Target joint health with PURE

Imagine for a second that we don’t have cartilage between our bones. Painful, right? Your bones sure wouldn’t last long from rubbing together every time you walked, bent, reached, sat, stretched, jumped, etc. The joints do a lot for our body, but it’s easy to take them for granted. We move about every day without giving them a second thought. Are you doing all you can to care for them?

Our every move is possible because of our joints; both movable and rigid. Movable joints, called synovial joints, are found in our knees, hips and shoulders. Slightly movable joints, called cartilaginous joints, are found in our spine and ribs. Rigid or immovable joints, called fibrous joints, are found in our skull. Joints lie between bones with cartilage where the bones come together, facilitating smooth movement. 1

Exercise and a healthy diet are two of the most important things you can do to keep your joints healthy. Exercising regularly helps keep the muscles around your joints strong. Children and teenagers should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.2 When exercising or playing sports, wear protection to avoid joint injury. Watch what you eat. Excess weight on the body can put pressure on joints. Eating a balanced diet is key.

Joint facts:

  • Do you ever feel joint pain before a thunderstorm? Joints contain sensory nerves called “baro-receptors” that react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. 3 Didn’t know you were a weatherman, did you?
  • Babies are born with a cartilage plate that turns to bone and then into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5. 3
  • Cartilage is up to 80 percent water by weight. 4
  • Because cartilage is filled with negatively charged chondroitin molecules, it resists being pushed together. This gives it its incredible cushioning power!4

Stay loose and limber with products by PURE

Mila, Organic Sulfur, Daily Build and Mangosteen all help support joint health and, therefore, are an important part of your daily regimen.

  • Mila contains calcium and is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous, both important nutrients for bone health. It also contains 3 grams of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which plays a crucial role in normal growth and development.* Enjoy Mila sprinkled on cereal, smoothies and ice cream. Bake and cook with this versatile ingredient!
  • Organic Sulfur contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a dietary form of sulfur, that helps make collagen, the supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. So, it may help improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.* It’s important to note that the body cannot make sulfur on its own; it must be obtained from a variety of foods or through supplementation.
  • Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that benefits the whole body with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, trace minerals, neuro-protectors, cell defenders, and a host of other body-beneficial ingredients to support immune, nervous system, cardiovascular health and more.*
  • Mangosteen contains xanthones, powerful phytonutrients, that may support healthy joint function, among other things.*

Add these four products by PURE to your daily regimen today and feel the difference.

What other health goals are you targeting? Read our other blog posts on Targeted Needs.

1 https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-joints-in-the-body-4173736

2 https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm

3 https://www.thejoint.com/texas/mckinney/mckinney-marketplace-28072/fun-facts-about-your-joints

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/

Take the edge off on National Relaxation Day

I remember watching a documentary called “Antarctica: A Year On Ice” (2013). Maybe you’ve seen it too. It’s a window into what life is like living on the harshest place on earth. What does that have to do with relaxing, you might ask?

Living in Antarctica is certainly not for the faint of heart, but comments from people who made the journey, and lived there for a year, talk about the peace they felt. What I found so profound, besides the beautiful photography, was the feeling at the very end of the movie when these individuals returned to their regular lives back home. They were returning to a fast-paced, crowded and stressful lifestyle, so different from the peace they felt while in Antarctica.

Peace … how do you achieve it in a chaotic world? I think there are many of us who live stressful lifestyles. Stress is inevitable, but we still need to rest and relax for the sake of our health. Relaxation reduces blood pressure and heart rate. It increases blood flow to our muscles. It reduces feelings of anger and frustration. Now, I’m not suggesting you move to Antarctica, but there are techniques you can do to find peace.

All work and no play can make one unhealthy

Relaxing doesn’t mean laying on the couch. Sure, that can help, but it requires a change of pace and, perhaps, a change of habits. That means doing activities like taking walks, writing in a journal and/or using relaxation techniques. Below are just some of the ways you can find your inner peace.

  • Deep breathing – This is probably the easiest, simplest technique you can do anywhere. Breathing deeply encourages full oxygen exchange. Sit comfortably straight. Breathe deep through the belly from your nose. Count as you breathe out slowly through your mouth. This stimulates the vagus nerve, activates your relaxation response, reduces your heart rate and blood pressure and lowers stress levels.1
  • Self massage – You can do this at your desk at work, on the couch or in bed before sleep. Combine it with deep breathing, essential oils and soft music. Start by kneading the muscles at the back of the neck and shoulders. Make a loose fist and go up and down the sides and back of your neck. Next, use your thumbs to work tiny circles around the base of the skull. Tap your fingers against your scalp, moving from the front to the back and over the sides. Then massage your face by making tiny circles with your fingertips. Lastly, close your eyes and inhale and exhale for a short time.2
  • Repetitive prayer – If spirituality is meaningful to you, try repeating a short prayer or part of a prayer while focusing on your breath.
  • Yoga and tai chi – Breathing is at the heart of these practices. They’ve been done for thousands of years, so it’s no wonder they are still practiced today. They can be very soothing to the body and help you find calm amid the chaos. They can also help you improve balance and flexibility while strengthening the body.
  • Mindfulness meditation – This involves focusing on what is happening in the moment, not in the past or future. Pay attention to how your body feels right now.
  • Progressive muscle relaxation – Another easy one to do. This involves tensing each muscle group (feet, calves, thighs, hands, arms, buttocks, stomach, chest, neck and shoulders, mouth, eyes and forehead) and then suddenly releasing the tension. Always start at your feet. Again, combine this with deep breathing and relaxing music.
  • Visualization – This involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace. This could be a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, Antarctica (?), or a quiet wooded area. Use all your senses to visualize the scene, the smell, how it feels, what you hear, what you taste and what you see.
  • Rhythmic movement – any movement that gets you into a flow can be very relaxing. This includes walking, swimming, running and similar exercises. Add visualization or mindfulness to this for more effect.

Starting a regular relaxation practice

However you choose to relax, make sure to set aside time for yourself every day. Start with 10 minutes a day and aim for 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your choice of technique. After a while you will truly harness the stress-relieving power of relaxation.

Happy National Relaxation Day!

1 https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response

2 https://www.thejoint.com/tennessee/collierville/collierville-16006/197630-how-to-self-massage-for-relaxation

Back to school with Mila

With summer almost over, you’ve likely started to shop for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices, and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy, gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans fat-free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know they’re healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, and ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta, cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.

With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231. Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

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You say vegetarian, I say flexitarian

Flexible — it’s what makes the Flexitarian Diet unique.

If plants make up most of your diet, but you love a hamburger now and then, the flexitarian diet might be the perfect “plate” for you.  The name flexitarian is a blend of “flexible” and “vegetarian”. It is heavy on fruits and vegetables yet allows meat and other animal products when you have a craving.  It’s about adding all five food groups to your diet.

You’ve probably noticed more restaurants incorporating plant-based options to their menus, like that specialty hamburger made with pea protein, coconut oil and other ingredients. Flexitarians generally look for plant-based protein options, but since they enjoy meat, they also look for that sensory experience.

Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet:

  • It’s flexible, ha! Recipes are easy to come by and there is very little meal preparation involved. Plus, you can enjoy eating out and you can have alcohol, if you desire. When eating out, you’ll still want to steer clear of anything fried, crispy, breaded or sautéed. Instead choose meals that are boiled, baked, grilled, roasted or steamed.
  • Want to become a vegetarian? Let’s say you have eaten meat for many years and are interested in becoming a full-blown vegetarian. The flexitarian diet may be a great way for you to do this. The diet cuts down on meat but does not eliminate it.
  • Eating more plants and less meat will help you lose weight, but also lower heart disease, diabetes and more.
  • The Flexitarian Diet was ranked #3 in best diets overall, and #2 in easiest to follow in the U.S. News Best Diet Rankings.1
  • Flexitarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters. Of course, it depends on how often you choose to eat meat.
  • Lower bad cholesterol levels and likely lower blood pressure and improve heart health. 2
  • Registered dietitian nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner, the author of The Flexitarian Diet, says “…flexitarianism isn’t about the amount of meat you cut out—it’s about how many plant-based foods you add. As you add more plant-based foods, you’ll “crowd out” the meats.”3

Incorporate PURE into your diet.

Eat more Greens, a tried-and-true staple of a healthy, nutritious and balanced diet and lifestyle. Adding one scoop every day to your favorite 100% fruit juice or smoothie gives you a range of nutrients your body needs.

Matcha Vegan Shake contains 19-20 grams of protein – a significant amount. Not only is this a great meal replacement, but it can be used between meals as well. It helps boost energy while it calms, it suppresses the appetite, and it even boosts creativity!*

Do you consider yourself a flexitarian? What has your experience been like? Share with us!

1 https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/flexitarian-diet

2 https://annals.org/aim/fullarticle/718395/improving-cholesterol-levels-low-fat-diet-high-plant-based-foods

3 https://dawnjacksonblatner.com/books/the-flexitarian-diet/

Six products enter the PUREGen Africa market in Nigeria

PUREGen Africa, PURE’s entity in Africa, announced the approval and licensure of six products by PURE to the Nigeria market — Daily Build Capsules, Daily Build Liquid, Cleanse, Organic Sulfur, SleepTrim and Mila — by the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

These six products, some of PURE’s best sellers, will help serve an area with an estimated population of 200 million and a health-conscious, growing middle class. A recent University of Lagos study showed that eighty-six percent of Nigerian students use dietary supplements, a booming market and dynamic opportunity for PURE.

“We are truly excited that PURE is leading the way in Africa by providing world-class products and economic prosperity to individuals and families across the land. PURE is committed to Nigeria and we are very confident that we will continue to partner with our distributors, the community and government agencies in the country to build a prosperous economy for all stakeholders.” – Ben Peter, PURE’s Vice President of Business Development of EMEA

The official launch of products by PURE in the Nigerian market is slated for September 2019; however, PURE Independent Business Owners and Preferred Customers can purchase and pickup products immediately at the Nigeria office. The Nigeria office also offers free shipping of products throughout the country.

People interested in learning more about the products and opportunity in Nigeria can participate in seminars at Nigeria’s main office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Nigeria office regularly hosts Super Saturday meetings as well as meetings every Monday in Lagos , Abuja, Onitcha, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

PUREGen Africa, Nigeria is located at 104 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Their email is nigeria@livepure.com and their phone is 08054462009 or 01800048114.

Target heart health

We reference the heart in so many aspects of our lives that it sounds as though it must be the center of our universe or at least our most important organ.

  • “That was really a heartfelt message,”
  • “Amazing performance, he really played his heart out of that game,”
  • “I think you should really take this suggestion to heart,”
  • “Every time I hear that song it breaks my heart,”
  • “That is not a journey for the faint of heart,”
  • “Cross my heart, this is a blog that you should take to heart, especially if you’re young at heart.”

You don’t ever hear those types of references to the liver, or the brain, or the lungs, and you can bet that the spleen will forever be ignored in this regard — yet these are vital organs, too.  So why is there such a focus and emphasis on the heart?

Maybe it’s the fact that our heart is continuously beating, providing a constant reminder that it is dutifully doing its job — pumping oxygen, nutrients, and other vital biochemicals through our blood vessels to the trillions of cells of the body where these compounds are constantly needed, while also removing cellular waste products that must be eliminated from the body. Not a small task to ask of a muscular organ that beats approximately 108,000 times per day to do its job, (that’s 39 million beats each year!)

An organ that, on average, weighs just eight to twelve ounces and yet pumps about two thousand gallons of blood throughout the body each and every day. So, maybe the heart does deserve all the reverence that it gets.  For certain, without a healthy, fully functional heart, one is compromised in terms of their activities, their vitality, and their longevity.  That is truly the heart of the matter.

Heart Facts

  • The circulatory system is comprised of the heart (which is about the size of your fist), approximately 60,000 miles* of blood vessels (arteries, arterioles, capillaries, venules, veins, and sinuses), and the lymphatic system (through which lymph and digested fats flow).3 (*Equivalent to 97,000 kilometers.)
  • The heart is comprised of four chambers, the right and left atria and the right and left ventricles. The atrium and ventricle on both sides are separated and controlled by valves which open and close, keeping blood moving in the correct direction and preventing backflow. Normal blood flow occurs in a cyclical manner going from the body to the heart, from the heart to the lungs, from the lungs back to the heart, and from the heart back to the body.4, 5 
  • The aorta, which carries blood out of the heart into general circulation throughout the body, is the circulatory system’s largest artery. It is about the size of a garden hose.4
  • Some capillaries, the smallest of blood vessels, are about 1/10th the diameter of a human hair and can only carry blood cells in single file. 4
  • The heart muscle produces twice the power of the leg muscles of a sprinter.5
  • Pumping of the heart, or the heartbeat, is the result of alternating contraction and relaxation of the heart muscle (myocardium). The heart muscle contractions are caused by electrical impulses produced by two structures within the heart (the sinoatrial node and the atrioventricular node). 6
  • Besides being a good indicator of your fitness level, Resting Heart Rate (RHR) can provide information as to how well your heart muscle is functioning and the likelihood of a normal or a reduced lifespan. Normal RHR is between 60 to 100 beats per minute, with rates at the lower end of this range indicating a reduced risk for developing cardiovascular disease.7
  • Among the nutrients and nutrient-rich foods recommended by The Cleveland Clinic — one of the foremost authorities on heart health and cardiovascular care are omega-3 fatty acids (think fish, chia seed, flaxseed), berries (for phytonutrients and fiber), legumes (think beans and soy for their fiber, minerals, B-vitamins), red/orange/yellow vegetables (carotenoids and fiber), green veggies (minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients), topped off with red wine and dark chocolate (antioxidants).8

PURE catalogs an array of products that provides the robust nutrient profile that the heart requires as well as specialty ingredients that science has shown to be highly supportive of excellent cardiovascular health.  GPS Reset provides nutrients that support the natural release of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) from the pituitary gland while enhancing the benefits of exercise on fitness and body composition (fat vs. lean).  HGH helps build, maintain, and repair healthy tissue in organs and muscle, promoting better overall health and metabolism.  GPS Circulate supplies nutrients that assist in the maintenance of blood vessel elasticity, facilitating proper blood flow and thereby reducing the workload of the heart.  Acai and Goji Superfruits are excellent sources of antioxidants that protect the circulatory system from errant oxidative damage caused by exercise, illness, environmental toxins, etc.  These two berries provide anthocyanin and carotenoid antioxidants, respectively.

CalciuMK+ delivers Vitamin D3 (ergocalciferol) and Vitamin K2-MK7, two nutrients that significantly support good cardiovascular health.  Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease including hypertension, heart failure, and ischemic heart disease.  Vitamin K2-MK7 has been shown to direct calcium to the bone rather than allowing it to be deposited in soft tissues, such as blood vessels, where it can cause serious health problems.  Daily Build supplies the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals needed for proper metabolism, including energy production, immune function, tissue building and repair, and maintenance of healthy blood lipid (fats) levels.  Mila, PURE’s exclusive chia seed product, is a superior source of omega-3 fatty acid (alpha-linolenic acid) one of the Cleveland Clinic’s top recommendations for a heart healthy diet.  In addition, Mila supplies fiber for good cardiovascular and digestive health.  Daily Detox, Fusion, and Greens are some additional products to also consider when following a diet and lifestyle that tells your heart “I [Heart] you.”

By Richard Scheckenbach. Richard received his baccalaureate degree from the UCLA with Bacteriology as his major field of study. He pursued his doctoral studies in Microbiology/Biochemistry at Oregon State University. Areas of expertise include product research and development, proprietary formulation, market assessment, product promotion, FDA and FTC compliance and nutritional biochemistry. Rich is also a PURE Wellness Advisory Board member.*

https://omrf.org/2011/07/26/exercise-heartbeats/

2 https://healthblog.uofmhealth.org/heart-health/anatomy-of-a-human-heart

 3 Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F. A. Davis Company, Philadelphia PA

4https://www.unitypoint.org/livewell/article.aspx?ed-20b07ab0-e855-49c6-9ee2-91247e52d5cc

5https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/congenital-heart-defects/about-congenital-heart-defects/how-the-healthy-heart-works

6 https://www.britannica.com/science/heart

7https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/resting-heart-rate-can-reflect-current-future-health-201606179806

8 https://health.clevelandclinic.org/12-heart-healthy-foods-to-work-into-your-diet/

By Richard Sheckenbach, a PURE Wellness Advisory Board Member. Wellness Advisory Board members are compensated for their role on the Wellness Advisory Board, in addition to serving as a Wellness Advisory Board Member, Richard Scheckenbach is also a PURE Independent Business Owner.

Shark Week: You must have a vision

As Shark Week comes to an end, let’s look at one more thing that makes sharks so unique — their incredible senses! They have eight senses, three more than we have, making them super sensitive, so to speak! These are sight, smell, touch, taste, hearing, lateral line (pressure sensors), pit organs and Lorenzini (or electrosenses).

To give you an idea of how incredible their senses are, sharks can amplify light better than night-hunting mammals, they can smell 10,000 times better than humans and they can locate their prey over several hundred meters.1 Now as far as a sense of humor, I would have to argue if they have one!

I think we often take our five senses for granted but think about them for a second and see how crucial they are to achieving success. We’ve talked about the importance of being curious, having agility and setting goals when you lead a team. Using our five senses is about putting these gifts all together and balancing them to maximize success.

  1. Vision: You can’t lead without vision, period. Having a vision pushes you forward, it helps you feel connected to your goal and to others, and it helps you see into the future and what your next actions need to be. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” – Jack Welch
  2. Smell: We don’t just communicate via language or vision. We all have something called pheromones, or chemicals that are emitted by our skin. According to Martha McClintock, University of Chicago, inhaling another person’s sweat, for instance, can affect our emotions and how the brain functions.2 Our smell is the strongest of our senses and it can lead with a great impression as well as an impression after you leave. Our very presence can be powerful. “Smell is the mute sense, the one without words.” – Diane Ackerman
  3. Touch: We touch the lives of our customers, our family and our friends in so many ways. Touching others is about having empathy and the ability to create lasting relationships. “If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” – Anonymous
  4. Taste: Have you ever tasted success? Taste is a unique sense and is hard to explain in words. Taste leaves memories, just as food does. Have you seen something done in bad taste? Do you taste your words before you speak them? “A truly elegant taste is generally accompanied with excellency of heart.” – Henry Fielding
  5. Hearing: Are you a good listener? The power of listening is valuable! It is about being tentative and perceptive. It’s also the way we sound. Have you ever heard a speech and felt excited and engaged? What does a good speaker convey and how do they do it? “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.” – Peter Drucker

Now that you are sensitized to these wonderful gifts, use them in your daily life. Your ability as a leader depends on them. Identify traits and characteristics of leaders and influencers across the organization and emulate them. However, remember to be uniquely you! Set yourself on the path to becoming everything you can and want to become.

“When you start using the senses you’ve neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.” – Barbara Sher

1http://7sensesofsharks.blogspot.com/

2https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/03/do-human-pheromones-actually-exist