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.
Everyone has genetic predispositions, those things that “run in the family.” For many, this is a list of conditions such as obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis. Sound familiar? Epigenetics brings a positive perspective to the fear and uncertainty that comes from checking all those boxes on a health history form. We now know that healthy lifestyle choices have the power to influence and even override our faulty genetic codes.
pass on both DNA and lifestyle habits that serve as epigenetic signals to that
DNA. Nutritional choices, exercise, stress management and environmental
exposures all influence whether genes get turned on or remain silent. While
epigenetic marks are reversible (e.g. activated genes can be deactivated),
healthy habits that start early in life can prevent negative genes from ever
being activated in the first place.
The Earlier, the Better
development experts and medical professionals agree that healthy lifestyle
habits are learned behaviors most strongly influenced by the family.
Researchers also concur that nutritional habits established in infancy and
childhood set the stage for a lifetime of dietary patterns.
recent CDC report, for example, highlights the importance of eating practices
in the first year of life. When children drink sugar-sweetened beverages during
the first 12 months, this doubles the odds they will drink those beverages at
age six. And limited fruit and vegetable consumption in the first year leads to
limited fruits and vegetables at age six.
Nature and Nurture
Dietary preferences aren’t the only behaviors from home that carry over into adulthood with lingering epigenetic effects. Stress management, sleep patterns, and exercise are all influenced by family culture.
Work, social activities, media, and electronics compete for time that could be spent planning and preparing meals, engaging in physical activity or getting sufficient rest. Parents today work an average of three hours more per week than they did in the 1960s. That can mean the difference between home-cooked meals and visits to the drive-thru.
American Academy of Pediatrics report, titled “Children, Adolescents, Obesity
and the Media,” states: “American society couldn’t do a worse job at the moment
of keeping children fit and healthy — too much TV, too many food ads, not
enough exercise and not enough sleep.”
Top 10 Family Health Tips
healthy kids today can feel like climbing Mt. Everest. But it can be done! It
all starts when you embrace health as a family.
1) Be a good role model. You don’t have to be perfect,
but if kids see you trying to eat right and exercise, they will take notice.
2) Get the family moving together. Take walks,
ride bikes, go swimming, garden or just play hide-and-seek outside. Everyone
will benefit from the exercise and time together.
3) Limit TV, video games and computer time. These habits
encourage a sedentary lifestyle and contribute to excessive snacking.
4) Encourage physical activities that they enjoy. Let your child experience
different activities. Be creative and incorporate exercise into everyday
5) Pick truly rewarding rewards. Resist the
urge to reward kids with TV, video games, candy or snacks.
6) Make dinnertime a family time. Get your kids
involved in cooking and planning meals. No TV or portable media devices during
dinner (that includes YOUR phone).
7) Make a game of reading food labels. The whole family
will become more conscious of what they eat — a habit that can change behavior
for a lifetime.
8) Make healthy food choices easy. Save countertops, front-of-fridge and lower shelves for fruits, vegetables, and healthy snacks. Provide a variety of choices. You might be surprised at what they like!
9) Limit sugary beverages. Beware of
sugar-laden drinks marketed as juice beverages. Check the ingredient labels and
10) Stay involved. Be an advocate for healthier
children. Insist on good food choices at school and other social settings.
families don’t happen overnight, so set realistic goals when adopting new
behaviors. Pick one strategy and allow time for kids to adjust. Small steps and
gradual changes can make a big difference in your health over time and in the
health of your kids over their lifetime!
Give Your Kids a Healthy Head Start
Optimal nutrition promotes healthy growth, cognitive development and strong immunity during childhood — and reduces the risk of health problems later in life. Reliv Now® for Kids is specially formulated to provide the vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients growing bodies need to thrive, plus advanced ingredients for added benefits:
LunaRich®: Reliv’s exclusive epigenetic superfood
proven to support innate immunity and overall cellular health.
DHA: omega-3 fatty acid critical for development and
function of the brain, eyes and central nervous system.
PS and PC: (phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylcholine) natural compounds that support healthy cellular development, mental clarity, memory, learning, and cognitive function.
Grape Seed Extract: a powerful antioxidant that protects against cell-destroying free radicals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s no better time than now to perfect your workouts with the optimal performance nutrition found in Reliv’s ProVantage®. Designed with a patented plant-based protein formula, ProVantage meets your nutritional needs for both immediate and long-term athletic performance.
“Whether you’re working out in the gym or your backyard, you need the right nutrition to perform your best,” says Dr. Carl Hastings. “ProVantage delivers that nutrition and the patent confirms the uniqueness of a formula designed to deliver real results.”
Walk into any fitness center or grocery store today and protein powders are in abundance. There are so many to choose from—it is overwhelming! So what makes ProVantage different? No other performance supplement harnesses the power of plant-based protein with the combination of powerful antioxidants and supercharged amino acids.
Let’s take a look at how this synergistic blend of ingredients works:
One of ProVantage’s key ingredients is lunasin. This cell-protecting protein and naturally-occurring peptide combats the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by strenuous exercise. Your body will feel the difference and thank you for this.
ProVantage also has medium chain triglycerides, or MCT’s, which work to help reduce body fat and increase muscle mass. MCT’s also improve muscle repair and muscle quickness while providing more energy than carbohydrates. So your workouts will be fueled all week long!
Say goodbye to your midday slump. The CoQ10 and grape seed extract promote energy production, combat free radicals and support the immune system.
So how do these superior ingredients translate to everyday performance fuel?
Work harder. From adding extra reps at the gym to hiking further up that hill, discover the stamina to power through fatigue.
Recover faster. Don’t settle for sore muscles. A precise balance of nutrients can shorten recovery time.
Get stronger. The right protein helps you build higher-quality muscle than you ever thought possible.
Simply mix 1-3 scoops daily with water or your other favorite beverage, depending on level and intensity of training.
Bottom line: ProVantage delivers a performance edge that is unparalleled! See for yourself how ProVantage outperforms all the others….the proof is in the powder!
By Product Marketing Specialist & Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn
Are you trying to decide which version of Reliv Now® is best for you? Maybe you haven’t tried the new Reliv Now® with Whey formula and are wondering how it is different from the original soy protein-based version. Maybe you are just wondering, “Which formula does Coach Tina take?” or “Which is better?”
The answer is: I take both and BOTH are great! One is not better than the other. Which one I take is completely dependent on how I am customizing my shake with Reliv’s targeted solution products. I prefer my shakes to contain combinations of protein sources so if I am adding ProVantage® or SoySentials® to my shake, which each contain 14 and 10 grams of soy protein respectively, I will use Reliv Now with Whey. This allows me to take advantage of the complementary amino acid profiles found in the different sources of protein. This is typically a post-workout shake when I really want to optimize the muscle-building benefits of protein.
I tend to lean toward Reliv Now® with Soy in combination with FibRestore®, ReversAge® or Arthaffect® (collagen protein) for my shakes in between meals to keep me from giving in to temptations and cravings. Research suggests that soy protein absorbs a little more slowly and may help suppress your appetite, so I maximize my intake.
Whey or soy protein ultimately comes down to your personal preference. “You can choose the new whey-based version or the flagship soy-based formula, but either way, you get optimal nutrition from guaranteed quality ingredients,” says Dr. Carl. “Our core nutrition formulas are the cornerstone of your Reliv nutrition.”
I’m nursing a hamstring injury so I will be leaning toward extra ProVantage and Reliv Now with Whey. What are you taking today?
For many people, turning 40 can be a dreaded milestone. For the health and fitness conscientious, however, turning 30 could be considered the new 40.
Why 30, you may ask? From the time you were born until around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But during your 30s, you naturally start to lose muscle mass and function. This is called sarcopenia or “muscle loss with aging.”
The good news? Muscle-strengthening activities help increase or maintain your muscle mass and power. Steadily increasing weight and repetitions will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.
That’s why, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get serious about adding strength training to your workouts. I know machines at the gym can be confusing, so don’t even look at the intimidating guys (and ladies) who hang out in the free weights area!
Confused about what foods are truly healthy? You’re not alone. We are often inundated with confusing and sometimes contradictory statements about nutrition. In this month’s Prodcast, Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn cuts through the chaos and talks about how Reliv makes nutrition simple. You’ll also hear Tina’s inspiring interview with Jim and Sandy Schaben – two Reliv Distributors who have seen great health and fitness results by making the right nutrition choices, staying active and supplementing with Reliv.
By Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn
Many of you are getting excited about your summer 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 or 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. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Have Reliv Will Travel”→
Summer is in full swing and that means more travelling, which can lead to some common health hazards, like dehydration and weight gain. But host Tina Van Horn, product marketing specialist, has you covered with some practical health tips and simple things you can do to prepare before your trek. She’s joined by Steve Lucks a retired navy captain and holistic health practitioner who takes Reliv products with him around the world.