All Posts in ‘Quick Tips’

Aug
21
2012

Alive Health Centre BENTALL in Store Special TOMORROW! Aug 22nd!!

Categories: Alive Brand, Newsletters, Quick Tips, Savings At Alive!
The eager, friendly and knowledgeable team at Alive Health Centre downtown in the BENTALL location (only) is having an in store promotion for ONE DAY ONLY which is TOMORROW August 22nd!
Come join us for “The Lazy Hazy Summer Day Sale Event!”
Beat the HEAT this summer at Alive Health Centre at the Bentall location as we are excited to offer you the LOWEST PRICES of the year!!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, You can expect:
Special discounts for the Entire Day!
HOURLY prizes!
Drink and smoothie samples of VEGA One Total Health Optimizer!
VEGA Healthy Bar samples!
Enter your name to WIN a gift basket with a minimum purchase of $50.00 before taxes!
Your hosts: Rae, Meg and Shannon(Wellness Associates at Bentall) eagerly await your attendance! Everyone deserves a break, so come on down and join us for
“The Lazy Hazy Summer Day Sale Event!”
Jul
3
2012

Today Tuesday July 3rd Is Customer Apprediation Day!

Categories: Alive Brand, Quick Tips, Savings At Alive!

Today Tuesday July3rd is your oppportunity to score some deals because it is the 1st Tuesday of the month and is therefore Customer Appreciation Day!

Customer Appreciation Day (CAD) is always the 1st Tuesday of every month! This means that Tuesday July 3rd 2012, is your chance to save on EVERYTHING in the store!  Vitamins, food, cosmetics; it ALL applies.  Come into Alive Health Centre and Morning Sun for details.

Customer Appreciation Day discounts are as follows:

15% OFF ALL REGULAR PRICED ITEMS!

ADDITIONAL DISCOUNTS ON RED STICKER ITEMS!

5% OFF one single supplement

10% OFF 2-5 0f the same supplement

BUY 6 GET 1 FREE of the same supplement

*Some exceptions apply*

As always, thanks for reading!  If you have any questions or want to do a mail order call toll free: 1866 499 9546

May
29
2012

Teething Tips for Your Baby: Relief with Boiron Camilia

Categories: Baby Health, Children's Health, Parents, Quick Tips

My daughter Danica is almost one years old!  It has been a blast, but I think any parent will agree that teething is not the best part of watching them grow.  It is so hard to watch our little ones go through the pain of teething and we cannot remember what it felt like, but we can only imagine that it is uncomfortable.  The discomfort from teething happens when the tooth is trying to break through the gum which may be weeks before it actually appears.  This article will hopefully find you well when it comes to the battle of teething.

One of my favourite products is by Boiron Camilia:

Camilia by Boiron for Your Teething Little Baby

Teething: Painful gums, restlessness and irritability

Camilia® relieves symptoms of teething.

Developed specifically for babies and toddlers aged 1 to 30 months, Camilia® is made with sterile water and contains no sugar, no colouring and no preservatives.

Camilia® is neutral-tasting and comes packaged in sterile, drinkable and unbreakable unit-doses, making it an easy-to-administer, and fast-acting way of soothing teething woes. With Camilia®, your baby will be smiling again in no time – and so will you!

Symptoms of Teething:

Your baby tells you they are teething by drooling more than usual.  If you are changing their bips more than their diapers you know they are teething!  Another sign is when they frantically chew on their hands, toys and even feet!  Teething often leads to crankiness, fussiness, a runny nose, trouble feeding, trouble sleeping and often they just want to be held.

Dosage:

Administer one drinkable unit-dose. If symptoms persist, repeat at 15-minute intervals for up to 2 additional doses. Generally symptoms resolve with 1 to 3 doses. To administer a unit dose, twist cap to open and squeeze entire contents into mouth. Repeat dosing regimen as required with subsequent episodes of symptoms. Maximum 12 doses per day.

Other TIPS To Help Your Baby Get Through Teething:

  • Give your baby a clean wash cloth that is dipped in cold water to chew on.
  • Put their teething ring in the fridge, but make sure it is not too cold before giving it to them.  Never put it in the freezer.
  • Be careful with teething biscuits because they often contain sugar and they do not sooth as well as we think because they dissolve so quickly.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

May
28
2012

Dr. Oz Tip on How to Beat the Harmful Effects of the BBQ is with L-Carnosine

Categories: Anti-Ageing, Cancer, Hot products, Quick Tips

AOR L-Carnosine Fights Ageing and the Harmful Effects from the BBQ

Beat the BBQ with L-Carnosine!  Recently Dr. Oz talked about L-Carnosine on his show.  Here is what he had to say:

Although they’re delicious, grilling protein-packed chicken, omega-3 rich fish, or the occasional piece of red meat can be harmful to your body. Cooking meat quickly at high temperatures releases chemicals known as advanced glycation end products or AGEs. These AGEs promote oxidative stress and cellular inflammation, leading to premature wrinkles and, over time, even heart disease and Alzheimer’s.

To combat the AGEs released while grilling, try taking a L-carnosine supplement. Carnosine, which occurs naturally in our bodies, contains potent antioxidant activity to block the effects of AGEs. Natural carnosine levels, however, have been shown to decrease by 63% between ages 10 and 70. So it’s important to supplement your levels by taking 500 mg of L-carnosine twice per day, available for around $40 in health food stores.

Dr. OZ is all about FIGHTING Ageing.  He wants us to still be able to enjoy our summer fun such as with the BBQ, but he is always looking for a more healthy way of enjoying life!

AOR L- Carnosine One of the Most EXCITING Anti-AGEING Nutrients of 2011!

Dr. Oz recently talked about L-Carnosine, but why take it?  Anti-Aging, Supports normal cell growth, Supports healthy cellular function and even useful in sports nutrition.  What is this wonderful nutrient and where does it come from? Carnosine is a simple dipeptide (that is, two amino acids joined together – in this case, beta-alanine and histidine).  Carnosine is made by many cells in your body – and especially in muscle, heart, and brain cells. Longer-lived animals tend to have more Carnosine in their cells than do shorter-lived species, and preliminary research suggests that levels of Carnosine decline with aging (by 63% between the ages of 10 and 70 in humans).  Carnosine is here to help preserve your quality of life!

AOR L-Carnosine Info Sheet

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
20
2012

Protein in the Morning With Fit Smart by Renew Life!

Categories: Digestive Health, Enzymes, Protein Shakes, Quick Tips, Recipes, Weight Loss

I love my Fit Smart protein/fibre shake in the morning by Renew Life.  This is just a quick post to give you a little variety in your breakfast!  Having protein shakes in the morning is so refreshing, gives you energy, makes you stronger and helps you lose weight!!  Remember ladies protein is your friend… helping you build lean muscle mass which in turn burns fat!

Renew Life Fit Smart Shake Recipe (Vanilla Flavour) – for 2 people

  • 2 cup of Berries! Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries…(I freeze them)
  • 250ml of milk (or rice milk, soy milk)
  • 250ml of water
  • 1 banana
  • After you have blended the above, put in 4 scoops of Renew Life Protein Powder and blend for just 10 or 20 seconds.  It is better for the protein powder to not get over blended.

I made this recipe for 2 because often times if you are living with someone it is best to get them going on the same healthy path!  If you are making this shake on your own, obviously just cut the recipe in half.

Old Fashioned Vanilla FitSMART Shake is a delicious way to help you reach your daily goal of 35 grams of fibre with added vitamins, nutrients and beneficial enzymes. You can also indulge in one of our other flavours: Chocolate Crème or Strawberry Dream.

• Natural shake mix

• 20 grams of protein

• 10 grams of Fibre

• 160 calories per serving

• Delicious and easy to prepare

• Rich in vitamins and nutrients

• Enjoy with or between meals

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Feb
25
2012

Dr. Oz Friday February 24th Cheat Your Age

Categories: Quick Tips

Yesterday Dr Oz on had a show on how to CHEAT your age and it was pretty interesting. Here is a quick summary…

He had a segment on keeping your brain 10 yrs younger:

1. Weight gain starves your brain. Research shows that people who are pair shaped vs apple shaped are more at risk for dementia. Its particularly important to lose weight in your thighs and butt. SOY ISOFLAVONES he recommended for losing weight in your thighs.

2. SAGE amazing for the brain. Protects your memory.

3. Celery eat it! Its an anti-inflammatory. The celery heart which is the stuff in the middle is the best part for you! Not just the outside ribs.

4. One cup of coffee with 1 teaspoon of RAW cane sugar helps your brain as well.

Then he moved onto Supermarket secrets:

1. Milk at the front is not the right temperature and doesn’t last as long.  Dr. Oz said take your milk from the back.

2. Vegetables that are sprayed with water have mold in the sprinkler systems and some systems re circulate old water. Wash your veges really well for 30 seconds when you get home, pat them dry and then put them in the fridge so bacteria doesn’t keep spreading. Its good because them you are more likely to grab them for a snack! I tell my customers this all the time especially students. So many people waste their produce because it looks so fresh in the store but then they take it home don’t wash it and then are to busy to prepare a healthy meal.

3. Checkout conveyor belt has soo much bacteria on it. The most deadly is enteroccocus faecalis which causes Menengitis. Bacterial menengitis is very aggressive and most of the time it is not caught in time. So the obvious solution is never put anything on the belt that doesn’t have a bag.

These were the interesting highlights. Basically be careful in the grocery store. The shopping carts are filled with bacteria they even found fecal matter on it. They say on average 20 people will touch your produce that you buy. Its not to be a germaphobe but just to be aware and take preventative measures. Just wanted to share with you guys!

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Feb
20
2012

Lose Your Belly FAT Today On Dr. OZ Discusses Relora

Categories: Alive Brand, Belly Fat, Energy, Hormone Balancing, Quick Tips, Stress, Weight Loss

Today, Dr. OZ is talking about the best belly blasting supplements.  One of the ones discussed is RELORA.  At Alive Health Centre, Supplements Plus and Morning Sun we have had RELORA for years.  It is loved by many due there being no side effects!  Dr. Oz has been helping the health industry by creating awareness around safe natural alternatives.  This is what he has to say:

“If you feel like your belly is bringing you down, don’t just stand idly by and watch it grow. There are plenty of effective and affordable supplements and foods you can try to help you lose that extra bulge.

 Supplement to Reduce Stress: Relora

When you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol, which makes your body store fat around your midsection. If you tend to gain weight when you’re stressed out, this supplement can help you tackle stubborn belly fat. Relora is supplement made from the extracts of two plants used for thousands of years by Chinese herbalists to promote relaxation. Clinical studies have shown that Relora can help mitigate feelings of anxiety. Decreased levels of cortisol can lead to the prevention of weight gain, the loss of excess weight, and the reduction of stress eating.

 Dose: Take 250mg of Relora three times a day – or one dose with every meal. Studies have demonstrated this to be the most effective use of this supplement so you receive the maximum benefit.”

How does Relora work?

Belly fat is a protection mechanism.  When we are in danger or stressed, the hormone cortisol increases and when there is an abundance of cortisol due to too much stress, belly fat deposits itself around the mid-section.  Normal amounts of cortisol are a good thing.  All hormones play a role and cortisol is there to decrease inflammation in the body and help protect the immune system.  The problem lies when we are over worked and over stressed.  Too much stress causes a large increase in cortisol and also will decrease the hormone DHEA.  This hormone, when severely lowered can lead to the depression of the immune system, an increase in insulin levels, bone loss, and depression. Relora naturally brings the body back into balance using two ingredients used in traditional Chinese medicine: Phellodendron Amurense and Magnolia Officinalus.

Ultimately Relora helps you with stress related eating a drinking.  Often times when we are stressed we eat more comfort foods that are high in calories as well as fat and sugar!  We know it is bad, but it seems to help at the time.  Chronic stress can cause sugar cravings, which leads to insulin problems and then possibly diabetes.  It is important to take hold of the situation before it gets out of hand.  If you put your mind to it, get the support you need, have a healthy diet, do regular exercise and deal with your stress with the help of Relora weight loss is attainable.  Results vary, but when you are doing all the right things, on average people see results in four weeks.  The key is to not give up, if you make a mistake keep on going.  Do not loose site of your goal.

For more information you can check out the preveious post on RELORA.

As always we look forward to helping you further.  Come and see us at a location near you at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus.  See you soon!

Feb
15
2012

Exercising After Pregnancy

Categories: Baby Health, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Quick Tips, Womans Health

Being a mother is a wonderful experience, but finding the time for yourself can be challenging.  It is so much fun looking after your little one, watching them reach all the milestones and discovering their personality.  BUT, don’t forget to take time for yourself!  You will both will be better for it.  A happy mom makes for a well adjusted happy baby.

Moms are very eager to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight, but remember to not be too hard on yourself.  The most important thing for the first month after pregnancy is to recover from giving birth.  Whether you have had a caesarian or natural birth you have to give your body time to recover.  Make sure you work with your health practitioner to find out what types of movements are best for you.  Just because your friend is jogging doesn’t mean that you are ready to put on your Lu Lu Lemon’s.  That being said it is generalyl a good start for most women to give walking a try.  It is something that both you and your baby can handle.  It is excellent to get fresh air and if your baby had Jaundice, Physicians often recommend to take your baby outside for small bouts of sunshine.  Of course be wary of how long and what time of day you are putting your baby in the sun.

Tips to Getting Started:

  • Start with walking, some women start after 2 weeks and some women need more time such as a month.
  • Caesarian takes roughly 6 weeks to heal and this means there should be no heavy lifting.  Rule of thumb is to lift nothing heavier than your baby.  As for tender muscles this can take much longer and then in terms of the numbness around the incision can take 6 months.  Again this is varies from woman to woman.
  • Be careful when introducing weights and resistant type exercises.  Sit ups, push ups and planks are definetly out until your core muscles are ready for strengthening.
  • Having trouble fitting in exercise? Try exercising when your baby is most self soothing.  For me my baby is almost 8 months old and she is the most easy going after her morning feed.  She likes to play on her Bright Start Albert Einstein mat.  She will basically practice her yoga while mommy does her work out!  I really like the “10 Minute Trainer” videos with Tony Horton.  Then I place the baby in a spot where she cannot see the TV, but she can still see me moving around working up a swet!
  • Also, there is local personal trainer that I have used, her name is Angela Sasso.  She is located in Vancouver BC. She is amazing, extremely positive, motivating, knows the fitness industry inside and out.  You can check her out as she has her own youtube channel.  She helped me get into shape before I got pregnant.  I had excellent core strength going into pregnancy and this greatly helped me maintain a work out plan during pregnancy and it also helped me during labour.
  • If time is a problem and you do not have any help raising your baby, try to find ten minutes to exercise when while your baby sleeps.
  • Keep in mind the first couple of months is all about sleeping when your baby sleeps, so again take your time introducing exercise into your routine.  Also, if you are able to breast feed this is a great way to get your weight down.
  • Eat healthier than ever before!  Seems like a logical thing to do, but sometimes women see the weight coming off due to breast feeding so they cheat.  This is not a good idea as your metbolism will slow right down and your energy will become sluggish; before you know it weight will be packing on.  Also, you want to be feeding your baby healthy nutrients.

Lastly, if you are breast feeding, you must continue to air on the side of caution when taking supplements.  Doctors and health practioners agree that a prenatal multi-vitamin, fish oil and calcum/magnesium is pretty much it while breast feeding.  These means no cleansing, no weight loss supplements with caffeine etc.  However, there are some things that you can sneak into your diet that are good for both your metabolism and your babies health.  Things like coconut oil are safe.  This is one of the best cooking oils to use as it is not carcinogenic when heated.  It is an excellent oil for the heart and metabolism!

As always thank you for reading.  If you have any more questions concerning exercises as well as what supplements are safe during breast feeding we would be happy to answer your questions at a location near you.  Or you can feel free to call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Jan
5
2012

Annual Winter Sale on NOW Until January 31st!

Categories: Alive Brand, Anti-Ageing, Antioxidants, Cleansing, FLYER SALE!, Quick Tips, Savings At Alive!

Flyer SALE Lowest Prices of the YEAR!

The holidays flew by, the guests are gone, you are starting to get your house back in order and now it is time for a little “ME” time again.  We all have wishes and goals for ourselves and we tend to do them in January.  Now is a great time to get your health in an even better place than it is currently.  We all can improve our health.  So whether you are a Marathon runner, or you know you have a long way to go to get yourself feeling better you might as well take advantage of our Snowfall of Winter Savings!

We are famous for our flyer sale that is pages and pages long, filled not with just reduced prices, but also an abundance of information!  There is sure to be something there for everyone.  Here are some of the favourites:

  • Alive Brand Royal Jelly is always a favourite at BUY 1 get 1 FREE main benefits (longevity, energy, youthfullness, super nutrients)
  • Strauss Heart Drops also BUY 1 get 1 FREE (literally uncloggs arteries)
  • Argan Oil all natural way to get that beautiful radiant skin
  • Alive Brand Phase 2 the white kidney bean that recues carb lovers helping you to lose those stubborn pounds
  • SafSlim is highly researched in specifically targeting BELLY FAT, Dr. OZ just talked about SafSlim on January 3rd
  • And there is much much more. Everything from cleanses to hormone help to antioxidants.

Alive Winter Flyer January 2012 (BC Locations)

Morning Sun Winter Flyer January 2012 (Alberta Locations)

Supplements Plus Winter Flyer January 2012 (Ontario Locations)

As always we look forward to helping you at a location near you!  If there is not a location near you we would love to help you with a mail order, you can call toll free 1866-499-9546

 

Aug
4
2011

Take a “Time Out” This Summer: Mental Well Being

Categories: Mental Well Being, Quick Tips, Stress

We tend to focus on eating right as well as our physical well-being.  While these are most definitely important we cannot neglect our mental well-being.  People often do not know how to slow down or how to take a moment to be in the moment. Some people have never heard of mental well-being and perhaps npw is the time to give it a try!  Summer is an excellent time to get on the right track for your mental well being journey.  Most of us claim to be too busy to take “time out” for ourselves and that it is just another thing to remember to do! BUT to be mindful of your mental well-being is no joke.  Without peace, calmness and serenity people quickly become stress balls, which as we all know stress is the cause of a lot of our diseases today.

Why try starting a mental well-being regime in the summer?

  • The days are longer, therefore you will feel like you have more hours in the day to incorporate time for yourself.
  • More day light hours usually translates into happier people because you are able to get more Vitamin D, if you are feeling happier you are more likely to have the desire to try something new as well as stick with it.
  • In a lot of cases people tend to be on holidays in the summer therefore you will feel more relaxed to start a new regime, once you get a good hold of what works for you, you will be more likely to follow through in the the fall and winter with your mental well-being routine

What can you do to help your mental state?

  • You can always try yoga which will focus on mental and still your physical well-being.
  • Meditation can be simple.  Don’t start with high expectations.  Start small and work your way up.  It can be something as simple as thinking about positive thoughts for 5 minutes a day.  This can greatly put things in perspective for you.  Repeating positive thoughts for 5 minutes in the morning sets you up for a productive day.  When people say they do not have time for this, I say try setting your alarm clock 5 minutes earlier.
  • Try to lay down flat on your back while listening to relaxing music.  Start by relaxing your eyes, your nose, your checks, your ears and basically you work from head all the way to your toes, by really focusing on your body and nothing else.
  • Be mindful all day long.  What does this mean?  This means look after yourself and your mental state all day long.  Stress that you can cut out right away is stop “people pleasing”.  People pleasing really messes with your mental state and can actually become quite dangerous to your body.  Stay true to yourself! When we think of toxins, we often think of doing a cleanse to clean out all of the bad foods we have been eating, but never underestimate the power of toxic relationships!  Get rid of them!  We must always respect one another, but you do not have to make it your mission to love everyone and spend time with everyone that walks into your life.  Set boundaries and learn how to say “no”.  You can say things politely and with respect.  Just remember, if you do not take care of yourself, no one else will… this especially rings true for your mental well-being.  No one can read your mind and make all your stresses go away, only YOU can.
  • You can try finding solace in spirituality.  It does not have to be religious based.  Find what ever works for you.
  • Take a bath! Soak your feet or just take a walk.
  • If you really truly feel bummed out there are safe and natural supplements that can definitely help.  Fish oil with a high concentration of DHA essential fatty acid, vitamin D, a good quality multi can also do wonders!

Lastly, taking time to smell the flowers is never a waste of time.  Repeat this over in your head three times. Life is a beautiful thing and while working hard is a wonderful trait to have there has to be a balance.  It may not seem like it right now, but it catches up with us.  I myself love to work and I love seeing the hard work pay off, but I notice how the quality of my work goes up when I take time for myself.  At the end of the day there is no recipe for how to nurture your mental state, so just do what is best for you!  As always we thank you for reading and we look forward to helping you at a location near you!