Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire

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

Register now for Tina’s next live webinar “Keeping Kids Healthy in a Fast Food World” this Wednesday, October 21, at noon Central.

ACUTE INFLAMMATION: THE QUICK FIX

Acute inflammation is your body’s reaction to something foreign, such as viruses, bacteria, allergens and trauma. When the foreign invader is no longer a threat, the inflammatory response should return to its healthy state: ready but not active.

Acute inflammation is an important immune response that protects you from infection and repairs tissues following injury. In most cases it is short-lived because the stimulus that triggered its activation is no longer present. The immune system has done its job of destroying the pathogens and healing the damaged tissues.

CHRONIC INFLAMMATION: THE SLOW BURN

But what happens when the inflammatory stimulus doesn’t go away? Many of the environmental signals that trigger inflammation are less obvious, continuous threats that keep the immune system functioning at a low level for a long period of time. This leads to chronic inflammation — a lowgrade, systemic condition often without any immediate symptoms. Over time, chronic inflammation slowly destroys tissues, leading to cumulative and serious damage. Continue reading “Chronic Inflammation: Put Out the Fire”

Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health

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October is Children’s Health Month, an observance created to bring national awareness to the health issues children face today. Unfortunately, too many U.S. children suffer from our national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease — problems that used to be very rare in children. Changes in society and poor health habits are increasing children’s risk of disease. Consider these statistics: Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health”

Science & Health Today: Turn Back the Clock Through Healthy Aging

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September is Healthy Aging Month, a national observance to encourage practices for healthy aging in all aspects of life — mental, physical, social and financial — especially for individuals 45 and up. The U.S. population of individuals over the age of 45 is growing and now includes members of Gen X as well as Boomer and Mature generations. No matter your age, it’s never too late or too early to take charge of your health and lead a more vibrant life. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Turn Back the Clock Through Healthy Aging”

Epigenetics: All in the Family

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by Tina Van Horn, Director of Research & Business Development at SL Technology Inc., a Reliv Company

Nature and Nurture

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.

Families 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.

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Science & Health Today: Bioavailability Makes Nutrition Count

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Do you ever wonder what nutrients you just ate are doing in your system? Maybe that vitamin C is being used to fight an infection, or hopefully that protein went straight to those abs you’ve been working on all summer. Unfortunately, some of those nutrients may not even enter your system. Just because you ingest a nutrient doesn’t mean it makes it to your bloodstream. Unless nutrients are absorbed, they’re just passing through. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Bioavailability Makes Nutrition Count”

Fighting Chronic Inflammation: The Key to Prevention

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What is Inflammation?

We’ve all experienced acute inflammation — a cut, a bug bite, a burn, a sprained ankle, an allergic reaction, an infection. It’s the body’s way of protecting itself. Blood vessels near the damaged area constrict and then dilate to bring more blood to the area, making it redden and heat up. The increased flow of blood and other fluids causes the area to swell and brings in immune cells and ingredients for rebuilding tissue. Inflammation must break down damaged tissue or pathogens in order for the area to heal. As the area heals, the inflammation subsides. This inflammatory process is very important for the immune system and for our survival.

Chronic inflammation, or “silent” inflammation, works differently. It is not a response to sudden injury, but rather a constant, low-level process lasting several months or years. We don’t necessarily realize when our body is experiencing this quiet burn, but its effects can be devastating. Chronic inflammation has been identified as a major factor in the development of several major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Continue reading “Fighting Chronic Inflammation: The Key to Prevention”

Xplosive Growth. Xciting Possibilities.

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When you tour Reliv HQ this summer at International Conference, you’ll get to see our latest home improvement: a state-of-the-art LunaRich X encapsulation line! View the video.

LunaRich X™ debuted in January 2013. Since then, 12+ million LunaRich X capsules have shipped around the world. The new line will help meet increasing demand and further elevate Reliv’s renowned quality control.

Reliv can now manufacture 48,000+ capsules per hour to support the growing businesses of Distributors around the world. The new line will also keep costs low and pave the way for future encapsulated product offerings.

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Reliv Celebrates Soy Foods Month

SubscribeButton-webSoyFoodsMonth-webApril is Soy Foods Month, and Reliv knows it’s a food worth celebrating! The buzz about the health benefits of supplementing with soy continues to build every year as new research is published about this super food. The benefits of soy are known: reduction of cholesterol, relief of menopause symptoms, protection against health problems that stem from inflammation and more. And with the introduction of Reliv’s patented LunaRich® that optimizes bioactive lunasin more than any other source today, harnessing the power of soy has never been easier! Use the posts below as your resource for information on the benefits of soy and Reliv’s mission to nourish our world with the power of epigenetics and lunasin, the epigenetic superfood!

Soy Simple, Soy Healthy!

The Latest on Soy

Soy and Your Health

The Science of LunaRich: a Q&A with Dr. Alfredo Galvez

The Soy Solution for Better Womens Health

The Truth About Soy

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LunaRich and the Evolution of Nutrition

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

Our Food Is Leaving Us Empty
Food is not what it used to be. Several studies have shown a significant reduction in the micronutrient content of many fruits and vegetables over the course of the 20th century. The average vegetable found in today’s supermarket is anywhere from 5% to 40% lower in selected minerals than those harvested 50 years ago.

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