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Benefits of Massage Therapy on Overall Health

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“Massage Therapy can reduce the symptoms of your current medical ailments and improve your overall health” – says Susan Stone, Professional Massage Therapist in Las Vegas.

Susan gave us some great tips on maintaining your overall health as well as proper diet and nutrition. Working in Massage Therapy for over 25 years has given Susan the chance to help Las Vegas Tourist and locals with their ailments. Here are some things she shared with us.

Here Are Some Great Benefits of Getting Regular Massages

Relieve Your Anxiety
Those who are seeking a natural way of relieving their anxiety are fortunate because massage effectively serves this purpose according to one study. When people are experiencing stress, the body releases the hormone “cortisol” in larger amounts than it ordinarily does. Massage is known to lower the amount of cortisol in your body, so it can help you cope during these difficult times without having to resort to taking drugs. Massage also helps you relax by lowering your blood pressure.

Decrease Your Depression
Life events can cause depression, but there is a physical component as well. Research has shown that depressed individuals have less dopamine and serotonin than those who are not depressed. Dopamine and serotonin are brain chemicals that directly influence your mood, and massage is known to increase the amount of these chemicals that are circulating within your system. The result is that you feel happier after a massage.

Reduce Your Back Pain
Massage is instrumental in reducing back pain. As a matter of fact, scientists have discovered that massage works just as well as medications in relieving their subjects’ pain. After a massage, people were able to return to their normal activities without experiencing debilitating pain. Those who were stiff noticed that massage also alleviated this symptom. Massage even benefits people with osteoarthritis who discovered that their movements were less restricted after undergoing treatment.

Help You Fall Asleep
When people cannot sleep, they feel tempted to take sleeping aids, but they can grow wary of these medications over time. Scientists have performed research in this area as well and found that massage is directly linked to the body’s delta waves. These brain waves promote deep sleep, and they are the reason that people often fall asleep when they are enjoying a good massage.

Reduce the Symptoms of Medical Treatment
Because massage therapy is excellent for those experiencing the issues listed above, medical professionals often suggest that their patients have a massage. It has been beneficial in alleviating the symptoms of Medical treatment, such as fatigue, depression, anxiety and nausea.

Improve the Functioning of Your Immune System
The immune system is the entity that protects you from disease. When the system works properly, It identifies parasites, bacteria and viruses and destroys them before they can cause harm to the body. Massage therapy has been shown to improve the functioning of your immune system so that you can remain free of disease. It accomplishes this goal by increasing the number of white blood cells that are circulating within your system. In so doing, massage therapy protects your overall health.

Combine this with Liposomal Supplements and you have a winning combination in the fight to maintain your health.

More Insulin = More Fat

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You know those who claim to have been blessed with a “fast” metabolism? Yes, they bug us, too….. It seems some have innate systems that allow them to process sugars, starches, fats and calories more efficiently. With the holiday season upon us, an efficient calorie and fat burning system is on many of our wish lists.

What you may not know is that your entire metabolic system may not be to blame for that layer of fat you can’t seem to banish – the culprit may be insulin sensitivity.

<div class=”callout”>Insulin is a hormone that regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.</div>

Whenever you eat carbohydrates or protein, the level of sugar in your blood increases. In healthy individuals, insulin is released from the pancreas to remove the excess sugar from the blood, which otherwise would be toxic. This sugar is then used for energy. If your body is not responding properly to the insulin (poor insulin sensitivity), it begins to over-produce insulin in order to keep blood sugar levels in check. This can be the thing standing between you and your fat loss goals, because insulin has a powerful ability to prevent the breakdown of fat.

More Insulin Equals More Fat

What can you do to improve your insulin sensitivity? Fitness professionals have relied on one particular supplement for years. Some would say it’s one of the best kept secrets to weight management…. R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (or R-ALA).

Multiple placebo controlled studies have shown that daily doses of 600 mg to 1800 mg of ALA can improve insulin sensitivity and the utilization of glucose, ultimately leading to healthy blood sugar levels.

ALA may also go a step further and help prevent the complications that are associated with unhealthy blood sugar levels, specifically complications in the vascular system and kidneys. Recent research indicates this reduced threat of complication comes from ALA’s ability to protect the inner lining of blood vessels (the endothelium) from damage caused by oxidative stress.

It’s important to note that all R-ALA supplements are not created equal. Research shows that R -Alpha Lipoic Acid is a more biologically active form of ALA that offers greater antioxidant and neuroprotective benefits at substantially lower doses than the “S” form of alpha lipoic acid that is more commonly available. The body has a strong preference for natural R-ALA. Be sure to look for this when comparing supplements. Lypo-Spheric™ R-ALA uses the more bioavailable, “R” form of alpha lipoic acid, the form found in nature.

In addition to increasing insulin sensitivity, R-Alpha Lipoic Acid (R-ALA) is one of the body’s most powerful intracellular and extracellular antioxidants. Known as the Universal Antioxidant, R-ALA directly affects the health of nearly every cell in the body, and can even cross the blood-brain barrier. The “R” form of ALA is considered the most bioavailable and biologically active form of ALA in the body. LypriCel™ R-ALA delivers high-quality R-ALA in every packet, neutralizing free radicals in nearly every part of the body.

Give the gift of healthy to nearly every part of the body this holiday season with Lypo-Spheric R-ALA. The heart, brain, eyes and waistline will all thank you for improved insulin sensitivity and reduced damage from free radicals.

Why Buy IV Vitamin C?

Since the 1940s, intravenous (IV) infusions and injections of vitamin C have been considered the gold standard of vitamin C delivery for one reason: IV delivery puts 100% of the vitamin C directly into the blood.

This direct delivery method certainly offers an advantage over most oral delivery systems of vitamin C, but what really matters is the bioavailability of IV vitamin C. Although many doctors believe 100% delivery into the blood is the same as 100% bioavailability, this is not always true.

The True Meaning of Bioavailability

Bioavailability indicates the amount of a substance that is absorbed by a target location within the body. This target location can be anywhere in the body… blood, cells, tissue, etc. For many drugs and nutrients, the target location is the blood. IV delivery does offer 100% bioavailability when blood is the target. However, for vitamin C, the target location is typically inside the cell – where free radicals, toxins, and pathogens do the most harm. While IV delivery puts 100% of the vitamin C directly into the blood, it does not guarantee 100% absorption into the cells.

IV vitamin C relies on the body’s active transport system to carry the vitamin C into the cells. This system uses transport proteins, called sodium-dependent vitamin C co-transporters (SVCTs), to carry vitamin C through special portals that lead to the inside of cells. The challenge with SVCTs is that they can only carry one molecule of vitamin C through one portal at a time, and the number of SVCTs and portals is limited. This means absorption of vitamin C into the cells (or, its bioavailability), may be severely restricted if there are not enough SVCTs or open portals available.

IV Vitamin C: The Ultimate Consumer

It’s also important to understand that for vitamin C to benefit the health of the cell, it must be in its active (reduced) form. If the vitamin C has been rendered inactive (oxidized) during transport, it has lost the electrons it needs to function properly. The good news is that inactive vitamin C can become active again; the bad news is that it must take electrons from other antioxidants within the cell (i.e. glutathione) to do this. This isn’t such a bad thing if you have tons of antioxidants just hanging out inside your cells, but this is not usually the case for anyone over the age of 25, or anyone with ill health.

Let’s assume that a majority of the IV vitamin C makes it into the cells, and there are plenty of antioxidants on-hand to ensure the vitamin C stays active within the cells. Mission accomplished, right? Well, sort of. The entire process of transporting vitamin C into the cells and reactivating inactive vitamin C consumes A LOT of valuable energy within the cell. Since an ample supply of cellular energy is necessary to stay alive, the energy used in this process needs to be replaced as quickly as possible.

So what do vitamin C experts recommend when you need high-doses of vitamin C delivered into the blood and the cells? Two things: IV vitamin C (if available) and liposome encapsulated vitamin C.

Liposome Encapsulated Vitamin C

iv vitamin c buyLiposomes are tiny spheres made from Essential Phospholipids. They form a double-layer membrane around active vitamin C, and protect it from destruction in the digestive system. Because the liposome membrane is made of phospholipids – the same material that makes up the cellular membrane – the liposome is able to bypass the body’s active transport system (those SVCTs and portals we mentioned earlier) and incorporate itself directly into the cell membrane. When this happens, the vitamin C that’s inside of the liposome is delivered directly into the cell in its active state (it has all of its electrons), and without using a lot of cellular energy.

Since IV vitamin C offers 100% delivery directly into the blood, and liposome encapsulated vitamin C offers superior, energy-efficient delivery into the cells, they can work together to optimize the level of vitamin C in the body. If IV vitamin C is not an option for you, not to worry, high doses of liposome encapsulated vitamin C can offer significant benefits by itself.

“A much smaller oral dose of liposome encapsulated vitamin C (5 to 10 grams) often results in a clearly superior clinical response than a much larger dose of vitamin C given intravenously (25 to 100 grams),” says Dr. Thomas Levy in Curing the Incurable: Vitamin C, Infectious Diseases, and Toxins.

Safe and Natural Green Cleaning Tips

Everything from the food we eat, the supplements we take, and to the air we breathe can contain harmful toxins hazardous to one’s health. Common household cleaning projects are even becoming a great concern for many families. Households with young children, sick family members and pets may be looking for cleaning alternatives to keep their homes safe. Here are some safe and natural green cleaning tips from LivOn Labs courtesy of Green Clean Commercial Services.

What are common toxins found in typical household products?

According to the National Institute of occupational Safety and Health, one-third of all substances that contain fragrances could be considered toxic. Many common, commercial household cleaners pose a threat. Drain and oven cleaners can sometimes contain corrosive chemicals that can severely damage the eyes and skins. If ingested mistakenly, the throat and esophagus can be affected. Classified as having high acute toxicity, products containing bleach with ammonia can lead to inhalation of dangerous fumes. These chemicals cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Items like detergents and fabric softeners contain fragrances that affect the respiratory system and trigger allergy or asthma symptoms. All-purpose cleaners can have long term effects on a person’s health. Contaminants like diethanolamine and triethanolamine can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. Many of the most common household cleaning products can be substituted for greener alternatives.

What are the top green cleaning products?

Many of the green cleaning ingredients perform on the same level as the leading commercial cleaners. Creating and formulating your own cleaning solutions using these top ingredients listed below will help you meet most of your cleaning needs.

• Distilled white vinegar
• Borax
• Baking soda
• Lemon juice
• Water
• Eucalyptus oil
• Rubbing alcohol
• Ammonia

Green cleaning hacks

Soap scum

White vinegar is mixed with water in a 50/50 combination to remove scum. It is applied to the soap scum, allowed to settle for several minutes, and then it is removed.

Sink stains

Baking soda applied as a thin layer to a porcelain sink, toilet or other surface can fade stains. The application should be allowed to rest for several minutes prior to being wiped off completely.

A new air freshener

Lemon juice and water combined can be used to remove odors. The solution can also be used for other forms of cleaning; some use it as an all-purpose cleaner.

Windows and mirrors

Mix 2 cups of water, ½ cup of white vinegar and 1/5 cup of rubbing alcohol. This solution can include orange or lemon for a great smell.

Oven cleaner

Take ½ cup of ammonia and mix it with water in a one-gallon pitcher. This is a great ways to remove tough grime and grease from grills.

Powerful disinfectant

Add 1.6 ounces of eucalyptus oil to a spray bottle containing water. Use this to clean and sanitize surfaces throughout the home.

Families are safe when exposed to greener cleaning solutions. When proactive family members begin to learn more about the various solutions available to them, they typically find that most, if not all, of their cleaning supplies can be switched out. A cleaner, greener formulation protects the vulnerable most at risk for developing chronic conditions.

If you enjoyed these green cleaning tips, see more commercial cleaning tips.

Boston Marathon Team Hoyt – Last Race

The driving force behind LivOn supplements is determination and the desire to experience an improved quality of life.  Determination and drive combined with teamwork, fitness and nutrition has kept Team Hoyt moving forward for 34 years. Now, a force we have admired is retiring.

The 2014 Boston Marathon is Team Hoyt’s last. Dick Hoyt, 73, and his son, Rick, 52, have competed in over 1,000 races, including marathons, triathlons, and Ironman competitions. That figure alone is staggering, but what is astounding is that Rick Hoyt, one half of this dynamic athletic team, has cerebral palsy.

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At birth, Rick’s umbilical cord became twisted around his neck, blocking oxygen and leaving his brain unable to send correct messages to his muscles. Doctors encouraged the Hoyts to institutionalize Rick, informing them he would never live a “normal” life, much less go on to compete in athletics.  So, how does this team finish all these races? Rick’s father has been behind him, literally pushing him, every step of the way.

Dick, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air National Guard and Rick, a graduate of Boston University, ran their first race in 1977. During those first miles, Rick felt as though he wasn’t handicapped—he was simply one of the runners. With this realization, Dick started training. Rick attended public school and was unable to train daily, so Dick ran every day pushing a bag of cement in the wheelchair. Dick improved his fitness and, while pushing his son, was able to obtain a personal record of a 5k in 17 minutes…. Fast, at any age.

That was just the beginning. In triathlons, an endurance competition that involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances,  Dick pulls Rick in a boat with a bungee cord attached to a vest while he swims, pedals a special two-seater bicycle, and then pushes Rick in his custom made running chair. Every step of the way, Team Hoyt meets the challenge together.

The Hoyts, who reside in Massachusetts, did not finish the 2013 Boston Marathon. They had almost a mile to go when bombs exploded near the finish line. They were not injured. This year team Hoyt will run the Boston Marathon, Rick’s favorite race, for the final time.

LivOn Labs salutes Team Hoyt.

For more details or to make a donation visit TeamHoyt.com.

Treatment for Allergies

Spring is here! That means pollen is just outside your door. So, what can you do to protect yourself from sneezing, congestion, cough and runny eyes while avoiding nasty side effects of allergy medications?

Here are some of the best, all-natural, easy-to-implement tips that we have found.

  1. Support Your Immune System
    Supplement with Probiotics and of course, Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C to give your immune system the support it needs to combat allergens and the histamine that leads to a runny nose and excess mucus.
  2. Avoid Allergens
    It sounds obvious, but a great way to avoid allergy symptoms is to avoid seasonal allergens. To minimize the time you spend suffering through allergies:

    • Keep the doors and windows of your house and car closed
    • Run the air conditioner on “recirculate” so that you are not bringing in pollen-riddled outside air
    • If you are outside for an extended period of time, shower and change clothes as soon as you return indoors… Sending all that pesky pollen down the drain.
    • Same goes for pets…. Pollen can come indoors on pet fur and be deposited all around your home. Try to bathe Fido more often than usual during allergy season. Or, at least keep him off the furniture.
    • Leave your shoes at the door during pollen season… No sense in tracking allergens inside.
    • Limit your time outdoors when pollen counts are highest.
  3. Watch Your Diet
    During allergy season, inflammation can occur while your body is fending off antigens and your digestive system can be sensitive. Do your best to minimize your intake of foods that may result in inflammation, like sugary treats, fried foods and anything that’s been processed and packaged. Keep a food diary to help pinpoint any flare ups… Remember to read those labels! Unhealthy ingredients can lurk in seemingly “healthy” foods.
  4. Try Acupuncture
    This traditional practice in Chinese medicine has quite the following. With acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to rebalance energy and, according to some, minimize allergy symptoms.
  5. Rinse Away Allergens In Your Nasal Passages
    Mix a half teaspoon or table salt into lukewarm water to dissolve. With your head over the sink and slightly tilted to one side, put the solution in a cupped hand and spill into one nostril, allowing it to drain out the other. Then repeat on the other side, tilting in the opposite direction. When finished, gently blow out of each nostril to clear them completely.Although a little messy, this is a great way to rid your nasal passages of intruders.

While none of these options is an instant fix, when used together they can make allergy season a little more bearable and can be a suitable treatment for allergies.

Celebrating 10 Years of Cutting-Edge Science, Quality and Service

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10 Years…. Wow! Time flies when you’re helping others and doing what you love.

We started this journey to improve your health, as well as our own, a decade ago. This important milestone is a time to reflect – Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed.

Where We’ve Been – Life-Saving Discovery

We created a new, powerful delivery method for nutritional supplements. This discovery was born out of a desperate, personal need to save the company founder’s own life. After years of trial and error, LivOn developed a product – Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C – that was (and still is) far better than any other Vitamin C supplement.

Where We Are – Grateful

Each day we receive letters from people all over the world detailing how Lypo-Spheric™ products have lead them to healthier lives, cured what ailed them and in several cases, saved lives. We knew this was possible with the right formula and that is why we never gave up on our mission to deliver high-performance, life-changing supplements. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to improve countless lives through our research, products and customer service.

Where We’re Going – New Products & Lower Prices

We have added two new products to the Lypo-Spheric™ line: R-ALA (R-Alpha Lipoic Acid) and B Complex Plus.

We perfected the formula for two, customer-requested products, R-ALA and B Complex Plus. Each Lypo-Spheric™ formula spends at least 2 years in research and development, with formulators who have over 25 years of experience in Liposomal Encapsulation Technology (LET). This may be longer than most liposomal products spend in R&D, but we know this is how long it takes to properly monitor and test the stability of a good formula. We thank you for your patience and know that you will be just as pleased with the new products as we are.

We’re Lowering Our Prices

As the demand for Lypo-Spheric™ products has grown, we are giving back to you, by lowering our prices. Many companies focused purely on profits would argue that with demand at a high, now is the time to raise the price.

LivOn has never been a profit-hungry company. Sure, we need to keep the doors open and ensure our team can provide for their families, and we do, but the goal of Lypo-Spheric™ products is to help you live the best, most fulfilling life you can. So, if we are able to pass along cost-savings garnered from producing more product to meet demand, that’s just what we will do. Quantity-based discounts are out. Lower prices, every day, are in.

We’re Looking Forward to the Next Ten

The past ten years would not have been possible without our loyal customers.

Thanks to you, we have changed lives, selling over 2.3 million cartons of Lypo-Spheric™ Vitamin C in over 20 countries and counting. People everywhere depend on the unparalleled benefits of LivOn’s Lypo-Spheric™ products. From soccer moms to the chronically ill, to professional athletes, and Hollywood superstars, the need for bioavailable, life-saving supplements is universal.

LivOn Labs supports you– www.LivOnLabs.com

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Foods High in Glutathione

People are always looking for ways to maintain their health, decrease unwelcome symptoms of aging and boost their immune systems. While a variety of vitamins and minerals can help with some of these functions, there is one nutrient that can help with them all. That nutrient is glutathione, which can be found in a variety of foods. Here are some foods high in glutathione.

Glutathione is a combination of three amino acids known as glutamine, glycine and cysteine. Amino acids are the precursors of proteins. Usually there is a gene in the body that produces an enzyme that combines these amino acids into glutathione. However, this gene does not work correctly in some people. The reasons for this are manifold. For example, it may stop working due to a serious illness. Much of the time, it stops working due to the increased workload on the body’s immune system, such as from air and water pollution and toxins in processed foods. Toxins, such as mercury and lead, can also build up in the body through fish and other foods. Other ways that glutathione levels are decreased include medicines, increased stress and radiation. Even the normal aging process decreases this molecule.

Glutathione is an antioxidant. Without it, the body has great difficulty removing toxins from the blood and from cells in the organs and the skin. Antioxidants decrease the negative effect of free radicals on the cells within the body. Without antioxidants, every cell in the body will readily show the effects of age. Glutathione can also help detoxify the body because the sulfur molecules within glutathione attach to toxins, or poisons, in the body and carry them out as waste products.

A glutathione deficiency may make individuals feel run down. It can leave them with headaches and fatigue. As the body ages, it cannot replenish its supplies of glutathione as well as it once did. Therefore, people must be sure to eat foods high in this molecule to protect their immune systems.

One of the easiest ways to get glutathione from foods is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of these foods contain some level of glutathione, and those that are raised naturally without chemicals and picked at the peak of ripeness are the best. Fruits that have the highest levels of glutathione include:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Peaches
  • Melons

The best vegetables include:

  • Green peppers
  • Potatoes
  • carrots
  • squash
  • broccoli
  • Spinach

Dark green vegetables are typically rich in sulfur and are therefore rich in glutathione. Milk thistle in a tea, eaten as a seed or sprinkled as a powder, is a great source of glutathione as well.

The second easiest way to consume glutathione is by eating meats and dairy products. Of course, cooking meats decreases the levels of this nutrient; however, there are still smaller levels of glutathione available even after the food is processed or cooked. Beef, chicken, pork, milk and eggs all contain some glutathione.

Selenium and alpha lipoic acid must be consumed as well in order for glutathione to be used in the body. Foods containing selenium include:

  • nuts
  • legumes
  • red meat
  • poultry and cheese

Alpha lipoic acid can be found in several vegetables, including spinach and tomatoes.

Those who are not getting enough glutathione in their diets should consider supplements. These supplements will fill in the gaps in nutrition and may bolster the immune system. As an antioxidant, glutathione is a vital part of anyone’s diet.

LivOn Labs Promo – Valentine’s Day Contest

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Entering the LivOn Labs Valentine’s Day contest is easy. To enter, send us the best and/or worst pick-up lines you’ve heard or used. There are three ways to enter:

  1. By email at marketing [at] livonlabs [dot] com with the subject line Valentine’s Day Contest 
  2. On our facebook page by commenting on our contest post
  3. On Twitter using the hashtag #SmoothDelivery
  4. On our Pinterest page by commenting on our contest post

We will select three (4) lucky winners and send them a $100 gift certificate good at any of these restaurants, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, or Roy’s. For complete rules, see below

Complete Contest Rules

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL,STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

  1. Eligibility
    The LivOn Labs Valentine’s Day Contest (the Contest) is open to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of LivOn Labs and other companies associated with the promotion of the Contest, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates and advertising and promotion agencies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) and household members of each employee are not eligible. The Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  2. Sponsor
    The Contest is sponsored by LivOn Labs, located at 2534 Anthem Village Parkway, Suite 100, Henderson, NV 89052.
  3. Agreement to Official Rules
    Participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes entrants full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon being compliant with these Official Rules and fulfilling all other requirements set forth herein.
  4. Contest Period
    The Contest begins on February 6th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PST and ends on February 12th, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. PST (the Contest Period). Entries that are submitted before or after the Contest Period will be disqualified. Submissions will be accepted for the duration of the Contest using any of the following methods: Facebook entry on our sponsored post, Twitter using #SmoothDelivery, Pinterest comment on our contest post, and email submission to marketing [at] livonlabs.com.
  5. How to Enter
    Via social media: This method of entry will be available for the entire Contest Period. All entries become the property of the Sponsor. Entrants and winners names and likeness can be used for marketing purposes including but not limited to social marketing and posting..

    Limit one (1) entry per person, per email address, and per household for the duration of the Sweepstakes Period. regardless of method of entry. Entries from any person, e-mail address, or household in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become the property of Sponsor. Entrants and winners names and likeness can be used for marketing purposes.

  6. Prize Drawing
    On February 12th, 2014, the Sponsor will select three (3) potential winners from among all eligible entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received. The Sponsor will attempt to notify the potential winner via email or social media on February 12th, 2014. If any of the potential winners can not be reached by February 13th, 2014, a new winner will be chosen.
  7. General
    Certain contest and sweepstakes are subject to applicable federal, state and local laws. Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the judges, which are final and binding in all respects. By entering this contest, entrants expressly acknowledge that these Official Rules have been drafted in the English language, and that any translation prepared for any reason will be of no legal effect and the English version of these Official Rules shall govern any dispute. By participating, contestant releases LivOn Labs and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries and agencies and their directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability from any damage of any kind arising from contestant’s participation in this Contest, or resulting from entrant’s acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize. Except where prohibited by law, acceptance of the prize constitutes and signifies winner’s consent that LivOn Labs and/or its agents may use winner’s entry, name, address (city and state only), prize information, and/or likeness for promotional purposes in any media now existing or hereinafter devised, without additional compensation. Subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations. LivOn Labs is not responsible for: (1) late, delayed, incomplete, delayed, or incomplete entries, (2) incorrect or inaccurate entries; (3) inability to access any website or online service, or any other error or malfunction. LivOn Labs reserves the right to: (i) disqualify from this or any Contest, now or in the future, any person it finds, in its sole discretion, has intentionally violated these Official Rules, tampered with the entry process, the operation of the Contest or Website, or any other aspect of this Contest; and (ii) cancel or suspend the Contest in its entirety should tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper play of the Contest.

Norovirus Outbreak

The norovirus is once again in the news, this time it struck roughly 178 passengers aboard the Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess. The Norovirus, commonly referred to as the stomach flu, can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is highly contagious and can spread from person to person if they do not wash their hands.

The Princess Cruises’ ship became the second cruise shop this week affected by the norovirus. The Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas docked in New Jersey on Wednesday, when 700 crew and passengers fell ill, the highest number of sick people reported on any cruise shop in two decades! Many of you may know that Las Vegas, where LivOn Labs is located, was hit with the norovirus in early December when 100 people staying at the Rio became sick during a youth football tournament.

How can you protect yourself?

What is the norovirus?

The norovirus is a very contagious virus that can infect anyone and can be serious for some people, especially young children and older adults. You can become infected by coming into contact with an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. In 2012, a new strain of norovirus was detected resulting in many more cases of the illness. People in many countries have already been infected with the new strain including the United States.

Symptoms of norovirus

The symptoms of norovirus are inflammation of the stomach and/or intestines causing severe stomach distress. This may include nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Also known as the stomach flu, it is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. 

Norovirus Trends and Outbreaks

According to the Centers for Disease Control, norovirus causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses a year, most often in crowded and poorly sanitized environments such as nursing homes, day care centers, and surprise! cruise ships. Over half of all norovirus outbreaks reported in the United States occur in long-term care facilities however cruise ships have a long history with the norovirus.

Last year, there were a total of 9 outbreaks of gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise ships, which was down from 11 the year before (2012).

The leading cause of norovirus is contaminated food with roughly 50% of all outbreaks. Most common foods involved in outbreaks of norovirus are:

  • Leafy greens such as lettuce
  • Fresh fruits
  • Shellfish

However the CDC warns that any food served raw or undercooked can be contaminated. Approximately, 500 to 800 deaths are caused by the norovirus each year, though there are generally more in years when a new strain develops.

Treatment and Avoidance

Since norovirus is a viral infection it can not be treated with antibiotics. If you have norovirus drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration including sports drinks and other drinks without caffeine or alcohol. Most people will recover from norovirus within days of contamination.

To protect yourself from the norovirus, do not share food or utensils with people who are sick or have just been sick. If you are near someone who is sick be sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and wipe down surfaces with a diluted bleach solution. Do not rely on alcohol-based hand sanitizer since it will not destroy the virus. Be careful when coming into contact with linens, which were used by someone who is sick since the virus can also be transmitted this way.

Finally, keep your hands away from your mouth and nose. These are the highways that illnesses like to travel on. Whenever you get that urge to bite your nails or dig for gold, just pretend someone is watching you.

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