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Iron is a vitally important mineral, but many people – especially women – don’t meet their iron needs.

Iron is the most abundant mineral on earth – and one that nourishes nearly all life on the planet. Plants need iron to make chlorophyll, which allows the plant to convert energy from the sun into energy for the plant and, in humans, iron is found in every cell of the body. Yet for all its abundance, many of us don’t get enough iron in the diet. In fact, lack of iron is among the most common nutritional deficiencies worldwide, including in the United States.

Related Article: Building Your Own Balanced Diet from the Ground Up

Iron’s number one job in the body is to transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells and tissues of the body – iron makes up part of the hemoglobin molecule in the blood (and the myoglobin protein in muscle) that performs this function. But equally important is iron’s role in helping to extract energy from your food. So, when you consider these two key functions of iron, it makes sense that if you don’t get enough iron in your diet, you might feel your energy flagging.

In general, women are more likely to experience a lack of iron than men, and this is due partly to differences in diet, and also the fact that women of childbearing age experience iron losses through their monthly menstrual cycles, and also experience increased needs during pregnancy. And, since the mineral is necessary for growth and development, shortages may occur among growing children and teenagers (especially girls).

With careful attention to diet, however, most people can meet their body’s needs for this important mineral. Here are four things you should know about iron.

  1. If you associate dietary iron with foods like red meat, you’d be right. Animal proteins – like meat and poultry – are the primary sources of iron in a typical diet. This form of iron is called “heme” iron, and it is generally better absorbed than the iron found in plant foods.
  1. But, that doesn’t mean vegetarians can’t get enough iron. A different form of iron, called “non-heme” iron is found in plant sources, such as beans, lentils, oatmeal, nuts and leafy greens, as well as some fortified grain products (like cereals) and eggs.
  1. Vitamin C greatly enhances the body’s ability to absorb non-heme iron from plant sources. Vegetarians generally eat plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C, which helps explain how some vegetarians are able to meet their iron needs with a well-balanced diet. For instance, a vegetarian chili with beans and tomatoes, the Vitamin C in the tomatoes would help the body absorb the iron from the beans.
  1. Your body is able to adjust how much iron you take up, depending on your needs. When iron stores are waning, your body becomes more efficient at absorbing it. On the other hand, if you’ve got plenty of iron on hand, you’ll take up less.

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

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What’s the difference between Herbalife® Formula 1 and Formula 1 Sport?

All Formula 1 Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake mixes  share the same nutritional profile of 9g of protein and 12g of carbohydrates along with a vitamin and mineral blend. Within this line is the classic soy-based Herbalife Formula 1 as well as Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport, which is made with milk protein.

Formula 1 Sport is different from Formula 1 in that Sport:

  • uses whey and casein in the form of milk protein - contains a small amount of soy lecithin
  • has additional glutamine
  • contains a higher percentage of the daily recommended value of Vitamin A, Calcium, Vitamin C and Folic Acid
  • and each lot produced is tested clean for athletic banned substances and certified in the NSF Certified for Sport® Program.

    These differences were implemented to meet the increased nutritional needs of those engaging in an active lifestyle. However, they both offer similar overall benefits, and can be used interchangeably: athletes can use the classic, and non-athletes can use the Sport version.

Does Formula 1 Sport contain soy protein?

No. Formula 1 Sport contains milk protein; however, it does contain an emulsifier called soy lecithin at a very low level (less than 1%).  Soy lecithin helps prevent clumping and is commonly found in dairy protein products. Hence, if you have a soy allergy, you should not consume F1 Sport.

 

What are the ingredients in Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport and what do they do?

Gain confidence from your pre-competition nourishment. Balanced with carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals, Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport establishes a solid nutritional foundation for performance while being easy to consume.

 

Does Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport contain any artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners? 

Herbalife24® products do not contain any artificial colors or sweeteners.

  • Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport Vanilla Flavor contains Natural Vanilla and Natural Licorice Flavors.
  • Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport Chocolate Flavor contains Natural Flavors.

 

How many servings of Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport are available per container?

There are 30 servings of Herbalife24® Formula 1 Sport per canister. Each serving size is 2 scoops (26 grams).

If you set your children up for success when they're young, it will help keep them on track when they're adults. Here's your action plan for reaching your family fitness goals. Added bonus: you'll up your own fitness level too!

The old saying 'monkey see, monkey do' comes to mind when we're talking about teaching children about physical fitness. Especially when they're in the early stages of development. When it comes to physical fitness, parents can positively encourage their children to be active by being active themselves. It's not an easy task, and there's no one proven approach to raising a healthy, well- balanced family. There is a way that I do it, and these three simple steps make a lot of sense to me. I hope they work for you too.

Step one: Positive words 
Our choice of words is so important in life. Whether it's friendships, relationships, business affairs or your body confidence, it's essential to make an active choice to use positive language.
I'm convinced that we all have some sort of body issues. I've been guilty of upsetting my daughter unintentionally by referring to my tummy scars as 'horrid.' Her response was "I love your tummy because without it. we wouldn't be here." As you can imagine, I felt terrible when she said this. My negative thoughts (like many women's) came right in the middle of summer swimsuit season a few years ago. I think I felt even worse because she has a small scar on her arm. It made me realize that I must always be positive with my words. I believe true beauty comes from within, even on a tough day. Always try to find a positive verbal approach to situations.

Step 2: Positive thoughts 
If you do have negative thoughts about your body, try to work on finding some positive body confidence statements. These statements come much more naturally when you make small physical changes in your routine to make yourself feel better.
For example, referring to a healthy diet as something to be dreaded because you feel deprived is a prime example of teaching kids that there's some form of negative emotion attached to restricting the consumption of unhealthy calories. Like I said, the balancing act is not easy. A change in mindset about what you know is best for your overall health is the key. 
Attempt to only share positive statements such as 'I'm getting healthy' or 'I'm working on being an active parent.' This is especially important when speaking in front of young children because they're most influenced before teenage years. Remember that positive actions and words start with positive thoughts.

Step 3: Mindset to action
Have you heard the saying "all talk and no action?" Well, it's time for the action part of my post! It doesn't have to be a chore to get the entire family moving. Once you get going with weekly activities, your entire family will start to look forward to family fitness time together. 
Start getting yourself active and feeling great. Then slowly start introducing your family to your ideas. Here is a custom workout to help get you started!

Workout of the week
Ultimate Goal: Perform this routine 5 times through
Every second counts goal: Get through this once.
-Walk-jog-run (1-2-3)
-Choose two numbers based on your fitness level.

-Note: If you're new to exercise, choose numbers 1 and 2. If you feel ready, choose 2-3
-Perform 45 seconds of the low number followed by 30 seconds of your second number.
-Perform a few stretches while catching your breath for 30 seconds
-Repeat

Not ready for jogging? Walk slowly as your 1, then walk fast as your 2.
Stick to the time frame and sets set but adjust your running/jogging/walking as needed to fit your current fitness level.
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The majority of your actions start with a thought so keep your thoughts positive, your words to match your thoughts and hopefully your body will follow. For the full article, click here.

Written by Samantha Clayton, AFAA, ISSA. Samantha is Senior Director of Fitness Education at Herbalife.

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