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Eczema – results with Reliv

It always breaks my heart when I see babies and kids suffer with so many medical problems. This is a great video about a 3 1/2 month old that had really bad eczema.

Would love to hear your comments about this video. If you would like to start taking the Reliv product or have any questions please feel free to contact me through my Reliv site. Please share this video with friends and family. You never know whose life you could change.

To Your World of Better Health!
Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

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.

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May 5, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Vitamin, Wellness | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

10 Ways to Less Stress

10 Ways to Stress Less

written by www.reliv.com

A simple one-syllable word can do a lot of damage to your body and your mood. Stress.

Stress seems to be epidemic today. Many factors can feed it: world events, financial worries, job insecurity, family illnesses, work overload, children, traffic or just simply life’s daily issues.

These stressors can worsen high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; increase back pain, headaches and stomachaches; aggravate allergies; suppress the immune system; cause sleep problems and fatigue; impair mental judgment and memory; and make you cranky, nervous, sad and depressed. Long-term, stress can age your body and leave you more vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes.

But you can fight back and send stress packing. Try these 10 tips to better manage your stress and find happier, calmer days ahead.

  1. Practice positive self-talk. When negative thoughts creep in your mind, turn them around to be more positive. Think: “I can handle this.” Or “One step at a time.” Or “Some day I’ll laugh about this.”
  2. Just breathe. In a stressful situation, stop and take several deep breaths before speaking or reacting.
  3. Walk it off quietly. Take a daily walk in a quiet place rather than a noisy, busy sidewalk if possible. Nature walks are even better.
  4. Seek happiness. Make a conscious effort to hug loved ones frequently, smile at people more and appreciate beautiful scenes in nature whenever possible. 

  5. One ball at a time. Chronic multi-tasking is a direct pathway to stress. Do one thing at a time and just focus on that. Don’t try to balance your checkbook, make dinner and help your child with homework all at the same time. Nothing is done well that way anyhow.
  6. Treat yourself. When stress strikes, take a break and do something you enjoy such as reading, calling a friend, listening to music, or just watching a favorite movie. Try to do at least one enjoyable thing every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Taking time just for you is important self-care. It’s OK to do nothing once in a while.
  7. Get moving. If a vigorous run or heart-pumping kickboxing is more your style, go for it. Any form of exercise helps relieve stress. It eliminates the stress hormones coursing through your body and combats anxiety. Or focus on daily relaxation in the form of deep breathing, yoga, tai chi or meditation. 

  8. Hush-a-bye. Make sure you’re getting adequate sleep — seven to eight hours is ideal — every night. Being rested helps you better handle anything life throws your way and prevents irritability and overreactions.
  9. Be prepared with the right snacks. When stress eating rears its ugly head, have healthy snacks handy. While some people lose their appetite under stress, many others are driven to high-carb, high-fat comfort foods like chips, ice cream or greasy burgers. The guilt from the overindulgence will only add to your stress level. Be prepared by keeping healthier alternatives in stock. Relivables® Soy Nuts satisfy the urge to munch in a low-sodium, non-fried way. Relivables® Healthy Snack Bars are also a guilt-free sweet treat with Pycnogenol®, healthy soy protein and fiber, and no high-fructose corn syrup or trans fats.
  10. Shore up your diet. Plan healthy meals rich in fruits and vegetables, along with B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, which are known stress-reducers. Nutritional products such as Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® provide a full range of stress-fighting vitamins, minerals, herbs and other vital nutrients. When you’re on the go, slip ready-to-drink 24K™ in your bag as a potent source of stress-relieving ingredients including B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, Gama Aminobutryric Acid (GABA) and Valerian Root. This convenient drink packs 24 health-promoting ingredients that address the triple-threat of fatigue, mental fog and stress. 24K is also caffeine-free so you can take it anytime, anywhere with no jitters. Just clear, calming energy and focus.

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April 9, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Oh, The Wonders Of Omega 3

Oh, The Many Wonders of Omega-3

Despite the abundance of food in most developed countries, our diets today are still sadly lacking. One key power nutrient missing? Omega-3, an essential fatty acid. And more studies are showing that increasing omega-3 in our diets can pay off in significant health benefits, from weight loss to decreased risk of heart disease.

Essential fatty acids are vital to the body’s normal development and function, especially for the brain and eyes. Memory, performance and behavior are all affected by omega-3 intake. If your body doesn’t have enough essential fatty acids, it can cause reduced growth, infertility, impaired wound healing and decreased ability to fight infection.

Deficiencies in omega-3 — specifically DHA — during pregnancy and in babies can cause developmental problems in the nervous system and vision. That’s why some baby formulas now include a DHA supplement.

Not getting enough omega-3 may also lead to many health problems including heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, certain cancers, osteoporosis, premature birth, depression, asthma and diabetes.

Symptoms that you may have an omega-3 deficiency include extreme tiredness, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression and poor circulation.

No Fishing Required for Good Nutrition
While fish, especially salmon tuna, is a good source of omega-3, you’ll also find this important nutrient in leafy greens and olive, canola, flaxseed and walnut oils.

The following Reliv products also include omega-3: Reliv Now® for Kids and ReversAge®.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
This article was brought to you by our friends at http://www.reliv.com
SOURCES:

Diabetes Self-Management, Jan/Feb 2008, p. 8-14, Alisa G. Woods, PhD

University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/omega–3–000316.htm

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Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Diets, Health, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

2 Vital Steps to Protect Your Heart

Two Vital Steps to Protect Your Heart

Heart health is part genetics, part diet and lifestyle. While you can’t change your family tree, you can make an impact on risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Getting regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber are also heart-smart steps.

Let’s focus on two heart disease risk factors where you can make a difference: cholesterol and blood pressure. It may be easier to impact these than you thought…

Control Cholesterol.
Your risk for a heart attack rises with your cholesterol levels. Cholesterol builds up and narrows your arteries and makes them less flexible. To counter cholesterol, make plant sterols your friend. Plant sterols are found naturally in some vegetable oils, nuts, grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Soy is a significant source of plant sterols.

Plant sterols have been shown to reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by 20 percent in people with metabolic syndrome even if they continued eating a typical “Western” diet. The study showed those taking daily doses of plant sterols also dropped their total cholesterol by 16 percent, and their triglyceride levels by 19 percent.

Reliv’s CardioSentials®, loaded with plant sterols and other heart-smart nutrients, has been clinically shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides for people with high cholesterol, as well as increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol and reduce blood glucose levels.

While soy benefits heart health because of its plant sterols and other antioxidants, the impact of soy and fiber together are even more powerful. One of fiber’s key heart benefits is reducing cholesterol. The combination of fiber-rich FibRestore® and soy-based Reliv Now® create a one-two punch against cholesterol. A clinical study found these products together reduce average cholesterol by 14 percent while they also reduce LDL, triglycerides, and uric acid.

Bring Down Blood Pressure.
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for developing heart disease and significantly increases stroke risk. One easy way to lower blood pressure is to bump up your soy intake. A combination of studies has shown taking soy isoflavones with soy protein each day lowers blood pressure as much as taking blood pressure medication.

Studies also show fiber can help reduce or even prevent high blood pressure. A Harvard study showed an intake of 24 grams/day or more of fiber provided significant protection against developing high blood pressure. FibRestore contains 10 grams of fiber in each serving to put you well on your way to reaching your optimum fiber count.

Get Your Heart Pumping
Your heart also needs a regular workout. Studies show adding at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise three or more times a week can increase your HDL (“good”) cholesterol by 5-10 percent and lower your triglycerides.

For motivation, support and fun, join the Team Reliv Fitness Club to help reach your exercise goals. Join anywhere, anytime. It’s open to all Reliv Distributors and customers and offers prizes and a way for you to track your progress to better health.

Then add 24K™ to your daily routine to give you the healthy energy you need to literally go the extra mile. Its synergistic blend of 24 active ingredients in a caffeine-free, ready-to-drink shot provides energy, focus and stress relief — all important factors in heart health. Many of the ingredients, such as omega-3, CoQ10 and resveratrol, are proven heart helpers too.

Reliv’s nutritional products offer a variety of healthy solutions to benefit your heart — and the rest of your body.

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February 23, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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 http://www.reliv.com 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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Thank you Reliv for another amazing article. Nutrition is so import, more now then ever before. Our food is no long nutritional and you can get by looking at the number of sick people around you. It is only going to get worst. We need to be taking the best that Food Science has to offer and that is Reliv.

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

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