Monday, May 23, 2016

The key to immune support: Cellular Health

A strong immune system is the key to staying healthy and protecting your body from infection and illness. Our immune system is a very complex system of the human body. It recognises the cells that make up your body, and destroys germs and parasite as well as protect against disease and helps to co-ordinate wound healing process, cellular/tissue turnover, repair, and (re)building.

The response to pathogens (a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease) is orchestrated by the complex interactions and activities by a large number of diverse cell types involved in the immune response.

The innate immune response is the first line of defence and occurs soon after pathogen exposure. It is carried out by phagocytic cells such as neutrophils and macrophages and granulocytes. The adaptive immune response includes antigen-specific defense mechanisms and may take days to develop.

Cell types with critical roles in adaptive immunity are white blood cells such as lymphocytes. Antigen-responsive stimulation of various cell types including T cell subsets and B cells all play critical roles in immune defence.

To strengthen your immune system, you must address the needs of the systems in your body starting at the cellular level. The cells in our body have the ability to bring in nourishment and rid  of toxins. This means our cells need enough energy and nourishment to operate properly otherwise the cells become toxic and malnourished and when presented with an infectious organism, whether it is the virus, or bacteria, they won’t have the vitality to resist and you will get sick.

Things that can weaken your immune system include:
  • Poor nutrition / Highly processed foods
  • Environment factors (pollution)
  • Drugs/Alcohol
  • Stress
  • Inadequate sleep
  •  Poor hygiene
  •  Age

Therefore it’s super important to adopt healthy living strategies such as:
  • A well-balanced nutritious diet 
  •   Regular exercise
  • Don’t smoke
  • Drink in moderation
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Get regular check ups

Another strategy is to use supplementation such as USANA’s complementary trio to immunity which aims to improve immune cell function, protect against pathogens and support immune cells. The trio is made up of Proglucamune™, Proflavonal C™ and Poly-C™. These products combined support immune defence and sickness prevention..

 Vitamin supplements should not replace a balanced diet.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Team USANA signs Olympic athlete Paul Adams

Paul Adams is a successful clay target (skeet) shooter based in Queensland. USANA Australia is not only thrilled to welcome Paul to Team USANA but would also say congratulations for qualifying for the upcoming Rio Olympic Games.

Paul, who began shooting when was 10 years old with his grandfather and coach Ian Mathieson, said initially he was “completely scared to shoot, but once I had taken my first shot I was hooked and never looked back”.

Paul, who is ranked #1 nationally and #50 internationally*, stared in ISSF Skeet when he was 19. He had spent many years shooting other clay target disciplines but as he wanted to peruse an Olympic dream he chose skeet as it suited his skills he had learnt over the years.

In his career so far Paul has managed to qualify for many World Cup teams and World Championship teams and was selected for Commonwealth Games in 2014, after missing out on Olympics in 2012 after being ranked 3rd where the top two spots were selected. This year, he managed an automatic selection to Rio after shooting the minimum score 122/125 and winning the last selection event.  Paul said being selected for the Olympics is his career highlight so far.

Besides being a semi-professional athlete, Paul is a Registered Nurse Graduate and works in theatre at one of the local public hospitals. He also maintains a healthy, active lifestyle by going to the gym four times a week, focusing on strength and conditioning training, and also attends the shooting range three times a week.

Paul manages his busy schedule by “being very well prepared”.

“I manage shift times with the managers at work so I can balance work and sporting life so I can have the best of both worlds,” he said.

Paul said it’s important to stay focused and in order to succeed he follows the six rules of success
·         Trust yourself
·         Break some of the rules (not the law)
·         Work like hell
·         Don’t listen to the nay Sayers
·         Don’t be afraid to fail
·         And always give back

In the short-term future Paul hopes to continue nursing and further his degree for a post-graduate diploma and then masters. He also hopes to enlist in the Air Force as a Nursing Officer and to shoot professionally for the Air Force. Long-term Paul thinks he will further his studies in medicine and work as a doctor, specialising in orthopaedics or plastic surgery.

With so much ambition and focus it seems Paul will continue to shoot high and USANA Australia looks forward to supporting him along the way. We wish him all the best at the upcoming Olympic Games.

*Rank as of May 2016.

USANA adds another Best of State Statue and five additional medals to its achievements

Becoming the best takes years of hard work and dedication, but remaining the best is an even bigger challenge. Yet USANA Health Sciences continues to prove why it is an industry leader. 

USANA, based in Salt Lake City, Utah but with offices globally, has recently added five Best of State medals as well as the coveted Best of State Statue—the BOSS®—to its already impressive list of accolades in the categories of personal care, beverage, dietary supplements, research and development, and employer.

USANA’s chief communication officer, Dan Macuga said "we are delighted to have our efforts recognised year after year by such a prestigious, local awards organisation like Best of State”.

Every year, our research and development team is tasked with staying at the forefront of health and nutrition. At our 2016 International Convention, we are going to push the envelope even further by introducing a scientific breakthrough that will heighten our status as the premier leader in dietary supplement innovation.”

The Best of State Awards were created in 2003 to recognize outstanding individuals, organisations and businesses in Utah. Best of State candidates are evaluated by a panel of 100 judges based on three criteria: achievement in the field of endeavor; innovation or creativity in approaches, techniques, methods or processes; and contribution to improving the quality of life in Utah.

USANA currently sells its award-winning products in 20 international markets and sponsors more than 1,000 elite and professional athletes worldwide.

  • 43 Best of State awards since 2003
  • Four prestigious Best of State Statues in the merchandising and consumer services category
  • 13 years for best dietary supplements
  • Eighth medal for USANA’s Sense™ Self-Preserving Technology skin-care line
  • Eight consecutive years for best beverage — Rev3 Energy
  • Six years for best health and nutrition products
  • Fourth consecutive win for the research and development department

Monday, May 16, 2016

How much do you really know about your immune system?

Good health starts with a healthy immune system, but how much do you really know about your immune system?

Let’s start with the basics, what is your immune system and what does it do?
Your immune system is your body's defence against infection and illness. It recognises the cells that make up your body, and will try to get rid of anything unfamiliar. It destroys germs (bacteria and viruses) and parasites. These biological structures protect against disease, help co-ordinate wound healing process, cellular/tissue turnover, repair, and (re)building. 

How does your immune system work?
There are two different types of immunity – innate and adaptive (see diagram). Your immune system uses a huge army of “defender cells” which are different types of immune cells.

The cells are made in your bone borrow and you make about 1000 million of them every day. Some of these cells, called macrophages, constantly patrol your body, destroying germs as soon as they enter. This is your innate immunity.

If an infection begins to take hold, your body fights back with an even more powerful defense of T and B-cells which give you acquired immunity, so that the same germ can never make you as ill again. This is your adaptive immunity. 

So why is your immune system important?
It should be fairly obvious by now that a healthy immune system leads to good health. Your immune system helps you to:
       Provide defense against infection & illness
       Distinguish between own healthy cells and invading pathogens or agents
       Heal wounds
       Support an active lifestyle
       Build up resilience to stressful environments
       Support overall health and wellbeing

How do you take care of your immune system?
Common-sense practices such as getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, exercising, and reducing stress all appear to play some role in immune system function. Supplements are also an option, but if have medical conditions and are on medications, you should consult your doctor before consuming.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Will Godward shoots for the sky with USANA

USANA Australia is excited to welcome Olympic rifle shooter Will Godward to Team USANA.

Will, who is currently ranked #2*, has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic team and has started to prepare himself for the tough competitors ahead. USANA looks forward to supporting him every step of the way with his nutritional needs.

Will said he is excited to “have the privilege of becoming a USANA team member”.
“I know I have the backing of the best products that will support me on and off the range,” he said. “As a rifle shooter results are measured in micro millimetres, so I need to know that my mind and body will perform at its 100% in competition.”

Will got involved in shooting when he was 12-years-old in his home town of Moonta, South Australia. It wasn’t until he witnessed Michael Diamond win Olympic gold on 1996 that Will was inspired to one day become an Olympian and stand on the finishing podium.

Since then Will has gone from strength to strength. He was the National Champion in 2008 and set 12 national records. Once Will realised he had exceptional competing skills he started to vigorously train for the Commonwealth Games in 2010.

After competing in his first major competition, the Olympics were his next step and Will participated in the 2012 London Olympics and finished 40th. Will said making the Olympic team in 2012 has been his greatest honour so far. 
Aside from shooting, Will also has a strong passion for music and is a practising pianist. He began playing when he was 7 and has performed at the Adelaide Conservatorium of Music.

USANA wishes Will good luck in the upcoming Olympics. 

*Rank as of January 2016