Your Reliv Back-To-School Guide

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August marks the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year for students across the country. It can be a tough transition for kids and parents alike, but Reliv makes it easy!

Here are your 5 back-to-school essentials:

  1. Reliv Now® for Kids. Reliv Now for Kids contains essential vitamins, minerals and micronutrients to help growing bodies thrive. Not to mention, the advanced ingredients boost energy and mental performance.
  1. Planner. With crazy school schedules and extracurricular activities, a planner is essential! You need to be able to keep up with your business appointments and the next soccer game.
  1. Reliv Mobile App. If you’re constantly on-the-go now that your kids are back in school, then the Reliv Mobile App is perfect for you! Easily share Reliv with other parents at drop-off or pick-up. Life is everywhere and now your business can be too.
  1. ICSAR. You will be meeting so many new parents and teachers throughout the school year… Treat them as prospects! Revisit your ICSAR workbook and add new names to your list.
  1. Pinterest. Reliv’s Pinterest page is full of creative lunches and fun Reliv shake recipes for your kiddos. Be the best parent at school and have the healthiest kids!

Make this school year amazing! Your time is now to build your business, improve your family’s health and better your community.

What are your back-to-school essentials? Comment below!

 

Eat Your Way To A Better Sleep!

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By Fit3 head Coach Tina Van Horn

Long workweeks are interfering with sleep for millions of Americans, according to an article from CNBC. The article showed that most people who work longer hours get less than six hours of sleep a night, far below the seven and a half to eight hours recommended by medical experts. We even dived deep into this issue in the latest Reliv Podcast. Workday stress plays a key role in robbing people of restful, restorative sleep. But a healthy diet and regular exercise could help defuse the effects of stress once your head hits the pillow. The following foods boost the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can actually promote sleep.

Whole grains, such as whole wheat, brown rice and oats. Try a bedtime snack high in complex carbohydrates to help ease your way to dreamland.

Milk with honey. Milk contains tryptophan, which converts to serotonin in the body and helps promote the deep stages of sleep. Turkey, egg whites and tuna also contain tryptophan.

B Vitamins, especially B6 and B12, help reduce stress that can lead to trouble sleeping. Whole grains, wheat germ, tuna, walnuts, peanuts, bananas, sunflower seeds, and blackstrap molasses are all rich in B vitamins.

Magnesium can also help reduce the stress and nervousness that interfere with sleep. Magnesium-rich foods include kelp, wheat bran, almonds, cashews and blackstrap.

Foods To Avoid Before Bed

While some foods can improve sleep, these foods near bedtime can make sleep difficult or even impossible.

Coffee and other caffeine-containing foods, such as chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks and some over-the-counter and prescription medications.

Spicy foods that may cause gastrointestinal reflux or heartburn.

Overly sweet or fatty foods that can also cause indigestion and/or bloating.

Alcohol. Although it can make you feel sleepy at first, alcohol disturbs sleep patterns later in the night.

Along with eating well, adding in routine exercise throughout your week is proven to greatly improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Exercise works wonders to relieve stress and relax the mind. A common contributor to bad sleep is high-stress levels.

A nationally representative sample of more than 2,600 men and women, taken by the National Sleep Foundation, found that 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity a week provided a 65 percent improvement in sleep quality.

With Reliv, working out and eating well has never been easier. With delicious shakes to help you get protein and nutrients, and online workouts that you can do from the comfort of your own home, you’ll be sleeping better in no time! Learn more about healthy sleep habits in the Reliv Podcast. 

How To Find A Mentor & Be A Mentor

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By President of Sales & Marketing Tom Pinnock

Finding your mentor is one of the most important first steps in your Reliv business, so reach out to your upline and don’t try to do this business by yourself. Grab your sponsor or anyone in your upline and have them take your hand and walk you step-by-step as you get started. If your sponsor isn’t willing to do that, keep reaching up until you find someone who is willing to help you!  The fact is, a good sponsor will take the fear factor out of doing the business, but a great sponsor will ease the intimidation by being there for every moment as you get started. This is especially important in the beginning when you may not have all the answers yet and you are still navigating unchartered territory.

Furthermore, I’ve always believed that teaching by “showing” is better than simply “telling” someone new to the business. It’s much easier to duplicate an action than a concept. Once you have identified your mentor, I encourage you to ask them to show you how to make a list and make appointments. You can make appointments on the phone, online or in person. Keep an open mind and allow yourself to be mentored. That way, you can be the best mentor to someone in your downline in the future.

If you think about it, mentoring is a simple concept. Mentorship is a relationship in which an experienced individual helps someone with less experience develop specific skills to enhance professional and personal growth. This relationship is essential in a healthy Distributor force and one of the main ingredients to your organization’s growth.

Remember, great mentors are up-to-date in their network marketing skills and support their organization members to maximize their potential, improve their performance, and help them become the best version of themselves! Mentors lead by example to create lasting impressions on their mentees. Be a great mentor and you will build a great organization. It is as simple as that!

 

How Engagement Will Help You Succeed

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By Chief Executive Officer Ryan Montgomery

Effective communication is an impactful and intangible tool that sets a company’s results apart from others. Yes, our product line and marketing plan make us unique, but we live in an era with multiple channels of communication that can blur the lines. By using the right channel and effective communication, engagement increases drastically and we are ultimately able to be better networkers.

Life has only gotten busier since I started at Reliv two decades ago. It seems that there are more missed communications now than ever, which leads to a lack of engagement in our community.

Make sure you’re connected with all of Reliv’s forms of communicating with the field:

This list demonstrates the incredible advantage we have in accessing today’s technology. However, communications are still missing our target audience because of a lack of engagement. So, who is at fault? Is the communicator not effective or is the listener not engaged?

The answer is probably a little bit of both—at every company. At Reliv, we are committed to a streamlined and simplified approach to our communications. We never want to send too many messages that people can’t keep up with, and we certainly do not want to under-communicate either. I’m a believer in over-communicating as a company because a message needs to be heard more than once for it to sink in…six times psychologists say! Which means we all need to be better listeners and engagers.

In our business, engagement with your upline and downline is paramount, but it’s also important to engage with Reliv Corporate. Be sure to have all the channels mentioned above turned on. Staying plugged in with Corporate communications is the only way to know what’s going on. Subscribe to the emails and text messages, follow us on social media, and navigate the website and mobile app so that you know where to find all the business success training tools you need. Being engaged keeps you informed of the monthly promotions and what’s next on the events calendar. Information is king, and engagement is the key that opens the door to information.

As always, we encourage you to send us your ideas to help Reliv improve communication and tips for Distributors to stay engaged. Comment on your favorite communications platform below!

10 Reasons You Need A Girlfriends’ Getaway!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

August 1st is National Girlfriends’ Day, but I think we should celebrate our girlfriends every day! Female friendships are so powerful, but it can be hard to carve out quality time with our best friends in our busy schedules. Lucky for you, Reliv is sponsoring a free Girlfriends’ Getaway August 24 and 25 to celebrate you and your girlfriends all weekend long!

Here are 10 reasons you don’t want to miss it:

  1. This weekend is a form of self-care. You spend all day taking care of others, and now is the time for you!
  2. There is a hosted happy hour with wine and appetizers—what’s better than that?
  3. You can choose from different workouts for all fitness levels to start your morning with a rush of endorphins that will make you happy!
  4. Try fresh, new shake recipes at the free Reliv Shake Bar. These recipes were formulated by our best fitness and nutrition expert just for you.
  5. You’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children all over the world with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation.
  6. Mingle with friends from all over the country and make new ones!
  7. Learn about family wellness tips from nutrition experts.
  8. Enjoy fun surprises and get a free swag bag filled with the latest Reliv goodies and other fun accessories.
  9. Hear from strong, motivating women entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses. Be inspired to do the same!
  10. You will leave feeling relaxed, reenergized and recharged!

 

There truly is no downside to spending a weekend with your girlfriends, your mom, your sister, your daughter, etc. Your time is now—let’s celebrate!

 

Sustainable Straws: More Fantastic Than Plastic!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Companies all over the United States are making moves to eliminate single-use plastic straws from their stores, Starbucks being one of the ringleaders. This latest movement was triggered by an increase in plastic waste and pollution found in the ocean. According to the National Parks Service, Americans use over 500 million straws per day. When you think about it, that’s really alarming! So it’s not that surprising that people are trying to reduce their plastic waste by using a plastic straw alternative.

Here at Reliv® Corporate, we love to use sustainable straws to sip on our tasty shakes. We especially like cute paper straws that come in a variety of colors and are biodegradable and recyclable.

Here are a few sustainable straws that will make your sips guilt-free:

  • Paper Straws: These paper straws are a fun, compostable option for you to use. They come in just about every color so they can color-coordinate with your daily Reliv shake!

 

  • Stainless Steel Straws: These trendy straws are being used by every fitness trainer on the Internet, including Fit3™ Head Coach Tina! They are washable and reusable. They even come with a small bottle brush to make cleaning them a breeze.

 

  • Silicone Straws: If stainless steel isn’t for you, these silicone straws are just as easy and fun to use. This pack comes with several different colors so you can change it up or give one to your best friend.

 

  • Glass Straws: Dishwasher safe and reusable, these glass straws are another great plastic straw alternative. Whip out your glass straw at a restaurant and you bet everyone else will be jealous!

 

  • Bamboo Straws: Bamboo straws are all natural, lightweight and reusable. It doesn’t get better than that!

 

No matter what type of sustainable straw you choose, your Reliv shake will still taste delicious and you can rest assured that incorporating this simple change will be helping the environment. Share what kind of straw alternative you use in the comments below!

How To Drink More Water

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

Wow! This summer has been a hot one for many of us. I’ve spent days at softball tournaments, doing work on my farm, and enjoying outdoor barbecues with friends. While a lot of the people around me celebrate the season with 12 oz. curls, I get some extra strength training by lugging around my giant water bottle and family-size sunscreen!

Even I’m surprised by how much fluid my body needs and how many times I have to refill my water bottle. The recommended daily water intake is half your body weight in ounces. That number can be intimidating, but your body will thank you!

If you’re still having trouble meeting your daily water intake, try adding yummy flavors to your water. For example, I always try to have Innergize!® on deck. Innergize! contains an advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed specifically to help prevent dehydration and restore your energy. The lemon and orange flavors are also perfect for the summer. Registered Dietitian Jennifer McDaniel suggests you even add fresh fruit or a small amount of juice to your water for more flavor. Infuse your water with lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, mint leaves, watermelon, etc. The possibilities are endless!

There are lots of ways to meet your daily water intake by making your brain think you’re not actually drinking water. Of course, the more WATER, the better, but if you are struggling to get half of your body weight in ounces every day, go ahead and flavor it up! Studies show that we definitely drink more when we add a little something to our H2O.

Go grab yourself a tall glass of something refreshing and take a listen to the July episode of The Reliv Podcast for some intriguing insights about the effects of dehydration.

What’s On Your Summer Grocery List?  

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Mitchell

Summer is in full swing so it’s time to add plenty of fresh fruits and veggies to your grocery list! Shopping seasonally will make your wallet and family happy with new flavors at reasonable prices. Not only are seasonal produce much cheaper due to their availability, but they embody several health benefits.

Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Innergize!®: You’ll be sipping on Innergize! all summer. Hydrate with this isotonic drink full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. Not to mention the orange and lemon flavor options are perfect for this season!

 

  • Beets: This bright red vegetable is full of Vitamin C, fiber and manganese to help you boost your immune system and gut health.

 

  • Blueberries: Like beets, blueberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C. Their abundance in antioxidants will make you feel great snacking on them all summer long. They also make a delicious addition to your Reliv shake.

 

  • Cucumbers: Cucumbers are refreshing and contain potassium and magnesium. Try adding them to your water to keep you fresh and alert throughout the day!

 

  • Green Beans: Fresh green beans are the perfect side to your summer barbeques. They are high in iron and other minerals.

 

  • Peaches: Try grilling this juicy fruit for a healthy dessert! Peaches are providers of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and a great source of fiber.

 

  • Watermelon: It’s hard to not eat watermelon during the summer. This delightful summer snack is full of Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, and electrolytes.

 

Find your local farmer’s market or make a trip to the grocery store to add these nutritious summer staples to your fridge. What’s your favorite fruit or vegetable to eat during the summer?

 

Dr. Carl Hastings Shares The “Whey” To Core Nutrition

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As the industry leader in core nutrition, Reliv offers you easy solutions for getting those essential nutrients that you probably don’t get from food alone. Introducing the newest member of Reliv’s core nutrition line-up—Reliv Now® with Whey! This whey-based protein formula has the same optimal blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and herbs as Reliv Now® with Soy. The only difference is it has 7 grams of whey protein and is soy-free.

“I have always believed that soy has tremendous health benefits, but we also know that consumers want choices,” says Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Carl Hastings. “With this whey-based protein blend, even those with soy sensitivities can experience the overall health and wellness of Reliv’s core nutrition products.”

Nobody does nutrition like Reliv. That’s because we put all of your core daily nutrition into one easy, convenient and tasty shake. You can stop wasting time, energy and money mixing and matching bottles of single-ingredient supplements. Reliv Now is the ultimate multitasking nutrition formula that keeps up with your hectic lifestyle and makes nutrition simple.

Reliv Now goes beyond a standard multivitamin pill, giving you more of everything your body needs.

25 Vitamins & Minerals: Contains more vitamins and minerals than leading multivitamins. 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 and is important for healthy hair, skin, eyes and liver. You also get double the amount of Vitamin E and as much as eight times of Vitamin C. In addition, Reliv Now delivers optimum levels of essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc.

Antioxidants: Fights off excess free radicals, which can overwhelm your body’s defenses and cause damage to your cells and DNA. Reliv Now provides antioxidants not found in other popular vitamin brands, including patented Pycnogenol®—one of the most thoroughly researched ingredients available today. More than 170 studies have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s ability to fight free radical damage, improve blood circulation and lower blood glucose, among other benefits.

Protein: Packs a powerful protein punch. Doctors recommend 50 grams of protein daily, but most multivitamins contain none. Reliv Now gives you 7 grams per serving of high-quality, muscle-building protein. It’s a perfect addition to your breakfast smoothie or post-workout shake.

Bioavailability and Synergism: Works in synergy to bring out the full potential of all the nutrients. No more choking down huge pills and wondering if they are getting absorbed properly. The powder formula of Reliv products gives your body easy access to their nutrients so you get the most out of your supplement.

“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.”

You work hard and your nutrition should do the same. Try the new Reliv Now with Whey and order yours today!

 

Shake Up Your Summer with These Refreshing Recipes from Reliv!

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By Social Media Coordinator Michaela Bukaty

Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to shake things up! Prepare to have fun in the sun with your favorite Reliv core nutrition that your body deserves. Here are some light, refreshing recipes for you to try as you lay by the pool or have a picnic in the park with your family:

Toning Green Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now®

½ cup coconut water

1 banana

1 cucumber

2 Tbs. of fresh ginger

1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup ice

Blend and serve.

 

Reliv Berry Smoothie

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

½ cup frozen berries

½ frozen banana

1 cup spinach

Blend and serve.

 

Piña Colada Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

½ cup pineapple

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 ice cubes

Blend and serve.

 

Mango Margarita Shake

1 scoop Reliv Now

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 cup mango

2 Tbs. lime juice

1 Tsp. lime zest

1 Tbs. chia seeds

1 cup ice

Blend and serve. Watch our demonstration here.

 

Fit3 Fudgesicles

1 ½ cups Coconut Milk

1 ½ scoops Fit3 Active™ or Reliv Now® for Kids (chocolate flavor)

1 Tsp. Vanilla

1 Tsp. Cocoa Powder

Blend ingredients and pour into popsicle molds. Freeze overnight and enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Reliv recipe? Post it in the comments below and we will share it on our Facebook Page!