Veggies: more matters!

It’s National Eat Your Veggies Day! Did you eat enough vegetables today? If not, know you’re not alone. Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal vegetable recommendations. Depending on age and sex, adults are recommended to eat at least 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern.1

Besides simply tasting delicious, vegetables have so many benefits: they reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke and help manage body weight when consumed in place of more calorie-dense foods, and when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program.  Not only that, but vegetables provide color, texture, and appeal to every one of your meals! They are a convenient on-the-go snack option that are low in calories and fun to eat.

Whether its taste, cost, convenience, or texture, people find all sorts of reasons not to eat their vegetables.  If you are a parent and feel like you are losing the war of getting your kids to eat healthier, a college student looking to save money and space in your mini fridge, or someone who just can’t tolerate another serving of boring, steamed vegetables, there are many tricks to help you meet your daily servings!

  • Remember, all forms of vegetables count. Use fresh, canned and frozen foods. Prevent spoilage by using your perishable produce at the beginning of the week and canned/frozen at the end.
  • Get your kids involved. Have them choose vegetables they want to see in their meals and snacks. Let them pick by color or challenge them to try something new! Also use shopping as an educational opportunity for kids learning to read. For example, serve avocados on “A” day; broccoli on “B” day, etc.
  • Don’t be deterred by cost. With careful menu planning, smart storage and preparation, and good shopping techniques, you can make the most out of your food budget. Make sure you stick to your list while at the store. Plan your meals around vegetables and prepare more for leftovers. Soups, stews, and casseroles all make excellent meals that can be frozen for future uses. Finally, shop in season, and stock up when you see items on special.
  • Mix in vegetables for picky eaters. Sneak in vegetables whenever possible. For example, blend spinach and/or kale in smoothies; add zucchini or carrots to muffins. You can even bake mini vegetable quiches in muffin tins and have them ready in the morning.
  • “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” If your goal is to help your family eat more vegetables, then plan! Pick one night a week to chop and dice all vegetables and store in containers. This makes cooking at the end of a long day much easier; pre-sliced snacks are also easily accessible for little hands. Prepare all meals ahead of time. If a meal is lacking in vegetables one evening, for example, keep a bag of frozen vegetables handy. Simply season them and heat up to serve as a nutritious side dish.
  • Eating Greens by PURE on a daily basis adds unique nutrients to your diet that may be lacking in vitamins and minerals. It ensures you are getting a full range of nutrients that your body needs to function properly. Greens is made up of 4 Proprietary PURE Blends that use some of the most beneficial superfoods, botanicals, superfruits and mushrooms available.

How do you include vegetables at every meal? Have you had success integrating a wide variety of vegetables into your family’s diet? Let us know on social media @livepureglobal.

1https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html

Just like Betsy – a pioneering entrepreneur

Today we celebrate Flag Day — a time to remember the adoption of our nation’s flag, and the foundation of our nation’s freedom.

I proudly display the American flag at our front door (always positioned to the left) and every time I look at it I feel a sense of pride. I’m reminded of the giving spirit of our citizens and the privileges and opportunities we have in this country. The American flag is our country’s brand, so to speak. It symbolizes America — the greatest country in the world.

If you grew up in America, you probably learned about a woman named Betsy (Griscom) Ross. What a fine example she was of the entrepreneurial spirit! Betsy was born in 1752 in Philadelphia and was raised in a family of carpenters. She learned needlework at home and in school. She married John Ross and together they opened an upholstery business in New Jersey in 1773, with flags being one of their specialties.

After the Revolutionary War started, the business faced challenges as fabrics were difficult to come by. In 1776, John Ross died leaving Betsy to keep the business running. Through her network, she met George Washington who was impressed with her skills. Legend has it that he asked her to design and sew a flag for the new nation.

Betsy was a mother, a businesswoman, the foundation of her household and, as I see it, a true entrepreneur. She had courage and determination to keep the business running when everything else around her was falling apart. Can you imagine what life must have been like for her? And yet she persevered despite the challenges. She symbolizes commitment, much like our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) at PURE today. Just like Betsy, our IBOs continue to give hope to those who want a better life and an opportunity to strive for greatness.

Today may not be a national holiday, but it’s a very significant day nevertheless. May the American flag, and Betsy Ross, be reminders of that great entrepreneurial spirit as we spread Whole Health across the nation.

Here is a reminder on how to honor and display the American flag from the DAV (Disabled American Veterans). As you proudly fly your flag today, pledge your support for those who have sacrificed for our freedom by visiting https://livepure.com/giveback/.

Team up for health

Who is on your side when it comes to your health? Do you visit a doctor regularly, or only when necessary?

I tend to visit my doctor at the earliest symptom, just because I would rather nip whatever it is in the bud before it has a chance to become something worse. Going to the doctor regularly is the best way to prevent anything from happening. If you wait until there really is a need, you may not receive the best care.

Why not build a team of health professionals who have your best interest in mind before you have a need to do so?  Be proactive in your health to prevent things from happening before they do. Ensure you are engaging in the activities that will promote your long-term health and vitality.

Teaming up with health providers means finding the ones who can help you in various areas of your life. For example, who do you go to for help with exercise? Who do you ask for dietary advice? Do you have someone to talk to about life issues in general? Now, you may not have any health problems at this moment, and that’s great! However, I feel that everyone should have a few people on their team for preventative reasons.

Some people you might want to consider having on your healthcare team are as follows:

  1. Primary care physician (PCP): A PCP is great at diagnosing conditions and to see for more serious situations that require medical attention. They can advise you in an emergency. They should have a good bedside manner, understand and listen to you. Many licensed MDs also practice integrative medicine.
  2. Naturopathic doctor (ND): These are trained to look for the root cause of a symptom. They can help your body maintain “homeostasis” which is your natural state of balance. Look for someone who understands Western medicine, can supply herbal remedies and understands natural dietary needs. Find a licensed ND here: https://www.naturalmedicinejournal.com/blog/how-choose-naturopathic-doctor.
  3. Chiropractor (DC): Your spine is a junction for your nervous system, with all your nerves running through it. It is common for the sine to become skewed and inflamed, causing nerves to be constricted and malfunctional. Chiropractic care can help maintain spine integrity and optimize body functionality.
  4. Personal Trainer (PT): You may not have one of these, but it’s helpful to know someone whom you can ask questions or if you need to change your routine. Look for someone who can apply different training techniques related to your needs.
  5. Health Coach: They provide dietary and lifestyle coaching. They should understand that health is more than diet. It also encompasses exercise, lifestyle, spirituality, career and self-esteem.

There are others you may want to add, such as a massage therapist, podiatrist, optometrist, psychologist, yoga or Pilates instructor, and herbalist or acupuncturist. The idea is to choose people who will benefit you in the long run, and help you be as happy and healthy as possible.

Ingredient Spotlight: Ginseng

How educated are you on herbs? Did you know that ginseng is one of the most popular herbal remedies in the world? It goes down in the history books … traced back to ancient Asian medicine. You may be familiar with it as a tea, its most common form.

Ginseng is a root of plants in the genus Panax. The term ginseng comes from the Chinese word “renshen” which means “person” and “plant root” because the root is forked, resembling a person’s legs — in shape, not size.1

There are eleven different varieties of ginseng; the main types being Asian, Korean and American.  Panax ginseng is the most valuable of all medicinal herbs in Korea, China and Japan. Interestingly, the genus name Panax means “all healing” in Greek and shares the same word origin as “panacea.” 1

Ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Panax ginseng has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its restorative, tonic, nootropic and anti-aging properties. Active compounds called ginsenosides are what give ginseng its remarkable benefits. Ginsenosides help modulate blood pressure, metabolism and immune function.However, any type of ginseng that does not contain ginsenosides is not a true ginseng!

Ginseng has adaptogenic properties as well, and has been shown in studies to improve mood, boost endurance and regulate metabolism.3  ENERGY contains the Panax ginseng extract and GPS Adapt contains Red Korean ginseng extract.

Reap the benefits of ginseng in ENERGY and GPS Adapt!

ENERGY contains a proprietary blend of herbs, botanicals, vitamins and minerals that enhance cognitive performance, simulate alertness, ease fatigue and promote wakefulness. What’s even better, it contains no artificial coloring or sweeteners or preservatives. It’s available in delicious and refreshing Watermelon, Mixed Berry, Lemon, Grape and Island Splash flavors. It comes in a 30-serving tub or convenient stick packs to take wherever you go.

GPS Adapt is one of six quality products in the PURE sports performance line. Available in capsule form, Adapt helps the body “adapt” to physical stressors, it boosts mood, minimizes stress, maximizes energy and reduces mental fatigue.*

As with any supplement, always consult your healthcare provider before taking products by PURE.

 

1 https://www.news-medical.net/health/What-is-Ginseng.aspx

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2893180/

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3659587/

Bermuda – setting the scene

As you get ready for your PURE Destinations trip to Bermuda, we wanted to share some great books and blogs that depict the paradise that is Bermuda. Whether you are into novels, non-fiction or travel guides, these fantastic stories will connect you with the island before you set foot there.

Books:

  • A Home with No Roof, by Wayne W. Whicher – A little bit of romance, humor and thrill, this story will transport you to this beautiful island.
  • Under the Moon Gate, by Marilyn Baron – A sea captain tries to find buried gold on a Bermuda heriress’s family’s property during WWII. A moon gate is one of the signature landmarks of Bermuda and legend has it that people who walk through one are blessed with good luck.
  • Island Thyme: Tastes and Traditions of Bermuda, by Bermuda Junior Service League – A must-read for any cook.
  • Mark Twain in Paradise: His Voyages to Bermuda, Donald Hoffmann – A comprehensive study of Clemens’s love affair with Bermuda.

Blogs:

Are you ready to check Bermuda off your bucket list? The 2019 Bermuda Cruise includes a six-day, five-night cruise sailing on August 3 aboard the Grandeur of the Seas.

Qualify by June 17, 2019 to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn more at livepure.com/Bermuda-cruise-2019. Here you can also read the itinerary, track your progress and share the trip with others.

Any questions? Reach out to our Sales Support Team at salessupport.livepure.com or call 866-535-588.

 

Target Digestion – Go with your gut instinct

Every time you eat, you probably don’t think twice about what your digestive system is doing. You enjoy your food and let everything else just happen.

Well, if your gut could talk (and oftentimes we do hear it!) it would likely have a lot to say about the food you’re eating, your state of mind and whether you slept well last night. That’s because our choices have a big impact on the function of our digestion, which, in turn, is critical to our overall well-being.

The conversation your gut would have might look something like this…

“You can partly blame me for your bad mood.”

Bacteria in your intestines may be able to send signals to your brain via neurotransmitters. (See “Clean up your diet” below) According to researchers at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, the phrase “going with your gut instinct” has a literal meaning. They’ve found a connection between digestive issues and mental health, leading them to believe that the gut acts as a second brain. 1

“Relax and stress less.”

Avoiding stress is essential for our well-being. When you’re stressed out, your brain responds in a way that negatively affects your digestion by inhibiting its function. Gut bacteria get out of balance which hinders nutrient absorption … the key function of the gut.

“Feed me probiotics.”

Probiotics are good bacteria that help keep the gut healthy. Bacteria in the gut is necessary for digesting food, absorbing nutrients and water, and killing bad bacteria. The key is to foster a balance of good and bad bacteria with a healthy diet.

Antibiotics can kill good bacteria, so after you’ve finished a course, be sure to eat yogurt or take a probiotic supplement to restore balance. Probiotic by PURE creates an ideal environment for digestion, immune function and absorption of nutrients. Micro-encapsulation of the probiotic species makes them more acid-resistant for maximum utilization and potency. Probiotic contains 8 probiotic species as well as prebiotics.

“Clean up your diet.”

The best foods for gut health include fiber, fermented foods, greens, roughage, fruits and garlic.  Bananas and garlic are good sources of prebiotics, the food that feeds probiotics.

Eating processed foods can decrease the production of neurotransmitters in the gut, like serotonin, so you won’t feel as energized. “Since about 95% of serotonin is produced in your gastrointestinal tract, and your gastrointestinal tract is lined with a hundred million nerve cells, it makes sense that the digestive system affects your emotions.”  (remember that bad mood?) The function of these nerve cells is highly influenced by the billions of “good” bacteria.2

Supplement your diet with Mila which is rich in plant-based fiber and protein. The fiber found in Mila is predominantly soluble fiber which aids in the relief of occasional constipation.*

“Avoid drinking too much alcohol.”

Chronic alcohol consumption can throw the balance of good and bad gut bacteria out of whack.

“When you sleep, I can sleep.”

In studies, sleep deprivation caused subtle changes to gut bacteria and increased the number of bacteria associated with weight gain, obesity, type 2 diabetes and fat metabolism.3

Other products by PURE that help target digestive health.

Daily Detox and HealthTrim Cleanse help detox your body of internal and environmental toxins. Improves digestion and bowel elimination. Daily Detox is used daily whereas HealthTrim Cleanse is used for short-term use every few months. * The premium, ceremonial matcha in Matcha Vegan Shake also helps in healthy digestion and cleansing. Noni superfruit is rich in antioxidants, providing support and promotion of a healthy immune system.

Be good to your gut and it will be good to you.

 

1 https://www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/fall-winter-2015/articles/the-garden-in-your-gut

2https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-psychiatry-your-brain-on-food-201511168626

3 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212877816301934

Faces of fitness

Meet PURE IBOs Matt and Mallory Meredith. This athletic couple are on the move participating in community cycling and running events and building their PURE business.

Matt works full time and competes in multiple races a year, while Mallory also races, coaches cross country and track and field and works at a local running store. Eating healthy is important to them as is the spiritual, mental and physical health of their family.

Matt ran the Dallas marathon in December 2017, finishing 3:05:05. While being so close to qualifying for the Boston Marathon he went ahead and ran the New Orleans marathon in March of 2018, finishing 3:05:45, missing the mark again. He felt like he was lacking energy. Along with a couple of other red flags, he decided to get micronutrient blood testing done which showed major nutrient deficiencies. Being a healthy eater, this was very disconcerting. His goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon, but with these numbers, he wasn’t sure he ever would. To qualify, athletes must meet time standards which correspond to age and gender.

Enter PURE! When Matt makes up his mind to do something, he’s all in and it was no different when he joined PURE.

IBOs Whitney and Jason Johns shared the opportunity to the Meredith’s in July 2018.  After taking the products, Matt started achieving new personal records in his races. He ran the Houston marathon in January this year, finishing 2:54:51, a 10:14 decrease in his personal best. What’s even more spectacular is that he qualified for the Boston Marathon which he will run with Mallory in April 2020. He attributes his success to products by PURE. Following the Houston marathon, a six-month follow up micronutrient blood test showed zero deficiencies. Now Matt is not only chasing his dreams, he is running them down!

Matt and Mallory also enjoy helping others realize the importance of exercise and making healthy choices. Matt’s advice for someone thinking about joining PURE is to, “Go all in! Flood your body with the products, feel the difference it makes and then set a goal and continue to share no matter what. Steady, consistent action and inviting people to learn about health is what will continue to grow the business.”

The Meredith’s have reached the rank of Platinum Director. They are both driven to sign others up and help them achieve their dreams, and they are grateful for the wonderful people they have met through PURE.

Asked if he could have any super power, Matt said he would like to be Superman® so he could help others during critical times. It sounds like he already has all the superpowers!

Matt works his PURE business part-time and continues to provide for his family through his full-time job. Mallory is working on making PURE a full-time job. Their favorite products are GoYin, ENERGY and the GPS line. Their daughter loves GoYin, Daily Build and CalciuMK+. They live in Tyler, Texas.

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