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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

Is Eating Soy Safe for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors?

Is eating soy safe for breast cancer patients and survivors?

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There has been widespread concern about whether it is safe for women with breast cancer to eat soy.

An excellent source of fiber, vitamin B6, and protein, soy is usually associated with a health-conscious diet, but research concerning its safety has been mixed.

Some studies have shown isoflavones, a class of phytoestrogens, or plant-derived compounds, found in soy could impact a woman’s estrogen levels and increase the risk of cancer recurrence among some breast cancer patients. Estrogen is known to promote the growth of breast cancer cells.

Wendy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, a breast cancer expert at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, has conducted research that shows that soy is safe to eat for breast cancer survivors.

Wendy Y. Chen, MD, MPH

“We looked at data among many breast cancer survivors both from the United States and Asia,” says Chen. “We found that women who ate a large amount of soy had a similar or decreased risk of breast cancer recurrence compared to women who didn’t eat soy.”

Dr. Chen adds if women with breast cancer want to make soy a regular part of their diet, it should be dietary or food-based soy.

She doesn’t recommend people use soy exclusively in their diet or that they use forms of processed soy or soy in pill form.

“It’s very easy to find soy products in neighborhood grocery stores now,” says Chen. “Besides the more common ones like soybeans, soy sauce and tofu, now you can easily buy food-based soy products like miso soup, soy milk and soy nuts. Also, many of the dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli are rich in isoflavones.”

Besides eating a healthy diet, Chen says there are other things breast cancer survivors can do to reduce their risk of the disease returning.

“Exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight have been shown to be very helpful in improving survival,” she says.

This article was brought to you by Dana Farber – Cancer Institute

Cheers to Your Better Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

June 24, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

24K highlighted in Beverage Innovation magazine

Beverage Innovation magazine, a food and beverage industry publication, featured 24K™ as a healthy alternative in its March 2011 look at the energy drink market. The article highlights the unique formulation that distinguishes Reliv in this competitive market sector.

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Yours in Optimal Health,

Katrina

May 31, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Sports Nutrition, Vitamin, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bigger Biceps, Better Health!

Dr Carl Bigger Biceps, Better Health

Today, building muscle is more about brains than brawn. It’s a smart way to stay healthy
now and into the future. Strength training is for everyone of every age, young adults to the elderly, men and women.
Sure, impressive biceps and six-pack abs can be a perk of strength training, but strength training also builds multiple health benefits for every part of your body — seen and unseen.

When you strength train, you strengthen your tendons and ligaments to better protect your joints from injury. Your range of motion improves. Your bones get stronger. You have better balance and function. Your cardiovascular
health improves. Strength training also can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, including arthritis, back pain, depression, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Research also suggests that regular strength training helps improve blood sugar control.

Strength training isn’t new. But people are finally recognizing how important it is to overall health. Pump up your health status with strength training and Reliv nutritional supplements such as ProVantage® and 24K™, ideal companions to keep you going strong today — and tomorrow.
To your health,
Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Reliv Vice Chairman &
Chief Scientific Officer

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To A Better Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

May 28, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Sports Nutrition, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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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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

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