Ask the Expert answers your 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 long will a PURE Enrollment Pack last?
A: Enrollment packs come in two sizes. The bigger packs contain almost all the products and the small packs also have a large variety. The enrollment packs are designed for people to who want to build their business and to help people become familiar with the products.  It is hard to tell how long the products in a pack will last.  Most of the products are a monthly supply and some of the products are about half of a month’s supply.  Some people choose to not take all of the products together.  Others may choose to share the products. Generally, we expect people will finish most of the products within 6 months.

Q: Are any of your products recommended for someone who wants to gain weight?
A: To increase weight, one should take a good nutritional supplement that has essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A high-quality protein supplement, antioxidants and bioactive compounds should all be a part of the diet. We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake, GPS Energize, Daily Build, GoYin and Acai superfruit.

Q: What products should I take while I’m on a ketogenic diet?
A: We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake as a source of high protein, vitamins and minerals. It contains 21g protein, 11g fiber and low (50g) carbohydrates per serving.

Q: Do any of the products contain strawberry?
A: ENERGY – Watermelon contains strawberry.

Q: Can SleepTrim and CalciuMK+ be taken at the same time since they both benefit sleep?
A: Yes, these products can be taken together. However, they have different mechanisms of working in the body. For best results, we suggest taking SleepTrim with dinner and CalciuMK+ after dinner.

Q: What products should be taken after the 28-Day Detox?
A: We suggest taking Daily Build, GoYin, CalciuMK+, Probiotic and Immune6. These products are basic supplements for daily use. You may take the superfruits, Organic Sulfur, Mila and the GPS line for your more targeted health needs.

Whole Health and our freedom of choice

There’s a famous quote from Winston Churchill that says, “Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any nation can have.”1 We should reflect on this in the United States as we prepare to celebrate our day of independence.

We should think about all the blessings we have been bestowed, and be thankful for the countless freedoms we get to enjoy: the freedom to vote, the freedom of speech and the freedom of religion. We also have the freedom to choose how we care for ourselves and each other.

What does Whole Health look like to you?

Maybe it’s an understanding of how your body functions and responds to the environment. It could simply be a state of mind. Perhaps it means being balanced in all areas of your life … work, exercise, rest, and having a social network, family and friends. At PURE, we are on a mission to deliver Whole Health. One way is by providing products based on the best of science and nature. We believe in the body’s natural ability to heal itself, inside and out, and it all starts with giving the body what it needs.

Everything in our lives is directly affected by how we care for ourselves. We have the freedom to eat what we want, to get proper exercise, to surround ourselves with the right people, to get enough sleep and to avoid stress. It is up to us to make those decisions.

Remember that along with that freedom of choice comes the responsibility to extend that freedom into the lives of others. As a PURE Independent Business Owner, you know what health looks like and how to achieve optimal well-being, and it is your right to share that with others.

Apply Whole Health to your business, too.

To quote Winston Churchill again, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

As a servant leader, you lead by lifting others up. You understand that success means putting others needs before yours and helping them perform as highly as possible. It’s that leadership philosophy that we embrace at PURE.

So, as you gather with friends and family this holiday weekend, remember how lucky we are to have the freedom to choose a healthy lifestyle. Share that with the larger community and make an impact.

To help celebrate our freedom, buy one GoYin bottle and get one for only $4 at checkout, now through Friday, July 7, 2019.* A CORE4 product, GoYin can help you balance your mood and stress levels while enhancing your well-being.**

Use GoYin in your summer recipes, share it with a friend or give a bottle to a local troop or veteran. Check out these GoYin popsicles to make and share.

To order, visit shop.livepure.com, contact SalesSupport@livepure.com or call 866-535-3888.

May your Independence Day be filled with happiness and Whole Health.

 

*While supplies last. Not available for Autoship. No PV for the $4 bottle. U.S. only. Not eligible for GoYin On the Go packs and 4 pack.

1https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/winston_churchill_382960

Vacation at your healthiest

It’s officially summer and that means it’s time to pack your bags and explore the world, or your own backyard!

Whether you are a weekend warrior or an international traveler, the adventure is good for your health. Traveling relaxes your body, challenges your mind and broadens your horizons. Travel also comes with its stressors, so it’s a good idea to take care of yourself while you’re away.

Take control of your health while traveling.

Hydration: Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, so the importance of drinking water cannot be stressed enough. Water flushes out toxins and provides cushioning for our joints. Being in the dry air of a plane, combined with the increase in altitude, contributes to a loss of moisture levels and dehydration. Drink at least eight ounces of water per hour and avoid alcohol and caffeine as they both dehydrate your body. Try adding a Hydrate stick to plain or coconut water for B vitamins, potassium and electrolytes.

Extra Activity: Don’t stray from your fitness routine while you travel. If you have an afternoon flight, get up early and squeeze in a walk or extra workout. Since you’ll be sitting on your flight, wear comfortable shoes and walk the terminal to make sure you get your steps in. Whether your flight is four or 18 hours, make sure you get up and walk the aisle during your flight. After landing and settling in, visit the hotel gym.

Sunscreen: Don’t leave home without it. Look for sunscreens with both UVA and UVB protection. When selecting one, buy a minimum of SPF 30+. If you are going to be in the sun, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before exposure, and be sure to reapply every two hours.1

Stress Management: Allowing time for the commute to the airport, long security lines and potential flight delays can add stress which weakens our immune systems. It can be difficult waiting around, but practicing a bit of patience goes a long way.

  • Allow plenty of time to get to the airport and be prepared for long lines.
  • Check the weather and keep an eye on your flight to ensure you don’t miss any important notifications, such as delays and gate changes.
  • Remember to focus on deep belly breaths when you feel tensions rise.
  • Pack GoYin On the Go to help bring your body into balance and enhance your well-being*
  • Listen to music, get lost in a good book, pack plenty of activities for the kids, and remember, sometimes things just come up, so allow for some flexibility.
  • And if you’re ever stuck wondering how to make the most out of a difficult travel situation, this guy got stuck in the airport overnight and made a music video. Enjoy the laughs, which also relieve tension.

Plan meals in advance: Travel with your own food. Not only can you save money but you can watch your calorie intake while making sure you eat the most nourishing foods. Bring some low sugar, high protein bars, jerky, raw nuts, dried fruit and an apple and peanut butter. Pack a sandwich with chicken or turkey on a gluten-free wrap and plenty of veggies. Eat before your flight, too.

Sleep: Don’t wait to pack the night before. You need a solid 7-8 hours of sleep. Research has shown that skimping on sleep makes you even more susceptible to catching a virus. When you’re on the plane, take a pillow and eye mask to catch up on some sleep. Bring along some SleepTrim  capsules to help relax your body mentally and physically.* This is best when taken at night.

Take Your Vitamins: Daily Build is a must. With 23 essential vitamins and minerals, Daily Build provides broad spectrum antioxidant protection as well as cardiovascular, blood glucose, brain and nervous system and immune support.*

One more tip: Wash your hands regularly and sanitize your area often. Travel with wipes to clean off the tray table, head rest and arm rest on the plane. Carry our travel-size, 2 oz. bottle of Skin Defense to spray on your hands to keep them clean. Also, bring your own pillow and/or blanket as germs tend to lurk on the ones provided on the plane.

Staying on top of your health will ensure that you’re not spending your hard-earned vacation fighting off a cold and missing time with your family.

Everyone has their own tips and tricks, so let us know on Facebook how you stay healthy when traveling during the summer.

1https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/prevent/how-to-apply-sunscreen

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Target brain health – keep it top of mind

When you’re enjoying a meal, are you mindful of the food you’re eating for a healthy brain? Maybe you’re thinking about nourishing your muscles if you’re an athlete, or consuming vitamin C if it’s flu season. But the brain? I think we tend to forget (no pun intended) about the brain when it comes to nutrition.

The brain is a multitasking machine that requires a ton of energy and quality nutrition. It relies on glucose for fuel. In fact, glucose from carbohydrates is the primary source of energy for every cell in the body. When the brain doesn’t have enough glucose, the nerve cells struggle with communicating which can lead to forgetfulness and poor concentration.

Your brain is constantly working, creating every memory, enabling every move and every step you take. Remember the scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz, “If I only had a brain”? We all want to stay sharp later in life and that requires nourishment, exercise, sleep and less stress. Imagine how much better your brain could function if you were to make these adjustments to your daily routine? I believe that what we feed our brain today will have a big impact on how it functions as we get older.

Brain candy:1

  • About 75 percent of the brain is water, so dehydration can have a negative effect.
  • Your brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen and energy requirements.2
  • The fastest speed for information to pass between neurons is about 250 mph.
  • The human brain weighs about three pounds.

Your brain on products by PURE

Besides glucose, there are other nutrients the brain needs. Antioxidants protect the brain against free radical damage. Things like beta-carotene (from carrots),1 lutein (from fruits and vegetables)3 and selenium (from Brazil nuts) may help to decrease oxidative damage and thus prevent cognitive decline.4 CalciuMK+ is a good source of selenium. Daily Build, a CORE4 product, is a rich in antioxidants. Its 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids and trace minerals help support brain and nervous system function.*

Vitamins A, C and E also help protect the brain against oxidative stress.5 Mangosteen is known for its antioxidant content and its ability to neutralize free radicals in the body. Think B vitamins for brain health. When our diets lack B vitamins, the cells in our brain do not communicate as efficiently. You may lack concentration or feel fatigued. B12 (from animal protein), B6 (from pork, chicken, eggs) and folate (from eggs, leafy greens) can help with memory and cognition.6 ENERGY and Daily Build are excellent sources of B vitamins.

Omega-3 fatty acids play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Deficiencies in omega-3 can cause fatigue and problems with memory.6  Mila contains 3 grams of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) omega-3 fatty acid. The whole family can enjoy Mila as an easy addition to meals.

Studies show that curcumin, the substance that gives curry its yellow color, may improve memory and mood in people with mild memory loss.7 Daily Build has a Bio-Protection Blend that contains turmeric extract, from curcumin. Read: Spice up your cleansing regimen.

Daily Detox helps cleanse the body of toxins. The absence of toxins in the body naturally helps clear our thinking and improves our mood.*

If you’re looking for mental focus, PURE Perk is your go-to drink. This stimulating coffee provides mental focus in just minutes and boosts energy up to five hours! Methylliberine is a chemical that may promote the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter that influences mood, memory and pleasurable reward.*

Next time you sit down for a meal, remember to feed your brain. Prepare for the future by keeping good nutrition top of mind.

 

1 https://www.healthline.com/health/fun-facts-about-the-brain#2

2 https://www.pnas.org/content/99/16/10237.full

3https://luteinforeveryage.com/nutrition-health/other-ingredients/beta-carotene

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4638416/

5 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/12/171229095132.htm

6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2649700/

7http://www.thedoctorwillseeyounow.com/content/nutrition/art3258.html

8 https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/24/curry-ingredient-may-improve-memory/131659.html

Do you ever crave a big, juicy burger?

…or a warm, cream-filled donut? Me too! Cravings are a funny thing. When I was pregnant I craved salmon. When I’m stressed, I crave chocolate. Cravings are usually food related, although they can be physical, too. Oftentimes I crave a hug from my child or a brisk walk outside.

Cravings of any kind usually mean something is missing or deficient, either from your diet or your life. Cravings can arise from stress or anxiety. For instance, we may crave carbohydrates when we’re anxious because they raise serotonin levels which have a calming effect.1

How do you calm a craving?

If you crave salt, you might be dehydrated or have an iron deficiency. Drinking a glass of milk, eating yogurt or making a salad with dark leafy greens can help.2  For a similar taste, try adding black pepper, garlic and ginger to food. Use the juice of lemons and limes to add flavor to meat, vegetables and sauces. And be sure to hydrate. Increase your water intake with ENERGY.

If you crave fat, you might be stressed. Or you could be deficient in essential fatty acids like omega-3s. Try supplementing with avocados and raw nuts which are both good fats. Mila® chia is an excellent source of protein and ALA omega-3 fatty acids, which play a crucial role in normal growth and development and brain function.* Mila is easy to add to a variety of dishes. Find recipe ideas at livepure.com/recipes.

If you crave sugar, your blood sugar levels may be off. According to Taylor Newhouse, registered dietitian with the Texas A&M School of Public Health, “As blood glucose levels change throughout the day, the body tries to keep these levels stable.”  Sugar also releases endorphins creating that “sugar high” resulting in eating more of it.2

If you’re psychologically craving someone in your life or you are unsatisfied with your life, you may be replacing those feelings with sugar. Try eating fruit or berries. Dark chocolate may help as well as snack bars that are low in fat and sugar. Click here to see a list of foods that help fight sugar cravings.

Other ways to calm a craving:

  • Try getting rid of or donating foods in your pantry that you are tempted to eat.
  • Before going to the grocery store, eat a light, healthy snack to curb your buying temptations.
  • When dining out or attending an event where food will be served, be sure to eat a healthy meal beforehand, and bring a healthy snack to enjoy if the food provided is not appropriate for your diet.

When a craving is coming on, ask yourself: When was the last time I ate something, and what was it? What kind of mood am I in? Have I exercised? Am I stressed about something? What am I craving? Your answers could help you better understand why you are having a craving.

Most importantly, take care of yourself. Look at what you are or aren’t eating, and make sure you are consuming the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that contains 23 essential vitamins and minerals, and is an excellent supplement to add to your regimen.

Also look beyond your food for areas in your life that may be lacking. Be open to improving these areas in your life, along with your physical health.

Lastly, drink plenty of water.  Sometimes a food craving is simply a sign of thirst.

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/James_Dinicolantonio/publication/319266735_Sugar_addiction_Is_it_real_A_narrative_review/links/59a0099045851508f105a3b2/Sugar-addiction-Is-it-real-A-narrative-review.pdf

2 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/06/160614121859.htm

 

Veggies: more matters!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredient Spotlight: Ginseng

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

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

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

Ginseng in Traditional Chinese Medicine

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

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

Reap the benefits of ginseng in ENERGY and GPS Adapt!

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

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

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

 

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

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

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