Monday, August 3, 2015

USANA explores the uses and benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil is everywhere these days but not many people actually know what it does or how you can use it, so our Health and Fitness expert Cerise Burgess did some exploring to find out what all the fuss is about. Here’s what she found...

Coconut oil contains a unique combination of fatty acids. In the past coconut oil has been demonised because it contains saturated fat, however studies show the fat in coconut oil might not be as bad for you as you may think.

Recent scientific research shows that the medium-chain triacylglycerols (MCTs) that make up coconut oil may have wide-range of health benefits.

Coconut oil can reduce appetite and increase fat burning, which therefore means it can also help you to lose weight. Coconut oil appears to be especially effective in reducing abdominal fat, which often lodges in the abdominal cavity and around organs.

Dr Mehmet Oz host of The Dr. Oz Show says coconut oil is a “heart-healthy food”.  Studies show that coconut oil reduces triglycerides, total and LDL cholesterol, increases HDL and improves blood coagulation factors and antioxidant status.

A recent study in 40 women with abdominal obesity, supplementing with 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day led to a significant reduction in both BMI and waist circumference in a period of 12 weeks , while in another study in 20 obese males, they noted a reduction in waist circumference of 2.86 cm (1.1 inches) after 4 weeks of 30 mL (1 ounce) of coconut oil per day.

Coconut oil is great to use in cooking instead of other oils or just as a healthy, additional ingredient and can be added stir-fry’s, smoothies, protein balls and more!

It also serves various other purposes that have nothing to do with eating. It can be used for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair as well as a bug deterrent or bug bite soother.

For more ideas on how you can use coconut oil click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Australian hurdler Brianna Beahan joins Team USANA and chases Olympic dream

Brianna Beahan has been involved in sport ever since she could remember.

After attempting netball, karate, rugby and gymnastics, she eventually settled on athletics and has been training in sprinting and hurdles since she was 10-years-old.

Brianna's first nationals' competition was in Sydney in 2006, where she competed in the 100m hurdles, and the 100m and 200m events.

Being her first competition at a national level Brianna wasn’t sure what to expect or how she would go, so when she walked away with a gold medal in the 100m hurdlers, silver medal in the 100m and fourth in the 200m it was "quite the shock".

"It was at the time, I realised that this was what I wanted to do and set my goal to make the Olympics in the 100m hurdles," she said.

Brianna has been working towards this goal ever since and knows how hard she has to work to achieve this goal.

She is now running a time extremely close to the Olympics qualifier. Her current personal best record is 13.18 seconds and the qualifier is 13.0 seconds.

Brianna believes her current training progression and the combination of a healthy diet and USANA products will help to achieve the standard set.

"Athletics is an individual driven sport that requires 100% focus, and physical commitment," she said.

"As I train six days a week I know I have to be in the right frame of mind as well as physically equip.

"Fuelling my body with a healthy balanced diet, combined with USANA supplements, allows me to perform at an optimal level with a clear mind knowing I have trust in the products. I am grateful to have USANA products in my daily regime and honoured to be involved with Team USANA."

Brianna uses and loves USANA’s Essentials, BiOmega, Procosamine, Active Calcium Plus, Probiotic and SoyaMax.

USANA Australia looks forward to working with Brianna.

Sporting Career Highlights:

100m hurdles National ranking #3
100m hurdles International ranking #90

2015: 13.18 seconds, Perth Nationals 20- Feb (3rd overall this season)
2014: 13.48 seconds (4th) Melbourne Nationals 6- April (4th)
2012: 13.66 seconds (3rd ) Melbourne Nationals 15 April

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Team USANA welcomes badminton star Leanne Choo

USANA Australia is excited to welcome badminton star Leanne Choo to our USANA Athlete team!

The 23-year-old has been hitting shuttles since she was eight-years-old and since then has experienced badminton on an international level and has had the privilege of representing Australia at the Commonwealth Games and the 2012 Olympic Games.

Being a professional athlete takes persistence and willpower, and Leanne has showed these attributes throughout her sporting career.
She is determined to medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, and in the meantime, the badminton player plans to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and be a top 30 ranked pair within the next 12 months.

Leanne said "badminton is a sport that involves power, strength and speed".

"I’m on court six days a week so on and off the court fueling my body with the right nutrients is important and I can trust USANA products to provide me with the energy I need to perform the best I can. I am thankful to have USANA products as a part of my routine and proud to be a part of the team!" she said.

Leanne loves USANA’s HealthPakProflavanol C100, Protein Snacks and Nutrimeal.

Leanne, who lives in Melbourne, grew up with sports and enjoyed being actively healthy; she loved the life of an athlete and decided to fully commit to badminton.

In 2010 Leanne won the Oceania Championships and was the quarter-finalist at the Australian Open Grand Prix.

Her success in her sport rapidly grew, as she came 2nd in the Austrian International Challenge, New Zealand International Challenge, Guatemala International Challenge and the Brazil Open.

Leanne maintained her competitive spirit throughout the years and has succeeded to be a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Olympic Games, semi-finalist at the Auckland International Championships in 2013, and finalist of both doubles and mixed doubles in 2015 at the Oceania Championships.

Sporting Career Highlights:
•    Making the quarter finals of the 2012 Olympic Games
•    Making the quarter finals in the 2010 Olympic Games
•    Being ranked top 45 in the world

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

Monday, July 13, 2015

2015 USANA Independent Distributor Council Representatives - Australia and New Zealand

This week we farewelled the 2014 Independent Distributor Council (IDC), and welcomed the incoming 2015 IDC. 

USANA Australia General Manager, Geoff Watt, said working with the 2014 IDC has been a great privilege. 

"They certainly ensured that your voice was heard, and that our decisions and directions were the best they could be," he said.

"They challenged us and encouraged us to work harder and smarter.  Although we will continue to work closely with these Associates, the forums will be different.

"On behalf of the entire management team in Australia and New Zealand, I want to say thanks to Janet Tan, Aimee Buhagiar, Louie Qu, Kate Gyngell, Mitchell Kochonda, Wei Cheng Che, Virginia Cheong, May Tan, Josie Tong, Michael Yek, Carolyn Edwards and Paula Gosney - it has been a great honour, and I am inspired by your knowledge, passion and dedication."

Geoff said he was "proud to introduce the 2015 IDC". 

"These exceptional and committed USANA Associates have graciously accepted the challenge to be your voice and to help take us to new levels of success.  The incoming IDC is comprised of 13 Associates, five from New Zealand and eight from Australia."

Meet your 2015 IDC representatives: 

Rita Amarasinghe, Australia
Diamond Director
Before Rita started a USANA business her focus was on her career as an accountant and a registered tax agent.  At first she was only interested on using the supplements for her health but after seeing results decided to share with family and friends.
“I realised this is the best opportunity to change our lifestyle through helping other people to change their lifestyle.”
Rita said she is “so proud” to be involved with USANA.

Wei Che, Australia
Diamond Director
Wei Che is delighted to serve the whole USANA community as he accepts his role on the Independent Distributor Council.
“I have always believed that if I help enough people get what they want, eventually I will get what I want! My natural willingness to help others has not only given me the opportunity to become a Diamond Director in the business, but it has also offered me an opportunity to serve the whole USANA community” he said.

Virginia Cheong, Australia
Gold Director
Before joining USANA Virginia worked as a lecturer and ran a consulting business. When her friend came to her with a business opportunity she wasn’t sure how it would fit into her life, but it has!
“Deciding to build a USANA Business changed my life, I'm still busy but I'm doing things I love, spending more time with my family, whilst making a positive difference to people's lives. This is the education that the schooling system is missing so I've made it my mission to bring this education to the world.”

Mitchell Kochonda, Australia
Ruby Director
Sport is one of the loves of Mitchell Kochonda’s life – he has the professional background of a physical preparation coach and has served athletes locally and globally from state to Olympic level for over a decade now.
“I have partnered with USANA for 10 years and am grateful for the choices USANA has afforded me. I am delighted to take my role on the IDC and look forward to serving Associates in any way I can.”

May Tan, Australia
2-Star Diamond Director, MDC
Beautician May Tan has a strong interest in health and beauty and loves to use USANA nutritional supplements and Sensé skincare products.
She specialises in putting together an optimal health and beauty program according to peoples’ specific needs and help people develop a healthy lifestyle.
“I feel that success isn’t measured by how many people you have won, but rather by how many people you have helped! Let’s join together and always remember that in USANA you will never be alone!”

Louie Qu, Australia
2-Star Diamond Director, MDC
Louie Qu began his USANA business at the tender age of 18 whilst studying his degree in Nutrition and Food Science at Monash University. Since graduating, Louie has worked on his USANA business full-time.
“I believe that one of the most rewarding aspects about the USANA business is helping people believe in themselves and achieve their goals. My greatest passion in USANA is the training and development of Leaders. I take great pride in helping people overcome fears, troubleshoot leadership issues and ultimately, achieve goals they never thought they could.”

Jia Tao, Australia
2-Star Diamond Director, MDC
As a Gynecological and Obstetric Professional, Jia Tao has worked in several hospitals in China, Singapore and Australia. Her passion and knowledge in nutritional science, and preventive medicine have helped hundreds and thousands of people. Jia Tao joined USANA in 2003, and now she is 2-Star Diamond Director and Million Dollar club member.

Christina Tseng, Australia
Diamond Director
Christina Tseng had a successful 25 year career in Singapore in various corporate environments and MNCs specialising in marketing and communications, public relations and journalism. 
She migrated to Perth in 2002 with the family for better work life balance and joined USANA in 2004. In 2005 she rank advanced to Silver Director, Gold Director in 2006, Ruby Director in 2007 and Emerald Director 2008. Christina was also AP Top 20 Pacesetter Creator in 2007. Currently she is a Diamond Director.

Carolyn Edwards, New Zealand
Ruby Director, MDC
Carolyn Edward’s work history ranges from travel, recruitment, and customer service to property management. She has been involved with USANA for the past 16 years now.
“My husband, Paul and I have five children and three grandchildren and I have built my business around family commitments, whilst realising many of my dreams along the way. I believe that everyone deserves time and financial freedom and I am driven to help my team and children (who now have businesses of their own) achieve their dreams.”

Dale Folland, New Zealand
Emerald Director
After six years consulting in nutrition Dale was approached by a family member for his opinion on USANA’s products. Dale had never seen any nutritional product in New Zealand that stood up to USANA’s quality and started recommending them. Although at first a little hesitant at USANA’s business model, Dale made USANA a priority and a short time later left his job in nutrition.
“It's been unbelievable to have had the time to see my kids grow up and have the flexibility throughout the day to go to their school activities.” 

Carol Liu, New Zealand
Ruby Director
Before USANA Carol obtained an engineering degree major in software and worked for the largest software house in New Zealand as a systems consultant.  After working seven years part-time in the business, Carol saw great results and decided to go full time in April 2015. 
“I'm so grateful that I took this opportunity. I always knew that I was waiting for something to challenge myself. This business is a life journey and I definitely love working with people to help them achieve their dreams.”

Romela Quinn, New Zealand
Ruby Director, MDC
Romela is a Ruby Director, a Million Dollar Club member and the 2000 recipient of the Dr Wentz Vision Award.  
Her journey with USANA began in New Zealand in 1998.  She was one of the very first people to join USANA and is proud to be one of the pioneers of this “outstanding company”.
Romela's belief for building a solid USANA business is to “take excellent care of your people”. 
“Coach, motivate and empower your team members but most important of all love and respect them!”

Michael Yek, New Zealand
Diamond Director
Michael Yek is a Chinese physician and a professional Tai Chi instructor. His passion is to help more people gain true health and seize their opportunity to fulfil their dreams by building a USANA career.
“Five years ago USANA changed my life and my family’s. Now, through all of my family and team members’ effort, we are delighted that we have an international team. I am looking forward to helping more people during my time on the IDC.”

Geoff said "feel free to reach out to the new IDC if you would like issues raised on our regular IDC calls".
He concluded by saying "please join me in thanking our 2014 IDC and congratulating the 2015 IDC!" 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Studies show Yeast Beta-Glucan reduces cold symptoms and improves mood

Dietary supplementation with yeast beta-glucan may be a useful approach for maintaining immune protection against daily stressors.

The relationship between stress and decreased immune function is well established, with psychological stress having been shown to increase susceptibility to the common cold and increased upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) episodes. 

Psychological stress reduces immune cell populations, lowers antibody production, and alters cytokine responses. People with higher levels of psychological stress have a higher incidence and greater severity of illness.

In a randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 77 healthy women under moderate levels of perceived psychological stress were randomly assigned to take either a beta-glucan supplement (250mg/day) or a placebo for 12 weeks. Effects of beta-glucan supplementation (vs placebo) on various moods, upper respiratory symptoms, and overall health status were measured at the beginning, and after 4-, 8-, and 12-weeks of supplementation.

Women in the beta-glucan supplementation group reported fewer upper respiratory symptoms compared to placebo (10% vs 29%), better overall well-being (improvement of global mood state: 29% vs 16%), and superior mental/physical energy levels (vigor: 19.9 vs 15.8). The increases in vigor and global mood state are likely the logical results of improvement in physical well-being.

In summary, daily dietary supplementation with yeast beta-glucan reduces upper respiratory symptoms and improves mood state in stressed subjects, and thus may be a useful approach for maintaining immune protection against daily stressors.

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Shawn M. Talbott and Julie A. Talbott. J Am Coll Nutr (2012); Vol. 31(4):295–300

Thursday, June 25, 2015

USANA Australia welcomes cyclist Ruth Corset to our athlete team!

USANA Australia is thrilled to welcome our newest athlete Ruth Corset to the team.

Ruth is an accomplished road cyclist and mountain biking champion from Queensland.
She grew up within an active lifestyle; and over the years competed in triathlons purely based on fun. Her husband, who is also her coach, encouraged her to put all her energy towards one sport and to strive for her best.

Ruth decided after having her girls (nine years ago) she was going to take a more active and professional stance in cycling…and it’s certainly paid off!

In 2009 Ruth was awarded as the Australian cyclist of the year.
From here, Ruth became increasingly competitive and placed 2nd in the Women’s Tour of New Zealand in 2011 and won the National Road Series in both 2012 and 2014.
In 2013, Ruth was 1st in the NRS Battle of the Boarder, whilst placing 4th in the Oceania Road Championships.
Ruth also helped Australia win Gold at the Commonwealth Games and won the Australian Championships in 2015.

In the midst of her active athlete lifestyle, Ruth also opened her very own massage therapist business (Ruth’s Therapeutic Massage); and in order to excel in her business career she graduated with a Diploma of Recreation (fitness) and a Diploma of Remedial Massage in the midst of juggling mountain biking.

Ruth, who loves USANA’s HealthPak, protein snacks andNutrimeal, said due to being a mother, business owner and professional athlete she is always busy and active, so can't afford to get sick.

“I have been using USANA for quite a few months now and have noticed I have a lot more energy and my recovery from hard training sessions has improved immensely,” she said.

“I'm currently leading the NRS (National Road Cycling) series and am hoping to take the series out for the third time at the end of the season.”

If she achieves this goal it would make her the first female in Australia to win the National Road Series three times.

Her successful career has driven Ruth to become a mentor for female Australian cyclists, and show the public that no matter how busy your lifestyle is, if you’re determined, anything is possible!

Sporting Career Highlights:

Won the Australian Cyclist of the year award 2009
1st in the National Road Series (2012, 2014)
Help Australia win Gold at the Commonwealth Games
2010 – Australia Road Championships – 1st.

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

Monday, June 22, 2015

Beta-glucan from Baker’s Yeast Helps Fight Common Colds

Did you know supplementation with beta-glucan from baker’s yeast helps improve mucosal immunity and reduce URTI symptoms?

Strenuous exercise or a physically exhaustive work session is known to suppress mucosal immunity for up to 24 hours, which can increase the risk of developing an upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) and reduce performance capacity.

Sickness can result in lost practice days, reductions in performance, and lost working days. The first line of defense against respiratory viruses and bacteria is mucosal immunity, which is characterised by salivary immunoglobulins (Igs) and antimicrobial proteins.

Many dietary interventions have been used to combat post-exercise immune suppression, most have been ineffective. However beta-glucan (BG) derived from Baker’s yeast has been shown as a promising dietary modulator that positively affects the immune system.

A recent study examined the effects of baker’s yeast BG on the immune system of healthy individuals after intense exercise using two experiments.

In the first experiment, 182 men and women randomised to receive either BG (250 mg/day) or a placebo for 28 days post-marathon. Individuals supplemented with BG were associated with a 37% reduction in the number of cold and flu symptomatic days when compared to the placebo group.

In the second experiment, 60 men and women were randomised to receive either BG (250 mg/day) or a placebo for 10 days. Changes in salivary immunoglobulin A (IgA) were evaluated after 50-min of strenuous cycling under hot and humid environment. Saliva was collected prior to, immediately, and 2-hr post-exercise. Individuals supplemented with BG had a 32% increase in salivary IgA at 2-hr after exercise compared to the placebo group.

In summary, results from this study demonstrate that beta-glucan from Baker’s yeast may reduce URTI symptomatic days and improve mucosal immunity post exercise.

Brian K. McFarlin et al. J Diet Suppl (2013); 10(3):171-83; DOI: 10.3109/19390211.2013.820248