Spring is in the air and we are eager to get outside and exercise one way or another. Whether it is running walking riding bike working in our yards, we are all going to be getting more exercise than we did this past winter. But as we start moving again we must remember that no fitness program is complete without proper nutrition.
Eating a well-balanced diet is important, but may not always be enough. Supplements can fill in the gaps our diets may leave. Relìv nutritional formulas are a great source of nutrients. Either one of the essential nutrition products, Relìv Now® or Relìv Classic®, provide the ideal starting point for optimizing fitness levels, and the targeted solutions provide added support for increased physical activity.
However before you get started here are some fitness facts. And always consult you Doctor before starting any fitness routine.
o With regular exercise, fitness levels start to improve after 2 to 3 weeks, with measurable improvement after 4 to 6 weeks.
o Most people feel better mentally after only doing a little exercise.
o For aerobic conditioning, your exercise should be “FIT”:
• Frequency – at least 3 times per week
• Intensity – working within your target heart range
• Time – at least 20 minutes without stopping
o If you skip exercising for a while after being in shape, you will lose some benefits of your program.
o Exercise not only improves your body but also improves mental function and clarity.
o Exercise releases stress. It also helps elevate your mood and reduces the risk of depression.
o To lose weight and keep it off, you should exercise a total of at least 60 minutes a day. But 30minutes a day is all you need to gain the health benefits of exercise.
o Sneaking in two or three chunks of 15 or 20 minutes of activity is just as effective as doing it all at once.
o Exercise makes the heart pump more efficiently so everything you do is easier.
No matter what you want to do ie;’strength training, walking around the neighborhood or a marathon,’ the proper nutrients can improve your stamina, endurance and recovery and help protect you from injury. When you’re active, your body’s need for micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, increases, along with the need for energy to fuel your activity, protein to build and repair muscle tissue and additional fluids to replenish those lost through sweating.
Iron can significantly improve endurance levels. Iron is a component of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen from the lungs to muscle cells via the blood. Many women, vegetarians and some athletes don’t get enough iron in their diet. Symptoms of iron deficiency are fatigue, lack of energy and a high exercise heart rate. Low iron also can lead to more frequent injuries and slower recovery time after exercise.
Strenuous exercise can increase the number of free radicals your body produces. Free radicals can damage cells, leading to tissue damage, slower recovery time and lower energy production. As a group, antioxidants help protect against free radical damage and maintain iron levels. A new study says an antioxidant combo of vitamin E, beta-carotene and vitamin C may help athletic performance. Vitamin C helps manufacture collagen, a connective tissue protein, and aids in manufacturing thyroxin, an energy-controlling hormone. Vitamin C also enhances iron absorption and helps the body resist infection. In addition, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), vitamins A and E, zinc, and beta-carotene can protect muscle cells from free radical damage. CoQ10 is important in maintaining intense muscular activity and is a potent antioxidant, which can help protect against heart disease, cancer and hypertension. Research has shown that athletes have less cell damage when they consume more vitamin E.
The B vitamins work together in energy metabolism and muscle function. These vitamins include B-1 (thiamin), B-2 (riboflavin), niacin, B-6, and biotin.
Potassium aids in muscle contraction and balances fluids and minerals when you sweat.
Zinc helps regulate metabolism. Exercise increases zinc loss from the body. A zinc deficiency can reduce muscle function.
The average adult consumes only half the recommended daily intake of 1,000-1,300 mg of calcium each day. When you’re calcium deficient, your bones weaken, which increases the risk of stress fractures, especially if you run or do other impact activities. Calcium is critical for bone formation and strength, nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, blood clotting and blood pressure control.
Protein is not only used as a source of energy but is also necessary to repair tissue, build muscles, and produce enzymes and hormones. It’s important to consume high-quality protein, such as soy protein.
For muscle recovery, protein-digesting enzymes such as bromelain and papain are ideal to help reduce inflammation. Bromelain, for example, has been shown to reduce swelling, bruising, healing time and pain following physical injuries. It also reduces inflammation associated with tendinitis, sprains and strains, and other minor muscle injuries.
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What is in Reliv ? Inside this blog are some of the ingredients on the side of the Reliv Now. A discussion of the benefits of the ingredients of Reliv Now. Including LunaRich(lunasin) and its health promoting characteristics ,ChromeMate and how it betters the users overall health, OptiZinc® how it helps cell function, n-zimes how they improve digestion and a decrease of indigestion.Isolase designed to increase the absorption of isoflavones. Finally pycnogenol benefits: ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE ACTIVITIES ,ANTI-OXIDATIVE ACTIVITIES, SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS ,ASTHMA ,CANCER / TUMOR ,VENOUS THROMBOSIS, THROMBOPHLEBITIS, PLATELET AGGREGATION,RETINOPATHY,CHOLESTEROL DIABETES,ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION, SPERM QUALITY AND FUNCTION. ,AGING,ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE,WOUND HEALING AND SCAR FORMATION,DYSMENORRHEA.
Lunasin?(LunaRich in Reliv Now and SoySentials)
Lunasin is a soy peptide that exhibits health promoting characteristics. Scientific evidence indicates that Lunasin is a key component in soy protein responsible for its cholesterol-lowering properties. Lunasin is a unique, 43 chain amino acid peptide found within soybeans. Recent research and development surrounding this soy peptide focuses on promotion of healthy cholesterol levels. In addition to lunasin exhibiting cholesterol lowering properties, research shows it also has cancer preventive properties.
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ChromeMate aims to minimize food cravings, reduce cholesterol levels, suppress appetite, and better the user’s overall health. ChromeMate is directed to be taken three times each day, prior to each meal. The primary active component found in this supplement is Chromium, which is bonded with Polynicotinate (niacin). The purpose of this substance is to regulate the user’s insulin levels in order to burn off carbohydrates, fats, and proteins more efficiently as fuel. Studies have show that the component Chromium offers “16 different trace minerals” that the human body requires for daily health maintenance. Other than aid with fat reduction, ChromeMate tablets may increase the user’s energy levels.
OptiZinc® and higher potency L-OptiZinc® are unique forms of methionine-bound zinc, an essential trace mineral required for numerous vital cell functions, including growth and development, reproduction, digestion, and for proper brain, nerve, vision and immune function. OptiZinc and L-OptiZinc supply antioxidant benefits.*
Zinc is an essential trace mineral involved in numerous enzyme systems the body needs to keep healthy and fit. OptiZinc® and L-OptiZinc® are 1:1 complexes of zinc and methionine, the amino acid best absorbed by the body. Preclinical studies show that OptiZinc and L-OptiZinc are absorbed better, retained longer and are more effective than other zinc supplements tested.*
*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to cure, mitigate, treat or prevent any disease.
The human body naturally produces proteins called enzymes to carry out a number of functions. The benefits of enzymes, including improved digestion and a decrease of indigestion, better nutrient absorption and elevated immune function. These plant source-based enzyme contain four types of enzymes needed to break down the four basic food components, including protein (protease), carbohydrates (amylase), fats (lipase) and fiber (cellulase). If you’re looking for getting the most out of your food and decreasing the symptoms of indigestion, try N·Zimes today. Start feeling better, the natural way!
A unique enzyme composition designed to increase the absorption of isoflavones.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND IMMUNOSUPPRESSIVE ACTIVITIES
scientists found that pycnogenol had anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive activities
Pycnogenol was found to have strong free radical-scavenging activities against reactive oxygen and nitrogen species.
SYSTEMIC LUPUS ERYTHEMATOSUS
Pycnogenol treatment reduced the reactive oxygen species production, apoptosis, p56(lck) specific activity and erythrocyte sedimentation rate and improved SLE disease activity index in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLS). 
Because of pycnogenol’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, it may have benefits on asthma.
CANCER / TUMOR
pycnogenol selectively induced death in human mammary cancer cells (MCF-7) and not in normal human mammary MCF-10 cells.
VENOUS THROMBOSIS, THROMBOPHLEBITIS, PLATELET AGGREGATION
In a study, pycnogenol inhibited NF-kappa B activation, VCAM-1 and ICAM-1 expression. Thus, pycnogenol might play an important role in halting or preventing the atherogenic process. 
With pycnogenol-treatment, the retinal function stopped to deteriorate and visual acuity significantly recovered.
data suggest that pycnogenol may be useful for the prevention and/or treatment of vascular or neurodegenerative diseases associated with Abeta toxicity. [20
ON CHOLESTEROL PROFILE
Devaraj S et al, University of California, Davis, tested the effect of Pycnogenol supplementation on measures of oxidative stress and the lipid profile in humans. And, they found that a significant increase in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) in plasma throughout the supplementation period and the ORAC value returned to baseline after the 4-wk washout period. They also found that Pycnogenol significantly reduced LDL-cholesterol levels and increased HDL-cholesterol levels in plasma of two-thirds of the subjects. .
Liu X et al, Guang An Men Hospital of Chinese Medical Science Research Institute, Beijing, PR China conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, multi-center study was performed with 77 diabetes type II patients to investigate anti-diabetic effects of the French maritime pine bark extract, Pynogenol. They found that supplementation with dosage of 100 mg Pycnogenol for 12 weeks, during which a standard anti-diabetic treatment was continued, significantly lowered plasma glucose levels as compared to placebo. And, it also improved endothelial function. 
They orally administered 40 men, aged 25-45 years, with pycnogenol and L-arginine. They found that treatment with a combination of L-arginine and Pycnogenol for the following month increased the number of men with restored sexual ability to 80%. And, 92.5% of the men experienced a normal erection, after the third month of treatment. They concluded that oral administration of L-arginine in combination with Pycnogenol causes a significant improvement in sexual function in men with ED. 
SPERM QUALITY AND FUNCTION
Roseff SJ, West Essex Center for Advanced Reproductive Endocrinology, NJ, found that the mean sperm morphology following Ham’s F-10 capacitation increased by 38% following a pycnogenol treatment (dosage 200 mg daily for 90 days) to 19 subfertile men, and the mannose receptor binding assay scores improved by 19%. 
WOUND HEALING AND SCAR FORMATION
Blazso G et al, University of Szeged, Hungary, applied pycnogenol to experimental wounds inflicted on healthy rats by means of a branding iron. They found that 1% Pycnogenol significantly shortened the wound healing time as well as the diameter of the scars. And, the wound healing time was found to be dose-dependent. 
Kohama T et al, Keiju Medical Center, Japan, treated 47 patients with menstrual pain, aged 21-45 years, with Pycnogenol at dosage of 30 mg (2 capsules) orally twice a dysmenorrl day. The administration of Pycnogenol began on the eighth day of the first menstrual cycle and continued until the seventh day of the third menstrual cycle. They found that treatment with Pycnogenol lowered the pain scores for abdominal pain significantly (p < 0.05) as compared to pretreatment values and continuation of treatment during the second cycle produced significant pain relief (p < 0.01). 
Buz’Zard AR et al, Loma Linda University, CA, established an in vitro model using genetically-engineered keratinocytes to screen natural compounds for the ability to stimulate HGH secretion. They found that a combination of equal amounts of L-arginine and L-lysine, aged garlic extract (Kyolic), S-allyl cysteine and Pycnogenol significantly increased secretion of HGH in this in vitro model. 
PYCNOGENOL SIDE EFFECTS
Probably, pycnogenol is safe with limited or no side effect. Studies reported no side effects of pycnogenol include  using pycnogenol for 40 men suffered from erectile dysfunction for 3 months   using pycnogenol for patients suffered from chronic venous insufficiency.   using pycnogenol for 30 women suffered from melasma. 
In a study of using pycnogenol for patients with diabetic retinopathy, the side effect was found to be mild and it was confined to gastric discomfort.  While in another study of 58 patients suffered from hypertension (hight blood pressure), the side effects included gastrointestinal problems, vertigo, headache and nausea. 
Pcynogenol Reviews – Pycnogenol is an extract from the bark of French Maritime Pine trees that grow in the Landes Forest of southwestern France. Pycnogenol contains concentrated levels of unique flavonoid compounds.
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