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Nectarines: A Smart Summer Snack

Nectarines: A Smart Summer Snack
The nectarine is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fruit of the month in July. Include nectarines on your dinner table and in your lunch bag this month. They’re a great source of nutrients necessary for optimal health!

  • Vitamin A. This retinoid plays a key role in cellular growth and vision.
  • Vitamin C. This antioxidant is necessary for the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels. It also has been shown to prevent or reduce the duration of the common cold.
  • Fiber. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, dietary fiber promotes longevity by decreasing risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Fiber’s widespread benefits also include aiding digestion and promoting weight loss.
  • Niacin. This B vitamin helps convert carbohydrates into usable energy and plays an important role in the nervous system, digestive system. It also promotes skin, hair and eye health. Many studies show niacin may even increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Tips for adding to nectarines to your day:

  • Shake-up breakfast. Add a cup of sliced nectarines and a cup of ice to your morning Reliv shake and blend. For a filling meal replacement, add a scoop of Slimplicity.
  • Snack on the go. Grab a nectarine and a handful of Relivables Soy Nuts for a quick bite with plenty of fiber and protein.
  • Save for later. To enjoy this summer fruit throughout the year, arrange whole or sliced nectarines on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store the nectarines in a plastic bag. When you’re ready to eat, run the nectarine under cold water to remove the skin. Prepare frozen nectarines as usual.

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Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor


July 1, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Fitness, Health, Health and Wellness, Heart Disease, Men's Health, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, 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

Going Green with Your Health!

Four Golden Rules for Greener Health
Living green means we recycle, create less waste and use fewer resources. These are all important ways to protect the environment. But what are you doing to green up your health? A healthy environment and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. Let’s make every day “Green Health Day!”

  1. Don’t pollute your body.Is your body a nutritional wasteland? Give a hoot — don’t pollute your body with garbage foods. Instead, treat it well by eating more natural foods that are packed with nutrients. Think fiber-filled whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, reduce saturated fats and sodium intake. You can also prevent erosion of your health with nutritional supplements.Green Health Action Steps:
  2. Reduce waist.How deepis your footprint? Being overweight contributes to type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, certain types of cancer and more. If you’re a man with a waist measurement of 40 inches or more, or a woman with a waist measurement of 35 inches or more, you’re at much higher risk of metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So it pays to reduce your waist! Losing just 5 to 7 percent of your body weightand doing moderate-intensity exercise for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week also may prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.Green Health Action Step:
    • Choose a weight loss partner wisely. Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System starts with a calorie-controlled, satisfying shake for lunch combined with accelerator capsules before each meal that help boost your metabolism, burn more fat and control your appetite. The plan includes a pedometer to encourage walking, a food and exercise journal and ongoing support so you can stay on track as you lose weight — and keep it off.
  3. Use more natural energy.Forget oil — we’re talking leg power! Walk or ride a bike whenever possible. Use your leg power to go to the grocery store. If you’re buying a lot, consider pulling a wagon to the store for the walk home. It’s a great muscle and cardio workout to improve heart health and burn more calories! Or bring the family on bikes and everyone can carry a (cloth) bag home. Another idea is to ride your bike to work and arrive invigorated for the day. Re-cycle day after day! With gas prices climbing steeply, these strategies are good for your body and your wallet. Green Health Action Step:
    • Join the Team Reliv Fitness Club. It includes exercise and weight loss tracking, along with peer support and monthly prizes to get you moving and healthy!
  4. Live toxic-free.Stress is toxic. It takes a toll on you mentally and physically and makes you more likely to eat on the run and exercise less. The aftermath is an increase in illness, fatigue and brain fog. Follow the mantra: live, laugh and love. Laughing is a known stress reliever that allows you to live and love more freely! Take some time to enjoy nature too. By taking care of yourself with good nutrition and exercise, you’re better able to handle stress and you create a positive, energetic outlook that ripples to others.Green Health Action Step:
    • Drink responsibly. 24K™ from Reliv is a ready-to-drink energy shot that addresses stress, fatigue and mental fog. With 24 healthy ingredients, 24K delivers real energy through real nutrition. It’s a truly sustainable energy source!

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I say that Reliv is the only thing that is keeps me going. I currently have two businesses (this includes Reliv), I work as a Chef part time, play volleyball, running 5K’s, and still keep going. I have the energy I need to get through my day. I usually get the question, “How are you still awake?” and I tell people, I take Reliv!

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April 25, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Fitness, Food Allergies, Health, Heart Disease, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good Nutrition Helps Fight Acne

Can Good Nutrition Fight Acne?

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While Disney stars seem immune, millions of frustrated teenagers — and some adults — try to battle acne with special cleansers, toners and creams. Some products make a dent in the facial pimples while others just leave a dent in the wallet. Meanwhile, acne can leave scarring and clobbers self-esteem. Could nutrition make a difference?

At one point, people pointed at French fries, pizza and chocolate as the acne instigators. Then the pendulum swung and dermatologists dismissed food’s role in acne. But in the last 10 years, doctors began looking a little more closely at the link between diet, nutrition and acne. And they’ve discovered compelling evidence that there is an association.

From the Inside Out

According to Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, program director at the National Institute of Whole Health, “Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside your body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to aging, are the manifestations of your body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs.”

Good nutrition may not cure acne, but science shows it certainly could lessen or worsen its severity. For example, high-glycemic (high-carbohydrate) diets may worsen acne, according to an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology from July 2010. At the same time, low-glycemic diets can impact hormonal levels and improve acne.

Illustrating the effect of too many carbohydrates, scientists found people living in non-Western societies (those living off the coast of Papua New Guinea and the Aché hunter-gathers of Paraguay) are essentially acne-free. Not coincidently, they have low-glycemic diets consisting mainly of fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. Another study found a tie between high-glycemic index foods and acne that lasted longer, compared to trials that linked low-glycemic index diets with reduced acne risk.

So limiting processed, high-carb foods — unfortunately the staple of many teenage diets — is an important step in controlling acne. But science shows other nutrients may help improve acne too.

Acne-Fighting Nutrients

Vitamin A and E
Patients with acne often have low levels of vitamin A and E. In a study conducted by Jordan University of Science and Technology, patients with acne taking vitamin A and E improved their acne condition. Vitamin A reduces oil production while it helps maintain and repair skin tissue. Meanwhile, vitamin E helps with the absorption of vitamin A and speeds up the skin healing process.

Vitamin C
This antioxidant has an anti-inflammatory effect and helps the skin heal. As a bioflavonoid, vitamin C also has an antibacterial effect.

Vitamin B Complex
Acne can be a symptom of deficiency in many of the B vitamins. The B vitamins, including B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin), are part of many important body functions including skin health. In addition, B vitamins are stress relievers — and stress can be a major player in triggering acne.

Chromium helps reduce skin infections and can fight acne. Diets high in sugars (see above about high-glycemic diets) cause a loss of chromium so your body may be deficient.

Sometimes acne is a symptom of a zinc deficiency. Studies show an association between a low zinc diet and the worsening or onset of acne. Zinc regulates acne-causing oil production and may help reduce the number of pimples erupting — and help heal pimples faster. Zinc is a tissue healer and fortifies skin to prevent scarring from acne.

Omega 3
Another root of skin problems may be the imbalance between the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Our Western diets are usually high in omega-6 thanks to our overconsumption of baked goods, cooking oils and other foods, while omega-3s found in fish are often lacking. This imbalance causes inflammation and the skin produces a more irritating form of oil, which can trigger acne. Whiteheads and blackheads are a common symptom of an omega-3 deficiency.

Find a Balance for Better Skin Health
A vitamin and mineral balance helps preserve the skin and body’s overall health and hormonal balance, while supporting an optimal immune system. However, taking individual vitamins may not be a good idea. Many vitamins need other nutrients for absorption and balance. Reliv offers nutritionally balanced supplements such as Reliv Now® and Reliv Classic®, which contain many skin-enhancing vitamins. In addition, Reliv Now® for Kids includes essential fatty acids to support the health of teenage skin in the fight against acne.

For nutrition on the outside, turn to Relivables™ r line of premium skincare products. With the exclusive RA7 complex and other skin-enhancing nutrients, the r line delivers the benefits of Reliv nutrition in a breakthrough topical form.


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With Reliv I have noticed that my skin has cleared up and I will continue to take Reliv for the rest of my life. Truly an amazing product and nothing comes close to it on the market.

Kind Regards,

Katrina van Oudheusden

Independent Reliv Distributor

April 1, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, children, Diets, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Nutrition, Reliv, Women's Health | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ready for a Nutrition Tune-Up for YOUR Body?

Get a Nutrition Tune-Up
Most likely, you maintain your car with oil changes and other preventive services to keep it running smoothly for as long as possible. But is your body also on a maintenance and prevention plan so it runs at its peak and lasts longer? Good nutrition is vital to your long-term health and your quality of life. Starting today, give yourself a regular nutrition tune-up. 

Add more of:



  • Whole grains. Choose fiber-filled whole grain bread, cereals, brown rice and whole wheat pasta. You’ll feel more satiated and benefit from the added fiber and nutrition that are retained in whole grain foods.
  • Colorful vegetables. The rainbow of veggie colors, especially dark green, red and orange, pack potent nutrients.
  • Fruits in nearly any form. Fresh, frozen or canned are all good options but beware canned fruit in syrup since it’s high in sugar.
  • Calcium and vitamin D. Go for low-fat or fat-free versions of milk, yogurt and cheese. Or choose fortified soy beverages. Supplements can meet your intake goals of calcium and vitamin D too.
  • Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Look for canola, corn, olive, peanut or soybean oil, or plant-based foods such as nuts, seeds, avocados and olives. These are healthy fat options to replace solid, saturated fats.
  • Seafood. Swap out meat and poultry more often with a variety of fish and seafood for a boost in omega-3s.

Cut back on:

  • Sodium. Don’t exceed 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day — or just 1,500 mg per day if you’re over age 51; are African-American; or have a history of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease or diabetes. Sodium is high in many processed foods and canned goods such as soups.
  • Sugar. The American Heart Association says high intake of added sugars is linked to many health problems, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Women should limit their sugar intake to about 6 teaspoons of sugar a day; the limit for men is 9 teaspoons. Keep in mind sugar is in many foods and drinks. Just one 12-ounce can of cola has about 8 teaspoons of sugar — maxing out your sugar limit. Sugar is known on food labels by many names including sucrose, fructose, lactose or syrup.
  • Solid fats, especially trans fats. Skip fatty animal-based foods such as bacon, poultry skin, butter and whole milk products. Also avoid foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (read: trans fats) often found in cookies, donuts and crackers.
  • Refined grains. White bread, white rice and many commercial cereals have had the fiber and many nutrients stripped away and act like sugar in the body. Choose whole grains instead.

Canned Tune-Up

An easy way to keep your body running in optimum condition is to fuel it with the premium, balanced nutrition of Reliv nutritional supplements. In addition to supplying essential vitamins and minerals, many Reliv products such as Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now® are rich in healthy soy protein.

Reliv also helps you cut back your sugar intake with zero-calorie Relivables® All-Natural Sweetener. Slash your sodium intake by choosing Relivables® Soy Nuts to snack on rather than chips or other high-sodium snacks. The lightly salted soy nuts are low in sodium, cholesterol-free and are an excellent source of fiber and non-GMO protein. They’re also dry roasted rather than fried in oil and have no trans fats.

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March 12, 2011 Posted by | Alternative Health, Diets, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, Nutrition, Reliv, Sports Nutrition, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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