Can be used, in combination with a healthy and balanced diet, both as a curative solution for those with high blood cholesterol levels, allowing better cholesterol management, or as a preventive measure to keep our arteries healthy for even longer!
CHOLESTEROL: Fighting fat with fat!
This statement certainly seems utopian to you! In order to reduce the bad fats in our body, we must increase the intake of good fats.
First of all, let’s define cholesterol! Cholesterol is a substance found in the walls of cells all over the body! It is also important to know that cholesterol is essential to the production of many hormones and vitamins important to the human body such as Vitamin D!
Our goal: To maintain a healthy level of cholesterol in our body. Not too high; Not too low!
We often talk about good and bad cholesterol:
- Good cholesterol = HDL which allows the elimination of LDL
- Bad cholesterol: LDL
LDL, or bad cholesterol, penetrates the walls of the arteries. Because the human body is always looking for balance and the maintenance of normal blood flow, the walls of the arteries deform and contract, increasing the risk of heart attack, thrombosis and aneurysm.
HDL, or good cholesterol, ensures the elimination of LDL by removing LDL from the arteries and transporting them to the liver for elimination.
Hence the importance of maintaining an adequate HDL and LDL balance: more HDL and less LDL.
Here are some tips to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels:
- Increase the consumption of good fats in nuts (healthy portion of about 1/3 cup per day), oils (olive and macadam nut oil) and fish such as salmon, swordfish and trout.
- Increase daily fibre intake by eating more fruit, more raw vegetables, which have a higher fibre intake than cooked vegetables and whole grains
- Choose avocado oil, coconut, macadam nut or grape seed oil instead of butter, margarine or olive oil when cooking your food. Their heat degradation is lower at high temperatures.
- Add REIVA CHOLESTEROL to your daily diet
Recovery is the key to the success of our performance. This is the phase during which our body will recover from its efforts and eventually heal certain wounds or alleviate possible pain.
This phase is absolutely essential to feel fit again and to achieve good performance during your next training session. And the sooner your body recovers, the sooner you can start training again. A body that is given enough recovery time will be less prone to injury and more likely to work hard because it is after training that your body will develop its performance.
It is important to understand that your body will get tired during the effort. Your bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons are under considerable stress and your energy reserves are depleted, which will first of all lead to a decrease in performance. But once the training is over, your body will start to restructure: “by giving it the necessary time, your body will use this recovery phase to develop its physical capacities and restore new quality resources. If your body does not have enough time for this process and therefore cannot recover completely before your next workout, your performance may stagnate or even decrease. ” explains Sascha Wingenfeld, our expert in running.
THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO RECOVER
Recovery passive : this is about resting your body based solely on your ability to recover and hoping that you will be able to regenerate yourself as quickly as possible.
Recovery active : it includes all actions (stretching, massages…) aimed at helping the body to recover more quickly and effectively. “In this way, you can resume training faster and increase its intensity, which will lead to an increase in your performance.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE RECOVERY METHODS ARE AS FOLLOWS
- THE CALMING PHASE
Always end a training session with a “calm down” phase. Over the last 10 minutes, gradually reduce the intensity of your run to reach a recovery rate. By doing this, your metabolism and cardiovascular system will slowly return to normal functioning. It will also allow you to limit muscle acidity and some accumulations. This decrease in intensity will accelerate the transition to the recovery phase and prevent the body from re-mobilizing too quickly.
- THE EXPANSIONS
Do a short stretching session after each workout to reduce the first muscle tensions and prepare your muscles for new performances. These stretches will soften your muscles but will also have a relaxing effect on body and mind during the calming phase.
- COLD/HOT SHOWERS (KNEIPP METHOD)
After a training session, you will have to shower anyway. So take the opportunity to do something good for your muscles: shower for 30 to 40 seconds, alternating very cold and hot water. Repeat this process about 5 to 8 times. Cold water will relieve muscle aches and pains that lead to aches and pains, while warm water stimulates blood circulation and relaxes your tendons and muscles.
- THE ICE BATH
A particularly intense running session can cause muscle microtrauma. An ice bath will reduce the blood supply to the muscles and thus reduce inflammation or stop the internal bleeding of these injuries. After an ice bath, the blood circulation of the muscles is considerably stimulated, which will also help the body to get rid of metabolic waste and other toxins. Simply fill your bathtub with water at about 8°C and immerse your legs completely. Stay in this ice-cold water for about 5 minutes and then let your body warm up on its own.
- ACTIVE RELAXATION TRAINING
There is a direct link between body and mind. Our thoughts have the power to control certain reactions in our body. This natural law is the foundation of all forms of active relaxation, including autogenous training, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, yoga and much more. A 10-minute relaxation program is sufficient to reduce tension and lactate concentration in the muscles. It is up to you to test these different methods and find the one that does you the most good.
- THE SAUNA
The sauna is also an excellent way to relax your body and mind. With heat, muscles relax and their blood circulation increases considerably. As a result, the pain is relieved and muscle regeneration in general is accelerated. Your body will also feel a form of inner peace and mental relaxation, which will also help reduce muscle tension and stimulate regeneration. But don’t forget to drink plenty of water to compensate for the loss of fluids due to sweating and also keep in mind that a visit to the sauna will significantly reduce your muscle tone, which may result in a decrease in your performance the next day. So avoid the sauna the day before a competition!
- THE FOOD Always try to fill your reserves after training to provide your body with all the energy it needs to regenerate itself. A good combination of complex carbohydrates (such as whole wheat products for example) and protein will stimulate the body’s recovery process. Proteins help muscles to regenerate and stabilize insulin levels. Also, be sure to hydrate well to compensate for fluid loss: depending on the intensity of your workout, your body will need 500 to 700 ml of water per hour of training. The performance of your muscles in particular depends on constant hydration. Also avoid drinking alcohol: your liver must expend a lot of energy during training and if it has to deal with metabolizing the alcohol it consumes, it will be twice as stressed. But that’s not all: alcohol slows down the regeneration process and therefore your chances of achieving good performance during your next training session.
- THE SLEEP Sleeping is the simplest and most effective method to allow our body to recover. It is when we sleep that our body will repair minor injuries or traumas related to training and muscle growth will take place. Depending on the intensity of your training, you should sleep between 7 and 8 hours a night. And be careful: a lack of sleep will slow down your metabolism, damage the regeneration process, your morale and weaken your immune system, not to mention the cravings you will have to fight against.
Many studies have been conducted on the benefits of beet and its health benefits are numerous.
Increases energy and muscle strength. The heart and muscles can thus do the same physical exercise but with greater endurance and intensity during the period of physical activity. Allows the body to recover better after the activity.
Decreases blood pressure, helps to purify the blood and thus improves cardiovascular health. Researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine concluded that blood pressure decreased after one hour following consumption of beet juice and remained stable for 3 to 4 hours after ingestion.
Reïva products are all natural and functional, without additives and contain no caffeine, unlike the energy products sold on the market.
For people who want to lose weight:
Beets work wonders for anyone looking to maintain a healthy weight and general well-being. Their calorific content is low (only 50 calories per cup) but they are full of vitamins and various nutrients. It is a food that temporarily increases satiety, helps the body quickly metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which contributes to maintaining good health.
It contains betaine which acts as an active detoxifier for the liver. In fact, it stimulates its functions and helps the liver to eliminate toxins and can help prevent weight gain.
They help to regulate the cravings for sugars or carbohydrates even after the body has burned them.
For general health
At Reïva, we do not only focus on your sporting performance. Our scientists have worked rigorously to develop several products that can improve the general condition of our customers, always based on our star ingredient, beet, which is so rich in benefits.
Here are some of the main properties of beet:
It lowers blood pressure and helps to purify the blood, thus improving cardiovascular health.
It is a powerful antioxidant known for its anti-cancer properties.
It has aphrodisiac properties. In fact, our ancestors used it for this purpose. It is known to strengthen and improve sexual health. It contains a significant amount of boron, which is directly related to the production of sex hormone. This increases libido, fertility and sperm mobility.
Beet promotes the elimination of cholesterol. It helps to fight against the formation of plaques and promotes the reduction of bad cholesterol, particularly because of its fibres and antioxidants. It also promotes the formation of good cholesterol.
It is beneficial for brain function and the prevention of dementia by improving the body’s oxygenation. This state of affairs is linked to the presence of nitrates, which help the brain function properly and facilitate the transmission of nerve impulses.
It improves memory through better transmission of information between neurons.
An important link between obesity and diabetes is resistance to insulin, namely the decrease in insulin’s ability to allow the entry of glucose (sugar) into cells and to slow glucose production by the liver. This phenomenon is very common in obese people. However, one can be thin and resistant to insulin and, conversely, obese and sensitive to insulin.
In an overweight person, a gradual loss of 5 to 10% of the weight is sufficient to obtain health benefits:
- better control of the glycemia and the hypertension artérielle
- improvement of lipid balance (cholesterol and triglycerides blood)
- risk reduction cardiovascular
Overweight and obesity: definition
Health professionals use certain indicators to determine health risks to individuals, including BMI (body mass index) and waist circumference. It is important to use several of these indicators to consider the distribution of body fat.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
BMI is the ratio of weight to height squared:
BMI = Weight (kg) / Height (m2)
It gives an indication of the risk of developing a disease chronic, including diabetes. It is used in individuals 18 years of age and older.
This indicator is to be taken with a grain of salt in athletes or people with strong muscles, in whom BMI may be overestimated.
|If your BMI is…||It could indicate…|
|18.4 and under||underweight|
|from 18.5 to 24.9||a healthy weight*|
|from 25 to 29.9||of overweight|
|of 30 and over||obesity|
*For people 65 years of age and over, the “healthy weight” range can range from a value slightly above 18.5 to a value within the “overweight” range.
In addition to BMI, waist circumference measurement is used to assess the distribution of fat on the body. Abdominal fat is linked to health risks, such as heart disease and diabetes. This type of fat is more harmful because it surrounds the vital organs.
A decrease in waist circumference is more significant for improving health than a decrease in weight on the scale.
Waist measurements representing a high health risk
|Countries of origin||Man||Woman|
|Canada, United States||> or = 102 cm||> or = 88 cm|
|Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East, Mediterranean||> or = 94 cm||> or = 80 cm|
|Asia, Japan, Central and South America||> or = 90 cm||> or = 80 cm|
Source: Diabetes Canada 2018 Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Diabetes in Canada.