likely to stay on track with the support of an upbeat fitness friend with similar diet and exercise goals. It will keep you more consistent and accountable.
  • Keep an exercise log. Count your steps every day and write down your activities that count toward your exercise goals. You can make it fun by walking around the country — in miles not geography! Find out how far it is from your town to your favorite destination or somewhere you always wanted to go. Then track your miles each week to “get there.”
  • Set small goals. If you want to lose a lot of weight, start with the first 10 pounds so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Breaking weight loss into smaller bites makes it easier to tackle.
  • Reward yourself. Don’t miss the milestones as you work toward your goal weight. Those little victories of 5 or 10 pounds are worth celebrating to keep you on the right path.
  • Keep a food diary. It’s too easy to let a handful here and there pile up to a huge load of calories. By paying closer attention to what you eat each day, you’ll know your danger zones and where to cut back to lose weight. After a month, look back through your diary to see how far you’ve come.
  • Add variety. No one says you have to walk the same course every day. Check out a park or another neighborhood. Walk instead of drive to a friend’s house. Or don’t walk anywhere – ride a bike, try out a new fitness class, take a dance class, or go for a swim at the local aquatic center.

Hope this inspires you to keep up your fitness goals! If you are looking for a weight loss program, check out Slimplicity, a nutritional approach to weight loss.

Yours in Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

December 10, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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