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Proper nutrition isn’t always easy to maintain, even if you are eatin’ your greens. But it is more important than you might imagine when it comes to feeling energized and focused.
Kids and adults alike – especially those with dietary restrictions, illness, disease, high stress or activity levels or just plain busy lives - often need to supplement or completely rely on nutritional drinks to fulfill their daily requirements of vitamins, minerals, protein and calories.
Allegro has long been a source of the most popular dietary supplements for adult and child nutrition. Can we help you or your loved ones and patients maintain healthy nutrition?
Boost Plus Nutritional Energy Drink
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MET-Rx ProteinPlus Protein Bars – Chocolate Fudge
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Carnation Instant Breakfast – Lactose Free Plus
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Pregestimil Lipil Powdered Infant Formula
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UtraMet Original – Low Carb Meal Replacement
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Designer Whey Protein Supplement
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Mass Cycle – Extreme Bulking Agent
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Only One – Probiotic Multivitamin Tabs
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Designer Whey – The Biggest Loser Protein Powder
Jillian Michaels Maximum Strength Fat Burner
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Scandishake 600 Calorie Weight Gainer
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Simply Thick Honey Beverage Thickener
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Happy Heart Month! What a blessing that just a few simple changes in your lifestyle can improve your chances of living a longer, healthier life. The beauty is, anyone can make these changes, the steps are not expensive and even modest improvements will make a big difference.
The American Heart Association (AMA) calls them “The Simple 7″. Seven things you can do to reduce your chances of dying of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiac related incident. Take it slow – start with 1 or 2. Even small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference.
7 Steps to a Long and Healthy Life
Get Active- The AMA suggests at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise – or a combination of both. When you break it down, that is only about 22 minutes per day of moderate exercise. The simplest solution is to start walking. Join AMA’s Start Walking Program to develop your walking plan. If you are mobility-challenged or just not the outdoorsy type, there are plenty of great ways to get your heart pumping at home.
Browse Allegro’s Fitness category for hundreds of Exercise/Fitness Products to fit any level of fitness or ability. Sorted into helpful sub-categories. Get instruction from books, DVDs and videos to make your home workouts even more fun!
Control Cholesterol- Cholesterol is in your bloodstream and your cells. It is soft and waxy. Too much of the ‘bad’ cholesterol, the LDL, is a bad thing. It clogs arteries and puts you at major risk for coronary disease. 75% of cholesterol is produced by the body and the rest comes from the foods you eat. Many people inherit the genes that make too much cholesterol so you might not be able to control it without medication.
The AMA says “It’s important for all people to know their cholesterol level.” Cholesterol is measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood. A cholesterol level of 200mg/dL or higher puts you in a high risk category and you need to take action.
Monitor your cholesterol at home with the CholesTrak – FDA approved Total Cholesterol Device.
Cholesterol can be controlled by prescribed medication, diet and/or lifestyle changes. The AME recommends you schedule a screening, eat foods low in cholesterol and saturated fat, skip the trans fats, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.
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Eat Better- If you haven’t heard it already, you must be living under a rock. Stop with the fast food, trans-fat laden crap and get healthy. Eat a diet of vegetables, fruits, unrefined whole-grains, fish (at least twice a week), lean meats, poultry (without skin), fat-free/low fat dairy. Aim for less than 1500 mgs of salt per day and less than 300 mgs of cholesterol. Stay away from foods with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. If you do all this, you’ll be fine.
Even your best intentions may need a little supplemental help from time to time. See Allegro’s large selection of Vitamins and Herbal Supplements. I take a multi-vitamin, glucosamine and an Omega-3 tablet every day.
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Manage Blood Pressure – The AMA says that high blood pressure is the single most significant risk factor for heart disease. The scary thing is, you can’t feel high blood pressure. That’s why they call it “the silent killer”. Blood pressure is exactly that – the pressure of your blood on your veins. If it gets too high, over time it will stretch your veins and cause microscopic tears. When the body heals these tears it creates scar tissue which can form clots, blockages, blood clots and weakened arteries leading to stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and heart failure.
Normal blood pressure is less than 120 mm Hg systolic AND less than 80 mm Hg diastolic. High blood pressure (hypertension) is a reading of more than 140 over 80 (140/80).
Another scary fact about blood pressure: One in three adults have it, yet 21% don’t even know it. And of those with high blood pressure, 69% are receiving treatment, yet, only 45% have it controlled. Having your blood pressure checked only once in a while is dangerous. It took years to diagnose my high blood pressure because it was only tested periodically.
Take your own blood pressure. It’s easy! - I highly recommend the wrist models.
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If you have high blood pressure, please read I’m off my Blood Pressure Meds. By the way, I am still monitoring my blood pressure at home and it remains normal without medication. I still see my chiropractor about 3 times a month and check in with my physician every 4 months.
Lose Weight – Are you overweight/obese? If your body mass index (BMI) is 25.0 kg/m2 or higher, then you are among the 145 million overweight or obese Americans. Calculate your BMI by multiplying your weight in pounds by 703, then dividing that number by your height in inches and then dividing again by your height in inches.
Reduce your risk for heart disease by losing weight and keeping it off. My approach to weight loss is summed up in How to Not Gain Weight in 65 Days or Less and The Secret to Making Resolutions Work.
See Weight Loss Products Please be careful if you use synthetic weight loss supplements! Consult your physician. My body prefers all-natural foods and supplements. See FucoTHIN. For tried and true weight-loss advice, read Eating for Life by Bill Phillips.
Obesity is a major, independent risk factor for heart disease. And if you have a lot of belly fat you’re at even higher risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Get rid of it.
Reduce Blood Sugar – Diabetes is controllable and treatable, but even so, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or stroke than adults without diabetes.
The AMA says that controlling glucose levels can slow the progression of long-term complications. Often, many small changes add up to surprising improvements in diabetes control, including less need for medication.
What is Diabetes?
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Stop Smoking - Smoking is the most preventable cause of premature death in the U.S. It increases the risk of heart disease, decreases your tolerance or physical activity, increases the tendency for blood to clot. It decreases HDL (good) cholesterol. It creates a higher risk for peripheral artery disease and aortic aneurysms. Ick.
Quiting cigarettes is hard, even for adolescents. How do you do it? Here’s a 5-Step Process to Stop Smoking. Don’t feel bad if you slip. It’s very common. Just try again… and again… until it works. Don’t give up. Look to your local resources through hospitals and hotlines for help.
Education Center for Heart Smarts
Are you a rehab specialist or physical/personal trainer? Learn more about cardiac health and rehab, see The ABCDE’S of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Yoga for Cardiac Rehab, Cardiovascular Disease and Women, Heathy Hearts, Healthy Women and Major Cardiac Risk Factor Screening.
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Anyone can learn more about health, nutrition and fitness with the Health & Fitness in Plain English book.
How prevalent are heart problems? Read Staggering Heart Facts.
Are you at Risk for Heart Disease?
Did you know that heart attack and stroke symptoms for men and women may differ? Read Heart Attacke & Stroke Warning Signs.
We hope you will take this to heart and make the changes in your life that will see you through a long, healthy life. Read more about the The Simple 7 on the American Heart Association’s website.
And as always, we thank you for your business – from the bottom of our hearts. (sorry, had to).
Cold weather, indoor activities, school kids, lack of exercise and the stresses of everyday life = increased susceptibility to colds and flu.
If I stay ahead of colds and flu I find that I only get sick when foreign germs are forced on me – like in an airplane or by my thoroughly wonderful, germy nephews. When you are constantly fighting something and you have to ‘chase’ good health, it is important to realize that you can’t win unless you strengthen your immune system.
Create and follow a plan to bolster your immunity and you may just sail through cold and flu season sniffle-free. Those with disabilities or chronic illnesses have an even tougher time avoiding colds and flu, but they are often times better prepared to prevent colds and flu because they know the dangers.
Going into the holiday season with a chink in your immunity armour is really asking for trouble. Here are some ideas and products to help you prevent colds and flu this season by strengthening your ability to fight germs:
Reduce your Stress
Stress Eraser - We’ve all heard that stress kills and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to support it. Perhaps this amazing stress relieving tool could save your life. It is a portable biofeedback device that helps you learn how to activate your body’s natural relaxation response. FDA regulated, non-invasive and drug-free. Featured on The Rachael Ray Show and The View. A great gift! Those with high blood pressure might consider the RESPeRATE as well.
Manage your stress with other stress relievers, massagers and spa products in our Stress Products Category
Are You Too Stressed? Take the Stress Test!
Do Moderate, Consistent Exercise
A recent study shows that the risk both of catching a cold or the flu and of having a particularly severe form of the infection “drop if you exercise moderately”. If you are sedentary, or if you exercise too intensely, the opposite is true. As with most things, moderation wins.
Exercise Peddler - Work at your own pace peddling with your arms or your legs. This exercise peddler is a favorite because it folds up and there is no assembly required. Features adjustable resistance and an electronic display, all for under $50. Makes a great gift. I use mine while I watch t.v. That’s not cheating, is it? See all Cycles/Pedlars
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Take your Vitamins
Emercen-C Immune Defense - Includes all the necessary vitamins to boost your immune system. Mix with water and enjoy hot or cold. Emergen-C products are extremely popular and provide a wide range of targeted benefits.
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Most of our germ avoiding products are in our Swine Flu Products section where you’ll find germ-fighting Gloves, Hand Sanitizers, Masks and Surface Disinfectants.
Hand Sanitizing Gel – Our most popular hand sanitizing gel. It’s inexpensive and it works. Buy in various sizes to have it handy in your car, purse, briefcase and home.
Educate your friends, family and community to make immunity boosting a TEAM approach! Take vitamins, Exercise moderately, Avoid germs and Manage stress. I promise you’ll be way ahead when it comes to fighting colds and flu this season.
If, by chance, you lose the fight, there are nearly 60 items in our Cold and Flu Season Products category to make you feel better.
Wishing you a healthy holiday season. -v
No matter who you are or what medical condition you may have, making sure you have the proper calories, protein, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients makes a tremendous difference in keeping your body strong every day.
To help you choose the right supplemental or complete nutrition products, here is a list of Allegro’s most popular dietary supplements by indication, application or medical condition. These are medical food products for use as directed by a healthcare practitioner. A prescription is not required. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Most products can be used as complete meal replacements or as between-meal supplements. Click on the links to purchase the product or for more information.
Calorie and Protein Intake
Cancer Nutrition Support
Diabetes Health Support
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Digestive Health Support
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Pediatric / Child Nutrition
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Post-Bariatric Surgery Nutrition
Renal Health Support
Swallowing Difficulty (Dysphagia)
Nutritional Support for Wound Healing
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When food just isn’t enough, look no further than Allegro for all your dietary supplements – from nutrition drinks for kids and adults to calcium to creatine, or for patients on liquid diets. Among our thousands of dietary supplements you’re sure to find what you need at the lowest prices.
Adult and Child Supplemental Nutrition
For children with special dietary needs, those suffering from illness, or children who are not getting proper nutrition, Allegro has a wide selection of canned and powder child nutrition supplements for oral or tube feeding, and they’re priced for stocking up! Healthcare professionals- Allegro has medical foods for children with cow milk intolerance, gastrointestinal impairments, and severe food allergies from the brands you use everyday. Also, to help make the medicine go down, try our popular flavor packets for clinical nutrition diets.
Moms, get your nutrition-filled formulas and brand name supplements from Allegro, at the best prices, delivered right to your door.
For short and long term tube feeding, our nutrition liquids can be your patient’s sole source. Maintain moderate bowel function due to high fiber content. Consumers should consult a physician on the use of these products. Allegro also has enteral feeding supplies.
Adults suffering from unwanted weight loss because of medications, cancer, depression or other illness can regain some of the weight and vitality with great tasting calorie and protein supplements. Unwanted weight loss should be discussed with your physician.
Or, for faster healing of wounds and burns, a drink rich in Arginine and vitamins C and E can help. Discuss with your healthcare professional how an Arginine-intensive supplement can help you.
Amino Acids and Sports Performance Products
Trying to build muscle and just can’t “cut” it? Need help slimming down? Whether you are a body builder or yoga instructor, or have been instructed by a healthcare professional to supplement your diet, you may achieve your best results with:
Amino acids – the building blocks of protein. Supplements are taken to compensate for inadequate intake from food of amino acids and protein. Amino acids boost energy and metabolism, and provide optimum muscle growth. All the top brands available, in tablets, liquid, powder and gelcaps.
Arginine Pyroglutamate supports muscular metabolism and cognitive functions. Contains the stacked amino acids that induce the secretion of growth hormones, which may help increase strength, burn fat, enhance libido, boost immunity, and support tendons and ligaments.
L-Glutamine aids metabolism, immunity and mental function. It is taken by athletes because it also helps increase growth hormone release and enhances muscle metabolism.
Creatine is used to improve physical or athletic performance, promote lean body mass, support fast recovery and to decrease fatigue.
Vanadyl sulfate is a popular product for bodybuilders. It promotes muscle uptake of glucose, producing a significant anabolic (process of metabolism in which cell growth occurs) effect on muscle mass. This anabolic effect is important for muscle growth and anti-aging.
Anabolic precursors such as DHEA supplements may stimulate the immune system. They are used to improve mood, energy, sense of well-being, and the ability to function well under stress. Anabolic precursors are also used to build body mass. Safe and legal anabolic agents are available now, for faster recovery times, increased strength, and increased energy.
Bars, Meal Replacements and Snacks
Allegro has all the big name energy and meal replacement bars, (and even some you haven’t heard of) in the most popular flavors, sold by the case to save you money. Have one in place of dessert, before a workout, or in the car when you have no time for breakfast. They are filling; full of protein, vitamins and minerals, and some are even certified organic. Check calorie, protein, carb and vitamin content, ingredients and flavors to find the perfect bar for your needs.
Keep protein intake up and lower caloric intake with a meal replacement. Dozens of combinations of proteins in a variety of flavored powders and packets will help you to support muscle mass, and replace vitamins and minerals used in workouts. Meant to enhance a healthy eating and active lifestyle.
Low Carbohydrate solutions, such as protein powders, smoothie and shake mixes, add vitamins and minerals while filling you up, to help maintain lean physique.
Stevia is 200-300 times sweeter than sugar but doesn’t raise blood sugar levels and contains no carbs or calories, and is processed from an herbal plant. Research indicates that both diabetics and those suffering from hypoglycemia may use Stevia as their sweetener.
Snack time! Get high protein and low fat from ostrich, turkey and beef jerky, a great snack or meal on the go. Get your soy nutrients from soy crisps and nuts in several flavors, or try low fat, natural potato chips that actually taste great!
Dietary Fats/Oils and Herbs
Omega-3 fatty acids benefit the hearts of healthy people, and those with or at risk for cardiovascular disease. Fatty fish, such as trout, herring, albacore tuna and salmon are high in two omega-3 fatty acids and protein, and don’t have the high saturated fat of meat. Dietary fats such as fish oil, flax oil and flaxseed can enhance your diet or be taken in place of fish servings for these fatty acids.
Evening primrose oil has been shown to relieve pre-menstrual issues, skin disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Allegro has dozens of herbal supplements, packaged and collected with care to ensure freshness and natural potency. Ask your physician or do your own research for scientific information on these claims.
Herbs are used for many health reasons, including: Saw Palmetto for prostate health; Echinacea for immunity and help in preventing colds and flu; Goldenseal, also for immunity and for glandular sluggishness; Alfalfa supports the skeletal, glandular, digestive, and urinary systems, and contains protein and several vitamins and minerals; Chickweed for treatment of skin disorders, blood disorders, gout, fevers, asthma, arthritis, constipation, lung disease, and as an aid in weight control; Gotu Kola helps to combat stress, improve reflexes, and increase mental and physical power, and is used for high blood pressure, senility, aging, and to help the body protect itself against toxins; Bee Pollen for weight loss, increased energy, vitality, stamina, enhancing the immune system, relieving allergy and asthma symptoms, and more; Ginseng for opening the mind, strengthening the body, improving memory, increasing vitality, extending endurance, cleansing the body of stress, fighting fatigue and more; and Garlic, known to support healthy cardiovascular function.
Look at our wide variety of herbal supplements, for your mental and physical health, today!
Weight Loss Products, Energy and Sports Drinks, Weight Gain
Need a little help with weight loss or trying to burn fat with little result? Along with proper nutrition and exercise, the right weight loss program will bring the results you have been looking for, safely. Metabolism boosters, fat inhibitors, calorie burners – Allegro has them all, with and without stimulants to support your lifestyle, and at great prices.
Feeling sluggish? Need an extra energy boost during the day? We have energy products in drops, drinks, powders and pills, and some are all natural.
Sports and workout fanatics, get that extra energy from a sports drink with green tea and guarana, or put back what your workout takes away with a re-hydrator. Aid recovery and enhance weight gain with a high carbohydrate drink, or get your protein or amino acids in a convenient, ready-to-drink can or drink box. Sold by the case for your convenience and savings.
For weight gain and muscle enhancement, and to gain mass not fat, try a weight gain powder from Allegro. We have all the name brands with the best combinations of sugars and whey proteins, in sizes up to 10 pounds so you always have it around.
Vitamins and Over the Counter Drugs
Vitamins can help prevent illness, repair damage to the body and make us feel better as we age. We have name brand and generic vitamins and minerals at Allegro at the best prices. Get pre-natal vitamins, Calcium, iron, C, D, multi vitamins, all the B’s and more, delivered right to your door.
Allegro has great deals on generic OTC medications, as well as your favorite brand name products, ready to stock your medicine cabinet. Lip therapy; children’s medicines; laxatives (stimulant and softening types) for regular use or evacuations prior to surgery; antifungal and infection preventing cr`emes and ointments for minor scrapes, burns and owies; arthritis pain medication; acetaminophen pain reliever; anti-diarrhea and motion sickness medicine; even diaper rash medicine and eye drops, are all available, right here.