Nutrient Focus: Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Omega-3 fatty acids are a popular topic in the world of nutrition, but many of us are still left confused despite the attention. What exactly are they? What do they do for our bodies? How do I get them? In spite of the questions we may have about omega-3s, it turns out that they are actually a pretty big deal because they can’t naturally be synthesized by the body. Commonly consumed through the use of supplements such as fish oil, omega-3s can also be readily found in many common foods and offer the same benefits to the body. However you get them, omega-3s prove to be vital to our overall health. Learn how to get your fill below! Continue reading “Nutrient Focus: Omega-3 Fatty Acids”

My Story: James Hodgin

JamesHodgin-webName: James Hodgin

Hometown: Bartlesville, OK

Gigs: Reliv

Reliv Regimen: Reliv Now®, FibRestore®, ProVantage®, ReversAge®, Innergize!®, LunaRich X®, 24K

Looking for an Answer: Before I was introduced to the Reliv products, I lived with seasonal allergies and achy knees. Reliv brought relief.

Reverse Aging: After just 10 months on Reliv, I feel like I am almost reversing the aging process. I have lost 60 pounds, I breathe much easier and the joints in my knees have greatly improved.

Investing in Yourself: The single best investment you can make in yourself is prevention. Plenty of people seem to have the money to buy trivial things, but have none for what their bodies truly need. They should give Reliv a try!

Your Epigenetic Life

By Tina Van Horn, Research and Businss Development Coordinator, SL Technology, Inc., a Reliv company

The right nutrition and lifestyle choices during all stages of life can have a profound influence on your good health. When it comes to developing healthy habits, “The sooner the better — but it’s never too late!”

Have questions about epigenetics? You’re not alone! Discussions about epigenetics are likely to generate more questions than answers. In this emerging science researchers are pushing forward to find answers to the unlimited questions naturally generated by a new field of study. But while you wait for answers to all the “What ifs,” you can stay ahead of the curve by getting to know the basic principles of epigenetics.

The Epigenome: Your Health’s ‘Comfy Sweater’
Epigenetics is based on the understanding that the epigenome is programmed through a lifetime of experiences. Epigenetic influences have subtle, cumulative effects that may be difficult to measure in the short term because they are so understated. The genome (DNA) that you are born with is static, like a straight jacket that you must conform to.  You can fight it all you want, but it’s not going to give. Your epigenome, on the other hand, is flexible — more like a comfy sweater. You can move around in it, stretch it, change its shape and… if you damage it, you might be able to fix it!

Your epigenome changes as you age and interact with the environment. These environmental interactions begin prior to conception and continue through the entire life cycle.

Researchers agree the epigenome is most susceptible to environmental influences during specific developmental periods in life, including the prenatal period, infancy, puberty and maturity. How and when genes are activated (or inactivated) can have a profound effect on human development and healthy aging. If epigenetic modifications occur at crucial stages of life, they can potentially change behavior, wellness and disease susceptibility.

Early Influences on Your Lifetime of Wellness
Exposure to severe conditions during prenatal development and adolescence can result in epigenetic changes that persist later in life and increase the risk for health problems. It is no surprise that a number of epidemiological studies associate adverse environmental conditions early in life with risk for developing disease in adulthood. Research links many chronic health conditions in adulthood with persistent agitations or influences during early-life nutrition.

Cells divide rapidly in the early growth stages of prenatal development and infancy. It is during this cell division that epigenetic changes are applied. Inherent epigenetic programming instructs stem cells to develop specialized functions which determine the type of cell it becomes (skin, blood, muscle, etc.). Maternal nutrition also provides epigenetic instruction during pregnancy and starts to establish positive and negative marks on an otherwise relatively blank epigenome. It is these marks that begin to “program” how your genes will express themselves as you age.

Physical growth and sexual maturity during adolescence provide another critical period for epigenetic influence. The epigenetic inheritance of future generations may be the most susceptible as eggs and sperm are developing and may be imprinted by epigenetic events. Trans-generational epigenetics is a rapidly evolving research area that is reinforcing the importance of the nutrition and lifestyle choices of teens and young adults.

Undoing the Damage
For those who have reached maturity, there is still good news. Your comfy sweater of an epigenome is still pliable, which allows some epigenetic modifications to be reversed. Meaning, you might be able to undo some of the damage from poor dietary and lifestyle choices made early in life.

The potential ability for dietary compounds to reactivate epigenetically silenced genes in damaged cells may hold the key to disease prevention and therapy.

Other compounds such as resveratrol, vitamin D and niacin, among others, have also been recognized for their positive effects on epigenetic health.

Some epigenetic modifications appear to be more permanent than others, suggesting that reversing these marks requires subtle, consistent intervention to promote optimal cell functioning. But even these stubborn marks may fade over time and be replaced by healthy gene expression through positive epigenetic influences.

You Have the Power
As the field of epigenetics matures, research will identify specific diet-gene interactions that will allow you to combine what you know about your individual genetic identity and life stage with specific dietary interventions to reduce susceptibility to age-related health conditions. Much more research is needed, however, before nutritional epigenetics can be positioned for personalized dietary intervention.

In the meantime, a proactive approach to general well-being through proper nutrition and supplementation, physical activity and stress reduction are the first steps toward a lifetime of epigenetic wellness. No matter what your age, you have the power to influence your body’s epigenetic instruction. The sooner, the better — but it’s never too late.

Proof Positive: Rob Frick

Frick-web“I’m the kind of guy who needs proof,” says Rob Frick of Otis, CO. At 47 years old, Rob had already undergone one knee surgery. Wear and tear from martial arts and working in law enforcement, truck driving and on his wife’s family-owned farm had taken a toll. By winter 2012, he could barely walk and his knees hurt so much it woke him up at night.

That’s when Rob decided to give Reliv a try. “I was skeptical, but in two weeks I was walking with normal strides,” he says. “I use several Reliv products, including the LunaRich line. That plus Arthaffect® has made the difference with my knees.”

Rob no longer struggles to climb up into his equipment when he works, and his new-found energy allows him to spend more time with his family of 10. For Rob, that’s more than enough evidence: “I’ve been involved with health and nutrition companies before, but I’ve never seen anything that works as well as these LunaRich products.”

Smart Prevention: Joseph Kunze

Kunze-webAs a teenager Joseph Kunze of Grand Prairie, TX, had an accident playing football that left him with a bad back. For two years he wore a back brace and struggled with back discomfort.

Today, Joseph lives a better life. He credits his body bouncing back to Reliv. “I still have the same back, same everything. So I know it’s the Reliv,” he says. “I went off to college and stopped taking Reliv — not smart. I remember sitting on my bed one day and saying to myself, ‘You felt better with Reliv.’”

Now using Reliv’s LunaRich products, Joseph has seen improvement in his health that even impressed his doctor. His cholesterol levels have improved and he wakes up every day feeling great. He also has a different mindset about his health:  “Now I’m all about prevention,” he says. “I feel so blessed to be a part of Reliv!”

Dynamic Duo

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The evidence of the benefits of a lunasin-based supplement program continues to roll in. A University of Missouri study of pigs supplemented daily with Reliv Now® and LunaRich X™ for eight weeks showed significant improvement in key biomarkers associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health. Continue reading “Dynamic Duo”

Reliv 25 November Smoothie Contest

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Reliv Now® has a new and improved flavor and it’s time to celebrate! We’re always looking for fun and tasty new ideas for smoothies, so send us your best recipes and we’ll share them! Do you prefer to use fruit, milk or something more exotic? Have you made a PB&J smoothie that tastes incredible?

Our Pinterest Board “Shake It Up”  has some great ideas to get you started.

We received many submission and selected our favorites to share below. First place was awarded a personal blender with a travel lid, and 2nd and 3rd place were awarded smoothie recipe books for more fun in the kitchen! Thank you to everyone who entered!

First Place (personal blender winner)
Get the Day Started Smoothie by Emily Soen of Jackson, MS
¾ cup frozen pineapple & mango chunks, slightly thawed
½ banana
1 cup fresh spinach
¾ cup water
2-3 oz tofu, firm or silken
1 scoop Reliv Now

Optional:
¼-1/2 scoop Reliv All Natural Sweetener
1 tsp chia seeds

Place all ingredients into a blender and enjoy! You will be feeling amazing while all your coworkers are going for that mid-morning cup of joe. Spinach is a very mild-tasting green with a very high nutrition punch, so the other flavors conceal it well. You can play with this recipe to fit your preferences – if you like your smoothies thicker, add more banana or tofu, if you love mango flavor, use only mango chunks, etc.

Second Place (recipe book winner)
Take Me to the Islands Smoothie by Suzanne Siadat of Gilbert, AZ
1 handful of kale
1 cup of pineapple
1 handful of walnuts
½ banana
½ scoop Reliv Now
Desired amount of water or coconut milk

Blend and enjoy with a LunaRich X® capsule!

Third Place (recipe book winner)vanillabean
Kathleen’s (pictured) Vanilla Bean by Maureen Shepherd of Ashburn, VA
1 scoop of Reliv Now for Kids® in vanilla or Reliv Now with the new creamy flavor
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
2 scoops of Vanilla Bean ice cream or yogurt
Splash of milk or water or nonfat vanilla creamer
2 LunaRich X capsules, opened and sprinkled in

Blend, then top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with a pinch of GlucAffect® with LunaRich or Reliv Now for Kids in chocolate flavor.