Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Keep your heart healthy and happy

Your heart works all the time, beating nearly hundred thousand times a day, always adjusting to the changing demands of the body. Weighing only about 300 grams, its muscles keep pumping away nearly 2000 gallons of blood through your body every day, keeping you alive and well. But are you working hard for your heart?
It’s too often, that we forget to take care of our heart and cardiovascular system. Far too many of us don’t pay enough attention until it’s too late. Heart disease is one of the biggest killers in Australia and New Zealand. Globally, cardiovascular disease, often thought to be a 'male' problem, is the number one killer of women. So, the focus is on creating heart-healthy environments to make your heart health a priority. Your hearts’ unrestrained effort surely needs all the support it can get. Luckily, there are ways that can give your heart a helping hand.
A Hearty Nutrition: CoenzymeQ10 is a powerful vitamin like substance found naturally in the mitochondria of most cells of our body. Mitochondria are the furnaces that generate energy in the cells. This is where the chemical reactions that release energy from glucose (respiration) happen and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is produced – the form of energy that cells use to function. ATP provides energy needed to run different processes in the body. When ATP breaks down, the energy created is used by cells for processes such as active transport, DNA replication and muscle contraction. One of your body’s largest concentrations of CoQ10 is in your heart, which is one reason why this nutrient plays such an important role in the functioning of your cardiovascular system.

Re-energize the Heart: CoQ10 has been studied for years in the US, Europe and Japan for the role in producing cellular energy and re-energising the heart and other muscles. While it’s true that our body makes CoQ10, its production is reduced with our age, overall nutritional status, excessive exercise and environmental stress factors. CoQ10 supplement supports cellular energy production, so, you’ll be helping your heart get the power it needs to work hard for you. Supplementation with CoQ10 helps your body in several different ways – 

* Plays an essential role in the generation of ATP or Adenosine Triphosphate, the main form of cellular energy.
* Boosts energy and speed recovery from exercise.
* Reduces oxidation of low density lipid (LDL) cholesterol.
* Supports healthy cardiovascular system, protects heart muscles and maintains healthy arteries.
* Improves stamina and improves the body’s overall state.
* Promotes healthy immune system and resistance to diseases.
* Functions as an antioxidant and protects the body from damage caused by harmful molecules.
 CoQuinone100TM CoQ10 supplement can support your heart health with an optimal combination of coenzyme Q10 and alpha-lipoic acid that is highly bioavailable and easily absorbed in the body. It has been clinically tested to deliver much higher quantities of CoQ10 than solid formulations or other CoQ10 products.

 *Do not take if on Warfarin therapy without medical advice.
  May occasionally cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms
  If pregnant or breast feeding please consult your healthcare professional before use.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Are you nuts over nutrition?

Marketing Team

When it comes to guilt free “power foods” scientists and nutritionists worldwide recommend nuts! Nuts have constituted part of our diet since the pre-agricultural times, but are we fully aware of its nutritional attributes and health benefits? Filled with anti-oxidants and a great source of proteins, nuts essentially pack a nutritional punch in a small serving. Whether for habit, economy, apprehension or simple lack of knowledge, large segments of the world population do not consume nuts on a regular basis.
Nuts are nutrient dense foods. They contain high amounts of protein and essential unsaturated fatty acids, providing a healthy natural energy boost. Nuts are also dense in a variety of other nutrients and provide dietary fibre, vitamins such as folic acid, niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, minerals including copper, magnesium, potassium, zinc and many bio-active constituents such as anti-oxidants, phytosterols and other phytochemicals essential for the body’s health and wellbeing.

Healthier? Nuts to that 
The British Journal of Nutrition suggests that nuts are complex food matrices containing diverse nutrients and other chemical constituents that positively influence human physiology, a reason why these benefits may reasonably be attributed to the whole rather than the parts.

Cracking the nutrition nuts! 
Nuts are rich sources of nutrients. Almonds tend to be on top of health expert’s lists. With the highest fibre content of any seed or nut, only 28 grams of almonds contains 12% of the daily recommended protein and 35% of the daily recommended vitamin E, a valuable antioxidant. And, more than 90% of its fat contents are the healthy poly unsaturated ones.
Despite their lush texture cashews have a much lower fat content than almonds, pecans, walnuts or peanuts. Cashews are enriched with B vitamins, fibre, protein, carbohydrates, essential minerals – potassium, iron and zinc. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Oats are high in fibre, which can help you feel fuller for longer. 
The best nuts for potassium are Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans. Peanuts and other legumes (edible seeds in pods) are also good sources. Magnesium is plentiful in almonds and cashews. The best zinc sources are pecans, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and peanuts.
Nuts may improve satiety, the feeling of full after eating. This means, if you eat a nutty food for snacks, it could help you eat less later, making you less likely to eat that doughnut during break time!

Tiny packages of nutrition
  • Low in glycemic – Nuts have low glycemic index (GI), which is a way to classify food and drinks according to how quickly they raise the blood glucose level.   
  • Unsaturated fats – Monounsaturated (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), are potentially helpful dietary fats. 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – The healthy form of fatty acids and essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as building cell membranes in the brain, promoting heart health and joint health. 
  • Fibre – All nuts contain fibre which makes you feel full.  So you eat less.
  • Vitamin E – helps maintain strong cell membrane and protects low density lipoproteins from oxidation. 
  • Nuts are high in potassium and low in sodium.
  • L-arginine – Nuts are a source of L-arginine, an amino acid that helps maintain the elasticity of blood vessels. 
  • A rich source of Magnesium – essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth where 70% of the body’s magnesium is found. It is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids and plays an important role in neuromuscular contraction. Magnesium is also an activator of hundreds of enzymes essential to life.
So are you nuts about your health?

Tips for including nuts in your diet
  • Consume as whole. Unsalted mixed nuts make a portable, healthy snack and they don’t raise your blood glucose levels like many other snack foods.
  • Slice, sliver or chop as your garnish in cooked vegetables.
  • Toss almonds or cashews through your favourite stir fry.
  • Sprinkle over pasta.
  • Top salmon with a mixture of crushed hazelnuts and fresh herbs.
  • Sprinkle on hot cereal foods or add to your favourite fruit salads.
  • Toss pistachio flakes in a salad.
  • Or simply stir into fruit-flavoured yogurts. 
To obtain maximum benefit, enjoy a small handful every day. For variety, try different sources.

They provide the necessary micronutrients for the proper functioning of our body which offer a balanced ratio of essentials such as dietary fibres, proteins and fats to get us through the day, and are low GI too.
The food that you choose in your everyday lives often makes the difference in the quality of your lives. The demands for nutritious and safe foods is growing worldwide, since eating a healthy diet is the recommended way to prevent or correct health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease among other conditions that largely have their origin from dietary issues.

Berry good idea

Introducing the newest all-natural USANA Berry Nutty Nutrition Bar. The all-natural and nutritious whole foods bar combines the savoury, sweet and satisfying. It is a great source of fibre and is soy free, dairy free*, non-GMO, low GI and Sanoviv approved. It’s filled with almonds, cherries, cashews and berries that give you that incredible taste. Super fruits like cranberries and cherries have been included in it which are rich in anti-oxidants and have definite health benefits. They contain free radical fighting antioxidants. These antioxidants protect your body’s cells by alleviating the damage caused by oxidative stress. So, are you ready to take a bite?

*Berry Nutty is manufactured on equipment that also processes products containing peanuts, soy, tree nuts, eggs, diary, wheat, sesame, shellfish and gluten.

1.    Sabate et al., 2006, British J. Nutrition, 96(2), S1-S2.
2.    Silva et al., 2013, J. Science of Food and Agri., 94, 52-56.
3.    Maughan, King and Lea, 2004, J.Sports Science, 22, 95-113.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Introducing our newest Team USANA Triathlete, Rebecca Hoschke!

Marketing Team

The office has been abuzz with excitement in anticipation of welcoming our newest sponsored Team USANA Athlete Rebecca Hoschke.

Rebecca Hoschke at the office of USANA Health Sciences, Sydney
Rebecca is a country girl at heart who grew up in 'Dandloo', Kentucky, in Northern New South Wales. Always an active child, Rebecca enjoyed running and took up little athletics in her younger years. Keeping fit and healthy has always been a part of her life so it was a natural progression for her to take up sport as a full-time career.

Although Rebecca always had a passion and love for sport, she went on to the University of New England in Armidale to complete her bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and pursued a career as a Town Planner from 1999 to 2013.  Her Town Planning career also included 16 years of industry experience as a Development Assessment Executive in metropolitan Sydney.

Her introduction to long distance running came after she successfully completed her first marathon in 2004. It was at this marathon that she met some other triathletes in her running squad and soon joined their team.  She was truly inspired by the challenges of long course triathlon instantly. Following that, she raced as an age group athlete from 2005 to 2009 in several half and full Ironman distances and quickly established herself as an elite athlete. 

Rebecca Hoschke at the Ironman 70.3 Philippines, 2014
‘Winning Ironman Australia followed by qualifying and racing at the Hawaii World Ironman Championships at Professional Level in 2013, was an experience of a lifetime,’ Rebecca says.  She considers these achievements as a reward and reflection of the years of hard work she had put into her progression in the sport and she is passionate towards continuous self-improvement and growth.  She absolutely loves triathlon because of the challenges it brings both to the mind-and-body. And, she loves the environment, the community spirit and camaraderie from all levels and dimensions of the sport. 

The sport and what it represents to her, has brought significant changes in Rebecca’s work and lifestyle, encouraging her to take risks not just in racing but in her career as well. For a period of eight years (2005 - 2013), she had been living the challenging and physically demanding life as a town planner (executive assessment) and as a professional triathlete in Sydney. Rebecca is incredibly grateful for the support she received to facilitate this. Experiences in racing at both domestic and international levels as well as recognizing some changes within the town planning industry were the catalyst towards her decision in November 2013 to take a back step from planning and do a forward move in triathlon. This is probably one of the most empowering decisions she has ever made. One of the most risky is walking away from financial security and a weekly salary package, in pursuit of a dream.

Through consistency, growth and development, guided by her coach and support from her sponsors, family, friends and her husband Nigel, Rebecca now lives her dream having a full time career as a Professional Triathlete. To Rebecca, 2014 has been a rewarding and challenging year on so many levels, a huge learning experience growing her Professional Triathlete profile also in areas of coaching, mentoring and Ambassador opportunities. 

Ironman training and racing has huge demands on the body as well as the mind. Rebecca’s best Ironman time to date is nine hours and 19 minutes.  She always tried to be as strong, healthy, fit and happy as she can be.

Rebecca first trialled USANA supplements in July 2014. At that time she was running quite low with a virus, tired from a heavy period of racing and adjusting to her new career change. Kate Gyngell, her former work colleague in planning recommended USANA supplements to her. She was drawn to USANA because of its superior quality and the research behind its foundations. She also knew that multiple elite professional athletes all around the world incorporated USANA to optimize health, well-being and performance.

‘It is an absolute privilege to be a Team USANA Athlete for USANA Australia.  Thank you so much to all the members of the team for your support and I look forward to continuing my journey with you’, expresses Rebecca.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reasons to RESET Your Health

Marketing Team

There are lots of reasons to get involved with the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge. Do you want to focus on losing a few kilos or to feel a little fitter? Do you want to be more mindful about your health and wellbeing? Or do you want to motivate a loved one and/or lead by example? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then it’s time to take part in the RESETNATION Challenge!

The reasons to get involved are too many to count – but here are just a few of them:

1. Weight tends to creep up slowly. Just one month of overeating and being less active can have weight gain effects that last for years. Over the 12-week RESET plan, we’ll guide you to become more mindful of your health and show you how small changes can add up to big health benefits.

2. It doesn’t have to be about your weight. Getting involved in the RESETNATION Challenge doesn’t need to be about weight-management alone – take the opportunity to focus on more mindful and healthy eating.

3. Get off to a flying start. The first five days of the RESETNATION Challenge involves focusing on Nutrimeal Meal Replacements and the Protein Snacks alone for five days. For some people, taking food out of the equation altogether for a short period of time helps to focus the mind on weight-management without the hassle of “what to eat today” and making unhealthy food choices.

4. A structured weight-management program works best.  Research shows that you’re more likely to shift the extra kilos and keep them off with a structured program that includes regular contact with motivated team leader/health professional and supportive colleagues.

5. Fill out your diary. Lots of research shows that documenting your weight-management journey helps to focus and motivate your mind to continue your better health plans.

6. Phase your health management. There are three phases to the RESET plan: five days on RESET Foods (meal replacements and snacks). Then, 28 days to transform – i.e. mix up two RESET meal replacements and snacks with one healthy meal. Then, maintain your weight by opting for one meal replacement (breakfast, lunch or dinner) with healthy meals.

                                                            Ready, set, RESET!

Join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge now and you could win an amazing one-of-a-kind, 4-day health & spa retreat trip to Sanoviv in Mexico!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Countdown to Commitment

Marketing Team

Thinking positively about something really might make it happen, psychologists say.

So, if you’re thinking about committing to the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge, read on!

                                    Are you ready to anticipate something good?

1. Think about it. Are you making a change because you want to achieve it for yourself? Or are you making the change because others think you should do it? If you want better health for yourself, a more positive outlook and success that lasts, your changes have to come from you – not from someone else.

2. Decide what you want to improve. It doesn’t have to be about your weight – you might want to detox your body for a few days. Or take up regular exercise.  Or, you may have more than one goal in mind.  Whatever you’re aiming for, write down your goals on sticky notes and place them around your home. Look at them regularly and think about how you’ll feel when you achieve them.

3. Make the commitment(s). Understand that a commitment takes dedication and work. Be prepared to put in the effort – you really are worth it!

4. Break up your goals into smaller goals. Rather than making one HUGE goal, break them down into smaller, more achievable goals – you’re more likely to stick with your new lifestyle changes if you can reach little goals along the way to keep you on track.

5. Remind yourself that there are no quick fixes. Make sure your expectations and goals are realistic – if you think about it, it probably took months or even years for the excess weight to pile on, so it’s only natural for it to take time to shift.

6. Mark your progress. A Journey Diary is an excellent way to chart your progress, food intake, your feelings and your success. Try taking a weekly photograph of yourself and weigh yourself just once a week.  

7. Reward yourself. Life should be about celebration so when you get to your mini goals, allow yourself to feel the satisfaction.

8. Expect hurdles. There are going to be some ups and downs – after all, you’re only human! The most important thing is to see the bigger picture – the picture of better health.

9. Don’t expect motivation to be high all the time. There will be days when your motivation is low – expect it! Keep the reasons that you started on this journey top of mind. This is where your Journey Diary will come in use – go back to Day 1 and see how far you’ve come!

10. Get some help. That’s what your RESET team and we at USANA Corporate are here to offer. So if you have questions, if you want to share your feelings, celebrate success and even mark the bumps along the way, let us know. We’re committed to helping you achieve success at every stage.

Keep track of your progress by using the Instagram hashtag #RESETNATION. The slogan will help you stay focused and let you to connect with other RESET users around the world. And be sure to spread the word to get your friends and teammates on board.

Get a RESET team together and sign up for the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today!

                    You could win yourself an amazing trip to Sanoviv, Mexico!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12 tips to finding a healthier new you!

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.

Want to avoid getting metabolic syndrome? Join the 2015 RESETNATION Challenge today and it could change your life! #RESETNATION