• Love Every Beat - Heart Health

    Love Every Beat during National Heart Healthy Month

    Help your heart beat strong! On Valentine’s Day, many of us think a little more with our hearts. This year, try to think a little more for your heart.

    Your heart is a powerful pump that beats an average of 70 times per minute, delivering vital oxygen and nutrients to your cells. That’s 4200 times per hour, over 100,000 times per day!

    With all the hard work it does for you, you owe it to your heart to help it keep beating strong. So, this Valentine’s Day, think a little more for your heart by considering these important keys of heart health.

     

    Love Every Beat - Healthy Cholesterol Management

    Effective Cholesterol Management

    Not all cholesterol is bad. So what is cholesterol and what does it do for our body? Cholesterol is a type of fat that is a part of every cell of the human body and is produced in the body. It is required for the normal function of our cells, like building the structure of cell membranes, making hormones, producing bile acids, and helping the metabolism work efficiently through activities like helping the body produce Vitamin D.

    Our favorite product for managing cholesterol levels already within the normal range is Florasterol®. This targeted formula delivers some of nature’s best ingredients, including Guggulipid® which has been shown in numerous clinical studies to support healthy cholesterol levels.* Guggulipid is derived from the mukul myrr tree which is used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine.

     

    Love Every Beat - Healthy Blood Circulation

    Healthy Blood Circulation

    According to the American Heart Association, “Circulation is the pumping of blood from the heart throughout the body through a system of blood vessels composed of arteries and veins.” Healthy blood circulation means that your organs, muscles, and extremities – basically your whole body – are getting the oxygen they need. This helps promote cell growth, supports organ function, and keeps your skin healthy, allowing it to better fight off bacteria and infection. Overall, healthy circulation is key for your body to get oxygen to the places it needs to go so you can enjoy more energy and vitality.

    Aside from the myriad other benefits, exercise is extremely beneficial in improving blood circulation. If you’re not sure where to start, this article explains some basic types of exercises and why they are important. Even a short, but focused, workout can be beneficial, like this 4-Minute Tabata Routine.

     

    Love Every Beat - Healthy Blood Circulation

    Adding certain foods to your diet can also help with circulation. Some generally agreed suggestions are whole grains, garlic, ginger, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, turmeric, and spicy foods. Anti-oxidant rich foods are also wonderful for circulation. These include things like kale, prunes, Brussels sprouts, beets, and red bell peppers.

    To support good blood circulation, consider Rhythmatix®. This unique and all-natural cardio complex contains UniBEX™, a proprietary and patented extract derived from bamboo leaf that supports cardiovascular health and healthy blood circulation. Rhythmatix also combines heart-healthy resveratrol, a key active ingredient found in red wine, EPA and DHA from omega-3 essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10.*

     

    Love Every Beat - Heart Health

    You Have Control

    Taking care of your heart is the result of overall healthy living that includes a healthy diet, plenty of exercise, stress management, and positive lifestyle choices. Adding a supplement can provide that extra bit of support to promote good health and help your heart stay strong.…‰

  • Live Young & Thrive with Heart Health

    Live Young and Thrive with Univera’s comprehensive line of heart health products! February is Heart Health Month and the perfect time to experience better cardiovascular support for yourself!

    Rhythmatix (US & Canada) – Help your heart beat strong with Univera’s cardio complex!

    • Natural, Effective, and Safe, it contains UniBEX™, a proprietary and patented extract derived from bamboo leaf that supports cardiovascular health and healthy blood circulation.
    • Combines heart-healthy resveratrol, a key active ingredient found in red wine, EPA and DHA from omega-3 essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 – all proven to improve heart health.

    ClariCor Omega (US) – Not all ‘fish oils’ are the same. That’s why Univera is so proud of our unique and innovative trio of ingredients that work synergistically for maximum support.

    • EPA/DHA – ClariCor surpasses heart health recommendations set forth by multiple organizations and is sustainably sourced and ultra-purified from Alaskan Pollock.
    • Bio-Enhanced Tocotrienol/Tocopherol Complex – These full-spectrum antioxidants have 40-60 times the potency of standard tocopherols (Vitamin E).
    • Vitamin D3 – The sunshine vitamin that contributes to heart health.

    Optimum Omega-3 (Canada) – Optimum Omega-3 contains 40% EPA and 20% DHA omega-3 fatty acids.

    • Contains 1.8 g of EPA and DHA per serving and is formulated with pure distilled deep sea fish oil free of heavy metals and PCBs.
    • Good source of natural vitamin E with all natural flavours, no preservatives or added colouring and no saturated fat or cholesterol.
    • Lemon flavor which reduces the fish oil “burps.”

    Univera PRIME (US) – PRIME counteracts the decreased production of DHEA that comes with aging and contributes to fatigue, reduced lean muscle mass and strength, fat accumulation and a weakened immune system.

    • Known as the most comprehensive repair signal in the body, DHEA and 7-Keto DHEA are two main active ingredients in Univera PRIME®.
    • Additional ingredients include vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Alpha Lipoic acid, N-Acetyl Cystine, Acetyl L-Carnitine, goji (wolfberry) concentrate, and DIM.*

    Florasterol (US) – Our healthy cholesterol product delivers some of nature’s best ingredients targeted toward effective cholesterol management.

    • Contains Guggulipid® which has been shown in numerous clinical studies to support healthy cholesterol levels.  Guggulipid is derived from the mukul myrr tree which is used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine.

     

  • Be Part of Team Univera at the St. Pat’s Day Dash!

    Univera - F5 St. Patrick's Day DashUnivera is sponsoring the F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash again this year, and we are inviting you to be a part of this lucky day of merriment! This fun-filled event is Sunday, March 12 at Seattle Center in Seattle. It’s a full-day event where Univera will have a table sharing the Univera Difference. We’ll also have a team participating in the Dash!

    We’d love for you to get your green on and be part of Team Univera in the 5k Dash – Run, Walk, Skip, or Hop, it’s up to you! How great would it be to cover the field of St. Patrick’s green with Univera Green? Help us show Seattle where it’s at.

    To join Team Univera:

    1. Register online as “TEAM MEMBER” at: http://getmeregistered.com/StPatsDash
    2. Select “$30.00 Individual team member registration”
    3. Complete personal information.
    4. Find our TEAM NAME “UNIVERATEAM”
    5. Select your PACKET PICK UP location preference (you are responsible for your own packet pick up).

    Are you looking to show your Univera pride at the dash? Our Print and Promo store is your one stop shop – t-shirts, water bottles, and wristbands to share! Shop now to have it for the big day!

     

  • Univera Ultra Protein Chocolate Soy Snacks

    It’s National Snack Food Month

    February is National Snack Food Month, a perfect time to focus on healthy snacking and positive choices. All you need is a few strategies to get going.

    For on the go yum, keep a handy snack in your workout bag, desk, car, briefcase, and backpack. Our favorites are the Ultra Protein Vanilla Cream Wafers, Mocha Cream Wafers, and Chocolate Soy Snacks. Tip: to add a little umph to your Soy Snacks, try this easy-to-customize Trail Mix.

    Avoid the “snack” aisle at the store and instead focus on the produce aisle. You can’t go wrong with fresh fruits and veggies. For a fresh fruit dip with the high-protein power of Univera Ultra Protein, just mix your favorite flavor of shake, chocolate or vanilla, with Greek yogurt to taste.

    Keep it fun with a wide variety of snack options, like Univera’s Protein Quotient Diet selection. Easy to prepare packets make it simple to treat yourself any time while you turn stored fat into energy! We love a little Flatbread topped with pesto. Or how about a sweet touch with Vanilla Pudding or Chocolate Cake. For some zest in your day, the Vegetable Chili packs a protein punch!

    Looking for more snack ideas? The USDA has some healthy options ready to try.

    What will you do for National Snack Food Month? We’d love to hear your comments.

  • Love the Power of UniBEX™ and Omega-3s this National Heart Healthy Month

                            

    Univera is celebrating your heart health with $15 savings on your favorite heart health products!

    In the US, Save $15 on the combo of Rhythmatix® 60 Count and ClariCor Omega®!

    UniBEX is Univera’s natural, effective, and safe heart health ingredient, featured in Rhythmatix. Add heart-healthy resveratrol, EPA and DHA from omega-3 essential fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 and you have a heart-health powerhouse!*

    Omega-3 fatty acids are  known for their heart-health benefits – but not all ‘fish oil’ products are the same! Quality, amount, ratio and absorbability of EPA and DHA fatty acids all play a critical role in a product’s effectiveness. ClariCor Omega supports cardiovascular and brain health by providing a unique and innovative trio of ingredients that work synergistically for maximum support.*

    In Canada, get double the UniBEX power as you Save $15 on two Rhythmatix® 60 Count! Plus Rhythmatix includes the Omega-3 fatty acids you want and more!

    SAVE Now at Univera.com. Our Customer Care Team is also available at 877-627-4787 in the US or 800-363-1890 in Canada. Available through February 28, 2017, or while supplies last. Limit 1. Savings based on Retail Price.

  • Sweet Indulgence - Velvety Vanilla Parfait

    Sweet Indulgence

    These sweet treats will melt their hearts…and their taste buds!

    Instead of the usual cards, balloons, flowers and candy, treat your sweetheart to a sweet indulgence that’s also full of health! These recipes are ideal for some special time with the one you love.

    “Crushing On You” Strawberries & Cream
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    “Crushing On You” Strawberries & Cream
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    1. Place sliced strawberries in a bowl.
    2. Combine the Vanilla Univera Ultra Protein™ Shake Mix, cold water, and crushed ice in a blender and blend until smooth and foamy.
    3. Pour blended cream mixture over the strawberries.

     

    Protein Passion Mousse
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    1. Blend tofu and water in food processor.
    2. Add scoops of shake mix while blending.
    3. Scrape down sides and continue blending until creamy.
    4. Place in dessert glasses or sealed containers and refrigerate.
    Flavor Options
    1. Mix both flavors and layer either alone or with fruit, nuts, and other tastes.
    2. Mix in flavors of amaretto, hazelnut, raspberry, coffee or a specialty liqueur as a great addition for special occasions.
    3. Garnish your mousse with fresh raspberries, some dark chocolate shavings, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

     

    “Love Potion” Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
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    “Love Potion” Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie
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    1. Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
    Recipe Notes

    A creamy alternative to this rich treat would be to use Vanilla Univera Ultra Protein Shake Mix instead. You could also swap out the raspberries for any fruit of your choice.

     

    Velvety Vanilla Parfait
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    1. Mix the vanilla pudding per the directions on the packet.
    2. Crumble the wafer snacks.
    3. Rinse the raspberries.
    4. Fill a tall glass by beginning with a layer of pudding and adding other ingredients one layer at a time.
    Optional
    1. Top with a few final berries, shaved chocolate, and mint leaves.
    Recipe Notes

    For a decadent twist, try substituting Univera Ultra Protein™ Mocha Cream Wafer Snacks for the Vanilla!

  • Active Dog, Happy Dog

    Active Dog, Happy Dog

    Your dog was likely bred for work – hunting, guarding, herding, sporting – meaning he was built to be active. In our modern lives, our pets depend on us to help them maintain that activity. Just like humans, exercise is vital to good health for dogs.

    Active Dog, Happy Dog

    Health Benefits of Exercise

    It’s probably not surprising that the health benefits of exercise for dogs mirror those for humans:

    • Weight Management – active dogs burn more calories
    • Brain Health & Mental Well-being – stimulates mental activity and encourages problem solving
    • Joint Health – keeps joints lubricated and discourages stiffness
    • Improved Behavior – a tired dog is less likely to burn excess energy with undesirable behavior
    • Reduced Disease – including osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and insulin resistance

    Not to mention an active dog means an active you, so you enjoy the benefits above too!

    Active Dog, Happy DogIncreasing Activity

    One of the easiest ways to exercise your dog (and you) is walking. Each breed of dog, and each dog itself, needs different amounts of walking. For instance, active breeds need a minimum of 30 minutes of hard aerobic exercise most days of the week. And, you can do it anywhere. In fact, dogs, like humans, appreciate comfort and routine, so a regular route in your neighborhood is a great place to start.

    You can get creative with dog activities too. Instead of a walk, go running. Take an agility class or get involved in competitive tracking. Or just enjoy a good old fashioned game of fetch! Plan a doggie play date. It all counts.

    If you live in an area with difficult weather, consider these indoor dog activities:

    • Set up an obstacle course
    • Keep away and fetch
    • Run your dog up and down the stairs

    Before you start a dog exercise program, you should take the same precautions as you would with yourself and check with your dog’s veterinarian.

    Active Dog, Happy Dog

    Joint Health for Your Dog and for You

    With increased activity comes increased soreness and discomfort. Univera has help for both you and your dog in promoting joint comfort, flexibility, and ease of movement. All of these contain the award-winning power of our proprietary ingredient, Protectin™.

    RegeniPET™: New name, same great benefits! An advanced formula, beef-liver flavored formula designed especially for your dog.

    RegeniCARE®: Raspberry or Lemon flavored powder for ultimate joint care.

    RegeniFREE®: The power of Protectin in a capsule. Perfect for those with shellfish allergies.

    Active Dog, Happy Dog

  • RegeniPET™ is Back!

    What’s new about Joint Health for Pets?  It’s taking back its previous name, RegeniPET™! This change brings the product name back into alignment with our other joint health products – RegeniCARE and RegeniFREE.

    Our original formula was already fantastic, and along with the name change, we’ve also enhanced the benefits. It now has a better source of B12 that improves its bio-availability. We have also replaced the molasses powder with honey powder, a healthier option.

    To celebrate, we’d love to know about your pet health stories! Either send them to IAmUnivera@univera.com with a picture of your pet or post on social media with #IAmUnivera. We’re looking forward to hearing your stories.

    Familiar?  If not, this is a valuable product for your pets, as it supports total pet health by:

    • Helping lubricate joints
    • Aiding in regenerating and renewing cartilage
    • It’s also veterinarian-tested and recommended

    Head on over to Univera.com to purchase RegeniPET today! You can also purchase through Customer Care at 877-627-4787 in the US or 800-363-1890 in Canada.

  • One Change for Lasting Change

    One Change for Lasting Change

    Biting off more than you can chew is usually disastrous when making long-term changes. In order for a lifestyle change to last, approach it as a process of evolution instead of one big, complicated resolution.

    Because all of those unhealthy behaviors evolved over time, you should expect to conquer them over time. As you create a new habit and are confident about it, then add a new goal. Achieve that goal, then repeat.

    Once you’ve identified the area of your life you want to change, pick a small step to start with. Especially at the beginning, don’t be embarrassed to pick one that you are 120% confident you can achieve. Starting from a solid base of success will build your confidence moving forward.

    We’ve come up with a few easy “baby steps” to get you started:

    One Change for Lasting Change

     

    Nutrition and Diet

    • Consume more plants: More fiber, vitamins, minerals, and taste – you can’t go wrong.
      • Add one more serving of vegetables a day.
      • Try a new vegetable or fruit each week.
      • Have a meatless dinner each week with beans or other plant-based protein.
      • Make it a game and try to get a plant of each color of the rainbow throughout the week.
    • Get cooking: Eating out is generally unhealthy and expensive.
      • Make a simple sack lunch instead of eating out a couple times a week. It can even be leftovers from the night before.
      • Keep it simple with a chicken breast, steamed vegetables, and a healthy starch for dinner.
      • Stock up with healthy and easy crock-pot meals. Recipes are available online so you can cook a batch on your day off, freeze, and enjoy over time – with the convenience of heat and eat!
    • Cut back slowly: Cold turkey is a sure way to freeze your success.
      • Sugar in your coffee? Cut it in half and give it a week or so. Then cut it in half again until you reach a point you’re happy with.
      • Love that red meat? Replace one meat and potatoes night each week with a chicken and potatoes night. Feeling adventurous? Replace it with a fish and vegetables night!
      • Bread-a-holic? Try having an open-faced sandwich with just one slice of bread or make a whole grain tortilla roll-up instead. Cut rolls in half and share with your neighbor.

    One Change for Lasting Change

     

    Movement and Exercise:

    • Add one extra movement to your day: You’re building a new life, so start with a new routine.
      • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
      • Park at the outside borders of the lot or several blocks from your destination for extra steps.
      • Walk to the farthest restroom in your building when you take a break.
    • Make an exercise date: Treat your health with as much importance as your business meetings.
      • Just pick one day or even two and make a date for 30 minutes in your calendar – actually write it in your schedule.
      • If 30 minutes seems too long, try a short, but effective Tabata
      • If that even still feels like too much pressure, decide to just get dressed for a workout and step into the gym at that scheduled time. You’ll probably find that once you place that foot into the gym, you’ll exercise anyway. And if not, you still achieved your goal and started creating a habit.
    • Join a team or take a class: Add more movement and have fun at the same time.
      • Quidditch anyone? Join a neighborhood softball or basketball team. Or express yourself with roller derby or bowling. And there really are Quidditch leagues if you’re a Harry Potter fan!
      • Be like Bruce Lee. Martial arts can be good for the body and the mind. Plus, an excuse to release excess energy in a cathartic way.
      • Flexible and strong. Yoga classes are all around. Ask when you register if there is a beginner class or help with modifications. And don’t worry about perfect form or if you can even do every position. It will come.

    One Change for Lasting Change

     

    Other bite-size healthy changes:

    • Unplug: Taking a break from technology has benefits you probably haven’t even considered. Check out this article for more information and easy ideas.
    • Mindfulness: You don’t have to have a structured routine to benefit from mindfulness. Pick a regularly occurring event and create the intention to stop, breathe, and observe when that event happens.
      • When waiting at a crosswalk, take a few deep breaths and find 5 details around you that you may not have noticed before.
      • Each time you get in your car, before putting your seatbelt on and inserting the key in the ignition, close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and note what your senses discover.
      • As you brush your teeth, focus on the experience, how the bristles feel on your teeth, the flavors and textures of the toothpaste, the feel of the toothbrush in your hand.
    • Posture: Improve your posture to improve circulation, decrease pain, and increase confidence. It’s easy to build into your day.
      • Pick a color or object or word. When you run across that color/object/word in your daily activities, check your posture.
      • Each time you sit at your desk, take a moment to assess your posture and start your next segment of work on the right path.
      • Not sure what it means to have good posture? This infographic is a great place to start.

    You’ve heard it before, but that’s because it’s true. Small changes add up and before you know it, a big change has taken place. Your evolving health will mean more and last a lifetime if you make it a lifestyle rather than a short-term challenge.

    What is your first “one change” going to be?

  • Happy New Year from your Univera Family!

    As we close 2016 and head into a new year with new beginnings, we celebrate the lessons learned and the blessings received, eagerly anticipating what the future will bring.

    We consider you our Family and want to thank you for your continued loyalty and passion for our amazing products.  You, our Customers, are the reason Univera is able to bring the best of nature to humankind, and you are greatly appreciated!

    Thank you for choosing to Live Young with us every day, and we wish you long-lasting health and wellness and joyful memories throughout the New Year!

    Appreciating you,

    Ralph Bietz
    President