The Buzzz on Healthy Sleep

SubscribeButton-webSleep-webIt’s 10 pm and too late to make a phone call, but how about just a few more emails? Stop. Make a quick to-do list for tomorrow, power down your computer and go to bed. You’ll get more done tomorrow, better and faster, if you get the proper amount of rest tonight. You already know that you can eat your way to healthier sleep with optimal Reliv nutrition. We’ve even shown you 5 ways to sleep like a baby. But here’s the science behind why sleep is as important to your health as diet and exercise. Continue reading “The Buzzz on Healthy Sleep”

Wedding Bells Giving You a Headache?

SubscribeButton-webWeddingStress-webAutumn is nearly here. The sun is shining, birds are singing and love is in the air as every weekend is filled with joyous fall wedding celebrations. Meanwhile, the wedding bills are piling up, the guest list is too long and the list of things to get done by your fast-approaching big day seems never-ending. Being the newlyweds-to-be is often not as dreamy as we imagine it to be. The stress of planning for a big party and a new life can wreak havoc on our bodies, minds and emotions –just when we need to be at our best. Maybe you’re going through this now, or maybe one of your loved ones is and they need your extra support. Here’s what you can do! Continue reading “Wedding Bells Giving You a Headache?”

Inflammation and the Changing Face of Sports Nutrition

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Reliv Ant-Inflammatory Performance Nutrition

by Tina Van Horn, Research and Business Development Coordinator at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv Company

Redefining Sports Nutrition

The term “sports nutrition” invokes images of buff gym rats lugging around kegs of protein powder, as well as lithe distance runners throwing back concoctions of carbs and electrolytes en route to the finish line. Yes, these types of athletes have unique nutritional needs and use specialty supplements to support their performance goals. But sports nutrition can benefit more than just elite athletes. In fact, you don’t have to be an “athlete” at all to benefit from the research and products labeled for sport. Continue reading “Inflammation and the Changing Face of Sports Nutrition”

10 Ways to Prevent & Care for Sports Injuries

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As we gear up for summer sports, outdoor activities and tank top weather, let’s keep these points in mind to keep our bodies injury free. Arm slings and knee braces don’t go well with shorts.

1. Get in shape before you play the sport. Work up to it.
Instead of shocking your body in an out-of-the-blue, strenuous physical activity, prepare your body by following a conditioning program designed for that kind of exercise. Ease into it and don’t do too much too soon. Gradually increase the intensity and amount of time you exercise. Be patient with yourself. Continue reading “10 Ways to Prevent & Care for Sports Injuries”

Nutrient Focus: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 fatty acids are a popular topic in the world of nutrition, but many of us are still left confused despite the attention. What exactly are they? What do they do for our bodies? How do I get them? In spite of the questions we may have about omega-3s, it turns out that they are actually a pretty big deal because they can’t naturally be synthesized by the body. Commonly consumed through the use of supplements such as fish oil, omega-3s can also be readily found in many common foods and offer the same benefits to the body. However you get them, omega-3s prove to be vital to our overall health. Learn how to get your fill below! Continue reading “Nutrient Focus: Omega-3 Fatty Acids”

Is Your Skin Ready for More Time Outdoors?

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SkinHealth-webAs we look forward to warmer weather and enjoying more time outside, it is wise to first consider what that means for our health, especially our skin.

While sunlight, or more specifically its ultraviolet B rays, is important for boosting our skin cells’ ability to produce vitamin D, it is only needed in small doses. A fair-skinned person in shorts and a tank top, unprotected by sunscreen, soaking in the midday summer sun for just 10 minutes can produce about 10,000 international units of vitamin D[i] — well above the 600-800 IU daily intake recommended by the Institute of Medicine.[ii] Continue reading “Is Your Skin Ready for More Time Outdoors?”

7 Ways to Re-think Spring Cleaning

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Winter is finally coming to its long-awaited end, and spring is on its way. It’s time to buckle down, get those windows open and start cleaning and organizing your home for the warmer season ahead. Say goodbye to the winter blues for another year and say hello to another dose of good old-fashioned spring cleaning. Here are some tips for getting both your home and family happy and healthy, and ready to spring forward! Continue reading “7 Ways to Re-think Spring Cleaning”

White vs. Wheat: Analyzing the Great Carb Debate

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Don’t Let Winter Freeze out Fresh Produce

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WinterProduce-webThe farmers markets are closed and your motivation to venture out to your local grocery store is as low as the temperatures outside. Winter tends to bring out the laziest in all of us as the cold weather tempts us to stay inside with the warm glow of the TV screen supporting our idle position on the couch. Although the cold may make your trip to the store difficult and uncomfortable, don’t give up on finding healthy produce during the most frigid season of the year.
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Spice up Your Health with Cayenne Pepper

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No pain, no gain; at least when it comes to cayenne pepper, that is. Research has found that the cayenne pepper has several health benefits that can help give you a nutritional boost. The presence of an extraordinary substance known as capsaicin is what truly gives the cayenne pepper its extraordinary effect on overall health. So add a little spice to your diet for a range of health benefits. Continue reading “Spice up Your Health with Cayenne Pepper”