Quick ‘n Healthy Summer Meal

Burritos. Tacos. Whatever you want to call them.

Make ’em however you want, but here is my rendition for a quick and simple way to incorporate good food choices and smiling faces for the entire fam:

Whole wheat tortillas

can of fat-free refried beans (the kind with NO lard!)

sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

chopped: cucumber, tomato, onions, lettuce, avocado

dab of sour cream & salsa

How to:

Lay tortilla on a microwavable plate, smear with beans, sprinkle with cheese and onion. Microwave for 30 seconds.

Top with chopped cucumber, tomato, avocado & lettuce.  Add a smidgen of sour cream & salsa. Fold. Eat.

Any great suggestions for making this an even tastier and/or healthier meal? What are some other quick ‘n healthy meal ideas that you have for a summer evening?  Leave it below!

Enjoy the Sun AND Your Skin

SYS: Save Your Skin

As teenagers, many of us scoffed at the idea of wearing sunscreen and reached for zero-protection, greasy baby oil instead. We sizzled and fried in the pursuit of the perfect tan. Our skin paid the price and today the sun damage is reflected in brown age spots, more pronounced wrinkling, leathery skin, or worse — skin cancer.

Sun damage is caused by two types of ultraviolet radiation (UV). While UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn, UVA rays are the most damaging. These stronger rays penetrate the deeper layer of skin and break down collagen and elastin. The result: wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots.

UVA rays, present throughout the year, are also the chief cause of skin cancers. The rays can penetrate clouds and windows. Even on a cloudy day, 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. Sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays, while snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays. That’s why wearing screening is essential — no matter what the weather.

How to Use Sunscreen

Despite your years in the sun, you can still reduce your skin cancer risk — and your children’s — by wearing sunscreen now.

No matter what your skin type, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends you wear a broad-spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water-resistant sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 all year round. UVA-screening ingredients include avobenzone and oxybenzone among others.

Sun protection can prevent premature skin aging and skin cancer. Here’s how to best protect your skin.

  • Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before going in the sun.
  • Use one ounce (a shot glass full or 2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to coat all areas of the skin liberally. Pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands and arms.
  • Apply lip balm with an SPF of 30 or more to lips.
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily. Even water-resistant sunscreen can lose effectiveness after 40 minutes in the water.
  • If you rely on moisturizers or cosmetics that contain sunscreen, be sure to reapply often for continued UV protection.
  • Avoid too much sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Wear a broad-rimmed hat and sunglasses in the sun.
  • Avoid tanning booths. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has now classified them as cancer-causing in humans.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your doctor once a year for a professional skin exam.

Choose Sunscreen Wisely
Relìvables Sunscreen SPF 30+ is an ideal choice to protect your whole family. It offers water-resistant, broad-spectrum protection — with avobenzone and oxybenzone — to guard against both UVA and UVB rays. Relìvables Sunscreen is also PABA-free. The pump-spray container provides convenient application without the waste of an aerosol. Since it’s oil-free, it dries fast without feeling greasy.

To protect your face while you moisturize year round, Relìvables r day balanced moisturizer contains SPF 15 protection along with Relìv’s exclusive RA7 nutrient complex that may actually reduce the visible effects of sun damage.


Enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Relìv. Article compliments of Reliv International. For further information, or to order, contact renee@SimplyEnrich.com

Exercise = Brainpower?

This is Your Brain. This is Your Brain on Exercise…

Exercise doesn’t just make you look better and control your weight; it’s also good for your brain and lowers your risk of some diseases.

We’re not talking about brain exercises like Soduku or crossword puzzles. We mean heart-pumping physical exercise. While that run around the track, stint on the treadmill or killer kickboxing class is boosting your heart rate, it’s also firing up your cognitive abilities.

In a study at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, middle-aged monkeys ran on a treadmill for one hour each day, five days a week for five months, which is the optimal exercise regimen recommended for improving fitness in middle-aged people. During the fifth week of exercise, monkeys completed cognitive tests and were twice as fast as those who didn’t exercise. They were also more alert and engaged.

But you don’t need a monkey to tell you that physical exercise increases blood flow to your brain. This blood delivers nutrients and oxygen, which may be why cognitive function increases. Plus, being more alert and engaged increases your ability to learn.

Previous studies have shown that people who exercise learn faster, think clearer and bounce back more easily from brain injuries such as stroke. The mild stress caused by exercise triggers the brain to protect against neuron damage, which may explain why exercisers’ brains recover better from brain injuries.

Aerobic exercise such as running or jogging also stimulates the growth of new brain cells and ability to learn. In addition, exercise reduces the level of the cortisol hormone, which is associated with stress.

On the flip side, lack of physical activity is linked to more colon cancer cases than any other risk factor. Turn this around by getting physically active and you’ll be 30 to 40 percent less likely to get colon cancer than sedentary people.

Power Up Your Brain and Body

If you’re ready to get moving to boost your brain power, fuel up with Reliv’s ProVantage® and Innergize!®. ProVantage provides a balance of nutrients formulated to improve performance, endurance, recovery and repair. Meanwhile, the patented formula in Innergize! contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, chromium, zinc and carbohydrates to provide added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost the immune system. You may even consider becoming part to Team Relìv, a new health and wellness initiative designed to get people moving and incorporating more exercise into their daily routines.

All systems go!

article complements of Reliv International
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Give Your Head a Break from the Ache

Four Nutrients That May Help Prevent Headaches

When you look around the world today, we face big headaches: environmental disasters, financial crises and political unrest. But if your own head hurts, that’s all you can focus on.

Headaches affect nearly everyone at some point. Types of headaches include tension headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.

Migraines are one of the more painful types of headaches. They usually cause throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Some foods, alcohol, food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) or nitrates, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame may trigger migraines. Anxiety, stress, lack of sleep, skipping meals (which causes low blood sugar) and dehydration can also kick off these painful headaches.

You may turn to prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat or prevent migraines. But these can be expensive, cause side effects and even cause rebound headaches — a vicious cycle. The good news is there may be another way to prevent the misery of migraines. Studies are showing some migraines may be caused by deficiencies in certain nutrients. To find headache help, check out the following vitamins and minerals:

Headache Helpers

Magnesium: This mineral is essential to many body functions. It relaxes your nerves and muscles, builds and strengthens bones and keeps your blood circulating smoothly. Several studies show people with migraines have low levels of magnesium. In addition, studies have shown that supplementation with magnesium reduced the frequency of migraines. To increase your levels of magnesium, eat nuts, legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, soy products, whole grains and seafood.

Riboflavin (B2): This vitamin is essential for normal cell function, growth and energy production. When you don’t get enough riboflavin, you may have headaches, fatigue, visual disturbances, digestive problems, cracks in the mouth, and sensitivity to light. However, one study showed daily supplementation with riboflavin significantly decreased migraine attacks. Good sources of riboflavin include dairy products, eggs, enriched cereals/grains, meats, liver and green vegetables.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10): This compound boosts energy, enhances the immune system, and acts as an antioxidant. Aging and certain medications and diseases can reduce the body’s production of CoQ10. An article in the April 2002 issue of the Journal of the International Headache Society reports more than 60 percent of the patients in a trial cut the frequency of their migraine attacks at least in half after four months. Key sources of CoQ10 include salmon and tuna, organ meats (such as liver) and whole grains.

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA): This compound, which acts as an antioxidant, is important in the energy-related functions of the body’s cells. A recent study shows supplementing with ALA reduced the frequency, intensity and number of headache days in migraine sufferers. ALA also maximizes the positive effects of other antioxidants such coenzyme Q10. ALA is found in red meat, organ meats and yeast.

Shake It Up

Unfortunately, many of us don’t eat a nutritionally balanced diet and may even cut out some food groups entirely. Relìv nutritional supplements offer the optimum balance of nutrients to support good health. Many also contain the headache-relieving ingredients discussed above. For example, Relìv Now®, Relìv Classic® and Relìv Now for Kids contain magnesium and riboflavin, along with a host of other essential nutrients. And GlucAffect®, ReversAge® and ProVantage® all contain both CoQ10 and ALA. So with just about every Relìv product choice, you’re benefiting from potential headache help as well as the vital nutrition your body craves.


Simply Enrich your life and enjoy a healthier, more active lifestyle with Relìv. You’re worth it, and you can’t afford not to!

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Benefits of Tea!

9 Healthy Reasons to Quench Your Thirst With Tea

Iced tea is a summer staple, whether you’re sipping it straight, flavored with lemon or mint, or sweetened up. Not only is iced tea refreshing on a sweltering day, it’s also healthy.

Tea is steeped in beneficial compounds such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties. Whether you choose iced tea or hot tea, black or green tea, you’re making a healthy choice.

Check out some of tea’s specific benefits:

  1. Arthritis. Tea reduces inflammation and slows cartilage breakdown to improve arthritis. Research has also shown that tea-drinking older women are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.
  2. Cancer. Studies are showing tea’s polyphenols, especially those in green tea, may play a role in preventing or delaying several types of cancer, from colon cancer to ovarian cancer. For example, researchers in a large clinical study compared green tea drinkers with non-drinkers and found that those who drank the most tea were significantly less likely to develop pancreatic cancer.

  3. Heart. Drinking tea regularly has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and atherosclerosis (clogged arteries). Tea also keeps blood vessels functioning properly.
  4. Immune System. Tea contains a component that research finds can strengthen the immune system against infection, bacteria, viruses and fungi.

  5. Oral health. The antioxidants in tea suppress the growth of bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities and gum diseases.
  6. Diabetes. A study showed green tea promoted glucose metabolism in healthy human volunteers while it also lowered blood sugar levels in those who already had diabetes. Compounds in black, green and oolong teas have been shown to increase insulin activity, which can help those with type 2 diabetes. Those who drank more than three to four cups of tea per day had about a one-fifth lower risk of diabetes than those who didn’t drink tea.
  7. Cholesterol. Some studies have shown both green and black tea can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, both risk factors for heart disease.
  8. Sun protection. Tea may reduce the risk of skin cancer due to UV exposure, according to studies.
  9. Weight loss. Studies on tea and green tea extract show they increase the number of calories burned and increased the rate of fat burned, which both lead to weight loss.

How to Sip Sweetly
If sweet tea is your favorite thirst-quencher, skip the sugar and spoon in Relìvables All-Natural Sweetener with zero calories and a full gram of healthy fiber. Using Relìvables sweetener is a delicious, guilt-free way to enjoy the sweet sips of summer.

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Renee