Is Your Skin Ready for More Time Outdoors?

As we look forward to warmer weather and enjoying more time outside, it is wise to first consider what that means for our health, especially our skin.

While sunlight, or more specifically its ultraviolet B rays, is important for boosting our skin cells’ ability to produce vitamin D, it is only needed in small doses. A fair-skinned person in shorts and a tank top, unprotected by sunscreen, soaking in the midday summer sun for just 10 minutes can produce more than needed.

If you are going to spend an extended amount of time under those powerful rays—no matter the time of year (UVA rays penetrate clouds and glass)—protect the largest organ of your body from cell death, premature aging, immune system suppression and DNA damage that can lead to cancer. Cover up with UV-blocking clothing, hats, sunglasses (UV rays damage your eyes too) and sunblock or sunscreen with broad spectrum protection (against both UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 30 or higher. Seek the shade when you can, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.

In addition to these external measures, we can help our skin year round from the inside out to deal with UV damage and other skin health issues like dry skin, laxity, wrinkles, wound healing and aging by making sure we get the nutrients our skin cells need to function well and fight back.

Pycnogenol®
Pycnogenol, in addition to many other health benefits, is a natural antioxidant that has been shown to inhibit damage caused by UV radiation.

Food Sources: The active ingredients of Pycnogenol can be found in peanut skins and grape seeds, but not many of us tend to eat those.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy and Fit3™ Active

Retinoids
Retinoids refers to vitamin A (a.k.a. retinol) and the compounds that are derived from vitamin A such as retinoic acid. Skin is highly responsive to retinoids, but both UVA and UVB destroy Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is also critical for a healthy immune system because it maintains the integrity and function of skin and mucosal cells, our first line of defense. A lack of sufficient vitamin A has been linked to inflammation of the skin and, for some people, taking vitamin A supplements could reduce the inflammation that contributes to acne. Additionally Vitamin A is important for wound healing.

Food Sources: sweet potatoes, raw carrots, mangos, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli, kale, milk, eggs, and cod liver oil.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, FibRestore®, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

Selenium
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that has been shown to protect skin cells from UV radiation. Selenium deficiency can also impair the immune system.

Food Sources: Plant sources include brazil nuts, puffed wheat, whole-wheat bread, oatmeal, tuna, halibut, sardines, shrimp, beef and turkey.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids.

Zinc
Zinc is another essential trace mineral in the body. It is found mostly in the skeletal muscles and bones, but it is also stored in the skin. By stabilizing skin cell membranes, it protects against oxidative stress and toxins. A deficiency in zinc can also delay wound healing.

Zinc oxide is a common sunscreen ingredient because it absorbs and reflects both UVA and UVB radiation.

Food Sources: wheat germ, pumpkin and squash seeds, cashews, cacao, beans, oysters, beef, crab and lobster.

Reliv Sources: Reliv Now® with Whey or Soy, Reliv Classic®, Reliv Now® for Kids, Innergize!®, and Fit3™ Active.

These are just a handful of the many essential nutrients our skin needs to function well and protect itself. The best approach to skin care, as in all areas of our health, is a proactive one, so be sure to take care — inside and out.

This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Reliv products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Sources

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/heart/articles/2008/06/23/time-in-the-sun-how-much-is-needed-for-vitamin-d

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/news/20140130/vitamin-d-faq

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/understanding-uva-and-uvb

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/prevention-guidelines

S. Iravani and B. Zolfaghari, PhD. Pharmaceutical and nutraceutical effects of Pinus pinaster bark extract. Res Pharm Sci. 2011 Jan-Jun; 6(1): 1–11. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3203267/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/vitaminA/

McKenzie RC. Selenium, ultraviolet radiation and the skin. Clin Exp Dermatol. 2000;25(8):631-636. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11167979

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Selenium-HealthProfessional/#h3

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/130/5/1360S/T2.expansion.html

Mitchnick MA, Fairhurst D, Pinnell SR. Microfine zinc oxide (Z-cote) as a photostable UVA/UVB sunblock agent. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999;40(1):85-90. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9922017

[xxviii] http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/#h3

Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management

SubscribeButton-web

SHTbloodsugar-web

Seven Years of Blood Sugar Management with GlucAffect

This November marks the 7th anniversary of Reliv’s GlucAffect® nutritional supplement launch. GlucAffect was developed to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss, indicators of metabolic syndrome which can lead to chronic diseases, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Research supports the effectiveness of the GlucAffect formulation.

GlucAffect was studied in an 8-week clinical trial that included 50 overweight participants with moderately elevated fasting blood glucose. Subjects were randomly assigned to either four daily servings of GlucAffect or a placebo meal replacement, and all participants took part in a diet and exercise program. Those who took GlucAffect lowered their fasting glucose by an average of 30%, moving them to healthy blood glucose levels. They also lost an average of 16 pounds. The control group taking the placebo did not experience significant reduction in their blood glucose levels or weight.

The patented GlucAffect formula includes several potent extracts, such as Pycnogenol®, LunaRich® and banaba leaf, which continue to be studied for their health benefits, especially in regards to the risk factors of metabolic syndrome.

Pycnogenola powerful antioxidant that has been shown to lower blood glucose levels, LDL and blood pressure.

A 2015 review in Phytotherapy Research reported that Pycnogenol’s “strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, endothelium-dependent vasodilator activity, and also its anti-thrombotic effects make it appropriate for targeting the multifaceted pathophysiology of metabolic syndrome. Clinical studies have shown that it can reduce blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, blood pressure in mild to moderate hypertensive patients and waist circumference; and improve lipid profile, renal and endothelial functions in metabolic syndrome.”  Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”

Fighting Chronic Inflammation: The Key to Prevention

SubscribeButton-web

SHTinflamation-web

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”

A Holly Jolly Holiday: Beating the Winter Blues

SubscribeButton-web

 

 

Mood

The holidays are a time to reflect on the good things in our lives, but the stress of the season can take a toll on morale. It doesn’t help that we have fewer hours of sunlight to make us feel invigorated. If you get the holiday blues, Reliv’s optimal nutrition can help by providing the right balance of ingredients to help improve your mood. Continue reading “A Holly Jolly Holiday: Beating the Winter Blues”

Science & Health Today: Getting to Know Now

SubscribeButton-web

 

 

SHTNow-web

Reliv Now® delivers a complete, balanced array of soy protein, vitamins, minerals and super-powered antioxidants in one powerful shake. Reliv Now even features a new and improved creamy vanilla flavor that blends wonderfully in smoothies! You may already know that Reliv Now is good for you, but let’s take a closer look at just two key ingredients and what they do.  Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Getting to Know Now”

Turning Back the Clock with Optimal Nutrition

SubscribeButton-webS&HT_TurnClock_blogThere may not be a fountain of youth, but you can choose to live a healthy, active lifestyle to prevent the signs and symptoms of aging. Taking good care of your skin, cardiovascular health and mind – on down to the cellular level – can keep some of the less desirable parts of aging at bay. Continue reading “Turning Back the Clock with Optimal Nutrition”

New Study Shows Pycnogenol Improves Osteoarthritis Symptoms

SubscribeButton-webarthritisMore than 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis, with half a million Americans having a total joint replacement each year. A new study published in the April 2008 edition (Volume 22, issue No 4) of the Journal of Phytotherapy Research shows Pycnogenol®, an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, was shown to reduce all osteoarthritis symptoms by 56 percent. Continue reading “New Study Shows Pycnogenol Improves Osteoarthritis Symptoms”

Lifestyle Plus: On the Cutting Edge

The following is an excerpt from the Fall 2010 issue of Lifestyle Magazine. Click here to read the entire insert!

Since the introduction of our first product, Reliv Classic®, in 1988, Reliv has remained steadfastly committed to staying on the cutting edge of nutrition science. As our unparalleled line of nutritional supplements has grown and evolved, our product development team has endeavored daily to ensure that Reliv produces the most complete and effective nutritional supplements available today. Continue reading “Lifestyle Plus: On the Cutting Edge”