• I’ve Got My Life Back. #IAmUnivera


    “I am a solutions engineer in the telecom industry and I used to come home completely stressed out. I needed a drink just to cut the edge. Most days, right after work I would just crawl into bed in a dark room and be out for the night because I also had with a lot of headaches. That was my life for 18 years.

    I remember starting the Xtra & Aloe on Sunday, and by Thursday I remember walking in the park thinking “I’ve got my life back”! My husband started to notice that I was going for a walk after work and was coming and going all the time.

    Then I noticed I was running out of my Xtra & Aloe a lot sooner than I should. Well, my husband had started taking my Xtra & Aloe and didn’t mention a word. He noticed a huge difference in my life – he wanted that too! Now we take the whole Metabolic Makeover 2.0!

    Thanks to Univera products — I’ve got my life back!”

    – Aydee A

    I’ve Got My Life Back! #IAmUnivera

  • CARE for your Joints As You Move Into Spring!

     

    Moving into Spring means moving more, and that means more activity for our joints. You can Move Effortlessly this Spring by supporting your joints with RegeniCARE®.

    Now until the end of April, purchase 1 Lemon and 1 Raspberry RegeniCARE and SAVE $20!

    RegeniCARE® is a powerful combination of therapeutic ingredients formulated to restore total joint health.* It offers:

     

    • Promotes joint comfort* (Protectin™)
    • Helps joint lubrication* (Chondroitin and MSM)
    • Promotes flexibility and ease of movement* (Protectin and CMO)
    • Aids in regenerating and renewing cartilage* (Glucosamine sulfate)

     

    RegeniCARE Raspberry Lemonade

    Simply mix 1 packet of each flavor with 12 oz of cold water. Jazz it up with some smashed raspberries stirred in and a lemon wedge for garnish. Add some ice and you’re set!

    Other Bone and Joint Health Products

    Moving Effortlessly also means caring for your joints with RegeniFREE and your 206 bones with 206 Complete. Univera’s powerful combinations of ingredients have been carefully formulated to fight the effects of everyday wear and tear, diminish the resulting physical and mental stress and restore total bone and joint health.*  And, remember RegeniPET for your canine friends!

     

    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 April 30, 2017, or while supplies last. Limit 2. All Sales Final.

     

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

  • 10,000 Steps to Better Health

    Move More with 10,000 Steps

    Why is 10,000 the magical number of steps we’ve been told to reach each day? What does it mean and why should it even be a goal? To explore this concept, let’s look at the history of the 10,000 steps message.

    What you might not know is that the idea of walking 10,000 steps a day for optimal health started as an advertising campaign for pedometers in Japan in the 1960s. But it caught on because it was a simple concept to understand and execute. As time moved forward, 10,000 steps became a good measure to equal the Surgeon General recommended 30 minutes a day of movement.

     

    10,000 Steps for Better Health

     

    And that’s the critical message – it’s not about the steps, it’s about the movement. The idea is to find ways to get 30 minutes of extra movement into your day most days of the week.

    Because walking is an easily accessible activity for many of us, it’s a good place to start. Buying a pedometer or digital activity tracker and wearing it regularly can help establish a baseline of how many steps we take each day already. A sedentary person averages between 1,000 and 3,000 steps.

    Once you know where you’re starting, don’t jump into increasing to 10,000 steps the first day. It’s basically the equivalent of 5 miles and you wouldn’t kick off a new exercise program with a 5 mile hike. Here are some tips to add more steps slowly:

    • Park farther away when running errands.10,000 Steps for Better Health
    • Walk to a farther restroom or water cooler or even a copier on your work breaks. Even go up a flight of stairs.
    • Go for a short walk on your break or lunch.
    • Get off the couch and move during commercials – even if it’s just to do some extra cleaning.

    As you increase your steps, keep boredom from setting in. It’s easy to turn your walks into a chance to engage with the world:

    • Form a walking group to join you.
    • Be inspired by this woman who collected items and made Instagram art.
    • Engage your child-like joy. Try to push aside your inhibitions and mix your walking routine up with a little skipping and jumping. If you’re really feeling feisty, throw in a couple of these 15 animal walks.
    • Increase awareness of your surroundings and take random pictures that appeal to you. These below were taken by the author around Seattle.

     

    10,000 Steps to Better Health

     

    If walking is not your thing, don’t worry – any activity will do. Pick your favorite and go. If you aren’t sure though, here are some ideas:

    • Take a fitness class – anything from yoga to Zumba to Tai Chi will work. Or even watch a fitness video in the comfort of your living room.
    • Join a team – from bowling to flag football, enjoy community and grow stronger at the same time.
    • Swim, bike, or go cross-country skiing.
    • Have fun – hula-hoop, jump-rope, or just take some kids to the park and join them as they play.

    10,000 Steps to Better HealthIncreasing your activity will help you increase your energy, feel stronger, and enjoy more endurance. It will also improve overall health and increase disease risk.

    Let Univera be a part of your movement efforts:

    • Don’t let joint discomfort dampen your efforts. RegeniFREE and RegeniCARE helps maintain joint comfort and flexibility.*
    • Take care of your 206 bones with 206 Complete with supports bone density, strength and flexibility.*
    • And if you’re taking your dog along for company, help them with any joint discomfort by adding RegeniPET to their next meal.
    • Walking increases your blood flow. To support these efforts, consider Rhythmatix to promote good circulation and help maintain healthy vein structure.*

     

  • Stress Awareness Month

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    While stress is a normal part of life, too much stress causes symptoms that wreak havoc on our bodies and affects our thoughts, our feelings, and our behavior. The good news is stress is manageable with diet, exercise, sleep hygiene, mindfulness, and supplements.

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    Diet

    Maintaining a healthy diet full of whole food keeps you healthy all over, protecting you from the effects of stress. In addition, certain foods actually increase the hormones in your body that naturally fight stress. Others lower stress hormones. Next time you need a little help, consider these foods high in antioxidants, healthy oils, and stress-reducing vitamins:

    • dark chocolate
    • avocados
    • salmon
    • nuts
    • berries
    • chamomile tea
    • garlic

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    Movement

    Regular physical activity improves blood flow, improving your body’s ability to use oxygen. Aerobic exercise is as good for your head as it is for your heart – but almost any type of exercise will help.

    Aside from the sheer meditative effects of repetitive motion and focusing on your body during exercise, there are neurochemical processes in the brain. First, your body creates endorphins that cause a sense of well-being and euphoria. And imagine the benefits of the blood flow mentioned above. If the rest of your body is benefitting from better oxygen use, your brain is too!

    You don’t have to join a gym (although for some, that is a great motivator). To get started, just become more active. Here are some ideas:

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    Sleep

    Sleep affects mood and mood affects sleep. Not enough sleep can cause irritability and stress. And as you’ve probably experienced, a good night’s sleep can make the next day more positive. According to an article on the Harvard Medical School website:

    University of Pennsylvania researchers found that subjects who were limited to only 4.5 hours of sleep a night for one week reported feeling more stressed, angry, sad, and mentally exhausted. When the subjects resumed normal sleep, they reported a dramatic improvement in mood.”

    You can improve your sleep with good sleep hygiene. According to the National Sleep Foundation, this includes limiting daytime naps, avoiding stimulants like caffeine and nicotine close to bedtime, exercising, and ensuring adequate exposure to natural light.

    For some extra help, supplementation like S-4 Sleep Enabler can help. Its all-natural, non-addictive combination of herbs and nutrients to help you enjoy the deep sleep you need to feel rested and ready to meet your daily challenges.*

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    Mindfulness

    It seems so simple, but it’s difficult for many. In our hurried (harried) world, we forget to stop and smell the roses. Yet, mindfulness has many benefits including stress reduction, increased focus, boosting working memory, reducing rumination, being less emotionally reactive and more flexible cognitively, and improving relationship satisfaction. It also enhances self-insight, morality, intuition, and fear modulation.

    To learn more, check out this article on Mindfulness for Stress Management.

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    Supplements

    Many supplements are helpful for stress. A simple Google search reveals the benefits of L-Theanine, Ashwaganda, Magnesium, Melatonin, Gamma-aminobutryic acid (GABA).

    Univera has developed a supplement with three key ingredients that work synergistically. Anti-Stress was formulated with the wisdom of centuries of Ayurvedic medicine. One of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, Ashwaganda, is an adaptogen, meaning it helps your body manage stress. L-Theanine is found mainly in green and black tea and is known especially for promoting relaxation without drowsiness. GABA (Gamma-Amino Butryic Acid) acts as a neurotransmitter in the central nervous system. Among its many benefits is enhancing and stabilizing mood.*

    Eat, Move, and Rest Your Way to Less Stress

    You Are In Control

    Stress is rough, but you have the power to manage it with small but powerful lifestyle changes. What will you do first?

  • Vitamins & Minerals A-Z

    The ABCs of Vitamins and Minerals – Potassium, Selenium, Zinc

    With so many vitamins and minerals to keep track of, how do you know what you need? These essential nutrients perform hundreds of roles in the body and often interplay for maximum effectiveness.

    This is the final post in series of five posts that features key vitamins and nutrients we all need. It addresses what each nutrient does and good sources for each. Other posts you might appreciate are:

     The ABCs of Vitamins and Minerals

    Potassium

    This mineral is also an electrolyte, meaning it conducts electricity in the body. Other electrolytes are sodium, chloride, calcium, and magnesium. By conducting electricity in the body, electrolytes balance fluids in the body affecting cellular function, blood volume, and blood pressure.

    Potassium is vital for the body to:

    • Build muscle and proteins
    • Break down and use carbohydrates
    • Control the electrical activity of the heart
    • Maintain normal body growth
    • Send nerve impulses

    Most people with a diet rich in vegetables and fruits get the potassium they need. Some particularly good plant sources are bananas, sweet potatoes, dried apricots, tomatoes, and cantaloupe. Other sources of this mineral are red meat, chicken, fatty fish, soy products, milk, yogurt, and nuts.

    The ABCs of Vitamins and Minerals

    Selenium

    This trace element is naturally present in many foods. It acts as an antioxidant, especially when combined with vitamin E. A key function of Selenium is regulating thyroid hormone activity. It also helps the immune system. In addition, it plays critical roles in reproduction and DNA synthesis.

    Selenium is found in rich quantities in seafood and organ meats. It’s also available in walnuts and Brazil nuts. Other sources are muscle meats, cereals and other grains, and dairy products.

    The ABCs of Vitamins and Minerals

    Zinc

    Zinc is well-known for its immune boosting properties. It’s an essential trace mineral available in many foods. It is second only to iron in its concentration in the body.

    Zinc has been used since ancient times and has many functions:

    • Needed for a healthy immune system
    • Helps with smell and taste
    • Helps with wound healing
    • Frees vitamin A from storage in the liver
    • Plays a role in cell division, cell growth, and the breakdown of carbohydrates

    Many foods are good sources for Zinc, including animal proteins, nuts, whole grains, legumes, and yeast.

  • I am a Dog Lover. #IAmUnivera

    I am a Dog Lover!

    “I have a male English Bulldog and when he was about two years old he was sitting inside the door from the backyard. Our young female English Bulldog ran into him and he started to limp severely. A visit to the vet and we were discussing some major intervention. While waiting for a second opinion I started him on RegeniPET to see if it would give him some relief. Soon, he was walking better and a little later he was running like a young two year old should be! I have given away several containers of RegeniPET and it works every time! Thanks for a great product!” – Dr. Jeff K

    I am a Dog Lover! #IAmUnivera

  • I am Happy. #IAmUnivera

    I am Happy! #IAmUnivera

    When I first started taking Xtra I was overworked and stressed out managing a large sales team. Within a couple weeks I had members of my staff asking what I was on and how they could get on it. One guy actually said, “legal or not, I want on it”, haha! My stress levels seemed to have disappeared and I started noticing in fact that was the case in a lot of areas of my life!

    I am Happy! #IAmUnivera

  • Mindfulness for Stress Management

    Mindfulness (n):

    1. the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something
    2. A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique

    It seems so simple, but it’s difficult for many. In our hurried (harried) world, we forget to stop and smell the roses. Yet, mindfulness has many benefits including stress reduction, increased focus, boosting working memory, reducing rumination, being less emotionally reactive and more flexible cognitively, and improving relationship satisfaction. It also enhances self-insight, morality, intuition, and fear modulation.

    Mindfulness can counteract stress by helping us become more aware of our habitual negative reactions and to interrupt this cycle to create the opportunity for a better choice. Establishing a mindfulness practice can be as complex or as simple as you like. The trick is to find something that works consistently for you.

    Meditation

    Mindful Practice – Traditional Meditation

    Meditation comes in many forms, like Transcendental Meditation, Kundalini, Guided, and Qi Gong. It can be as simple as a concentrated mindful practice, a time to focus on breathing and being in the moment.

    There are many ways to practice mindfulness meditation. They are similar in approach focused on finding a seated position, focusing on breathing, and pulling yourself back to the moment when your mind wanders.  One good step-by-step guide is found at Mindful.org.

    Mindful Practice – Alternative Forms of Meditation

    Some people might look for a more creative or active form of meditation as seen in recent trends. A couple are easy to start and may be a comfortable place for a beginner or a change of pace for the seasoned meditation practitioner.

    Zentangle – Zentangle’s creators describe it as a ”practice [that] builds on the Zentangle Method of simple deliberate strokes which build on each other in beautiful, mesmerizing and surprising ways.” The tools needed are paper and a black pen. According to an article in Psychology Today, Zentangle has multiple benefits like calming anxiety, increasing self-confidence, and cultivating awareness.

    Coloring – This activity may be so helpful just because of its recall of the simpler days of childhood, but like Zentangle, it is also a creative way to switch off our brains and refocus our attention to be in the moment. There is tranquility in focusing on the spaces and lines and colors. Studies have shown stress-relief health benefits from coloring. Coloring books are readily available or you may even find the same benefits on your tablet.

    Walking – This practice combines the movement benefits of walking with the intention of seated meditation. Referred to as walking meditation or mindful walking, it’s incorporates the focus on breathing and mindfulness and staying in the moment. As with sitting meditation, there are different approaches, but this UC Berkeley article lays out one system.

    Mindful Practice – Throughout the Day

    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 or traffic light, 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.

    Stress Relief

    April is Stress Awareness Month, an ideal time to adopt new routines to manage your stress. Which mindfulness practice would work for you?

  • Experience the Univera Difference: Why Univera?

    What is it about Univera that is so different? Let’s turn to the man with all the answers, Dr. Ralph Bietz!

    “You deserve a company that delivers first time and every time” – Dr. Ralph Bietz

    #ExperiencetheUniveraDifference

    To learn more about the Univera Difference, be sure to tune in to UniveraTV.com on National Experience the Univera Difference Day! The LIVE broadcast will be full of GREAT information about what makes Univera so special!