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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:
For a complete list of references for this issue, please view
the special addendum posted on the Science & Health Today
web page, http://www.reliv.com >> The Products >> articles &
research >> Science & Health Today.

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)

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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

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

Soy Supplements as Effective as Hormone Therapy in Easing Menopausal Symptoms

This was an interesting article about how soy supplement are just as effective as hormone therapy in easing menopausal symptoms. This is awesome news for those of us in the Reliv business.

Here is the article by foodconsumer.org:

Dietary soy supplements may be as effective as hormone therapy at easing menopausal symptoms in post menopausal  women, a new study suggests.

The study published in the Sep 10, 2010 issue of Maturitas show both soy isoflavone and hormone therapy equally significantly improved somatic symptoms like hot flashes and muscle pain in  post menopausal women.

For the double-blind, randomized, controlled trial, Carmignani L.O. and colleagues from Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at State University of Compinas in Brazik assigned sixty postmenopausal women aged 40 to 60 years a dietary soy supplement containing 90 mg of isoflavone and hormone therapy based on 1 mg estradiol and 0.5 mg norethisterone acetate.

soybeans_ars_403973269.jpgAt 16 weeks of treatment, the researchers assessed menopausal symptoms including psychological, somatic and urogenital symptoms using the Menopause Rating Scale and they found all the treatments including placebo were equally effective except for urogenital symptoms for which the placebo did not seem to be effective.

Both the soy supplement and the hormone therapy improved somatic symptoms such as hot flashes and muscle pain by 49.8 percent and 45.6 percent respectively and improved urogenital symptoms (vaginal dryness) by 31.2 percent and 38.6 percent respectively.

The researchers concluded “Dietary soy supplementation may constitute an effective alternative therapy for somatic and urogenital symptoms of the menopause.”

Jimmy Downs

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The reason I found this article so intriguing is because Reliv Distributors talk about how SoyEssentials is the woman’s nutrition. I have heard many stories from women saying that they have never experience or had minimal menopausal symptoms.

Wouldn’t you like to never experience menopausal symptoms? If you are going through menopause right now wouldn’t you like to take something that is nutritional and helps you? For more information visit me at Katrina.Reliv.com

To Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical condition. Our products are designed to provide optimal, balanced nutrition and to target specific wellness needs.

November 30, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Soy | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reliv — Celebrating GlucAffect.

Happy Birthday, GlucAffect!

On November 8, 2008, Relìv introduced the world to a revolutionary nutritional approach to blood sugar management: groundbreaking GlucAffect®. From the big crowd gathered in the conference hall in Chicago to the thousands more watching via webcast at Saturday trainings or calling in on their own, the Relìv family across the country enthusiastically welcomed GlucAffect that day.

Now, two years later, countless Americans have discovered a new hope and an opportunity to take control of their health. GlucAffect is a true breakthrough in nutrition science — clinically shown to help support healthy blood sugar management and aid in weight loss.

November is American Diabetes Month. Use this month and GlucAffect’s anniversary to shine a light on the importance of blood sugar management to our health as a nation. Consider this:

* 24 million children and adults in the United States live with diabetes
* 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 diabetes
* 1 out of every 3 children born today will face a future with diabetes if current trends continue

Visit the GlucAffect page, take a look at just some of the inspiring success stories, download the clinical study and view last year’s historic product launch. You have another great reason to talk to people about GlucAffect this month — let everyone know that Relìv has created an unmatched nutritional approach to blood sugar management.

Having family members with Type 1 and Type 2 I have seen the effects diabetes has on the body. Nutrition plays such an important role in maintaining correct blood sugar levels. The weight loss is an added bonus.

For more information contact me by going to my web site… you can call or email me. Look forward to sharing GlucAffect with you and watching you get your health back.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

 

November 8, 2010 Posted by | Alternative Health, diabetes, Diets, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Does a McDonald’s Happy Meal Mold?

This was an interesting article that I just stumbled upon…

Does a McDonald’s Happy Meal Mold?

The bad news is that it doesn’t:

Check out this article: Happy Meals Resists Mold

Let me know what you think if this posting by rating it. Also share this with family and friends on your favorite social media site.

Cheers to Your Optimal Health!

Katrina van Oudheusden

October 26, 2010 Posted by | children, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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