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

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/

Ingredient spotlight: Astaxanthin

Don’t get too caught up in how to pronounce it (asta-zan-thin), we know it’s a mouthful. Just remember the first letter, A, as well as the words Amazing and Adapt.

Astaxanthin is a pinkish/reddish pigment that belongs to a group of chemicals called carotenoids. It occurs naturally in algae. Animals that consume the algae, like salmon, red trout, flamingos and shrimp, get their pink color from astaxanthin. We will not turn pink from consuming these foods, but we may benefit from this Amazing ingredient.

It’s also an important ingredient in GPS Adapt.

How does it work?

Astaxanthin is an antioxidant which means it helps reduce oxidation in the body. Oxidation is the gradual aging process that occurs within the cells, all over the body. Oxidative stress is caused by free radicals, and many health problems stem from oxidation.Antioxidants, whose biggest sources are vegetables and fruits, help the body’s natural defense system combat the oxidation process.

A study from Cruzeiro do Sul University and the University of Sao Paulo report that long-term supplementation with astaxanthin delayed the time to exhaustion of lab rats in a swimming test by 29%.1 Other clinical studies with astaxanthin have shown promising results against free radical-promoted neurodegenerative processes and diminished cognition.2

When you exercise, your muscles produce free radicals. GPS Adapt helps your body adapt, hence its name, to that stress. It provides the body with important adaptogenic herbs and phytonutrients for hormonal support and improved endurance. Overall, it helps reduce mental and physical fatigue.* It helps you go longer and stronger!

GPS Adapt:

  • boosts mood, minimizes stress*
  • maximizes energy output and utilization*
  • lessens mental fatigue*

Use GPS Adapt alone or with the other five GPS products to maximize your performance. Whatever your level of activity, from yard work to general fitness to professional athlete, let GPS guide your performance.

The best way to enjoy GPS Adapt is to take two capsules with water 15-30 minutes before physical activity. It is not recommended for children under the age of 18 years.

 

 

1 https://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Article/2015/01/28/Astaxanthin-may-extend-endurance-by-boosting-mitochondrial-action-Study

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24667135

Meet Mark Kobe, PURE IBO and U.S. Army veteran

The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult, but for Mark Kobe, Independent Business Owner (IBO), the PURE products and opportunity made the transition that much easier.

Mark served in the U.S. Army from 1995-2015, stationed in New York, North Carolina and Maryland, as a Signals Intelligence professional and Spanish linguist. He received the Air Medal and other medals for deployments to Afghanistan, Africa, Bosnia and South America.

Mark is most proud of the time he served with a Special Missions Unit in Maryland. He was one of less than 1% of the total military who was accepted into this unit.

Mark stated, “I had the opportunity to take part in historic missions and work with some true heroes. The places that I got to see, the missions that I was a part of and most importantly the quality of the people that I got to work with will always stay with me as the best time in my military career.”

After retiring, he was employed under the Secretary of Defense. He discovered PURE: People United Reaching Everyone in August 2018.

PURE gave Mark and his wife a vehicle through which they could reach their financial goals and generate residual income for their future. After retiring from the military after a full 20-year career, Mark was starting from scratch at the age of 46. He wanted to add another stream of income to his pension and disability. 

“PURE is providing for us, as long as I am willing to put in the time and effort.  As I struggle to understand how to be successful in this line of work, I find that I’m constantly reading books,” said Mark. “I have improved my personal relationship with Christ as I spend hours reading the Bible and have put my PURE business in his hands to support us. Daily Detox and Mila are my wife’s favorite products. My favorite is Organic Sulfur. I have full range of motion in my knees for the first time in a long time and I’m no longer taking glucosamine.”*

Mark decided to forgo his usual workout supplement regime to try PURE’s GPS line of products. After using all six products for three months, Mark noticed results, as did his friends and family whom he exercises with.

Mark stated, “The pre-workout combination of Adapt, Energize and Circulate is unlike any other pre-workout regimen that I have ever used. I don’t get the “shakes” that I would typically get with most pre-workout supplements. GPS Hydrate keeps my energy level high throughout my workout. GPS Rebuild post-workout supplement is awesome; the taste, the mixability, everything is top notch! With Reset, the cycle is complete. The energy it provides is amazing!”*

Mark is a true hero in our eyes. He is living the PURE philosophy by sharing the opportunity and the wonderful benefits of our high-quality products with others. We are blessed to have him as part of the PURE family.

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

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.

 

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/