Team GPS is how athlete Dustin Vaughan rolls

Need proof that GPS works? Meet Dustin Vaughan, a PURE IBO and a football quarterback for the San Antonio Commanders (Alliance of American Football). He has been fueling himself with GPS products since joining PURE in January 2018.

Being an athlete certainly motivated Dustin to look for quality products to improve his performance. When he learned about the GPS performance line by PURE, he was inspired to join the company. It’s important to him that the products are natural, and he is equally impressed that they are Informed-Sport Certified.

“Athletes are always looking to get an edge up,” Dustin said. “They want energy and need to build their endurance. GPS does all of those without making you feel jittery, because there is no added sugar. I feel good about what I’m putting into my body.”

Dustin was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at West Texas A&M. After researching several supplement companies, Dustin decided to join PURE because he really liked what he saw. He joined a year ago and hasn’t looked back. Being around athletes every day, Dustin knows how important talent, ability and success are. He also knows that what you eat is just as important.

Not only does he love the products, but the company’s values match his. “PURE values community and that means a lot to me,” he said. His faith keeps him motivated and he desires to have a positive influence on those around him. “That attitude begins at home and then extends outward.”

“For anyone interested in starting a business with PURE, I’d like to tell them not to get discouraged,” said Dustin. “Try the products out for yourself. For me, I knew I had to trust the company first to share the products with others. If I don’t believe in them myself, how can they?”

Asked if he could have any super power, he said he wishes he could fly. His parents ran track and field in high school and could jump hurdles, something Dustin had difficulty doing. He wishes he could run just as fast, so fast that he could fly … to wherever his heart desires!

I think he already can!

Getting your vitamins and minerals is as easy as A, B and C

You may already be familiar with the different vitamins and minerals and what they do in the body. If not, the following is a simple guide to each of them and their benefits.

Our body creates many of these; others we need to get from food. Find out the role of each one, the foods in which they are prevalent and what products by PURE you can get them from.

The Vitamins

  • Vitamin A – Needed for strong bones, good vision and healthy skin. It helps cell reproduction, stimulates immunity and is needed for the formation of some hormones. Vitamin A is found in animal sources such as eggs, meat, cheese, liver and cod.* Daily Build is an excellent source of vitamin A, with 130% of the Daily Value.
  • The B vitamins – Help convert food into energy and needed for healthy skin, hair, blood and brain. Food sources include meal, poultry, grains, milk, cheese and fish.*
    GPS Energize is an excellent source of vitamin B, with 130% of the Daily Value
  • Vitamin C – Helps make collagen and acts as an antioxidant. Good food sources include fruits, potatoes, broccoli, spinach and Brussels sprouts.
    GPS Adapt is an excellent source of vitamin C, with 130% of the Daily Value.
  •  Vitamin D – Works with calcium in helping build strong bones and teeth. It can be formed by direct sunlight on the skin. Good sources of food include milk, margarine, fatty fish and fortified cereals. Mila is an excellent source of vitamin D as are CalciuMK+ and Daily Build.
  • Vitamin E – Helps protect red blood cells. Good sources of food include oils, wheat germ green vegetables and nuts.
    Get your daily dose of vitamin E form 360 Complete Shake, GPS Rebuild or Daily Build.
  • Vitamin K – Activates proteins and calcium essential to blood clotting. Good sources of food include cabbage, liver, eggs, milk, spinach, kale and broccoli.
    CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of vitamin K.
  • Vitamin P – This is a flavonoid, or a byproduct of plant metabolism, so you get this when you eat plants. It enhances the use of vitamin C improving its absorption and protecting it from oxidation. Find this in fruit pulp, green peppers, broccoli and red wine.

 The Minerals

  • Calcium – Needed for bone and teeth formation. It is essential for making collagen. It is vital for healthy immune and nervous system. It also is used to synthesize fats and proteins. Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium.* CalciuMK+ is an excellent source of calcium.
  • Copper – Copper aids in the formation of red blood cells, promotes healthy tissues and helps support the immune system. Good food sources of copper include cashews, sunflower seeds, walnuts, cocoa beans and oysters. 360 Complete Shake, Daily Build and GPS Rebuild are all good sources of copper.
  • Choline – Choline is needed to build DNA, exchange signals in the brain and detoxify the liver. Good food sources of choline include eggs, shitake mushrooms, chick peas, salmon, lentils and steak. GPS Energize is a good source of choline.*
  •  Chromium – This trace mineral may enhance the effects of insulin and lower glucose levels. 360 Complete Shake, GPS Reset, GPS Energize and GPS Rebuild are good sources of chromium.*
  • Iodine – Helps set body temperature. You can get this from eating kale and seafood.
    360 Complete Shake and GPS Rebuild are both good sources of iodine.*
  • Iron – Helps produce blood cells. Red meat, poultry, eggs, fruits and green vegetables are all good sources of iron, as are GPS Rebuild and Mila.*
  • Magnesium – Helps build bones and teeth. Green vegetables, nuts and milk are among the foods that contain magnesium. Mila is a good source of magnesium, with 55mg per serving, as are SleepTrim, GPS Energize, GPS Rebuild and 360 Complete Shake.*
  • Manganese – This is essential for bone health and comes from nuts, legumes, seeds, tea, whole grains and leafy green vegetables. 360 Complete Shake and Daily Build are good sources of manganese.*
  • Phosphorus – The body uses phosphorus for filtering waste and repairing tissue and cells. Mila and GPS Rebuild are excellent sources of phosphorus, with 120mg per serving.
  • Potassium – Balances fluids in the body. Meat, milk, fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes contain potassium. 360 Complete Shake, GPS Rebuild, Alkaline Water Concentrate and Mila are good sources of potassium.
  • Selenium – This is an important antioxidant which can be consumed from seafood and walnuts. 360 Complete Shake, Daily Build and GPS Rebuild are good sources of selenium.
  • Zinc – Responsible for creating new cells. Red meat, poultry, oysters, beans, nuts contain zinc. 360 Complete Shake, Daily Build, GPS Reset, and GPS Rebuild, are good sources of zinc.*

Women’s Healthy Weight Day

“Being healthy and fit isn’t a fad or a trend; instead, it’s a lifestyle.” – Author Unknown

Hello women readers! Today is Women’s Healthy Weight Day and we’re on a mission to ensure your well-being by providing you with solutions. When you’re healthy, you get more out of life and you feel awesome. It takes eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting adequate sleep and, of course, taking products by PURE.

What else can you add to that list? Keep your muscles strong, read books, stress less, meditate … the list goes on!

First, determine where you stand with your weight.

Refer to this chart, courtesy of National Institutes of Health, to find your ideal weight.

Height and Weight Chart

Height Weight
Normal Overweight Obese
4′ 10″ 91 to 118 lbs. 119 to 142 lbs. 143 to 186 lbs.
4′ 11″ 94 to 123 lbs. 124 to 147 lbs. 148 to 193 lbs.
5′ 97 to 127 lbs. 128 to 152 lbs. 153 to 199 lbs.
5′ 1″ 100 to 131 lbs. 132 to 157 lbs. 158 to 206 lbs.
5′ 2″ 104 to 135 lbs. 136 to 163 lbs. 164 to 213 lbs.
5′ 3″ 107 to 140 lbs. 141 to 168 lbs. 169 to 220 lbs.
5′ 4″ 110 to 144 lbs. 145 to 173 lbs. 174 to 227 lbs.
5′ 5″ 114 to 149 lbs. 150 to 179 lbs. 180 to 234 lbs.
5′ 6″ 118 to 154 lbs. 155 to 185 lbs. 186 to 241 lbs.
5′ 7″ 121 to 158 lbs. 159 to 190 lbs. 191 to 249 lbs.
5′ 8″ 125 to 163 lbs. 164 to 196 lbs. 197 to 256 lbs.
5′ 9″ 128 to 168 lbs. 169 to 202 lbs. 203 to 263 lbs.
5′ 10″ 132 to 173 lbs. 174 to 208 lbs. 209 to 271 lbs.
5′ 11″ 136 to 178 lbs. 179 to 214 lbs. 215 to 279 lbs.
6′ 140 to 183 lbs. 184 to 220 lbs. 221 to 287 lbs.
6′ 1″ 144 to 188 lbs. 189 to 226 lbs. 227 to 295 lbs.
6′ 2″ 148 to 193 lbs. 194 to 232 lbs. 233 to 303 lbs.
6′ 3″ 152 to 199 lbs. 200 to 239 lbs. 240 to 311 lbs.
6′ 4″ 156 to 204 lbs. 205 to 245 lbs. 246 to 320 lbs.
BMI 19 to 24 25 to 29 30 to 39

Source: National Institutes of Health.

Next, know what you’re eating.  

Carbohydrates are essential. But you want to focus on complex carbs, like brown rice,  millet flours and green leafy vegetables. Consume less simple carbs which come from bread, white rice and added sugars.

Proteins are essential for building muscle, tissue, cartilage and skin. Foods like fish, milk products, and white meat are healthy choices of protein. Protein helps burn off fats in the body, too!

Fats, some, are essential. Things like omega-3 fatty acids, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are beneficial. We get these from fish and olive oil. Minimize saturated fats which come from packaged foods, junk food, milk, cheese, cocoa, kernel oil, fatty cuts of animal fat, pork, lamb and beef (lean cuts of these are available), chocolates, fried foods, etc.

Vitamins and Minerals – women need different amounts of these than men. For instance, women need more vitamin D and vitamin C as well as iron and calcium.

I think we all know how important it is to drink water and stay hydrated throughout the day. It helps with losing excess weight and it keeps the body running properly. I’m guilty of not drinking enough. Try laying out three packets of ENERGY drink mix every morning and commit to drinking them by late afternoon. That will take care of about 40% of the eight, 8-oz. glass-a-day recommendation.

Don’t overlook fiber. Fiber serves as an appetite suppressant. It also enhances bowel function. Mila® chia is a superior plant-based source of fiber and can be used in a lot of recipes.

Third, get on the PURE Detox bandwagon!

People are seeing incredible results with PURE’s Detox programs!

Carefully selected products by PURE can help you achieve your weight-loss goals by nutritionally supporting the body’s natural health-maintaining processes. Follow the program for seven days, or if you desire a deeper detox, continue with the 28-day program for additional results. You’ll create sustainable habits and experience life-changing results.

Of course, exercise! It’s harder in the winter to exercise outdoors, unless you belong to a gym. Gym alternatives can be climbing stairs, using a stationary bike or a home treadmill and following exercise videos. Call on a friend to take a brisk walk together. Take time out of your work day to walk around the block.

Cheers to a Whole Health day!

PURE IBO John Louch benefits from PURE Detox and DAV

Meet John Louch, PURE Independent Business Owner and a lifetime member of the DAV (Disabled American Veterans).

John joined PURE in September 2018 after being introduced to the company by his brother, Russ Louch. The products seemed great to him, but what really attracted John to PURE was the remarkable dedication from the leadership of those at the highest levels of the organization.

“J.R. Burnett, Chairman Independent Business Owner (IBO), drove from Lubbock, TX to my brother’s house in San Marcos, TX to share PURE,” said John. “What kind of company has people willing to drive hundreds of miles for each other? I knew at that point that I wanted to be a part of this!”

In addition, the inspirational leadership John has received from IBO Lucretia Valle (2018 PURE Heart recipient) and the entire Valle team has been amazing and provides him with the motivation to excel.

John started with the CORE4 products and later participated in the 7-Day Detox program. During his first 7 days on the detox, he lost 11 pounds and felt so good that he continued with the 28-Day Detox. He lost a total of 35 pounds. The products have helped support John’s healthy lifestyle changes.*

John enlisted in the Army in 1990 and served until 2016. He began his career as a combat medic and after several years received a Green to Gold Scholarship. He earned his commission as an Army officer from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont.

John served as a team leader, platoon leader, company executive officer, detachment executive officer, company commander, detachment commander, battalion logistics officer, brigade planning officer, military transition team executive officer, battalion executive officer and senior military advisor. John was stationed in various locations across the U.S. including Alaska, North Carolina, Texas, Colorado, Washington, Maryland, Kansas, and Washington D.C.

John is most proud of his time serving as a company commander during the initial ground assault into Iraq and as an advisor to foreign governments. He has a wide range of medals and awards from his 25 years on active duty and more than 58 months spent in combat. He is forever grateful for the medics, nurses and surgeons at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Germany for the care they gave him after being evacuated on multiple occasions.

These days, John spends his time volunteering in his community. He is active with the Good News Club which provides free after-school care and shares the message of Jesus Christ with students. John has helped the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity build several homes dedicated to deserving disabled veterans. He is a member of the Southern Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief and Team Rubicon, a veteran-run disaster management/relief organization.

The new year is the perfect time to start your detox journey. Join Team28 and get your health back on track. Participants are seeing incredible results and you can too. Follow the program for seven days, or if you desire a deeper detox, continue with the 28-day program for additional results. You’ll create sustainable habits and experience life-changing results. Learn more.

PURE is a proud partner of DAV. You can give back to those who gave by visiting livepure.com/giveback.

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

*Individual results may vary. PURE 7-Day Detox Program lowers your calorie intake and suggests physical activity for best results. Share the plan with your doctor if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications prior to use.

 

*Individual results may vary. PURE 7-Day and 28-Day Detox Programs lower your calorie intake and suggest physical activity for best results. Share the plans with your doctor if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications prior to use.

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.

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

Follow the Seven Cs to success!

Have you heard of the Seven Cs of Effective Writing? Be clear, coherent, concise, complete, consistent, correct and credible. As a writer, I live by this mantra because I communicate with a wide audience every day.

So why do I bring this up, and what do the Seven Cs have to do with direct selling? Well, as a writer in the direct selling industry, I believe that this same logic can be applied to business builders. In addition to having amazing leadership skills, PURE business builders can achieve success by implementing the seven Cs.

The Seven Cs of Business Building

  1. CLEAR – Being clear means being transparent. For anyone to have a healthy relationship, they need to be able to have others trust and confide in them. Know your ‘Why’ and make sure that what you say is consistent with that ‘Why’. If you truly want to help others, they will sense it and will follow you.
  2. COHERENT – Similar to “clear”, coherent means to be unified, or to create a culture of unity. The PURE family is anchored in a strong foundation. We deliver Whole Health through high-quality products, opportunity, relationships and philanthropy. Build upon that by finding and developing good people. Remember the acronym TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.
  3. CONCISE – You must be concise in your messages. Communicating briefly yet comprehensively and professionally is highly important. Remember this in every text you send, phone calls you make, with every training meeting you conduct and in every conversation you have with a customer.
  4. COMPLETE – When we’re complete, we’re fulfilled. Fulfillment is something you can achieve with a successful PURE business. By helping others achieve their health and wellness goals, you can fulfill your own goals.
  5. CONSISTENT – It’s important to be consistent and persistent. To be a great leader, your followers must believe that you will not give up on them or on the goal you are working together to achieve. Schedule weekly meetings and stick to them. Consistency creates momentum and success!
  6. CORRECT – You hear it again and again, be a product of the product. If you don’t know your products because you aren’t using them or haven’t even tried them, you can’t share them confidently, or correctly. You certainly don’t want to share incorrect information. You don’t know have to know every answer but know where you can seek out answers. It is better to share the right answer than a quick answer that may be incorrect, which will lead to the next “C” of Credibility.
  7. CREDIBLE – Along with being correct, you want to be believable. People must know, like and trust you before they will do business with you. Sampling is the best way to help your prospects “try it out” and see for themselves what a product can do for them. Once they see the results, they’ll believe in you and the company. And, they’ll be a champion of your business once they see success!

So there you have it. If you can C it, you can do it!

Take these to heart and make 2019 your best year yet!

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