Target your ability to focus

Your coworker is asking you a question, your kids want your attention, you’re late for an appointment, the 6:00 news is on, a text message just came through, what next?

Bothered by distractions? The world is full of them which makes it easy to lose your focus. I know I’m guilty of trying to do multiple things at once, even though I know how unproductive it is. Julie Morgenstern, author of Time Management from the Inside Out, says, “It has been scientifically demonstrated that the brain cannot effectively or efficiently switch between tasks, so you lose time. It takes four times longer to recognize new things so you’re not saving time; multitasking costs time. You also lose time because you often make mistakes.”1

Do you have a hard time remembering what was discussed at yesterday’s meeting? Are you repeatedly late for appointments? How can we fine-tune our focus, sharpen our concentration and improve our memory?

Fine-tune your focus

  • Do one thing. Staying focused can only happen when we say ‘yes’ to one thing and ‘no’ to everything else. Eliminating things or tasks can help improve your focus. Remember, you can always do the ‘other things’ later.
  • Commit yourself. Another way to stay focused is to stay committed. It’s not what you’re doing, or the result, that matters; rather, being committed to the process is what matters.2 If there’s no commitment, you’ll never see those results.
  • Leverage your energy. A third way to increase focus is to work when your energy is greatest. Is there a time of day when you’re more alert? For instance, I like to write in the morning hours because that’s when my mind is the freshest and I know I’ll be more productive. Don’t waste your mental energy.

Sharpen your concentration

  • Involve all your senses. Read aloud while you are reading something. Write down notes while you are listening to someone talk.
  • Pay attention. Simple as that. But you need to get enough sleep and eat right so you can pay attention.
  • Don’t just listen, understand. If learning something complex, make sure you really understand it first and did not just memorize it. Summarize the information in your own words and try to explain it to someone else.

Improve your memory

  • Other than focusing, how are you with remembering things? There’s nothing better for a sharp memory than a well-balanced diet and exercise. Certain activities can help sharpen your memory, too. Things like Soduko and word games, recalling lists, taking a class, and learning a language or a new sport. Anything that challenges your mind can boost your memory.

Supplement with products by PURE

  • Clear the morning fog, energize your daily workout, or avoid the mid-afternoon slump with ENERGY. This energy drink is packed with antioxidants, botanicals and natural sources of caffeine, and is the perfect alternative to sugar-laden, artificially sweetened energy drinks on the market.
  • GPS Energize provides antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, delivering nutritive support to your workouts and activities.
  • For sustained energy, elevated mood and enhanced mental focus, try Matcha Vegan Shake plant-based protein shake. It combines premium, ceremonial matcha with sacha inchi and chlorella for a nourishing drink that also helps support weight management.*
  • If you enjoy coffee, PURE Café and PURE Perk both increase energy, support mental clarity and suppress appetite.* PURE Cafe has a delicious, mocha flavor whereas PURE Perk is a dark roast coffee that may promote the release of dopamine, a brain neurotransmitter. It also contains PEA (phenylethylamine HCl) that supports the production of feel-good neurotransmitters and acts as a stimulant.*

Take these ideas and incorporate them into your day-to-day routines. You can reclaim your focus and memory.

 

1 https://www.amazon.com/Time-Management-Inside-Out-Second/dp/0805075909/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=Julie+morgenstern&qid=1565814886&s=gateway&sr=8-4

2https://jamesclear.com/focus

Back-to-school roundup

It’s the return to school in the United States and that brings both excitement and anxiety. Speaking about college-aged students in general, there is the need to adjust to new routines and tight schedules. It can be a challenge to stay healthy through diet and exercise, maintain good mental health and keep up with the daily grind.

Nutrition is so important for growing teenagers. The body simply can’t function without the proper fuel. Also, poor habits during the college years can set the stage for future problems. Students face the stress of being away from home and living in close quarters with others. It’s easy to put on the pounds when you’re snacking at night and not eating a healthy diet.

A recent study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior found that 33% of college students had high levels of “food insecurity”,1 meaning they had limited availability to healthy foods due to high costs. The study also states that food insecurity is a significant problem among respondents, affecting about one in three students.

Get ahead of the class with PURE.

We’ve chosen seven products that can greatly benefit college-aged students — GoYin On the Go, GPS Adapt, ENERGY, GPS Energize, GPS Hydrate, Immune6 and Skin Defense. Stock the dorm room with these seven products and prepare to boost energy, fight mental fatigue, and adapt better to stress, just to name a few of the benefits.*

  • GoYin, PURE’s flagship product, is not only delicious, but it helps the body deal with everyday stressors. Extracts in GoYin help reduce overall physiological stress.* And, what college student doesn’t experience stress while trying to cram for tests? The stick packs are convenient, too, and are just right to throw into a backpack or purse.
  • GPS Adapt helps the body do just that — adapt! Things like reishi, moomiyo and cordyceps mushrooms help the body resist and adapt to stress. Ginseng can help improve energy levels and vitamin C can support a healthy immune system.*
  • ENERGY and GPS Energize both help the body create energy. Vitamins, minerals and amino acids also help keep the brain alert, sharp and focused.* GPS Energize is perfect for athletes and active individuals to consume before working out. Drop the stick packs into a backpack and pour into a water bottle when you’re in need of a boost.
  • We all know how important hydration is. GPS Hydrate is an excellent product that facilitates the absorption of fluids and electrolytes faster than drinking plain water. It also contains botanicals that help minimize stress.
  • Immune6 is a capsule that is designed to help build, invigorate and support the body’s natural immune response. Selenium is a key nutrient in Immune6 that helps lower oxidative stress and enhance the immune system.*
  • Skin Defense, one of my favorite products, is a spray that defends the body from elements in our environment. This is a must for student’s living in close quarters with others and germs. Use this in place of hand sanitizer which contains alcohol and is drying to the skin. In addition, Skin Defense helps manage minor wounds without harming delicate cells that air in recovery.

Get a jump-start on your semester by stocking up on quality nutrition. Take advantage of these great benefits and increase your learning power. Get in the right mindset to take care of you. And, be sure to get plenty of sleep and exercise!

Listen to the full podcast here. https://soundcloud.com/livepureglobal/august-pure-product-spotlight-on-back-to-school. 

1https://www.healthline.com/health-news/food-nearly-60-percent-of-college-students-food-insecure-013014#1

Target joint health with PURE

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

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

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

Joint facts:

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

Stay loose and limber with products by PURE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Take the edge off on National Relaxation Day

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

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

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

All work and no play can make one unhealthy

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

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

Starting a regular relaxation practice

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

Happy National Relaxation Day!

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

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

Back to school with Mila

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

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

Mila plays well with others

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

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

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

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

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

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You say vegetarian, I say flexitarian

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

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

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

Benefits of the Flexitarian Diet:

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

Incorporate PURE into your diet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Six products enter the PUREGen Africa market in Nigeria

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

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

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

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

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

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