Target Sleep

Was that a yawn? Did you get enough sleep last night? Do yourself a favor and read this post to understand the importance of sleep.

Do you sleep 7 to 8 hours every night? Do you go to bed and get up at decent timeI 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, making sure it’s quality sleep and at least 7 to 8 hours is vital to our health. We’re going to discuss the benefits of sleep in this post. One thing’s for certain, a lack of sleep can make one cranky, but it can change more than just your mood.

Stay awake and lose more than just sleep

Do you charge your phone at night? Your body and brain need recharging, too. Lose sleep and you’ll lose your “charge”, or the ability to recall details and more. Your brain needs sleep to catch up. A lack of sleep may cause you to experience more negative emotions 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 unhealthy foods. You’ll also be more tired and less likely to exercise. Not a good combination.

Can you get too much sleep?

Yes. 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 than ten hours in a 24-hour period were 30% 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, products by PURE 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/

 

 

Trace your health to these important minerals

When someone is coming down with a cold, I think it’s commonplace to hear, “I need to drink some vitamin C”. But I rarely hear someone say, “I didn’t get enough zinc today.” Minerals are just as critical for our health as are vitamins. A deficiency in minerals can have an impact on blood pressure, weight, digestion and more.

There are minerals the body needs a lot of such as sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur and calcium. Sodium and calcium are more recognizable, but all these minerals play a role in our health.

Then there are “trace” minerals that our bodies need in smaller amounts (less than 20mg per day)1 but are just as important. These include chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium and zinc. These “trace” minerals serve as antioxidants, they help build enzymes, and they’re important for normal growth and development. We’ll break these down in more detail below.

Where can we get trace minerals from, how much do we need, and what happens if we don’t get our daily dose?

The seven trace minerals:

  • Chromium – this mineral is found in fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and grains so it’s not hard to obtain. It helps with the function of insulin and glucose metabolism.2
  • Copper – this mineral is found in organ meats, shellfish, nuts and seeds, bran cereals and whole grain products. Copper is involved in energy production, iron metabolism and the production of hemoglobin. 2
  • Iodine – Seafood is an excellent source of this mineral which is synonymous with a healthy thyroid. Too little of this mineral can lead to a slowed metabolism, weight gain and mental sluggishness. 2
  • Iron – Think rich, red blood! This mineral is vital for red blood cell formation. It’s found in red meat, poultry, seafood and dark leafy vegetables. It’s common to see iron deficiencies are seen in women, children and pregnant women as well as those involved in rigorous exercise. 2
  • Manganese – this mineral is involved in metabolic functions and the support of bone development and wound healing. Rich food sources include whole grains, nuts, leafy vegetables and teas. 2
  • Selenium – This mineral is found in seafood and organ meats, as well as cereals, grains and dairy products. It plays a role in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, and protection from oxidative stress. 2
  • Zinc – This mineral is found in oysters, beef, crab meat, dark meat chicken, turkey, pork, yogurt, milk, cashews, chickpeas, almonds, peanuts and cheese. It’s necessary for normal growth and development in children and functions of the immune and neurological systems. 2

How much trace minerals do you need?

The Recommended Daily Intake for the most important trace minerals are listed below, from the National Institutes of Health:3

Chromium – 25 mcg for women and 35 mcg for men

Copper – 900 mcg for both men and women

Iodine – 150 mcg for both men and women

Iron – 18 mg for women and 8 mg for men

Manganese – 1.8 mg for women and 2.3 mg for men

Selenium – 55 mcg for both women and men

Zinc – 8 mg for women and 11 mg for men

 

Trace your minerals back to products by PURE

You can obtain all the minerals from a variety of our products.

CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of zinc (7.5 mg), selenium (35 mcg), manganese (200 mg), and chromium (100 mcg).

Daily Build Liquid has a PURE Trace Mineral Blend (22 mg) from seaweed.

ENERGY is an excellent source of chromium (50 mcg).

Immune6 is an excellent source of selenium (100 mcg).

GPS Energize contains 30 mcg chromium per serving.

GPS Hydrate contains 60 mcg of chromium per serving.

Metabolic ONE is an excellent source of chromium (200 mcg).

GPS Rebuild is a good source for all the trace minerals.

GPS Reset contains zinc (5.5 mg) and chromium (140 mcg).

 

1 https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-trace-minerals-4893.html

2 http://phlabs.com/trace-minerals-what-they-are-and-why-you-need-them

3https://ods.od.nih.gov/Health_Information/Dietary_Reference_Intakes.aspx

But first, coffee

If you drink coffee, what do you like most about it? Is it the way it gets you going in the morning? Is it the rich, satisfying flavor? Or, is it the way it warms you up? What about the fact that it contains chlorogenic acid? Of all of these, the last may be one of the best reasons to drink coffee, in my opinion.

Today is International Coffee Day, a great time to share the great benefits coffee brings to those who drink it.

Chlorogenic acid, or CGA, is a phytochemical (a chemical that occurs naturally in plants) that is rich in healthy antioxidants. The benefits range from weight loss support to the maintenance of a healthy cardiovascular system. CGA is also responsible for that quintessential, bitter coffee flavor.

Coffee naturally contains acids, but CGA, in green and roasted coffee beans, is the most prevalent. In fact, coffee provides a higher concentration of CGA than any other foods. The lighter the coffee, the more CGA it contains.

Weight loss

Studies have shown that chlorogenic acid and caffeine work together to reduce abdominal fat by increasing the opening of fat cells so they can release energy. Chlorogenic acid may also reduce the growth of new fat cells through its antioxidant effects.1

A 2007 study published in “The Journal of International Medical Research” showed that chlorogenic acid-enriched instant coffee appeared to have a significant effect on the absorption and utilization of glucose from the diet. Consumption of coffee may result in reduced body mass and body fat when compared with the use of normal instant coffee.2

Healthy heart

Some experiments have shown that chlorogenic acid may also inhibit absorption of glucose in the digestive system. A 2015 study published in “The Journal of Human Hypertension” showed a reduction in blood pressure related to chlorogenic acid consumption. CGA consumption significantly increased fat oxidation during sleep, suggesting that beverages containing CGA may be beneficial to reduce body fat and prevent obesity. 3

In the CGA group, but not the placebo group, blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) decreased significantly during the ingestion period. There was no difference in body mass index and pulse rate between groups, nor were there any apparent side effects. Thus, CGA from green coffee bean extract is effective in decreasing blood pressure and safe for patients with mild hypertension.

Another study showed that chlorogenic acid from green coffee bean extract is effective in decreasing blood pressure and is safe for patients with mild hypertension.4

Enjoy a PURE coffee break

PURE Café is a slimming coffee drink that suppresses appetite so you can limit the number of calories you are eating throughout the day. It contains 200mg of chlorogenic acid and 155mg of natural sources of caffeine. It has a delicious mocha flavor and contains B vitamins that increase energy and support mental clarity.*

PURE Perk is a Barista, dark roast coffee blend that includes Brazilian and Columbian coffee beans. Just one cup provides mental focus within minutes, suppresses appetite and boosts energy for up to five hours.* One serving contains an estimated 150mg of chlorogenic acid and 100mg of natural sources of caffeine. Listen to Darin Blackhurst, Director of Research & Development and Quality and IBO Leslie Forester discuss the benefits of PURE Perk on our PURE Product Spotlight podcast.

In addition to our coffee products, Green Coffee Bean is rich in chlorogenic acid; one serving contains 400mg. This product can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels after you eat as well as help maintain healthy glucose levels.* Simply take 2 capsules 15-20 minutes before meals. Always remember that diet and lifestyle always come first when achieving optimal weight loss and overall health.

Next time you’re in your favorite café, surprise the waiter by saying, “I’ll take my chlorogenic acid black, please.”

It’s important to limit your caffeine consumption to no more than 400mg per day. Too much caffeine may cause nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness and an occasional rapid heartbeat. Note that PURE Café, PURE Perk and Green Coffee Bean are not recommended for children under the age of 18.

1 https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/biochemistry-genetics-and-molecular-biology/chlorogenic-acid

2 https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/147323000703500620

3 Clin Exp Hypertens. 2006 Jul;28(5):439-49. The blood pressure-lowering effect and safety of chlorogenic acid from green coffee bean extract in essential hypertension.

4https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16820341

Meet the Omegas

Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-7 and Omega-9!  They are also called fatty acids, or dietary fats, but they are not a fat you should shy away from. Omegas are needed by the body to function and having a balance of all four is vital for optimal health.

Can you tell your 3s from your 6s?

Omega-3 and omega-6, probably the most familiar of the four, are essential fatty acids which means they are not produced by the body. It’s “essential” that we obtain them from food, predominantly seafood, nuts and vegetable oils. Americans get plenty of omega-6 fats from vegetable oils, but not nearly enough omega-3 fats. Omega-7 and omega-9 are produced by the body so they are not “essential”, but still very important.  Let’s look at each in more detail.

Omega-3 fatty acids

There are three kinds: ALA (a-linolenic acid), EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (deocosahexaenoic acid).1  ALA is obtained from plant sources such as walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, olive oil and soybean oil. EPA and DHA can be found in fish, eggs, squid and algae. The body cannot produce ALA on its own, but it can convert EPA and DHA from ALA.1 DHA is an essential building block of the brain and important for cell communication.2, 3

The American Heart Association recommends eating at least two servings of fish weekly, especially fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel. 4  Women should consume 1.1 grams of omega-3 daily, while men need 1.6 grams.

Omega-3 fatty acids may help:

  • regulate heart health
  • maintain healthy joint function
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Omega-6 fatty acids

These are obtained from vegetable oils, nuts and grain-fed meats. They are also found in crackers and cookies, so Americans rarely are deficient in omega-6. In fact, can help minimize inflammation in the body. The ideal ratio is 1:1 (omega-3 to moega-6).5 Omega-6 or linoleic acid (LA) can be made into gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Certain foods are rich in GLA such as evening primrose, black currant and flax seed. Other sources include egg yolks, pecans, walnuts and animal fats.

Omega-6 fatty acids (in the form of GLA) may help:

  • regulate normal brain functioning
  • regulate growth, development and metabolism
  • maintain healthy bones
  • maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range
  • maintain healthy appearance of skin and hair growth

Men between 19 and 50 require 17 grams of omega-6 fats every day. Females between 19 and 50 need 12 grams of omega-6 fats daily. Males older than 51 need a daily dose of 14 grams and females over 51 require 11 g daily. Pregnant and lactating women of all ages should get 13 grams of omega-6 fats every day.6

Omega-7 fatty acids

These are the lesser known of the four fatty acids. They can be found in macadamia nuts and a fruit called sea buckthorn but are also produced naturally in the body. Omega-7 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation and insulin resistance.

Omega-9 fatty acids

These are produced by the body but can be obtained from vegetables oils. They may help improve joint health and maintain blood cholesterol levels already within normal range.

To obtain omega fatty acids from products by PURE, add Acai superfruit (15mg per serving) and Mila (3g per serving) to your diet. More importantly, eat a balanced diet with includes fish, olive oil and leafy greens to ensure you are getting your omegas.

1https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcids-Consumer/

2https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/dha-and-your-brain/

3 https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Omega3FattyAcidsandHealth-HealthProfessional/

4 https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12442909

6https://www.nutri-facts.org/en_US/nutrients/essential-fatty-acids/essential-fatty-acids/intake-recommendations.html

Pumpkin spice — it’s part of our heritage

Last year’s fall favorite, Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice PURE Café coffee drink is back, just in time for fall! To me, nothing says autumn more than the smell of cinnamon, ginger and clove. It’s that warm spiciness from a hot drink or a slice of pie that pairs so nicely with a crisp fall day in front of the fireplace or at a football game.

Every sip of this delicious coffee drink is a party to my taste buds and makes me feel like a kid again. I think the flavor affects us emotionally, reminding us of holidays past or simply the comfort we feel eating a slice of mother’s pumpkin pie, especially when topped with whipped cream.

Not only does Limited-Edition Pumpkin Spice PURE Café taste amazing, it suppresses appetite while it wakes you up (you’ll be less tempted to have that second slice of pie).* Now you can indulge in your favorite flavor all season long, but hurry as it’s only available for a limited time.

We have Colonial America to thank for the tradition

Do you ever wonder where our love of spiced pumpkin comes from? Pumpkin is not listed in PURE Café ingredients; we just associate the spices with the flavoring of the pumpkin. Why is that?

It started with the Native American Indians and then the Pilgrims who used pumpkins as a food staple during the winter months. They would cut the tops off the pumpkins, scoop out the seeds and fill it with cream, honey, eggs and spices. They would then put the pumpkin tops back on and bury them in hot ashes. Once cooked, they served the contents as a custard dish.1

The pumpkin, which is a fruit by the way, was one of the first wild plants cultivated for human consumption in America, making it an extremely important part of our culinary history. Because of their thickness, pumpkins could easily be stored throughout the winter. Over time pumpkins were cooked into pies, stews, tarts, soups and puddings. The flesh could be boiled, roasted, fried or mashed and the seeds were dried and salted as a nutritious snack.

In 1672, physician John Josselyn included a pumpkin recipe in his book New-England Rarities Discovered. This was one of the first recipes to come out of the United States. The side dish called for dicing ripe pumpkin and cooking it in a pot. Once finished, butter and spices were added. 2 This recipe sounds like mashed sweet potatoes that we make today.

In the early 1800s, people started carving pumpkins to celebrate the harvest; they were easier to work with than potatoes. In 1819, writer and historian Washington Irving featured a mysterious jack-o’-lantern in his short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which may have led to the pumpkin carving we do today at Halloween.3

While you’re enjoying your cup of Limited-Edition PURE Café Pumpkin Spice, remember those before us who discovered the pumpkin and helped make possible this amazing tradition.

Pumpkin Spice – it really is the spice of life!

GRAB YOURS TODAY before supplies run out at livepure.com and share it with a friend.

 

1http://hsgpurchasing.com/Articles/pumpkin.htm

2https://toriavey.com/history-kitchen/pumpkin-history/

3https://www.reference.com/history/history-jack-o-lantern-bea2ca560adc1893

Welcome to the PURE family

We’re thrilled to introduce our new Welcome Kit! We’ve poured our hearts into the details to make sure you feel right at home with PURE the second you open it up.

Your decision to experience a healthier, happier lifestyle is an exciting one and we want to ensure you have a smooth start from day one.

PURE has many tools for your success, but the Welcome Kit was specially created to help you right from the start. It sets the foundation and serves as a reference to your success with PURE. Keep it in a safe place because you will refer to it often.

Let’s unpack all it has to offer:

Inside you’ll find a full-color Welcome Guide, the latest edition of our Product Guide, a Quick-Start Guide and product samples, all nicely packaged.

  • Welcome Guide – You are warmly welcomed by a letter from the CEO which helps pave the way for who we are and how we will support you. You will get an overview on goal setting, ways to build your team and the tools to help you grow. Along the way, we’ll point you to valuable online resources. We don’t expect you to have all the answers so we want to teach you where and how to navigate so you can progress throughout your journey.
  • Product Guide – This regularly updated full-color catalog gives you an overview of each product, their benefits and pricing.
  • Product Samples – What better way to introduce your customers and potential team members to PURE than with product samples! We’ve got you covered with ENERGY samples, one of our most popular products.
  • Quick-Start Guide – Carry this business card-size piece with you for at-a-glance and contact information to refer to quickly.

As you become familiar with the materials provided in the Welcome Kit, be sure to talk to the person who introduced you to PURE. They can answer any additional questions you may have and help you learn more about the company, the products and the opportunity.

If you aren’t a new IBO but want to experience the Welcome Kit or you want to always have a Welcome Kit handy to share with a prospect, you can order one at livepure.com for $11.95.

Here’s to putting your best foot forward!

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

At PURE: People United Reaching Everyone, we have an expert team that is dedicated to answering your product and nutrition questions.

Here are the most popular questions from the previous few weeks. You might find a topic related to a question you have.

Q: Can PURE Perk be taken once a day, every day and for an extended time?
A: We recommend taking it once a day but it can safely be taken up to twice a day. The second serving should be taken four hours after the first serving, as the label suggests. Do not take the product within four hours before bedtime, and do not exceed two servings per day.

Q: How many times a day can you take GPS Circulate?
A: It can be taken 30 minutes before exercise. If desired, it may be taken at bedtime with GPS Reset. For the average, healthy person, we do not recommend more than two servings a day. For an athlete who heavily trains, three times a day would be fine as well. Higher amounts of L-arginine and L-citrulline might cause osmotic diarrhea. Taken at separate times throughout the day would negate this effect. GPS Circulate contains vitamins and amino acids. L-arginine is an amino acid used to improve athletic capacity, muscle growth, sexual performance and cardiovascular function. It also stimulates the immune system.*

Q: Can I take products by PURE together or must I use them individually? Which products are compatible, and which are not?
A: Many of products by PURE can be taken together. We do not suggest taking products containing caffeine together, or before bed time.  You can find recommended use on each label and online to identify which products are recommended at what time throughout the day and with/without food.

Q: What is the  difference between Organic Sulfur and the sulfur that causes some people an allergic reaction?
A: Sulfur is one of the most abundant elements in the human body and is essential to life. Sulfur is found in many foods that we eat, including fish, poultry, eggs, milk, onions, garlic and cabbage. When people say they are allergic to sulfur, they mean that they’re either sensitive to sulfites, which are preservatives found in red wines and some foods, or that they are allergic to sulfonamides, found in sulfa antibiotic drugs. Sulfites and sulfonamides, even though they sound like sulfur, are very different and have unrelated mechanisms of action. It is safe to use MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), the only ingredient in Organic Sulfur. This chemical is in animals, humans and many plants. When a person says they have a sulfa allergy or sulfite sensitivity.

Q: We noticed a change in taste to the Liquid Cleanse. Was there a formula change?
A: The herbs used in Cleanse are from naturally growing plants. The herbs may be harvested during different seasons and may come from different areas. These can cause a variation in taste. The formula has not changed.

Q: Can products by PURE cause a false positive on a 10-panel drug test?
A: Absolutely not. Our weight loss products do not contain ingredients that would cause false positive results on drug tests. Our GPS line of products (GPS Hydrate, GPS Energize, GPS Circulate, GPS Rebuild and GPS Reset) have been tested and are Informed-Sport Certified.

Have a question for the expert? Go to https://livepure.com/forms/asktheexpert.

The PDR – something to talk about!

Did you know that four products by PURE are listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR)? It’s only the most widely used reference found in virtually every physician’s office, hospital and pharmacy in the United States. Now that’s something to talk about when educating others about our quality products!

The PDR is a comprehensive reference for drug listings, with a separate section for dietary supplements. The last printing of the book was in 2018, but the digital version, called Prescribers’ Digital Reference (same acronym!), can be found at pdr.net. Check out the GoYin listing here: https://www.pdr.net/full-prescribing-information/GoYin-dietary-supplement-24198. It includes a description, ingredient list, recommended use and a full-color product photo.

In the PDR, you’ll find an explanation of PURE and products by PURE including GoYin, Daily Build, Cleanse (Liquid) and ENERGY which make up our CORE4. You can also find listings for Daily Detox and Metabolic ONE. The inclusion of these products gives PURE an additional boost in the scientific community and helps strengthen your position as an exclusive leader in the distribution of products by PURE.

Thousands of physicians have turned to the PDR as a key reference for over seventy years. It is considered the standard resource. It contains full, FDA-approved drug label information, including warnings and precautions, drug interactions, and hundreds of full-color product images. It also includes nonprescription drugs, dietary supplements and herbs.

It’s exciting to be part of such a prestigious, well-respected publication in the medical community.

 

Packing a healthy school lunch

Packing a healthy school lunch is easy. Getting your kids to eat it is another issue entirely.  Since the advent of the doughnut, parents have struggled to convince their kids to eat the nutritious foods they prepare for them.

The following are a few tips along with sample cold lunches that may help get your kids to finally eat those veggie sticks while they’re at school.

Make lunches fun!

At first glance, the look and taste of Lunchables® isn’t anything special. Contrary to appearances, however, Lunchables quickly became one of Oscar Meyer’s most successful products, partly due to the fun kids have eating them. Consider making your own healthy alternative. Pack some whole grain crackers, lean meat, cubed or sliced cheese, cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, etc. and allow kids to build their own sandwiches. Consider using cookie cutters to cut the meat into fun shapes. Use the leftover scraps of meat on a chef salad you can take for your own lunch.

Add in tasty dips.

With a tasty dip, veggies can appear a bit more appealing to kids. Various dip options can be just as healthy as the veggies; but your kids will never know. Cheeses or creams are often the base of dips. Avocados contain healthy fats, which still provide a lot of flavor. As an added bonus, the fat in the dip will actually help enhance the absorption of carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins, as well.  Fat doesn’t need to be the principle ingredient in dips. Recipes using yogurt can be full of flavor, and hummus is mostly made of beans, which pack a fiber- and protein-laden nutritional punch.

Involve kids in the purchasing and preparation process.

Letting your kids help choose foods for their lunch at the grocery store makes them feel like they have some control, which may increase their willingness to eat them. Make sure you’re comfortable with all the options presented. Kids may enjoy preparing their own foods, with help from you, depending on their age. As kids prepare the food, they become more comfortable with the ingredients and the dish as a whole, and may be more likely to eat it.

Make it sweet.

Kids love sweet foods. While it is still advisable to limit the amount of sweetener used in the preparation of their foods, consider adding a little fruit puree, agave, dark chocolate chips, honey or maple syrup to enhance their appeal. Purchase meats and nuts with a honey glaze. Add fresh fruit to a vegetable smoothie. Incorporate fruits into whole-grain baked goods like breads, muffins or cookies.

Mila by PURE is a whole food that is great for children and adults alike. Each serving contains 3g of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila can be consumed on its own or incorporated into your favorite dishes, yogurt and smoothies. Learn more.

Share with us your tips and tricks on making healthier school lunches for your children.

This article is for nutrition information purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any health or nutrition concerns you may have. The information in this article is not intended to promote any specific product, or for the prevention or treatment of any disease.

 

A taste of nutrition terminology

What do all the words on your product label mean? They can be confusing for those trying to make healthy choices or lifestyle changes. Below are some of the most common words. Note that the FDA gives suggested guidance (not legally binding) on many terms.

While this list isn’t all-inclusive, it will give you a good foundation to build your nutrition vernacular. Be prepared and don’t let health lingo fool you when trying to make the best choices for you and your family.

Label terminology:

Gluten-free – Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. According to the FDA, a food must contain no more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten in order to use “gluten-free” on its label. The label was designed for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance so they can avoid foods that may cause health problems. Be aware that gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthy. Even gluten-free foods can be high in calories, fat, sugar and artificial ingredients.

Products by PURE that are gluten-free include: Daily Build, GoYin, CalciuMK+, ENERGY, Mila, Organic Sulfur, Probiotic, Alkaline Water Concentrate, Immune6, Silver, all superfruit juices, 360 Complete Shakes, Matcha Vegan Shakes, Metabolic ONE, Green Coffee Bean, SleepTrim, PURE Café, Cleanse capsule and liquid, PURE Perk and the GPS Sports Performance line.

GMO – GMO stands for genetically modified organism. This is any organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. These modifications have focused mainly on crops, such as corn and soy, which are in high demand from farmers. Genetically modified crops and ingredients have been under much scrutiny lately as to whether they pose a threat to human health.

Ingredients PURE selects for inclusion are natural, derived from natural sources, or made through natural processes. To the best of the company’s knowledge, its products do not contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). To validate our belief, PURE has been and will continue to systematically evaluate through independent testing the absence of GMOs.  As additional test results are received, labels will be updated to include their non-GMO status.

Organic – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), organic products are those without growth hormones, antibiotics, conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and GMOs. The Matcha Vegan Shakes are organic certified. Greens is another product that is organic but is not organic certified. Organic certification means the finished product has been through a certification process at the manufacturer. A non-certified organic product will consist of ingredients, which are of themselves certified organic, but the product has not been.

Preservatives – These are substances used in products to prevent decay and other undesirable changes. Preservation can either be chemical, adding a compound to a product, or physical, such as refrigeration or drying. Preservatives reduce the risk of foodborne infections, decrease spoilage and preserve quality. A common additive that prevents oxidation is ascorbic acid (vitamin C). CalciuMK+ contains sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate, which are necessary to maintain freshness due to the nature of the ingredients of this product in liquid form.

Calories – Technically, a calorie is a unit of measurement reflecting the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree Celsius. In simpler terms, a calorie is the energy released by food, and we need that energy to survive! But calories are only part of the healthy eating equation. One hundred calories of potato chips will nourish and satisfy us differently than 100 calories of nuts or fruits. Other macronutrients matter, including protein, fat, carbohydrates and sugar. Since caloric needs are individualized, the new food label statement is, “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.”

Not regulated terminology:

All-Natural – The FDA has considered the term “natural” to mean that nothing artificial or synthetic (including color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food. The term “all-natural” is often used to imply foods that are minimally processed and whose ingredients are natural; this means they do not contain additives such as sweeteners, antibiotics, colors, or other synthetic substances.

PURE is committed to providing premium-quality products based on the best of science and nature. This philosophy includes the avoidance of artificial dyes, colors, flavors, sweeteners and other potentially harmful ingredients. Ingredients PURE selects for inclusion are natural, derived from natural sources, or made through natural processes. Not all PURE products are 100% all-natural, but we offer products that fit into this category. For example, Matcha Vegan Shakes, Daily Detox, Cleanse (liquid and capsule), Greens, superfruit juices (Acai, Goji, Mangosteen, Noni and Fusion), Alkaline Water Concentrate, SleepTrim, Green Coffee Bean and Mila are all-natural products.

Healthy – The word “healthy” means different things to different people; it could be physical health, emotional health, and/or overall well-being, or the absence of certain conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” If a food is labeled as “healthy,” many assume it meets this goal. However, even foods labeled as “healthy” can still contain sugar (despite being fat-free or sugar-free), and artificial ingredients, including sweeteners, colors and flavors. Make sure the choices you make, including the food you eat, nourish your mind, body and soul.

 Kosher – These foods are prepared following strict Jewish dietary laws, which can vary in different Jewish communities but have the same basic rules. Consumption of certain animals is prohibited, and the separation of dairy and meat is required. Kosher certified products include superfruit juices (Acai, Fusion, Goji, Mangosteen and Noni) and Cleanse liquid.

Multi-grain – Don’t get this term confused with whole-grain. Multi-grain means that a food contains more than one type of grain, although it may not be a whole grain. There is no standardized regulation or definition and the term can be added to any label if the product contains more than one type of grain. Always look for the word “whole” on your labels to ensure you are making the most nutritious selections.

Superfoods – While there is no of superfoods, these are foods that are nutritional powerhouses and pack large amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Blueberries, acai, goji, mangosteen and green tea are all considered superfoods.

 Wellness – If we think we are healthy, then what does it mean to be well? My favorite definition is from Dr. Bill Hettler, MD, Co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, “Achieving wellness is about finding balance in the six equal areas of your life: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social and occupational.” A high level of wellness is crucial to living a healthy life. Everything we do feeds our well-being. Wellness is what we strive to do here at PURE as we deliver Whole Health.