Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced – 1st Quarter 2021

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge on social media to follow their journeys.

Grand Prize — $500 Cash 

“I started out overweight and no energy. Anytime I tried to do anything I would get tired and out of breath right away. I could hardly make it up and down a few steps. Within two weeks after starting to use Reliv products, I could really tell the difference. I started losing weight and noticed less discomfort in my knees. Now after three months in the Reliv Champions Challenge I have lost almost 60 pounds and 10 inches around the waist.* I feel like a new person!”—Al Gritter, Michigan, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

“Oh my! So many results. Thank you so much for the Reliv Champions Challenge. Since July I have lost 50 pounds! I lost 30 pounds just during this challenge.* Inches have dropped off and I’m not planning on picking them back up. Because of the Reliv products I am moving more and walking without assistance…and because of Fit3 today I walked 1.2 miles. I can’t believe it…except that is what the sign said.”—Joy LoPiccolo, Michigan, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

“I was tired of the way I looked and I wasn’t able to keep up with my children, I wasn’t happy in general and didn’t have much strength. I was ready for a change. I wanted to be able to have more energy, be able to keep up with my children, finally be happy again and feel stronger. This challenge has taught me how to stay consistent and determined and helped me stay on track with my health and fitness goals. I lost a total of 17.6lbs and 2 pants sizes AND I found my smile!”*—Jennifer Bradt, New York, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Champion

Special Recognition — $250 Product Credit

“I am a Reliv Champion because I set goals and made them a priority. I never gave in, even when I wanted to sit on the couch and pig out on junk food! I continued to push myself until working out became a habit. When the challenge was complete I had lost 15 pounds and several inches. I went down 2 pants sizes and I’m lifting a lot heavier weights than before.”*— Mandy Manship, Indiana, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Runner Up

“I feel so much better physically and mentally. I took my two grandkids on a 2400 mile trip for spring break all by myself. We biked and hiked and had a wonderful time. I finally have my confidence back! I lost 32 pounds and went from size 22 to a 14 in pants.* I just feel so much better it is amazing. I am able to hike, walk and do other activities that I had been avoiding.”—Lori Lopez, Washington, Reliv Champions Challenge Q1 2021 Runner Up

The challenge criteria called for the participants to use Reliv products consistently throughout the challenge, commit to lifestyle changes promoted through the Fit3 program, and complete weekly social media posts to encourage others and build a personal brand in the wellness space.  All participants who completed the above requirements AND lost 10 pounds (or experienced other measurable results) were considered for the grand prize and have been awarded a $100 Reliv product credit.

All Challenge Finishers — $100 Product Credit

Al Gritter
Ali Crockett
Angela Malis
Angie Chinn
Barbara Norton
Barry Williams
Cathy Sudo
Chris Ciccone
Christine Schleinkofer
Cristina Reguindin
Cynthia Hesslink
Dawn Williams
Deanna Vaughan
Debby Hesterberg
Dodi McCune
Erin Heim
Gloria Bromley
Janice Serrani
Jennifer Barnes
Jennifer Bradt
Jessica Rice
Joy LoPiccolo
Krista Siciliano
Kristy Yannich
Laurie Eaton
Lori Lopez
Lou Ann Pecorelli
Mandy J Manship
Marilyn Burr
Marty Young
Mike Greenwood
Nicole Martineau
Roy Colver
Ruth Kettler
Tami Martineau
Vickie Grove

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on July 1, 2021. Registration for the Q3 2021 Challenge will open on June 25, 2021, and close on July 7, 2021. 

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program. 

The Inside Scoop on Reliv Bonus and Award Winners from March 2021

We love to hear from our Reliv Distributors who are making advancements, earning bonuses, and showing how to shake up their business. Below, you’ll hear about their Reliv regimen, results, and what they’re doing to grow their Reliv businesses. You might even get some great advice to help you follow in their footsteps!

Reliv Senior Director Beth Mull

Q: What’s your hometown?

A: Allouez, Michigan

Q: What is your Reliv regimen? 

A: Every morning, I take Reliv Protect Hemp + LunaRich X, Reliv Defense, Burn, ReversAge and Innergize! Lower Sugar. I also drink a shake with Reliv Now, Arthaffect, FibRestore and Active. In the afternoon, I drink another shake with Reliv Now for Kids Chocolate, SoySentials, Active, and 24K separately. Then in the evening, I take RLV Hemp + Melatonin, LunaRich X, Purify.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?

A: I would say that Reliv chose me thanks to a friend who shared it with me. The best decision I made was to choose Reliv back! The results were the reason I chose Reliv back and I will not ever let go!

Q: What results have you seen?

A: My results include more energy, a stronger immune system, and quicker recovery with exercise. I can do more activities than all of my grandchildren! 

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?

A: Reliv has made a positive impact on my life by giving me the best nutrition for my body so I feel great. I have also learned more about myself, gained confidence, and have grown a powerful desire to help others! 

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?

A: To grow my business, I remember that I am a product of the product. I reach out to others daily to be a bridge so they can see and feel the benefits of Reliv! 

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?

A: I tell others that Reliv completely changed my life and I’m forever grateful!  

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?

A: My advice to a new Distributor is to keep moving forward and never quit. Every step you take is forward motion. Be excited every day! 

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?

A: My goal is to reach the Global Ambassador Team in April and next is Master Director!

 

Reliv Director Erin Muhlestein

My name is Erin Muhlestein and I live in Gilbert, Arizona, with my wonderful husband and four amazing boys. Seventeen years ago I was a mom praying for answers for her children’s health when I was introduced to Reliv by a close friend. We had two boys battling various respiratory issues. Lots of things were offered to us, but nothing seemed to really work until we tried Reliv. Within a couple of months of being consistent on the products, we were able to see noticeable changes with all the respiratory issues our boys were experiencing.

Both our boys have remained symptom-free for the past 17 years. Since then we have had amazing results with other health challenges our family has faced. Reliv helped us clear up our youngest son’s skin irritations. It also helped my husband support healthy blood sugar levels, along with diet and exercise. I also used the products as a prenatal supplement with a fantastic outcome and have gotten relief from perimenopausal issues. 

Most recently, I was a Runner Up for the Fit3 Champions Challenge. We now use Reliv products as prevention and feel confident in our family’s immune health and all-around well being. To say Reliv not only changed our life for the better but also gave our family a quality of life we only dreamed of would be an understatement.

To be honest, I did not want to start a business in the beginning and was a bit skeptical of that aspect at first. But as people began asking us what we had done to change our family’s health we could not hold back our love for the products. We feel a sense of duty to offer others the overflow of blessings we had received. Sharing Reliv from your heart is easy and the fact you can get paid to do that is a bonus. 

After taking a step back from the business for many years we are now more excited than ever to help others not only have a chance at better health but also a chance to earn income from the comfort of their home, or wherever else they may choose. I always fall back on something Bob Montgomery said many years ago: “If you help others get what they want, you will automatically get what you want.” That philosophy still holds true today. This business is not about selling a product, but offering others hope and an opportunity and then allowing them to make whatever choice is best for them and their families. When you lead with love you will never fail. Reliv is a company with a heart and that is what drew me in at first. The support, honesty, and love I have felt over the years have been what has kept me going. There are a lot of nutritional options out there, but there is only one Reliv!

 

Reliv Director Jackie Felt

Q: What’s your hometown?

A: South Jordan, Utah

Q: What is your Reliv regimen? 

A: I take an Arthaffect shake every morning, along with LunaRich X capsules. Around noon I drink a shake with Reliv Now. Later in the day, I take Innergize!.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?

A: My friend told me about Reliv and I loved the results and long-term benefits.

Q: What results have you seen?

A: I started using Reliv because I was suffering from joint discomfort, which has improved a great deal. The swelling in my joints came down and the discomfort eased up right away. Then I discovered other products such as Now and Innergize!. I have had more energy and seem to sleep better. When friends noticed the improvement and asked me what I was doing, I told them about the wonderful products.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?

A: It has been great to share my results with friends and family. Besides just feeling better, I have had such joy hearing from friends who say they are feeling better. I have one family member who has more mobility because of Arthaffect, and one whose headaches have improved. My 95-year-old mother is staying strong because of Reliv. One friend has lost weight and had success keeping her blood sugar levels in a healthy range.

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?

A: I have just shared my health improvements with others. Health is a common topic of conversation lately, and when I tell others to give it a try and share my success, it seems to work. They start feeling better after taking the products; Reliv sells itself. I follow up with them to see that they are getting the most benefits from the products.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?

A: I’m a new Distributor, and am still learning the business. I believe that taking advice from those who have been in the business for a long time has been the best way to learn. The many testimonials are inspiring. I ask a lot of questions.

 

Reliv Director Jennine Hall

Hi, my name is Jennine Hall, I am a Mohawk from the Akwesasne territory located on the US/Canada border. I was a Reliv Distributor around 15 years ago but recently got back into it when I made the decision to stop letting life just happen to me, and take control of the things I can, like my health. 

Over the years I have developed digestive issues, allergies, other health concerns, and gained a lot of weight. 

I changed the way I eat and started getting more exercise. I knew that would not be enough to reach my long-term goals. I was thinking about what I could do to supplement my nutrition when I looked down in my hand at the cup I was drinking my smoothie out of. It was an old Reliv cup I still had from 15 years ago! I got online to check out the Reliv website and saw all the new and original products they have. I thought, “Wow all this stuff could benefit several members of my family!”

I made the decision to become a Distributor again to get the best prices and I placed a big order so I had plenty to share with the family. My first group of customers were not hard to convince, because they had all used the product before. I started with the Reliv Classic, FibRestore, and Innergize! Lower Sugar. I’ve since added GlucAffect and Arthaffect. Now that I am back at work instead of teaching remotely I am taking Reliv Defense, too. 

The first result I noticed is an increase in energy. I haven’t needed a nap in a few weeks, and I sleep through the night now. I have also noticed the absence of discomfort in my feet and legs from walking around on concrete floors all day at work. The discomfort has eased up in my shoulder and hip. My blood sugar is in a healthy range, and I continue to lose weight at a steady rate. 

I have shared the products with several family members now, and have signed up two family members to be Distributors, also. I continue to reach out to close friends and other family members near and far and share my story which continues to develop every week. I can’t wait to share my family’s stories when they start seeing results.

 

Reliv Director Loren Hallenbeck

Q: What’s your hometown?

A: Hi, my name is Loren Hallenbeck and this is me NOW thanks to Reliv! I was born in Bolivia, but was raised in Alexandria, Virginia. Currently, I live in Texas with my husband and two young boys.

Q: What is your Reliv regimen? 

A: My Reliv regimen has changed over the years. I started with the Mighty Three (Classic, Innergize!, and FibRestore), and now I have added a few Reliv Targeted Solutions like SoySentials and LunaRich X capsules. I’ve also added Arthaffect and Innergize! at nighttime.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?

A: To have better health! 

Q: What results have you seen?

A: Prior to Reliv, I suffered from headaches, digestive issues and a lack of energy.  Within a few months, I noticed that I was sleeping better, my headaches and digestion improved and I just felt healthier.  My most recent health journey occurred right when Covid hit. I began to have intense PMS pains and in March 2020, I noticed a bump on my lower abdomen. I had major surgery to remove the tumors found in my abdomen and was diagnosed with a rare Ovarian cancer called Carcinosarcoma, Stage 3. I was 39 years old. Thankfully, my oncologist was on board with me taking Reliv from day one, and I believe the basic nutrition Reliv provides helped me recover quickly from the surgery. Reliv was my main supplement to help me throughout my chemotherapy & immunotherapy treatments. Today I’m in remission and I am so thankful to have been introduced to Reliv!

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?

A: Reliv has given me a purpose again to help others. The best part is that I have a healthier life today and am surrounded by positive people with whom I have made friends for life!

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?

A: First, I have been working closely with my upline to grow my business. We are a team and we help each other! My upline has guided me and helped me grow since I started. Also, I like to set my goals each month and follow the system. I’m still learning this but my goal is to do great follow-ups with my customers which is very important in our Reliv business.  

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?

A: I share my Reliv story! I think there is no better way than sharing from the heart how it has changed and helped us. Reliv has changed my life and it can change yours for the better, too. 

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?

A: I would tell a new Distributor to be consistent and take your shakes every day. As you notice your results, you will naturally want to share them with others! Also, always share from the heart and you will be heard. Finally, always have your upline with you in every call and step in your Reliv journey!

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?

A: To become a Key Director!

 

Reliv Director Megan Michelozzi

Q: What’s your hometown?

A: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Q: What is your Reliv regimen? 

A: I have a Reliv shake first thing every morning and another shake in the afternoon, with Classic, Innergize!, ProVantage, Arthaffect, and FibRestore.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?

A: Fortunately, my parents were introduced to Reliv when my mom was experiencing discomfort from an autoimmune condition more than 30 years ago. After seeing how significantly my mom’s health improved, they encouraged me to take the products, and I’m so glad they did! 

Q: What results have you seen?

A: I have taken Reliv for 24 years consistently. I grew up having a lot of headaches. After taking Reliv, the number and severity of headaches I get has decreased significantly. My seasonal upper respiratory challenges are better. Reliv has helped me get through a lot of discomfort due to a bulging disc in my neck. I feel really healthy overall, and know Reliv is a big reason.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?

A: Being healthy has always been one of the most important things to me. I grew up taking dance lessons for 10 years, and skied and hiked when I lived in Colorado. I want to always be as healthy and active as I can. I can’t imagine not having Reliv every day. I’m also thankful to have it to support my immunity during the pandemic.

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?

A: My husband and I both tell friends about Reliv.

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?

A: How much of an impact it has had on my life and my mom’s, too. I also share health and business stories.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?

A: Be consistent using the products. Be yourself. Share the Reliv story whenever you can, and set goals.

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?

A: To continue being “a product of the product” and to see where Reliv leads me. I love this journey. Maybe I’ll become an Ambassador like my mom and dad.

Kathy Gorby

1st place in Top 3 for March 2021

Hello, my name is Kathy Gorby, and I am from St. Marys, Ohio. This is me Now! More than 8 years ago, I had the normal aches and pains of aging. I was also living with nerve and back discomfort, allergies, and feeling blue. Then a friend introduced me to Reliv, and it changed my life. She introduced me to all these amazing stories. 

My first thought was, “These people are real! How have I not heard about Reliv?” Then my second thought was, “What could Reliv do for me?” I got started on the products and originally paid full price for two months of product. I was wondering if I wouldn’t stick with it, as I had tried so many other things. After all, I believed in nutrition, but this was different. Within a very short time of taking Reliv products, I had more energy and a sense of wellbeing I hadn’t had for a very long time. 

The third month, I came in at the Master Affiliate level as I knew I would never go without these products again so I wanted the best price. I started sharing with others as my excitement grew. Their excitement grew, and they starting telling other people. Within the first six months, I became a Senior Director by helping others. I started with the Mighty Three: Reliv Now, Innergize!, and FibRestore. I stayed consistent with the products and felt great. My circulation, nerve and back discomfort, and allergies have all improved over time and I feel happier. I added hours to my day because I had more energy. I love all the products and added Arthaffect for my joints. 

Two years ago, I had a whiplash injury to my neck from a boating incident. I noticed my neck discomfort increased with physical activity. ProVantage is my new best friend, as well as RLV Hemp + Melatonin. I love to go deep-sea fishing and play pickleball. I can fish all day, clean the boat and be ready to do it again. I sleep soundly and wake refreshed. Recently, I have added RLV Protect Hemp + LunaRich X. I drove 12 hours through the mountains to visit family. Driving and sitting, I was focused with no stiffness in my hip. At 62 years of age, I feel better today than I did in my 40s. 

Sharing Reliv is sharing hope. I work my Reliv business in the moments of opportunity to share products or a story. Last year, I earned the Hawaii trip. Sharing the stories is sharing encouragement, and helping people imagine a better life. The biggest lesson I have learned in this business is to listen to the person’s needs. Everyone wants something! They will tell you if you listen and make it about them! Sometimes we plant seeds of hope, sometimes we need to water that seed, sometimes it needs to be fertilized. Doris Leissing would say, “Walk with the walkers and run with the runners.” It makes sense to me now! Embrace the learning curve and don’t do it alone! Don’t be afraid to share the stories to help people understand what Reliv can do for them. 

Customers are important. We know this because we own and operate a hotel. If we don’t have customers, we don’t have a business. Simply buying another hotel won’t increase revenue by itself. This past year has been tough on many businesses, including the hospitality industry. Most people can do without travel; it is one of the first things they cut from their budget. However, people will always need to eat and want to be healthy. 

Supplementation has never been more important in empowering our immunity. I look at my nutrition as my main food by adding healthy food choices. I recently introduced a friend to Reliv, and her excitement turned into 12 people on the products, with Anna and Jimmy McMurry joining as Master Affiliates and then becoming Directors last month. The excitement grew through stories and results. It was fun to work with these folks. That is what I want moving forward with Reliv—the excitement of empowering others! That is the power of Reliv. 

 

The Inside Scoop on Reliv Bonus and Award Winners from February 2021

We love to hear from our Reliv Distributors who are making advancements, earning bonuses, and showing how to shake up their business. Below, you’ll hear from our newest Reliv Directors, Distributors who earned bonuses, and our new Global Leadership Team members about their Reliv regimen, results, and what they’re doing to grow their Reliv businesses. You might even get some great advice to help you follow in their footsteps!

Dawn Tucci, Global Ambassador Team

Q: What does it mean to you to have qualified for the 2022 Global Ambassador Team?

A: Being on the Global Ambassador Team and working alongside the leaders in Reliv is such an honor. It’s a level of achievement that makes me want to persevere to reach Presidential, as well as play a contributing role in our success as a worldwide wellness company. I look forward to traveling, growing as a leader in this company, and bringing others along with me to achieve their health and financial goals.

Kimberly & Ritchie Burns, Global Ambassador Team

Q: What does it mean to you to have qualified for the 2022 Global Ambassador Team?

A: Wahoo! We are so thrilled to have the honor to be a part of this new Global Ambassador Team! It will be a blast to work with other leaders from around the world and together, help our company and our organizations to reach even higher heights. We are rooting everyone on!

Reliv Director Erin Heim

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Dubuque, Iowa

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A:
Reliv Now® with Soy, Innergize®, Arthaffect®, ProVantage® and LunaRich X™ when needed.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom and raise our children with our faith and values. After our second was born, I joined as a Master Affiliate because I not only wanted the best price for our family, but also because I wanted to give hope to those who are looking for better health and business opportunities. What I love about my business is that I can do this with my family! Reliv is the best nutrition around and gives people the hope they have been searching for.

Q: What results have you seen?
A: I have experienced an increase in energy and improved joint health. I also used Reliv for prenatal support, stress relief, and muscle recovery.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: I am able to be home with my kids and run around day in and day out! I have the energy to keep up with my two kids, who are 1 and 3, as well as my 1-year-old nephew. They keep me on my toes and I have no limitations on what we can do! We regularly hike, bike, swim, run, etc.

Q: What do you do that helps you grow your Reliv business?
A: I regularly use a planner and dedicate time to Reliv. I do this business part time, and when I stay consistent with my planner and provide great customer service, I really see how the income flows. It’s all about being intentional.

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: People are always sharing how they feel and how they need help. When talking with friends and acquaintances, I let them know that I have something that may help them with their concerns. Sending videos and sharing our daily call opportunities is beneficial. Really showing them compassion and giving them hope shows them that I truly care.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Work closely with your up line and make the most of support systems! They are amazing and will be so useful throughout your journey. Keep track of everything you do, stay organized, and consistent. Remember:  a “no” today is not always a “no” tomorrow. Stay positive!

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: My goal is to be able to help my family more financially. Help to pay our mortgage each month is a start. When I achieve that goal, then I want to be able to pay all bills for the month. After I achieve that goal, I want to be able to put my children into private schooling.

Reliv Director Carmen Norkiewicz

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Clinton Township, Michigan

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: I love my shakes and look forward to them! I include many Reliv products in my daily shakes including Reliv Now®, Reliv Now® for Kids, LunaRich X™, Arthaffect®, ProVantage®, Active, Burn, FibRestore®, Innergize®, ReversAge®, 24K®, CardioSentials® and GlucAffect®. I also enjoy using RLV Hemp + Melatonin, RLV Hemp Full Spectrum 750, and RLV Hemp Balm.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: Two years ago, I said “no” to my friend when she originally approached me to try Reliv products. In May 2020, out of desperation from physical discomfort in my back, I decided to try RLV Hemp + Melatonin, which allowed me to get the improved sleep I needed to heal. Wow! I was excited about the results, which convinced me about the benefits of Reliv, and so I began incorporating more products into my life. I entered in at the top profit level so I could purchase products at the best price point.

Q: What results have you seen?
A: RLV Hemp + Melatonin 500mg has helped to reduce the discomfort in my back and feet. It enabled me to bend more freely after a few months of use, which has helped me increase the flexibility in my back. I am sleeping better, and wake up refreshed with more energy. My brain fog has disappeared and I enjoy greater mental clarity. My sinuses have improved.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: I am walking and exercising more often because I feel better and have more energy. The business aspect has provided me with a supplemental income to bolster my fixed retirement income. I love it!

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?
A: Sharing my story, along with the other amazing stories available to us via various avenues of live and recorded calls helps me to reach out to new people. I regularly connect customers with my upline and people who have had inspiring results. It’s so easy to share the videos on our Reliv app, which makes sharing information with customers so very easy!

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: I tell them that I have found the key to nutritional health that has given me amazing results and a new lease on life!

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: I have learned so much from so many Reliv mentors. Mindy Jones says, “Don’t get attached to the outcome!” My upline mentor, Cindy Grabowski, encourages me to, “Meet the customer where he or she is at this moment.” Pam Thielen’s words also inspire me: “Small victories add up to big victories.” Whether the victory is a healthy weight loss, a new customer, or a new insight gained, each small victory cements the foundation of our success.

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: I currently have one Quick Start client, one Master Affiliate, and two retail customers who purchase directly from me. My next goal is to sign up my two retail customers as Preferred Autoship Customers and pick up a few more Quick Starts. I am working to build a solid base.

Reliv Director Laura Steiner

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Ridgecrest, California

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: I take Reliv Now®, Innergize®, and FibRestore®.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: I knew Reliv could rebuild my body cell by cell and I knew I needed the best. I knew it would help me from the stories of others it had already helped. Reliv doesn’t let you down.

Q: What results have you seen?
A: I have experienced improved brain performance including recall, memory, and the ability to multitask well. I have better balance, energy, and sleep. My seasonal allergies have improved, and I have seen benefits with my vision. The discomfort in my joints has improved, which is a great benefit.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: Reliv has made some of my health problems tolerable. I can think better at work and learn a new job that is high stress to finish out my career in project management at a senior level. Prior to Reliv, I couldn’t imagine living this way for very long. Now, I feel normal again.

Q: What do you do that helps you grow your Reliv business?
A: I listen to what is going on around me and I focus on their issue and how Reliv can help them. It’s about them, not you.

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: Reliv is the best nutritional supplement you can consume. It’s a perfect balance of everything your body needs in a form your body can easily absorb, making it highly effective.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Use your up line until you are confident.  Plug into the system (zoom calls in today’s world) and use it to build your distribution network!  By using the system, it will duplicate and build you a distribution network that will continue for the rest of your life.

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: I want to advance to Key Director.

Reliv Director Karen Zea

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Lake Shore, Utah

Q: In addition to Reliv what are your other gigs?
A: I am a homeschooling mom of 22 years. In my former life, before homeschooling, I was a labor and delivery nurse. I have been on a natural healing path for the last 20 years. Six years ago, we moved to a small farm with goats that we milk, chickens, and rabbits. Life is beautiful!

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: I am currently drinking three shakes per day that include Reliv Classic®, ProVantage®, Arthaffect®, FibRestore®. I also make “Arthaffect tea” with 1 scoop in warm water with some Innergize! Lower Sugar.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: I chose Reliv because I was praying for answers to my health problems, and this was God’s answer. Reliv works! I heard the stories and knew I would have results if I would make the commitment.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: I love the positive people and positive principles that I hear in business training. It helps me improve all aspects of my life.

Q: What do you do that helps you grow your Reliv business?
A: I pray for inspiration to touch the people in most need of Reliv. Then I write down the names that come to my mind and contact them. I try to share with someone new every day. My job is to share!  I can’t make their decisions for them, but I can show them how much I care and what it has done for me and others.

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: I tell others I have something that can help them!  As a nurse, it is important to me that Reliv products have patents and scientific studies. And there is no risk to try it. It is guaranteed. Then I share stories; they are the most powerful.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Don’t pay attention to the overnight success stories. Be consistent, and be you, and the business will grow.

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: My next goal is a solid 2000PV for my personal group each month. I want to build a business that will continue to grow, and I need a strong personal group. That means I am focusing on Promo 1-2-3 every day.

Lera Hobbes
1st place in Top 3 for February 2021

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Edmond, Oklahoma

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: I take Reliv Classic®, Innergize®, and FibRestore® (the Mighty 3) as well as CardioSentials® and LunaRich X™.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: I chose Reliv first and foremost because early on I saw the culture of Reliv was people helping people. Having been in the ministry all my life, that is that meant a lot to me! Then, of course, I saw the unequaled science that backed up the products. It gave me the confidence to share with those I care about the most.

Q: What results have you seen?
A: My allergies are under control and I can support healthy blood sugar levels. With LunaRich X™, I am able to support healthy cholesterol levels. I have the energy to last the day (and then some)!

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: Oh, my goodness! My whole family and all in-laws take Reliv! We have enjoyed the blessings of meeting any health challenge with the Reliv products! Reliv has given me a way to minister to people on so many levels. I would not have been able to stay at home and homeschool our children and be as active in the ministry were it not for the Reliv income!

Q: What do you do that helps you grow your Reliv business?
A: I listen to people. I smile at strangers (even with a mask on!). I give my time to Distributors and customers and give the best service I can. I am always making lists of people that I think about or happen to meet along the way. Then I tackle first what I’m most afraid of:  those people on my chicken list. I call them first! It really sets the tone for the rest of my day! It’s easier from then on!

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: It depends on with whom I’m speaking. I share my story; I talk about the sound science behind the products; the generous compensation plan especially for those who need even a little extra income; sometimes the Reliv Kalogris Foundation and what I’ve seen them do. It depends on the person’s interest.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Ride on the strength, experience, and conviction of your upline. I earned an income even before my wall of belief was sturdy because I had mentors who led in the appointments, gave the presentations, and helped me with follow-up. Be a good listener first and foremost.

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: Help those in my organization to reach their goals. I truly believe what Bob Montgomery says about helping those reaching their goals will lead to you reaching yours.

Julia & Benjamin Murray
2nd in Top 3 for February 2021

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: We live in San Leandro, California not far from beautiful San Francisco.

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: Oh, that is easy. My go-to products on a consistent basis are Reliv Now®, FibRestore®, 24K® and, LunaRich X™. At night, my best friend (next to my husband) is ReversAge®. From time-to-time, I add Innergize®, Active, and Purify.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A: When I was first introduced to Reliv, it was the products and the science that caught my eye. I was not necessarily interested in the business aspect. I was working a full-time career in corporate America, had two special needs boys, there was no way I wanted to put more on my plate. But the health results that my family received opened my eyes to the business opportunity. I had to allow the teaching and mentoring of my helpful upline to really take hold of me and transform my thinking. It was, without a doubt, the best decision we made four years ago.

Q: What results have you seen?
A: When I first started on Reliv products four years ago, things that really stood out were my appetite for sweet and salty things quieted down. I started sleeping like a baby and waking up feeling refreshed. My girlfriends told me that my skin had a refreshed glow. I no longer had to blow my nose in the morning to breathe, and my sinuses were clear.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: First and foremost, it is personal growth. I feel like I have grown by leaps and bounds. I love the fact that Reliv gives you all the tools to personalize your business. You work it the way that fits your style. Our Northern California team is creative, innovative, and incredibly supportive. As a team, we care about each other and go that extra mile for one another. This builds unity and trust. Secondly, I have found that I push myself to not be afraid to try new ways to reach prospects. I love all the training and conference calls that help support me in my business. I glean a lot of how-to from other distributors and think, “I can do that!” which motivates me to stretch my thinking and sometimes even change the way I approach situations.

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?
A: One of the main things that I have learned from my upline is to listen. Once you get people engaged in conversation they usually talk about their health or finances. Because the pandemic has limited my ability to meet people personally, I have been using Facebook groups. It is a platform people use to talk about their concerns, pain, and hope. I take the time to be compassionate towards their individual situations. It takes time for doors to open this way, but it is worth it. I have built some really cool relationships that I can call my friends although we have only met briefly on Facebook.

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: I am learning to say, “I have a business based on products that have changed my family’s health, you have to see what I am doing!” I love talking about the humanitarian arm of Reliv—the Reliv Kalogris Foundation and how we as distributors get the privilege of nourishing children around the world with the best nutrition in the world!

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Listen to your upline. Follow their lead. Do not recreate the wheel; it is not necessary. Plug into the Reliv system. It has been tested and shown to be successful. Let go of preconceived notions. Have a teachable heart. You will be amazed at how your business will grow!

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: Our next goal is to advance to Senior Director. Ben and I look forward to building our business consistently, by working with our upline and our team to make our dreams and their dreams a reality. Having the opportunity to change individuals’ lives one person at a time just makes my heart happy to be a part of an amazing company.

Miriam Wolf
3rd in Top 3 for February 2021

Q: What’s your hometown?
A: Beaverton, Oregon

Q: What is your Reliv regimen?
A: Reliv Now®, Innergize®, and FibRestore®, SoySentials®, LunaRich X™.

Q: Why did you choose Reliv?
A:
There are so many wonderful reasons I choose Reliv: it’s a solid company with exciting research and development. The community of Distributors that Reliv provides is unmatched. Every single person you meet is friendly, supportive, helpful, and cheering you on – no matter if they’re connected to you or not; I haven’t seen that anywhere else!

Q: What results have you seen?
A: I’ve seen results with irregular cycles, clearer skin (avoiding hormonal acne breakouts), and even skin coloring: I call it the “Reliv glow!” I’ve also used Reliv nutrition as my primary prenatal supplement during two pregnancies. My two young children have benefited from Reliv nutrition from the womb and are super healthy! Unlike their young friends, I know they have strong immune systems.

Q: How has Reliv had a positive impact on your life?
A: Reliv nutrition has given me a higher quality of life from a young age and the health benefits have evolved with me through changing seasons of life, from my teen years to my early 30s. Reliv has also changed the way I think about health and wellness. As a critical care RN, it is incredibly refreshing to focus on wellness through Reliv nutrition and to share hope with people in a different way than a strictly medical approach.

Q: What do you do that helps grow your Reliv business?
A: As a mom of a baby and a toddler, there is rarely a “perfect time” to work on my Reliv business. I have stopped waiting for perfection and started to focus on what it really means to work Reliv into the “cracks of your life.” Consistently doing a little bit goes a lot further than inconsistent sprints!

Q: What do you tell others about Reliv?
A: Lately, I have approached friends about Reliv with an emphasis on supporting the immune system, since it’s something that everybody is more conscious of lately. I tell them that Reliv provides optimal nutrition in a safe and comprehensive way, and I’ll plug them into stories to validate the real results it brings.

Q: What is your advice for a new Distributor?
A: Success in the Reliv business does not come by flying solo. Link arms with your sponsor and team and plug into the many resources in the Reliv success system!

Q: What is your next goal for your Reliv business?
A: I want to advance to Key Director!

Reliv Champions Challenge Winners Announced —4th Quarter 2020

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Join us in congratulating the winners of the most recent Reliv Fit3 Champions Challenge! They worked hard at making positive lifestyle choices to complete all of the challenge criteria. With the support of Reliv’s optimal nutrition and the Fit3 Facebook community, each of the winners celebrated non-scale victories along with their measurable results to earn some fantastic prizes. Be sure to search #RelivChampionsChallenge to follow their journeys.

Beginner Division

Champion: $500 Cash
Jennifer Barnes,  Michigan

“I tried for 6 years to lose weight but nothing was happening. This year with the help of taking Reliv products and weekly encouragement, I lost 18 pounds* and 11 inches during the 4th Quarter Champions Challenge! I have more energy and feel stronger every day. My motivation levels have skyrocketed and I truly feel like a Champion. I am looking forward to the next challenge to keeping my health in my sights!”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Erin Muhlestein, Arizona

“I have been on Reliv products for 17 years and I have seen many amazing results. Focusing on Fit3 I was able to curb my appetite and not crave the sugary foods at all. In fact, my body craves healthy food. I lost 13 pounds and so many inches! Now I even have more energy and stamina during the day. My mental attitude has definitely improved and I have a much better overall sense of well-being. Even though I am over 50, since I began the Fit3 Program and made my mental and physical health a priority, my clarity and focus have improved. I feel so much better about myself!”

Veteran Division

Champion: $500 Cash
Dawn Tucci, Pennsylvania

“This challenge I was faced with not being able to run because of some injuries so I had to modify my workout routine to reach my goal of getting stronger! The Fit3 principles really helped keep me on track with my nutrition choices so I could enjoy my “fun” foods in moderation, while using the workouts to balance my exercise program with more strength training and consistent use of Reliv products.

During this Champions Challenge, I gained approximately 1/2 inch in each arm and lost 2 inches from waist. My weight increased by 3 pounds, but I am smaller. I feel stronger and more balanced! I love the community that has formed in my area because of Fit3. It is a thrill to help others change by teaching them how to use the Fit3 principles that worked for me.”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Angie Chinn, Ohio

I am a Reliv Champion because since I started the Reliv products more than a year ago, I feel great. If I miss a shake I sure can tell. Looking back on my beginning pictures I just don’t recognize that person. I am more than 40 pounds lighter since I started participating in the Reliv Champions Challenges! During this Challenge, I lost another 10 pounds, 8 inches, and 2 sizes! Healthy feels so good! Thanks, Reliv!”

Runner Up: $250 Product Credit
Cathy Sudo, Pennsylvania

I keep participating in the Reliv Champion Challenges because fitness is important to me in many ways. The best gift that I can give myself and my family is a healthy and strong body. Building strength has been my goal so that I can continue to fully enjoy the outdoor activities that my family loves. It’s also very important that I set a good example for my two boys and teach them the importance of exercise and good nutrition.”

Fitness Friends Division

Champions: $250 Product Credit Each
Vickie Grove and Christine Schleinkofer, Pennsylvania

Vickie: “I knew the holidays were going to be tough, but I refused to be defeated before I even began, so I wrote a note to myself declaring ‘I am a winner, I will reach my goal and not give up.’ I worked hard to make smart food choices despite so many family gatherings and I was very disciplined to increase my weekly workouts! I was hoping to maintain the 15-pound weight loss from the previous two challenges, so I was shocked when I realized that I lost 4 more pounds. I never imagined that I would get down to a size 6 jeans ever again, but I did! A healthier me is the best Christmas gift I could ever give myself! I have energy like I had when I was in my 30s and I am 65.”

Christine: “With Reliv in my life for almost 5 years I’m accomplishing things I never thought I could do, like Zumba and hiking. I have enough energy to do Zumba 4 times per week and keep up with my very active grandchildren! During the last 2 Challenges, I dropped 16 pounds, my skin improved, my clothes fit better and my sugar cravings are down! It’s a win all around!”

All Challenge Finishers: $100 Product Credit

Ali Crockett Jennifer Barnes
Angela Malis Jill Savage
Angie Chinn Lauren Laird
Barry Williams Laurie Eaton
Carol Rose Loren Hallenbeck
Cathy Sudo Lynn Devereux
Christine Schleinkofer Mike Greenwood
Cristina Reguindin Mindy Meyer
Darla Posner Miriam V. Martinez/Owens
Dawn Tucci Naomi Lydick
Dawn Williams Nicole Martineau
Dodi McCune Rene’ Kisrow
Erin Muhlestein Ruth Kettler
Gloria Jane Bromley Tami Martineau
Hermelinda Belt Tara DeGroff

Make plans now to join the next Reliv Champions Challenge, which is set to kick off on April 1, 2021. Registration opens March 15, 2021.

*Results vary based on starting point and effort. Results achieved with Fit3 fitness program.

A Q&A Interview with Hemp Industry Expert & Reliv Partner Steve Reid

 

By Director of Product Development and Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Since joining the family of Reliv products, the line of RLV Hemp Extracts has become a go-to source for wellness. With a line that has expanded to include RLV Hemp Balm for topical application and many tinctures, there’s an RLV Hemp Extract for everyone. We recently chatted with Steve Reid, CEO of SS Biotech, hemp industry expert, and Reliv partner to learn more about the benefits of these products and what sets them apart. 

Tina: There seem to be a lot of hemp-based products on the market these days, but it makes me wonder — are all hemp products created equal?

Steve: All hemp is definitely not created equal. Like any other plant crop, individual genetic strains determine the strength, potency, and hardiness of the plant. Accessing the optimal hemp strain is critical to the quality of the cannabinoids extracted from the industrial hemp plants.  Some of the better naturally evolving genetics strains we utilize carry a $4 cost per seed. At 1,500 to 1,800 plants per acre, a manufacturer can have $5 to $10 million invested just in seed stock for a single harvest season. Because of that sort of high entry cost, some manufacturers opt for a lesser valued seed variety and subsequently grow inferior crops, at least in our opinion. 

There are a few companies offering top-quality hemp products, but there are vastly more companies offering inferior hemp products. These cheaper strains have limited efficacy as a consumable, yet they can cost the same. This is why it’s so important to do business with a company you trust. SS Biotech, and therefore Reliv, utilize only superior strains of hemp so that the Reliv hemp products will deliver sound results with each use. Having a high purity and a clean product was the first demand by Ryan Montgomery when we first started developing this special line of RLV products.

We prefer making only the best products for the best companies that have customers and clients who understand that quality, efficacy, and value matter. Reliv is right at the top of that list for us. We love working with Reliv because we share the same vision and values.

Tina: Why is hemp so popular right now?

Steve: In short – because it works! There are currently 120+ naturally occurring compounds found in industrial hemp, and CBD (cannabidiol) is by far the one generating the most interest. People have known about CBD for decades, however, it wasn’t until recently that the health benefits offered by the use of CBD became more apparent and more widely accepted. Folks across North America and other parts of the world have been swept up in the CBD movement because they are realizing great health benefits without the potential side-effects that prescription drugs can inflict on the body.

Some of the other cannabinoid compounds in hemp are also enjoying a great amount of attention and study. CBG, CBN, CBC, and many of the other primary cannabinoids are being researched for their individual health benefits. For example, CBG is known for its ability to influence neural repairs via natural endocannabinoid system (ECS) stimulation. Using a parallel pathway to CBG, CBN is becoming more popular for its sleep applications. Delta-9-THC is the cannabinoid that can cause many responses within the body’s ECS including sleep, deep dreaming, and a calming effect. Of course, our formulas are created to be legally compliant to federal and state codes. With more than 100 cannabinoids now discovered and more being found, the future of hemp cannabinoids is extremely exciting.  

Tina: How do I know hemp products are safe?

Steve: That question needs to be answered by the hemp industry as a whole, in my opinion. Since the hemp industry is still in its infancy, many companies are taking full advantage of the disconnection between the US Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, and state health departments. Those companies are all about making fast money rather than focusing on providing lasting, high-impact products manufactured under strict guidelines. Some companies choose to skip basic lab tests necessary to verify and validate their products. Our rigorous testing protocols ensure that our products are of the highest quality every time. Even though we have some of the best in-house analytical research and development labs in the industry, we still spend millions of dollars each and every year just on third-party testing costs. We don’t release a single product lot until we know it has been checked, rechecked, and then checked and validated again by a third-party lab.

To assure product safety for the Reliv family, we have achieved important registrations and affiliations. All of Reliv’s hemp products are manufactured in a world-class FDA-registered and inspected food-grade facility. We are certified cGMP for our adherence to current good manufacturing practices. We are a Halal and Kosher-certified facility. We have other good standards achievements, but the most profound certification and membership we have is likely our NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) certification. Going through the NSF audit is an incredibly detailed, multi-day review process that most applicants do not pass. Formulating and manufacturing under the NSF banner is paramount in our dedication to providing safe and efficacious products to the great Reliv family.

Tina: Are any harmful chemicals used in the extraction process?

Steve: Not at all, at least not in our processes. In fact, we take extra care when extracting to make sure there are no chemical stripping agents involved at any stage in our extraction processes. While others use cheaper, faster-working but very harsh chemicals as a solvent to release the cannabinoids from the hemp plant biomass, we choose to use only pure sustainable sugar ethanol. We pay $39 per gallon in federal taxes to obtain and use pure sustainable sugar ethanol as our extraction solvent, and we even have a near 100% recovery rate when the extraction process is completed (a minuscule amount can evaporate).

We take this so seriously that the owner of our company has a policy that we will not make any product that we cannot put in or on his children. Period. No exceptions. That’s just how seriously we take our product safety.

Tina: What is new in the hemp industry?

Steve: The hemp industry is still exceedingly small when compared to its global potential. New and amazing discoveries come forward almost daily shining lights on a new cannabinoid or a new terpene that can interact in magical ways with the ECS of humans and animals. Our bodies were designed to be self-healing. Part of the aging process causes the ECS receptors to “turn off” and become dormant. Without the body maintaining efficient levels of communications throughout the ECS, we start to slow down, to become sluggish, to start replacing muscle mass with visceral fat storages, and then to become sickly. That is all part of the accepted path to our golden years, but it does not have to be. Hemp has been known and used in religious practices for many thousands of years. Fortunately, our generations are rediscovering ancient hemp plants and we are returning it to our daily lives with amazing results and benefits.

In our labs and in the industry as a whole, we are discovering and working with the lesser cannabinoids, such as CBG, CBC, and CBN. Working with Delta-8-THC is providing us with scientific data proving that Delta-8-THC can deliver all the great benefits associated with its more widely known cousin, Delta-9-THC, but without any of the psychoactive side effects that Delta-9-THC can deliver in medium to high doses. Very soon, we expect to be offering several next-generation consumables that will be in high demand.

The future of the hemp industry is guaranteed to be extremely promising and profitable for those who are forward-thinking visionaries, which is why I love working with Reliv. Having been in business for more than three decades, Reliv is considered an old-timer in the direct sales industry yet the corporate and field leadership teams are still youthful and hungry to continue making a positive mark in the world. Reliv is positioned to be in the stream of new development knowledge and concepts which makes Reliv a ready-made leader in the industry. 

Not only are new discoveries underway with the hemp plant, but also advanced next-generation delivery systems are emerging at a fast pace. New more highly functional delivery platforms are moving from concept to reality and will, no doubt, help those representing the products. This sort of presentation ‘wow’ factor can only make for easier, increased retail sales. Everything is coming together nicely for the young hemp industry. 

Imagine how many new friendships will be made because a Reliv Distributor cared enough about someone else to share with them the life-changing Reliv products. Imagine the lifestyle changes that can be realized by Reliv’s network of Distributors. It’s a great time to be with Reliv and to be in the hemp industry!

Learn more about RLV Hemp Extracts by accessing our product FAQ or viewing our certificate of analysis.  

Celebrating National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

A Q&A with Reliv Distributor and Fit3 Champions Challenge Finalist Richard Brandl

By Director of Product Development and Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

In 1983, the President’s Council on Fitness designated May as National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. This was done in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles among all Americans and improve our quality of life. The hashtag “#MoveInMay” has been trending, and it’s my hope that people will remember to keep fitness a priority all of the other months of the year as well.

Fitness as a Lifestyle

For some of us, our fitness journey was launched through participation in youth sports. Others turn to fitness later in life for the health benefits, as well as the social connections. Regardless of age or whether you are fueled by competition or more intrinsic incentives, physical activity is a celebration of what our bodies can do.

Meet Richard

Richard Brandl, a self-proclaimed “jock” was a recent runner- up in the men’s division of the Q1 2020 Reliv Champions Challenge. He has been on a journey of physical fitness for more than 40 years. Now at age 60, Richard has no intention of slowing down. A former competitive body builder, Richard is currently training for obstacle course runs and uses Reliv nutrition to give him a competitive edge over his children and the younger competition.

Richard joined the Reliv Champions Challenge to jump start his training for the 2020 race season. He achieved his personal challenge goal to reduce his body fat percentage while maintain lean muscle. He was anticipating breaking some personal records in the upcoming season before his training was derailed by quarantine restrictions.

Modifying the Program

Even though his race plans are currently on hold and he has had to modify his strength training program, Richard is lifting and running and training with the equipment he has at home. Admittedly, he is still driven to be better than the other aging jocks and there is still a smidge of vanity behind his motivation. Ultimately though, he is determined to stay healthy and avoid the chronic health conditions that are in his family’s health history.

Motivation for Decades

Having seen Richard’s pictures from his prime body-building days, I was curious (and maybe a little envious) about how his fitness journey has evolved over the last 40 years and what really keeps pushing him to maintain physical fitness so I threw a few questions his way. His responses certainly resonated with my inner athlete, while validating the principles that the Fit3 program is build upon.

Tina: Fitness has been a part of your life for a very long time. Tell us a little bit about your history and what your fitness routine looks like today?

Richard: I started weightlifting in 1979, and got into bodybuilding in 1980, while I was assigned to my first duty station in the Army. I generally worked out for every day for about two hours, depending on the specific day and routine. I was always trying to progress weight and trained primarily for muscle mass, so cardio was minimal. I was really strict with my diet all of the time to maintain a body fat percentage below 8%. I participated in bodybuilding competitions from 1982 through 1986, but maintained this routine throughout the 80s.

Today my workouts last a maximum of 45 minutes, unless I am specifically training for a rucking event. I focus on circuit type training with minimal rest to be efficient with time. I definitely use more moderate weights and I stay with basic lifts that are multi joint and functional most of the time. Of course, I still like to maintain as much muscle as I can but realize that I’m not 26 anymore. I’m not lifting super heavy weights anymore because that might do more harm than good at my age. For cardio I use high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to get me ready for the obstacle course events

Tina: What are your motivations to keep moving and stay active? How are your motivations different today than 10, 20 or 30 years ago?

Richard: We all have certain level of vanity and I’m no exception. I like to look the part of a fitness professional. I also use the obstacle course runs as a motivator to be more structured and consistent with workouts. I am also motivated to stay healthy and to avoid serious illness. And I still have that competitive fire to be better than the other aging jocks.

Tina: What do you do when you don’t feel motivated?

Richard: When my motivation is low I know that I probably need to take a break from lifting, without feeling guilty. Sometimes I will substitute walks or biking for an active rest or really shorten workouts just to stay in the habit. If all else fails, I try something new, like the Reliv Champions Challenge. I see myself as an ongoing experiment to maintain as much muscle as I can. It’s a game that I play with myself when I have been slacking off.

Tina: Do you every take time off from exercise? How did you get started again?

Richard: Yes, I do take time off. After 40 years, I do experience burnout and to be honest it gets boring. When that happens, I join a class just to do something different and see what the trends are.

To get motivated I look in the mirror and do a “pec check” and decide I look puny and decide to get back to it; vanity again. I start slow, maybe a week of circuits and some cardio to get ready to increase intensity. I also have to get the mind ready as well. I’m also motivated by like class reunions, wedding things that I want to look good for. It’s a mental thing I have about that.

Tina: Tell us a little about your Reliv health story:  How did you find Reliv, what have been your results with the products?

Richard: I found Reliv about 7 years ago when I heard about it on a radio ad. I had always used supplements and I was curious as to the results I would get compared to the past. I have certainly seen improvements with sustained energysleep, muscle recovery and management of joint discomfort. As I get older and with my profession as a physical therapy assistant, I definitely put more emphasis on joint health and workout recovery.

Supplement technology is so much more advanced today than it was 30 years ago. We have a new understanding of nutrition through the lens of epigenetics. Health issues run in my family and I know that optimal nutrition will benefit me in many ways. I’m committed to doing everything I can to stay healthy and keep my body in top shape.

Tina: What prompted you to join the Fit3 Challenge and what kind of results did you experience?

Richard: Initially my goal was to use the 90-day challenge to jump start my training in January as preparation for obstacle course training in the spring. The first event was supposed be in June, but has been canceled because of the pandemic. I also wanted to see how much body fat I could reduce while maintaining my weight and muscle mass. I also wanted to increase the weight I was lifting without causing joint discomfort. Really, I just to see what I could do at 60 years old.

Throughout the challenge, I lost about 1.8% body fat and my weight was stable. I was lifting heavier weights, too, before the pandemic restrictions took effect. I am happy to report my shoulder and knee discomfort was all but eliminated. I never say eliminated because I just don’t think it’s possible with as much activity I do and my age.

Tina: What advice would you give to someone afraid to take that first step on their fitness journey?

Richard: I suggest finding a trustworthy and practical coach to get you started and keep you accountable. Master the fundamentals that match your goals and commitment level. Ignore all the latest trends that promise rapid results. Instead think long term overall lifestyle habits. Keep it simple and be sensible!

If you are intimidated by a long laundry list of do’s and don’ts, just work on a couple of easier ones. Give yourself a chance to experience success and build your confidence. We live once and I encourage people to enjoy those parties but maintain a level of composure and to be ready to “work” it off. You’ve got to enjoy life and find a balance that works for you.

 

Fitness Inspiration for Family Wellness Month 

10-Minute Activities for Staying Fit Together

By Director of Product Development and Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

If it hasn’t popped up on your calendar, let me be the first to wish you a Happy Family Wellness Month! May is the official month for celebrating family wellness, but as a mom and the gate-keeper of my family’s health, it’s another one of those tabs that is open in my brain EVERY DAY, not just one month out of the year. 

Balancing Act of Family Health

There is a continuous balancing act to make sure that everyone’s physical needs are met and that their bodies are healthy, without losing sight of their social, emotional, and spiritual health! Sheesh! No wonder parents are tired! Meeting all those needs is genuinely overwhelming some days.

Spending Time Together

Family wellness is so much more than putting nutritious meals on the table and setting limits on screen time. It is also about family habits, lifestyles, and relationships! Our hectic lifestyles don’t exactly foster family wellness and certainly interfere with quality family time, which has been shown to improve behavior and academic performance, build self-esteem, encourage communication skills, and reinforce healthy habits. Seems pretty obvious how important family time is, but several recent studies have suggested that the average American family spends only about 30-40 minutes each day truly engaged with each other. When I really think about it, that statistic is probably very representative of our family. 

Making Good Health a Family Value

If you are anything like me, you might be feeling a bit of “mom guilt” and anxiety when you think about all of the things we should be doing as a family. Honestly, my head is spinning a little bit just trying to figure out how to start. Just like any other lifestyle change, the trick is to start slow. If you were starting a new fitness routine, I would suggest starting with 10 minutes, so why not apply that same strategy to family wellness? 

I’m pretty sure we can all carve out an extra 10 minutes of family time each day to build connections, but if your kids aren’t into just sitting around for 10 minutes of conversation, here are a few activities that will get everybody involved:

  • Plan and prepare simple meals or snacks together – scrambled eggs, grilled cheese, PB&J 
  • Look through family photo albums together or watch family videos
  • Volunteer or do a service project together – walk dogs at the animal shelter, help a neighbor with yardwork
  • Test a new Reliv shake recipe together or make up your own – it’s ok to add a few chocolate chips or some sprinkles!
  • Plant and grow something together – flowers, vegetables, herbs
  • Make up “conversation cards” with fun, open-ended questions that everybody can answer – e.g.,  if you were an animal, what would you be and why? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  • Move together – walk, jump rope, play tag, hide and seek, dance, or play follow-the-leader
  • Plan a scavenger hunt or play “I spy” around your home or neighborhood
  • Read an article together, taking turns reading out loud and then discuss 
  • Play a board game or active video game
  • Build a house of cards or line up dominoes
  • Work on a jigsaw puzzle together while taking turns picking the music you listen to
  • Send out birthday cards or write letters to family members

The possibilities for finding fun and creative ways to spend time together are endless. In addition to making memories that will last a lifetime, you’re also showing your love for your family. Another way you can show your family you love them is to make sure they’re getting the best of nutrition and immune support with Reliv core nutrition! Whether you’re blending up a shake for your kids, or staying hydrated while playing outdoors, feeding your family with optimal nutrition is a great way to say, “I love you!” 

Immunity and Wellness: Q & A with Dr. Alfredo Galvez

With the world focusing more than ever on wellness, many are wondering what we can do to support our immune systems and overall health. Director of Product Development Tina Van Horn recently spoke with Dr. Alfredo Galvez, Reliv’s Chief Scientific Officer and the discoverer of the lunasin peptide, to learn more about the science of immunity, what role nutrition plays and what you can do to take charge of your health. 

Tina: What are the effects of nutrition on immunity and what role does epigenetics play in the immune function?  

Dr. Galvez: Fortunately our bodies are very smart and have evolved over time to fight against infections through our innate and adaptive immunity. But, we also know there are specific foods and nutrients that have co-evolved with the human body to support a more efficient immune response to environmental threats like viruses. When you combine this knowledge with our current understanding of epigenetics, we can have an even greater impact on wellness as a whole, but the immune system is of particular interest in the field of nutritional epigenetics.

The role of epigenetics is the key science that has been proven to be one of the underlying causes of not only infections and inflammation, but also chronic disease formation. That is the reason why we need to have nutrients available for our bodies to use.

Research in the last decade has revealed the expression of genes associated with immunity response to epigenetic influences. A study that caught my attention ten to twelve years ago, from Purdue and Indiana Universities, demonstrated the ability of lunasin to turn on the genes associated with the immune response, both for innate immunity, our first line of defense against infection, as well as adaptive immunity, which is the ability for the body to produce antibodies that prevent future infections. This is important research in light of novel viruses and infections. Epigenetics provides new research opportunities to find and develop more effective treatments and vaccines, which is important to me from a research perspective. But, there is also a practical application for individuals because with the right nutrients, we can strengthen our immune systems to counter pathogens AND to respond efficiently when vaccines are introduced by teaching our bodies to produce antibodies that can attack novel viruses.

Tina: With the growing body of research surrounding epigenetics and lunasin, in particular, we have gained a solid understanding of the cellular health benefits of lunasin for our long-term health, but it is interesting to hear you talk about how lunasin benefits our short-term immunity in fighting off those viruses and pathogens that are environmentally attacking us in addition to the long-term health benefits. What about other dietary ingredients and nutrients? Do we need them along with lunasin to support immunity?

Dr. Galvez: Scientific evidence supports that metabolism and nutrient absorption are unique to each individual, so it is very important to have a combination of multiple nutrients at optimal levels to support all of our physiological processes, especially metabolism which is directly linked to immunity.

When I started working with Dr. Carl Hastings on adding lunasin to the core nutrition, one of the main objectives was to improve metabolic health. In fact, we did some experiments on the combination of lunasin and Reliv Now® with Soy. The results showed an improvement in metabolic biomarkers and risk factors associated with a number of health conditions. We understand now, more clearly than ever before, how metabolic health directly affects the immune system. So the nutritional composition of the core nutrition (macronutrients and micronutrients) in combination with lunasin, optimizes genetic expression for good health today and improves our long-term health.

Tina: You already stated that what makes Reliv products so unique is that we don’t focus on single ingredients for a specific health benefit. Yet so many people when we talk about immunity they instantly think of taking mega doses of vitamin C or zinc.  But those mega doses are not nearly as effective as putting these ingredients together in synergistic formulas. How can we combat that misunderstanding?

Dr. Galvez: The body of research on nutrition and epigenetics is expanding exponentially. At Reliv, we are not only looking at lunasin, but also we are also looking at lunasin in combination with the other ingredients we have in core nutrition and even some of the targeted solutions like FibRestore®, CardioSentials® and GlucAffect®. These formulas contain ingredients also known to have an effect on the epigenome. As I see now with so much new research on bioactive agents and dietary nutrients, we are gaining a greater understanding of how the nutrients work together metabolically not only to support physiological functions, but also epigenetically to have a real impact on health. For example, when dietary fibers are digested in the gut, chemicals are released that send signals to the epigenome.

I am hopeful that the next generation of scientists, researchers, and medical professionals will expand on what we know so far and apply this understanding to develop nutritional solutions that can have a real impact on many of the chronic health conditions that are so prevalent today. So many of our current therapies only treat the symptoms, but with epigenetics, we can more effectively target the underlying causes of these conditions. I believe the best way we can find effective treatments is to understand the epigenome and the effect of natural bioactive agents working together to turn off the bad genes that promote disease and turn on the genes that support wellness. 

There are many things that still need to be understood. There is also a learning curve for the medical establishment and consumers as far as epigenetics is concerned. With the foundational work that I have done on nutritional epigenetics, along with other researchers in the space, we are certainly moving in that direction. I anticipate that as the trend continues for patients and consumers to be more proactive with their health, the demand for effective nutritional solutions will keep driving researchers to find effective solutions.

Tina: You have a very unique perspective as a researcher on the current situation. What are some of the challenges that researches are facing that are inhibiting their efforts to finding effective therapies or developing a vaccine for COVID-19?

Dr. Galvez: That is a very good question. Actually, that was a question posed to me when I was taking my Ph.D. oral examination because it was during the height of the HIV infection. Like HIV, this new coronavirus is an RNA virus and it is more difficult to find a cure or even a vaccine because RNA viruses only have a single strand of genetic material (versus DNA viruses which have two strands). This means that it can mutate more easily than other types of viruses. In fact, that is one of the reasons why we have to reduce the infection rates, so we can reduce the chance of mutations.

It is going to be very difficult to develop vaccines. There are a lot of stages of testing that must be done. It will take anywhere from a year or a year and a half. Of course, you also have to take into consideration the mutation rate of this virus. It’s a serious problem, but it’s not something that we haven’t seen before.

I think individually we can each do things to help control this, so all the suggestions that the CDC and epidemiologists have been giving us we should accept it and practice it. This is the only way we can fight against this virus. In the meantime, it becomes vitally important to do what you can personally to keep supporting your immune system with nutrition and lifestyle choices.

Tina: What are a few recommendations that you have for our readers and what are you personally doing to protect yourself and your family?

Dr. Galvez: My family is certainly taking Reliv nutrition and focusing on the basic principles of health and wellness – plenty of vegetables and fruits along with quality protein, emphasizing plant-based protein sources. We exercise at least 30 minutes each day. There are a lot of studies done on exercise and epigenetic changes. In fact, exercising can reduce the epigenetic age to optimize your epigenome and support immunity. Getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep at night can also have an effect on delaying epigenetic aging. There is not a short-term fix that is going to protect everyone. You have to be vigilant and proactive so when you get challenged by these environmental stresses and viral infections your immune system and your body is strong enough to fight it.

 

Plant-Based Protein Options to the Rescue

By Reliv Key Director Dawn Tucci

These are times of adaptation and change. Around the world, people have been faced with decisions about how we are going to navigate life, now and into the future. One of the things that we are experiencing is a shift in the availability of the items we took for granted. For the first time for many of us, it has become harder to acquire personal items that we rely on as well as the foods that we eat. Restaurants are closed, so more people are cooking at home. Because of the disruption in business, we may see a shortage of certain types of meats.

Healthier Options

We know that protein is an essential part of a healthy diet. In looking for protein alternatives we may find that we stumble upon better choices out of necessity. Meat is a good source of protein, but alternative sources like plant-based protein have been touted as a healthier solution. There is evidence that many chronic diseases can be reduced by eating a whole-food, plant-based diet. Many also report that eating plant-based protein provides more energy, improved fitness, reduced inflammation, and better weight management. Eating a plant-based diet may even help you live longer, help the environment, and support your immune system.

Apples to Apples

 First, let’s talk about how animal and plant proteins compare. When relying on plants for protein it is important to combine different plants to give your body a complete source of all the essential amino acids. Sound complicated? It’s really not.

Animal proteins provide all the essential amino acids your body needs, but individual plant products do not and must be combined. There are exceptions: soy and quinoa contain all essential amino acids. Grains and beans complement each other and together provide all these amino acids, so eating both in a day can provide you the same nutritional quality protein as if you were to eat meat. 

In 2016, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stated, “a vegetarian or vegan diet could provide all the nutritional requirements of adults, children and those who were pregnant or breast-feeding.” The right plant-based foods are an excellent source of protein and nutrients, often with fewer calories.

 So what does your plate look like if you are not able to put meat on it and must rely on plant foods for protein? Eating a variety of these foods will give your body all the nutrients it needs to be healthy.

Fruits
Apples, grapes, berries, citrus fruits, bananas, strawberries, etc.

Vegetables
Peppers, avocados, corn, lettuce, peas, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, kale, etc.

Tubers
Root vegetables such as potatoes, parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, etc.

Whole grains
Whole grain flours, bread, and cereals, brown rice, millet, oats, barley, etc.

Legumes
Beans of any kind, lentils, tofu, tempeh

Nuts and Seeds
Quinoa, all nuts, all seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc.)

Other
Supplements
Plant-based milk

How much protein do you need?

There is a simple formula to help you determine how much protein you need. Divide your current weight by 2.2, multiply this by 0.8. This gives you the number of grams of protein you need to eat in one day. So a 150 lb person would need 54 grams of protein per day. Your protein needs may increase if you are very active and want to gain muscle.

How much protein do plant-based products have?

(For comparison, an ounce of meat averages about 7 grams)

Per ½ cup:

  • Chickpeas 7 gm
  • Edamame 8
  • Lentils 8
  • Tofu 10
  • Peanuts 20
  • Almonds 16
  • Quinoa 4
  • Green peas 4
  • Dry oats 6
  • Wild rice 3

Vegetables – those with the highest protein (4 to 5 grams per cooked cup) include broccoli, spinach, asparagus, artichokes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts.

Try rice and beans mixed together (7 grams per cup), a stalk of broccoli (4 grams per stalk), or a baked potato (8 grams for large).

Other sources:

  • Reliv Now with Soy contains 7 grams of heart-healthy, plant-based protein per serving
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds 2 gm
  • 1 oz nut butter 7 gm
  • Nutritional yeast – a deactivated strain of yeast that has a cheesy flavor. It can be sprinkled on mashed potatoes, pasta and provides 14 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber per ounce. Fortified nutritional yeast can also supply Vitamin B12.

Supplemental Solution

When you consume a plant-based diet, there are additional nutrients besides protein that you will need to consume. Nutrients of concern when avoiding animal products are calcium, iron, and Vitamin B12. Some foods are fortified with these nutrients and can also be obtained by using a daily supplement like Reliv Now with Soy. In addition to providing 7 grams of plant-based protein, Reliv Now with Soy tastes great and has higher levels of essential vitamins and minerals for greater health benefits. It also includes LunaRich to support your immune system and promote healthy cholesterol levels and inflammatory response. 

The silver lining in this meat crisis may lead to an improvement in our health. Eating more plant-based proteins means that you will get more nutrition and fiber in your diet often with fewer calories. If you’re not willing to avoid meat entirely, you can still benefit from increasing your intake of plant-based foods. An additional benefit to supplementing with Reliv products is that they are shelf-stable. You can blend Reliv products with fruits and vegetables to create a smoothie, but they can also be made simply by mixing them with water or juice. Best of all, Reliv products can be delivered right to your door! 

 

 

 

 

Wellness and Working Remotely: Why You’re Positioned for Success Right Now

We’re in the wellness industry (something everyone is talking about right now) and our products are here to support your overall wellness during this season and every day. In recent days, the world has turned its attention to wellness and immune support, and Reliv has been at the forefront of those efforts for decades.

Across the United States and world, people are adapting the way they live and work. You’ve likely heard terms like “social distancing,” but take a moment to consider how as a Reliv Distributor, you have all the tools you need to connect with your customers!

The online communication tools at your disposal (Zoom, Facebook and Instagram) are the perfect way to keep your business churning and burning at a time when people are having to change their way of life. Most of them are free and can be used right from your phone! Did you know you can have up to 100 people on a Zoom video conference? That sounds like a great way to host an opportunity presentation!

Technology tools have given us the ability to develop relationships and introduce new people to Reliv from the comfort and safety of home. We can give people world-class customer service that they won’t find anywhere else. Reliv Distributors and customers are perfectly positioned to provide what people are searching for, and it’s easier than ever to present and share your business online.

The opportunity to help others get healthier and live happier is more urgent and important now than ever before. We all have a social responsibility to help our loved ones and communities and there isn’t a better way than through Reliv’s science-based products and flexible, home-based business opportunity. So if you’re with us – thank you! If you’re thinking about joining us, we’re thrilled to have your support as we make our world a healthier place.