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Healthy Immunity – Happy Life


This morning, I and millions more were bumper-to-bumper on the highway, worried that we would be late to that early meeting. We carry our smartphones everywhere we go, allowing our work and worries to follow. There are so many things competing for our attention every minute of every day. We live in exciting, promising times, but also stressful times.

Worst of all, daily stress is unhealthy. And it’s particularly hard on your immune system.

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To help counter the effects of occasional stress, USANA has combined modern immune-support technology with ancient wisdom to create Proglucamuneextracts, zinc, and a strain of baker’s yeast, Proglucamune taps into centuries of medicinal traditions and literally puts it into the palm of your hand.

Prime Your Immune System with InCelligence

The unique ingredients of Proglucamune are what really give it the right to stand above the heaps of other nutritional supplements. Baker’s yeast and mushroom extracts combine to create the InCelligence Beta-Glucan Complex—a support for healthy immunity during mild, occasional stress.*

The bioactive components of both mushrooms and baker’s yeast—known as beta-glucans—bind to the receptors on the outside of immune cells and trigger cell-signaling pathways. This essentially “wakes up” your immune cells and keeps them ready to effectively defend your body from external threats—a mechanism known as priming.
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The Miracle of Mushrooms

For centuries mushrooms have been treasured by culinary artists and grill masters alike. But they have also been valued over the ages for their medicinal and even spiritual properties.

Reishi and shiitake mushrooms in particular have long been used in ancient cultures to support the immune system, help facilitate calmness, and strengthen qi—our so-called circulating life force that is the basis of Eastern philosophy and medicine.

USANA uses reishi and shiitake mushrooms because research shows there is some profound truth to these ancient philosophies.

Bringing Ancient Ingredients to the Present

USANA’s Proglucamune goes one step further by using reishi and shiitake mushrooms grown on deeply pigmented purple corn kernels.

Why is this important? This purple corn contains high levels of anthocyanins. Mushrooms thrive solely by extracting all necessary nutrients from their host—unlike plants, which obtain some of their nutrients through photosynthesis. By growing the reishi and shiitake mushrooms on an antioxidant-rich host, these potent antioxidants are transferred to the mushrooms before being harvested.

These beta-glucan-infused mushroom extracts are just half of the unique blend that is Proglucamune.

Baker’s Yeast—Rising to the Occasion

Proglucamune is also made with a clinically studied strain of baker’s yeast. Like the mushroom extracts, baker’s yeast is a source of powerful beta-glucans.

Beta-glucans are naturally occurring polysaccharides typically found in the cell wall of certain bacteria and fungi. These beta-glucans bind to the receptors of immune cells and bring them into a “heightened state.” In this heightened state, immune cells are more prepared and can perform their natural task of defending the body more quickly.

Beta-glucans help prime your natural immune function. Clinical studies show that baker’s yeast provides exceptional support for immunity and daily wellness. It also supports your body’s natural ability to adapt and respond to stress.*

Stressful Times Call for Amazing Ingredients

We live in stressful times. A recent survey by the American Psychological Association found that four of five adults report that they constantly check their email, texts, and social media. This survey also concluded that these same people have higher levels of stress.

Now more than ever, we need to de-stress our lives and give our immune system all the help we can provide.

Baker’s yeast hasn’t been clinically proven to solve life’s problems, but it can help keep your immune system ready and prepared to go to work.

How Will You De-Stress Your Life?

We all have busy and sometimes stressful lives. It may seem impossible to find a time to slow down, but that kind of thinking is ancient history.

We can turn off our smartphones and go for a walk in the park instead of surfing social media. Maybe you could pick up a new hobby like fishing or rock-climbing or biking. Why not spend the evening with family or visiting old friends? Or maybe all you need is some quiet alone time where you don’t think about anything at all.

With Proglucamune, you can live in these crazy, exciting times with the confidence that your body will be able to keep up with the unique tempo of your life.

Just something to think about the next time you’re stuck in traffic.

Check out the other great products USANA has that support immune function.

*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.


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Supplements: The Gift of Health

Supplements: Gift Box


My family has a variety of interests, so finding the perfect gift for everyone can be difficult. Especially because I try and look for gifts that are simple and meaningful. So I thought, what’s more meaningful than the gift of health? This year I’ve decided to supplement everyone’s holiday with just that—supplements.

Supplements Ideas for the Whole Family

The expectant mother; aka, my wife

Supplements: Vitamin D

This year is especially exciting for the two of us because my wife is currently expecting our first baby. While a lot of what is on her gift list revolves around that, I added a couple things to my USANA shopping cart after her last checkup.

Her doctor told us he recommends women supplement their Prenatal Supplements with vitamin D—especially those pregnant through the winter months—and calcium.

Our bodies rely on vitamin D for normal bone mineralization and growth, and it also helps us maintain muscle strength and coordination, cardiovascular health, and even helps immune support. And when consumed by the mother, those benefits are passed along to the developing baby. The thing is, we don’t naturally produce vitamin D, and most people don’t get enough through food and sun exposure alone.*

Calcium is another nutrient babies need plenty of to help them develop. Like Vitamin D, our bodies don’t naturally produce it, and if the mother isn’t getting enough for both herself and the baby in her diet, the baby will leach it from her. This can lead to potential calcium deficiency. That’s where a calcium supplement comes in.*

Gift ideas: Vitamin D and Active Calcium Chewable

The active grandmother; aka, my mom

Our holidays involve a lot of family time, and that means tons of activities. I’m not going to tell you how old my mom is—mostly because that would not bode well for me—but I will tell you she has said, “at my age it’s important to stay active” more than once. Her favorite activity is most definitely playing with her grandkids. So I’m going to help her out and gift wrap a case of Rev3 for the extra energy she’ll need.

Another thing that marks our holiday festivities is a lot of food. My mom is one of those people who spends so much time cooking and making sure everyone else is taken care of that she forgets to take care of herself. And, ironically, that means missing meals.

Does this sound familiar?

This is why I’m going to include a bag of Nutrimeal™ meal-replacement shake in her stocking—for the times she says she’s too busy to eat.

Gift ideas: Rev3 Energy Drink and Nutrimeal

Supplements: Rev 3

The retired grandfather; aka, my dad

Again, like my mom, my dad is still pretty active. But through natural aging, he doesn’t move or see as well as he used to. So this year I’m helping give his joints and eyes all the support they can get.

For his joints, he’s getting a bottle of Procosa®. The InCelligence Joint-Support Complex in Procosa was created using a unique combination of Meriva bioavailable curcumin with high-quality glucosamine hydrochloride, so it is great for supporting and maintaining healthy joint function.* This will help his joints function so he can try to keep up with my mom.

The holidays wouldn’t be the same for my dad if he couldn’t enjoy the lights. In fact, one of our longest lasting traditions is visiting our local Christmas village. This is why he’s also getting Visionex®, to help protect his eyes by providing nutrients essential for eye health and antioxidants that help fight off damaging free radicals.*

Gift ideas: Procosa® and Visionex®

Supplements: Visionex

College-bound teens; aka, my nieces and nephews

Both my brother and sister have 17-year-old daughters and 15-year-old sons. I don’t know a more active group of teenagers. All four of their lives revolve around classes, school clubs, and extracurricular activities that will look good on college applications. Between them, they tick off nearly every sport and club you can think of.

Because it takes a lot to stay as active as they are, I think the best gift I can give them is BodyRox™—to make sure they get all the nutrients they need to stay at their physical and mental best.*

And, speaking of mental best, the older two are also getting Ginkgo-PS™. As they finish up their time in high school and transition into college, getting the right kind of acute memory function and cognition support is going to be extremely important.*

Gift ideas: Body Body Rox and Ginkgo-PS™Ginkgo-PS

With the help of these supplements, I think my gifts are going to be everyone’s favorites. But these are just my USANA supplement gift ideas. Which USANA supplements are you most looking forward to giving and/or receiving for the holidays this year?

*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.

We do have one request that you go through our website to purchase your products, that way you can be sure you are getting USANA products and they are quaranteed USANA products. Shop All Products East Coast Life Solutions – Linda Holmes

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Supplement Spotlight: Digestive Enzymes

You ate too much.Indigestion

You changed your diet.

That ice cream didn’t agree with you.

Who thought that a greasy cheeseburger was a good idea?

There are all kinds of situations that can turn uncomfortable if your digestive system isn’t working as efficiently as you’d like it to. And nothing will ruin a business meeting, date, vacation day — you name it — like the common gut ache.

USANA has a solution to the occasional upset stomach: Digestive Enzyme.

What’s New? Now With Artichoke Extract!Digestive Enzyme

We replaced the spirulina in the previous formula with artichoke extract. The result is a tablet that is now off-white instead of green, along with additional support for avoiding “uncomfortable situations.” Some people have a tough time digesting fats, and as a result, can suffer from an occasional bout of tummy ache. The artichoke extract complements the enzymes in Digestive Enzymes to help alleviate stomach complaints by supporting digestion of fats.

Digestive EnzymeWhat’s Not? Excellent Enzyme Support for Your Digestion.

Digestive Enzymes still contains a broad range of enzymes that will help you digest various types of foods, including lactase, which assists in the digestion of foods containing lactose and can help with mild symptoms of lactose intolerance.

By supplementing the enzymes that are naturally produced in your body, your digestive system works efficiently to ensure that you are able to get all of the nutrients out of your food. And, by helping your body digest all of these things efficiently, it can help alleviate that sense of over-fullness that can happen if you overindulge (NEVER happens, right?).

So, if you are heading out to an all-you-can-eat gutbuster or a meal with an important client or new sweetheart and you want to do whatever you can to avoid any uncomfortable situations, just take one to three Digestive Enzymes tablets before your meal. And maybe still skip the five-alarm bean fiesta this time… just to be safe!


*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.

Shop (Cdn) for other gut products  Probiotics — Hepa Plus; — Detox Plus Pack

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Sleep Sounds to Help You Snooze

Sleep Sounds: Mug

Reruns of old Friends episodes, the pitter-patter of rainfall on a tin roof, classical music—there are countless sleep sounds people listen to when trying to hit the hay at night.

We all know that sleep is pretty darn important, but if you’re having a hard time falling asleep, consider some of the following popular sleep sound options to help you get a restful night’s sleep.


If you enjoy the gentle sound of waves breaking on the shore, check out Calmsound Nature Sounds. They provide a variety of both videos and albums that can be downloaded online or purchased through Amazon. The dreamy sounds of an Australian summer morning at Coogee Beach seriously had me bobbing my head at my desk as I listened. Sigh.

Sound of Sleep Machine

The Sound+Sleep machine provides you with a pretty wide range of realistic, natural sound environments. (Apparently, they really do use naturally recorded sounds like a bubbling brook or the sound of leaves blowing in the wind. Also, they claim to never loop, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored from repetition.)

This machine comes with a 3″ speaker that can easily fit on your nightstand. It also comes with a small headphone jack so you can kick back and relax without disturbing your partner. Or the neighbors upstairs. Or the cat. Meow.

Sleep Sounds Mobile App

Sleep Sounds: TableI legit just downloaded this app by Relaxio from the Google Play Store on my phone and have had an absolute ball listening to the different sounds. My favorite so far is “Vintage Train.” The cool part? You can set a timer anywhere from one minute to eight hours. You can also add in additional sounds, which makes it a very customized experience. (I added the sound of a rainstorm to the mix and the effect was magical. I felt like I was napping on the Hogwarts Express.)

For iOS, try a similar app called Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds, White Noise & Fan.

Head Space

Have a stressful final to take in school or a presentation to give? Maybe you just need to chill out before going to bed? Try using Headspace. This app helps you connect with your body and mind through guided meditation. There are tons of benefits associated with meditating. In fact, one Harvard study shows that practicing mediation may actually help with sleep.

If you’d like to give mediation a whirl, Headspace has a meditation series specifically for sleep that helps create the inner and outer conditions for you to properly zonk out.

Breath in. Breathe out. Now sleep.


Even your Spotify account has some awesome sleep sound options. If you’re in the mood for quiet music, you can listen to some calming acoustic guitar solos, some fun Indian music, or even peaceful flute music. If you prefer nature sounds, crawl under your covers, turn on your shuffle, and get ready to enjoy the pleasant sounds of a rainforest storm.

From A to Zzz

These aren’t the only solutions for sleep—there are tons of mobile apps designed to help you sleep better tonight. Discover your favorite go-to sleep sounds for a night of blissful rest. And if all else fails, there’s also a little something called PureRest.

Sleep Sounds Pure Rest

Well my friend, are you ready to get some sleep? Tell Little Bo Beep to grab her sheep—you won’t be counting them anymore.

Rest Easy

And don’t forget to enter for your chance to win one of our Rest Boxes on Instagram.

Interested in purchasing Shop – PureRest and other USANA products.


*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.

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Your brain is powerful. You can even use it to think about how the brain itself works. Crazy, right? But this power doesn’t make your brain immune to factors that impact the rest of your body. Lifestyle and environment can affect your brain health. Luckily, there are nutrients for brain health shown to support cognitive function.


For a long time, dietary fats (lipids) have been connected to brain health. Originally, lipids’ effect on the cardiovascular system was thought to facilitate that connection. But more recent research shows dietary fats have more direct actions on the brain.

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (like DHA from fish oil) normally make up cell membranes throughout your body. And like other saturated fat, they’re fundamental building blocks for your brain cells. That’s part of the reason fish is often called a brain food.


The antioxidant effects of flavonoids are well-established in a test-tube setting. But these plant compounds—like cocoa, ginkgo, and grape-seed extracts—have more complex actions in the body that is continually being researched.

Some flavonoids show promising results in maintaining healthy brain function. Quercetin—a flavonoid that’s a major component of ginkgo biloba extracts—has been shown to maintain memory and learning abilities in some studies. Further research on the subject is needed.

B Vitamins

Adequate levels of the B vitamin folate are essential for brain function. The proof? Folate deficiency can lead to neurological disorders, like depression and cognitive impairment.

Clinical trial results have deepened the connection between folate and cognitive function. These studies have shown folate supplementation—by itself or in conjunction with other B vitamins (B6 and B12)—to be effective at maintaining healthy cognitive function during aging.

Other Nutrients

There are more nutrients for brain health. Here’s a short list of the other nutrients with researched roles in brain health:

  • Alpha lipoic acid has been shown to maintain memory and cognitive function.
  • Vitamin E, or α-tocopherol, has also been implicated in cognitive performance. Decreasing serum levels of vitamin E were associated with poor memory performance in older individuals.
  • Curcumin is a strong antioxidant that seems to protect the brain from lipid peroxidation and nitric-oxide-based radicals.
  • Several gut hormones or peptides—like leptin, ghrelin, glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP1) and insulin—have been found to support healthy emotional response and cognitive processes.

Energy Production

The brain runs your body. And it takes a lot of energy to literally be the brain of the operation. Healthy macronutrients are necessary to fuel your brain and provide the energy it needs.

The mechanisms involved in the transfer of energy from foods to neurons are likely to be fundamental to the control of brain function. Processes that are associated with the management of energy in neurons can affect brain plasticity.

Far-Reaching Impacts

Lifestyle and diet have long-term effects on your health. That means they are likely underestimated for their importance to public health—especially when it comes to healthy aging. But they’re important to your brain. The gradual and sometimes imperceptible cognitive decline that characterizes normal aging can be influenced by the nutrients you feed your brain through a healthy diet.

These impacts go beyond your life, too. Through epigenetics, you pass on traits to your children and their children. Newer studies back this up. They indicate that these nutritional effects on your brain might even be transmitted over generations by influencing epigenetic events.

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