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Which THRIVE DFT is Right for You?

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Which THRIVE DFT is Right for You?

What are those colorful squares THRIVERS are wearing? If you’re new to Le-Vel, you’ve almost assuredly heard the buzz about THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Derma Fusion Technology, or THRIVE DFT, as it’s more commonly called.

What is THRIVE DFT, anyway?

It infuses the derma (or skin) with Le-Vel’s unique, premium-grade THRIVE Lifestyle Formula. THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Formula contains key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, probiotics, amino acids, enzymes and plant extracts. Millions of Brand Promoters and customers report incredible results from DFT including increased energy and circulation, appetite and weight management, nutritional support and mental acuity. Best of all, DFT includes a delivery system designed for increased bioavailability. In other words, your body absorbs more of DFT’s premium ingredients, and you enjoy the benefits over an extended period of time.

When Le-Vel created DFT, it was the first product of its kind – making it a particularly exciting evolution in the nutritional supplement industry. Taken in conjunction with THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Capsules and THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Shake from Le-Vel, DFT can help people of all ages experience greater vitality and well-being. When consumed in the morning as recommended, these three easy steps deliver all-day, time-released benefits.

Which THRIVE DFT should I use?

If you’re new to Thrive DFT, you might be wondering which one to use. Le-Vel offers a few different varieties designed to address specific needs. Here’s a brief rundown of each one:

THRIVE Premium Lifestyle DFT: The original DFT first launched in 2013, Thrive Premium Lifestyle DFT delivers ultra-premium results, including weight management and nutritional support, for adults of all ages and lifestyles.

Lifestyle DFT

The next three DFT products are part of Le-Vel’s THRIVE Plus line:

Black Label: Considered the next evolution of Derma Fusion Technology, Black Label is based on an entirely different formula than the standard DFT and DFT Ultra. Its objective is to deliver superior results in terms of general health, wellness, fitness, weight management, mental acuity, nutritional support, and mood support.

Black Label DFT

DFT Duo: If you’re looking for weight management and appetite support, this is your DFT. The first Le-Vel product designed specifically for weight management, DFT Duo offers a dual-action, left/right adhesive application, resulting in a larger fusion footprint that provides a balanced release. DFT Duo also includes an enhanced weight management formula concentration intended to deliver greater absorption. This groundbreaking product supports lipid metabolism and supplies all-day weight management and appetite support.

DUO DFT

DFT Duo BURN: Also focused on weight and appetite management support BURN is even stronger than DUO in terms of the active ingredients and absorption. For the ultimate push towards your weight management goals, use BURN as Step 3 of the THRIVE Experience. DFT Duo BURN comes in two editions: Original and Metallic Gold, Silver and Black.

DFT Duo BURN Metallic

Which DFT should you choose? It’s important to set your health and wellness goals first. Starting with THRIVE Premium Lifestyle DFT allows you to get acquainted with one of the core products in Le-Vel’s Thrive 8-Week Experience. Commit to those eight weeks, and determine the kind of benefits THRIVE Premium Lifestyle DFT brings you, as those results vary according to the individual. Be sure you’re sticking to those three simple steps each morning, as recommended. After your 8-Week Experience, if you’re ready to elevate your results or concentrate on weight management, try one of the other DFT products. Regardless of which DFT you choose, we’re confident that it won’t be long before you truly understand what it means to THRIVE – and you won’t ever want to be without this product!

What’s the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients?

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What’s the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients?

If you’ve spent significant time at the gym, you’ve probably heard people talk about counting macros (or macronutrients). It sounds complicated, doesn’t it? Maybe not rocket science, exactly, but you may have wondered why someone would go to all that effort.

And what about micronutrients? Are you supposed to count those, too? What’s the difference between macronutrients and micronutrients, anyway? Is one more important than the other?

Macronutrients and micronutrients both nourish your body, just in different measures. They even come from the same place — the food we eat.

Well, both are essential for good health.

Let’s discuss what makes macros and micros different, and how to be sure you’re getting enough of both.

What are macronutrients?

Macronutrients are the basic components of a diet, present in everything we eat, from apples to steak to ice cream. Macros deliver calories and energy to the body, enabling it to grow, function, and repair itself — which is why we need lots of them!

The three main macros are protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Almost all food includes some combination of two or all three.

For example:

  • A chicken breast contains 44 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat (0 carbs).
  • A large avocado contains 21 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbs, and 7 grams of protein.
  • A banana contains 31 grams of carbs, 1 gram of fat, and 2 grams of protein.

Let’s take a closer look into what the different macronutrients are and what they do for our bodies.

Protein

Protein, which is made up of amino acids, is an essential nutrient for growing and repairing muscle, which is why so many athletes eat a high-protein diet. But it’s is good for more than just muscle; protein is also the main component of your organs, bones, and hair, and helps the body manufacture hormones and maintain a healthy immune system.

Good sources of protein: lean meat, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and seeds, beets, and raw greens (like kale and spinach).

Good sources of protein

Carbs

Carbohydrates are your body’s go-to source for fuel. They are made up of small chains of sugar, which your digestive system breaks down into glucose to use for energy. They also help keep your brain and nervous system healthy and can protect against cardiovascular disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Good sources of carbs: brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, vegetables, oats, beans, and fruit (especially apples and bananas).

Good sources of carbs

Fat

Fat is a vital part of a healthy diet. It supports brain development and cell function, protects the organs, and aids with the absorption of vitamins. Because it’s the most calorie-dense nutrient, fat has gotten a bad rap over the years. But healthy fats (like Omega 3s and Omega 6s) can help balance your blood sugar and decrease your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Good sources of fat: fatty fish, nuts and seeds, olive oil, avocado.

Good sources of fat

Counting macros

Counting macros is an alternative to counting calories, enabling you to tailor your diet to your body’s needs.

When counting macros, you start with your body’s caloric requirements (which depend on your age, sex, weight, and activity level), and divide them up into protein, carbs, and fat.

Each macronutrient delivers a different number of calories per gram.

Protein: 4 calories per gram

Carbohydrates: 4 calories per gram

Fat: 9 calories per gram

A common breakout for an active lifestyle is 40% protein, 40% carbs, and 20% fats. (So in a 2,000 calorie-a-day diet, you would aim for 800 protein calories. Since there are 4 calories per gram of protein, you would need to eat 200 grams per day.)

Some bodies function better (or lose weight faster, if that’s what’s desired) with a higher percentage of fat and fewer carbs. A person following the keto diet might get 60% of their calories from fat, 30% from protein, and 10% from carbs.

It all depends on your goals.

What are micronutrients?

Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals the body requires, and while they are essential to health and wellness, a little goes a long way. These nutrients are found within the macronutrients we eat for energy.

The three vital micronutrients are vitamins, minerals, and water.

Vitamins

Vitamins are organic compounds our bodies need to work properly. They are vital for healthy bones, skin, vision, cognitive function, and a robust immune system. There are 13 essential vitamins our bodies need: A, C, D, E, K and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, pyroxidine, biotin, folate, and cobalamin). With the exception of Vitamin D, all are derived from food.

Vitamins

Minerals

Minerals support the body in much the same way as vitamins. They help build strong bones and teeth, heal wounds, regulate metabolism, and maintain a healthy blood pressure and immune system. There are two types of minerals: macro minerals (calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, and sulfur), which are required in larger amounts, and micro minerals (chromium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and zinc), which are often called trace minerals – of which only small amounts are needed.

Minerals

Water

Water is critical for every single system in the human body. It improves brain function and mood, carries nutrients to cells, flushes out toxins, and acts as a general lubricant for the body. Even mild dehydration can affect physical and cognitive performance.

And while drinking plenty of water is always a good idea, remember that fruits and vegetables (like watermelon and spinach) are also a great source!

Water

Are you getting enough micronutrients?

Ideally, we would get all the vitamins and minerals we need through a healthy diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables. But for busy families, that’s not always the reality.

Micronutrient deficiencies can cause a host of health problems — both physical and cognitive.

With 100% or more of the recommended daily value of 8 essential vitamins and minerals per serving, THRIVE Activate beverage can help you get the micronutrients your body needs to perform its best!

THRIVE Activate

Create a Healthy Fall Routine

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Create a Healthy Fall Routine

The further we fall into fall, the darker the early morning hours become. Those pitch-black fall mornings make it harder than ever not to give into the urge to roll over and go back to sleep. 

Not to worry, though – our early morning hours are about to get sunnier after we set our clocks back November 4. Of course, the price we pay for that is an hour’s worth of sleep.

With the fall now in full swing, it’s a great time to create some healthy habits that can help you stay on track through the rest of the year.

Commit to better planning.

Keeping up with everyone’s schedules is downright difficult – especially if you’re a parent. Get yourself a whiteboard calendar, and have a quick family meeting on Sunday evenings. Write down everything – work, school and sports commitments, evening meetings, etc. — so there are no surprises or missed appointments.

Sleep.

Aim for seven to eight hours a night if possible. Create a relaxing bedtime routine, and wind down before you head to bed. Keep your mobile devices out of your bedroom and make it a technology-free zone, if possible.

Start the day with intention.

When your alarm first goes off in the morning, remind yourself how much better you’ll feel if you take some time to yourself to start your day on a positive note. With that in mind, don’t hit the snooze button. Get up, and take five minutes to stretch or meditate.

Hydrate.

It’s not hard to stay hydrated during the hot summer months, but when temperatures fall, a cold glass of water may be the last thing you want. Yet, staying hydrated is incredibly important for your energy levels and overall health. For some variety, try hot water with lemon or one of these flavorful infusions.

Try a new exercise.

In an exercise rut? Try something new outdoors. Join an early morning or evening bootcamp class in your community (many are held in shopping center parking lots or parks). Discover a new walking, running or biking path. Take a nature hike. Or simply take the dog for a walk in the evening, and breathe in the nighttime air. Check out these other suggestions for fun fall workouts.

Enjoy the outdoors.

Make it a point to spend even 10 minutes daily outside. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 93 percent of his or her life indoors. Time outside increases your exposure to Vitamin D (“the sunshine vitamin”). Light and outdoor exercise can elevate your mood, lower blood pressure, fight depression, reduce inflammation, boost immunity, improve short-term memory, heighten creativity and reduce your stress levels. A 2008 study of children with ADHD even found that being outside can improve your concentration.


Aim for 80/20.

At this time of year, maintaining healthy eating habits is a challenge. So cut yourself some slack. Don’t go for perfection. Instead, commit to staying on track 80 percent of the time, and give yourself wiggle room the remaining 20 percent of the time. That 20 percent can include your office parties, holiday get-togethers, family dinners and other special occasions. During those events, focus on loading up your plate with veggies, but if that pecan pie is calling your name, treat yourself. When it comes to your healthy lifestyle, it’s the big picture that counts. One of the easiest and most effective ways to stay committed to your health this fall and beyond is with the Thrive Experience. Three simple steps taken every morning can keep you on track and deliver the premium nutrition you need to stay active, feel great and live your best fall.

Fuel Your Workout with 5 Elements of Effective Fitness

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Fuel Your Workout with 5 Elements of Effective Fitness

You put in hard work at the gym, and you want to see results. We all do! There are few things more frustrating than crushing your workouts day after day only to see your progress plateau.

Exercise is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle. Achieving optimum performance from your body requires a comprehensive approach that includes workout fuel and physical exertion.

To that end, here are 5 ways to fuel your workout both inside and outside the gym.

Fill up with premium workout fuel

All elite athletes know that food is fuel. If you want to see gains in the gym, be discerning about what you put in your body.

Fill up on nutrient-dense foods that give you the biggest bang for your buck: whole grains, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats (like nuts, avocados, and olive oil), and protein.

Stay away from excess sugar, salt, and trans fats. It’s okay to treat yourself now and then, but cookies and other junk snacks shouldn’t be a part of your everyday diet.

A healthy diet also includes adequate hydration — and that means drinking water, not soda or juice. While some people stick to the 8×8 model (8 8-oz glasses of water per day), everybody is different. For most healthy people, 4-6 glasses a day is sufficient, especially if you’re already eating foods that are water-rich, such as salad and fruits.

Lastly, make sure you eat enough. If you’re trying to build muscle, you need extra workout fuel!

Whether you have a tendency to over- or undereat, a diet tracker like MyFitnessPal can help you keep your calorie intake in check.

premium fuel

Eat plenty of protein

Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of our body, and are vital workout fuel for muscle growth. Eating enough protein gives your body a positive nitrogen balance, putting you in an anabolic state, which allows you to build muscle.

Conversely, a negative nitrogen balance puts you in a catabolic state, which means your body is actually breaking down all that hard-earned muscle for energy!

To ensure you get enough protein throughout the day without a surplus of calories, shoot for 30-40 grams at each meal. Eggs, meat, fish, milk and soy are all good sources.

Keep in mind that it’s not just what you eat, but when: It’s ideal to ingest lean protein along with some complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains and vegetables) about two hours before exercising.

And post-workout protein is critical. Depending on your body weight, you should aim for 20-50 grams of protein within an hour after an intense workout. (That’s why you see so many athletes pounding protein shakes as they walk out of the gym.) THRIVE FIT BUILD, designed for your daily pre-, during-, and post-workout needs, has over 25 grams of premium grade whey and casein protein isolates that helps support that lean muscle mass you’re working for.

protein

Exercise your heart

In addition to building muscle, it’s important to include aerobic exercise into your routine. It helps keep your blood pressure in check, improves your good and bad cholesterol levels, and increases insulin sensitivity.

Cardiovascular exercise also increases your body’s natural ability to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a molecule that causes vasodilation — a relaxing of the inner muscles of the blood vessels, which causes them to widen and increase circulation.

This is important because it allows blood, nutrients, and oxygen to reach every part of your body efficiently. THRIVE FIT CIRCULATE is great for your pre-workout or daily endurance needs. It helps elevate nitric oxide levels and provides increased cardiovascular support.

exercise your heart

Take time to recover

The human body is amazing: When it experiences stress, it starts a biological process that allows it to deal with and recover from that stress, then adapt so it is better prepared to handle that stressor in the future.

That’s why recovery is a crucial part of a healthy fitness routine. The stress of lifting weights causes your muscle tissue to tear and break down. It’s when you stop lifting that your body repairs them, making them stronger than they were before.

So go ahead and take days off from the gym! Or at least alternate muscle groups each day (work upper body one day, lower body the next) to give those muscles a chance to recover. Additionally, you should think of workout fuel before, during and AFTER your workout. THRIVE FIT RECOVER can help support your metabolic recovery with a specially engineered blend of protein-to-carbohydrates ratio that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.

take time to recover

Get some rest

We’re all busy these days — sometimes too busy, which means something has to give. And usually that thing is sleep.

Sometimes it’s inevitable (like when your child gets sick at 3 a.m.), but many times we miss out on essential sleep for no good reason at all, choosing instead to watch the next episode of our favorite TV show or scrolling through Instagram.

Make sleep a priority, just as you do with exercise.

Shoot for at least 7 hours of sleep per night. Set a regular bedtime and stick to it as much as possible, and sleep in a cool, dark room. Avoiding caffeine late in the day and screen-time before bed will help.

get some rest

Following these guidelines will help you improve your overall health — and get more out of your time at the gym. We’re now introducing the first three products from the THRIVE FIT product line: THRIVE FIT BUILD, RECOVER and CIRCULATE. Add THRIVE FIT to your fitness routine to boost your performance even more!

Five Fall Warm Drinks You’ll Love

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Five Fall Warm Drinks You’ll Love

Temperatures are finally beginning to fall, which brings a bevy of seasonal warm drinks to your favorite coffeehouse. Not only are those drinks expensive, they’re often loaded with sugary syrups and other additives that can derail your nutrition goals in a single cup. The great news is that you can make your own versions of your favorite fall warm drinks at home. Not only will you save money, you’ll love the convenience of being able to whip up one of these cozy drinks any time you want with these simple recipes:

Thrive Café

Tear open a packet, empty it into your favorite mug, add water and heat. You’ll enjoy an amazing Creamy Mocha Flavor along with added benefits that a cuppa joe can’t deliver. Thrive Café is based on a formula that provides antioxidant support and supports appetite management, energy and clarity with a blend of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fruit extracts. For more information, visit the Thrive Café page.

THRIVE Cafe

Skinny Peppermint Mocha

Pour ½ cup freshly made Thrive Cafe into your favorite mug, then add 2 drops peppermint extract, 1/3 cup nonfat milk and 2 tablespoons dark chocolate syrup. Yield: 1 serving.

Peppermint Mocha

Hot Vanilla Milk

Warm 1 cup milk on the stove or in the microwave. Add 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla and 1 tablespoon sugar. Yield: 1 serving. For source, click here.

Hot Vanilla Milk

Warm Apple Cider

Add 4 ½ cups filtered water, 3 cups chopped organic apple (about 3 large apples), 2 to 3 tablespoons honey and 1 teaspoon cinnamon to the container of a blender, secure lid, and start on low speed. Slowly increase to high speed and blend for 6 minutes. The mixture heats in the blender, so serve immediately. Yield: 5 servings. For source, click here.

Warm Apple Cider

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

Combine 2 cups water, 2 peppercorns, 3 whole cloves, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, ¼ teaspoon ginger and 1 cinnamon stick in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil for at least 5 minutes. (The longer you boil, the more the spices will release their flavor). Turn off heat, and place two black tea bags in the water. Steep for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Heat ½ cup milk in microwave on medium heat for 15 seconds. Stir into tea and serve. Yield: 2 servings. For source, click here.

Vanilla Chai Tea Latte