Santiago Ramirez, PURE IBO and veteran, has a servant’s heart

Meet Santiago, a PURE Independent Business Owner and Navy veteran. He joined PURE in August 2018 because he liked the products, but he was even more attracted by the company’s philosophy of reaching out and helping others.

Santiago grew up in Miami, Florida. After graduating high school, he did basic training and boot camp, spending time in Virginia Beach training to be an Operation Specialist. He then went on to join the Pre-commissioning Detachment crew in San Diego, California to commission the USS Essex (LHD-2). On board this massive amphibious ship, Santiago operated radar, navigation and communications equipment in the combat information center and on the ship’s bridge.

At the end of his naval career, Santiago was deployed in the western Pacific where he got to visit Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and Australia. After serving four years in the Navy, Santiago returned to civilian life attending school to study marketing and advertising.

Santiago and his wife both enjoy helping others with the PURE opportunity and products, especially veterans, first responders and families who are currently serving in the U.S. Santiago said, “If you are a veteran and enjoy helping others, I would recommend talking to a PURE IBO about trying the products and/or becoming an IBO themselves and joining the community to reach others.”

One important lesson he learned during his time in the Navy was the importance of physical fitness in daily life. To stay fit, Santiago meets up regularly with other veterans and civilians to participate in ruck hikes, marching long distances over varied terrain while carrying a weighted (40-60 lbs.) pack. He is also involved with GORUCK, an organization that leads coordinated events led by veterans of the Special Operations community to help transition military to the civilian world.

To support his health in addition to physical exercise, Santiago uses the GPS product line. He states, “The events offered by GORUCK require a high level of fitness and endurance, and products by PURE have given me the edge to participate at my age. My favorite product from PURE has to be GPS Adapt. It helps me combat mental and physical fatigue.”

Santiago, and other veterans, have given so much and deserve that type of support in return. Here at PURE, we proudly support all veterans and active military. Help veterans and their families by going here where you will find resources to offer support.

Are you interested in the PURE opportunity? Visit livepure.com or contact our Sales Support Team at salessupport@livepure.com or 866-535-5888.

 

Recycling on Earth Day and every day

Here at PURE we are proud to celebrate Earth Day on April 22. Did you know that each year, nearly 29 million tons of plastic end up in landfills across America? Are you doing your part to recycle every day?

Look at the bottom of any PURE container or bottle and you’ll see the recycling logo. When you’ve used all the product, simply rinse out the remnants, then place the container among the rest of your plastics, cans and bottles you’re taking to the curb.

You can also upcycle your containers! Here are some creative ways to find new uses for empty containers and bottles. Have fun with these while, at the same time, making the planet a cleaner place.

  • Organize your junk drawer or craft space. The GPS Adapt bottle is small enough to hold glitter or sequins. It can also hold push pins, rubber bands, pencil erasers and other small gadgets.
  • Organize a tool box. The garage can quickly become a storage mess; but your toolbox doesn’t have to be. Our containers are great to hold loose nails, screws, hex nuts, etc. so you’re ready for that next project! Simply label the container with a Sharpie and voila.
  • Create a coin holder for your vehicle.
  • Loose tea and spices in your kitchen? Stick them into an ENERGY tub for a great airtight solution.
  • Make mini ice packs, or any size for that matter. Just fill a container with water, freeze and you’re ready for those impromptu picnics or camping trips. Also great for keeping your frozen items cold while coming home from the grocery store.
  • Store batteries, etc. Try screwing used containers, like Immune6, to a shelf to create hanging storage for batteries, screws, nails, nuts and bolts, etc.
  • No more missing game pieces, or Legos. Use containers to store small pieces from your kids’ games.
  • Keep matches dry for camping. Just glue a piece of sandpaper to the lid and you’re ready to go.
  • Keep jewelry safely stored while traveling.
  • Make a homemade mini first-aid kit.
  • Create a memory jar with a larger container, like Organic Sulfur. Jot down memories on paper that you can read during special moments or holidays.
  • Make a hide-a-key! Simply put your key in a used container and glue the cap to a rock or a pine cone.

What do you do with your empty PURE containers? Please share with us.

There’s a fungus among us

The lowly mushroom is often misunderstood but did you know it is one of the most nutritious foods in the world? Healthcare providers emphasize eating our vegetables and the more colorful, the better. But the mushroom is neither a vegetable (it’s a fungus), nor is it colorful. So what gives?

Mushrooms are considered adaptogens in that they help the body adapt to and resist physical, chemical, and environmental stress.  They are natural substances that help increase the body’s resistance to stress and fatigue.3

We should be incorporating more in our diet as they are high in antioxidants. They are also high in selenium, a mineral that helps boost immunity and protect the body against oxidative damage. Mushrooms also contain vitamin D, folate, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and heart healthy beta-glucans1 which are a dietary fiber found in the stem of the mushroom.2

What are some types of mushrooms and their benefits?

The following mushrooms are used in select products by PURE. Many of these have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  • Moomiyo, also found in GPS Adapt, properties helps the body recover faster from both mental (emotional) and physical stresses and fatigue. It can help increase training and workloads, increasing lean muscle mass. It has natural detox properties to help rid the body of harmful toxins.
  • Codonopsis, found in GPS Adapt, helps stimulate the immune system. It may also help increase endurance as well as promote circulation.
  • Cordyceps, found in GPS Adapt, is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars in the high mountain regions of China. It is high in polysaccharides and might improve immunity by stimulating cells and specific chemicals in the immune system. It also may help improve energy, appetite, stamina, endurance and sleeping.
  • Reishi, found in Greens and GPS Adapt, contains water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpenoids, proteins and amino acids. Reishi is an important adaptogenic mushroom.
  • Maitake, found in Greens, contains potassium, B vitamins, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and beta glucans.

Other types of edible mushrooms.

Here are the more common mushrooms, the kind you are likely to add to your salad or stir fry.

White button mushrooms contain nutrients our bodies need to generate energy and repair cells — including digestive enzymes, B vitamins, protein, and vitamin D2.

Cremini mushrooms are high in vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin and vitamin B5. B vitamins are necessary for the proper function of red blood cells. You can find these in the grocery store. They are similar to the white button mushrooms but are higher in nutrients.

Portobello mushrooms contain antioxidants which help slow down the aging process by fighting free radicals. These mushrooms are large and meaty, making them healthy alternatives to the hamburger when grilled and marinated.

Shitake mushrooms also have a meaty cap and are available fresh or dried. They have a slightly smoky flavor are high in B vitamins. They contains the same amount of amino acids as meat. 2 This kind of mushroom is found in Greens.

Oyster mushrooms are more delicate than others and have a slightly peppery flavor.

Make room for more mushrooms in your diet.

Mushrooms are versatile and add unique flavors to your dishes. Add them to a stir fry with other vegetables. They are a great addition to rice dishes. Fill mushroom caps with grated cheese, tomatoes, and spices and bake. You can even add mushrooms to soups.

Mushrooms are also low in sodium, fat, cholesterol and calories. What are you waiting for? How will you incorporate mushrooms into your diet?

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25346611/

2 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0367326X10001358

3 http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=47339

 

Are the change in seasons putting a damper on your immune health?

Sometimes the transition between summer and fall puts added stress on our immune system and bodies. Your body is constantly out of balance, trying to navigate a fine line between internal and external challenges. Walk that line more confidently with the right nutrition. We all know how beneficial vitamins and minerals are for us, but do you know which are the best and most readily available?

We’ve compiled a list of five immune-boosting foods to help keep you happy and healthy during the fall and winter months.

Seeds and Nuts — Zinc is an essential mineral that helps support healthy immune function, but it’s not stored by the body. Consuming nuts and seeds is a great way to boost your intake. A quarter cup of raw pumpkin seeds contains 2.57 mg of zinc. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDAs) for zinc for adults is 8-11mg. Daily Build contains 20mg of zinc per serving, and CalciuMK+ contains 7.5mg zinc per serving.

Mushrooms — Surround yourself with fungus, mushrooms that is. All mushrooms contain beta-glucan, a naturally occurring polysaccharide. Studies suggest that beta-glucan might stimulate the immune system.1 Oyster and portabella mushrooms are good choices. Add mushrooms to stir-fry or pasta dishes. Greens contains an organic mushroom blend of shitake, maitake and reishi varieties — all good sources of beta-glucan. GoYin contains Coriolus versicolor mushroom, another great source of beta-glucans.

Fruits and Vegetables — Vitamins A, C, and E are particularly helpful in supporting immunity. Foods rich in vitamin A include carrots, dark leafy greens and sweet potatoes. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Dark leafy greens, butternut squash and avocado are excellent sources of vitamin E. Pairing these and other fruits and vegetables with adequate protein intake will help supercharge your immunity. Immune6 is an excellent source of vitamin C, as well as vitamin D3. Daily Build contains 446% vitamin E in each serving, as well as over 600% vitamin C. GPS Adapt contains 200% vitamin C. CalciuMK+ is a great source of both vitamin A, D and E.

Garlic — Garlic contains allicin, a component that has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A review published in the February 2009 issue of “Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry” notes that allicin has a variety of antimicrobial properties.2

Probiotics — Probiotics have specific compounds that may help regulate the functions of immune cells and intestinal cells.3 Probiotic is uniquely formulated with seven different types of beneficial bacterial strains of healthy bacteria to support digestive health. Additionally, Probiotic contains beneficial prebiotics to help foster the growth of good bacteria, setting it apart from other products on the market.

To help maintain a health immune function, it’s always important to exercise regularly, get adequate sleep and visit your healthcare provider, in addition to eating a balanced diet. Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to a lifestyle of Whole Health.

 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 concerns you may have.

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19515245

2 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1271/bbb.90096

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4006993/