To Be, or Not to Be – Gluten Free?

To Be or Not to Be — Gluten Free?

Over the past decade, gluten-free diets have moved from a relatively unknown concept to a mainstream way of life. Even Oprah went gluten-free for a while – and if she’s doing it, you know it’s only a matter of time before everyone is. But even with an increasing awareness of gluten and the FDA’s recent gluten-free labeling guidelines, many people are still confused about gluten.

Why go gluten-free?

Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Most notably, gluten causes inflammation of the intestines in those with celiac, a genetic disease. People with celiac disease, gluten allergies or even gluten sensitivity can experience intestinal discomfort, diarrhea and unhealthy weight loss. The protein can even cause reactions in the skin, mouth and lungs of people with a gluten allergy. The best way to alleviate these symptoms is to simply avoid foods containing gluten.

Gluten-Free Risks

Nutritionists do not recommend eliminating gluten from your diet unless you absolutely must. This is because eliminating wheat and related grains can mean missing vital nutrients. Unless these vitamins and minerals are replaced through other foods or nutritional supplements, a gluten-free diet can be risky. These nutrients include:

  • Calcium – necessary for bone density and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Folate – contributes to healthy blood glucose and blood pressure levels and helps the body ward of fatigue.
  • Iron – necessary for many body functions such as oxygen transport and metabolism.
  • Niacin – shown to help the body maintain healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  • Riboflavin – necessary for normal cell function, growth and energy production as well as cognitive function.
  • Thiamin – involved in numerous body functions, including nervous system and muscle functioning.

Wheat Substitutes

You can substitute wheat flour with rice or corn flour. Also try incorporating gluten-free grains quinoa and amaranth into your diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to avoid fiber deficiency as well.

Supplement Solution

One of the easiest ways to ensure you’re getting enough of each nutrient is supplementing with a complete optimal nutrition formula such as Reliv Classic® or Reliv Now®. Both are gluten-free and contain beneficial nutrients for a healthy gluten-free diet.

Other Reliv nutritional products that are gluten-free include: CardioSentials®, Cellebrate®, GlucAffect®, Innergize!®, Reliv Now® for Kids, ProVantage®, ReversAge®, Slimplicity®, SoySentials® and 24KTM.

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Healthy Joint Habits

Healthy Joint Habits
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with arthritis – making it the most common disability in the country. The CDC projects 45% of adults will contract arthritis in their lifetime. Risk increases with excess weight, insufficient physical activity and joint injury. Joint cartilage becomes thinner and more vulnerable throughout your lifetime, so adopt these habits early for a lifetime of healthy joints.

Don’t “weight.” The weight-bearing joints in your knees, hips and back carry all of your body weight. One extra pound places four times the amount of stress on your knees. Adopt regular exercise and a healthy diet to lose excess weight. For women, losing just 11 pounds can cut arthritis pain in half.

Keep moving. Muscles and ligaments surrounding your joints absorb impact from daily activity. A sedentary lifestyle leads to a deterioration of muscle mass, leaving joints over-stressed. Strengthen your joint support system by varying your workouts. Try alternating low-impact aerobics like walking, biking and swimming with flexibility workouts like yoga and pilates.

No pain, all gain. Even minor injuries can weaken cartilage and make your joint vulnerable to inflammation and pain. The CDC estimates joint injury increases lifetime risk for arthritis to 57%. To prevent complications:

  • Wear proper shoes and protective gear.
  • Incorporate rest days into your schedule.
  • Ice joints for ten minutes post-workout to prevent pain and swelling.
  • Treat injuries immediately.

Vital nutrients. Support healthy joint function with key nutrients (available in nutritional supplements like Arthaffect®) :

  • Borage Oil – contains gamma-linolenic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid proven to reduce inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Glucosamine – a building block for cartilage produced by the body; aids in joint growth, repair and maintenance.
  • Boswellin – herb used in Eastern medicine for centuries to reduce joint and muscle swelling. *

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Vegetarian Living

5 Crucial Nutrients for Vegetarians

A vegetarian or vegan diet can be a healthy lifestyle, but it takes a little planning to eat a variety of foods to meet your dietary needs. Unfortunately, even the most carefully planned plant-based diet may lack key nutrients. Whether you’re a lifelong vegetarian, a recent convert or somewhere in between, make sure you’re getting key nutrients by including the foods below on your grocery list.

This mineral is necessary for muscle contraction, blood vessel constriction, and hormone and enzyme secretion. A Purdue University study suggests plant sources alone may not fulfill your calcium needs. If you don’t consume dairy, you may need a dietary supplement.

On Your Grocery List: calcium-fortified soymilk (try Relivables® Fortified Soy Milk), fortified cereal and orange juice, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, bok choy

Dietary iron is needed for the creation of neurotransmitters and the transportation of oxygen throughout the body. The human body doesn’t absorb plant-based (non-heme) iron as efficiently as animal-based (heme) iron, so vegetarians could be at risk for deficiency.

On Your Grocery List: spinach, kidney beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, molasses, whole-wheat bread, peas, dried apricots, prunes, raisins, asparagus, strawberries

Vitamin B-12
This important vitamin, which contributes to a healthy nervous system and the creation of red blood cells and DNA, is available primarily in animal products. It’s essential for vegetarians — especially those who avoid dairy and eggs — to take a dietary supplement containing B-12.

On Your Grocery List: fortified cereals and veggie burgers, nutritional supplements like Reliv Classic® and Reliv Now®

The function of over 300 enzymes in the human body and immune system health rely on zinc. Like iron, vegetarian sources of zinc are not as easily absorbed by the body, so make sure your dietary supplement contains zinc.

On Your Grocery List: white beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, fortified cereal, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds

Every cell in the human body needs protein. It is also necessary for building and repairing tissue. Vegetarian protein sources are often low in saturated fat and high in fiber, so eat up!

On Your Grocery List: beans, nuts, nut butters, peas, tofu, veggie burgers, soy nuts (try Relivables® Soy Nuts)

Note: All Reliv products mentioned in this Healthy Living Tip are vegetarian and vegan.

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Get Grillin’!

Summertime Slim Down: Get Grilling!

Memorial Day is just around the corner — the official kick-off to summer and the start of the grilling season. Nothing says summer quite like a savory, fire-roasted meal. Big on flavor without added fat and calories, smart grilling is the ideal companion to a healthful summer eating plan.

Rub In Flavor

Bacon on your steak? Never! Buttery sauces for the fish? No way! Leave the added fat behind and try a dry rub to add a ton of flavor without adding calories.

Dry rub recipes for meat, fish and poultry abound on the Internet, so there’s no reason not to make your own. In fact, some regional cuisines are based on the distinctive flavors of their fabulous rubs — think Memphis dry rub barbecue, or Jamaican Jerk specialties.

A good rub starts with top-quality ingredients. Fresh ground black pepper, and dried herbs and spices that still have their rich aroma are key. If that bottle of basil smells like bland tea leaves, toss it out — dried spices have a shelf-life of about a year.

You’ll use between a half tablespoon and one tablespoon rub per cut. Most rub recipes make a lot, so store the remainder in an airtight container to use next time.

To get the rub to stick, coat each cut with unsweetened apple juice, citrus juice (lemon, lime or orange), balsamic or white wine vinegar. Pat the rub in place to make a thin coating over the entire cut and you’re ready to grill.

For a more intense flavor, coat with rub and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours.

Fire up Fruits and Veggies!

Grilling isn’t just for meat and fish. Cooking over an open flame brings out the natural sweetness of vegetables and adds a delightful smoky tang to fruits as well. The secret is to choose foods that are tender and cook quickly, and then cut them into uniform pieces — no more than ¾ to 1 inch think.

Soak vegetables in cold water for 30 minutes before grilling to keep them from drying out. Pat dry and coat with cooking spray, then toss on the grill or in a grill basket. Potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, peppers and squash are especially good on the grill. Mushrooms, asparagus and corn on the cob also taste great grilled.

Pineapple, peaches, pears and plums all take on a wonderful flavor when grilled. Cut pineapple into rings. Halve and pit the others and brush all with fresh juice before placing on the grill. A grill basket or pan will keep smaller pieces from falling into the fire.

Keep watch over fruits and vegetables on the grill to avoid overcooking. Then sit back and enjoy a smoky bounty even the kids will love!

Go Beyond Burgers

Variety is not only the spice of life, it’s the secret to maintaining a healthy, slimmed down lifestyle as well. If your grill has never seen more than burgers, hot dogs and the occasional rack of ribs, it’s time to expand your thinking and get a bit adventurous.

Seafood, lamb, tofu and even portabello mushrooms offer rich, savory alternatives to traditional backyard fare. Pair them up with flavorful rubs, fresh herbs or citrusy marinades for a simple gourmet treat that’s long on flavor and short on fat and calories.

The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and let your palate be your guide as you rediscover the oldest and most basic form of cooking known to man. It’s time to get grillin’!

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