Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 tips to finding a healthier new you!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


Losing weight is hard – we all know it! But if you’re motivated, if you’re supported and if you are ready to make the changes you need for a healthier life, getting to the right body weight for you is one of the best things you can do for your health today and for the future. Not convinced? Here are some tips to help you lose those clinging extra kilos!

1. Get into the zone. And get ready to commit!

2. Buddies are best! Surround yourself with positive people and it can lift you to success.

3. Every little bit helps. If you want to manage your weight, shifting just 10 per cent of your body weight if you’re overweight or obese brings enormous health benefits.

4. You’ll reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes. According to Diabetes Australia, if you’re overweight, you’re twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

5. It increases your chances of a healthy pregnancy. If you’re a woman of childbearing years, and you’re overweight, you may have difficulty conceiving. Getting to within a normal, healthy weight range for your height helps boost your chances of a healthy baby, too.

6. Being overweight is linked with several types of cancer.

7. Carrying too much weight weighs heavily on your joints. This is especially true for the weight-bearing joints like the hips and the knees. Being overweight long-term increases your risk of developing osteoarthritis.

8. Weight tends to creep up slowly. And being less active can have weight-gain effects that last for years.

9. Healthy eating habits rub off. So set a great example for those around you and especially for your precious children.

10. Keep on top of your progress. But don’t overdo it – once a week weigh-ins can help to keep you positive and focussed. Above all, get involved; congratulate yourself and look forward to healthier living.

11. Make exercise part of your life. Moving more can bring huge benefits – it can cut your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.

12. Opt for walking. Or yoga, tai chi, step aerobics, cycling, aquatic exercise or any other form of low-impact exercise. Do something that you enjoy and you'll be more likely to stick with it. Walking is a good start. If you have a medical condition, talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program to ensure that it’s right for you.

                                    Get ready to reset your health!

Read this week’s Information Campaign “Twelve Tips to Finding a Healthier New You” to know more. 

Log into the Hub to join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today and in 12 weeks you will discover a healthier new YOU!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Metabolic Syndrome explained. Do you have it?


By the USANA ANZ Marketing Team
Metabolic Syndrome is the name given to a cluster of symptoms including belly fat, high blood cholesterol and high blood glucose. It affects more than one in four Australian adults – the incidence is higher in people with diabetes. Yet the condition often goes undiagnosed for many. Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?
Metabolic Syndrome explainedAlso called Syndrome X, Metabolic Syndrome is a condition that’s characterised by the production of large amounts of insulin which the body can’t use properly. Insulin can’t do its job of taking glucose in from the blood into body cells, so a rise in blood glucose levels can only be detected with a medical test, although you may not have any symptoms. The resulting high concentrations of blood glucose can damage tiny blood vessels and delicate nerves.
Metabolic Syndrome is very common and becoming even more so. People from certain ethnic groups (such as indigenous Australians and people of Pacific Island heritage and Asian descent) are affected most and it is often seen in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
Symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome include:Central obesity, abnormal blood fat levels, high blood pressure (hypertension) and high blood glucose levels. So if you have these symptoms, you have Metabolic Syndrome and are at an increased risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke and other problems relating to blood vessels.
Signs of Metabolic Syndrome include:Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance and impaired fasting glucose (IFG) or diabetes.
What causes Metabolic Syndrome?Metabolic Syndrome is a very complex condition but three factors seem to contribute: Genetic tendency, being overweight and lack of physical inactivity.

According to the Diabetes Council of Australia, ‘It’s estimated that more than 16 per cent or about two million Australians have pre-diabetes’ also known as Metabolic Syndrome.
- What is insulin resistance?
- Did you know that Insulin resistance raises the risk of diabetes?
- What is central obesity? Hypertension?  Cholesterol and triglycerides?  Impaired glucose tolerance?
- And what can you do?


Read this week's RESETNATION Challenge kick off Information Campaign on Metabolic Syndrome to know more about the questions above and to learn what you can do about it. Click here to read it.

If in doubt, it is always good to speak to your doctor.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Seven star supplements for men

By the USANA ANZ Marketing Team

Whether you want to build more lean muscle to supercharge your metabolism, or you just want to feel great and have as much energy as possible, what you eat counts. And, while there’s no doubt that every man is unique, men do share some particular health challenges.

So, once the fundamentals are covered – healthy mixed diet, regular exercise, regular health checks, relaxation and sleep – think about your supplemental health.
Here are seven supplements – and their role in men’s health.

1. Essentials™
You definitely don’t need a multivitamin and or multimineral if you are eating a widely mixed diet that contains all the right proportions of nutrients. The trouble is, most of us don’t – at least not all of the time, anyway.
That’s where wide-ranging and potent products like Essentials (or HealthPak™ if you want the added benefits of an extra antioxidant boost plus calcium) come in.


2. BiOmega™
Many studies have shown the benefits of long chain omega-3 fats, the kind that you find in oily fish, for brain and heart health. Omega-3s have a natural anti-inflammatory action whilst helping to reduce the stickiness of blood so that it can flow more freely. If you are taking blood thinners like warfarin, be sure to speak with your doctor before taking any kind of supplement, though.

So how much is enough? The Australian Heart Foundation suggests that for generally healthy men, around 1,000mg a day is about right. If you have heart problems, you may need 2,000 to 4,000mg but check with your doctor first. Take BiOmega with meals to boost absorption and avoid any fishy aftertaste.


3. Vitamin D
More and more research is showing the many benefits and the many reasons why people can be low on this fat-soluble vitamin. A staggering number of men – even in Australia and
New Zealand – are short of it despite the fact that the major source of vitamin D isn’t diet at all – it occurs when UV light in sunshine reacts with a cholesterol-like substance in the skin.
Low levels have been linked with a number of health problems including low immunity and depression.

4. Probiotic
These are the bacteria that naturally live in your gut. Here, they process foods and play an important part in protecting your immune system. Try taking one stick pack of USANA Probiotic every other day to feed your internal bacteria and help your immune system. This has a preventative effect – the good bacteria can simply crowd out the bad ones and keep infection at bay. Probiotics also have a role in keeping you to stay regular helping you to feel good from the inside out!

5. Palmetto Plus™
This men’s health formula contains ingredients to protect men’s physiology. For example, it contains saw palmetto and two powerful antioxidants, lycopene and soy isoflavones.

According to one study published in the Journal of Urology, ‘Evidence suggests that saw palmetto may have a significant effect on urinary flow rates and symptom scores compared to placebo in men with lower urinary tract symptoms2.’ Its effects are thought to be due to its reaction with testosterone; it appears to shrink the inner lining that puts pressure on the tubes that carry urine3. Studies suggest that combining saw palmetto with isoflavones, antioxidants found in foods such as legumes and soy may help to improve its
effectiveness4. Plus, both of these plant pigments seem to help retain prostate health.

6. CoQuinone100
Coenzyme Q10 – or CoQ10 for short – is made by body cells. It keeps the tiny engines that fire cell functions burning and in this way, providing the energy that cells need to keep working to their best. Less CoQ10 is produced with age so if you want to revive those energy levels, it may be a good option.

7. Procosamine®
If you’re feeling the odd ache and pain in your joints, consider Procosamine.
Adequate levels of glucosamine may help to rebuild lost cartilage. But unlike regular glucosamine products, Procosamine contains Meriva® curcumin a potent anti-inflammatory which is nearly 29 times more bioavailable as regular turmeric to supercharge this Indian spice’s already super effective action.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare practitioner.
Our latest issue of Product Focus provides in-depth information about which supplements are great for men's health. Hop onto the Hub to find out more and download your free copy of the newsletter!

References
1. McGinley C1, Shafat A, Donnelly AE. Does antioxidant vitamin supplementation protect
against muscle damage? Sports Med. 2009;39(12):1011-32. doi: 10.2165/11317890-
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nih.gov/pubmed/19902983
2. Gerber GS. Saw palmetto for the treatment of men with lower urinary tract
symptoms. J Urol. 2000 May;163(5):1408-12. Accessed 15 September 2014.
Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10751846

3. Saw palmetto Medline Plus U.S. National Library of Medicine. National
Institutes of Health Accessed 15 September 2014. Available from: http://
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/971.html

4. Aaron E. Katz. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. December 2002,
8(6): 813-821. doi:10.1089/10755530260511829. Accessed 15 September 2014Available
from: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/10755530260511829




Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BiOmega Jr - Great for kids of all ages!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team



Battling your kids to eat healthily and try new tastes is one thing. Clashing with them to take their supplements is quite another.

Now, your fish oil supplement is one battle you don’t have to get involved with…

USANA’s tasty BiOmega™ Jr. is made with a taste your children will be happy to accept. Packed with docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic (EPA), BiOmega Jr. has a fresh natural orange flavour and doesn’t contain artificial colourings and flavourings. BiOmega Jr. is flavoured with the natural sweetener, Stevia – so it tastes good but won’t damage children’s delicate teeth. Offer one stick pack every other day to your kids – they’re bound to love it!
But BiOmega Jr. isn’t just for little kids…

If you gag at the thought of fish oil capsules, or if you just want to try a super-pleasant alternative, try BiOmega Jr.It contains 2000mg fish oil and 650mg omega-3 fatty acids (DHA 230 mg and 350mg EPA).

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats. Both are vital for a healthy body and a healthy brain.
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.

If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.




Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Omega-3s and skin health


By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team


                                        


It’s the largest organ in the body and skin is adapted for use in different areas of the body – from the temperature-regulating armpits to the soles of the feet.
 
Children are prone to developing a number of allergic conditions one of which is eczema – around 90 per cent of cases occur in children before age five and 65 per cent of cases occur before the age of one. Although the precise cause of it in children isn’t known, experts suggest that eczema may result from the combination of genetic (inherited) factors and the environment (which can include diet). On top of this, already dry skin that’s exposed to extreme temperatures, water and stress can all make symptoms worse.

So what can you do?

On top of good general nutrition, one of the components of healthy skin that has been isolated has been omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fats are vital because they make up part of the skin cell membranes where they work like gatekeepers. They control the movement of substances in and out of the cells and influence cells’ ability to hold onto water contributing to moister and softer skin by helping to repel water which can cause dryness.

Avoiding common triggers like stress by encouraging rest, relaxation and play may help boost children’s skin problems, too. Plus, avoiding common food culprits like soy and eggs can help children who are sensitive to those foodstuffs. Fish is also a common food culprit – ask your doctor for testing to find out whether your child has food sensitivities.

And, while fish is a common food allergen, a lot of research is looking into the potential beneficial effects of fish oils.

While the results of research using fish oil supplementation are inconsistent, encouraging a fish rich in n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in the diet  (unless fish is one of the dietary triggers of skin conditions) is recommended. The omega-3 oils in oil-rich fish have an anti-inflammatory action. These long chain omega-3 fats help to reduce the incidence of an inflammatory substance called leukotriene B4 which is known to play a role in eczema.

As far as skin is concerned, fish oil helps to:
• Nourish it (as well as hair and nails)
• Encourage skin cells to retain natural moisture thus helping to hydrate skin
• Encourage the production of healthy skin cells.

A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advise not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.
Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmegaTM Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oils supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.


If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.
Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Team USANA Athlete, Shara Gillow, shares her 2014 racing experience

My 2014 season wrap up!

Women's Individual Time Trial
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
I had a great start to my 2014 cycling racing season with a Silver medal win at the Australian Road Cycling Championships, and I even managed to top that off the next month when I took out the Gold medal at the Oceania Cycling Championships! These two events really got me excited about what the rest of the season had in store for me.

My new home after the Oceania Championships was Europe where I raced with my professional cycling team. I call Europe home for eight racing fuelled months of the year and conquered picturesque countries like Italy, France, Belgium, Holland and Sweden.

This year I had the honour of being selected to represent Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow!  I didn’t achieve the result I was expecting as I was placed 6th in my event. Although I was disappointed with my result in my race, I still learnt a lot of valuable lessons throughout the experience.  It was really special being able to represent my country and I was so proud to be wearing my green and gold. Also, knowing there were so many people back home in Australia watching you and cheering you on made it all the more special to me.

I was also selected to race the World Championships in Spain, but unfortunately had to pull out because of a fractured wrist in a crash that happened racing a six-day Tour in Holland. 

At the moment I'm getting my strength training up, taking my USANA supplements of course and getting a good strong base for my 2015 cycling season!

I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store for me!


Racing in the Holland
 



Shara Gillow
Team USANA Athlete

 



Monday, September 29, 2014

BiOmega Jr. has all the omega-3s your littlies need!

By the USANA ANZ
Marketing Team



What do you need to eat to get the same amount of omega-3s that is in one stick of BiOmega™ Jr.?

In every stick pack of BiOmega Jr. you’ll find per 2.5g serving:

  • Fish oil 2000mg 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids 650mg  (DHA 230mg/9.2g EPA 350mg/14g)
Source: Self Nutrition Data (http://nutritiondata.self.com)
I think we all agree that giving your little one, one stick of BiOmega Jr. is a lot easier than trying to give them adequate omega-3s through food! And, the best thing is that BiOmega Jr. tastes great! It has a pleasant creamy orange flavour that kids just love.
 
Fish oil: safety
A good quality fish oil is a good way to ensure adequate omega-3s and is generally safe unless your child has a sensitivity to fish oils or has a bleeding disorder, or/is taking a blood-thinning medicine or unless advised not to take such a supplement by a medical professional.

Fish oil supplements vary a lot in their content and quality. BiOmega Jr. is a great choice because it has:

1. High levels of EPA and DHA – two of the most important constituents in omega-3 fats
2. It is a pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement
3. It is completely mercury free.

If your child is taking medication, speak to your child's doctor about this before you start. Fish oil should not be used instead of the usual medication without a doctor being involved.

                                      Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
                                      USE ONLY AS DIRECTED. ALWAYS READ THE LABEL.