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5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians

5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians
A vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy lifestyle, but it takes a little planning to eat a variety of foods to meet your dietary needs. Unfortunately, even the most carefully planned plant-based diet may lack key nutrients. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian, a recent convert or somewhere in between, make sure you’re getting key nutrients by including the foods below on your grocery list.

Calcium
This mineral is necessary for muscle contraction, blood vessel constriction, and hormone and enzyme secretion. A Purdue University study suggests plant sources alone may not fulfill your calcium needs. If you don’t consume dairy, you may need a dietary supplement.

On Your Grocery List: calcium-fortified soymilk (try Relivables® Fortified Soy Milk), fortified cereal and orange juice, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, bok choy

Iron
Dietary iron is needed for the creation of neurotransmitters and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. The human body doesn’t absorb plant-based (non-heme) iron as efficiently as animal-based (heme) iron, so vegetarians could be at risk for deficiency.

On Your Grocery List: spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, molasses, whole-wheat bread, peas, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, asparagus, strawberries

Vitamin B-12
This important vitamin, which contributes to a healthy nervous system and the creation of red blood cells and DNA, is available primarily in animal products. It’s essential for vegetarians — especially those who avoid dairy and eggs — to take a dietary supplement containing B-12.

On Your Grocery List: fortified cereals and veggie burgers, nutritional supplements like Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now®

Zinc
The function of over 300 enzymes in the human body and immune system health rely on zinc. Like iron, vegetarian sources of zinc are not as easily absorbed by the body, so make sure your dietary supplement contains zinc.

On Your Grocery List: white beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, fortified cereal, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds

Protein
Every cell in the human body needs protein. It is also necessary for building and repairing tissue. Vegetarian protein sources are often low in saturated fat and high in fiber, so eat up!

On Your Grocery List: beans, nuts, nut butters, peas, tofu, veggie burgers, soy nuts (try Relivables® Soy Nuts)

Note: All Reliv products mentioned in this Healthy Living Tip are vegetarian and vegan.

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July 13, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Soy, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How to Make a Reliv Peach Smoothie

How to make a reliv peach smoothie.

I always get asked… how to you take Reliv? Well, there have been a lot of awesome recipes submitted to http://www.reliv.com over the years and I always thought it would be a good idea to make short videos of how to make these recipes.

Recipe:
Reliv Peach Smoothie by Helen Bates of Illinois

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Orange Juice
6oz carton of low-fat peach yogurt or 3/4 cup.
Fresh Peach (cut up with skin removed) or 5-6 frozen peach slices
3-4 Ice Cubes
1 scoop Reliv Classic
1 scoop Lemon Innergize

Directions:
Blend O.J., yogurt, peach, and ice cubes together on high until smooth. Add Reliv Classic and Lemon Innergize and blend again. Enjoy!!!

If you have any questions please feel free to ask them below. If you like this recipe go ahead and “like” this video!

Yours in Healthy Choices,

Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor
http://katrina.reliv.com

June 29, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Vitamin, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Understanding Asthma and Allergies

Understanding Asthma and Allergies
Allergies are a result of an immune system gone haywire:
The immune system mistakes a typically harmless
substance for a harmful invader. Your immune system then
makes antibodies against the substance, which launches the
release of histamines and other chemicals that cause allergic
reactions such as sneezing, itchy and watering eyes, runny
nose and other miserable symptoms. Allergies also can
cause symptoms that involve your skin or digestive system.
Some of the common allergy culprits are pet dander, dyes,
detergents, mold and pollen. Some foods, insect stings and
medications can trigger allergies, too.
While asthma and allergies are separate conditions, they’re
related. People who have respiratory allergies are more
likely to have asthma, and having asthma increases your
risk for developing an allergy.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes airway
obstruction. Allergies, smoke and air pollution can
trigger asthma and cause the airways to become inflamed.
As the airway swells, less air flows to the lungs while mucus
production increases. This causes symptoms like wheezing,
coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
Standard allergy and asthma treatments often include
steroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, prescription
medications or allergy shots. But building your defenses
through good nutrition is another option.
Tackling Asthma and Allergies Through Nutrition
Findings published in the journal Thorax show low
dietary intake of vitamins A and C may increase the risk
of developing asthma. At the same time, a new study
from Tanta University in Egypt shows a combination
of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin C and zinc
may improve symptoms of asthma in children. The
researchers note that omega-3s and zinc each have
anti-inflammatory effects, while Vitamin C, a potent
antioxidant, may reduce attacks in the lungs from
bacteria, viruses or other sources.
Clearly, supplying your body with optimum nutrition is a key
step in keeping your immune system functioning properly to
fight the development or symptoms of allergies and asthma.
The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s have
been shown to benefit the immune system and have a
positive effect on allergies as well as asthma. Omega-3s
can be found in GlucAffect™, ReversAge®, and Relìv
Now® for Kids.
Vitamins A, C, E and zinc, enzymes, garlic and cayenne
also have been shown to help strengthen the immune
system to reduce allergy symptoms. Relìv Now®,
Relìv Classic® and FibRestore® are good sources of all of
these nutrients, plus other beneficial herbs and enzymes.
These nutritional products also contain bromelain, an
enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties shown to help
manage asthma and other allergy responses.
Probiotics offer another option shown to be effective in
decreasing allergy development. Probiotics, also called
“friendly bacteria,” are live microorganisms similar to
beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. These
include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium.
Probiotics stimulate the immune system to help your
body protect itself. Good sources of probiotics include
SoySentials®, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus,
and ReversAge, which includes both Bifidobacterium and
Lactobacillus acidophilus.
High fiber diets also encourage probiotic growth in the
digestive tract. FibRestore is loaded with 10 grams of
soluble and insoluble fiber per serving, providing a third
of the recommended daily amount.

This article was writtne by Reliv.com. Sources:
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If you would like to purchase Reliv products please contact me through my web site http://katrina.reliv.com I look forward to hearing from you!

Yours in Acheiving Optimal Health!

Katrina

Reliv Independent Distributor (for Life)

May 26, 2011 Posted by | Allergies, Alternative Health, children, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Going Green with Your Health!

Four Golden Rules for Greener Health
Living green means we recycle, create less waste and use fewer resources. These are all important ways to protect the environment. But what are you doing to green up your health? A healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. Let’s make every day “Green Health Day!”

  1. Don’t pollute your body.Is your body a nutritional wasteland? Give a hoot — don’t pollute your body with garbage foods. Instead, treat it well by eating more natural foods that are packed with nutrients. Think fiber-filled whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, reduce saturated fats and sodium intake. You can also prevent erosion of your health with nutritional supplements.Green Health Action Steps:
  2. Reduce waist.How deepis your footprint? Being overweight contributes to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, certain types of cancer and more. If you’re a man with a waist measurement of 40 inches or more, or a woman with a waist measurement of 35 inches or more, you’re at much higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So it pays to reduce your waist! Losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weightand doing moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week also may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.Green Health Action Step:
    • Choose a weight loss partner wisely. Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System starts with a calorie-controlled, satisfying shake for lunch combined with accelerator capsules before each meal that help boost your metabolism, burn more fat and control your appetite. The plan includes a pedometer to encourage walking, a food and exercise journal and ongoing support so you can stay on track as you lose weight — and keep it off.
  3. Use more natural energy.Forget oil — we’re talking leg power! Walk or ride a bike whenever possible. Use your leg power to go to the grocery store. If you’re buying a lot, consider pulling a wagon to the store for the walk home. It’s a great muscle and cardio workout to improve heart health and burn more calories! Or bring the family on bikes and everyone can carry a (cloth) bag home. Another idea is to ride your bike to work and arrive invigorated for the day. Re-cycle day after day! With gas prices climbing steeply, these strategies are good for your body and your wallet. Green Health Action Step:
    • Join the Team Reliv Fitness Club. It includes exercise and weight loss tracking, along with peer support and monthly prizes to get you moving and healthy!
  4. Live toxic-free.Stress is toxic. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically and makes you more likely to eat on the run and exercise less. The aftermath is an increase in illness, fatigue and brain fog. Follow the mantra: live, laugh and love. Laughing is a known stress reliever that allows you to live and love more freely! Take some time to enjoy nature too. By taking care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise, you’re better able to handle stress and you create a positive, energetic outlook that ripples to others.Green Health Action Step:
    • Drink responsibly. 24K™ from Reliv is a ready-to-drink energy shot that addresses stress, fatigue and mental fog. With 24 healthy ingredients, 24K delivers real energy through real nutrition. It’s a truly sustainable energy source!

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Reliv. Order now.

This article was written by our friends at reliv.com

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I have been on these products for 3 years now and I feel better and better every day. I know I am getting all the essential nutrition my body needs to build and repair my immune system. This is food for the body. The perfect blend to help maintain my active life.

I say that Reliv is the only thing that is keeps me going. I currently have two businesses (this includes Reliv), I work as a Chef part time, play volleyball, running 5K’s, and still keep going. I have the energy I need to get through my day. I usually get the question, “How are you still awake?” and I tell people, I take Reliv!

Cheers to YOUR optimal Health!

Katrina

April 25, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Food Allergies, Health, Heart Disease, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ready for a Nutrition Tune-Up for YOUR Body?

Get a Nutrition Tune-Up
Most likely, you maintain your car with oil changes and other preventive services to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. But is your body also on a maintenance and prevention plan so it runs at its peak and lasts longer? Good nutrition is vital to your long-term health and your quality of life. Starting today, give yourself a regular nutrition tune-up. 

Add more of:

 

 

  • Whole grains. Choose fiber-filled whole grain bread, cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. You’ll feel more satiated and benefit from the added fiber and nutrition that are retained in whole grain foods.
  • Colorful vegetables. The rainbow of veggie colors, especially dark green, red and orange, pack potent nutrients.
  • Fruits in nearly any form. Fresh, frozen or canned are all good options but beware canned fruit in syrup since it’s high in sugar.
  • Calcium and vitamin D. Go for low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, yogurt and cheese. Or choose fortified soy beverages. Supplements can meet your intake goals of calcium and vitamin D too.
  • Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Look for canola, corn, olive, peanut or soybean oil, or plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and olives. These are healthy fat options to replace solid, saturated fats.
  • Seafood. Swap out meat and poultry more often with a variety of fish and seafood for a boost in omega-3s.

Cut back on:

  • Sodium. Don’t exceed 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day — or just 1,500 mg per day if you’re over age 51; are African-American; or have a history of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. Sodium is high in many processed foods and canned goods such as soups.
  • Sugar. The American Heart Association says high intake of added sugars is linked to many health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Women should limit their sugar intake to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day; the limit for men is 9 teaspoons. Keep in mind sugar is in many foods and drinks. Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons of sugar — maxing out your sugar limit. Sugar is known on food labels by many names including sucrose, fructose, lactose or syrup.
  • Solid fats, especially trans fats. Skip fatty animal-based foods such as bacon, poultry skin, butter and whole milk products. Also avoid foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (read: trans fats) often found in cookies, donuts and crackers.
  • Refined grains. White bread, white rice and many commercial cereals have had the fiber and many nutrients stripped away and act like sugar in the body. Choose whole grains instead.

Canned Tune-Up

An easy way to keep your body running in optimum condition is to fuel it with the premium, balanced nutrition of Reliv nutritional supplements. In addition to supplying essential vitamins and minerals, many Reliv products such as Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® are rich in healthy soy protein.

Reliv also helps you cut back your sugar intake with zero-calorie Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener. Slash your sodium intake by choosing Relivables® Soy Nuts to snack on rather than chips or other high-sodium snacks. The lightly salted soy nuts are low in sodium, cholesterol-free and are an excellent source of fiber and non-GMO protein. They’re also dry roasted rather than fried in oil and have no trans fats.

This article was brought to you by my friends at http://www.reliv.com

Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Relìv. Order now.

To Your Nutritional Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

www.katrina.reliv.com

March 12, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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