Science & Health Today: Why Weight Loss Plans Should Include Micronutrients

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By Tina Van Horn, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist

Most weight loss plans focus on reducing caloric intake of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and increasing caloric expenditure through exercise, leading to an energy deficit that promotes weight loss. But one of the often overlooked components of a successful weight loss plan is ensuring you get all of the necessary micronutrients too. This includes vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phyto-chemicals. Micronutrients play crucial roles in our nutrition, including the prevention and treatment of various diseases and conditions as well as the optimization of physical and mental functioning. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Why Weight Loss Plans Should Include Micronutrients”

Reliv March Prodcast: Talking Weight Loss and Reliv Nutrition

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More Americans are concerned about weight loss than any other health condition. But with the endless selection of diet plans and products, most people don’t know where to begin. Host Tina Van Horn, Reliv product marketing specialist, is joined by Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl W. Hastings to talk about how Reliv products can promote safe, effective and sustainable weight loss. Tina is also joined by some friends who will share their remarkable Reliv weight loss health stories.

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Science & Health Today: 3 Ways to Stick with Your Healthy Resolutions

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By Tina Van Horn, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist

How about a little reality check on that New Year’s resolution that you made to lose weight, eat healthier or start exercising?  Are you still going strong?  Or, do you prefer not to talk about it? Don’t feel too bad if your enthusiasm for change has faded to frustration — as many as 80% of New Year’s resolutions are abandoned in time to indulge in Valentine’s Day chocolates. But, hold off on waving the white flag just yet.  I have a few strategies that may help you find the motivation that’s missing and give you a fresh perspective on your goals. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: 3 Ways to Stick with Your Healthy Resolutions”

Reliv February Prodcast: Keeping Nutrition and Fitness First

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Host Steve Hastings shares his insights on how Reliv is showing its commitment to help people stay healthy and fit. Joined by Tina Van Horn, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist and Angie Janes Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist, you’ll hear about the importance of community fitness and the success Reliv’s own corporate fitness program has had on improving morale.

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Reliv January Prodcast: Healthy Tips for the New Year

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The usage of nutritional supplements continues to increase as more evidence of the health benefits reaches consumers and health professionals.  Understanding all of this information can be a challenge.  Fortunately, Reliv, under the guidance of Dr. Carl Hastings, has helped make nutritional supplementation simple with cutting-edge products.  Dr. Carl will share his insights on the nutritional supplement industry and the science behind the Reliv product difference.
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Science and Health Today: Why the World Needs Reliv Now + LunaRich X

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We often hear warnings about the dangers of the standard American diet and lifestyle. The increased demands on our time compel us to seek more convenient, fast food options that are often highly processed and low in essential nutrients. We often lament the fact that we don’t have time for physical activity, are stressed out and don’t get enough quality sleep. All of these things lead to weight gain and New Year’s resolutions to lose that weight. Perhaps even a bigger issue is that the standard American diet leaves us with nutrient deficiencies making it even more difficult for our bodies to deal with the stresses of modern life. And this is a lifestyle that is becoming more common around the world, not just in the U.S.

But what about when we do everything right? We eat a balanced diet full of fresh produce, get regular physical activity, manage our stress, practice good sleeping habits and get those 8+ hours in and maintain a healthy weight. Are we doing everything we can for good health and getting all the nutrients we need? Possibly, but this is very dependent on what you’re eating and your individual needs. This can be very difficult to know for sure. There is also a difference between getting just enough of a nutrient and getting the optimal amount.

Thankfully, there is an easy way to make sure you’re getting enough of the nutrients you need – supplementation – nutrient insurance for your body. Many health-conscious individuals supplement to fill possible nutrient gaps in their diet in order to maintain an acceptable level of overall health and wellness, in addition to their regular healthy habits. Instead of living with habits that lead to risk of disease, we need to be proactive and practice habits that not only lower our risk for disease, but help us become stronger, more energetic, and feel great so we can enjoy life now.

This is why Reliv has created the Super Pack, a convenient combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X, our Dynamic Duo for optimal health and wellness. Reliv Now contains 25 vitamins and minerals, several herbal sources of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids and 7g of soy protein. LunaRich X works at the epigenetic level to reduce cholesterol and promote overall cellular health. The powder format of these products is easier for the body to digest and absorb.

Each of these products alone are great support for overall health and wellness, but together they are even more effective. In a recent swine study (pigs have a similar physiology to that of humans), researchers found that the combination of Reliv Now and LunaRich X reduced free fatty acids in the blood, increased the hormones leptin and adiponectin (which play roles in hunger and metabolism) and reduced weight gain.

The following provides a more detailed look at the benefits of supplementing with Reliv Now and LunaRich X – the Reliv Super Pack:

25 Vitamins & Minerals
– are essential to our bodies for normal growth, development and maintenance. For example, Reliv Now contains 200% of the daily value of Vitamin B6, one of the most common vitamins for which Americans are deficient. Vitamin B6 helps the body metabolize fats and proteins, is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes, and liver, and supports several organ systems. This nutrient has to be ingested every day because the body doesn’t store it. Whatever isn’t used leaves the body.

Antioxidants – fight off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm the body’s defenses and cause oxidation and damage to our cells and DNA.

Protein – gives us energy, rebuilds and repairs our cells (such as muscle cells), and is part of many different enzymes, antibodies and hormones. It is an important building block for bones, cartilage, muscles, skin and even blood.

Enzymes – are proteins that regulate nearly every chemical reaction in the body. Thousands are made and used by the body every day. In the digestive track they break down fats, carbs and proteins while detoxifying alcohol.

Bioavailability – The powder format of Reliv products gives the body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement. LunaRich, found in many Reliv products, is manufactured in such a way as to leave a protective shell of protease inhibitors intact around the lunasin molecule. These molecules keep proteases (enzymes that break down proteins) from breaking down the lunasin molecule, ensuring it arrives safely to the small intestine. Here the shell is broken and lunasin is readily absorbed. Studies of LunaRich have shown the successful delivery of bioactive lunasin to the blood stream.

Lunasin is a naturally occurring soy peptide and the key to soy’s health-promoting benefits. LunaRich® from Reliv optimizes lunasin content.

You provide your body with all this and more with Reliv’s Super Pack.

 

A Note from Dr. Carl: Make the Super Pack Part of Your New Year’s Resolution for Good Health
Reliv Now has always been a great boost for overall health and wellness, but with the addition of LunaRich and LunaRich X capsules, their synergistic relationship has taken Reliv supplements to the next level. Start your health off right this year and resolve to kick it up a notch with Reliv’s Super Pack.
To your health,

Dr. Carl W. Hastings
Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

 

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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12 Health Tips for the Holidays

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SHThealthyholtipsDecBlog Making sure health remains a top priority during this special time of year

For a time of year that brings so much joy, the holidays can sure do a number on our health. It is cold and the flu and other viruses are everywhere.  You’re also carrying an extra sugar load from all the delicious holiday treats that seem to surround and follow you.  Maybe you’ve missed a few days or weeks of exercise (after all, it is the holidays), and the family is all coming to your place for the holidays so you better hurry to make sure your house is spotless, decorated like a catalogue, and everyone’s gifts are wrapped and ready to impress. This is a lot of stress for anyone’s body, mind and spirit. How about those of us who maybe haven’t been good all year health-wise?

Our health is important all year round and may require extra care during the holidays. So here are 12 tips for all of us to keep our hearts in the holidays.

  • Keep warm. Dress in layers to adjust to the changing weather.
  • Spread joy and cheer, not germs. Washing your hands and coughing into tissues or your elbow can go a long way in stopping the spread of germs. Really.
  • Manage stress. Thoughts of elaborate feasts with friends and family, dazzling decorations, and the perfect gifts dance in our heads. Everything will be just right. Pretty soon we’ve stressed ourselves out trying to get it all ready, spent way too much money in the process, and have forgotten to actually enjoy ourselves and our loved ones. Stress can manifest itself in physical symptoms as well – fatigue, irritability, headache, upset stomach, nervousness and changes in appetite.
    • Set realistic goals. Plan ahead so you don’t find yourself scrambling at the last minute or feeling the nagging mental burden of an unfinished task.
    • Take a moment. Step away from the fray to take some deep breaths and lower your blood pressure.
    • Watch what you eat and drink. Yes, the holidays are times for special treats, but a balanced diet is essential for managing stress and feeling your best. Eat a protein-rich breakfast to keep you satisfied and less likely to binge. Plan healthy meals and snacks ahead of time to keep yourself on track. Maybe just eat a small portion of your favorite treat. Also, limit your alcohol, as overdoing it can actually add to your stress. Taking care of your diet can also save you some stress come January when making resolutions.
    • Stay hydrated. (with water, not alcoholic beverages – see above.)
    • Laugh. It actually is the best medicine in this case.
    • Chat with a friend. Sometimes we keep problems bottled in our own heads until they grow out of proportion. Airing out your stresses to a trusted friend can help gain some grounding clarity.
    • Get active. Go for a walk or some other cardiovascular exercise to release endorphins in the brain. Try out that Zumba class you’ve been meaning to attend.
    • Listen to music. Studies show both happy and sad music can lift your mood. And, it has been shown that singing together brings people closer to one another.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. This will help with stress, your immune system, and overall health.
  • Reliv. Don’t miss out on the boost of health and energy you get by drinking your Reliv shake every day – especially the holidays.

 

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Reliv December Prodcast: Holiday Health Tips

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Host Tina Van Horn talks about navigating the temptations of the holiday season while maintaining healthy habits. Learn how not to “over-do” the holidays, how to maintain your focus on weight maintenance, and control your stress levels during this entertaining but challenging time of year. Tina will share how Reliv products are an essential part of the solution and you’ll hear inspiring success stories from Reliv consumers.

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Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management

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Seven Years of Blood Sugar Management with GlucAffect

This November marks the 7th anniversary of Reliv’s GlucAffect® nutritional supplement launch. GlucAffect was developed to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss, indicators of metabolic syndrome which can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research supports the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formulation.

GlucAffect was studied in an 8-week clinical trial that included 50 overweight participants with moderately elevated fasting blood glucose. Subjects were randomly assigned to either four daily servings of GlucAffect or a placebo meal replacement, and all participants took part in a diet and exercise program. Those who took GlucAffect lowered their fasting glucose by an average of 30%, moving them to healthy blood glucose levels. They also lost an average of 16 pounds. The control group taking the placebo did not experience significant reduction in their blood glucose levels or weight.

The patented GlucAffect formula includes several potent extracts, such as Pycnogenol®, LunaRich® and banaba leaf, which continue to be studied for their health benefits, especially in regards to the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.

Pycnogenola powerful antioxidant that has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, LDL and blood pressure.

A 2015 review in Phytotherapy Research reported that Pycnogenol’s “strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, endothelium-dependent vasodilator activity, and also its anti-thrombotic effects make it appropriate for targeting the multifaceted pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Clinical studies have shown that it can reduce blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensive patients and waist circumference; and improve lipid profile, renal and endothelial functions in metabolic syndrome.”

LunaRichthe most bioactive form of the soy peptide lunasin, which has been shown to improve cholesterol lipid profiles, as well as overall cellular health.

Diabetic individuals are prone to unhealthy cholesterol levels that increase their risk of heart attack or stroke. Lunasin has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood by increasing the receptors that remove LDL from the blood and reducing LDL production in the liver.

Banaba leaf extractcontains a high percentage of corosolic acid, which supports healthy glucose metabolism.

A 2015 study in Biomed Research International showed that banaba leaf extract reduced lipogenesis (the process where simple sugars are converted to fatty acids so they can later be stored as fat), oxidative stress and inflammatory markers. It also suppressed oxidative injury to the liver in rats that were fed excessive amounts of fructose.

A 2012 review in Evidence Based Complementary Alternative Medicine stated corosolic acid has been shown to decrease blood sugar levels in humans within 60 minutes. Corosolic acid was also found to promote antioxidant activities and to lower lipid levels in the blood. Banaba and corosolic acid benefit many different parts of glucose and lipid metabolism.

 

A Note from Dr. Carl: Good bye to high blood sugar, high LDL, and extra pounds.

Since the completion of its formulation, we’ve been confident in the potential of GlucAffect to help individuals manage their blood sugar, improve their cholesterol and even lose weight. Studies have shown the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formula as well as each of its individual ingredients.

Most importantly, GlucAffect consumers have reported great — even life-changing — results. When used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, GlucAffect can help you take control of your health too. (And it tastes great!)

To your health,

Dr. Carl W. Hastings

Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer

 

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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Reliv November Prodcast: Blood Sugar Management

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels is essential for optimal health today and prevention of serious health problems tomorrow. Host Tina Van Horn discusses the prevalence of diabetes in modern society, explores the science behind blood sugar management and shares steps you can take right now to take control of your health — such as making GlucAffect® from Reliv part of your daily routine. Plus, you’ll hear inspiring success stories from Reliv consumers.

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