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.

 

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

A-camping you should go

Summer is officially here which means it’s prime time for camping. It’s the perfect time to spend the night outdoors.

I loved camping as a child. I remember learning how to use a compass navigating through deep forests while singing Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Today, the smell of pine reminds me of those outdoor sojourns, roasting marshmallows by campfire and telling ghost stories while falling asleep under the stars.

Whether you’re into camping or not, being one with nature has many health benefits. Communing with the trees is a natural stress reliever and offers peace of mind. Studies have shown that sleeping outdoors can reset your biological clock. Increased light during the day and lack of light after dark helps realign the body’s circadian clock.1 Just breathing in fresh air and getting exercise is reason enough to put on your hiking boots and get out the tent.

Make sure to pack a bottle of Skin Defense to safeguard yourself from the unpredictable elements in the environment. The safe, stable and natural ingredients in this must-have spray help the body manage minor wounds without harming delicate cells that aid in recovery. Use it on minor cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, blisters, insect bites and dry skin.

When you camp, you’re limited to what you can cook on the fire, and that’s a good thing. Packing healthy snacks, like granola bars, is a great way to get some nutrition. Of course, don’t forget the marshmallows! Below are some recipes that incorporate products by PURE that are easy to make and pack for a night under the stars.

Lemon ENERGY Granola Bars (makes 10 bars containing 48 mg caffeine each)

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping cups quick oats
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 packets Lemon ENERGY
  • ¼ cup chopped, roasted macadamia nuts (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped dried pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • Shredded coconut to taste

Directions: Combine honey, coconut oil, and water in a small pot. Stirring continuously, heat liquids on low until thickness is reduced. In a mixing bowl, combine oats and ENERGY; pour liquid mixture over dry mixture until oats clump together. Add nuts (optional), pineapple, and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated. Spread on baking pan. Top with coconut and press firmly to help all ingredients stick together. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes; remove, cut into 10 bars, and cover in saran wrap for later!

 

Superfruit Gelatin

One cup of Goji mixed with ¾ cup apple juice works well. Or combine ¾ cup of Acai and 1 cup of grape juice. Mangosteen does not set up well, so you may wish to avoid using this superfruit as well as Fusion.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cups superfruit/fruit juice
  • ¼ cup boiled water
  • 1 tablespoon gelatin

Directions: Boil water. While waiting, whisk gelatin into ¼ cup juice and mix until smooth. Add boiled water to juice and gelatin mixture and whisk. Add remaining fruit juice and whisk until combined. Pour gelatin mixture into a pan and allow to set in fridge for at least two hours.

1https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/circadian-rhythms-messed-up-camping-may-be-able-to-fix-that/2017/02/03/1b71df8c-ea1b-11e6-80c2-30e57e57e05d_story.html?utm_term=.52356ea5fc24

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

 

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/