Monday, May 25, 2015

Digestive Delight: When is the best time to take your supplements?



To ensure that we get the most out of our vitamin supplements it’s important to take them at the correct time, as the timing of when we take the supplements can often be as vital as the fact that we take them.

So when is best? Breakfast, lunch or just whenever you remember to?

General recommendation is to take supplements with food, and spread evenly throughout the day with meals.

Usually taking supplements in the morning at breakfast allows for the best chance that they’ll be absorbed into your system and kick starts the day with a good nutritional foundation.

For HepaPlus the recommended dosage is three tablets daily, preferably with meals. There is a myth that liver tonics are often best taken before bed, however it may well be just a myth.

Our Probiotic is best taken together with prebiotics such as inulin and/or dietary fibre. We recommend that you take Probiotic mixed with water or add one serving to our Fibergy Plus, every one or two days to assist your digestive health.

So overall, the best time to take your supplements is with food. This will not only help your body to absorb the supplement but help you to see the benefits quicker.

For more information visit www.usana.com

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Digestive Delight: beating the bloat

With many of us consuming highly processed packaged or fast foods that are high in saturated fat, refined sugar and artificial flavours and sweeteners, it’s no surprise we find ourselves suffering from digestive issues. Thankfully, with the right combination of diet, exercise and supplements, you can banish bloating for good.

Here are some tips on how to help beat the bloat and improve your digestive health:

1. Spit it out
It may sound peculiar but chewing gum is one of the main culprits of bloating. When you chew gum you’re swallowing air which, like blowing air into a balloon, causes your stomach to expand. So next time you’re thinking about popping some chewy into your mouth, consider a mint instead.

2. Go bananas

The more salt you consume, the more potassium-rich foods you should have to avoid bloating. Potassium helps to balance and circulate body fluids and will get the nutrients moving throughout your body after a meal. Foods to eat that are full of potassium include bananas, potatoes, spinach, citrus fruits and asparagus.

3. Be more social

Many of us are guilty of scoffing down meals to save time, but turning food time into a social activity could be the secret to beating the bloat. Social interactions dramatically increase the time it takes to consume a meal, minimizing the amount of air swallowed, which prompts us to chew more and gives our body the chance to properly digest the food. So, if you’ve ever needed an excuse to dine out with friends, this is it!

4. Keep it real

While you may think you are cutting down your sugar intake by switching to artificial sweeteners, you are actually increasing your chance of bloating. The chemical compounds in artificial sweeteners are known to cause digestive complaints with excessive intake; Low calories in synthetic and non-nutritive sweeteners often cause overindulging. So steer clear of fake flavours, and opt for more natural sweeteners such as honey.

5. Push away the pain

Think you’ll be stuck on the couch forever because of your after-dinner bloat? Try your hand at an abdominal massage to get things moving - literally! By massaging your belly you help relax the muscles that support the bladder and intestine and stimulate bowel activity.

In addition to the above tips, you can also use the following USANA products:

  • HepaPlus aid’s the body’s natural detoxification process through combating oxidative stress in the liver. The innovative formula includes a range of powerful antioxidants including green tea, milk thistle extract, curcumin and broccoli concentrate – which all work to help keep your liver functioning at an optimum level to ensure general wellbeing.
  • Probiotic contains two types of beneficial bacteria which help to complete the process of digestion, and aid mineral absorption. Beneficial bacteria also play an important role in boosting your digestive function. Probiotic comes in a handy stick pack and doesn’t need to be refrigerated so you can take it wherever you go.
  •  Try a fibre supplement like Fibergy. It’s hugely rich in fibre so try a spoonful or two on your breakfast cereal or stirred into small juice. Don’t forget to drink lots of water to help the fibre move waste effectively out of the body, too.
For more information visit www.usana.com

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Foods and Exercise to help Digestive Health



Did you know what you eat and drink and how much you exercise can play a role in your digestive health?

Exercise plays a huge part in digestion. Regular physical activity increases blood flow to your organs and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to keep food moving through your digestive system and reduces constipation.

Food processing and preparation combined with lifestyle can impact how we feel and how our body digests it. Here are some ideas of foods and drinks to consume more and less of when it comes to digestive health.

EAT/DRINK MORE:

  • ·         Water – helps you to flush out your body of bad toxins and keeps your digestive system working efficiently.

  • ·         Yogurt – contains probiotics which regulates the amount of healthy bacteria in your system and normalises bowel movements.

  • ·         Lean meat – try turkey, chicken or pork, which are usually leaner than red meats.

  • ·         Kimchi - a Korean favourite usually made with cabbage, radish, or onion and spices. The main ingredient is usually cabbage, which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon. Be cautious of spices though if they trigger digestive problems for you.

  • ·         Fish – contains good fats and is lean

  • ·         Wholegrains – full of fibre which is good for digestion e.g. brown rice, oats, nuts, whole-wheat bread.

  • ·         Bananas – help to restore normal bowel function and full of potassium and electrolytes

  • ·         Ginger – can help to relieve nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, morning sickness, gas and more.

EAT/DRINK LESS:

  • ·         Fatty food – takes a long time to digest and can cause constipation.

  • ·         Fried food – can result in reflux and heartburn, as well as the above.

  • ·         Diary - this applies to those who are lactose intolerant which causes diarrhoea, gas, bloating and cramps.

  • ·         Alcohol – can lead to acid reflux and heartburn. Can also inflame the stomach lining and cause cramping.

  • ·         Caffeine (coffee, tea and soft drinks) – can cause cramping but can also act as diuretics. Can also cause problems for people with reflux.

You can also combine healthy eating and regular exercise with our Probiotic – a digestive health formula delivering probiotic with prebiotic in a sachet, and HepaPlus – a liver tonic which supports the normal detoxification process.

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet. Use only as directed. Always read the label.

Recipes for Digestive Delight

Using the above information, create a recipe using one or more of the ingredients such as:

  • ·         Yogurt
  • ·         Wholegrains
  • ·         Fish and lean meats
  • ·         Bananas
  • ·         Ginger


You can even use our USANA products such as Fibergy, Nutrimeal, Probiotics….but we want you to use them in a new and creative way!

Then head onto Facebook and “like” the USANA Australia New Zealand Facebook page, take a photo of your creation and upload to it your personal Facebook account with #digestivedelight by June 5, 2015.

The winner will be announced on the USANA Australia New Zealand Facebook page and will win a one month supply of HepaPlus, Probiotics and one Nutrimeal bulk pack.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gary Wilmot’s Big Heart


The latest USANA athlete to join our team, Gary Wilmot, possesses some great qualities and ideals we value here at USANA including determination, motivation, healthy living, team work and more!

We are proud to be part of his journey towards a healthy lifestyle and raising awareness for the Heart Foundation, and want to share his inspiring story with you all…

So who is Gary Wilmot?                                                   

In December 2011, Gary weighed 143kg and was a few years off being another heart attack statistic, so in 2012 he decided to lose the weight by endorsing a healthy lifestyle and running marathons.

Gary set himself ambitious marathons and although he never placed a qualifying rank he managed to finish every race! He completed dozens of events, including three full marathons and four ultra-marathons, and noticed a significant athletic personal development.

“Instead of being at the end of the ‘no more mr fat guy’ get-fit project, I actually discovered I was at a new start line, a new chapter of my life… because through running I gained a sense of calm, an inner confidence, a sense of well-being, energy, zest for life, a positive mindset, the ability to see things through to the end and discovered what genuine passion felt like,” he said.

Gary said after this realisation he started looking for a way to “demonstrate, without any doubt that you can make a decision, change your thinking, and literally change your life” and this search has bought him to today and where his future will take him.

Now much healthier and happier, in 2015, Gary will be taking on one of his biggest challenges yet.  Fundraising for the Heart Foundation, he will be walking from Perth, Western Australia to Brisbane, Queensland for Hearts Across Australia - a task that will take him over 5,400kms and many months to complete (May 16 – September 18).

Gary said completing this will be the hardest task he has ever asked of himself mentally and physically.

“I am under no illusions of the depth of challenge that awaits me across the Nullarbor and beyond but I will take it on to answer a higher calling of a purpose that far outweighs the every pain that I will encounter on this run,” he said.

For more information or to donate towards Gary’s cause please visit: http://bit.ly/1QdmIOa and from everyone here at USANA we wish Gary and the team all the best and a very big good luck!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Tips to improve your digestive health



Maintaining a healthy digestive system is an important part of healthy living.

Your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into the nutrients your body needs to survive. 

By neglecting your digestive health you could face problems digesting food and absorbing nutrients, which could affect your overall health.

Here are some other quick tips to help you improve your digestive health:

  •  Drink more water: Staying hydrated helps your digestive system work more effectively. Not drinking enough water can slow down your digestive system. Remember it’s important to drink more water after you exercise as well to replace fluids you have lost. 
  • Include probiotics into your diet: Probiotics are live microorganisms (healthy bacteria) which is naturally present in your digestive tract. Probiotics can help to restore balance of good bacteria and provides many health benefits. They are good at regulating the amount of healthy bacteria in your gut and normalizing bowel movements. A good course of probiotics is low-fat yogurt enriched with probiotics or why not try our Probiotic– a digestive health formula delivering probiotic with prebiotic in a convenient single-serve sachet. 
  • Exercise: Regular physical activity increases blood flow to your organs and helps you to maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to keep food moving through your digestive system and reduces constipation. 
  •  Look after your liver: Your liver is the body’s second largest organ and an important part of our digestive system. Everything we eat, breathe and absorb through our skin is filtered through the liver. It manufactures many important proteins and assists in the conversion of fats, amino acids, vitamins and minerals into more usable forms. It also helps to filter toxins from the blood and stores certain vitamins and minerals. Our HepaPlus is a great solution to caring for your liver and was formulated to provide a unique blend of antioxidants to help support healthy liver function. 
  •  Eat more fibre: Consuming a diet that is high in fibre can improve your digestive health. It’s also important to have a balanced diet rich in wholegrains, vegetables, legumes and fruits. A high fibre diet can also help promote healthy digestive functions as well as help you to maintain a healthy weight. Try eating foods including oats, wholemeal or multigrain breads, nuts, and brown rice; or try our Fibergy – a natural high fibre, low GI, flavourless blend that supports digestive health. 
  •  Limit fatty foods: Fatty foods slow the digestive process down and therefore by making it harder digest you become more susceptible to constipation. To try and limit your fatty food intake avoid fried foods and try choosing lean meats that are lower in fat such as chicken, turkey and pork, and fish. You can also switch from whole or reduced-fat dairy to low-fat or non-fat, and even replace butter and margarine with olive oil. 
  •  Stick to a routine: Try to eat at the same time each day. This will help your body to get into a routine and keep your digestive system in shape. It’s also important to eat slowly as this gives your stomach time to prepare and properly digest the food and nutrients you are giving it. 
  • Limit alcohol, caffeine and smoking: All of these can interfere with how your digestive system functions. By limiting these in your diet you reduce the chances of stomach ulcers and heartburn.

By taking on board some of these tips including supplementing with USANA’s digestive support products, eating a well-balanced diet and doing regular exercise you can help to improve your digestive health. For more information visit:www.usana.com

Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.
Use only as directed. Always read the label
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