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Hydration

Reliv Innergize! and ProVantage

Reliv Innergize! and ProVantage (Photo credit: Reliv International)

Hydration is important to athletic performance. Physical fatigue, muscle cramps and even impaired mental function are caused from dehydration. Studies have shown that the benefits of isotonic sports drinks go beyond simple hydration. American College of Sports Medicine recommends a carbohydrate-based sports beverage throughout strenuous exercise to provide sustained power, replace energy and ensure rapid muscle recovery. Patented Innergize!® performs better than water alone, replacing electrolytes and other key nutrients lost during exercise.

Staying hydrated  this season. How improtant is water? Probably the most important, because there is no meaningful form of life without water. Our body’s dependence on water is reflected in the fact that a person can live many days without food but can’t survive more than three days without water

Still think plain water is enough?

 

Innergize! provides your body with the combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids it needs to stay in top form. It’s the perfect complement to your active lifestyle. With Innergize!, you can excel — on or off the playing field!

 

At the gym: Keep yourself running with a bottle of Innergize! on the treadmill to replace electrolytes critical to endurance.

 

On the field: Hit a home run when you fill the water cooler with Innergize! to give the little league team an extra advantage.

In hot weather: Combat dehydration and overheating when you’re mowing the lawn in the summer sun.

For everyday energy: Enjoy Innergize! daily for a refreshing way to keep you going through work and errands all week long. With two delicious options — orange or lemon — there’s a flavor you’re sure to love!

Distinctive, advanced ingredients mean Innergize! Stands out in a crowd of sports beverages.

ChromeMate®: plays a vital role in energy production, muscle development and metabolism.

OptiZinc®: helps repair muscle damage and speed recovery after workouts while strengthening immune system.

L-Carnitine & L-Glutamine: help burn fat, promote lean muscle development and transport fatty acids to release more energy.

Potassium & Sodium: support muscle exertion without cramping and perspiration without salt depletion.

Studies show the ingredients ChromeMate and OptiZinc in Innergize! are more readily absorbed and retained compared to other

chromium and zinc supplements. A patented, advanced blend of vitamins, minerals and carbohydrates designed to help prevent dehydration and restore energy… you’ll be able to work out longer and more effectively with less fatigue while maintaining your electrolyte balance.

Antioxidants in the form of Vitamins C and Vitamin A — including beta carotene… …it protects cell membranes against damage including protecting skin from environmental stress.

ChromeMate®, the most readily absorbed form of chromium available… …your body will be able to process carbohydrates more efficiently and will receive a boost in energy production, muscle development and fat and cholesterol metabolism.

OptiZinc®, the most readily absorbed form of zinc available… …you’ll receive numerous benefits to your immune system and help in repairing muscle damage, which helps you recover faster after you workout.

L-Carnitine and L-Glutamine… …it helps transport fatty acids to release more energy and promotes lean muscle development.

Balanced level of sodium and potassium which are important cellular electrolytes… …it supports muscle exertion without cramping and perspiration without salt depletion.

Two delicious flavor options…  orange or lemon …there’s a flavor everyone is sure to love!

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

 

More on ProVantage

Performance Nutrition:

ProVantage®

Most of us don’t come close to consuming the nutrients we need to keep our bodies performing at their peak. ProVantage meets the nutritional needs of physically active people to improve performance, endurance, recovery and repair. Packed with 13 grams of muscle-building soy protein, and a host of advanced ingredients, like Tonalin®, MCTs, Creatine, CoQ10 and supercharged amino acids, ProVantage marks a major advancement in the science of sports nutrition. It’s the edge you’ve been looking for.

ProVantage Works

Unlike most protein powders, ProVantage gives me protein, plus the perfect formulation of key muscle-building ingredients. By adding ProVantage to my routine, I’ve gained 40 pounds of lean muscle!” ~ Jason Arntz, Grand Rapids, MI

 It’s time to get out and get fit. Reliv has the products to help you get the best results from your workout. In the  blog I have covered the  propiertary blend of ProVantage.

ProVantage Proprietary  Amino Acid Blend 694 mg *

L-Glutamine:

Side Effects;

Should you worry about L-Glutamine side effects? In short No. studies have shown it to have no adverse side effects. Also Glutamine occurs naturally in your body, it has no health risks. However too much is never good with many supplements. Taking excessive of amounts of L-Glutamine has led to upset stomachs, so you should follow recommended dosages.

Benefits of L-Glutamine;

  1. Prevent muscles from being eaten up, in order to provide glutamine to other cells in your body.
  2. Helps maintain cell volume and hydration, making wounds and burns heal faster.
  3. replenishing glutamine during workouts.
  4. Helps you produce growth hormones.
  5. May increase immune system.
  6. It has the ability to repair a “leaky gut” by maintaining the structural integrity of the bowls.
  7. It can even cure ulcers.

L-Arginine Base:

 L-arginine is a chemical building block called “an amino acid.”  It is obtained from the diet and is necessary for the body to make proteins. L-arginine is found in red meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products. It can also be made in a laboratory and used as medicine.

Possibly effective for…

  • Improving recovery after surgery. Taking L-arginine with ribonucleic acid (RNA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) before surgery or afterwards seems to help reduce the recovery time, reduce the number of infections, and improve wound healing after surgery.
  • Congestive heart failure. Taking L-arginine along with usual treatment seems to help eliminate extra fluids that are a problem in congestive heart failure.  But taking L-arginine doesn’t always improve exercise tolerance or quality of life.  L-arginine should not be used instead of the usual treatments ordered by a healthcare provider.
  • Chest pain associated with coronary artery disease (angina pectoris). Taking L-arginine seems to decrease symptoms and improve exercise tolerance and quality of life in people with angina. But L-arginine doesn’t seem to improve the disease itself.
  • Bladder inflammation. Taking L-arginine seems to improve symptoms, but it may take up to three months of treatment to see improvement.
  • Wasting and weight loss in people with HIV/AIDS, when used with hydroxymethylbutyrate (HMB) and glutamine. This combination seems to increase body weight, particularly lean body mass, and improve the immune system.
  • Preventing loss of effect of nitroglycerin in people with angina pectoris.
  • Problems with erections of the penis (erectile dysfunction).
  • Improving kidney function in kidney transplant patients taking cyclosporine.
  • Preventing inflammation of the digestive tract in premature infants.
  • Cramping pain and weakness in the legs associated with blocked arteries (intermittent claudication).

Are there safety concerns?

L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken appropriately by mouth short-term. It can cause some side effects such as abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, gout, blood abnormalities, allergies, airway inflammation, worsening of asthma, and low blood pressure.

Special precautions & warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used appropriately short-term in pregnancy. Not enough is known about using L-arginine long-term in pregnancy or during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: L-arginine is POSSIBLY SAFE when used by mouth in premature infants in appropriate doses. When used in high doses, L-arginine is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. Doses that are too high can cause serious side effects including death in children.
Allergies or asthma: L-arginine can cause an allergic response or make swelling in the airways worse. If you decide to take L-arginine, use it with caution.
Herpes: There is a concern that L-arginine might make herpes worse. There is some evidence that L-arginine is needed for the herpes virus to multiply.
Low blood pressure: L-arginine might lower blood pressure. This could be a problem if you already have low blood pressure.
Recent heart attack: There is a concern that L-arginine might increase the risk of death after a heart attack, especially in older people. If you have had a heart attack recently, don’t take L-arginine.
Surgery: L-arginine might affect blood pressure. There is a concern that it might interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery. Stop taking L-arginine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

L-Leucine:

As a food additive, L-Leucine has E number E641 and is classified as a flavor enhancer. Leucine is the only dietary amino acid that has the capacity to stimulate muscle protein synthesis.  As a dietary supplement, leucine has been found to slow the degradation of muscle tissue by increasing the synthesis of muscle proteins.

L-Lysine HCL:

It is an essential amino acid, which means that the human body cannot synthesize it. As an essential amino acid, lysine is not synthesized in animals, hence it must be ingested as lysine or lysine-containing proteins. In plants and bacteria, it is synthesized from aspartic acid (aspartate). The nutritional requirement per day, in milligrams of lysine per kilogram of body weight, is: infants (3–4 months) 103, children (2 years) 64, older children (10–12 years) 60 to 44, adults 12. For a 70 kg adult, 12 milligrams of lysine per kilogram of body weight is 0.84 grams of lysine. Good sources of lysine are foods rich in protein such as soy, as well as meat (specifically red meat, lamb, pork, and poultry), cheese (particularly Parmesan), certain fish (such as cod and sardines), and eggs.

L-Alanine:

Alanine is a nonessential amino acid, meaning it can be manufactured by the human body, and does not need to be obtained directly through the diet. Alanine is found in a wide variety of foods, but is particularly concentrated in meats.

Good sources of alanine include

  • Animal sources: meat, seafood, caseinate, dairy products, eggs, fish, gelatin, lactalbumin
  • Vegetarian sources: beans, nuts, seeds, soy, whey, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, bran, corn, legumes, whole grains.

Link to hypertension

An international study led by Imperial College London found a correlation between high levels of alanine and higher blood pressure, energy intake, cholesterol levels, and body mass index.

(S)-Alanine (left) and (R)-alanine (right) in zwitterionic form at neutral pH

 Link to Diabetes

Alterations in the alanine cycle that increase the levels of serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) is linked to the development of type II diabetes. With an elevated level of ALT the risk of developing type II diabetes increases.

Glycine:

an organic compound , is the smallest of the 20 amino acids commonly found in proteins. Other markets for USP grade glycine include its use an additive in pet food and animal feed. For humans, glycine is sold as a sweetener/taste enhancer. Food supplements and protein drinks contain glycine. Certain drug formulations include glycine to improve gastric absorption of the drug.

L-Ornithine Alpha Ketoglutarate:

is a non essential amino acid produced in the body. Has strong healing properties. Protects muscles and tissues from break down. Improves muscle mass, and is known to regulate liver function.

In general this proprietay blend seams safe. there are procautions however for those who have health issues already; they should have their Doctors look over the products and follow his/her advice. As should everyone.

Bless you all and get Fit

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Fitness

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.

Fitness Facts:
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
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.

Antioxidants
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.

B Vitamins
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
Potassium aids in muscle contraction and balances fluids and minerals when you sweat.

Zinc
Zinc helps regulate metabolism. Exercise increases zinc loss from the body. A zinc deficiency can reduce muscle function.

Calcium
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
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.

Enzymes
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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    Such as Innergize!® which features ingredients like ChromeMate® and OptiZinc®, the most readily absorbed forms of chromium and zinc available.

 

 

 
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ProVantage® soy-based performance enhancer supplies a balance of nutrients formulated to improve performance, endurance, recovery and repair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Support your body with building blocks it needs to keep you performing at your peak. You’ll find it easier to get fit — and stay fit — when you feel good from the start.
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