Nectarines: A Smart Summer Snack

The nectarine is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fruit of the month in July – and they’re a great source of nutrients necessary for optimal health!

Vitamin A. This retinoid plays a key role in cellular growth and vision.
Vitamin C. This antioxidant is necessary for the formation of collagen in bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels. It also has been shown to prevent or reduce the duration of the common cold.
Fiber. According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, dietary fiber promotes longevity by decreasing risk of cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases. Fiber’s widespread benefits also include aiding digestion and promoting weight loss.
Niacin. This B vitamin helps convert carbohydrates into usable energy and plays an important role in the nervous system, digestive system. It also promotes skin, hair and eye health. Many studies show niacin may even increase HDL (good) cholesterol.

Tips for adding to nectarines to your day:

Shake-up breakfast. Add a cup of sliced nectarines and a cup of ice to your morning Reliv shake and blend.
Snack on the go. Grab a nectarine and a handful of nuts for a quick bite with plenty of fiber and protein.
Save for later. To enjoy this summer fruit throughout the year, arrange whole or sliced nectarines on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store the nectarines in a plastic bag. When you’re ready to eat, run the nectarine under cold water to remove the skin. Prepare frozen nectarines as usual.

Little Time? Little Bits of Exercise Still Pay Off

For most people, one of the biggest hurdles to exercising is finding time. We’re always on the go (behind the wheel), then once we meet all our daily responsibilities, it seems there’s no time left for exercise. But researchers from Indiana University say “snippets” of walking may be just as good, if not better, than one long exercise session.

On one day, study participants who all had somewhat elevated blood pressure walked 40 minutes on a treadmill without stopping. Another day, they walked four times for 10 minutes each time. All participants lowered their blood pressure the same amount after exercise. But surprisingly, the lowered-pressure effect lasted four hours longer after the series of short walks. So grabbing 10 minutes here and there four times a day to walk could be just the time-challenged trick to keep you healthier and your blood pressure in check.

Other research shows short bursts of exercises may keep your metabolism raised, to help your body burn calories more steadily throughout the day, too. And that means a slimmer you in less time.

So say so long to the “no time” exercise excuse. Seize your next 10 minutes!

Next, try this for a two-minute metabolism-boosting lunch to add to your 10-minute workout: a shake with Reliv Active. Quick, easy and delicious, the shakes are part of Reliv’s breakthrough Fit3 program and weight-loss system. Muscle-building protein and fat burners in the shake, combined with Burn accelerator capsules and diet and exercise support, give your metabolism and weight loss efforts speedier results.

Living a Normal Life Again

Johnson2 Greg and Gail Johnson, of Olympia, Washington, found GlucAffect® makes the difference in their now-healthy — and normal — lifestyle. Greg is a Type II diabetic who came to Reliv six years ago. Using Reliv’s essential nutrition, he was able to bring his blood sugar levels down considerably to a pre-diabetic level that averaged 110-120, and saw his blood pressure and cholesterol return to normal levels.

The introduction of GlucAffect® was the final piece of the puzzle for Greg. “Last fall, I went on GlucAffect® regularly and my blood sugar has come down another 15%, to below 100. I’m really excited! My doctor says if I can keep my levels here, I may never experience any of the complications of diabetes!”

And the diet in the Johnson household? “I watch what I eat,” Greg says. “Gail is a great cook, and with GlucAffect®, the occasional hamburger or pizza — or piece of cake — doesn’t send my blood sugar levels back up.

“There are a lot of people with diabetes issues,” Greg says. “And GlucAffect® has given us a lot of opportunities to talk with people. There is so much interest in this product.”

“We absolutely love Reliv,” Gail adds. “We’ll never be without GlucAffect®, and the energy and good health it has brought to Greg!”