This may be the time to make yours now Spring has arrived? How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Last All Year

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Last All Year.

This really will help you to make a start on whatever the change you want to make, health is wellbeing, feeling better about yourself and that comes in many different forms, take a few minutes to read this and you will see its one small step at a time.


Any improvement is good

Maybe you didn’t exercise as much as you planned or ate as carefully as you intended. But if you’re still doing better now than you were the year before, maybe it’s because you managed to chip away at a few bad habits. And that’s great – because the little changes to the way you do things every single day can really add up. You can continue to build on these small successes this New Year.

Don’t do too much at once

It’s great to be ambitious but if you try to tackle too many changes at once, you could be setting yourself up for defeat. Making resolutions is the easy part; making them stick is what’s hard, because you have to do things differently. It takes time to undo a bad habit, which is why repetition is so important. However, it’s a lot easier to repeat a small, relatively easy task than one that seems positively Herculean. Plus, you have to figure out what’s getting in the way of your progress, and figure out how to move these obstacles out of your way.

Let’s say you don’t floss your teeth as often as you should. What’s getting in your way? And what steps can you take to make sure you’ll do it regularly? It’s not really a time issue; it only takes a couple of minutes. Firstly, you need to make sure you have the floss in the house. Then, you need to make sure you see the floss whenever you brush your teeth. Finally, you need a mirror so you can see what you’re doing.

Maybe you decide that rather than tossing the dental floss in the back of the medicine cabinet where it gets lost in a jumble of half-used toiletries, you’ll instead make a little ‘dental kit’ for yourself. Make one that includes your toothbrush, your toothpaste, your floss, and maybe a little dental mirror. With everything conveniently in one place it’s more likely that every time you pull out your kit, you’ll not just brush––you’ll wind up flossing too.

Move obstacles out of your way

Same thing goes with your eating habits. You have to figure out why you’re not doing what you plan to do, and how you can make it easier. It’s easy to say you’re going to eat more fruits and vegetables, but it’s hard to do if you don’t keep them in the house. But that’s not enough. Once you’ve got them in the house, you have to make it easier to eat them. So, maybe you make sure to keep a stash of fruit in the freezer to add to protein shakes or keep a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter to remind you that fruit makes a great snack. You could also keep some cut up veggies handy in the refrigerator where you’ll see them every time you open the door looking for something to munch on.

Just make sure that whatever changes you plan to make are things you know you can really do. If you’ve never brought your lunch to work, it’s unlikely you’ll suddenly start doing it every day. So, set a reasonable goal and make it specific. Not “I’m going to bring my lunch to work more often,” but “I’m going to bring my lunch to work twice a week.” That way at the end of the week it’s easy to determine if you’ve met your goal or not.

Susan Bowerman is Director of Nutrition Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a Board-Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.


Importance of dietary fibre in the daily diet

The times people tell me they don’t like fruit, vegetables take to long to prepare, they feel bloated!!!
Fibre from vegetables and fruits are the key to digestive health, being of an age when the family food came fresh from the garden or market stall I remember my Grandmother telling me to eat my greens for the roughage! Roughage? well that’s fibre, what we need for a health digestive tract, without it you won’t have a healthy body and have the vibrance we seek.
I have two Fibre and herb tablets three times a day as well as fruit in my shakes twice a day and eat fresh fruit.
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Importance of dietary fibre in the daily diet

What is dietary fibre?

Dietary fibres are carbohydrate-based plant materials that are neither digested nor absorbed in the upper parts of the digestive system. This is because dietary fibres cannot be broken down by our own digestive enzymes. The definition of dietary fibre not only includes those located in the cell walls of plants (e.g. cellulose, hemicellulose, pectin), but also other non-digestible carbohydrates such as resistant starch, oligosaccharides (e.g. inulin) and lignin.  Dietary fibres present in plant cell walls are the major components of dietary fibre and as they provide a rigid structure by surrounding plant cells, they affect the digestion and release of nutrients [1-3].

What are the effects of dietary fibre?

Dietary fibre is well known for its significant impact on digestion and gut function, which include effects on the proportion of nutrients available for absorption, the time it takes for food to pass through the digestive system, slowing of the flow and mixing of the food as it is digested, changes in the rate and extent of macronutrient digestion and absorption, and effects on the bacteria living in the large intestine [1].The role of fibre in capturing nutrients has been identified as an important mechanism by which plant foods tend to be digested more slowly and to a lesser extent, thereby lowering the rise in blood glucose and/or lipids after a meal [1].

Dietary fibres differ with regard to their physical and chemical properties. For instance, fibres can consist of very long to relatively short chains of molecules, are soluble in water to a varying degree, can in some cases form a viscous gel-like substance upon contact with water, and range from almost completely fermentable to largely non-fermentable by the bacteria in the gut. Unsurprisingly, different fibre types have different effects on gut function, metabolism and health [1, 3].For example, largely insoluble cereal fibres from wheat, bran and oats contribute to an increase in stool mass[4, 5], whereas, beta-glucan, a soluble, viscous fibre found in oats and barley, reduces blood cholesterol levels by interfering with cholesterol absorption[6, 7].Consumption of soluble, viscous fibres (e.g. beta-glucans) can also contribute a reduction of the blood glucose rise after a meal [8-9].

How much dietary fibre do I need?

Dietary fibre aids laxation by increasing faecal bulk and stool frequency and reducing intestinal transit time. To maintain normal laxation it is recommended that adults consume 25 g of fibre per day. However, there is evidence of beneficial health effects if dietary fibre intake is increased. However, in many modern societies diets are very low in dietary fibre [2]. Nowadays, fibre intake in most European countries is below the recommended levels, with average intakes as low as 12.7 and 13.6g per day in Spain and UK, respectively [10-11]

Fibre intake and the gut microbiome

After passing through the upper parts of the digestive system undigested, dietary fibres reach the large intestine, where they are fermented by around 39 trillion bacteria which live there. For your reference, the average human body consists of 30 trillion cells [12]. In the large intestine fermentable dietary fibre is converted into short-chain fatty acids and other metabolites [13].Dietary fibre that is not (fully) fermented by the bacteria is excreted in faeces [14].Short-chain fatty acids represent a source of energy for the host(up to 10% of daily energy intake)and are important signalling molecules that affect our health in many ways, for example by affecting intestinal transit, decreasing glucose production in the liver, reducing inflammation, and increasing satiety [15-16].

Humans have evolved with dense microbial populations that colonise our gut, which are related to the immune system, cardiovascular health, and bodyweight, among others. However, emerging evidence suggests that current lifestyle, in particular a diet low in dietary fibre, has led to an important reduction of the human gut microbiome [17]. A low-fibre diet does not provide sufficient nutrients for the gut bacteria, leading to a loss of species and, therefore, a reduction in the production of short-chain fatty acids and other metabolites with important physiological functions [17]. An adequate dietary fibre intake may thus be a requirement for an optimal balance of the microbes living in your gut [13, 17, 18, 19].

How do I boost my dietary fibre intake?

To obtain the full range of health benefits associated with the consumption of a mix of fibre-rich foods, it is generally recommended to get your dietary fibre through a variety of food sources [2, 13]. ≥25g of fibre/day is achievable through a healthy diet, if meals are based around wholegrain varieties of starchy foods, include at least five portions of fruit and vegetables daily (1 portion = 80 g), and fibre-rich snacks(nuts, seeds, and dried fruit)and other high-fibre foods(e.g. pulses)are selected. However, in certain circumstances, it may be difficult to meet the fibre recommendations via traditional foods, and innovative high-fibre ingredients may help consumers to increase their fibre intakes [20] and provide additional targeted health benefits (e.g. blood glucose control, blood cholesterol reduction, normal intestinal function) in case of specific fibre types, such as oat fibre, beta-glucans from oats and barley [4, 6, 8,].



  1. Grundy, M.M., et al., Re-evaluation of the mechanisms of dietary fibre and implications for macronutrient bioaccessibility, digestion and postprandial metabolism. Br J Nutr, 2016. 116(5): p. 816-33.
  2. EFSA, Scientific Opinion on Dietary Reference Values for carbohydrates and dietary fibre. EFSA Journal, 2010. 8(3):1462.
  3. Lovegrove, A., et al., Role of polysaccharides in food, digestion, and health. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr, 2017. 57(2): p. 237-253.
  4. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to oat and barley grain fibre and increase in faecal bulk (ID 819, 822) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2011;9(6):2249.
  5. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to wheat bran fibre and increase in faecal bulk (ID 3066), reduction in intestinal transit time (ID 828, 839, 3067, 4699) and contribution to the maintenance or achievement of a normal body weight (ID 829) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2010;8(10):1817
  6. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to oat beta glucan and lowering blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2010;8 (12):1885.
  7. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to barley beta-glucans and lowering of blood cholesterol and reduced risk of (coronary) heart disease pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2011;9(12):2471.
  8. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to pectins and reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses (ID 786), maintenance of normal blood cholesterol concentrations (ID 818) and increase in satiety leading to a reduction in energy intake (ID 4692) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2010;8(10):1747.
  9. EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, N. and Allergies, Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to beta-glucans from oats and barley and maintenance of normal blood LDL-cholesterol concentrations (ID 1236, 1299), increase in satiety leading to a reduction in energy intake (ID 851,852), reduction of post-prandial glycaemic responses (ID 821, 824), and “digestive function” (ID 850) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2011;9(6):2207.
  10. Ruiz E., et al. Macronutrient Distribution and Dietary Sourcesin the Spanish Population: Findings from the ANIBES Study. Nutrients, 2016, 8, 177
  11. Stephen AM., et al. Dietary fibre in Europe: current state of knowledge on definitions, sources, recommendations, intakes and relationships to health. Nutr Res Rev.2017Jul 5:1-42.
  12. Sender, R., S. Fuchs, and R. Milo, Revised Estimates for the Number of Human and Bacteria Cells in the Body. PLoS Biol, 2016. 14(8): p. e1002533.
  13. Sonnenburg, J.L. and F. Backhed, Diet-microbiota interactions as moderators of human metabolism. Nature, 2016. 535(7610): p. 56-64.
  14. McRorie, J.W., Jr. and N.M. McKeown, Understanding the Physics of Functional Fibers in the Gastrointestinal Tract: An Evidence-Based Approach to Resolving Enduring Misconceptions about Insoluble and Soluble Fiber. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Feb;117(2):251-264.
  15. Koh, A., et al., From Dietary Fiber to Host Physiology: Short-Chain Fatty Acids as Key Bacterial Metabolites. Cell, 2016. 165(6): p. 1332-1345.
  16. Fetissov, S.O., Role of the gut microbiota in host appetite control: bacterial growth to animal feeding behaviour. Nat Rev Endocrinol, 2017. 13(1): p. 11-25.
  17. Deehan, E.C. and J. Walter, The Fiber Gap and the Disappearing Gut Microbiome: Implications for Human Nutrition. Trends Endocrinol Metab, 2016. 27(5): p. 239-42.
  18. Lynch, S.V. and O. Pedersen, The Human Intestinal Microbiome in Health and Disease. N Engl J Med, 2016. 375(24): p. 2369-2379.
  19. Dahl, W.J. and M.L. Stewart, Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Health Implications of Dietary Fiber. J Acad Nutr Diet, 2015. 115(11): p. 1861-70.
  20. Hooper, B., A. Spiro, and S. Stanner, 30 g of fibre a day: An achievable recommendation? Nutrition Bulletin, 2015. 40(2): p. 118-129.

Why is hydration good for you?


Why is hydration good for you?

Your body is made up of more than 80% water, EVERYTHING is requiring water, NOT tea, Coffee, Alcohol, Pop JUST WATER, If you don’t drink enough your body will find it where it can and use it to survive.

This leaves your internal organs being put under pressure, headaches and cramps, but what gets many people’s attention, the water is drawn away from the surface, so if you like premature ageing and wrinkled skin, Dont read this blog!

Fluid can be fulfilled from a combination of not only water but also food, contributing to our daily water consumption, yet, the amount varies widely.

Milk, fresh fruits and vegetables are among the foods with a very high concentration of water. This provides us with a wide variety of beverages, where better hydration can be accomplished.

Even though teas and coffees contain caffeine which promotes water loss from urine, if consumed in a controlled way it contributes to our daily water intake. Herbal teas are preferred over regular teas or coffee as they tend to have lower caffeine content.

Herbalife Instant Herbal Beverage is a herbal beverage with tea extracts from a combination of green tea, orange pekoe tea, malva, hibiscus and cardamom. Besides contributing to your water intake, Herbalife Instant Herbal Beverages are low calorie and provide 85 mg of caffeine per serving. Which helps increase alertness, and can make you feel energetic which is needed more during breakfast. It comes in different flavours, and can be consumed cold or hot.

Why not use your favourite Herbalife Instant Beverage flavour to make Ice-tea? A very convenient way to drink during the summer period where you can customise your beverage with different flavours from fresh fruits and herbs.


Dietary Proteins and Weight Management

We have a well written explanation with not only of what is fact and will change your health, but has the reference of credentials of all contributors to the information.

Dietary Proteins and Weight Management

Proteins and weight management

Protein is one of the major nutrients in our food and it is the building block of every cell in our bodies. Some of its properties are widely known: it contributes to the growth and maintenance of muscle mass, it is needed for building and repairing body tissue, and it functions as enzymes and hormones while contributing to the smooth running of the immune system1. However, proteins have another key role in nutrition; they could also be helpful in managing body weight.

Observational studies have shown that diets high in protein are associated with a lower BMI* (Body Mass Index) and waist circumference2. In addition, scientific evidence suggests that low calorie high protein diets are more effective than low calorie standard protein diets when it comes to weight loss and fat mass reduction as well as the maintenance of fat free mass2-7.

* BMI is a measure that uses your height and weight to assess if your weight is within healthy parameters

Moreover, studies have also shown that after initial weight loss, high protein diets are thought to be more likely to prevent the lost weight from returning coming back, thus making weight management easier3, 8.

Some of the possible mechanisms for explaining these effects are increased satiety and diet induced thermogenesis, and the maintenance of muscle mass that comes with high protein diets.

Appetite control

Several studies have demonstrated that proteins assist us in feeling fuller, preventing hunger-like symptoms for longer periods of time than carbohydrates and fats9. This is mainly due to the influence of protein consumption on appetite and satiety regulating hormones10-12.

However, the contribution of proteins to satiety is not only evident in the more intense and longer-lasting feeling of fullness that follows the consumption of a high protein meal; protein rich diets may induce satiety in the medium term as well 12,13, which may translate into reduced caloric intake. As some studies have shown, high protein diets could lead to a calorie intake reduction of up to 440 Kcal per day14.

Additionally, high protein diets have shown to have a greater effect in reducing the desire to eat late at night and reduce the craving for food than standard protein diets. This could be of value in helping to avoid overeating in the evenings and cutting down on late-night snacking15.

Increased Diet Induced Thermogenesis

When examining the properties of protein, it is also important to consider to thermic effect protein has during the digestive process. Diet Induced Thermogenesis, also known as Thermic Effect of Food, is the amount of energy needed to digest, absorb, and metabolize nutrients. It represents around 10% of the total daily energy consumption of the human body. It is influenced by the energy density and macronutrient composition of a meal. Protein generates a greater thermic effect of food than carbohydrates or fats. In fact, the thermic effect of proteins is up to ten times higher than fats, and three times higher than with carbohydrates3. This means that the body burns more calories when processing proteins than processing fats or carbohydrates.

The role of muscle mass

Muscle mass burns three times more calories per day than body fat. Each kilogram of muscle in the human body burns about 14Kcal per day, while fat only burns 4.5 Kcal per day16. Therefore, maintaining (or increasing) muscle mass, is key to boosting energy consumption throughout the day. However, anybody who embarks on a weight loss focused diet will find that one of the main challenges is to encourage loss of fat mass while maintaining lean muscle mass. Several studies have shown that, while inducing more weight and fat mass loss, high protein diets are also helpful for maintaining muscle mass6.

In addition to exercising, one of the major stimuli for muscle mass build up is the appropriate protein intake. When it comes to building muscle, not only the amount of protein consumption is important but the quality, timing and distribution of protein during the day. Several studies have shown that for better muscle stimuli, around 20 g of high quality protein should be consumed per meal, especially after an exercise bout17-21. Besides, another study have also revealed that an even distribution of protein intake during the day (e.g., 30 g/meal) is more beneficial than skewed amounts of protein intake (e.g., 10 g for breakfast, 20 g for lunch, and 60 g for dinner) in promoting building muscle mass22.

Yet and despite scientific studies the average protein intake distribution of adults is often skewed, with a low intake at breakfast, which does not reach the threshold of 20–30 g, and is typically too much at dinner time 23.

Sources of protein

The benefits of protein in managing appetite and weight are evidenced regardless of whether the protein comes from animal or plant l sources24. Recommended sources of protein are lean meats, fish, low-fat dairy, eggs, soy and other legumes, and protein rich food supplements.



  1. Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids. 2005. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
  2. Pasiakos SM, Lieberman HR, Fulgoni VL. Higher-protein diets are associated with higher HDL cholesterol and lower BMI and waist circumference in US adults. J Nutr. 2015 Mar;145(3):605-14.
  3. Leidy HJ, et al. The role of protein in weight loss and maintenance. Am J Clin Nutr 2015;101(Suppl):1320S–9S.
  4. Flechtner-Mors M, et al.Enhanced weight loss with protein-enriched meal replacements in subjects with the metabolic syndrome. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2010 Jul;26(5):393-405.
  5. Pesta DH, Samuel VT. A high-protein diet for reducing body fat: mechanisms and possible caveats. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2014 Nov 19;11(1):53.
  6. Wycherley TP, et al. Effects of energy-restricted high-protein, low-fat compared with standard-protein, low-fat diets: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trialsAm J Clin Nutr 2012;96:1281–98.
  7. Layman, DK, et al. A Moderate-Protein Diet Produces Sustained Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes in Body Composition and Blood Lipids in Obese Adults. J Nutr. 2009 Mar;139(3):514-21.
  8. Aller, EE., et al. Weight loss maintenance in overweight subjects on ad libitum diets with high or low protein content and glycemic index: the DIOGENES trial 12-month results. Int J Obes (Lond). 2014 Dec;38(12):1511-7.
  9. Dhillon, J., et al. The Effects of Increased Protein Intake on Fullness: A Meta-Analysis and Its Limitations. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2016 Jun;116(6):968-83.
  10. Bowen J et al. Appetite regulatory hormone responses to various dietary proteins differ by body mass index status despite similar reductions in ad libitum energy intake. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.2006; 91(8): 2913-9.
  11. Belza A, Ritz C, Sørensen MQ, Holst JJ, Rehfeld JF, Astrup A. Contribution of gastroenteropancreatic appetite hormones to protein-induced satiety. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 May;97(5):980-9.
  12. Yang D, Liu Z, Yang H, Jue Y. Acute effects of high-protein versus normal-protein isocaloric meals on satiety and ghrelin. Eur J Nutr. 2014 Mar;53(2):493-500.
  13. Westerterp-Plantenga MS, Nieuwenhuizen A, Tomé D, Soenen S, Westerterp KR. Dietary protein, weight loss, and weight maintenance. Annu Rev Nutr. 2009;29:21-41.
  14. Weigle DS et al. A high-protein diet induces sustained reductions in appetite, ad libitum caloric intake, and body weight despite compensatory changes in diurnal plasma leptin and ghrelin concentrations. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005; 82: 41-8
  15. Leidy, H.J.; Tang, M.; Armstrong, C.L.; Martin, C.B.; Campbell, W.W. The effects of consuming frequent, higher protein meals on appetite and satiety during weight loss in overweight/obese men. Obesity 2011, 19,818–824.
  16. Butte ND and Caballero B. (2014) Energy Needs assessments and requirements. In: Ross AC, Caballero B, Cousins RJ, Tucker KL and Ziegler TR, eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease, eleventh Edition. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp. 88-101
  17. Symons TB, et al. A moderate serving of high-quality protein maximally stimulates skeletal muscle protein synthesis in young and elderly subjects. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Sep;109(9):1582-6
  18. Moore DR, et al. Ingested protein dose response of muscle and albumin protein synthesis after resistance exercise in young men. Am J Clin Nutr 2009;89:161–8.
  19. West DWD, et al. Rapid aminoacidemia enhances myofibrillar protein synthesis and anabolic intramuscular signalling responses after resistance exercise. Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94:795–803.
  20. Areta JL, et al. Timing and distribution of protein ingestion during prolonged recovery from resistance exercise alters myofibrillar protein synthesis. J Physiol. 2013 May 1;591(9):2319-31.
  21. Witard, OC. Et al. Myofibrillar muscle protein synthesis rates subsequent to a meal in response to increasing doses of whey protein at rest and after resistance exercise. Am J Clin Nutr 2014; 99:86–95.
  22. Mamerow MM, et al. Dietary Protein Distribution Positively Influences 24-h Muscle Protein Synthesis in Healthy Adults. J Nutr. 2014 Jun; 144(6): 876–880.
  23. Paddon-Jones, D., et al. Protein and healthy aging. Am J Clin Nutr 2015;101(Suppl):1339S–45S.
  24. Neacsu M, Fyfe C, Horgan G, Johnstone AM. Appetite control and biomarkers of satiety with vegetarian (soy) and meat-based high-protein diets for weight loss in obese men: a randomized crossover trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Aug;100(2):548-58.

Four Reasons Why Meal Replacements Are Ideal Functional Foods

Four Reasons Why Meal Replacements Are Ideal Functional Foods

Functional Foods

With scientific and technological advancements in both nutrition and food science and an increasing demand for personalised nutrition, consumers can select from an array of functional foods and make them part of everyday life. Within the EU, the, there is no regulatory definition of “functional food,” but according to The British Nutrition Foundation, “the term ‘functional’ is sometimes used to describe foods and drinks that are enriched with particular nutrients or substances that have the potential to positively influence health over and above their basic nutritional value.”

All foods have some function, but there’s a difference with those deemed to be “functional foods.” According to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic position paper: “All food is essentially functional at some level as it provides energy and nutrients needed to sustain life. However, there is growing evidence that some food components, not considered nutrients in the traditional sense, may provide positive health benefits.”

Why Meal Replacements Qualify as Functional Foods

Meal replacements come in various forms, like Herbalife Nutrition Formula 1 Shake or Formula 1 Express Meal Bars, and they have some common characteristics, beyond taste, aroma or nutritive value, that make them functional foods:

  • These products support weight loss and weight maintenance, through portion control and by providing the nutrients our body would need per meal.
  • They are rich in protein, which supports the maintence and growth of muscle mass.
  • All European meal replacement products are fortified with vitamins and minerals.

Meal replacements are a category of functional food that provide a variety of healthy benefits. Traditionally used for weight management, evidence has accrued in recent years suggesting they provide a host of other benefits, including maintenance of lean body mass, lower glycemic index and by serving as a source of daily nutrition to help fill nutrient gaps in the diet.

Here are some more resources for information about functional foods:

Author: Andrew Shao, Ph.D., vice president, Global Government Affairs, Herbalife Nutrition order your products today


well it’s been a while, but off we go again

Well to get things of correctly the blog is now concentrating on the benefits of Herbalife nutritional products in keeping you on top form and updates and concerns in my battle with Prostate cancer, both subjects aimed at helping others understand how I live my confusing life.

I also have a link I will use that allows anyone who is interested in reading all about the products in detail, it also offers the opportunity to order any that may appeal to you? order your products today


The difference in weight loss and weight loss with long term health results.


We all know people who have lost large amounts of weight in quite a short time, they have told us of how great they feel and they looked fantastic, then the next time they are seen they look larger than before they went on the weight loss program.

This sadly is the case in so many instances, it’s due to a few factors but the main one is that the actual product was working in a way that left the persons body dehydrated and lacking in macro and micro nutrients to build muscle fiber, in plain language they have been starved, and in the end their survival instinct has taken over and they have over compensated and eaten the food store.

Its a fact that people who lose weight on many systems end up with saggy skin, weight loss far to quick, they are tired and irritable, their body’s are not getting the correct nutrition, they become bored with the bland taste of many of the products.

I have in my life tried many of these systems and have experienced all of the facts stated, we do it because we see it on the TV and so it must be right, the sad reality is many of these products can result in long term health issues, one of the biggest side effects is dehydration which leads to all sorts of problems.

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So what can we use? well what about a product that actually feeds your body, that’s absorbed within thirty minuets that supplies the correct amount of nutrition that your body will use and not have to process and dispose of excess vitamins as with so many products, that uses good fat to build muscle fiber, to ensure a gentle release of protein staving off hunger and give healthy weight loss and giving a good shape with elasticity to the skin.

Do you want a healthy meal plan which is used by hundreds of Olympic sports people and is approved by the Olympic scientific board, by sports stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, who has help develop a sports drink with the company CR7 Drive.

The fact is this is the only MEAL replacement product that supplies a nutritious filling healthy meal, its a life changing product that works, that comes with one to one support, that encourages life changing steps that dose change peoples lives forever.

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Turmeric the power of natural healing that could just be what your looking for!




We take things for granted mainly because we don’t know the power some things have to give us, if you have heard of Turmeric it’s that orange stuff in the bottle on the spice rack.

Some of us know that in India they have this root thing that makes curry orange, we also see it in the geographical magazines and TV shows when Indian people throw it at each other, BUT WHAT ELSE CAN IT DO?

Turmeric has many healing quality’s, with the fight against cancer this is a key ingredient that gives noticeable results just take your time to check this information.

The TV programmer “Trust Me I’m a doctor” did an experiment with a group of people using Turmeric and the results were amazing and all positive.

I will talk about this and much more as the blogs go on in the weeks to come.

Possibly Effective for:

  • High cholesterol. Research suggests that taking turmeric extract by mouth twice daily for 3 months reduces total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad”) cholesterol, and triglycerides in overweight people with high cholesterol.
  • Osteoarthritis. Some research shows that taking turmeric extracts, alone or in combination with other herbal ingredients, can reduce pain and improve function in people with osteoarthritis. In some research, turmeric worked about as well as ibuprofen for reducing osteoarthritis pain. However, it does not seem to work as well as diclofenac for improving pain and function in people with osteoarthritis.
  • Itching (pruritus). Research suggests that taking turmeric by mouth three times daily for 8 weeks reduces itching in people with long-term kidney disease. Also, early research suggests that taking a specific combination product (C3 Complex, Sami Labs LTD) containing curcumin plus black pepper or long pepper daily for 4 weeks reduces itching severity and improves quality of life in people with chronic itching caused by mustard gas.


Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Stomach ulcers. Some research suggests that taking turmeric three times daily for 8 weeks does not improve stomach ulcers. Also, taking powdered turmeric four times daily for 6 weeks seems to be less effective than taking a conventional antacid.


Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Alzheimer’s disease. Early research shows that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for 6 months does not benefit people with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Eye inflammation (anterior uveitis). Early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, might improve symptoms of long-term inflammation in the middle layer of the eye.
  • Colorectal cancer. Early research suggests that taking a specific turmeric product containing turmeric extract and Javanese turmeric extract (P54FP, Phytopharm plc., Godmanchester, United Kingdom) might stabilize some measures of colon cancer. There is also early evidence that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for 30 days can reduce the number of precancerous glands in the colon of people at high risk of cancer. 
  • Bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft surgery). Early research suggests that taking curcuminoids, which are chemicals found in turmeric, starting 3 days before surgery and continuing for 5 days after surgery can lower the risk of a heart attack following bypass surgery.
  • Skin wounds related to cancer. Early research suggests that applying a turmeric ointment might help to relieve odor and itching caused by wounds associated with different types of cancer.
  • A type of inflammatory bowel disease called Crohn’s disease. Some evidence suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for one month can reduce bowel movements, diarrhea, and stomach pain in people with Crohn’s disease.
  • Depression. Early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, twice daily for 6 weeks is as effective as the antidepressant medication fluoxetine in people with depression.
  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking turmeric extract twice daily for 9 months can reduce the number of people with prediabetes who develop diabetes.
  • Stomach upset (dyspepsia). Some research shows that taking turmeric by mouth four times daily for 7 days might help improve an upset stomach.
  • Gum disease (gingivitis). Early research suggests that using a turmeric mouthwash is as effective as a drug-therapy mouthwash for reducing gum disease and bacteria levels in the mouth of people with gingivitis.
  • Stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection. Early research suggests that taking turmeric daily for 4 weeks is less effective than conventional treatment for eliminating certain bacteria (H. pylori) that can cause stomach ulcers.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Early research suggests that taking a turmeric extract (Cynara Turmeric, Lchtwer Pharma) daily for 8 weeks reduces the occurrence of IBS in people with IBS who are otherwise healthy.
  • Joint pain. Research shows that taking a specific combination product (Instaflex Joint Support, Direct Digital, Charlotte, NC) containing turmeric and other ingredients three times daily for 8 weeks reduces the severity of joint pain. But it does not appear to help joint stiffness or improve joint function.
  • Skin rash (Lichen planus). Taking a certain product (Curcumin C3 Complex, Sabinsa Corp) containing chemicals found in turmeric three times daily for 12 days can reduce skin irritation caused by lichen planus.
  • Prostate cancer. Research suggests that taking a formula containing broccoli powder, turmeric powder, pomegranate whole fruit powder, and green tea extract three times daily for 6 months prevents an increase in prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels in men with prostate cancer. PSA levels are measured to monitor how well prostate cancer treatment is working. However, it’s not yet known if this formula reduces the risk of prostate cancer progression or recurrence.
  • Inflammation in the mouth and/or esophagus from radiation treatment. Early research suggests that swishing a turmeric solution in the mouth six times daily for 6 weeks reduces the risk of inflammation in the mouth and/or esophagus caused by radiation treatment in people with head and neck cancer.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early research suggests that curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, might reduce some RA symptoms, including morning stiffness, walking time, and joint swelling. Other research shows that taking a turmeric product (BCM-95, Arjuna Natural Extracts, India) twice daily reduces RA symptoms more than conventional medication.
  • Recover from surgery. Early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for up to one week after surgery can reduce pain, fatigue, and the need for pain medications.
  • An inflammatory disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Early research suggests that taking turmeric by mouth three times daily for 3 months can reduce blood pressure and improve kidney function in people with kidney inflammation (lupus nephritis) caused by systemic lupus erythematosus.
  • Tuberculosis. Early research suggests that taking a product containing turmeric and Tinospora cordifolia can reduce bacteria levels, improve wound healing, and reduce liver toxicity caused by antituberculosis therapy in people with tuberculosis who are receiving antituberculosis therapy.
  • A type of inflammatory bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. Some early research suggests that taking curcumin, a chemical found in turmeric, daily for up to 6 months can reduce symptoms and the recurrence of ulcerative colitis when used in combination with conventional treatments. Other research shows that taking turmeric extract as an enema might help people with this condition.
  • Acne.
  • Jaundice.
  • Hepatitis.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Liver and gallbladder problems.
  • Headache.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Pain.
  • Ringworm.
  • Bruising.
  • Other conditions.

Welcome back to the Gift of Health Blog. ( I should say that to myself as it’s been me who has been away!)  

I’ts been a while since I blogged, not due to a lack of passion for health and the desire to help people become more healthy and active, that is the bedrock.

No, its because i have been off track in my own head, I was diagnosed April 2015 was Prostate Cancer, it was a high grade advanced cancer and in the first week I had it and twenty four lymph glands removed.

Unfortunately there was a cancer not seen and during surgery it was found and removed but some cells had fallen into my body.

The cells started to grow and I was told that whilst it wasn’t needed right away I would have to have radiotherapy and that due to previous injury’s that have left my organs stuck together it may well lead to incontinence.

I said very little to anyone about this and sunk within myself, then when at the gym one evening I saw my friend David Bevan, (Chairman’s Club Member Herbalife International) whilst chatting he said I should call Jane Clark, his partner and also a friend (Chairman’s Club Member Herbalife International) as she also had cancer of the skin, that some of the doctors in Herbalife had advised various vegetables and fruits that would help the body to become an active alkaline state and that cancer has a difficulty to survive.

I spoke to Jane and she gave me lots of information and tips to start my campaign to become healthy, since that time its been a close communication to fight the disease, I will refer to these as we move forward in the battle.

Today is day 224 of the Super Shakes, I will keep yo posted and continue the battle, we will get back on track in the coming days on health in general but I wanted to explain my absence.

Pleased to be back :


The picture above is what you will see a lot off each day when I spin the magic that is the Super Shake, hopefully it will motivate and offer alternatives to people who feel there are none 🙂


What Is Herbalife Gold Standard?

Herbalife Provides The Gold Standard In Consumer Protection.

I’m often asked why I have so much passion for that shake stuff I use and retail?

I first tell them my story of a breathless overweight lethargic 51 year old who was told that’s the way it is when you reach that time in your life!

Fortunately I Gary, he was a Member of Herbalife, he told me if I tried the products I could improve my situation! Did I get excited and ask when I could get started? NO I Didn’t, I was exactly the same as 99% of other people!

However Gary didn’t give up and I eventually tried the shakes, within a very short time I achieved not only a great weight loss but also more energy and that changes your mind set, life offers so much more when you feel good.

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So for nearly fourteen years my day has never started without a shake, I have used the inner and outer nutrition products every day and I feel great.

So then what people normally say is What if?

Gold Standard Guarantees.

Low Start-Up Costs:

There are no minimum purchases required and there is a low cost for the Herbalife Member Pack.

There is no requirement to purchase any sales and business tools to start up or succeed in your Herbalife Membership.

Money-Back Guarantee:

There is a fully refundable, 90-day money-back guarantee for the cost of the Herbalife Member Pack if a Membership is cancelled for any reason.

There is a 100% refund guarantee on product for all unsold products purchased in the prior 12 month if Membership is cancelled for any reason.

Up-Front Business opportunity information:

We provide clear, accurate, and timley disclosures to prospective Members regarding potential income in our Statement of Average Gross Compensation.

Written Acknowledgement:

We require a new Member to acknowledge in writing that they are aware of each of these Gold Standard Guarantees before their Membership Application and Agreement is accepted.

Strong Product and Business opportunity Claim Guidelines:

We clearly define the benefit of each product and appropriate method of use directly on the label so the right product is taken the right way to achieve the best results.

Approved product claims and product information can also be found in the product brochure in the Herbalife Member Pack, other official literature, and your details to get on

We provide realistic expectations of the business opportunity and the effort required to succeed at all levels.


Well this is the point that I like to take back the offer, weather a person is asking me about the products in a weight or sport context or even if its about becoming a Herbalife Member, I offer an affordable Three Day Trial, This is to see if the person likes the products, also the commitment to use the products, believe it or not taking the Three Day Trial people feel and can see how the products can work for them.

If this article has you wanting to know more of would like to try the Three Day Trial, email any questions to me at or call either 01303 241145, 07917733177.

There has never been a better time to change your situation with 24/7 support as a Herbalife Customer or Herbalife Member, don’t delay take action today.