Walk your way to better health

The simple act of walking is one of my favorite ways to get exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. I love springtime when those first warm days come about. The air is fresh and inviting. Fall is also a great time to get out and inhale the crisp, cool air and hear the crunch of leaves underneath.

Today is National Walk to Work Day. If you’re fortunate to live close enough to work, why not give your car a break and walk to work. Or, bring your sneakers to work and spend your lunch hour walking the neighborhood. Walking is one of the most popular activities among adults in the United States. You can do it practically anywhere, in any season and the health benefits are plenty.

Shuffle, strut, mosey — however you do it, it’s good for your body!

Walking just three times a week, 30 minutes a walk, can improve your fitness level tremendously. Walking also improves physical function and strengthens your heart. It’s good for your brain, your bones and your mood. And, if you’re walking outside, you can get a beneficial dose of vitamin D from the sun.

Before you head out, take a minute to stretch your muscles. Stretching increases your range of motion and protects your muscles from injury. The five stretches that are the easiest and most self-explanatory are, 1) calf stretch, 2) side stretch, 3) torso twist, 4) quadriceps (thigh) stretch, and 5) hamstring (back of legs) stretch. Do them slowly and hold the stretch until your muscles loosen up.

Stay hydrated during your walks with GPS Hydrate, a supplement that replenishes vital fluids, electrolytes, and nutrients lost during exercise. It also quenches thirst by supporting rehydration of the body and includes a blend of amino acids, carbohydrates and B vitamins. Check out the entire GPS product line that can help you navigate to your peak performance.

Organic Sulfur, or MSM, helps support collagen production which is the supportive protein tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. Organic Sulfur may improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health. It also may help alleviate discomfort that may follow challenging exercise.*

Ways to incorporate more walking into your routine

  1. Instead of having your food delivered, pick it up by foot, if the restaurant is nearby.
  2. Park your car further from the store and walk.
  3. Get off the bus before your destination and walk that extra mile.
  4. Join a charity walk in your neighborhood and fundraise for a cause you care about.
  5. Invest in a treadmill that you can use at night or on rainy days.
  6. Walk the mall, and people watch if that’s your thing.
  7. Instead of sitting a child’s sports practice, get up and walk laps around the gym
  8. Purchase a wearable activity device to track your steps.

As a writer, my job is sedentary which is not healthy. Every day, I set a timer on my phone that reminds me every hour to get up from my seat and walk around the building, at least once. Not only does this wake me up, but it clears my mind and motivates me to make it through the day.

How do you, or will you, incorporate more walking into your week?

 

Don’t let food labels fool you

If you regularly shop for grocery items that are labeled “sugar-free,” “gluten-free,” “all natural,” “fat-free” or similar, this post is for you.

Are you really guaranteed what the label says? And, are these products healthier than the alternative? We should hope so, but it’s not as straightforward as one might think.

In this post, we’ll break down the terminology and what you can expect from a product that claims what it says.

  • Sugar free – Just because something is labeled “sugar-free” or “no added sugar” does not mean it is void of sugar. Rule of thumb: always check the ingredient list. Is honey, brown rice syrup or even raisins listed? These all contain natural sugar. Orange juice is made from oranges, but fructose is a naturally occurring sugar in fruit.Sugar-free does not necessarily mean healthier than the alternative, either. Many sugar-free items contain artificial sweeteners that are chemically manufactured. Again, check the ingredient list. Examples of artificial sweeteners include: sucralose, acesulfame potassium, aspartame and sugar alcohols (maltitol and xylitol).
  • Gluten free – According to the FDA, for a product to have this label, it must contain less than 20 gluten parts per million – the lower level that can be reliably detected in food.1 Some common gluten-containing ingredients that may be added to dairy products include thickeners, malt and modified food starch.What about cross-contamination? Cross contamination refers to the unavoidable presence of gluten in foods due to contact with gluten-containing foods. It usually occurs in response to crop rotation, shared harvesting equipment, or the production of both gluten-free and gluten-containing food in the same facility.
  • All Natural – Does this mean no preservatives and nothing artificial? The FDA allows this terminology if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors or synthetic substances. A food product that’s made with ‘all-natural’ ingredients could still contain hormones, GMOs, gluten or other things some consumers worry about2
  • Fat free – The FDA allows a company to label a food as “fat-free” if it contains less than 0.5 grams of fat per serving. So, is you eat half a box of “fat-free” cookies, you will be consuming several grams of fat, depending on the number of cookies you eat.Fat-free does not mean calorie-free, carbohydrate free, or preservative-free. What some of these product lack in fat, they make up for in sugars and other unhealthy ingredients.

I know it’s a lot to think about, and read, when you’re at the grocery store. But take the time to study the ingredients list and then make your choices. The item you’re looking at may not be as “free” of something or as “natural” as you might think.

 

1http://www.safebee.com/food/what-does-gluten-free-label-mean

2https://www.verywellfit.com/what-does-all-natural-mean-4145423

Live PURE Korea promotes GPK product line at “Family Day” basketball event

As the official sponsor of the KT Sonic Boom professional basketball team, Live PURE Korea hosted a family event to introduce fans and spectators to their GPK Sports line of products; also called the GPS System in the U.S.

During the game on March 10, at the Sajik Arena in Busan, Korea, attendees had the opportunity to sample GPK products, take free throws during half time, enjoy prize giveaways and have their photos taken with the team mascot and cheerleaders.

“My hope is that the GPK line assists in enhancing the players’ stamina and improves their performance. Furthermore, I wish for the advancement of the team, not just for the health of the KT Sonic Boom players,” said Moses Yu, Live PURE Korea branch manager.

The products in the GPS System are 100% natural and backed by science. They provide amino acids, support muscle health, replenish vital nutrients, and promote support through all phases of a workout.* The Korean GPK Sports line includes:

  • “Enogy” (Circulate and Energize – U.S.): pre-workout supplement provides immediate energy and mental focus with amino acids for superior muscle growth*
  • Adapt: pre-exercise supplement offers adaptogens to help build stamina*
  • Supply (Hydrate U.S.): during-workout supplement replenishes fluids, electrolytes and nutrients*
  • Rebuild: post-exercise supplement promotes muscle recovery and tissue maintenance*

Furthermore, Enogy (GPS Circulate and GPS Energize), Supply (GPS Hydrate) and Rebuild have been Informed-Sport Certified. They are free of banned substances and are of the highest quality and safe to consume. This gives professional athletes and sport enthusiasts a peace of mind when consuming the products.

KT Sonic Boom is a professional basketball team based in Busan, South Korea. The team is a member of the Korean Basketball League, and they play at the Sajik Arena.

Invest in silver, invest in your team

Are you up for a spring challenge – one that will set you on the path to a lustrous, shining, silver lining? Join Sprint to Silver and watch your team explode!

From March 26 through April 29, we’re giving $75 to any IBO or Bronze Director who obtains the rank of Silver Director or above. If they reobtain Silver rank a second time, they’ll get $50, for a total of $125! That’s on top of all the other bonuses you may already receive.*

The common metaphor, “silver lining,” connotes hope, optimism and comfort. It is something that is attainable and usually right around the corner, if you look hard enough. Find that silver lining for yourself and your customers.

We encourage you to achieve Silver as quickly as you can. Reaching Silver puts you that much closer to being able to take advantage of all the bonuses PURE has to offer. Reaching Silver will also help create growth in your team and help you earn residual income. It’s where you want to be.

Tips for reaching Silver:

  • Plug into your upline leader. Talk to them, ask them questions and share comments. They’ve walked in your footsteps and have the resources you need to succeed. Work with them and climb to heights that you never thought possible.
  • Track progress. Anyone who has successfully reached their goals knows the importance of tracking their progress. It helps you stay focused, it puts things into small, doable tasks, and it lets you see which activities give the best results.
  • Have and share a mantra. Mantras can lead to transformation. It’s like starting a new habit. Speak your mantra every day; each repetition brings you closer to success. For example: “This year is my turning point. From here on out, I am taking consistent action to change my life. My life will never be the same.”
  • Take advantage of social media. Build morale, create camaraderie and form new relationships. Share how these products improved your family’s wellness.

Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” You are in the business of growing and developing the skills of your people.

If you want more, Sprint to Silver! Attune your mind to abundance today and drive yourself and your team to new heights.

That silver lining is waiting for YOU. We can’t wait to see what great things you will accomplish this month.

*Visit livepure.com/sprint-to-silver for Terms & Conditions

Time for spring cleansing

When the weather warms up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time for spring cleaning … or spring cleansing. We can finally open the windows and start dusting what has settled over the winter. Along with cleaning the house and swapping out winter clothes for shorts and T-shirts, it’s important to cleanse your body, too.

We live in a toxic environment and our bodies are bombarded with chemicals and other potentially harmful substances on a daily basis. Toxins are found in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. They can also be found in commercially packaged products we buy and probably use every day.

How do I know if I need to detox?

The following signs may indicate toxic overload in the body. If you experience any of the following, you might try cleansing and see if they disappear.

  • Low energy
  • Mental fog or trouble focusing
  • Having trouble losing weight
  • Periodic digestive upset

How do toxins enter the body?

Toxins enter the body through inhalation, through our gastrointestinal tract and through our skin.

Things like painting the house, varnishing the furniture, bringing home new furniture, dry cleaning, and cooking are all sources of many indoor air pollutants. Household cleaning products and toiletries contribute to indoor air toxins. We end up inhaling these toxins or absorbing them through our skin. Things like chemicals used in agriculture, fumes, air pollution and many other factors contribute to internal toxins. Consider using natural cleaning products or homemade remedies for cleaning the house.

When we drink too much caffeine and alcohol, we are ingesting toxins. When we eat bread, cheese and processed meat, we are ingesting salt, saturated fats, chemicals, hormones and antibiotics that all put a strain on the liver. These things can also cause high blood pressure, bloating and kidney problems. Medications, food additives, preservatives, food colorings, sweeteners and flavor enhancers contribute to internal toxins as well.

Detox naturally with PURE’s Detox programs

The Detox programs, both 7-day and 28-day, include products by PURE that nutritionally support the body’s natural health-maintaining processes. In just one week, you can feel refreshed and renewed and your body will love you!*

Start with the 7-Day Detox and kick-start healthier habits, then continue with the 28-Day Detox  for a full metabolic reset. Find the resources you need, including recipes, a helpful shopping guide, frequently asked questions, testimonies and more, at livepure.com/7-day-detox.

Cleanse with products by PURE

You might be surprised by how much waste you have in your intestines. Not a pretty picture, but an important problem to tackle. HealthTrim® Cleanse supports clearing out your intestines. It supports the elimination of toxins from the body, promoting digestive health while maintaining normal intestinal microflora.*

Daily Detox is a product that supports your body’s ability to detox internal and environmental toxins every day. It’s a gentle blend of herbs that improves digestion and bowel elimination while increasing vitality and enhancing immunity.* Use Daily Detox as a natural bridge between HealthTrim Cleanse cycles.

In addition, be sure to eat a healthy diet, get regular cardiovascular exercise, hydrate with water, eliminate alcohol, coffee, refined sugars and saturated fats, and increase digestive enzymes by eating fruits and vegetables.

Ready for a clean sweep?

Get started on your journey to Whole Health today!

Chicken with crunchy Mila crust

Today is National Poultry Day, so what better time to share a delicious chicken recipe!These chicken tenders use Mila® chia for a light and crispy crust.

Mila is a versatile ingredient in cooking and baking. It is high in fiber and omega-3s, it’s gluten-free, trans-fat free, sugar-free, and a superior plant-based source of protein.

Mila uses different varieties of chia seed to provide a wide array of nutrients. By combining these crops, you get a nutritionally robust product. Mila contains the omega-3 fat ALA, or “alpha-linolenic acid.” ALA has been shown to support heart health; in fact, studies have shown improved cardiovascular health among those with a high intake of ALA- containing foods.

Mila Chicken with Crunchy Crust

Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. small chicken tenders
  • 1 Tablespoons almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper, each
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons Mila
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Coat chicken tenders with almond meal, salt and pepper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs. Pour Mila into another bowl. Dip each tender in egg, then Mila.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is baked through.
  4. Serve with salad.

Chia seeds are prized for their ability to provide sustainable energy and have been a food staple in both the Mayan and Aztec cultures, along with native tribes of North America. In fact, chia is the ancient Mayan word for strength.

Mila also helps meet the fiber needs of your family. The fiber found in Mila is predominantly insoluble fiber, a form of fiber that aids in the relief of occasional constipation.

Mila:

  • Is a whole, raw super food and a natural source of omega-3s, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
  • Is a blend of different crops of chia seed to help maximize nutrient density.
  • Contains 3 grams of protein.
  • Contains other important nutrients such as calcium.
  • Is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous — both important nutrients for bone health.*
  • Contains 3 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.*
  • May be a great vegetarian substitute for fish oil.
  • According to the USDA, chia seeds contain a significantly higher percentage of fiber than corn, rice, oats, wheat, or barley. Fiber helps promote satiety and relief from occasional constipation.*
  • Mila can supplement your diet with plant-based fiber and protein.
  • Can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt, and smoothies. Mila® can replace eggs or up to ¼ cup of oil in recipes.
  • May be a great addition to your pet’s diet.

Catch those Zzzs with products by PURE

Was that a yawn? Did you get enough sleep last night? If you didn’t, do yourself a favor and read this post. It’s World Sleep Day® and a great opportunity to celebrate sleep because sleep is, well … dreamy!

You may already know how important sleep is for your body. Do you sleep 7 to 8 hours every night? I usually have no trouble getting to sleep and I rarely wake up in the middle of the night, though I do have some bad habits like playing games on my phone right before turning off the light. Now, getting out of bed in the morning is a totally different story. I’m not a morning person.

Whatever your sleep habits, getting quality sleep and an adequate amount are vital to health, and we’re going to discuss the benefits in this post. Lack of sleep can certainly make one cranky, but it can change more than just your mood.

Lose sleep and more

You charge your phone at night, right? Well, your body, and brain, need to recharge, too. Lose sleep and you’ll lose the ability to recall details or to focus. Your brain needs sleep to catch up. Lack of sleep may cause you to experience more negative emotional reactions and fewer positive ones.2

  • Lose sleep and your blood pressure doesn’t have time to rest, which can lead to illness.
  • Lose sleep and your muscles can’t repair themselves from the day’s activities.
  • Lose sleep and you’ll disrupt the hormones that control appetite. When these get out of balance, so does the temptation to eat unhealthily. You’ll also be more tired and less likely to exercise. Not a good combination.

Can you get too much sleep?

Yes, but we don’t want you to lose sleep over it. Sleeping too much may have the same effects as not sleeping enough. According to a study in the journal Sleep, researchers defined short sleep as six hours or less, adequate sleep as seven to eight hours and long sleep as nine or more hours.1

A study from the American Heart Association showed that people who slept for ten hours in a 24-hour period were 30% more likely to die prematurely, compared to those who slept for eight hours. Longer sleepers were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease.2

Catch those Zzzs with products by PURE

If you’re not getting adequate sleep, or if you’re getting too much, we can help.

Fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed with SleepTrim, and help the body burn calories while you sleep.* Melatonin is released in two stages throughout the night, ensuring continued absorption. A Relaxation Blend of botanicals, including magnesium, L-theanine, passion flower and chamomile, helps the body relax mentally and physically.* Melatonin decreases as we age, making its consumption even more important.

Relaxed muscles are necessary for adequate sleep. CalciuMK+ can help by supplying magnesium, a mineral that relaxes muscles but also regulates blood pressure already in normal range.* CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of magnesium, providing 50% of your daily value.

GPS Reset, a product in our performance line, encourages restful sleep while enhancing muscle physiology and calorie burning. It supports the release of growth hormone (HGH) which encourages adequate sleep. Think of HGH as your body’s master hormone. It helps to maintain your health as an adult by controlling metabolism, immunity, brain functions, temperature regulation, heart health, organ and tissue growth and more. The older you get, the less your body produces it. Lose sleep and your body loses the ability to produce it as the only time the body releases HGH is when it sleeps.

GPS Reset not only helps you sleep but it helps boosts lean body mass and overnight recovery from physical activity from the day. *

Can’t stay awake? Caffeine and other botanicals might do the trick. Products like PURE Perk, PURE Café, ENERGY, GPS Energize, Matcha Vegan Shake and 360 Complete Shake work in different ways to boost your energy.* Be sure to monitor your caffeine consumption and limit it to no more than 400mg a day.

Well, I hope I didn’t put you to sleep. Then again, that might be a good thing!

1https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-sleep-trends/more-u-s-adults-losing-sleep-in-recent-years-idUSKCN1OR1FZ

2https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/JAHA.118.0085523 https://www.ajc.com/news/health-med-fit-science/sleeping-the-weekends-could-help-you-live-longer-study-suggests/kGJdhV27BcObz5WhLl0nMP/

 

World Sleep Day is an awareness activity of World Sleep Society, founded by World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) and World Sleep Federation (WSF).