Keep Your Joints Healthy for the Long Run

Joint health is becoming an increasingly important issue for adults of every age. In the US, more than 30 million adults have osteoarthritis—a condition which causes severe joint pain when cartilage around bones wears down and makes bones rub together.

It is very difficult to repair cartilage, so most doctors recommend prevention through nutrition and an active lifestyle.

Work It Out
Exercise is vital to maintain healthy joints. For those with joint pain, low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, tai chi and dancing are best. Strength training should also be incorporated in exercise since it helps strengthen the muscles surrounding the joints—protecting them from wear and tear.

Balancing Act
A balanced diet is also a key component of joint health. A diet rich in calcium and vitamin D can help maintain bone strength. Foods with high omega-3s also help keep your joints in tip-top shape. Other important joint health nutrients include:

  • Glucosamine: a natural compound proven effective in building cartilage
  • Boswellin: an herb used in Eastern medicine to help with joint and muscle swelling
  • Borage oil: a powerful anti-inflammatory

Keep Moving with Reliv
Reliv’s Arthaffect® contains glucosamine, boswellin, borage oil and a variety of other nutrients to help aid in joint health. Another key ingredient in Arthaffect is Arthred®—a hydrolyzed collagen protein with the same series of amino acids required for cartilage generation. A combination of exercise, a well-balanced diet and a scoop of Arthaffect can help keep your joints healthy and keep you moving for a lifetime!

The statements contained in this material have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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A Closer Look at Eye Health

Every day starts the same. You wake up, open your eyes, look at your bedroom ceiling and start your day. Your morning routine might be repetitious, but the gift of eyesight should not be taken for granted. Your eyes cannot properly function if denied the proper nutrients. Understanding how your eyes work and remain healthy is crucial in maintaining both eye health and overall wellness.

Your eyes are susceptible to many health problems throughout a lifetime, particularly that of macular degeneration as we age. Whether eye issues have yet to become a problem for you, the fact is that your eyes demand good care over time in order to function properly.

Stay active by exercising regularly
Exercise is a key part of any healthy routine, and is especially important for eye health. In fact, regular exercise has been shown to help reduce the risk of eye conditions such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Physical activity increases heart rate, making heart muscles work more efficiently for better blood circulation to the entire body. This includes reduced pressure to nerves including the ocular nerve within the eye. Excess ocular nerve pressure can lead to vision disorders, and in extreme cases, irreversible blindness.

In a study conducted by Tufts University, a direct link was found between healthy weight maintenance and healthy eyes. Diet and exercise naturally fight the trend of obesity, which is a contributing factor to type II diabetes. If left untreated, diabetes deteriorates vision in adults and can eventually lead to blindness.

Reliv’s Fit3™ program can help you commit to staying active on a daily basis and maintain a healthy weight to support long-term eye health.

Maintain a diet high in nutrients
It may seem obvious, but a diet high in nutrients naturally helps your eyes remain healthy. Leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli, for example, contain important nutrients known to combat the risk of cataracts. Reliv’s core nutrition products go way beyond the minimum daily requirements giving you more of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for healthy vision.

Core nutrition: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids

Beta-carotene and Vitamin A
Beta-carotene can be found in carrots and other fruits and vegetables. It is converted into Vitamin A once inside the body and offers natural protection to the cornea, which is essential for good vision.

Found in: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, FibRestore®, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to eye health, especially in early development. Found in breast milk and also added to infant formula, omega-3 fatty acids support normal and healthy vision in newborn babies. The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in pregnant women is central to healthy vision development for their infants.

Found in: Reliv Now® for Kids, 24K®, GlucAffect®, and ReversAge®.

Zinc
Zinc is known as a “helper molecule” for the body. It transfers Vitamin A from the liver to the retina to produce an important chemical called melanin, a protective pigment in the eye. Zinc is heavily concentrated within the eye and is also associated with improved vision in low light environments.

Found in: Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Now® for Kids, Fit3™ Active, and Innergize!®.

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Have Fit3 Will Travel

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Many of you are getting excited about your spring travel plans, but here at Reliv we want to make sure you have a plan for staying healthy while you travel. We’ve all been there. You plan a relaxing vacation, but when you return home your souvenirs include digestive issues, icky infections or viruses and maybe even some extra pounds. The good news is that with a little bit of preparation you can avoid these common health hazards typically associated with travel.

How to Avoid Calorie Bombs

Regardless of whether you are flying, driving or using any other mode of transportation, be sure to check out menus online for dining options near your destination. This will help you avoid the temptations of the sights and smells once you sit down to order. Identify places you want to try that may have fresh local fare that is typically far healthier than the standard chain restaurant choices.

If it’s available, look at the nutrition information for enticing foods. You don’t have to analyze every macro and micronutrient, but you will make better choices if you have a general idea whether your salad is 500 calories or even 2500 calories! Yes, salads can be bigger calorie bombs than many entree options! And don’t be afraid to make special requests, such as sauces and dressings on the side or substitute fresh vegetables for french fries.

Hydrate with H2O

Many of us have a tendency to get dehydrated when we travel, especially if we are flying. Typically we don’t drink enough water because we don’t want to make pit stops or use the airplane lavatory. But dehydration not only contributes to some of the gastric upsets that are common to travelers, but it also zaps your energy and can cause irritability. Headaches and muscle cramps are some other common symptoms.

And don’t be tempted by sodas, sugary beverages and cocktails. The easiest strategy is to carry a water bottle with you everywhere and refill it often. Even at the airport, you can carry an empty water bottle with you through security and then fill it from a drinking fountain at the gate.

Healthy Snacks and Nutrition

It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks and small meals, just in case you get delayed or the available options are limited to vending machines or fast food. Some travel-friendly items include nuts, dried fruit, low-sugar nutrition bars, fresh veggies, and of course, your Reliv products. They’re portable, simple and convenient to take with you. Fit3™ Purify is a must-have for any trip because it’s a metabolic supporter, probiotic and liver cleanse in one. It’s a great way to keep your body in peak performance even when you travel.

If you happen to get stuck in the airport on a long layover or delay, all of the major airports now have a really great variety of healthy options… if you can get past the smell of Cinnabon, which has about 900 calories for the average cinnamon roll. Remember that tip about looking up nutrition content? Is that cinnamon roll worth 900 calories and the sugar coma that is going to drag you down for the next few hours?

If you have a road trip coming up, you have a little more freedom to pack your own food, so use that to your advantage. Baby carrots and other raw veggies are great because they are relatively low-calorie, loaded with fiber and help keep you hydrated. Not only are these healthy suggestions, but they may also help combat boredom as you pass the miles.

Even convenience stores now stock a surprising selection of healthy choices like yogurt, nuts, fresh fruit and veggies. You just have to get past the mile-long candy display.

How to Sneak in Some Physical Activity

During a layover, get up and move around the terminal for some exercise and check out all of the food options. You will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of healthy foods that are available, such as fresh fruit, hummus cups, deli-style salads and sandwiches. Some in-flight magazines even include simple exercises you can do from your seat like leg lifts to keep you from getting too stiff. Of course if you’re on a road trip, take stretching breaks each time you stop to refuel.

With Fit3, everything you need is accessible online. Take 30-45 minutes to get in an online Fit3 workout and keep up with your fitness buddies through the Fit3 community to help motivate you during your trip.

Remember to Rest

Travel can certainly take its toll on your immune system, so make sure to schedule some down time into your itinerary. Naps and vacation just go together!

Have some tips of your own for staying healthy during your travels? Comment below!

Why Reliv?

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By Key Director Nabila Mahbub

When I first heard about the three areas of Reliv—help people get healthy with optimal nutrition, teach others how to earn an income and nourish thousands of hungry children around the world—I knew that this was a company that I wanted to work with. All my passions are put together in one place!

As a nurse, I understand the role nutrition plays in our bodies and the importance of having it balanced for a healthy and preventative lifestyle. As part of my healthy lifestyle before Reliv, I worked out, drank smoothies, took many multivitamins, protein shakes, etc. When I learned that some Reliv products are Halal, gluten-free, and clinically-proven plant-based formulas, it got me so excited! Halal supplements are very important to me and not always easy to find.

I started noticing amazing changes and an overall feeling of wellbeing after I started taking Reliv products, and it was a significant difference from all the other supplements I had taken before.  I started noticing improvements in the quality of my performance at the gym and found that I had more stamina and recovered faster. Those who have been working out with me for years also noticed the changes and they too wanted to learn what I was doing differently! These amazing results helped me share Reliv with loved ones and reach out to others to help them improve their health.

If we can raise awareness about the importance of eating right, increasing physical activity, and implementing supplements with optimal nutrition like Reliv, we can help people enhance their quality of life. I believe Reliv should be in every household, and I love sharing Reliv with everyone in my life!

How To Stop Overeating: Portion Sizes

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

Think you know what a portion of peanut butter looks like? Two tablespoons isn’t very much when you start smearing it on your bread. How about an actual serving size of ice cream? Who really only eats half a cup? That’s like three bites. And let’s not even talk about cereal. . . there’s an awful lot of room left in the bowl if you play along with what the side panel of the box says is a serving.

Portion distortion is a real thing. We have become so conditioned to the over-sized helpings served in restaurants that we have no basis for what is the reality when it comes to a reasonable serving size. There are so many packaged convenience foods and beverages that we think are single servings but actually contain two or more servings. We consume the whole thing anyway because we have been led to think a serving is MUCH larger than what it actually is. Always read labels! Even if you think you know how many servings there are in that little package of mixed nuts at the checkout, always check the label. You will probably be shocked!

Easy Mistake 

One of the easiest mistakes to make with Fit3 is not understanding proper portion sizes. When you are getting started, I highly recommend using a food scale for a few weeks until you have overcome the propaganda from the food marketing industry and you get a handle on what is sensible. Every couple of months I get out my food scale and bring myself back to reality because we do have a tendency to wander off. Once you get a grasp of what a true portion looks like, you can put the food scale away and use our Easy Portion Sizes Sheet. This tool is so helpful with everyday portion sizes. Try putting it on your fridge for easy access.

What foods haunt you when it comes to sticking to a single portion? You already know mine: peanut butter, ice cream, and cereal. Funny how none of us have that problem when it comes to a salad!

Why We All Need A Good Girlfriend

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By Distributors and Best Friends Dodi McCune & Ruth Kettler

Happy Galentine’s Day! Galentine’s Day is celebrated on February 13th as the day of women celebrating their friendships. It’s the perfect day to reflect on the value of our girlfriends!

The dictionary definition of a girlfriend is “a female friend who gives assistance; a supporter, a frequent and favorite companion.” However, girlfriends are so much more than that definition. They are business partners, neighbors, best friends, etc.

A good girlfriend is someone who is there to support you when you have something to celebrate, something to work on or something to cry about. She is there when you need the best medicine—laughter! She is there for late night chats about your day or to voice your thoughts and ideas that have been running in your head and desperately need to be said. Sometimes that chat is done via text or a phone call, or our favorite way, Marco Polo video texting. We get to see each other face-to-face, the smiles that just happen or sometimes the tears in our eyes as we share our hopes, dreams, and heartaches that we are experiencing.

The benefits of having a good girlfriend are beyond measure. That person always wants what is best for you and is there to share love and support—even in your business! She is there every step of the way. She knows how to give you that gentle push when you feel like you just cannot do anymore or to let you know how great of a job you’ve done and how proud she is.

A good girlfriend doesn’t let you go on stage at Reliv Live with sunglasses on your head or your sleeve half-rolled up. She is always looking out for your best interest. She is your biggest supporter outside of family!

The bottom line is that outside of family, every gal needs a good girlfriend to have her back, to support her, to laugh with, to push, to love, to correct, to cry with, to celebrate with and do life with. There’s just nothing else like having the support of your best friend as you create goals for yourself in your life and your business. We cannot imagine and would never want to imagine a life without having a good girlfriend or even a group of them to support us on our journey!

Know that it is okay to not have a good girlfriend yet. You can always find friendship in someone new! Here are some of the ways we find new friends and build relationships:

  • Join a workout group, a book club, or some other activity of interest. Just Google “Workout Group in [your city]” or “Book club in [your city]” and tons of results will show up. If not, organize your own!
  • Invite an old friend to a happy hour or coffee.
  • Say “yes” to invitations to dinner parties or activities.
  • Host a brunch, movie night or game night.
  • Attend a Reliv Girlfriends’ Getaway! Stay tuned to reliv.com for the next event announcement.

We had a blast at the Girlfriends’ Getaway because of all these reasons above and more. Finding a good girlfriend is a treasure and these events celebrate that and teach you how to do business with your girlfriends! We cannot wait to see what Reliv has planned for Girlfriends’ Getaways in 2019.

How I Conquer Motherhood & Entrepreneurship

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By Master Affiliate Katie Moore

Have you ever thought about becoming a Reliv Distributor? Well, I sure didn’t. In fact, for two years I said “no” on multiple occasions. I was a young, career-focused woman, enjoying city life with my husband. We were living a fairly healthy lifestyle and definitely were not looking for another job. But it’s funny how things happen because it wasn’t too long before I had the most life-changing experience. I became a mom! And that changed everything. My husband and I got started on the Reliv products and experienced amazing health benefits. We began sharing with others and quickly felt called to do this full-time. In 2018, I left corporate America and our Reliv business was born. We now have three boys, and Reliv is an intricate part of our everyday life.

Balancing motherhood and life (aka being a mompreneur) can be challenging. But with Reliv, it’s fun and purposeful. While there is no magic wand to add twelve more hours to your day, this is a very doable business with a proven success system. I’ve put together a few practical ways that help me balance the calls of duty.

Start with your WHY. Make it visible and meditate on it regularly. This is your shining star to guide you around every corner. You’ve probably already experienced amazing life-changing results so now focus on why you want to share this gift with others.

Plug into the Reliv Success System. Glue yourself to your support team and they will teach you how to be successful. Take advanatge of the online tools, trainings and story calls. I use my smartphone and the Reliv Mobile App for 95% of my business.

Be confident and consistent. This comes with time. Just like raising my kiddos, I take my Reliv business very seriously. This is not a side hustle. I left a very generous corporate America job because of the Reliv opportunity. When you begin to demonstrate to others how important this is, the game will seriously change.

Block out time in your calendar. Every day looks a little different for me, whether it’s a 15-minute story call, an appointment, a team call, or a Saturday special event. I work it into our daily routine (nap time, after dinner, post bed time, etc.) and physically put it in our calendar. We use a shared Google Calendar for everything.

Schedule time in advance with your support team. This helps maximize time when meeting new people. It’s also easier to schedule an appointment if I already have my support team on my calendar. You never know when the opportunity to share Reliv will arise, so always be prepared!

Include the kiddos. I have fun making shakes with the kids every day and I also host a monthly shake playgroup at our home. Moms learn about Reliv and kids have supervised playtime. It’s a win-win for everyone!

What do you think? Can you implement these practical tips today? I encourage you to set aside 10-15 minutes of quiet time. Write down your WHY, goals, and commit to 90 days. You will become the best mompreneur you ever knew!

Trainer Tina’s Perfect Workout Playlist

By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

We may not always feel like exercising, but the right playlist can really get you motivated and help you scorch calories like nobody’s business! So we got to thinking… what are those iconic songs that can really get you pumped up and ready to sweat? For this one we went straight to the source and our Head Coach Tina Van Horn hooked us up with her go-to playlist. Take a look at a few of Tina’s favorites then pop over to our Fit3 community and share your favorite workout music with us!

1. “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey: The quintessential workout song! You can’t go wrong here.

2. “Her Strut” by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Well, because that’s just how I roll! This may actually be my theme song.

3. “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga: Not only is this one the ringtone on my phone but also a motto as I prefer to walk on the edge of a lot of things in life!

4. “Love Runs Out” by One Republic: Such a strong beat, you can’t help but move your feet!

5. “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor: For when you start to doubt yourself, this one will get your motivation right back!

6. “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins: Growing up in the 80s, this one is iconic!

7. “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins: Top Gun soundtrack! Still love that movie – beach volleyball scene, anyone?

8. “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson: The lyrics, the beat, the voice! Everything about this one makes it a great addition to the playlist.

9. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi: For the days when a prayer is all that I have!

10. “Feel Invincible” by Skillet: The lyrics to this one definitely push me out of my comfort zone. A necessity for a strong workout!

11. “Kryptonite” by 3 Doors Down: This one helps me channel my inner super hero while I’m conquering big hills during a run.

12. “We Got the Beat” by the Go-Go’s: A bunch of girls just having fun!

13. “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees: Get ready to break out the disco moves!

The Best Way To Add Extra Vegetables To Your Day 

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By Director of Product Development & Fit3 Trainer Tina Van Horn

I am incredibly lucky that both of my kids love vegetables. They will eat Brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, and cauliflower without smothering them in a cheesy sauce! However, even though we love eating our veggies, sometimes it is difficult to check all our boxes on the Fit3 Daily Snapshot. In fact, it’s not uncommon to make it to the end of the day with a serving or two left to fill.

While you probably don’t crave carrots with your morning coffee, breakfast is the perfect time to get an extra serving or two of colorful veggies and a healthy dose of vitamins and fiber. You do not have to add kale to your pancakes, but there are a ton of options beyond throwing mushrooms and peppers in your scrambled eggs.

Believe it or not, you can add veggies to your shake. If you still haven’t tried a green smoothie, you are seriously missing out! Throw a fistful of spinach into the blender with some milk, a banana, and Fit3 Active and you have the perfect combination of protein, carbs and fiber to energize your morning rush! Want to really step out of your comfort zone? Try some riced cauliflower in your shake! Avocados also add a unique creaminess to any Fit3 shake. You can always get recipe ideas on our Recipes Page.

Reliv’s Art Director, Amie Schilson, loves to add fresh carrots to her peach smoothies because it makes them look savory and infuses immunity-boosting nutrients and tummy-filling fiber. Pureed pumpkin, sweet potatoes and squash make your shake not only look pretty but taste amazing, too! And here’s a quick and easy tip: little jars of pureed vegetable baby food are perfectly-sized for throwing in your next shake.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to sneaking in those extra veggies! Best of all, you’ll definitely notice a difference in your day by getting those additional vitamins in the morning. I challenge YOU this week to add a vegetable to your daily shake! Share your favorite vegetable add-in to our Fit3 Facebook Group!

Your Go-To Winter Shake Recipes

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By Content & Social Media Specialist Michaela Mitchell

Winter is here and I am officially dreading the below freezing temperatures outside! All I want to do in the winter months is snuggle up with a warm blanket and a tasty shake that tames my sweet tooth. And keep in mind that core nutrition is more important now than ever as we continue to get deeper into cold season.

Here are my top 5 shake recipes to make your winter a little bit better:

Snowy Morning Cinnamon Roll Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup ice

 

Very Berry Energizing Shake

1 scoop Reliv 24K®

1 cup coconut water

¼ cup strawberries

¼ cup blueberries

 

Decadent Black Forest Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup frozen cherries

1 pitted medjool date

1 Tbsp. chia seeds

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 cup spinach

 

Winter Cranberry Orange Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt

¼ cup cranberries

½ banana

¼ cup orange juice

 

Almond Coconut Mocha Shake

1 scoop Fit3™ Active

½ cup unsweetened coconut milk

1 pitted medjool date

2 Tbsp. cocoa powder

1 tsp instant coffee

½ cup ice

Whether you’re craving something sweet and decadent or crisp and refreshing, Reliv’s got you covered! Try one or try them all and let us know what you think. Better yet, show off your inner social media superstar by posting a photo of one of these shakes to your Facebook profile and tag us @Reliv International! We can’t wait to see your shake masterpieces!