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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.

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

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®

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

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

Improving Your Health in Your 50’s and 60’s

One of the most interesting things I have discovered is that you can improve your health no matter what your age. Getting old and the aches and pains that come with it don’t have to be your reality. You can change how you feel and your health. Blair and Joy share their story with you in this great video.

Blair and Joy have been my mentors and a huge support to me. They have been taking Reliv for years and it shows. Blair is still active in softball and the energy they have! I look forward to having their energy and health. I know that by taking Reliv I am preventing many aches and pains. I look forward to be active in my 70’s and 80’s. Feed the body the nutrients it needs is important. Think of it this way… our food only grows if it the soil has nutrients and water. The human body is the same. It need nutrients and water to stay healthy.

Please share this great video with your friends and family. Tweet it or Facebook it! You don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.

Yours in Achieving Better Health!
Katrina van Oudheusden

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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.

May 20, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Vitamin, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vitamins and Minerals Work in Tandem

Here are 8 nutritional examples of how vitamins and minerals work in tandem.

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Every now and then, we hear about studies reporting that one single vitamin wasn’t shown to have an effect on a certain condition — such as vitamin C and colds. Often these simplified findings occur because the study looked at the vitamin in isolation rather than how it naturally interacts with other nutrients to benefit our health.

Nutritional relationships are highly complex. Many vitamins and minerals work in tandem with others to enhance absorption, effectiveness and health benefits. They’re like family — they NEED each other. This is called synergy. Synergy is all about how a group of powerful nutrients work together to give more benefits than they would individually.

Here are some examples of nutrition combos that work synergistically for better health benefits:

*Vitamin C enhances the absorption of iron. So eating dark green vegetables or citrus with meats, fish or beans is a smart nutrition choice to boost iron levels and enhance production of healthy red blood cells.

*Eating good fats, such as olive oil, canola oil or even a simple avocado, nuts or cheese, with a salad chock-full of veggie helps your body absorb more of the beneficial phytochemicals.

*Working together, folic acid, vitamin B6 and B12 protect the heart by reducing the level of an artery-damaging amino acid. So eat plenty of B6 and folate vitamin sources such as spinach, broccoli, tomato juice, beans, bananas and watermelon along with B12 sources such as meats, chicken, fish, shellfish, milk and eggs.

*Vitamin C and phytoestrogen found in various fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans (including soy) work together to prevent or delay dangerous plaque build-up in the arteries.

*Vitamin D and calcium go hand in hand because vitamin D is needed to help your body absorb calcium. In addition, the combination of the two nutrients increases bone mineral density and reduces fracture risk in postmenopausal women.

*A study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that eating a broccoli-tomato combination significantly suppresses prostate tumor growth more than eating broccoli or lycopene-rich tomatoes alone.

*Pairing the catechins in grapes and the quercetin in apples may improve cardiovascular health by making blood platelets less sticky so they don’t clump together and clog arteries.

*Adding lemon to your green tea not only makes it taste good, it also helps your body absorb at least three times more of tea’s healthy catechins.

Relìv Makes Synergistic Nutrition Easy

Over two decades ago, Relìv introduced products developed on the principle of synergy — long before synergy became a buzzword in the nutrition world. Rather than focus on one or two specific vitamins, Relìv products are carefully balanced with a complex blend of nutrients that work together, synergistically, for optimal health. Two shakes a day of Relìv nutritional supplements combined with eating a variety of fresh, whole foods will ensure your body is receiving the nutrition it craves to function its best.

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Cheers to Your Optimal Health

Katrina van Oudheusden

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Sports Nutrition | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Child Nutrition: Let them Drink Shakes

Child Nutrition: Let them Drink Shakes!

Diets loaded with convenience and fast foods are depriving our children of the very nutrients their growing bodies crave.

According to the Federal Intragency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 8 of 10 U.S. children do not have a healthy diet. Poor diets can impair a child’s growth and cognitive development, as well as put them at an even higher risk for obesity.

Many American kids get their biggest nutritional boost from sugary fortified breakfast cereals or a daily chewable vitamin. Yet even with these added vitamins and minerals, they’re still missing key nutrients like healthy protein, pro-biotics, Omega 3s, antioxidants and more.

A nutrient-packed, great tasting smoothie or shake is the perfect way to give your kids the nutritional building blocks their bodies need to grow strong. A smoothie for breakfast gets them ready to meet the day, while an after school smoothie will give them the energy they need to power through sports, homework and everything else in their active lives. Plus, a healthy shake will help fill them up, replacing empty-calorie snacks that serve only to pack-on pounds.

Fresh or frozen fruits, low fat soy milk or fruit juice provide a great foundation for a tasty smoothie. From there, let your imagination soar!

What are your kids’ favorite shake or smoothie combination?

Katrina van Oudheusden
Independent Reliv Distributor

P.S. Just found a great blog that talks about Childhood Obesity from an RN perspective. Thank you for writing this article.

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.

February 19, 2010 Posted by | children, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Wellness | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments


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