Soy has been cultivated and eaten for millennia in China; and since the 1760s in the U.S. More recently, advances in research and manufacturing have created many new ways to enjoy the little round bean. Still, many remain unaware of the numerous health benefits of this remarkable superfood. Continue reading “Reliv Science & Health Today: Soy Good for You!”
The scientific buzz surrounding nutritional epigenetics is ramping up, but not everyone can be a research scientist. For people seeking simple ways to understand and explain this exciting field of study, the Reliv blog offers many articles to read and share. Use the posts below as your one-stop shop for information on epigenetics and lunasin, the epigenetic superfood.
by Tamara Shenouda, project manager at SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company
Epigenetic Factors You Can’t Control
Before we’re born, our parents’ choices, their health conditions and the environmental toxins they are exposed to can affect how our genes are expressed, especially during the vulnerable early development period. This includes genes related to adipogenesis, or the process of creating fat cells. The mechanism for adipogenesis is first set during the fetal and neonatal stages of life. Changes in the expression of these genes can affect the size of fat cells and how they are distributed in the body. Continue reading “Obesity & Epigenetics: Put on Your Skinny Genes!”
Most of us aren’t getting the nutrients we think we are. A comparison between the 2013 International Food Information Council (IFIC) Functional Foods Consumer Survey and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data exposed large gaps in the percentage of consumers who believe they are getting the recommended Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) and the percentage of those who actually do. 68% believed they consumed enough vitamin D, but only 32% actually did. For potassium, 61% believed they consumed enough versus the less than 3% that actually did; for fiber, it was 67% versus 5%. Continue reading “Reliv Science & Health Today: Today’s Food Falling Short”
November is American Diabetes Month. The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that 9.3% of the U.S. population 20 years or older, or 29.1 million people, have diabetes. Those under 20 years old with diabetes number about 208,000. For all of these individuals, monitoring blood glucose is an important daily concern — and should be a priority for all of us. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”
Ah, the joys of fall — the leaves are turning, the pumpkins are out and the kids are back in school. During all those back-to-school preparations, did you remember to prepare your child’s immune system? Fall is also the start of cold & flu season and all the sniffling, sneezing and coughing that goes with it, putting our immune systems to the test.
Prevention: The Earlier, the Better
It’s important to remember with children that their immune systems are still developing and are not the same as an adult’s. The immune system strengthens over time. During the first few months of life, an infant relies partly on mother’s antibodies. We see that babies often get infections that are uncommon in adults and react differently to vaccines. It isn’t until a child is about five years old that they are able to make effective antibodies against certain antigens. A child’s immune system won’t resemble an adult’s until he or she reaches puberty.
That’s why it’s so important to teach our kids good habits now that support their developing immune systems and overall health. Continue reading “Keeping Kids Healthy: Building Immunity Through Nutrition”
You are never alone. Everywhere you go you carry a diverse community of microbiota with you. Trillions of bacteria live in your mouth, lungs, gut, and on your skin. This is your microbiome. These bacterial cells outnumber your body’s cells about 10 to 1 and their bacterial genes outnumber your genes 100 to 1. Your health is interconnected with and dependent upon these tiny cohabitants. You are a walking ecosystem. Continue reading “Nourishing the Community in Your Gut”
Staying out of the sun to prevent skin damage is a no-brainer, but there are many other common skin ailments that can occur during our lifetimes. Poor nutrition, lack of sleep and stress wreak havoc on the internal systems that present themselves externally via our skin health. These issues can lead to acne, premature wrinkling and other skin conditions. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more prevalent skin conditions that can cause grief. Continue reading “Healthy Skin through a Healthy Lifestyle”
The “superfood” craze has exploded throughout the health world in the last few years. Focusing on calorie-sparse and nutrient-dense options, superfoods provide antioxidants and essential nutrients that the body cannot produce on its own. They help our bodies avoid illness and aging while supporting our daily health. You don’t want to miss out on these amazingly beneficial foods. Read on to find out why! Continue reading “The Science of Superfoods”
The Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ study stole the show last month at the Vitafoods Europe Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Alfredo Galvez’s presentation on the results from the University of Missouri study, which shows that the combination of these two products supports weight loss, heart health, and metabolic wellness, was perhaps the most popular presentation of the entire symposium. Continue reading “Reliv’s ‘Dynamic Duo’ Rocks Geneva Convention”