Target joint health with PURE

Imagine for a second that we don’t have cartilage between our bones. Painful, right? Your bones sure wouldn’t last long from rubbing together every time you walked, bent, reached, sat, stretched, jumped, etc. The joints do a lot for our body, but it’s easy to take them for granted. We move about every day without giving them a second thought. Are you doing all you can to care for them?

Our every move is possible because of our joints; both movable and rigid. Movable joints, called synovial joints, are found in our knees, hips and shoulders. Slightly movable joints, called cartilaginous joints, are found in our spine and ribs. Rigid or immovable joints, called fibrous joints, are found in our skull. Joints lie between bones with cartilage where the bones come together, facilitating smooth movement. 1

Exercise and a healthy diet are two of the most important things you can do to keep your joints healthy. Exercising regularly helps keep the muscles around your joints strong. Children and teenagers should get 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day.2 When exercising or playing sports, wear protection to avoid joint injury. Watch what you eat. Excess weight on the body can put pressure on joints. Eating a balanced diet is key.

Joint facts:

  • Do you ever feel joint pain before a thunderstorm? Joints contain sensory nerves called “baro-receptors” that react to atmospheric changes in the barometric pressure. 3 Didn’t know you were a weatherman, did you?
  • Babies are born with a cartilage plate that turns to bone and then into a kneecap somewhere between the ages of 3 and 5. 3
  • Cartilage is up to 80 percent water by weight. 4
  • Because cartilage is filled with negatively charged chondroitin molecules, it resists being pushed together. This gives it its incredible cushioning power!4

Stay loose and limber with products by PURE

Mila, Organic Sulfur, Daily Build and Mangosteen all help support joint health and, therefore, are an important part of your daily regimen.

  • Mila contains calcium and is a good source of magnesium and phosphorous, both important nutrients for bone health. It also contains 3 grams of ALA omega-3 fatty acid which plays a crucial role in normal growth and development.* Enjoy Mila sprinkled on cereal, smoothies and ice cream. Bake and cook with this versatile ingredient!
  • Organic Sulfur contains MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), a dietary form of sulfur, that helps make collagen, the supportive protein of tendons, cartilage, connective tissue and bone. So, it may help improve flexibility and mobility by promoting joint function and health.* It’s important to note that the body cannot make sulfur on its own; it must be obtained from a variety of foods or through supplementation.
  • Daily Build is a comprehensive multivitamin that benefits the whole body with 23 essential vitamins and minerals, vegetable extracts, antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, trace minerals, neuro-protectors, cell defenders, and a host of other body-beneficial ingredients to support immune, nervous system, cardiovascular health and more.*
  • Mangosteen contains xanthones, powerful phytonutrients, that may support healthy joint function, among other things.*

Add these four products by PURE to your daily regimen today and feel the difference.

What other health goals are you targeting? Read our other blog posts on Targeted Needs.

1 https://www.thoughtco.com/types-of-joints-in-the-body-4173736

2 https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/physicalactivity/guidelines.htm

3 https://www.thejoint.com/texas/mckinney/mckinney-marketplace-28072/fun-facts-about-your-joints

4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5585083/

Back to school with Mila

With summer almost over, you’ve likely started to shop for back-to-school items, including supplies, clothes, and backpacks. Healthy snacks should be part of those items. Although you and your kids may celebrate (or groan) the thought of returning to school, there are many ways to get your kids into a healthy routine before that bus comes around the corner.

In my opinion, there’s one place where you can alleviate the back-to-school blues and that’s in the kitchen. While your kids may balk at the idea of eating something new or different, getting their input on food choices, and allowing them to get their hands a bit messy, gives them power over their choices. So, get them involved in the meal planning.

Mila plays well with others

As a prized superfood, Mila® micro-sliced chia seeds can be easily added into their favorite foods or recipes.  As a staple in the Mayan and Aztec cultures, this gluten-free, trans fat-free, sugar-free, and plant-based source of protein and fiber can be a staple in your kitchen.

  • What could be more fun and kid friendly than chicken strips? Skip the fried chicken and make chicken tenders with a twist. Have your kids mix about a quarter cup of Mila to the breading mixture and you’ll have a crunchy alternative to the popular fried chicken.
  • Add chia seeds to your whole wheat muffin batter for a quick, last minute breakfast or afternoon snack. Using fresh or frozen berries, you can freeze these muffins and then put them into your kid’s lunch bags to thaw. They are a great alternative to a traditional high-fat muffin.
  • Create a more fiber- and protein-rich breakfast by adding a scoop of Mila to homemade granola. Most pre-made granolas are high in sugar and calories and low in fiber. Create your own with dried fruit, nuts, oats, a dash of sweetener, like honey, and Mila!
  • Spaghetti and meatballs were a weekly staple in my youth. Mila gels and expands when added to liquid, so it’s a great binder in place of eggs in your homemade meatball recipes.
  • Frozen fruit and spinach are great to have on hand for morning smoothies. Combine your favorite fruits, such as strawberries, bananas, and peaches for a taste of summer! Add in a tablespoon of Mila to boost the nutrient content.
  • For dessert, make some healthy ice pops with Mila to beat the summer heat! Your child will never know they’re healthy! Try using fresh mango, soaked Mila and coconut milk. Let two tablespoons of Mila soak in ¼ cup of water overnight so they are ready to go! The next day, blend the mixture with one can of coconut milk and fresh mango (frozen works fine too).  Pour into your ice pop mold or ice cube tray and freeze!
  • Create a healthy, high fiber dessert! Combine five tablespoons of Mila with two cups almond, soy, or other milk, and ½ tsp. vanilla extract in a sealed container and let the Mila go to work! Let it sit in the fridge for at least two hours. Once it gels, top with your favorite nuts and fruit! Again, let your kids create their own healthy masterpiece!

You can top just about anything with Mila — yogurt, oatmeal, eggs, salad, pasta, cereal — the options are endless! Just remember to start your child with a ½ tablespoon.

With three grams of protein, five grams of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium, Mila is definitely a super food for super kids!

Read more about Mila here: https://shop.livepure.com/mila/dt/GP00231. Order yours today by visiting livepure.com.

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Six products enter the PUREGen Africa market in Nigeria

PUREGen Africa, PURE’s entity in Africa, announced the approval and licensure of six products by PURE to the Nigeria market — Daily Build Capsules, Daily Build Liquid, Cleanse, Organic Sulfur, SleepTrim and Mila — by the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

These six products, some of PURE’s best sellers, will help serve an area with an estimated population of 200 million and a health-conscious, growing middle class. A recent University of Lagos study showed that eighty-six percent of Nigerian students use dietary supplements, a booming market and dynamic opportunity for PURE.

“We are truly excited that PURE is leading the way in Africa by providing world-class products and economic prosperity to individuals and families across the land. PURE is committed to Nigeria and we are very confident that we will continue to partner with our distributors, the community and government agencies in the country to build a prosperous economy for all stakeholders.” – Ben Peter, PURE’s Vice President of Business Development of EMEA

The official launch of products by PURE in the Nigerian market is slated for September 2019; however, PURE Independent Business Owners and Preferred Customers can purchase and pickup products immediately at the Nigeria office. The Nigeria office also offers free shipping of products throughout the country.

People interested in learning more about the products and opportunity in Nigeria can participate in seminars at Nigeria’s main office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The Nigeria office regularly hosts Super Saturday meetings as well as meetings every Monday in Lagos , Abuja, Onitcha, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Calabar.

PUREGen Africa, Nigeria is located at 104 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. Their email is nigeria@livepure.com and their phone is 08054462009 or 01800048114.

Maintaining healthy blood sugar levels

Sugar! Who doesn’t love the taste of sugar? Outside of the obvious reasons to avoid large amounts of it, sugar is difficult not to like. Think of some foods you love, such as ice cream (one of my personal favorites; chocolate flavor with melted peanut butter on top), chocolate in all its forms, cheesecake, cupcakes, apple pie, brownies, chocolate chip cookies, etc. I am sure you can add some of your own favorites to this list. Interestingly, a great amount of sugar is consumed in the form of soft drinks, juice drinks and simply juice. Access to these good tasting indulgences are easy and very inexpensive.

Sugar is also tough to evade as it is added to most packaged foods to make them taste better, which makes them more appealing. The addition of sugar to foods is a consequence of those who demonized fat back in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. You can find it in ketchup, crackers, bread, soups, cereals, peanut butter, cured meats and salad dressings. Faced with the government’s direction to reduce fat intake, food companies replaced fat in their foods with sugar. Afterall, a fat-free food was believed to be healthy, despite the fact it may be loaded with sugar and high in calories. Foods without the added fat simply did not taste very good, so more sugar was included in their recipes. Fat and sugar make otherwise non-tasty foods more palatable and food companies need to make money by selling more product. If it does not taste good, most people will not buy it.

Other than the obvious reason to make them taste better, why would sugar be added to so many foods? Some research suggests sugar may be addicting for many people. There is some evidence showing that eating sugar may elicit a dopamine response in the brain. Dopamine is a brain neurochemical and is often called the feel-good hormone. It is associated with motivation and reward. When the brain releases dopamine, it promotes feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. Research done at the National Institutes for Drug Abuse found similarities in brain scans of obese persons and those with drug and alcohol addictions. This is not direct cause-and-effect evidence, but it does suggest a possible association of sugar-addicting effects. Moreover, in time, the body can build resistance to this reward effect thereby requiring the consumption of more sugar to feel the same positive emotions.

The premise of fat needing to be avoided was based on faulty science. Unfortunately, while well-intended, this thought persists among some nutrition health professionals today. They may say, “fat is okay just not too much of it.” They then give suggestions of foods to eat that are low in fat like skim milk, reduced fat or light cheese, etc. Huh!?  Talk about confused messaging on which foods to eat for good health. I have spoken to many individuals, who know fat is okay and that it is not as bad as we used to believe it was; however, they still adhere to the belief that eating low-fat foods can help you lose weight. Again, you cannot have it both ways. The missing key is to consume fat outside of the presence of sugar-laden foods.

You should be able to enjoy a guilt-free, sweet treat every now and again, especially for special occasions such as birthdays, holidays, weddings, etc. Consider your personal sugar intake, how much is too much? I recently had a conversation with a family member about the frequency of eating sugary desserts. When I suggested the need to avoid them often, they retorted back “Yes, but in moderation, it is okay.” This is correct; however, what is considered “in moderation” today would be considered in extreme excess many years ago. It is all in our perspective.

By the middle of the 18th century, a pair of German chemists figured out how to make sugar from sugar beets. This dramatically increased the production and consumption of sugar. Germany soon became a large sugar exporter for many countries around the world. Given another 50-plus years (early to mid-1800s), persons residing in Germany and the United States consumed on average about 2.1 pounds of sugar every year. Compare this amount to what is consumed today, and the increase is astounding. In the U.S. it has been estimated the typical person consumes about 150 lbs. annually. This is about 7100% more sugar than our ancestors did in the 19th century. A little more than two pounds consumed annually back in the 1800s is now what most consume in five days. Wow! So much for moderation!

What are the effects of too much sugar? Research scientists may disagree on the true impact of too much sugar on an individual’s health. However, many reputable clinicians (medical doctors, licensed dietitians, nutritionists, etc.) have seen dramatic improvements in health by helping their clients simply remove sugar in all its forms from the diet. The body requires balance to stay healthy. In the case of sugar, blood sugar levels must be maintained within a normal range.

The consequences of being on the low end of normal can cause impairment in thinking, irritability, hunger, nervousness or anxiety. This is often described as being hangry. If you have gone without eating food for an extended period or have participated in significant physical activity and did not replenish the body with some nourishment, you may experience these effects. For our purposes here, we are talking non-diabetic, non-hypoglycemic, healthy individuals.

Insulin is a hormone made in the body that helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Foods consumed with sugar and highly refined flours (carbohydrates) will cause the release of insulin necessary to maintain a healthy range of blood sugar in the body. In addition to blood sugar maintenance, insulin also functions to help facilitate the use of glucose as a source of energy. This is a necessary and important function. However, as more refined sugar-laden foods are eaten, more insulin is made. When energy levels from glucose have met capacity, insulin will also facilitate the storage of fat. This will likely occur when too many calories are consumed from sugar and refined carbohydrates. The body can convert excess carbohydrate and amino acids (from too much protein) into fat, which is then stored in the bodies adipose (fatty) tissues.

After consuming a large meal or a snack of mostly refined carbohydrates and without enough protein and fat, some individuals may experience an increase in hunger. This can occur from an increase in the secretion of insulin necessary to keep blood sugars in the normal range. Despite having eaten enough calories, more insulin can bring blood sugar levels back to a pre-meal level. This effect in turn increases the appetite even though caloric needs have been met. This can also happen when eating large amounts of sugary treats.

The best way to maintain healthy blood sugar levels is to avoid simple sugars and refined carbohydrates as much as possible. Focus on eating non-starchy fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, bell peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, zucchini, avocadoes, etc. These healthier foods will have a minimal effect on the secretion of insulin and minimize the effects of higher amounts of insulin.

PURE also has supplements that can help maintain healthy blood sugars levels already in the normal range. These include Green Coffee Bean, Noni, PURE Café and Mila.* 

Ask the Expert answers your 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: How long will a PURE Enrollment Pack last?
A: Enrollment packs come in two sizes. The bigger packs contain almost all the products and the small packs also have a large variety. The enrollment packs are designed for people to who want to build their business and to help people become familiar with the products.  It is hard to tell how long the products in a pack will last.  Most of the products are a monthly supply and some of the products are about half of a month’s supply.  Some people choose to not take all of the products together.  Others may choose to share the products. Generally, we expect people will finish most of the products within 6 months.

Q: Are any of your products recommended for someone who wants to gain weight?
A: To increase weight, one should take a good nutritional supplement that has essential vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A high-quality protein supplement, antioxidants and bioactive compounds should all be a part of the diet. We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake, GPS Energize, Daily Build, GoYin and Acai superfruit.

Q: What products should I take while I’m on a ketogenic diet?
A: We suggest taking 360 Complete Shake as a source of high protein, vitamins and minerals. It contains 21g protein, 11g fiber and low (50g) carbohydrates per serving.

Q: Do any of the products contain strawberry?
A: ENERGY – Watermelon contains strawberry.

Q: Can SleepTrim and CalciuMK+ be taken at the same time since they both benefit sleep?
A: Yes, these products can be taken together. However, they have different mechanisms of working in the body. For best results, we suggest taking SleepTrim with dinner and CalciuMK+ after dinner.

Q: What products should be taken after the 28-Day Detox?
A: We suggest taking Daily Build, GoYin, CalciuMK+, Probiotic and Immune6. These products are basic supplements for daily use. You may take the superfruits, Organic Sulfur, Mila and the GPS line for your more targeted health needs.

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

 

Target fat – can’t live with it, can’t live without it

Let’s face it, fat cells get a bad rap. If you’re trying to maintain your weight, they are the enemy. If you’re trying to put on the pounds, well, that’s a different story. Either way, we suggest you get to know more about them, so you can better understand how they work in your body.

Fat cells, also called adipose tissue, may make you cringe, but the body needs them. They store energy for when you need it later, they regulate body temperature and they release hormones that control metabolism. The important thing is to keep them in balance. You don’t want too many of them, because once you have them, they never go away!

Did you know?

  • Fat cells can grow up to 1000 times their original size.1
  • Fat cells are permanent. You can’t get rid of it; they can only decrease in size.2
  • Once a fat cell reaches its maximum capacity, the number stays consistent. New fat cells are made as old fat cells die off.2
  • During adulthood, about 8% of fat cells die every year only to be replaced by new ones.3
  • As newborns grow, their fat cells increase naturally just like other cells.3
  • Muscle is more dense than fat; fat is larger in volume.
  • 75 percent of persons who are obese in adolescence will likely be obese in adulthood, while only 10 percent of healthy weight children will become obese later in life.4
  • There are three kinds of fat cells: brown, white and subcutaneous. Brown fat helps with warmth and burns more fat; white fat stores energy and produces hormones; subcutaneous fat lives right under the skin.5

PURE has a variety of products to help you target your weight goals. 360 Complete Shake ican help you gain or lose weight. Add it to your daily food intake to increase calories. The protein, when combined with resistance exercise, can help increase muscle mass. Instead of adding calories from unhealthy sources high in sugar and void of nutritional content, 360 Complete Shake is an excellent source of high-quality protein packed with nutrients. 

Other products by PURE that can help with weight management include Daily Detox, Green Coffee Bean, HealthTrim Cleanse, Matcha Vegan Shake, Metabolic ONE, Mila, PURE Café, PURE Perk and SleepTrim.

One more thing to note is that essential fatty acids, things your body can’t make and are available only through the foods you eat or supplements you take, are used for many functions in the body. The brain is 60% fat6 and thus needs essential fatty acids to do its job. Mila is an excellent source of fatty acids, or omega-3s.

To learn more about these products, and others, please visit livepure.com where you can find product descriptions, ingredients and recommended usage.

 1https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC302341/

2 https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/fat-cell-numbers-teen-years-linger-lifetime

3 https://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2008/05/04/fat-cell-number-is-set-in-childhood-and-stays-constant-in-ad

4 https://iythealth.com/many-fat-cells/

5 https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-truth-about-fat#2

6 https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/prime-your-gray-cells/201109/the-skinny-brain-fats