Keto and products by PURE

What is the number-one diet trend for 2019? According to a recent annual survey among Registered Dietitians (RDs), keto, or ketogenic, was the “most popular diet” among consumers1. Interestingly, second on their list was intermittent fasting. It should be no surprise that keto also topped the list as the number-one diet googled in 20182…ten times more popular than other top trending diets. Others on this list included the carnivore, Mediterranean, fasting, and low-FODMAP diets.

While different in many aspects, outside of fasting of course, all of these diets have one theme in common. Each focus on modifying carbohydrate (CHO) intake and reducing refined CHOs and added sugars. Estimations as to how much sugar an individual consumes on an annual basis varies, but we can safely say the amount of sugar eaten is at an all-time high.

Low-carb diets

Personally, I dislike the word diet. To me, it represents a departure from taking a healthy, balanced approach to eating, it generally focuses on extreme limitation (or hyper-focus on a few allowable foods),  and it’s not sustainable in the long-term. When I think of some popular diets fitting into this category, the cabbage soup, master cleanse (lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water 6 to 12 times a day), tuna and baby food diets come to mind.

In addition to their extreme tenets, these diets lack scientific substantiation to support their effectiveness and safety. It would not surprise me if some individuals reading this blog might ask, “Shouldn’t the ketogenic diet be added this list?” I know many well-educated, nutrition and health professionals who would agree. Unfortunately, low-carb to most individuals means indiscriminately eating a lot of meat loaded with saturated fat (i.e. original Atkins diet) while excluding almost all other foods. This is not a ketogenic diet.

Many associate a low-carb diet with no-carb. A bias against these eating plans still runs deep despite the fact they have been proven to be safe and effective in numerous, well-designed clinical trials. In 2018 there were over 300 studies published on the ketogenic diet3. Some lasted for more than two years showing not only it’s “longer-term” safety, but also demonstrating its ability to be followed for an extended time. It may be a surprise to some, but technically CHOs are not essential nutrients since the body can make glucose from protein when needed4. However, CHOs do contain many nutrients like fiber and disease-preventing phytonutrients, which are important to good health. Their complete avoidance is not recommended.

What exactly does ketogenic mean and what are ketones?

Almost all CHOs are broken down into smaller substances called glucose, which is a primary source of energy used to fuel the body. The body can also make glucose from protein, if necessary. In the absence of CHOs or high amounts of protein, the body can also make energy (ketones) from fat. The process of converting fat into energy is called ketogenesis or nutritional ketosis. Once the body depletes its stores of glucose, the body will use fat and fat stores to make ketones, which can also be used as a source of energy5. This effect is the key to weight loss when following this plan.

Eating low-carb should focus on eating lots of non-starchy vegetables (CHOs) including greens (spinach and all kinds of lettuce), mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, green peppers and more. Moderate amounts of certain fruits can be eaten. Berries are especially good due to their lower sugar content including strawberries, raspberries, black berries and blueberries6. Other fruits can also be included as long as their total CHO content in grams (g) is considered. Putting an emphasis on these healthier CHO sources can make it a plant-focused eating plan. Avoiding refined CHOs, especially those with added sugar, is also an important element of a low-carb lifestyle.

By reducing CHO intake, fat and protein take its place to ensure enough calories are obtained. It is important to eat enough protein to maintain muscle mass and provide essential amino acids necessary for various biochemical functions within the body. Protein can also be used to make sufficient glucose needed by the brain4. The key to eating keto is to not eat too much protein. Remember protein converts to glucose, so too much protein will take the body out of nutritional ketosis. When following the keto plan, fat should be a primary factor when planning what to eat. For most this is difficult as we have been programmed for so long to avoid fat in order to lose weight. Healthy sources of fat include extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocadoes, butter, coconut oil and more6. There is no need to avoid them when following keto. Fat can also prolong the time a person feels full as fat digests slower than protein and CHOs.

Achieving weight loss on keto

The key to achieving weight loss when following a ketogenic eating plan is to carefully monitor your intake of CHOs in grams consumed. Most people will start generating ketones when their carbohydrate is limited between 20 to 50 g a day. Initially, your body needs about 48 to 72 hours in order to switch from glucose as a primary source of energy to ketones. This transition period may cause nausea, constipation and headaches, often called the “keto flu” lasting 1 to 4 days7. This is normal and can be minimized significantly by consuming adequate fluid and electrolytes like sodium (i.e. broth). Once desired weight loss is achieved, CHOs can be increased, but I recommend keeping them to no more than 100 to 130 g a day. This is the actual RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) for carbohydrates established by the National Academies of Sciences4.

Keto-friendly products by PURE

There are several products by PURE, which are more keto-friendly than others, but almost all can be used if you are staying within the sweet spot of 20 to 50 g of CHOs daily. For example, 360 Complete Shakes contain 19 g of carbohydrates, which seems like a lot; however, when you deduct the fiber content (11 g) from total CHO, the net carb content is 8 g. I do not include fiber as part of my daily CHO intake. When using products by PURE, take into consideration their net CHO content. Daily Build liquid provides 8 g CHO, but I use Daily Build capsules since they contain less than 1 g CHO per serving. Goyin has 3 g net carbs.

The PURE encapsulated products like Daily Detox, Sleep Trim, Immune6, Cleanse (including liquid), GPS Adapt, Serene, etc. do not contain enough CHO to limit them beyond the recommended serving amounts. CalciuMK+ contains 3 g of total CHO per serving, so it too can be used as part of a ketogenic eating plan. Another acceptable product is the ENERGY with all its flavor variations. This product contains 6 g of total CHO, but 3 g are from naturally-sourced erythritol, which can be deducted because it does not provide calories as a source of energy. Mila is also a great keto-friendly product, because it contains 0 g of net carbs (5 g fiber).

Due to the diet’s prominence, foods like almond and coconut flours, which can be used for baking; are now readily available. There are many great low-carb recipes on line making the keto lifestyle easier-than-ever to adopt and follow. Be careful, as “low-carb” by some individuals’ definition would not fit into a ketogenic plan since they contain too much CHOs. Remember, the goal is to keep CHO intake to 20 to 50 g a day during weight loss.

Lastly, as a word of caution, persons using insulin or other glycemic medications, and individuals with cardiovascular disease, should consult with a physician prior to adopting a ketogenic eating plan. Low-carb eating limits the production of and need for insulin, so adjustments to medications will likely be necessary. Blood sugar that is too low is very dangerous. Adjustments made to medication should only be done under the guidance and supervision of a licensed physician. Studies show eating a ketogenic diet significantly lowers blood triglycerides and increases HDL cholesterol, but may also increase LDL cholesterol. Opinions are mixed, but if your doctor has asked you to limit your intake of saturated fat due to certain cardiovascular risk factors, you should follow their advice.

By Darin Blackhurst, MS, PURE, Director, R&D and Quality

 

  1. https://www.todaysdietitian.com/news/122018_news.shtml
  2. https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2019-01-15/the-10-most-popular-diets-of-2018-according-to-google
  3. https://examine.com/store/keto-guide/
  4. https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10490/dietary-reference-intakes-for-energy-carbohydrate-fiber-fat-fatty-acids-cholesterol-protein-and-amino-acids
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6472268/
  6. https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto/foods
  7. https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Cliff_Harvey3/publication/325859230_The_lived_experience_of_healthy_adults_following_a_ketogenic_diet_A_qualitative_study/links/5b29a0f9a6fdcc72db2a327d/The-lived-experience-of-healthy-adults-following-a-ketogenic-diet-A-qualitative-study.pdf

But first, coffee

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

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

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

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

Weight loss

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

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

Healthy heart

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

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

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

Enjoy a PURE coffee break

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet the Omegas

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

Can you tell your 3s from your 6s?

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

Omega-3 fatty acids

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

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

Omega-3 fatty acids may help:

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

Omega-6 fatty acids

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

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

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

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

Omega-7 fatty acids

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

Omega-9 fatty acids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin spice — it’s part of our heritage

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

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

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

We have Colonial America to thank for the tradition

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pumpkin Spice – it really is the spice of life!

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

 

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

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

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

Words from the wise

I believe teachers make our lives better and wiser. Every day poses an opportunity for a teaching moment, whether we are doing the teaching, or someone is teaching us.

William A. Ward once said, “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” I hope you all had great teachers!

I asked our Independent Business Owners (IBOs) to share the most important thing they ever learned from a mentor/teacher that has truly inspired them in their PURE business. Here are their answers.

  • “Your reason for deciding to commit to the process must be bigger than the rejection that is inevitable. Stay committed to your commitment and never quit. The one and only way you can fail, is if you quit. Fear will paralyze, Faith will promote.. choose FAITH!” – IBO Joshua P.
  • “The speaker, Jim Rohn, once said that successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do; we shouldn’t wish it were easier, but rather wish it were better. This is a daily reminder for me to be better today than I was yesterday.”  – IBO Suzanne H.
  • It’s not about being ready… it’s about being willing.  If you wait until you are ready to change your health, or ready to change your financial situation , or ready to take action to change anything in your life, NOTHING IN YOUR LIFE WILL EVER CHANGE. Be willing, take action, and the rest will come.” – IBO Lynette K.
  • “The biggest influence in my life has been my Dad. He is a football coach and he has always taught me to be positive, work hard, and do what’s right because it’s right.” – IBO Teena S.
  • “This journey should change your life and make you a better person in every way. Commit to becoming better every day and success in this business will find you.” – IBO Joshua P.

Wisdom, indeed. Take these with you on your journey to success with PURE. Go out there and inspire!

Gain even more insight from new topics and guest speakers at the UNITE event this October 18-19 in Allen, Texas. Register today!

 

Read your way to the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has been attracting travelers since Roman times, and you have an incredible opportunity to qualify for this trip of a lifetime with PUREDestinations. We’ll be visiting this stretch of breathtaking coastline June 15-20, 2020. We encourage you to pursue it!

To get you into the mood and mindset for this unforgettable PUREDestinations experience, we wanted to share some of our favorite blogs and books about southern Italy. These picks feature Amalfi as well as the surrounding towns of Sorrento, Capri, Ravello, Positano, Pompeii and others.

So sit back, relax and imagine yourself at a chic seaside café eating a caprese salad with tomatoes and mozzarella while gazing at the glistening Mediterranean Sea. There’s a scent of lemon in the air and the surrounding, pastel-colored buildings seem to smile with your presence.

These picks will put you right in the heart of this picturesque part of the world.

Blogs: Stories and trip advice.

Books: Fiction and nonfiction books to get lost in.

  • The House in Amalfi, by Elizabeth Adler – Captures the villages, gardens, houses and everyday life in southern Italy
  • Gelato Sisterhood on the Amalfi Shore, by Chantal Kelly – Filled with the author’s personal stories and recipes of the region
  • Art and Patronage in the Medieval Mediterranean Merchant, by Jill Caskey – The art and cultural history of southwestern Italy
  • Sailing to Capri, by Elizabeth Adler – A murder mystery on a Mediterranean cruise ship
  • Amalfi Coast Recipes, by Amanda Tabberer – The flavors of Amalfi
  • Amalfi Blue: Lost & Found in the South of Italy, by Lisa Fantino – A romantic escape
  • Above Positano, The Amalfi Coast, and Capri — Photographs captured by drone

Are you ready to check Italy off your bucket list? Qualify by March 30, 2020, to join us on this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Learn more at https://livepure.com/amalfi-coast. Here you can also track your progress and share the trip with others.

Stay connected as you aim for Amalfi and get ready to make your dreams come true!

Any questions? Reach out to our Sales Support Team at salessupport@livepure.com or call 866-535-5888.

See you there!

Welcome to the PURE family

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

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

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

Let’s unpack all it has to offer:

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

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

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

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

Here’s to putting your best foot forward!

Ask the Expert answers your product questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The PDR – something to talk about!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Packing a healthy school lunch

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

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

Make lunches fun!

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

Add in tasty dips.

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

Involve kids in the purchasing and preparation process.

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

Make it sweet.

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

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

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