5 Ways Travel Promotes Good Health

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Everybody loves a fun and relaxing vacation away from the demanding pressures of reality. In fact, recent research is showing that travel is not only beneficial for the soul, but for the body as well. Here are five great reasons to pack your bags for an adventure and promote your well-being all at the same time. It’s all in the name of health, right? Continue reading “5 Ways Travel Promotes Good Health”

Nutrient Focus: Vitamin E

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VitaminEYour body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to optimally function. To keep your body running in top shape, it’s important to keep some key vitamins in your system. One of these crucial vitamins is Vitamin E, which is found in Reliv products like products like Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now®, Fibrestore®, SoySentials® and Reliv Now® for Kids. Continue reading “Nutrient Focus: Vitamin E”

Resolutions Worth Keeping

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Lose weight. Take a cooking class. Travel to Spain. The New Year is just a week away, and you’ve probably got some resolutions or goals in mind. A 2007 study from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year’s resolutions fail. However, the success rate went up dramatically when they engaged in goal setting and made their goals public to get support from friends. How can you give yourself a fighting chance of achieving your goals? Continue reading “Resolutions Worth Keeping”

Gracious Holiday Hosts

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Blog_HolidayHostGuestThe holidays are a time to gather with friends and loved ones, even those who live far away. Chances are you’ll be hosting some guests this holiday season, or perhaps you’ll be a guest in someone else’s home. Having a house full of guests can be stressful, but that stress can be easily avoided with a little planning. Being a wonderful host or guest is a great way to enhance the holiday season for everyone around you. Here are some thoughtful and fun ways to make sure your guests want to return and that they’ll return the invitation. Continue reading “Gracious Holiday Hosts”

Ditching the Holiday Weight Gain

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The giving season has arrived! Christmas music rules the radio, wreaths dress our doors and Christmas trees glow through frosted windows. As families prepare for this year’s holiday season, kitchens everywhere will begin to smell of cinnamon, freshly baked cookies and every dangerously sweet treat we avoided so carefully all year long. Continue reading “Ditching the Holiday Weight Gain”

The Power of the Pomegranate

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Throughout history, pomegranates have inspired artists, writers and countless cultures as a symbol of good fortune. Recently, clinical studies have revealed what good fortune this juicy, crowned fruit can offer you in addition to its unique and sweet taste. As it turns out, this tree-grown treat is one of the best fruits out there for you! Punicalagins, compounds found only in pomegranates, are to thank for many of the fruit’s powerful health benefits, especially its heart benefits. Punicalagins have been shown to lower both cholesterol and blood pressure. Continue reading “The Power of the Pomegranate”

We’re Nuts for Healthy Snacks

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If you’re looking for a heart-healthy snack, look no further than nuts! Cashews, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts — they all contain unsaturated fatty acids and other nutrients that can help lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. High LDL is one of the primary causes of heart disease, so it’s good to incorporate nuts into your diet.

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Celebrating National Health Literacy Month

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LiteracyMonth-webOdds are somebody has passed the old rhyme, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” your direction. While you should see your primary doctor for routine checkups and any medical concerns, those apples are a wonderful starting point to a healthy life. It’s all about taking preventative steps for your health. The internet is filled with sites that can help you do just that, and to celebrate October as National Health Literacy Month, we’ve listed our favorite health and wellness resources on the web. Continue reading “Celebrating National Health Literacy Month”

Tricks and Treats for a Healthy Halloween

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HealthyTrickTreat-webTrick-or-treating is a tradition for many families and neighborhoods as children dress up in cute and creative costumes and go door-to-door asking for sweets. But don’t be tricked – Halloween is a big business that revolves around sugary sweet candy. Americans spend about $7 billion each year on everything from candy to costumes and decorations and we spend 1 to 3% more each year. The typical household spends about $21 on Halloween candy, amounting to $2 billion per year collectively. All that sugar can leave your tummy and your wallet with a severe post-Hallows Eve hangover when November rolls around.

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Having a couple of ghouls and guys over for a party this Halloween? Offer your guests some healthy options like a Frankenstein veggie plate! Place green snap peas on an oval platter to make the monster’s head, and add olives for his hair and mouth. Two cucumbers topped with an olive each will make his eyes and you can add  baby carrots to make the bolts in his neck!

For a sweet treat that will give you a serving of fruit, make some ghostly yogurt frozen bananas. Start with several large bananas cut in half and frozen for 30 minutes. Insert wooden sticks on one end and dip them in vanilla yogurt. Add mini chocolate chips for their eyes and freeze on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper until ready to serve.

If your guests include little ones, try making some pumpkin pie play dough! It smells wonderful because of the pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and maple extracts. If you make enough small dough balls early, you can even give these out to trick-or-treaters as an alternative to candy!

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If you’ve got a steady stream of adorable little superheroes, ballerinas, witches and zombies at your door on Halloween night, consider handing out something on the healthier side. Clementines can be a fun giveaway: just draw pumpkin or jack-o-lantern faces right onto a clementine with a permanent marker! They also make a festive orange addition to a school lunch and are a clever way to sneak in a serving of fruit.

You’ll see more store-bought healthy options from several companies this year, including Mediterranean Snacks, which offers a line of baked lentil chips and crackers to give trick-or-treaters. Another option is to hand out individually wrapped bags of pretzels or popcorn to offset the sugar they’ll get from all directions. Other fresh alternatives are single serving bags of sugar snap peas and nuts that deal a satisfying crunch.

A Treat for Grownups

Halloween is a great time for neighbors to meet or get reacquainted as they catch up while the kiddies are gathering goodies. Along with treats for the kids, you can offer a cold shot of 24K™ with a business card to tired parents looking for a bit more energy to get through trick-or-treating. Be sure to let them know that there’s no sugar or caffeine, so they won’t experience a crash. Visit our Vistaprint store to order some business cards so they can call you when they want to know more about Reliv!

Check out our “Fall into Reliv” board on Pinterest for more great decorating and entertaining ideas for the season. Share your ideas with us by pinning them with the “@Reliv” tag.

Sources:

http://money.msn.com/shopping-deals/article.aspx?post=2885cf08-40b2-4b08-8a3b-42d17dff01ec

http://www.livescience.com/16768-candy-americans-eat-halloween.html

http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/menus/10-healthy-halloween-treats.htm

http://www.cookinglight.com/entertaining/holidays-occasions/healthy-halloween-00412000068114/

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5 Stress Management Tips from Around the World

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Pools are closing and leaves are falling: it’s Mother Nature’s way of saying, “Get back to work!” Many of us are dreading packing away our swimsuit for another three seasons and hauling out the cardigans and massive coats. For many, the transition from lounging in a lawn chair to climbing into an office chair is a bumpy one and only increases the already demanding stressors of daily life. But people from all over the globe have a few suggestions on how to jump back into work stress-free. Join us on a hassle-free trip around the world and learn how other cultures practice relaxation. Continue reading “5 Stress Management Tips from Around the World”