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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

Many Multivitamins Don’t Have Claimed Nutrients

By Linda Carroll
updated 6/20/2011 7:22:53 PM ET

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not make clear that the ingredients in the  Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears are in compliance with the Daily Value standards set by the federal Food and Drug Administration. ConsumerLab instead evaluated the supplement using the more recent standards established by the Institute of Medicine for upper tolerable limits. Dr. Tod Cooperman stated that excessive Vitamin A levels have been linked to liver abnormalities and other health concerns, but he was not speaking specifically about any particular multivitamin tested by his company.

A new review of popular multivitamins found that one in three did not contain the amount of nutrients claimed in their labels or improperly listed ingredients.

After testing 38 multivitamins for a new report published online this week, researchers at ConsumerLab.com discovered that eight contained too little of specific nutrients, two contained more nutrient than claimed and three improperly listed ingredients. The good news: some of the best vitamins were also the cheapest.

“We found a wide range in the quality of multivitamins,” said Dr. Tod Cooperman, president of the company. “Interestingly, the more expensive products didn’t fare any better than those that are just a few cents a day.”

While medications are closely overseen by the federal Food and Drug Administration, supplements like vitamins don’t get regular testing by any government agency. So there’s no way of knowing — outside of independent testing — whether a bottle of supplements contains what it’s supposed to.

The problems with quality control found by ConsumerLab don’t surprise Dan Hurley, a medical journalist and author of “Natural Causes,” a book on the supplement industry.

“That’s really pretty average for supplements. It’s a real crapshoot,” Hurley said. If a drug company had these kinds of lapses, it would be shut down, he said.

Although low levels of certain nutrients can be a problem, doses that exceed recommendations are especially worrisome. Several products evaluated by ConsumerLab, including some designed for children, had this issue. For the report, ConsumerLab used the recommended daily allowances and upper tolerable limits established by the Institutes of Medicine.

ConsumerLab is a Westchester, N.Y., company that independently evaluates hundreds of health and nutrition products and periodically publishes reviews. For this test, ConsumerLab purchased a selection of multivitamins and sent them, without labels to a lab for testing. If a problem was found, the product was sent to a second lab for confirmation.

ConsumerLab focused on some of the more important ingredients, such as folic acid, calcium, vitamin A (retinol and beta-carotene), zinc, and iron. Cooperman and his colleagues also looked to see how quickly vitamin tablets broke down in liquid. If a pill doesn’t break down fast enough, the body won’t be able to absorb as much of the various nutrients.

Among the supplements that had too little of a particular nutrient were Trader Joe’s Vitamin Crusade (just 59 percent of the vitamin A advertised on the label), Melaleuca Vitality Multivitamin & Mineral (just 42 percent of the touted vitamin A) and All One Active Seniors (less than 2 percent of the beta-carotene, 73 percent of the retinol and 49 percent of the vitamin A listed on the label).

Centrum Chewables had the opposite problem, with 173 percent of the vitamin A listed on the label. This is of particular concern because too much vitamin A can spell trouble.

“If you get too much vitamin A it can be toxic to your liver,” explained Dr. Michael Cirigliano, an associate professor of medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “People don’t realize that everything they put in their mouths is bioactive. Whether it’s baby aspirin or food, it has an effect on the body. People think that if you can get it without a prescription it’s safe — that’s baloney.”

One product, Alpha Betic, took twice as long as it should have to break apart in solution, found ConsumerLab. The supplement also contained less vitamin A than it should have.

Particularly worrisome were high levels of certain nutrients in some of the children’s multivitamins.

Hero Nutritionals Yummi Bears, if given to children at the suggested dose, would exceed recommendations by the Institute for Medicine for Vitamin A in youngsters aged 1 to 3. However, the multivitamins were found to be in compliance with the standards set by the FDA. ConsumerLab considers the FDA’s standards to be outdated.

ConsumerLab found almost no connection between price and quality. Many of the cheaper pills (prices ranging between $0.03 and $0.14 per day) passed all the tests, while some of the most expensive ones (priced as high as $1 per day) failed.

Among the supplements that passed testing were several very inexpensive options, such as Equate Mature Multivitamin, at $0.03/day, Kirkland Signature Mature Multivitamins and Minerals Adult 50+ at $0.03/day and Flintstones Plus Bone Building Support at $0.14/day.

ConsumerLab also tested several pet supplements, one of which, Pet-Tabs Complete Daily Vitamin Mineral Supplement for Dogs contained lead at unhealthy levels.

Ultimately the new report is a strong argument for more regulation of the supplement industry, both Cirigliano and Hurley said.

“People are using these products more and more,” Cirigliano explained. “There needs to be more regulation.”

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Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

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July 2, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Men's Health, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Vitamin, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Walk Right In… The Benefits of Walking

Around here, there’s no exercise we don’t love. Yoga, running, and rock climbing all have a place in our hearts. But we don’t discount the most unassuming exercise of all, walking. It’s a great no-fuss way to exercise (all you need are comfortable walking shoes!), and a moderately intense pace — 100 steps per minute — is the key to losing weight.

If you’re in the mood for taking advantage of the season’s long nights with more walks, investing in a pedometer is a good idea. You’ll know exactly how many steps you take each day, which can keep you on the right track with your goals. Once you’re ready to go, here are some more benefits of walking that you can look forward to!

  • It’s a moderate calorie burner. Walking at a 20-minute-mile pace burns about 103 calories every hour, which is not too shabby. And if you pick up your pace, you can burn a few calories more an hour — a 15-minute-mile pace will burn about 118 calories. Add a few more movements to your walk, and you’ve got a veritable cardio routine going on.

Check out more benefits of walking after the break!

  • It can combat that uncomfortable post-big-meal feeling. Barbecues and other Summer celebrations got you feeling stuffed? Taking a walk after indulging can not only aid in digestion and help combat heartburn, but it can also reverse some arterial damage caused by fat.
  • It’s makes a perfect fitness date. Need to catch up with a friend? Swapping happy hour for a walking date means you still get the best of both worlds — all the gossip you can handle while burning a few calories (and not ingesting all those empty ones)!
  • It’s a gateway exercise. If you want to become a runner, walking is a great place to start. Create a plan to gradually increase your pace and turn your normal walks into full-on runs in no time!

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I use to run marathons and now I do more walking. It is finding the time to walk… so I park the car a little further away. (In the florida heat this is not always what you want to do during the summer. LOL) I find small things to so to make sure I benefit from walking. What do you do to fit walking or running into your schedule?

Yours in Achieving great health!

Katrina

June 18, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Men's Health, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Vitamin, weight loss, Women's Health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Consistent Exercise Protects Your Colon — and Your Life

Consistent Exercise Protects Your Colon — and Your Life

Just in time to help you renew your commitment to getting more active this year, new studies underscore the benefits of regular exercise — especially related to colon cancer.

According to researchers at Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, consistent exercise can lower the risk of dying from colon cancer. In the study, people who exercised consistently for at least 10 years had the lowest risk of colon cancer death.

The same researchers had previously analyzed data from past studies on colon cancer risk and found people who exercised the most were 24 percent less likely to develop colon cancer in the first place than those who exercised the least.

And even after a cancer diagnosis, exercise reduces the risk of recurrence and death.

It’s Never Too Late to Get Moving

The new study’s message: It’s never too late to get started exercising but it’s never too early either. Just a 30-minute walk a day — although longer is even better — helps reduce your risk of many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and other cancers. Research also shows regular exercise helps you feel better physically and mentally so you function better on a daily basis.

Indulge in a Sleep Chaser

For a well-earned chaser to your exercise, make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can cancel out exercise’s cancer prevention benefits, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute.

To shore up your digestive health, make sure you’re also eating enough fiber each day. With 10 grams of fiber per serving and a powerful package of vitamins, antioxidants and herbs, Reliv’s FibRestore® is a great start.

SOURCES:
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090211193822.htm
www.siteman.wustl.edu
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/11/081117153154.htm

Thank you to my friends at http://www.reliv.com for sharing this great article.

Your in Achieving a Healthy Life!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

 

June 5, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, diabetes, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Vitamin, weight loss, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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