How sweet it is … or isn’t?

This past weekend, I took my children to see the new Mary Poppins Returns movie. As I watched Emily Blunt play the role of Mary Poppins, I reminisced about the original movie I saw many years ago in which Julie Andrews sang the favorite, “A spoonful of sugar”.

Emily Blunt did not sing this song in the new movie. Nevertheless, the memory reminded me of all the sweets I consumed over the holiday — cheesecake, a chocolate Santa, Hershey’s kisses from my stocking, candy canes and, oh lord, all of the cookies. I thoroughly enjoyed them even though I know how damaging the sugar can be for my body.

A spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but once it’s inside your body it can wreak havoc. I’m not saying we shouldn’t enjoy a sugary sweet now and then, but we should be mindful of the kinds of foods we eat and how much sugar we consume daily. On the Nutrition Facts label, keep an eye out for grams of sugar, especially any “added sugar”, as well as calories, total fat, saturated and trans fat.

A sweet glance

Glucose, sucrose and fructose are simple sugars that taste the same but are used differently in the body.

  • Glucose, or blood sugar, circulates in the blood and is used immediately by the body for energy. Glucose is added to processed foods and is found in carbohydrate-rich foods.
  • Sucrose, or table sugar, is also found in fruits and vegetables such as pineapple and apricots. The body changes sucrose into glucose and fructose.
  • Fructose, or plant sugar, is metabolized in the liver. It is found in honey, flowers, berries and most root vegetables and is included in condiments, soups, cereals, frozen and canned foods and crackers and breads.

Sugar and your body

  • Your brain – Fructose affects the brain’s reward center, increasing your desire for food. Long-term fructose consumption can make it harder to learn and remember things.1
  • Your skinA study published in Science Daily showed that fructose can accelerate aging of the skin by reducing the skin’s elasticity and softness. A steady diet of sugary treats can result in reduced elasticity and premature wrinkles.2
  • Your weight – The liver can get overloaded if you eat too much sugar. Any leftover sugar that the liver can’t convert into energy is stored as fat. Eating refined carbohydrates and sugary sweets may promote overeating.3
  • Your cells – Our cells naturally oxidate, death from stress, but fructose can accelerate the process and harm organs, tissues and proteins.
  • Stress – I know that when I’m stressed, I tend to snack on sweets. Well, sugar stresses your body from the inside, elevating your risk of insulin resistance. Instead, exercise! Moving is the best way to reduce stress as it makes you feel good and reduces cortisol, your stress hormone.
  • Energy – Refined carbohydrates, like those in white bread and pasta, quickly cause a rise in glucose in the bloodstream, giving you quick energy. But this short-term fix can leave you more sluggish later. Instead, opt for protein-rich snacks between meals, such as Greek yogurt with fresh berries or fresh veggies and hummus. They help stabilize blood sugar and keep you going longer.
  • According to data published online in the journal Nature Communications, a high-sugar diet might make cancerous tumors more aggressive since cancerous cells feed on sugar.4

It’s not a pretty picture, but there are healthier alternatives to a donut for breakfast or a candy bar for your afternoon snack.

Craving sweets? Sip and savor a cup of PURE Cafe, a coffee drink with a delicious mocha flavor. Or prepare a glass of ENERGY in your choice of five fruity flavors, without the added sugar.

Indulge your sweet tooth with fruit. Try dipping a banana in melted dark chocolate and let it freeze. Top yogurt, cottage cheese or cereal with fruit and nuts or honey. Natural agave is a good idea, too! Sprinkle a baked apple with cinnamon. Freeze grapes for a sweet treat. Snack on trail mix with dark chocolate pieces. Enjoy Animal Crackers which have only 120 calories and 7 grams of sugar per handful.

What healthy ways do you have to satisfy your sweet tooth?

 

1 http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/fructose-alters-hundreds-of-brain-genes-which-can-lead-to-a-wide-range-of-diseases

2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981126103305.htm

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23280226

4 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-017-01019-z

The PURE GPS line supports athletes around the globe

PURE’s GPS line of products is helping athletes everywhere navigate to their peak performance!

Athletes naturally put a lot of stress and physical demands on their bodies during practice and games. They need quality nutrition to ensure that their bodies perform optimally, and GPS is helping them do that.

Take for example KT Sonic Boom, the Korean national basketball team based in Busan, South Korea. PURE Korea partnered with and sponsors KT Sonic Boom by providing GPS products to help enhance their athletic stamina and improve their performance. The team represents the PURE brand on their uniforms too!

Hyun Jon Choi, KT Sonic Boom General Manager, stated, “We would like to thank PURE Korea for providing excellent products for restoring and strengthening the stamina of our players. We look forward to achieving excellent results from improved strength and performance.”

The GPS line has been beneficial! KT Sonic Boom finished the 2017 season in last place and this year they are currently in 2nd!

The GPS line is 100% natural and backed by science. The products provide amino acids, support muscle health, replenish vital nutrients and support all phases of a workout. The Korean line is called GPK and includes:

  • Enogy: pre-workout supplement provides immediate energy and mental focus with amino acids for superior muscle growth*
  • Adapt: pre-exercise supplement enhances endurance and boosts mood*
  • Supply: during-workout supplement replenishes fluids, electrolytes and nutrients.
  • Rebuild: post-exercise supplement restores energy reserves while generating repair and growth in muscles after activity*

“We are proud to support KT Sonic Boom with our GPS products,” said Daren Hogge, PURE CEO. “Our desire to help people achieve their goals through quality products is our mission and we believe our GPS products have a global reach. It’s an honor to support the Sonic Boom athletes. We hope to continue this relationship and the development of the players.”

Looking to get the same results from the U.S. product offering?

We recommend the following products:

Pre-Workout:

  • GPS Adapt – helps the body adapt to rigorous workouts and improve performance*
  • GPS Circulate – provides amino acids to support muscle healthy*
  • GPS Energize – provides immediate energy before physical activity

During-Workout:

  • GPS Hydrate – Replenishes fluids, electrolytes and nutrients while quenching thirst*

Post-Workout:

  • GPS Rebuild – promotes muscle recovery and muscle tissue maintenance.*

Bedtime:

  • GPS Reset – supports the natural release of growth hormone (HGH) which encourages adequate sleep, enhanced muscle physiology and efficient calorie burning.*

Informed-Sport Certified

Everyone from business builders and athletes to coaches and nutritionists can feel confident knowing that GPS products (GPS Energize, GPS Circulate, GPS Hydrate, GPS Rebuild and GPS Reset) have been tested for banned substances and are of the highest quality and safe to consume.

Informed-Sport is a testing and certification program designed to ensure that dietary supplements are not contaminated with substances prohibited in sports by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). This certification is used to approve products for the safe use by Olympic, professional and collegiate athletes.

Look for the Informed-Sport Certification logo on each individual product page on shop.livepure.com.

GPS for young athletes

Young athletes can benefit from GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate and GPS Rebuild. See below for recommended usage of these products by children.

GPS Energize: Children 6 through 12 years of age: Add a ½ packet, or ½ scoop, to 4-6 fl. oz. of water, mix thoroughly and drink immediately. Contains 55mg of caffeine per ½ serving. Do not exceed a ½ serving per day. Teens 13 through 17 years of age: Add 1 packet, or 1 scoop, to 8-10 fl. oz. of water, mix thoroughly and drink immediately. Contains 110mg of caffeine per 1 serving. Do not exceed 1 serving per day.

GPS Hydrate: Children 4 Years of Age and Older: Add 1 scoop or packet to 8 fl. oz. of water, mix thoroughly and drink. For optimal results, take 1 serving every 30-45 minutes during physical activity. For children 4 through 17 years of age: Do not exceed 2 servings per day.

GPS Rebuild: Children 12 years of age and older: Add 1 scoop to 8 fl. oz. of water and blend or shake thoroughly. For optimum results, take immediately (or within 60 minutes) after activity for quick replenishment. For children 12 through 17 years of age: Do not exceed 1 serving per day.

NOTE: GPS Adapt, GPS Circulate and GPS Reset are not recommended for children under the age of 18 years.

Learn more about the GPS product line and order your favorites today.

 

How well do you know PURE: People United Reaching Everyone?

In celebration of National Trivia Day, we’ve compiled some interesting tidbits about PURE. Can you guess which ones are true and which are false?

PURE TRIVIA

  1. Skin Defense is a better alternative to hand sanitizer because it’s alcohol-free and is not drying to the skin.
  2. Astaxanthin, an ingredient in GPS Adapt, is what gives flamingos and salmon their pink color.
  3. The chia seeds in Mila have more omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant food.
  4. PURE’s Wellness Advisory Board consists of an anesthesiologist, a rheumatologist, a surgeon, a molecular biochemist, a dermatologist and a pharmacist.
  5. You can eat unlimited dill pickles on the PURE Detox.
  6. Just a few sips of PURE Perk is all it takes to get you going in the morning.
  7. Mila contains more calcium than skim milk.
  8. PURE was founded in 2008.
  9. The ingredient Cat’s Claw in Cleanse comes from a plant that is named after its claw-shaped thorns.
  10. SleepTrim, CalciuMK+ and GPS Reset can all help you get quality sleep.
  11. The black color of EarthWater comes from fulvic and humic acids.
  12. ENERGY contains more caffeine than PURE Café or PURE Perk.
  13. Cleanse, Daily Build, ENERGY and GoYin are featured in the 2018 Physicians’ Desk Reference
  14. In just the past three weeks, PURE Facebook has reached over 20,000 people!
  15. PURE CEO Daren Hogge’s favorite food is sushi.

Surprise! These are all true statements. Did we stump you on any of them?

Learn more about PURE, the products and opportunity at livepure.com, read articles at livepure.blog and listen to product spotlights at livepure.com/pure-product-spotlight.

Meet Mark Kobe, PURE IBO and U.S. Army veteran

The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, but for Mark Kobe, Independent Business Owner (IBO), the PURE products and opportunity made the transition that much easier.

Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1995-2015, stationed in New York, North Carolina and Maryland, as a Signals Intelligence professional and Spanish linguist. He received the Air Medal and other medals for deployments to Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia and South America.

Mark is most proud of the time he served with a Special Missions Unit in Maryland. He was one of less than 1% of the total military who was accepted into this unit.

Mark stated, “I had the opportunity to take part in historic missions and work with some true heroes. The places that I got to see, the missions that I was a part of and most importantly the quality of the people that I got to work with will always stay with me as the best time in my military career.”

After retiring, he was employed under the Secretary of Defense. He discovered PURE: People United Reaching Everyone in August 2018.

PURE gave Mark and his wife a vehicle through which they could reach their financial goals and generate residual income for their future. After retiring from the military after a full 20-year career, Mark was starting from scratch at the age of 46. He wanted to add another stream of income to his pension and disability. 

“PURE is providing for us, as long as I am willing to put in the time and effort.  As I struggle to understand how to be successful in this line of work, I find that I’m constantly reading books,” said Mark. “I have improved my personal relationship with Christ as I spend hours reading the Bible and have put my PURE business in his hands to support us. Daily Detox and Mila are my wife’s favorite products. My favorite is Organic Sulfur. I have full range of motion in my knees for the first time in a long time and I’m no longer taking glucosamine.”*

Mark decided to forgo his usual workout supplement regime to try PURE’s GPS line of products. After using all six products for three months, Mark noticed results, as did his friends and family whom he exercises with.

Mark stated, “The pre-workout combination of Adapt, Energize and Circulate is unlike any other pre-workout regimen that I have ever used. I don’t get the “shakes” that I would typically get with most pre-workout supplements. GPS Hydrate keeps my energy level high throughout my workout. GPS Rebuild post-workout supplement is awesome; the taste, the mixability, everything is top notch! With Reset, the cycle is complete. The energy it provides is amazing!”*

Mark is a true hero in our eyes. He is living the PURE philosophy by sharing the opportunity and the wonderful benefits of our high-quality products with others. We are blessed to have him as part of the PURE family.

Do you want your story featured in PURE’s corporate blog? Share it with us at marketing@livepure.com.  

Don’t just make resolutions, achieve them

Welcome to 2019! Are you one of the many Americans who make New Year’s resolutions? Are you successful at achieving them? Research says that more than 50% of people who make New Year’s resolutions generally keep them for the first two weeks, but by the end of the first month that number declines and at six months many people have completely abandoned those resolutions.

Any guesses as to what the number-one New Year’s resolution was in 2018? Losing weight topped the list. How many of you agree and even have it on the top of your resolution list for 2019? I know it has frequently topped my list. Do you wonder how and if you can succeed with your resolution? You can, and I’ll explain.

Dieting versus healthy eating

Losing weight can feel like a never-ending cycle. Sometimes it seems like you try every “diet” plan and workout on the market, but they turn out to be failures. There is a difference between healthy eating and dieting. Dieting makes you hungry. Diets are temporary and often unrealistic.

A philosophy of ours at PURE, called Cleanse, Balance, Build, Focus, teaches that when you give the body what it needs, it will be able to do what it was created to do. In other words, if you feed your body health and wellness, it will provide health and wellness in return. If you feed the body garbage, well, that’s what will come out.

Cleanse, Balance, Build and Focus with CORE4

Begin with a strong foundation. The products in CORE4 help set the stage for optimal wellness. Start by cleansing your body of internal and environmental toxins. Next balance your mood and stress levels. Then, build key nutrients and provide focus and mental well-being.

  • Cleanse your body with HealthTrim® Cleanse. Our world is swarming with toxins. They are in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. And, they’re not just physical. We have mental toxins, too. Check out PURE’s Detox Program below.
  • Balance your body with GoYin. Every system in the body strives to maintain status quo. When something is out of balance, our bodies will do what’s necessary to get that balance back. This isn’t just about physical balance, but emotional, mental and spiritual balance, too.
  • Build your body with Daily Build. We must provide our body with the basic nutrients needed to be strong and healthy. Also, one size NEVER fits all. You must find and give your body what it needs to be healthy.
  • Focus with ENERGY. You are doing this for you; not for someone else. You must get healthy for you, and you can do this when you focus.

PURE Detox Program

A way to jump-start the cleanse/detoxification process is to start with the Detox program and then you go into CORE4. Or, if you started with the CORE4 and you are ready to take your detoxing a step further then we recommend participating in PURE’s Detox program. Successful weight loss consists of healthy eating and regular physical activity. Jump-start your journey with a combination of herbs and botanicals that help facilitate the removal of toxins from the body.

Begin with a 7-day detox, or if you desire a deeper detox, continue with the 28-day program for a full body reset. Once you see the difference it makes, you’ll be hooked. This program works because you’re feeding your body plant-based, whole food nutrition. You are eating and creating sustainable habits. You will experience life-changing results

Join Team28 with people who have made the same resolutions as you. Read success stories and frequently asked questions, find delicious, detox-friendly recipes and more. Submit before and after photos to win prizes.

It’s time to get your health back on track and support your weight loss journey. In just one week, you’ll remove harmful toxins, experience better digestion, have more energy, improve your mental clarity, have fewer sugar cravings and see a reduction in body fat.*

This is your year. It’s your time not just to lose the weight, but to become the healthy person you were created to be. Use PURE’s philosophy combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise to lose weight and keep it off. Make that your resolution for 2019.

Weight loss results may vary based on individual users. Products by PURE are designed to be used in conjunction with a sensible diet and regular exercise. Persons interested in using products by PURE or programs to maintain healthy weight should consult with their health care provider prior to beginning any new nutrition and exercise program.

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: How many Organic Sulfur capsules are equal to one scoop of Organic Sulfur?
A: Three capsules (1 g x 3 = 3 g) equals 1 scoop of Organic Sulfur (3 g). The Recommended Use on the label suggests 3 capsules as one serving.

Q: Is it possible to eat too much Mila?
A: Mila is a high-quality, 100% natural food. One serving contains 5 grams of dietary fiber, which helps with intestinal regularity, cardiovascular health and blood sugar maintenance. Consuming too much fiber, especially if your body is not used to it, can cause gastrointestinal upset. If you experience GI upset, take less than the recommended 2 Tablespoons and build up to this amount as your body adjusts to an increased intake of fiber. Drink plenty of water when taking Mila. The recommended daily amount of fiber is 25 grams.*

Q: What is the source of the natural vanilla bean flavoring in Greens?
A: Natural vanilla originates from Madagascar, Indonesia and Mexico.  Vanilla beans are extracted, purified and made in the U.S.

Q: What are the natural flavors and colors that are used in products by PURE?
A: Natural flavors and colors are from vegetables, fruits and other natural sources such as vanilla and cacao beans.

Q: Which products by PURE contain vitamin D?
A: Daily Build has 800 IU of vitamin D3, the highest amount. CalciuMK+ has 600 IU. Immune6 and GPS Reset have 500 IU. 360 Complete Shake has 200 IU. GPS Rebuild Chocolate has 40 IU of D3.  Please check the product labels for ingredients and amounts.

Q: Which products help support circulation and blood flow?
A: Typically, Goji has been used to support circulation. GPS Circulate provides amino acids like L-arginine and L-citruline, which help promote the production of nitric oxide N.O. in the body. N.O. helps promote circulation and blood flow.*

Q: Do you use any synthetic ingredients in your “natural flavors”?
A: There are no synthetic ingredients in our natural sweeteners and natural flavors.

Q: What is glucose polymer derived from and is it something that is good for the body?
A: Glucose polymers are an important source of carbohydrates in dietary supplements. Glucose polymers are large molecules composed of many glucose molecules. They provide more energy at a given osmolarity and are absorbed at a faster rate than glucose alone. Glucose polymers also improve the consistency of beverages made from powdered mixes. Glucose polymers are responsible for the creamy texture in products like ENERGY, 360 Complete Shake and PURE Café.

Q: Are any products by PURE tested on animals?
A:  None of the products by PURE are tested on animals.

Better sleep may help you follow through on your New Year’s resolutions

As 2018 comes to an end, many of us think about our expectations for the new year while reflecting on our past accomplishments and, perhaps, where we fell short.

Resolutions to improve our health are always top of mind — to lose weight, eat heathier and get more exercise. One resolution that might not be on your list, but should, is to get better sleep. Believe it or not, adequate sleep can help you achieve all the other resolutions.

Getting adequate sleep, 7-9 hours a night, is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Sleep helps the mind and body rest, repair and recharge. According to the American Sleep Association, 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder and 35.3% of adults report getting less than 7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period.1

Sleep and lose weight

Just as your mind becomes groggy with lack of sleep, your metabolism does, too. Your body’s ability to utilize insulin doesn’t work as well and is unable to change sugar to energy. This is called insulin resistance, and your body ends up storing that sugar as fat. Recharging your metabolism is as easy as getting adequate sleep.

Help your body burn more calories while you sleep with SleepTrim by PURE. SleepTrim features a microencapsulated, extended-release technology that slowly delivers a blend of capsaicin and red pepper extract that help the body burn calories naturally as you sleep. A relaxation blend of chamomile, magnesium and L-theanine help the body relax mentally and physically.* SleepTrim is non-dairy, non-GMO and naturally gluten free and it contains no artificial colors, yeast, sugar or sweeteners, soy, wheat or preservatives.

Sleep and eat healthier

When you lack sleep, your brain isn’t as sharp as it can be which can increase your chance of making bad choices. You look for things that will make you feel better, like unhealthy food. You start craving it and once that habit starts, it’s hard to break.

Sleep and get more exercise

When you are overtired, you are more likely to skip exercising. Many people focus on practicing meditation and yoga to help them sleep better. What’s equally important is cultivating better habits that encourage quality sleep, like the following.

  • switch to decaf drinks in the afternoon
  • avoid alcohol before bedtime
  • turn off electronics an hour before bed
  • darken the room you sleep in
  • reduce noise at bedtime
  • don’t eat a large meal right before bedtime
  • keep your sleep schedule consistent
  • don’t go to bed unless you are tired

Melatonin

Melatonin is a hormone produced by the body that regulates wakefulness, or the body’s circadian rhythm. As we age, our body produces less melatonin making our need for it even greater. Your circadian rhythm works best when you have regular sleep habits, but things like jet lag or daylight savings time can disrupt this. Supplementing the body’s supply of melatonin can help people who experience occasional sleeplessness sleep better.*

SleepTrim contains 6mg melatonin that is released slowly and gently. It is delivered in stages so you can fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up refreshed.* For recommended use, visit livepure.com.

Stick to the habits described above and add SleepTrim to your regimen and you’ll repair and recharge your body in no time.

Discovering the best version of yourself is probably the best resolution ever! Plus, you’ll be eating healthier foods, exercising more and losing weight.

Here’s to a great night’s sleep!

1https://www.sleepassociation.org/about-sleep/sleep-statistics/